Guest Author: Lessons Learned in Publishing by Roxanne San Jose


Roxanne San Jose

Roxanne is a budding writer originating from Philippines. I invited her to share her experiences in the publishing world as a new writer!

Roxanne, in her words:

My name is Roxanne Angelie Torres San Jose, I am born in Manila, Philippines on September 26, 1989. I migrated in America at the age of 13 and graduated with a degree in Political Science in UNLV Class of 2012.
I love reading and my favorite author are Dan Brown and Paulo Coelho.
Annagram is my first book which was published on March 2015.
My second Book, Time Travel, received a publishing contract with Avid Publishing LLC. 


The Making of Time Travels

I got the idea to write a book during the time I was reading books because I love reading. It does not matter what kind of book genre I was reading since I used my own creativity and social issue to write my two novels: Annagram (2015) and Time Travel (2019).
By reading books, I also learned how to format mine such as dialogues and actions on a character or between characters.

It took me two years to write it since I went back briefly in the Philippines. 

To Write it, I just use my creativity in my head then started brainstorming. I read a book on writing a novel and notes about vocabulary and grammar. It made me realize how important education was.

It was also the first time I worked with an editor. I learned a lot from it because when I first finished my second book, I did not edit it properly and I went straight to submitting it with publishers. Got many rejections and some acceptance from non-traditional and traditional publishers. I almost went with a non-traditional publisher but the price did not go well with me. Again, I learned a lot knowing I should have edited it first.

After editing, I searched and submitted my book to publishers. An acceptance arrived from Avid Publishing, LLC and I was over the moon. No words can explain how I felt about it.

Now, I am productive on promoting my second book.


Why and how I wrote my second book, Time Travel

I love reading so it inspires me to write my second book, Time Travel. My favorite authors are Mitch Albom and Dan Brown.

I started with being creative then brainstorming. I studied about writing a novel, vocabulary and grammar. I remembered studying about writing a novel on my iPad in my bed. I now knew the importance of education because, for me, knowing things can make it better.

Now, my second book is published. All I can say is I am proud I did it.

Checkout Roxanne via the links below:

Website: https://roxannesanjose.wixsite.com/roxannesanjose

Facebook: www.facebook.com/roxanneasanjose

Twitter: www.twitter.com/sjroxanne

Instagram: www.instagram.com/roxanne_sanjose

Special Offers: Time Travel Pre-Order https://www.avid-publishing.com/product-page/time-travel

Time Travel is a YA Science Romance Novel. It will be released on April 15. Pre-order at https://www.avid-publishing.com/product-page/time-travel


Angelie Thompson invented a time machine in 2015 and her boyfriend, John Salvador, was accidentally transported back to 1970. Left with no other option, Angelie journeys through time, searching for John. Along the way, she encounters several adventures, meeting new people on her desperate search for her lover. Meanwhile, stranded in 1970 and with no hope of ever returning back to his own time, John begins a new life, working as a receptionist in Lesti Hotel where he finds a new love, Elisha. Conflict arises among the characters due to their complicated relationships and when disaster strikes, it’s up to Angelie to save the world with her time machine invention. The tale of ‘Time Travel’ highlights love, determination and friendship.

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