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...

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,...

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...

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,...

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...

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...