Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A to Z Challenge: Z is for Ziggurat, and the Unexpected Truth About Newbie Authors

The zigguratt may not be as popular as the pyramid, but I find it just as intriguing. This pyramid-type structure, while not classically used by the Greeks, was a symbol of man seeking the divine, which is a theme common throughout Greek myth.
I've started reading a book called Jake Bowers Versus the Firebird by Laryssa Waldron. It was recommended to me by a good friend, who recommends all the best books. It starts out with a scene in a ziggurat, which immediately caught my attention. I can't say much about the book as I've just started, but I can say this--I enjoy it so far and I want to keep reading, which in my mind is the mark of a good author.

This brings me to another point. This is the end of A to Z, and I'm trying to find a purpose for my blog. In the past I've posted updates on my own writing, and I'm also a member of Clean Teen Publishing where I'll post announcements and giveaways of their super fabulous books, but I want to do something else worthwhile, something that can help other people like me. This is what I've decided...

I want to host a new author twice a month. The only requirement is that these authors can't be well-known, and most will probably be getting their start. I've been doing this writing thing for four years now, and I've learned a lot, but I've also learned something that surprised me.

Good authors aren't all published by the big companies. Good authors struggle to get their writing out there. They aren't well-known, their books aren't being made into movies, but their writing is compelling and imaginative. Their stories are heart-warming, and I believe these stories will be remembered in the mind of the reader for years to come.

I won't be able to do this by myself. I'll need help getting the word out, and I'll also need lots of new followers if I want this campaign to be a success.

The book I mentioned by Laryssa Waldron will be my first to review. If I'm correct, this is her first book to publish. So PLEASE support her!

I hope to have many more authors to host! So please, if you aren't following me, do so. If you're a new author, contact me. It's our own fault if we don't help new authors get their stories out there.


  1. yay for promoting new authors!! Thanks for all you're doing, Tamara!

  2. Hi Tamara! I'd like to promote some new authors as well. I just joined a "Writing Process" blog tour. I will post May 12, answering 4 questions about my writing and then presenting the bio/pic/blog link/purchase links of 3-4 authors. I keep seeing the same authors in my "blogging circle" and would like to bring in some fresh blood. If you'd like to join up, you can contact me from my blog. (Found you via A to Z - I'm way behind in visiting people!) :-) Also, if you know of any other authors who would like some exposure, please send them my way. Thanks!

  3. Thank you, Tamara. I am so honored! What can I do to help you on this project?