If you're new to Twitter, you might be wondering what a "blog hop" is and why you should even pay attention to them.

In a nutshell, a blog hop is a tool that connects readers to new authors. It's no secret that the publishing business has-and still is-changing; bookstores have been closing and publishers aren't promoting new authors as much as they might have in years past. It's become more important for authors to not only promote themselves, but to also form a bond with other authors so we can help promote one another in an effective manner that actually forms a snowball effect.

Welcome to The Next Big Thing Blog Hop!

Here, you'll have the chance to find new authors along with information about Melinda McGuire and her upcoming book, Lotierie - The Legend. See the links below to meet three other authors you might like to check out.

I'd like to thank fellow author Melinda McGuire for tagging me to participate.

Click the links below to find out about Melinda McGuire's novels, Josephine: Red Dirt and Whiskey and Nelson and Cora - The Beginning, or to visit her blog and learn more about her:

Author's page on Amazon: Melinda_McGuire

Smashwords author's page:    https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/melindamcguire

Twitter: @melindamcguire

Blog: www.melindamcguirewrites.wordpress.com


Email: melindamcguirewrites@yahoo.com

In this particular hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current work in progress as well as some insights into our process, from characters and inspirations to plotting and cover decisions. I hope you enjoy it!

Please help me welcome the following authors to The Next Big Thing Blog Hop and mark your calendars for next Wednesday, January 16th, when these authors will answer the same set of questions in their own blogs and shed some light on their current projects:

Tracy Kauffman:           
@KauffmanTracy              http://www.tracykauffman.yolasite.com

Patricia de Hemricourt:
@epublishabook             http://www.epublishabook.com

Paul Dorset:                     
@jcx27                               http://blog.pauldorset.com

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions as I answer the following questions:

1: What is the working title of your book? A Dolphin for One

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

My daughter and her love of the numerous fan fics that I've written for her in the past fueled the fire for this story.

3: What genre does your book come under? Teen / YA

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Zooey Deschanel and Kendall Schmidt

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Orphaned Kaileigh bounces around in foster care until she leaves the system and sets out on her own - unknowingly on the road to meeting her teen hearthrob.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

I plan to self-publish A Dolphin for One through Smash Words on February 11th, and this will be my very first attempt in the self-publishing domain, so I'm excited to try and yet nervous at the same time. If the upload goes well, I plan to use this method for all my future books.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I began the first draft in October; this was actually my 2012 NaNoWriMo project. There has been some intense editing going on since November 31st, and it is currently undergoing the second edit as we speak.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I've thought hard about this question, but I generally read historical fiction. Although I've got several bookmarked to read, I honestly haven't read very many YA books like Dolphin, so I'll have to take a rain check on this one.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My daughter is also an author ; she writes YA books. We might say this is basically the inspiration for the first attempt of mine in the YA genre. Maybe we could call it a friendly mother-daughter competition.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Although the title is A Dolphin for One, it has nothing to do with mammals in the ocean.

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