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Writers Can’t Do It Alone…

article by

MK McClintock
What does it take for an author to
succeed? What does it take to create a book from a single idea? Is it possible
to do it alone?
As an author, I don’t believe it’s
possible to take a book from idea to publication without a lot of help along
the way. We can’t publish a book and then sit back while sales soar—it doesn’t
work that way. Book publishing is a business and every single author out there
is a business-owner. In order to make it successful, we have to rely on the
knowledge of those who have experience, on other authors for support, and on a
variety of online outlets in order to help market our work.
Thankfully there are many in this
world willing to help authors on their path to success. We can find these kind
souls on blogs and social networks—they’re ready and willing to do what they
can. Whether the help comes from another author, a book blogger, or an avid
reader, there are sources to help authors reach their goals.
Most of us know of the standard
social media websites where authors and readers congregate, but here are three
of my top choices for websites who go above and beyond for authors.
In the effort to help authors
succeed, the most recent website I’ve had the pleasure of viewing and being a
part of is A Novel Idea Live. “A
Novel Idea is a coffee shop atmosphere where writers and readers can connect. A
Novel Idea, helping authors climb the ladder.”
great site that helps authors to gain reviews for their books is
 An Avid Reader’s Haven “Haven is a warm friendly place for readers to gather and
chat about what they read, and a place for authors to advertise their books.”
of my favorite blogs to discover new authors is
I Am a Reader, Not a Writer. A lot is going on at this site, but
with her loyal following and easy-going way of working with authors, this site
is a great place for authors to interview.
So many of these sites exist and
more are going live all of the time, so I’ve spotlighted just a few of my
favorites. There are numerous resources out there for authors, so if you’re
unsure of where to get started, just ask another author. Chances are they can
help point you in the right direction!

About McClintock:
McClintock was born on the west coast, but after less than eight
years she left with her family to the Rocky Mountains. After more adventures
around the country, business college and culinary school, McClintock found a place
to call home in Montana.

“I’ve always loved
books and spent more hours reading through school than any other activity. I
wrote stories when I was younger and even tried my hand at a novel. It wasn’t
very good and I shelved the idea for years.” She pulled the ideas off the
shelf and began working on her first novel, Gallagher’s Pride, the first in an
historical series about a ranching family in Montana.

Over the years
McClintock traveled the country and visited magnificent Scotland. She dreams of
a time when life was simpler, the land rougher and the journey more rewarding.
With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure,
McClintock still calls Montana home. McClintock is also the author of Alaina
Claiborne, the first of her British Agent novels. She is currently at work on
her next book.’

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Brenna Cameron travels from Scotland
after losing someone she loves in search of family she didn’t know existed. 

Alone now in the world, Brenna makes an arduous journey, following the trail of
discovery to Briarwood, Montana. Here she meets Ethan Gallagher, and the rest
of the Gallagher clan. Only with their help is she able to discover lost
family, heal old wounds and embark on a treacherous confrontation with a man
who destroyed her family. 

As head of the Gallagher clan, Ethan has more than
enough to occupy his thoughts and time-he didn’t need the complication of
Brenna Cameron and he certainly didn’t need the trouble that came with her. 

Ethan takes on the unwanted duty of self-appointed protector to the headstrong
Scot, only to discover there is such a thing as second chances and more to life
than revenge.


 Gallagher’s Pride
you out of your mind?” The words tumbled from her mouth before she could stop
them, but he had gone and truly shocked her.
actually I’m not. It’s your safety I’m thinking of,” replied Ethan, more to
himself than her. He loosened the hold on her arm.
let out an exasperated sigh, something her mother had always tried to
discourage, and said, “I do appreciate your kindness, Mr. Gallagher…”
but I’m certainly not the type of woman to just go home with two men whether I
know them or not. It would be highly inappropriate, not to mention stupid.”
you’re not stupid.”
as far as I can tell,” Brenna said with fire in her eyes. She rarely ever took
offense at what people said, too comfortable in her own skin to care, but this
man riled her and he did it effortlessly.