The Broken Hearts’ Society of Suite 17C and How It Broke Me

All told, it was almost 5 months from outline to first draft, which means I still have at least one big round of revisions to do on it. And that was writing full time.

So, yeah, I’m feeling a little broken. My big plans to publish five or six books in 2015 have, obviously, been modified. The self-publishing businesswoman I professed myself to be is mocking Writer Me, telling her how soft and weepy and inconsistent and useless she is.

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When a Book Fails

Sometimes, books don’t sell.   We (authors) don’t talk about it much, for lots of reasons. We think it’ll reflect badly on us. If we admit that this one book failed, that very very very few people wanted to read it enough to click the “buy” button, maybe readers will think all our books, past and future, aren’t worth their latte’s worth of book money. Maybe fellow writers will want to distance themselves from us, afraid to catch our bad selling juju or look totally lame by association.   Perhaps most of all, for self publishers, we don’t want every proud, confident, totally contented thing we publicly said about our publishing choice to look stupid.  We made a brave choice, and, for this book, at least, it didn’t pan out as we had hoped. And because that choice isn’t the popular choice, isn’t the lauded choice in this industry, instead of looking brave? We just look ridiculous. Naive. Quixotic in a worse way than Quixote himself (after all, we knew all the risks.)   Well, readers, my latest book has been out for a month, and has, so far, failed.   To be clear: It has sold some copies, an average of one a day. It’s made just under $100 this month, against a $1000 investment. Those are, by some measures, pretty decent numbers, and I know that a lot of writers would love to see $100 a month from one of their books.   But, see, I’m spoiled, I guess. In a way. The first book I ever self-published made one hundred times more in royalties (yes, you... read more

Writing Stand-alones vs. Series: YA Author Jessa Russo on her newest novel, DIVIDE!

Hi, sweet readers! My friend Jessa Russo has a new book out! I first met her years ago when we were both working toward publication. Her debut was the first in a trilogy, but DIVIDE, her latest release, is a stand-alone! So of course I asked her to blog about the difference between her experiences writing a standalone vs. a series. I’ll be giving not one, but TWO e-copies of DIVIDE away at 8:00 EST tomorrow! (May 9) All you have to do is comment for a chance to win!  For five (5!) extra entries, tweet about it using this text: I’m dying for a chance to read DIVIDE by @JessaRusso! #giveaway #amreading   But first, look at this stunning cover and blurb! (And don’t forget to stick around for the excerpt at the end!) From senior class president to dejected social outcast, with just the flick of a match. After accusations of torching her ex-boyfriend’s home are followed by the mysterious poisoning of her ex-best friend, seventeen-year-old Holland Briggs assumes her life is over. And it is. But not in the way she thinks. As Holland learns the truth about her cursed fate—that she is descended from the Beast most have only ever heard of in fairytales—she unites with an unlikely ally, good-looking newcomer Mick Stevenson.  Mick knows more about Holland’s twisted history than she does, and enlightening as it is to learn about, his suggestion for a cure is unsettling at best. Holland must fall in love with Mick in order to break the spell, and save their future generations from repeating her cursed fate. Having sworn off love... read more

A Working Writer

About  one week and one day ago, I became a full-time writer. This past year, I found myself in the very best of problematic situations – having two jobs I loved, but enough time to do only one.  I’ll miss my college students more than I can say, but in the end, writing was the best choice for me in terms of flexibility, long-term sustainability, and, yes, even income. So at the end of the year I packed up the office I’d spent so many wonderful years in, boxing up hundreds of books I’d collected during five years of grad school and five more years of work, and lowering my hard-earned diplomas from their places on the wall.   Now, every weekday, four hours are dedicated to writing books and preparing them for publication. Feeling like a “real” writer has crept on me slowly, so quietly that it’s hard to pinpoint when I felt the title really fit me. (I do know for sure it wasn’t when I published my first book, or even when I started earning money.)  When I started testing out the title, telling people, “I’m a writer,” it felt like a terrifying leap of faith. It felt like a commitment to something I wasn’t sure I could follow up on, a promise of some brilliance I knew I hadn’t uncovered, nor was I sure I ever would.   Now, with six books published (three under a pen name,) I’ve instilled in myself a sense of expertise, of “knowing the ropes,” of familiarity with the roller-coaster ride that is drafting, editing, and publishing a book. But... read more

ONE is a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Spark Award Honor Book!

Well, this is a pretty surreal announcement for me to be making.Last fall, on a long shot, I submitted ONE, my Young Adult debut about a girl with only half a superpower, for a SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Spark Award,  an annual award that recognizes excellence in a children’s book published through a non-traditional publishing route. Well, I got news late yesterday that ONE was selected as one of two Spark Award Honor Books in the Young Adult category. I’m not only honored, but I’m so, so proud. It’s not often I say that about my own work, but you guys. SCBWI is the organization for anyone who writes books for children and teens. They set up a top-notch decision process for the Award, with judging in two rounds by agents, editors, booksellers, and other publishing industry professionals. Besides, I never thought that my self-published debut novel would ever be eligible for any awards. Ever. So yes, I’ll get a plaque, and yes, I’ll get a shiny gold sticker to put on ONE’s cover (eee!)  But to me, the real sweetness in winning this award is feeling like, on one more way, I’ve earned my chops as a Young Adult author. And, as always, I wouldn’t have ever kept writing or published a single thing if it hadn’t been for the love and support of all of you, sweet readers. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank... read more

It’s an Honor to Be Nominated…

…and it would be awesome to win! Back when I announced my book deal for ONE, my debut novel, I knew (and accepted!) that my decision to self-publish it meant that I would never get a few things for it: widespread distribution in brick-and-mortar stores, reviews from major publications, and book award nominations. Not that awards are all that important – the fact that readers love ONE has always been the most important to me, and the greatest award I could ask for. BUT – it would still be really, really, REALLY cool to win an award for the novel that made me brave enough to publish myself. That’s why it’s so exciting that ONE has been nominated for IndieReCon Best Indie Novel of 2013!!!!  Seriously, I’m still grinning over this. I don’t know who nominated ONE, but I’d like to hug them and turn my silly grin on them and buy them a latte and then hug them again.So please, if you liked ONE or if you like me or if you believe in indie-publishing with a whole lot of hard work, time, and love invested in it, VOTE HERE.  Anyone can vote. You, your critique partners, your co-workers, your siblings, your spouse. Anyone you know who you’ve recommended ONE to who’s liked it (thank you!) can vote and share the link with all their friends so they can vote too. You know, if they want to. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a million times again – I owe every ounce of my success to my readers, especially those... read more

Solving for Ex’s Release Day!

Hey, sweet readers!I feel like there’s been a low buzz around Solving for Ex since I first announced the book deal , and I have you to thank. From the very beginning you’ve cheered me on, asked how you can help, and helped  the word spread like wildfire. I’m so proud to be releasing this YA contemporary retelling of Mansfield Park out into the world on its 200th anniversary of publication (give or take a few months.) It’s funny to think that the publishing world was just as wild and crazy in the 21st century as it was in the 19th. Thomas Egerton was a small indie publisher (who published books “on commission,” which was sort of a weird hybrid of self-publishing and the royalty model,) of a seriously interesting collection of stuff, but none of it was romance – until he encountered Jane Austen. Wouldn’t you know? She made a splash in British publishing like no other woman ever had, or ever would again, and it was all because a handful of people believed in her. In whatever small way I’m carrying on her legacy by publishing this retelling, I’m honored to do it. How can you help me celebrate Solving for Ex’s release? By helping me spread the word, of course! Here’s where people can buy it: Solving for Ex on AmazonSolving for Ex on Barnes and Noble And here are some little ads you’re more than welcome to grab for Instagram/Twitter/Facebook purposes:     If you’d like to put yourself on the super-chill blog tour I put together, you can use these banners and head here to... read more

Three Things I Believe About Publishing

1. Every publishing path has its drawbacks, and no drawback is ultimately worse than any other.  I chose self-publishing after knowing, and accepting, the drawbacks, one of which was the unavailability of many discoverability channels. The fact that my book will never be in Wal-Mart or in a magazine is something that I made peace with a long time ago. I published my books anyway, because I thought they could succeed despite that. And they have, modestly. The drawbacks in self publishing are different than those in small or traditional publishing (some people say low royalties and lack of creative control are drawbacks, for example), and I decided to self publish because, despite those drawbacks, I decided the benefits more than canceled them out. One week before publishing my third book, I’m very happy with my decision, drawbacks and all. 2. Other books are not a reflection on mine just because we have a publishing path in common. Before I publish a book, I work hard to make sure it’s edited, nicely formatted, and professionally presented. I have two editors work on it, plus proofreaders and a formatter. I also have a professionally designed cover. Then I solicit reviews from book bloggers and Goodreads reviewers. I set up a blog tour comprised, in large part, of those bloggers. When my book publishes, they post their review on Amazon, because I approached them professionally with a polished product, and they want to post the review. Besides the blog tour, I have a multi-tiered marketing plan designed to create buzz about the book months before it’s published. All these things, together,... read more

Why I Self-Published, and Why I’m Going to Keep Doing It

Disclaimer: I wrote this post to share my reasons for self publishing. I am not trying to say that these should or should not be anyone else’s reasons. In short, this post is not about you – but if any part of it happens to speak to you, maybe you should take it under consideration. Before I begin, I want to share an incredible postthat Jennifer Armentrout wrote yesterday entitled, “Stockholm Syndrome.”  In it, she expresses her desire for us to end the which-way-is-best-to-publish wars, and I applaud her for that.  Go read.   My self-published books have enjoyed a very modest amount of success in the nine months I’ve been published. Because of that, or their presentation/packaging, or because someone read a sample and thought my writing was good, or a dozen other reasons I can’t imagine, a lot of people have assumed I decided to self-publish “for the right reasons.”   From what I can gather, “right reasons” to self publish fall in the category of making the right business decision for me and my book, independent of any other factors, and “wrong reasons” include self-publishing because my book couldn’t sell traditionally. Because I gave up. So I wanted to write this post to clear that up. Why I self-published, originally: 1. Traditional publishing was too hard. Yep, I said it. My book wasn’t selling for what seemed to be, according to my rejection letters, completely arbitrary and inconsistent reasons. Neither I nor my agent knew how to make it ‘good enough’ to sell, and worst, I didn’t even know how to improve when I wrote my next... read more

Are You Ready to Fall for THE ART OF FALLING?

Hey, sweet readers. By this point in my writing career, I’ve been fortunate enough to see a handful of books from first draft all the way through publication. I’m so happy that my friend Jenny Kaczorowski‘s debut, THE ART OF FALLING, is one of them. It was picked up by Bloomsbury Spark for its debut line, and they couldn’t have made a more perfect choice to introduce us to the awesome books they have to offer. I love this book so much that I couldn’t help but convince Jenny that she really needed to give this book the star treatment in terms of promotion. Our amazing network of book bloggers jumped at the chance to help Jenny get the word out, and I’m so grateful, because I want you to meet these incredible, selfless bloggers, and I want them, and you, to hear about this awesome book! But before we get to the blogging schedule, there’s MORE to The #12DaysofFalling! Jenny’s doing a giveaway of 10 (TEN!) Awesome swag packs, including Skittles. You’ll see why. (Ben = SWOON!) She’s also offering up 5 copies of THE ART OF FALLING, and that’s international to boot! I’ll put the entry form at the end of this post – throw your hat in the ring! In addition, every tweet OR Instagram anything about THE ART OF FALLING using the hashtag #12DaysofFALLING will get their name put in a drawing for MORE copies of the e-book (you could even give it as a late Christmas present to someone who just got an e-reader!) If you want to Instagram about THE ART OF FALLING,... read more

I’m in the #NILtribe!

 Listen. Being part of a tribe is pretty cool. (Take it from someone who’s a member of the Tribe. It’s awesome.) I’m super excited to report that I’m a new member in the #NILtribe. What does this tribe do? Well, it spreads the word about Lynne Matson’s awesome 2014 debut, NIL... There’s a weird island and murder and intrigue and it’s pure awesomeness!  Here’s how to join the #NILtribe, from Lynne’s blog:    If you love books, especially thrillers, packed with mysteries, islands, secrets and ALL THE FEELS, then #NILtribe may be for you! All you have to do is tweet . . . or post to Facebook . . . or post on your blog . . . or comment on my blog: “I joined the tribe!” and add the #NILtribe hashtag. And that’s it! You’re in.:) Over the three months, follow the #NILtribe hashtag on Twitter and Facebook for chances to win galleys of NIL, copies of other YA books I love and sweet NIL swag . . . and to discover NIL sekrits. Each day I’ll tweet using the #NILtribe hashtag. I’ll share cool facts about the characters, island sekrits, author interviews, giveaway links, etc. Each week I’ll share new goodies that will be up for grabs by members of the #NILtribe in upcoming giveaways (spoiler: creepy bone cuff bracelet anyone?!) Each month will bring more opportunities to win NIL galleys, NIL swag, and after NIL’s release, signed hardbacks.:) And in the last month before release, all #NILtribe members will get swag-to-be-revealed… just by joining the #NILtribe.:) And to all those readers-who-love-thrillers-and-islands-and-sekrits-and swoon? Feel free to... read more

Where I’ve Been

It’s been a whirlwind of a year, this debut year of mine. I’ve learned so much, decided so much, and I’ll write about all of that once the waters of my life, and of the self-publishing boom, have calmed a bit more. Right now, I want to tell you all where I’ve been. It’s nothing earth-shattering, but there have been changes which affect my writing. For most of the last two years, I had been working at my day job (which I love) 30 hours a week while my kids went to full-time preschool – 45-ish hours a week. I wrote in the margins – after I dropped them off, for 45 minutes in a coffee shop near campus; for half an hour after my last meeting of the day, before the 5:00 dash struck; half the day I took off once a week for cleaning the house and self-care. Yes, writing is my self-care. Was my self-care, I should say. Everything changed when Kindergarten started. My oldest is now in school for just 28 hours a week. I can’t stomach paying for before-and-after care for him, and he wouldn’t deal with it well anyway. I’m still working 30 hours a week at my day job (which I LOVE!!!) To give me enough hours to work, a Hebrew tutor/sitter helps us one night a week and David takes care of all four kids on another.  These Herculean efforts of juggling and time-apportioning leave just enough time for my day job and for me to take care of my family, but not much time for me to take care of... read more

TWO’s release day!

Hi, sweet readers. Well, it’s been nearly a year since I decided to self publish my books. A year ago, I wouldn’t have even said “self-publish,” because the phrase was so loaded with nasty stigma. I would have said “make available to readers myself” or “indie publish.” Things have changed so much in just a year, and my life as a writer has changed right along with them. As of today, I have two YA novels out in the world. It’s TWO’s release day today, and for some reason, I’m even more emotional – in all ways – than I was for ONE’s book birthday. I think a lot of it has to do with TWO’s narrator – Elias. As opposed to Merrin, who is headstrong, tough, and, often, inconsiderate, Elias is quiet, patient, and absolutely wrapped up in the health and happiness of the people he loves. He’s easily wounded, and desperate for everything to be normal and for life to be calm. When things get tough, even though he feels desperate, he steps up to the plate, but his natural place is not the center of drama and excitement. I know what that feels like.  I knew, while writing, that Elias was the only character I’ve ever cried for. I’ve realized, in the post-production of TWO that Elias is a lot like me. The rest of the unexpected emotion is the fact that this is my second book out in the world, and it feels GOOD. To me, it means I feel comfortable calling myself “author,” delighted and proud to share my stories with you.  In short,... read more

REAPER’S RHYTHM blog tour – Interview with Author Clare Davidson!

Hello, sweet readers! I’m so so so excited today because it’s finally my turn for a stop on Clare Davidson’s Reaper’s Rhythm blog tour!!! *confetti* When everyone thinks your sister committed suicide, it’s hard to prove she was murdered. Kim is unable to accept Charley’s sudden death. Crippled by an unnatural amnesia, her questions are met with wall after wall. As she doubts her sanity, she realises her investigation is putting those around her in danger. The only person who seems to know anything is Matthew, an elusive stranger who would rather vanish than talk. Despite his friendly smile, Kim isn’t sure she can trust him. But if she wants to protect her family from further danger, Kim must work with Matthew to discover how Charley died – before it’s too late. Hi Leigh Ann! I’m really excited to be gatecrashing visiting your blog again. I love it here AND I brought cookies.And since they’re virtual, they’re calorie free! Wonderful! So let’s start with a writer’s question. Tell me your favorite part about writing a book.  Really, ANY part.  Those moments when you’re completely in the flow of writing and the words come easily. So easily, that when you read back your completed draft, it’s like you’re reading an unknown book. Do you ever get that feeling? It’s great. YES, I do! I like it especially when I thought it would be horrible and then it wasn’t. 🙂 So, I’m a bit obsessed with your cover art. Can you tell me a little bit about your illustrator? What drew you to him?  He was recommended to me by a Ruth Parlour. I... read more

Reaper’s Rhythm teaser!!!

You guys! Remember just a couple days ago when I helped reveal the cover for Clare Davidson’s Reaper’s Rhythm? Well today I’m sharing a snippet with you, and even better, it has accompanying artwork! Amazing! Here it is….. Two phones in hand—mine and Charley’s—I lay on my bed. I switch Charley’s phone on. It chimes and the telecom company’s logo pops onto the screen. It fades to black and a photograph of me and Charley materialises. It was taken on a rare sunny day on the promenade. We have our backs to the calm sea. Our heads, which fill the entire photo, are knocked together. I’m smiling and Charley is pursing her lips, like she’s about to give someone a huge kiss. I frown as I check her messages. I can’t find the text she received the night she died. I heard it come through. Charley’s message tone was the riff from her favourite song. Whatever the text said, it’s gone. I doubt the police would have deleted it. Charley must have. But why? ******************** When everyone thinks your sister committed suicide, it’s hard to prove she was murdered. Kim is unable to accept Charley’s sudden death. Crippled by an unnatural amnesia, her questions are met with wall after wall. As she doubts her sanity, she realises her investigation is putting those around her in danger. The only person who seems to know anything is Matthew, an elusive stranger who would rather vanish than talk. Despite his friendly smile, Kim isn’t sure she can trust him. But if she wants to protect her family from further danger, Kim must work... read more

Cover Reveal – Clare Davidson’s REAPER’S RHYTHM!!!!

Hi sweethearts! I’m so excited that I get to be part of the cover reveal for my friend Clare Davidson’s REAPER’S RHYTHM!!!!Here’s the blurb: When everyone thinks your sister committed suicide, it’s hard to prove she was murdered. Kim is unable to accept Charley’s sudden death. Crippled by an unnatural amnesia, her questions are met with wall after wall. As she doubts her sanity, she realises her investigation is putting those around her in danger. The only person who seems to know anything is Matthew, an elusive stranger who would rather vanish than talk. Despite his friendly smile, Kim isn’t sure she can trust him. But if she wants to protect her family from further danger, Kim must work with Matthew to discover how Charley died – before it’s too late. I’ve read a bit of it already, and,  yeah – it’s as spooky as it sounds. I know I’m excited for it to come out…. and ALMOST as excited to show you the cover! Are you ready?  Awesome, right? So run over and add it to your Goodreads here! Author Bio: Clare Davidson is an independent writer, based in Lancaster. Clare is a high school teacher, mother and character-driven fantasy writer. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband and never left. They now share their lives with their young daughter, a cranky grey cat and an insane white kitten. She published her first novel, Trinity in... read more

New Book Deal – YA Romance SOLVING FOR EX!

Hey, sweet readers!  Whew! Can’t believe it was six months ago that I was announcing my first book deal. It looked a little something like this (in my head:) Leigh Ann Kopans’s ONE, about a girl with only half a superpower and her struggle to make herself whole, to Her Own Bad Self, in a freaking sweet deal, in a two-book deal, for publication beginning June 2013. This deal was brokered by wine, ice cream, and the best friends on the planet. So, you know, that deal did, indeed, end up being “freaking sweet,” true to promise. ONE has been out for one month and five days, and just yesterday earned back all the money I invested in it. I’m really excited for TWO to be out in October (and you can see its cover revealed over at Hafsah’s site today!) Today, I’m really excited to announce a NEW book deal! Here’s the (in-my-head) announcement: Leigh Ann Kopans’s SOLVING FOR EX, a Young Adult romance that remixes Jane Austen’s classic Mansfield Park as Clueless meets Mean Girls in a crazy mix of high school society, mathletic competition, and teenage romance, to Her Own Bad Self, in an incredibly awesome deal, for publication in February 2014, the 200th anniversary of Mansfield Park’s publication. This deal was brokered by supportive friends, more wine, and a genuine love for self-publishing. And here’s the full blurb:  Ashley Price doesn’t have much in life after being bullied so hard she had to leave her old school to live with her aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh. But the camera she borrowed from her best friend and secret crush Brendan, and her off... read more

ONE’s release day!!!

ONE is now live and available for purchase! Amazon KindlePaperback (from Amazon)Special Edition Paperback with comics (from Amazon)Barnes and Noble NookiBookstoreSigned (from my site)Createspace Nearly five months ago, I told you all about ONE – a book that I’d written, that I loved, and that I thought deserved to be published. I told you that I’d be self-publishing it. You all proved me wrong. I didn’t publish ONE by myself. I published this book with every ounce of energy, love, and hope I had in me, yes. But just as importantly, more importantly, I published it with the help of each and every one of you who had a hand in, supporting it, planning for it, and crafting it into the final product it is today.So, to all of you who ever tweeted, commented, and cheered – to all of you who took the time to read this book once, twice, or eight times already – to all of you who poured your creative energy into promoting it through blog posts, music, video and art – and to all of you who held my hand tight and my head high, in so many different ways – thank you, thank you, thank you. This is just as much your book as it is mine. I think we did a really good... read more

Two Weeks ‘Til ONE – Part 10

It’s the last day before I’m publishing my debut novel with the help of 100 or so of my closest friends! I feel lucky that I got the chance to work with the ever-amazing Chessie Zappia on these comic teasers – mostly, lucky that she agreed to play along with my crazy, unorthodox idea. Chessie and I have teamed up to carry these comics into the future of the book. Anyone will be able to purchase a special edition of ONE with the comics in the back. It’s priced at $1 extra, and that dollar will go directly from my bank account to benefit Melanoma Research – a cause close to the artist’s heart. I’ll post the “buy” link for that along with all the others tomorrow – please consider supporting the cause along with us. Just look for the “Special Edition” stamp! Now, without further ado, the final installment of ONE’s comic... read more

Two Weeks Til ONE

Hi, sweet readers.  It’s a funny thing, when you publish a book. Friends that you never really realized were so dear to you come out of the woodwork, wanting to help however they can. A bunch of them even join a Street Team whose express purpose is spreading the word about your book. In the two weeks before ONE’s release, to help spread the word throughout cyber space and give us an intro to the story, the team is releasing a series of graphic-novel style teasers on their blogs! Please find the schedule below, click over every day, and leave the posters some love! Drawn by my friend and nemesis (it’s complicated) Chessie Zappia. Tuesday, May 28th – Installment #1 Jolene at Pen and MuseCatherine Scully Amber MaudlinKat Ellis Wednesday, May 29th – Installment #2Clare DavidsonJessi ShakarianRebecca Mahoney Thursday, May 30th – Installment #3J.A. WardElyse G (@brainywordsmith)Jamie Krakover Friday, May 31st – Installment #4Jani Grey JC LillisRachel Solomon Monday, June 3rd – Installment #5Megan WhitmerHelen BoswellMichelle SmithLiz Lincoln Tuesday, June 4th – Installment #6Catherine ScullySamantha SessomsTara Allen Nikki DiehmKK Hendin Wednesday, June 5th – Installment #7Paul AdamsSarah HudsonAimee ArnoldCatherine CiccarelliVeronica BartlesChyna NgieRachel O’LaughlinSuzanne VanRooyen Thursday, June 6th – Installment #8Dianne at “Oops! I Read a Book Again.”Raven AshleyAlex BrownLeigh CarolineAmanda OlivieriVirginia Boecker Friday, June 7th – Installment #9Jamie GreyFrancesca ZappiaKaye MTawney BlandJenny KaczorowskiRachel SimonLouise Gornall Monday, June 10th All of the above, plus… Phil BartlesJ. Liz HillLeslie LagmanSerena LawlessMegan OrsiniTiffany BHeidi... read more

An Apology

Hi, sweet readers. I’ve realized, in a couple different ways over the past two weeks, that my Publishing 101 posts caused some pain and/or offense to some that read them. Several folks read them as a declaration that I thought that my publishing process was the only right way to publish, or the only legitimate way to publish, and by extension, that other ways were wrong, substandard or not legitimate. I now see that, with the way I wrote them, it was pretty easy to read them that way. I want to be very clear: I think that the way I’m publishing my book is the right way for me and for this particular book. I don’t believe there’s any one right, true, good, or legitimate way to publish. In fact, I think that there are as many right ways to publish a book as there are books themselves. It certainly never was my intent to hurt anyone, only to be transparent about my process in the hopes that it might be helpful to other authors. Still, that’s no excuse for any pain I caused anyone, in any way. I’m so very sorry for any hurt or misunderstanding I caused through those posts. I take full responsibility – please accept my apologies. (Disabled comments, because I’m not looking to start a conversation here – only to share my... read more

Cover Reveal: ADDICTED TO YOU by Colina Brennan (NA Romance)

Hi, sweet readers! I’m so excited to bring you another cover reveal for an incredible-looking NA romance! (Though I don’t write NA romance, I work with college students, and the girls, especially, love these books. Awesome.) This one’s by a fresh new voice on the scene, Colina Brennan. Here’s what ADDICTED TO YOU is about (sounds amazing!) When twenty-one-year-old Leah Carter’s latest one night stand burglarizes her apartment, her roommate forces her to attend therapy for sex addicts. Leah insists she isn’t a sex addict; she just doesn’t do relationships. After all, sooner or later, everyone lets you down. At first, the group sessions are little more than an education on how to be promiscuous. Until she meets the newest addict—blue eyes, killer body, and a smile that tempts relapse. Psychology student Will McLean is posing as a fellow addict while researching a case study on unusual addictions. But the more he learns about Leah, the more certain he is that his desire to break through her walls and unearth her secrets has nothing to do with his assignment. As the uncertainties spike alongside the sexual tension, the only thing Leah knows for sure is that falling in love would be disastrous. Too bad love might be one addiction she can’t kick. Mmm. Will sounds delicious, doesn’t he? What’s that? You’d like to take a look at him? Well, he miiiiight be on the cover…. Wanna see? Okay…. …………………. ………… ……. ….. GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!What a beautiful cover!!!!!Congrats, Colina! Okay, okay. I know you want to add it to Goodreads.  Here’s the link: Go! Add! And here’s a little more... read more

Cover Reveal: FIXED ON YOU by Laurelin Paige!

Hi, sweet readers! I’m so excited to be part of ANOTHER incredible New Adult cover reveal! This one is hosted by AToMR tours, and it’s a doozy. Get out your fans and smelling salts if your inclined to fainting fits and swoons! 😉 Title:Fixed on You (Fixed, #1) Author:Laurelin Paige Genre:Contemporary Age Group: Adult Expected release date: July 31, 2013 Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours Goodreads: Book Description: Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Pierce’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out – move up at the nightclub she works at and marry the manager, David. He’s perfect for her because, although he’s attractive, he doesn’t get her all turned inside out and upside down like some other men have. It’s a safe plan, one that assures she’ll remain in control of her obsessive love disorder. But what Alayna didn’t figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He’s smart, rich, and gorgeous – the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson’s fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of his plans to seduce her. Avoiding him becomes impossible after he offers a business proposition Alayna can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull. Soon Alayna’s charmed by Hudson in every way possible and the control over her old behaviors slip. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late... read more

Publishing 101 – Money

Hi, sweet readers. I really, really, really wanted to do a post about money and self-publishing. Money’s a difficult topic to discuss, because some of us have more of it and some of us have less, social stratification, privilege, opportunity, etc etc etc. I know. But we’re all adults, professionals, and hidden safely behind our computer screens here, yes? So this will be easy (-ish.) One of the first questions I ask people who are considering self publishing is whether they have the money to do it well. I see other self-publishers giving the advice to “only spend what you can afford,” and I think that’s wrong. Yes. It’s wrong. What I think they should say is “If you don’t have the resources to do it right, either wait and save up or don’t do it at all.” Yes, it’s sort of a harsh message. Yes, I stand by it. Before I made the final decision to publish ONE and TWO, I spent some time quietly gathering estimates from the various professionals I’d need to hire to make these books a success. I talked to Trisha, who helped me add things to my list I didn’t even know I might need or want, and put myself through a reality check, too. (For example: In theory, I could organize a blog tour myself, but would it drive me crazy? Yes. And did I have any of the right experience to do a good job? No.) She also helped me assess whether I needed some of the professionals I was waffling on. (For example: ONE had been through so many revisions... read more

Cover Reveal: EYRE HOUSE by Caitlin Greer

Hey, sweet readers! If you know me at all, you know about my obsession with Jane Eyre. The deep themes, the rampant creepiness, and the way it drips with sexuality, even for an 1800s classic, well…*shiver*. I just love it, okay? Which was why when Cait told me she was tackling a redux of Jane Eyre set in a sleepy Southern tourist town, where the Jane character is played by a ripped boy named Evan with gorgeous tattoos? I FREAKED OUT. I mean, I was jealous, because why hadn’t I thought of that? But mostly I was so so happy, because maybe she’d let me read it? Well, it’s a good thing she did, because I adored being a right-hand CP on this project. It’s everything Jane Eyre is, done so masterfully I can’t even. Mysterious, sexy, heartbreaking, beautifully written….oh my gosh, you guys. You’re going to adore this. So here’s the scoop. EYRE HOUSE comes out this July (!!!!) and I am D-Y-I-N-G for you all to read it too.  Here’s the synopsis, which is way more thorough than my crazy fangirling: When eighteen-year-old orphan Evan Richardson signed up to work at Eyre House, on the sleepy tourist getaway of Edisto Island, SC, he never expected to find himself dodging ghosts. But Eyre House seems to have more than its fair share of things that go bump in the night, and most of them seem to surround his employer’s daughter. Back from her freshman year of college, Ginny Eyre is dangerous from word one. She’s a bad girl with ghosts of her own, and trouble seems to follow... read more

Cover Reveal: CATCHING LIAM by Sophia Bleu

Hey, sweet readers.  It’s no secret that I have mad love and respect for New Adult literature. That’s why I’m so excited to be participating in the cover reveal for an up-and-coming New Adult author’s debut!!!! It’s called CATCHING LIAM and oh my goodness I cannot WAIT to get my hands on it….and to recommend it to the students I work with. Here’s what CATCHING LIAM is all about: Twenty-one year-old Jillian Nichols only has one rule when it comes to boys: catch and release. Boy-catching isn’t just a game for Jillian and her friends, it’s a lifestyle. After all, boys might be good for a dance or a drink and certainly a little under-cover action of the scandalous variety, but expect much else and you’re bound for heart ache. So when her best friends and fellow boy catchers start dropping like flies junior year, Jillian is determined to keep boys in her bedroom and out of her heart. Until she meets Liam McAvoy, the kind of guy that sticks around to make waffles and who can’t—or perhaps won’t—take a hint. Study abroad student Liam doesn’t want to be another notch on Jillian’s bedpost. Actually he has much more interesting ideas for Jillian and her bedposts, but his student visa’s set expiration date means he can’t promise her forever. That doesn’t mean he’s going to walk away from the challenge of discovering why Jillian is hell-bent at keeping people at a distance. Before long, neither is sure who is catching who—or if they’re playing for keeps. Jillian knows one thing though: falling in love will not only break the only rule of boy-catching, it could also break her heart. Sounds AWESOME, right? Wait, what’s that? You want to see the cover?... read more