An Annoucement and a Giveaway


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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 thenΒ  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.Β  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 – IΒ  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!

 

33 Comments

  1. we all need a little validation sometimes!

    • For sure! It’s always nice to get πŸ™‚

  2. I don’t need to be entered for the giveaway, but I just want to say my congrats! This is a really brave decision, and I know you will rock it. Readers really *are* what it comes down to, and like I’m certain Leigh Ann is going to find tons of readers, I’m certain that you are too. Super excited for you and your book! πŸ™‚

    • John, you are amazing. Thank you so much for your comment!

  3. HUGE CONGRATS, JAMIE!!! Can’t wait for the world to read UVC, and to read the final version myself!!

    • Thank you SO much Dahl!!! I can’t wait for you to read it too!

  4. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the lady’s answer! That’s awesome that you got the courage to say you’re an author! It’s even more awesome that you’re going to publish a book! Congratulations!!

    • *Hugs* Thank you Fida!!! I’m so blown away by how wonderful everyone is!

  5. I love this story, Jamie, and i’m so excited to read your book! And I’m pretty sure you can snag free highlights if you tell your stylist she was the tipping factor for you:) CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!

    • Thank you Jen!!!! And for sure – I’m totally telling her this story next time πŸ™‚

  6. Yaaaaaay, Jamie! This is such awesome news! I can’t wait for a physical copy to put on my shelf!!

    • Thanks Chessie!!!! You’re on the first round list πŸ™‚

  7. Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it πŸ™‚ *rushes over to Goodreads to add UVC*

    • Thanks so much Veronica!!!!

  8. Jamie! Your book sounds FAB! I’m going to add it as soon as I get home, since my GR app is acting up. So excited for you! Also, thank you for the awesome giveaway! <3

    • You’re so welcome, Molli! And thank you for the kind words!

  9. What a great story…and a great decision you made. I look forward to reading it. Congrats! I went through the same thing a few years ago finally telling people in the real world that I write and a neighbor called it my “coming out”! πŸ™‚

    • LOL that’s pretty much what it is, right? Thanks for the congrats Debbie!

    • *Hugs* Totally wouldn’t be here without you! Thanks Brenda!

  10. GOOD FOR YOU, JEANIE!!! Cannot wait to read it! I’m proud of you for taking it by the reigns and going after it, no matter how scary.

    –Julie

    • Thanks so much Julie!

  11. Gah, I totally bottled it last time I had opportunity to tell someone I’m a writer. One day . . .

    Big congrats to you, my dear. And now I’m off to add the book on GR : )

    • Right!? It’s terrifying to tell people. But we’re brave! We can do this πŸ™‚

  12. I truly love self pub’d books. Makes me happy for the authors to be able to make their own choices. To have their own ideas about what should be done.

    • Yes! I’m excited to have all the control and to see what works for me. It’ll be a fun experiment!

  13. Congratulations, Jamie! So excited for you! Can’t wait to hear more about ULTRAVIOLET CATASTROPHE!

  14. WOOOHOOOO!!! SO happy for you Jamie! Looking forward to October! xo

  15. So happy for you, Jamie! I love this post, and it’s so very true! Congrats, and I can’t wait to read it πŸ™‚

    (no need to enter me in the contest, I already preordered ONE)

  16. Congrats, Jamie! Weirdly enough, I did a talk to a writers group the other day, and we were talking about this kind of thing–about people not involved with publishing and what they think of self-published books. I maintain that the average person doesn’t care who the publisher is…and probably doesn’t even take note.

  17. As a 19 year old who hopes to be “good enough” to be a good author and day… I know what you mean. I hear so many terrifying stories about publishing a book, and about getting rejected. So that alone has kept me from putting my all into a novel– despite how many people tell me that I have a gift, or the fact one of my favorite authors told ME that I have a gift for expression and a natural talent. And I don’t do anything with that talent until now, because of a little fear of rejection.
    Well, guess who’s writing today?

  18. I just wanted to stay congrats!!!And I am so ready to be on your street team. πŸ™‚

  19. Congratulation on Ultraviolet Catastrophe and the fact that later this year readers will be reading your book! Pretty exciting! (No need to enter me in the giveaway, I’ve already read and enjoyed One!) πŸ™‚