Monday, May 6, 2013

Blog Tour: Guest Post with Nyrae Dawn, author of Four Summers

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the Four Summers blog tour! Today, I have an interesting guest post by the lovely author herself, Nyrae Dawn! Join the discussion about self-publishing and traditionally publishing books!

by Nyrae Dawn


Okay, maybe that’s going a little overboard, but then again, maybe not. When Alyssa asked me to talk about my writing journey, and self-publishing as well as traditional, that’s all I could think. I want it all! 

I will admit my dream has always been to be traditionally published. When I started writing, self-publishing wasn't as widespread as it is now. I didn't know anyone who self-published, so it was all about writing and querying. I did that a lot. I didn't get my first agent until my 4th, YA (5th overall completed full length book). Before that, they were all rejections. I will say that as much as they hurt at the time, I am happy for them. They were learning experiences for me. They taught me to have tough skin and also, which is SUPER important, they taught me about writing. 

I think the goal for each writer should be to get better with each book. If I had self-published the first book I wrote, the way I queried it (at the time 100% believing it was ready) I would be horrified. It wasn't good. LOL. At all. Hopefully, I’m a little better than that now. 

Anyway, I kept writing and kept getting rejected before finally getting one agent, going on submission, losing said agent, getting another, going on submission and again losing the second agent. It was tough, but about the time I lost the second agent, self-publishing was becoming more and more popular. 

I decided to give it a chance and I will be thankful for that decision EVERY single day of my life. 

But there was still that dream that I’d had since I was a child. I wanted to walk into a bookstore and see my book. Despite my love of self-publishing and being so thankful for it, I wanted to keep going for that dream too. 

Now, I do both and I really LOVE it that way. There are certain things about self-publishing that I love and certain things about traditional publishing that I adore. There are certain books I think would do better being self-published and others I think are meant for traditional. So yeah…I want it all J. I wouldn't want to give up either and I hope I’m lucky enough to be able to continue self-publishing and being traditionally published as well. 

Check out Four Summers!

Four Summers

Four Summers by Nyrae Dawn
Publication Date: April 27, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads):

Charlotte Gates is tired of being Charlie Rae. She loves the lake she was raised on, their rental cabins, and spending her nights under the stars…but inside she yearns for more.

After his freshman year, Nathaniel Chase’s family spends their first summer at The Village. From the beginning Charlotte intrigues him. She’s the girl who always says what’s on her mind, wins at night games, and each time she looks through her telescope, gets lost in the sky.

Over the course of four summers together, Charlotte and Nathaniel become best friends, share firsts, mend broken hearts, protect each other’s secrets, overcome tragedies…fall in love. And say goodbye…

Charlie wants out of The Village. Nate wants her to have her stars. And they dream of being able to do it all together. But life isn’t as easy as their summers.

Each summer is told in alternating points of view between Charlie and Nate. Journey with the pair, and their friends, as they share their story about growing up, discovering who they are, making tough choices, and falling in love again and again.

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