July 18, 2013

clc: the debut year

Congratulations! You're a published author. Now what?

Happy Thursday, Chick Lit fans. It's time for another installment of Chick Lit Chat on Twitter hosted by yours truly. This week, we'll discuss the Debut Year.

Before we get into the details, let's cover the basics. What exactly is a Debut Year? The Debut Year is the first year following a new authors first release.

You're like a debutante at her first ball. You're dressed up and ready to party, but feeling a little nervous. Will people like you? Will you make it? Will you fail or succeed? Does this dress make your butt look fat? (Okay, maybe that's just me.)

You and your writing career are in the honeymoon period of a new marriage. Only, instead of figuring out your mate's quirks, having your first fights and bouts of make-up sex, you're learning what it takes to be a successful author. You might make some mistakes and face hardships along the way, but ultimately you come out stronger in the end with lessons learned.

I first learned about the concept of the Debut Year when I attended WriteOnCon in 2011. Lindsey Leavitt, author of Going Vintage, Princess for Hire and more, spoke about her Debut Year in a post that really stuck with me. You can watch it here:

(Here's a link to that blog post she mentioned from Lisa Schroeder. It's targeted for YA and MG, but I think it's still applicable for Chick Lit, New Adult, etc.)

And while we're doing a little pre-chat research, here's another great blog post (don't mind the profanity) about debuting as a published author.

For tonight's chat, I've asked a few published authors to pop in and share some experiences from their debut year. I even have some comments saved up from authors who won't be able to make it, so we should have some good tips to discuss. If you're an author with a story to share, consider this your invitation to attend and tell us the ups and downs from your debut year.

If you're a newbie author just starting out, or someone planning your first release, consider this your invite to come learn from the best.

If you're a reader or blogger, please feel free to stop by and share what you like to see from new authors. What makes a good first impression? What's a turn off? What earns a permanent place in your heart?

Join us tonight on Twitter at 8 p.m. Eastern/ 5 p.m. Pacific. Use #chicklitchat to ensure your tweets are viewable by others. Come prepared to dish, learn and make new friends. See you there!

And because I can't resist DJ-ing any party, here's a little song to send you off into the world.

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1 comment:

  1. Love this, Laura! I'm going to be rockin' out to "Celebrate" the rest of the morning. :)

    I will be at chat with bells on tonight. Now I just need to think of some good authorly advice to share with the newbies!