Today on The Tattooed Book Geek I am pleased to be taking part in the Blog Tour for Scorched Shadows by Steve McHugh with a guest post courtesy of the author himself.
Massive thanks to Ann Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of the tour and of course, the author too!
Now, onwards to the guest post:
Going Fulltime by Steve McHugh.
I published my first book—Crimes Against Magic—in April 2012. It was self-published, and by the end of the year, I’d been picked up by my publisher, 47North, to relaunch the series and publish the rest of the books. I didn’t start to write fulltime until Christmas 2015. I’d written 5 books by then, and had several more in the pipeline.
So, I thought I’d share some advice about going fulltime as an author.
1. Do not quit your job when you get your first book deal. I cannot say this enough. Unless you’re getting millions to write, you need to take a step back and breath. It’s awesome to get a publishing deal, but let’s say you get a 3 book deal. Well, you can divide your advance into anything from 3 to 6 parts. You’ll get part upon signing. Part from handing in each book, and maybe part when you publish depending on the publisher. That’s a lot less up front than your advance total, and you’ll need to be paying that back before you actually make more. Seriously, don’t quit your job.
2. Ensure you have books in the future. Authors live in a contract to contact sort of existence, and while it’s wonderful when you get that new 3 book deal, eventually it’s going to end and you’ll need a new deal for more books. Ideally, make sure you have a deal in place before you quit.
3. Get an accountant. Seriously, get one. They will save you a fortune in tax and deductions.
4. Embrace the fear. Going fulltime is both exhilarating and terrifying. Use that to ensure you get on with work. It took me a few months to get my head around the idea that while I’m off that doesn’t mean I can just go play Witcher 3 whenever I like. I should have been writing. Now, I can write 5000 words a day, so I soon caught up, but it’s too easy to slip into the “I don’t have to go to work, I’m going to binge watch TV”.
5. Buy the most comfortable chair you can. I know a lot of people swear about using a standing desk, but I like to sit down and write. My first month, I bought a cheap chair, and regretting it a few months later. Buying a good chair costs money, but it’s so worth it.
6. Don’t forget to see people. Writing can be quite insular, and writing from home even more so. Remember to go see your friends and loved ones and have actual conversations with actual people. It’s not healthy to work all the time.
7. Enjoy it. Going fulltime to do a job I love is not something most people get to do. The fact that I can continue doing this after 2 years is a wonderful feeling. Occasionally, I’ll just sit there and smile. And then I remember I have a deadline and have to get on with it.
Hopefully at least one of those will be of benefit to anyone considering a career in writing. It’s the best job I’ve ever had, but also the hardest and most time-consuming. I highly recommend it to anyone who is able to.
Scorched Shadows by Steve McHugh.
In the final chapter of the Hellequin Chronicles, secrets will be revealed, friendships tested, and destinies fulfilled.
Avalon is under siege. A shadowy cabal, headed by a mysterious figure known only as “My Liege,” has launched a series of deadly attacks across the globe, catching innocent human bystanders in the crossfire.
Emerging from the debris of battle, Nate Garrett, the sixteen-hundred-year-old sorcerer also called Hellequin, and his friends must stop My Liege once and for all. But powerful forces stand in their way. To save Avalon, they will need to enlist the help of Mordred, once Nate’s greatest nemesis, now his most formidable ally. But Mordred is grappling with a dark prophecy that could spell Nate’s doom…
The fate of the world hangs in the balance. Even if Nate can halt the war, will there be anything left worth saving?
- Paperback: 508 pages
- Publisher: 47North (19 Dec. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1542046602
- ISBN-13: 978-1542046602
About Steve McHugh.
Steve McHugh is the author of the popular Hellequin Chronicles, and upcoming Avalon Chronicles. The seventh and final Hellequin Chronicles book, Scorched Shadows, is out in paperback and audible on 19th December. He lives in Southampton on the south coast of England with his wife and three young daughters. When not writing or spending time with his kids, he enjoys watching movies, reading books and comics, and playing video games.
- Blog: https://stevejmchugh.wordpress.com/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/StevejMchugh
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steveJMchugh
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