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The trials and tribulations of writing a sequel

Have you read EMERGE by Tobie Easton? If not, you’re missing out on all the super-mermaidy goodness!

Today Tobie comes to talk about writing a sequel to her #1 best-selling mermaid tale.

And she has a giveaway for a Kindle Fire!

Take it away, Tobie!

27882492I was not prepared for how hard it would be to write the sequel to Emerge. The plot wasn’t difficult; I’d known the storyline of Submerge (and of Book 3, Immerse) since before my agent and I went on submission with the series. In fact, the finished novel that’s coming out this week lines up almost exactly with that outline because the paths these characters needed to travel have always been very clear to me. What I struggled with was the shift from being a writer to being a professional author.

Emerge was the first book I’d written and was the book I’d gotten my agent with (I feel so fortunate every day that it sold and is now on shelves!). 33299927Writing Submerge was therefore a completely different experience than writing Emerge. With Book 1, I wrote on my own schedule and had no one to answer to but myself. I knew very little about the publishing industry at that point and just wrote what I wanted to read without a consideration for how marketable a specific idea was, what I would say about a certain plot point on a panel, what would sell, etc.

While writing a book under contract is absolutely wonderful in that you know you have a professional team in place and whatever you write will become a real book, it also means that WHATEVER YOU WRITE WILL BECOME A REAL BOOK. Continue reading

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Mermaid off the port bow! A review of Emerge by Tobie Easton

Emerge by Tobie Easton (Ebook)

This is book is about a group of Mermaids who move on land to escape a war going on in the sea. All is great until a few new Mers show up, and one of them starts using siren powers to control a human teenager.

27882492This is a really interesting take on Mermaid lore that pulls in the Little Mermaid story (The original one, not the Disney version with a happy ending) and builds off this premise with a curse and Mermaid wars that followed in Arial’s wake (no pun intended).

My one little quibble in this book is that there is a love triangle, and (as usual) the girl picks the wrong guy for me. I don’t know why, but inevitably when there is a love triangle involved, I am disappointed because I would have picked the other guy. Oh, well. Despite that, this is a fun read.