Thursday, November 7, 2019

Blog Tour + Guest Post + Giveaway - Every Stolen Breath by Kimberly Gabriel

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Every Stolen Breath by Kimberly Gabriel
Publisher: BLINK
Release date: November 5, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller


The Swarm is unrecognizable, untraceable, and unpredictable—random attacks on the streets of Chicago by a mob of crazed teens that leaves death in its wake. It’s been two years since the last attack, but Lia Finch has found clues that reveal the Swarm is ready to claim a new victim.

Lia is the only one still pursuing her father’s killers, two years after attorney Steven Finch’s murder by the Swarm. Devastated and desperate for answers, Lia will do anything to uncover the reasons behind his death and to stop someone else from being struck down. But due to debilitating asthma and PTSD that leaves her with a tenuous hold on reality, Lia is the last person to mount a crusade on her own.

After a close encounter with the Swarm puts Lia on their radar, she teams up with a teen hacker, a reporter, and a mysterious stranger who knows firsthand how the mob works. Together, they work to uncover the masterpuppeteer behind the group. Though if Lia and her network don’t stop the person pulling the strings—and fast—Lia may end up the next target.

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10 Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before

A Writing Community will help you survive.

I used to think that writing was a solitary activity and that I didn’t need a writing community, but immersing myself in the writing community has been the best and smartest parts of this journey. At some point as a debut author, you will have questions, and you won’t be able to Google the answer. Having writing friends is necessary to your survival as a debut.

You will want to ignore the advice other authors give you. Don’t.

Authors who have been through it give good advice. So many times this year, even though I recognized the good advice when it came, I dismissed it by thinking it wouldn’t apply to me. Authors would say, “Stay off of Goodreads,” and I would think, I won’t be bothered by negative reviews. They were right. Authors would say, “Learn how to manage your time. You will only get busier,” and I would think, I just need to clear *this* off my plate, and then things will slow down. They were right. Being an author, especially during a debut year is more predictable and formulaic than I ever imagined. The best part is you’re in it with so many others. Listen to their advice.

You will only get busier.

Write your second book as early on in the process as you can. You might be tempted to put this off until all your revisions and edits are done with your first book, but that’s when the marketing and publicity takes off. There is a lot of waiting between rounds of revisions. If you can, work on your next project.

You will want to prepare stock responses to the following questions.

            When will it be a movie?
            When will you quit your day job?
            Can I get a free book?
            Why is it taking so long to publish it?
            And when you are stressed, in the weeks before launch, *Why are you stressed? You
already wrote the book. Isn’t the hard part over?
*To answer that last question, writing the book is the easy part.

People will want to hear you talk.

Practice public speaking because the events come more quickly than you think they will, and people will want to hear you talk about your book and your journey. I’m a teacher, and so I’m used to speaking in front of kids. (Adults are harder) Still, one of the best things I did in my debut year was go to any book event I could find, and I listened to authors talk about their books. Because of it, I felt so much more prepared when I sat on my first panel.  

You still need to write your own synopses and pitches. 

Wherever I go, I pitch my book, only now I say it instead of write it. Get your pitch down (and several alternate versions of it quickly). My second book had a twenty-page synopsis. The silver lining in it all is that while I used to hate pitching my book and writing synopses, I’ve become better at it. 

At some point you will feel like an imposter.

Imposter syndrome will happen at some point, or it might never go away. When those moments come, learn to fake it.

People will have opinions about your book.

And they will want to share them—especially if they didn’t like something about your book. This is actually flattering, which isn’t always easy to remember in the moment. If someone is so invested in your book that they feel the need to discuss it with you, it’s usually because they were attached to your story and your characters. (You might want to prepare a stock response for this too).

You will spend a lot of time and money at the post office.

I underestimated this. Especially if you have a preorder campaign, you will be at the post office often. I also mailed out copies of my ARCs and fellow debut authors’ ARCs that were sent to me and then I sent elsewhere. Keep your receipts for all of this so you can write it off! I promise you it adds up quickly!

Set a budget and stick to it.

Even if your publisher pays for your bookmarks and swag or sends you on tour and to conferences, there will be so many little things that add up quickly. Try to go into it with a budget in mind and stick to it. Then keep all of your receipts and write off as much as you can. 

 About the Author

Kimberly Gabriel started writing in fourth grade when she wrote, bound, and gave away books of terrible poetry to family and teachers as holiday gifts. Today she is an English teacher, who still squanders all free minutes to write and uses it as the best scapegoat for her laundry avoidance is-sues. When she is not teaching or writing, Kimberly is enjoying life with her husband, her three beautiful children, and a seriously beautiful boxer in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Every Stolen Breath is her debut novel and a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection.

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