Fire and Ice is today's stop on the virtual blog tour for Huber Hill and the Brotherhood of Coronado which means we have a special author guest post from B.K. Bostick and a giveaway everyone can win!
Guest Post: The Definition of a Successful Book
I vividly remember this same time last year I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off. My first book, Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure was just about to release. I was a nervous wreck! How would it be received? Would the reviews prove me a genuine author or failure? I was planning a huge book launch, planning school assemblies, and preparing for a new baby. This year I'm planning a huge book launch, getting ready for assemblies, and preparing for another new baby. What's different this time around? Me. And specifically, my definition of success.
With the launch of my first book, I didn't know what to expect. It's safe to say that my expectations were a bit unrealistic. I was envisioning NY Times Best Sellers' lists, Newberry Awards, and lots of royalties. It was fun to dream, but after slogging it out last year, I realized that for every NY Times Best Seller, there are about ten thousand non NY Times Best Sellers. Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure ended up being my publisher's best selling middle grade novel, but it didn't meet my out of this world, unrealistic expectations. I'm looking forward much more to my second book launch because I'm no loner putting that kind of pressure on myself. I had a young man facebook me last night who said my book inspired him to read! Is that success? Absolutely!
My advice to new authors when they get a contract is this- dare to dream, work your guts out, but keep your expectations realistic and decide for yourself what success truly means.
Synopsis: The Dead Man’s Treasure has been stolen! When Huber receives a revelatory message from a girl in Spain regarding the treasure’s location, the gang hatches a plan. Convincing their parents they are part of a study abroad program, Huber, Scott, and Hannah travel to Salamanca, Spain- an old city full of secrets.
Bio: B.K. Bostick, author of Huber Hill and the Brotherhood of Coronado and the best selling book, Huber Hill and the Dead Man's Treasure, resides among the magnificent Rocky Mountains. In addition to writing, he has spent his career in education. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Utah and his Masters in Psychology from Utah State University. He has worked as a teacher, after school program coordinator, teacher mentor, and currently as a counselor for the Open High School of Utah. He loves spending time with his lovely wife, son and two dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys eating cheetos and watching old episodes of the Twilight Zone.
Giveaway: For your readers who 'like' my facebook or follow me on twitter, I will mail them a special memento for the book launch (U.S. only). After they've liked the page or followed on twitter, they can email me at email@example.com let me know along with their physical mailing address.