As I’m sitting down to write this little butterflies are fluttering around and quickly turning to rays of sunlight struggling to burst out of me. And I’m a touch weepy. So here we go- before I turn into a puddle.
About a year ago, I got an idea. What if girls were married off, but for something other than money. Something they had, but they couldn’t control. Like…magic! And that was the start of a Young Adult Fantasy that’s taken over my life.
About six months later, it was fully written, revised, rewritten, revised again, given to critic partners, revised again- well, you get the picture. I dutifully sent it off to a list of agents. While I had my moments of doubt like all authors do, I believed in it. It felt right, good. Replies came in. Contests were entered. There some really great comments from a few agents and other writers. People liked the bits they were seeing and wanted to see more.
But then something wasn’t feeling right. I stopped sending queries even though I still had a list of agents. I let it sit while I worked on another project. But I keep thinking about not only how much I loved my book, but other people’s response to it. I couldn’t bring myself to do nothing. I hemmed and hawed. Should I send it to agents again? Should I go directly to publishers? Should I look at smaller publishers? What would be best for me and my book?
At first the answer came slowly. It had always been there tugging in the back of my mind. But soon it was tugging harder and harder. Then it morphed into a full on yank that felt not just better than any other option, but like it was the right option. The one I needed to go with. And so I decided to self-publish. That’s right, I’m going indie!
My debut YOU ARE MINE, a YA Fantasy, will be published on May 6, 2013.
To all those who have already given me so much support and encouragement and to those of you who will help in the future thank you, thank you, thank you! And yes, I’m no longer just a touch weepy, I’m full out bawling. No, you don’t get a picture.
And typical me, I rambled longer than I meant to. So, without further ado, here’s the blurb and a link to good reads if you’d like to add it.
YOU ARE MINE
Serena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn’t follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life—worth less than the shadow she casts.
Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly.
47 replies on “My Big News”
Yay! I’m so excited for this brilliant book ^_^ YAY! 😀
Thanks, Allyson! 😀
Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it. I bet May 6 will come soon.
Thanks, Suzi! With all I have to do between now and then, it will be here soon 😉
WOOHOO! So excited for you and YOU ARE MINE. Also, I always LOVE reading about writers processes and why and how they choose to publish. I can’t wait to read your book. Off to add it to my goodreads:D
Thanks, Robin! It fun reading about different author’s journeys. It’s a fun process to get to go through, too.
Congrats that’s very exciting! 🙂
Thanks, Giselle! 🙂
YAY! So excited to read! I still remember the fist book you let me read! How will we be able to get it? Too bad it isn’t in April, I would make my book club read it!
Ah, Arabella. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about freshening up her story and doing something with it. YOU ARE MINE is going to be an e-book available at Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Amazong, and possibly a few other places.
Added! 🙂 I remember critiquing your query and saying what a great idea I thought it was. Looking forward to enjoying it!
Congratulations Janeal! that is great news! 🙂
Thank you, Jasprit! 🙂
Congratulations!! This is exciting news!!
Thank you, Amy! 🙂
Congrats on your decision! I may be a little biased but I definitely think self-publishing is a great route to take. I’ve added it on GoodReads, it sounds fantastic! 🙂
Biased opinions work for me. 😉 And thank you, Marie!
Congratulations! I love fantasy and magic, so I obviously just went and added this to my TBR. 🙂 I’m just starting to branch out into indie reads, but I’m always willing to give a good story a chance.
Thanks, Jen! And extra big thanks for the add. 😀
Very excited! OMG your background just completely changed color.. so cool! Congratulations!
Thanks, Jenni! And yes, I love this background. Wish I could take credit, but it’s a template- a really fun template!
Congrats, that’s very exciting. I love books about magic. Your book sounds really interesting. Just added it to my goodreads tbr list.
I’m actually working on a book as well and I’ve also decided to self publish it, although I still have a long way to go.
-Nazish @ Nazish Reads
Thanks! And exciting about you working on a book, too! They are a lot of work to write, but so much fun. Good luck with it!
Can’t wait to read this! A big congrats!!! There’s a special place in my heart for indie publishing, and I’ll be looking out for You Are Mine in May 🙂
Thanks, Becca! I know for me at least, May will be here soon. Just over six weeks away 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
Wow! Congratulations! This sounds totally interesting. When it’s ready, contact me and I’ll do a review for you or help you with your book release blog tour or whatever. 😀
Thank you so much! I actually just finished with the last bits this week so I’ll send you an e-mail. =D
I love young adult books and yours sounds very good. Congratulations on getting your book published; can’t wait to read it!
Thank you! Your comment made my day. =D
CONGRATS!! This is so exciting. 🙂
Thanks, Margo! It is really exciting. 🙂
Congratulations, that’s wonderful news. The synopsis sounds great, I’ve added it to Goodreads.
Thank you for your kind words and adding it to Goodreads! 😀
Congrats! It sounds like a fantastic premise!!!
Thank you, Kate! I’m so glad you think so!
Your book sounds really interesting! I can’t wait to read it!
Thanks, Ashlee! Hope you enjoy it when it comes out 🙂
Congrats, Janeal! You are Mine sounds fantastic. I thinking of going indie with one of my books. I just have to finish it, then I’ll be on my way!
Thanks, Julia! 🙂 I’m definitely in favor of indie 😉 What I love most is that there’s so many options for writers now. It’s fantastic. Good luck with working on it!
Wow! That sounds like a great read 🙂 Congrats on deciding to go Indie.
Thank you so much! On both counts! So far it’s been a fantastic decision 🙂
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