Remember my story from last time? About getting the pink streak in my hair? That wasn’t the only scary thing I did that day. While I was waiting for the highlights to process I pulled out my Kindle, and my stylist perked right up.
“I love my Kindle! It’s turned me into such a reader. Have you read this series – I blew through it in like a week!”
I hadn’t read the series she was talking about. But I’d heard of it. And I knew it was self published. So I asked, “Do you read mostly on your Kindle?”
“Yep. It’s so easy, and there are so many great books out there.”
“That series is self published, isn’t it? Do you care who the publisher is? ” I asked the question tentatively. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to know her answer. It felt at that moment like it was a huge deal. Like everything hinged on this woman’s answer.
She shrugged and checked the foils in my hair. “I don’t care who publishes it as long as the story is good. And this was fantastic! You should totally read it!”
“I’ll check it out, for sure.” I paused. Took a deep breath. Said the words I’d never said before to a stranger. “I write young adult books too.”
Her eyes widened and she grinned. “Really? That’s so cool! Do you have anything out? I want to read it!”
“Not yet, but I have something close to being ready.” I felt almost buoyant. Freed in a way. Here was a stranger who was excited about one of my books. And she didn’t care how she got it, she just wanted it in her hands.
“Hurry up and get it out! This is so exciting!” And she proceeded to tell the rest of the salon that I was an author. While I sat there, looking ridiculous, with foil in my hair.
I wanted the floor to swallow me whole. And then I realized, being an author is my dream. It’s what I’ve been working toward for so long now. What I’ve gotten SO close with – agents, publishers, readers. It wasn’t a lack of skill – I’d heard over and over in nice emails from wonderful agents that I had something special. Even had a couple of offers. It wasn’t that people didn’t like my concept or characters. It was some nebulous thing that I didn’t really have control over – subjectivity… market… luck….timing.
And I realized at that moment I was waiting for someone else to tell me yes. Waiting for someone else to validate me – either by offering rep, or a contract, or something that would show the world that I’d made it.
But the thing is, sitting there in that salon with a dozen women cooing over me and wanting to read my book, I realized it wasn’t really about those things. It’s about readers. It’s about putting out a well written, well edited book that you think readers will connect with. It’s about sharing a book you love with people you think will love it too.
And I think I have one of those.
So I am excited to announce that ULTRAVIOLET CATASTROPHE will be published this October!
There’s still a lot of work to do – editing, covers, formatting, promotion. But in just a few months, you guys will be able to read it for yourself. Hang out in the world I created, meet my characters. I am so excited for the opportunity to share this book with all of you – I hope you love it as much as I do! I want to thank all of you who’ve been so supportive, gracious and kind to read and comment on my book, who’ve encouraged me and helped me through all the craziness that this business can bring. I wouldn’t be here without you!
And OMG It even has a Goodreads page already! I’m in shock. If you’d like to add it, you can go here.
And to celebrate my good news and the fact that my mentor and crit partner’s amazing book is coming out ON TUESDAY! I’m going to give away an ebook copy of ONE by Leigh Ann Kopans to a random commenter! Just leave a comment on this post between now and Tuesday and one lucky winner will have a copy waiting for them on release day!!!
And, there might even be a sneak peek of Ultraviolet Catastrophe included *grin*
Also stay tuned for some fun things on the blog this week. I’m going to be hosting some of the amazing comics Chessie Zappia did for One’s release!