Zoe Mullins Reminds Writers to Get Over Themselves, Already!

I’m happy to host Zoe Mullins today! If you’ve followed the blog regularly, you may remember that Zoe visited back in February to talk about Winning Cait {https://romancedebuts.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/zoe-mullins-on-writing-editing-and-her-future-self/}.

In this post, Zoe talks about the challenges of finishing a book, having it edited, and dealing with the haters. Please join me in wishing her the best of luck with becoming a full-time writer. You go, girl!

What was your biggest challenge when you were trying to publish your debut novel?

Getting over the fear of submitting. It’s hard enough finishing a story – regardless of its length. You put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into it. It’s your baby, then suddenly just as you celebrate the accomplishment of finishing it, others begin to ask you and you begin to ask yourself, “Now what?” Writing the story isn’t the end. In fact I’ve learned, it’s just the beginning. Now you have the rollercoaster ride of submissions, rejections, resubmissions, edits, release and marketing. You are taking this work, especially your first work, which seems delicate and fragile and terribly personal, and you are asking the world to judge it. To rip it apart and deem whether or not its worthy. It’s terrifying.

How have you dealt with that challenge as you have published more?

I write in my day job too, and because I am forever writing in other people’s voice/tone, the product is always edited. I learned there quite early that you can’t be too precious about it, and I’ve tried to remember that lesson when I have to apply to my fiction writing.

You have to find away to get over yourself (over your inner ‘mama-bear’) if you are going to keep producing new work. It is still all those things – writing a book is messy – but when you put it out there you have to take the criticism with a grain of salt. There will always be haters. Whether it’s a publishing house (find another), editors (they are trying to make your book a better product – listen to them but talk about changes you are not comfortable with), or readers (haters are going to hate).

How has your life changed as you have published more books?

I’ve recently made the decision to try my luck as a full-time author. Having had two books and a novella released this year, I feel like I had the right momentum and wanted to seize on it. It’s scary. It’s a very turbulent time in the publishing world right now, and the struggle to reach your audience is very real. But for me, it was now or never. I hope with a little luck and a lot of hard work to be able to make my living as an author.

What is the single most important thing an unpublished writer should do to get published?

Besides ‘finish the story’, which is definitely a hard thing – to write ‘the end’ and mean it. But seriously, for me, the most important thing was to know your audience, and that doesn’t mean your reader. Your first audience is the editor at the publishing company you are hoping to be represented at. Read what they publish. Learn from their authors, and the author package they provide.

What is the single most important thing a newly published writer should do?

Celebrate the accomplishment. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first book or your seventieth, I firmly believe you need to stop and celebrate each one. It doesn’t have to be big, but mark the occasion in some way.

What is the best writing advice you have ever gotten?

The best writing advice I ever received was from my high school creative writing teacher (and he stole this from someone else)… Read, read, read. Write, write, write. Never stop.



Cancer. That’s all it takes for Sophie to shut the door on the most important part of her life. After three years as Ben’s submissive, she says her safe word and returns his collar. But fate won’t let her face the fight alone. David steps into her life as her best friend and submissive.

Sophie may know how to use a flogger, but she’s not a Domme. She’s a sub, too scared to give up control, and David knows it. Sophie still aches to submit and if David can’t give that to her, he’s brave enough to approach the one man who can help them both.
Benjamin. He’s never given up on his submissive, even when she pushed him away and began building a life without him. She’s not happy and he knows it, and this time he’s not going let her fear stand in his way. To tempt her back, Ben will partner with David to remind Sophie just what she’s been missing.

Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes—no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!
An adult BDSM romance from Ellora’s Cave

Buy Links:


Tempting Sophie




Barnes & Noble



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Zoë is an Atlantic Canadian author of contemporary, historical and paranormal romance. After two decades of working in corporate communications, Zoë decided to refocus her energy on the kind of writing she loves to read – steaming hot romances with strong, independent heroines. When not at her desk or with her laptop in the gazebo, you can find her spending time with her husband (of nearly 20 years) and their three K9 fur-babies. Zoë has had two books published over the last year – Winning Cait and the latest Tempting Sophie, as well as a novella A Risk Worth Taking.

Website: http://www.zoemullins.ca
Twitter: https://twitter.com/zoe_writer
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