Autumn Is Here!

Autumn is a time of change. Anyone who knows me knows that fall is my favorite time of year. There’s really not much to love about it. Pumpkin Spice everything (you’re safe here my pumpkin spice friends!) Caramel apples. Cooler weather. Sweater time!

fall-1432252_1920Plus, there’s all things spooky and scary. Perfect time of year for a suspense author. Who’s watching the new television show The Exorcist? Me? Of course!

This is my first official WordPress post for Redwood’s Medical Edge and I’m super excited to be here. Thanks to everyone that followed me from Blogger– I really appreciate it!

Some of my earliest posts didn’t transfer from Blogger (which, shockingly, some of you may not have seen!) I’ll be blogging more frequently to pull some of these posts from Blogger as well as great new content and having some of my super awesome author friends stop by as well. There’s going to be a lot of giveaways– particularly before the end of the year– so be sure to subscribe to these posts as that’s one of the easiest ways to be eligible for prizes.

I’ll also be focusing more on my author newsletter (sign up here!) and my new secret street team, Jordyn Redwood’s Forest, as a way to interact more personally with readers. Want free copies of my books before anyone else? Want to help me develop new stories? The street team is where you need to be. There will be exclusive content only in my newsletter so be sure to sign up!

Happy Fall!

Jordyn

First Steps….

Welcome to Jordyn’s section of the blog parade! I have a fondness for parades as I am a former marching band geek and I do say that with pride. Two of my most fond high school years were spent in the marching band. I played flute, then piccolo, then marching mellophone (which is the french horn.)

For those of you familiar with instruments– you would know what a hard transition it was going from a wind instrument to a brass one– and much heavier to march with too!

Today, I’m participating in the WordServe Water Cooler Blog parade. It’s designed to help Cooler readers discover more about the authors who write there by sending them to their personal blogs. **Details on a chance to win Proof at the bottom of this post.**

So– if you’re visiting Redwood’s Medical Edge for the first time– this blog is designed to help authors write medically accurate fiction. Or– as I like to say– learn how to injure, main and kill your FICTIONAL characters the right way.

We will be getting back to the medical mayhem on Monday.

Today, I’m going to write on the topic of our parade: First steps I took in becoming an agented and/or published author.

1. Finished my novel! This might seem like the easiest steps but first steps are always the hardest. It’s like an infant when they first start walking and they have that cute orangutan type maneuvering. Arms high in the air. Their little booty shaking as their knees high march– just like in marching band. The first words to paper for a writer can be awkward. Just like walking takes lots of practice– so does authoring a full-length novel. Many people can write a few great first chapters but can they finish a 60,000-100,000 (depending on the genre) novel? This is ultimately what an agent or publisher wants to know. They likely won’t take you on until they know you can cross that finish line.

2. Attended a large writer’s conference. I do recommend writers conferences for a number of reason. For networking. For finding fellow friends to share this journey with. After all, no one will understand why you seek the perfect poison to kill off a character then a fellow suspense novelist. Honestly, I’m surprised I haven’t seen a police presence at writer’s conferences for all the talk of murder and mayhem that goes on– albeit from an unsuspecting, not-part-of-the-conference guest! More importantly, as part of your conference registration, you get an opportunity to meet with agents and editors. Even have a say in which ones (most of the time so register early!) Face to face contact (yes, even for introverts) is important because it puts a personality with the manuscript. Do you and the agent hit it off? Do you have similar goals? Do they like you? Do they LOVE your idea? They should because championing a novel to the finish line takes lots of cheering and faith.

3. Was Persistent. Pursuing publication is definitely not for the faint of heart. You WILL be rejected. You WILL get one star reviews. People will take your months-years of hard work and give it a good tongue lashing just because they can. In these dark moments of the writing life– you’ll need to have it in you to push yourself over these obstacles. To understand, to have it in you– why it is you’re putting yourself through all the torture. Is it to see/catch the moments of brilliance? When your own words make you cry? When a reader writes you to say just how much your story touched them and changed their perspective? Is it for the starred review from a well respected publication?

These were some of my first steps toward becoming an agented and published author? How about you? What steps are you taking?

As a reward for all those who are participating in the blog parade by perusing all these fine blogs, I’m offering a chance to win a free copy of Proof. Simply leave a comment with your e-mail address in the comments section of this post. Drawing will be Sunday night, August 26th, at midnight MST. Must live in USA. I will e-mail the winner and announce here Tuesday, August 28th, 2012.

The Tale of Two Book Covers

Today, I’m doing a special post. What’s the point of having your own blog if you can’t do a little shameless self promotion from time to time?

Here is the official cover for my debut novel, Proof, set to release June 1, 2012. It is available for pre-order. You can “like” it on Amazon for me.

Proof deals with the real life possibility of DNA testing setting a guilty criminal free.

Here are some of the early endorsements:

“Jordyn Redwood may be new on the scene, but she writes like a seasoned pro. Proof is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time with well-drawn characters, a villain I despised and a hero and heroine I rooted for. I thought I would just take a peek at the first chapter and finish the story later. I thought wrong. I read late into the night, lost sleep and put off my own writing to finish this book. I’m eagerly awaiting the second book by Jordyn and will be the first in line to purchase it the day it releases.”  Lynette Eason, author of When the Smoke Clears.

“Jordyn Redwood’s debut novel is a page-turning medical thriller with an ingenious premise and solid Christian values.  A satisfying read.”  Frank J. Edwards, author of Final Mercy.

It’s been an amazing journey and there is still a lot to be done. If you want to read more about the author’s process in designing a book cover, you can read my post at the WordServe Water Cooler.

Plus! If you leave a comment here and over there– you’ll be entered for a chance to win my debut novel. Drawing will be midnight, Saturday, April 7th. Winner announced here Sunday, April 8th.

As some of you may or may not know, today is an ever important day. I’ve launched my new website as well! You’ll notice that there is a change and that www.jordynredwood.com does now bring you to the website.

Do not worry– Redwood’s Medical Edge will still be ever present, posting Mon, Wed, Fri to help meet your writing medical needs. The blog address is as follows: http://jordynredwood.blogspot.com/ but you can access it via the website as well. Just look at the top.

There will be lots on the web site as well and I hope you’ll spend some time perusing its features. Topics for writers and readers and a new blog as well. So many new things as I work to build my professional writing life.

For those of you coming over from the WordServe Water Cooler– welcome!