Thank you, Liv, for this wonderful opportunity to guest blog.
Hi everyone, I’m Mel A ROWEmelarowe.com/#home, a writer and weekend wanderer, who tries to not get too lost outback of North Australia. With an allergy to all things drawn-out and corporately serious, I’m considered a multi-genre word-player, who takes my common characters on uncommon journeys that can lead from boardrooms to outback billabongs as an entertaining escape to Happily Ever After.
Where do I get my writing inspiration from?Anywhere. Everywhere. Nowhere.
I read a lot, binge watch, travel, listen to the radio and people watch. I can’t say where the inspiration comes from. Sometimes I’ll wake up with an idea. And sometimes, it will magically happen while playing at the keyboard.
Where do I find the time to write?I’m a morning person. I get up earlier just to sit at my keyboard before the rest of the house awakens. It’s quiet then, and my mind is fresh and free from distractions allowing me to focus.
What are my tips for getting published?I’m internationally published in poetry and flash fiction, it's where I learned to write, submit, and forget by starting something new.
I’m also a member of the local Writing Centres and other writing groups that share news on publishing opportunities. It’s how I gained my mentorship with Hachette Australia that opened a lot of doors to publishers who are releasing more of my works later this year. And I’ve just released my first self-published novel this month with the help of other authors I'd met through these Writing groups.
Be aware this industry is a marathon, not a sprint; what is being published this year I submitted last year.
How do I promote myself as an author?I created a website as the heart of my Author platform once I’d worked out what my Author Brand was to maintain consistency and focus. From there I created a social media strategy to save time and effort by batching and using various automation tools.
I have two websites that I alternate between:
MelAROWE.com is for my novel, newsletter link, and a blog that I post to my various social media sites.
I’m also on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest (the perfect place for Procrastination), and I’ve just started a YouTube channel.
Any Words of Wisdom for Aspiring Authors?Never stop learning and keep writing. As Nora Roberts says, ‘You can’t edit a blank page.’