October 9, 2017

Blog Tour: The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf by Andrew Buckley – Guest Post and Giveaway


Hello Readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for 

The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf
(Hair in all the Wrong Places #2)
by Andrew Buckley

presented by Tantrum Books!

We have Andrew on the blog today with some writing tips!

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Being a werewolf is no picnic. Colin’s constantly hungry, spends a ton of time shaving, and fights to keep his emotions in check to avoid turning into a giant, drooling, hairy, smelly, howling wolf. But Colin’s not the only creature hanging around the town of Elkwood. Vampires, zombies, goblins, ogres, and other questionable visitors and their various shenanigans have got everyone on edge.

Colin just wants to live a normal life, date, and get his homework done on time. But the town of Elkwood needs him. So when a secret government organization asks for his help, will he be able to control the animal inside, or will he give in to the perils of growing up werewolf?

The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf (Hair in all the Wrong Places #2)
by Andrew Buckley
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Tantrum Books

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Top 10 Writing Tips for Aspiring Writer
by Andrew Buckley


I find this sort of advice to be somewhat subjective because what works for one person may not work for another. Like any job, writers come in all shapes and sizes and everyone has different methods that work for them when it comes to penning that next masterpiece. If you’re working on your first (or twenty second) manuscript and are looking for a few tips, here’s my five cents worth (yes, I know it’s supposed to be two cents, but I really put some thought into this list so I feel it’s worth those extra few coppers . . . OKAY?!). Now, where were we . . . .

  1. Planning, Planning, Planning

It took me six years to write my first novel because I had no discernible plan. I was flying by the seat of my pants. I would write three chapters and then not look at it again for three months then forget where I was up to. Eventually it all pulled together, but it took a long time and far too many rewrites. These days it takes me around six months and my novels are very clearly planned out before I even start writing.

  1. Keep Writing

I’ve never been cursed with writer’s block (knock on wood, and various other elements), but I do hit parts that are more difficult than others. If I have a story point that’s proving difficult to break or a character who isn’t developing the way I want them to, it’s important not to get bogged down trying to crack it. Keep writing, keep moving the story forward. I often find the answer to any problems presents itself in later chapters.

  1. First Drafts Don’t Need to Be Solid Gold

It’s rare your first draft is going to be a sparkling piece of solid fried gold, and that’s totally okay! That’s why it’s a first draft. You’ll have plenty of time to refine in subsequent drafts. First build the sandbox, then you get to play in it. And that’s not a metaphor either, go build a sandbox, they’re super fun!

  1. Caffeinate

Tea is your friend. (okay, fine, so is coffee, I just never touch the stuff)

  1. Talk to Other Writers

Sure, they’re your competition, but that’s no reason not to talk to them. Chances are they encounter similar problems to you and, let’s face it, we’re all in the same boat. Chat with other writers, they’re awesome people.

  1. Don’t Play to the Trends

It’s tempting to write to the current trend, whether that’s boy wizards, sparkling vampires, dinosaur erotica (it’s a thing), or teenagers fighting in an arena for their lives. By the time you get around to finishing your MS and getting it in front of a publisher/agent or self-publishing, the trend will have shifted. Don’t waste your time. Write what YOU want to write.

  1. ‘JK Rowling’ is a Myth

It’s true, she doesn’t exist. Okay, well, she exists, but her story as an author may as well be myth. Rowling was one of the last authors to get into the publishing game before self-publishing and digital books leveled the playing field. It helps that her books are excellent and that she hit the perfect balance between YA and Adult fiction, but it’s such a perfect storm of time and elements that even Doctor Who couldn’t reproduce it. Don’t strive to be the next JK Rowling, strive to be you.

  1. Writing is Only Half the Battle

This is ever so slightly depressing, but it’s true so you need to hear it. Getting that book written is only half the battle and whether you’re going to query agents or publishers or self publish your work, there’s going to be a lot more uphill battles ahead of you. Once you’re published, you have to market your book . . . FOREVER! You need to convince people to read your book. These same people have a gajillion options before them when it comes to their reading choices so you need to learn how to be convincing and how to sell your work to the reading community. It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it.

  1. Build an Online Presence

When I was sending out queries for my first novel in 2006, a literary agent gave me some amazing advice. He recommended I get a website, that I start blogging, that I get on social media and start building my online presence. He correctly predicted that social media and an online presence would become a foundational base that all writers will need moving forward. Why do you need this? Two reasons: 1) It helps to build your audience; an audience you’re going to need to convince to buy your books and 2) A lot of publishers and agents seriously consider your online popularity when considering whether or not to sign your book.

  1. Perseverance

This is not an easy industry. It’s the writers who persevere, who don’t get discouraged, who don’t give up, that will succeed in the end. They’ll have worked too damn hard not too. Keep writing, keep pushing, keep getting your name out there, and don’t be afraid to take risks.





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  1. Mary Preston

    Caught my attention thank you.

  2. Andrew Buckley

    Best of luck in the contest, Mary! :)

  3. Richard Brandt

    Of course being a werewolf is no picnic. Just imagine if at a picnic instead of ants you had werewolves.

  4. Andrew Buckley

    You’re not wrong, that’d instantly ruin a picnic ;)

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