Polaris by Beth Bowland
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Bixie, Montana, is in the middle of nowhere, not connected to any place, and not used as a pass through to get anywhere. But one snowy evening, a lone visitor walking down an old country road changes 13-year-old Aaron Martin’s life forever. Aaron thinks he’s being a Good Samaritan by inviting the nearly-frozen visitor into his home, but he’s unwittingly initiated The Game. A group of Elders, known as the Council of the Legend, come together from time to time to enjoy a rousing event they playfully call “The Game.” Now, Aaron’s town is the playing board and he and his fellow townspeople are the players. The rules are simple. Win. Because if Aaron loses, he won’t just lose his family . . . he’ll lose his very identity.
5 Things you Wish you Knew About Being an Author you Didn’t Know Before
1. It’s not just writing. Writing your book is just one piece of the pie. Another chuck of the pie is networking, not just with other writers, but readers, teachers, and librarians. At times you may even be asked to *gasp* speak in public, participate on panels, talk to your audience. This was especially difficult for me because I consider myself a 100% introvert/wallflower.
2. Oh my lordy, the rejection letters. I have nothing to actually prove this, but I’m sure I’ve set some sort of Guinness World Record for the number of rejections received.
3. Surprised how many people think all writers are multi-millionaires, sitting by the pool eating bonbons.
4. The timeline from contract to publication. I really thought after you wrote the book it would be published shortly thereafter. Wrong! This process can take six months to 3 years. Plus the time it took you to actually write the book and send it out on submission. Patience is a virtue.
5. Editorial letters. These are the revision letters you receive from your editor. My head almost exploded when I received my first editorial letter! It’s a tough process, but the end result is so worth it! Write. Revise. Repeat.
About the Author
Beth Bowland, a native Ohioan, has always enjoyed reading and creating stories of her own. As a child she devoured every book she could get her hands on and spent numerous hours at the library each week. She loves writing stories for tweens and young teens and her characters are often described as quirky and fun, but always relatable. When she’s not writing, she loves watching HGTV. She has one daughter and resides in Arlington, Texas with her husband, Phillip.
- One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)
- Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Polaris by Beth Bowland (INT)