Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
My name is Emily Reilly and I am a 22 year old entrepreneur. I started writing my first book when I was only 14 years old. I started writing it when I was sitting in one of my free classes in high school. It kind of just popped into my head and when I started writing it down, it didn’t want to stop. It was like it had been dying to come out for years.
That day when I got home from school I copied it onto a website called Witty Profiles. It was a website with a ton of teenage girls who vented through quotes/stories and jokes. It was pretty cool. But even though I posted what I had written I didn’t think I’d get anyone to be interested in my story. And I was happily surprised when in less 24 hours over five hundred people were obsessing over what was going to come next. They continuously kept telling me to publish it! I thought nothing of it because I never thought someone as average as me could publish a book. But eventually, it stuck in my head and I become determined to publish it!
Truthfully, if it wasn’t for the overwhelming amount of people encouraging me to publish my book I wouldn’t of. I have the Witty Profile girls to thank for that!!!
Tell us about your books.
Saving Ivy is a suspenseful thriller that took me about seven years to complete. I rewrote it three times, but the storyline has always been the same. Thankfully, my writing matured tremendously throughout the seven years which helped the progress of my book.
I did a lot of research while writing. I didn’t make it to college because I wanted to focus on my writing career, but I think it’s important to constantly be educating yourself. I would constantly be on google reading articles on how to write better and I read the dictionary to expand my word pallet. I didn’t read it word by word, but I’d go through and read up on a few words a day.
I wanted to create a novel that had something different to it. I didn’t want it to be like a normal book, so I decided to create a novel that has multiple point of views. I know there are other books out there that are like that, but there isn’t many. I think it’s important to be unique and different and that’s what I tried to do with Saving Ivy.
How did you go about getting published?
Originally I was going to submit my book to a traditional publisher, but as I was doing research I didn’t think it was a good fit for me for various reasons. Self publishing was my only other option and surprisingly there are many different ways you can go about self publishing. I ended up going with Amazon self publishing. I think it’s a great platform for new authors and is extremely helpful!
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I actually quit my full time job as a store manager to start really indulging in my writing. I am from MA, but I was given the opportunity to move to Florida and work on my book. So I did. I worked on it every single day… all day long. It was a unique and rare opportunity that I am so very blessed to have received.
It gave me a chance to get away from any and all distractions that would slow down my writing process.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
My boyfriend and I have our own online business called Golden Vault. We are very dedicated and involved so lately it has been taking away from some of my writing time, but I always manage to make time!
Any advice for authors about book covers?
I wanted every aspect of Saving Ivy to be unique and authentic to me, so when it came down to the cover I asked my best friend to be on it. Everything was going great. She loved it. I loved it. I published and everyone loved it. After about a month or two after it had been published she for a few different reasons decided she didn’t want to be on the cover anymore. I was devastated but I had to change it because we didn’t have an official contract.
I’ll spare the rest of the details, but when you are going to create your cover make sure you have a contract with the person you are working with. It will save you a lot of time and a lot of headaches. Or what I did for my second cover was hired someone to create it for me.
Just be careful and mindful.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
The best thing I ever did was create an instagram for my book. I’ve met a lot of young authors. I also did a few giveaways which gave my followers a chance to read my book for FREE. I think as a new author it’s important to be able to let people read your book without having to pay for it since they don’t know your style of writing or if it’s even good. It’s like a risk free ‘purchase’. They didn’t pay for it so it doesn’t matter if it’s good or not. It also gives you a chance to prove to your reader and future readers how well you can compose a unique and interesting story.
Of course, I sell my book on amazon, but you want to get your name out there first. Worry about the paying customers after you have a bunch of people vouching how great of a writer you are!
What’s your favorite book?
Evermore by Alyson Noel
What are you reading now?
The immortal series by Alyson Noel
What’s your next book project?
I can’t tell you too much because I want it to be a surprise for all my readers. What I can tell you is that it’s going to be an epic story with a lot of twists and turns!
Author Websites and Profiles
Emily Reilly Amazon Profile