About

draejune2016_smallHeya! Welcome to the improved Draebox.com! I’m Drae, a YA fantasy author and author success mentor. I’m here to help fiction writers become serious authors. This is an adventure I started without meaning to in 2006, when I began exploring the possibilities in book marketing and how to be, “good enough,” for an agent.

Back then in my teens, I was hopeful, but I wasn’t going to leave becoming an author to chance. I researched, observed and picked apart what successful authors (and publishers) were doing, then started to run my own experiments. A decade later, I’ve had fan mail and my debut YA fantasy book has done really well; it reached 10,038 sold and freely downloaded copies in ten months and eleven days since its release. It’s even been second and third in its Amazon categories on more than one occasion. It’s continuing to do well too.

 

I want this for you too. In fact, I want you to do it better and faster than me.

 

So let’s try it! Nothing bad will happen from trying something different.

 

The articles you find with Google all say the same, and any paid training often expect you to already have certain things in place (like a lot of Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin connections). What helped me was the research, analysis of others and the experiments I continue to run.

Let me share this with you.

Join Writers’ Club below to learn with me and find out how to use what I’ve already learned, like:

  • Finding time to write and balancing it well,
  • Overcoming fears like being afraid your story isn’t good enough for an agent,
  • Keeping up with your website and social media,
  • Reaching more readers by growing awareness (successful marketing of you and your books),
  • Being taken seriously,
  • Making friends with other writers,
  • And defeating procrastination.

” I wanted to join a community of writers that is all year round, unlike NaNoWriMo, and whilst I am getting involved with the Twitter writer community, the keep going challenges added more for me to follow. The challenges are also what I need at the moment. A push to get words down, especially as life is going to get very busy in the next few months. [The challenges] kept me motivated and made me write even a few words to keep pushing on. Not sure that would have happened otherwise. It was also nice to feel I was apart of a group of writers who were cheering each other on. ” Samantha, a member of Writers’ Club and a participant of the free #keepgoingwithdrae Challenge.