I self-published my debut novel, SALTED, in April 2014.
It was my baby. Developing the overall series arcs, characters, the world-building of a mythology – (selkies! Oh, and merfolk to engage neglected YA male readers!) – that was largely ignored by the mainstream publishing houses and authors, all these things take time. Clearly. I’d been preparing my debut novel for five years by the time I sent it out to over one hundred publishers and--
Rejection. All of them. (Er, the ones who bothered to respond anyway).
*The following is a true story.
SCENE: It’s 4:00 a.m. Karen wakes Aaron. Whispers… “I heard something downstairs…”
In two seconds, Aaron is out of bed and through the bedroom door, stepping into the pitch-black hallway. He peers down the darkened stairwell. He waits…listening for the ‘supposed’ intruder his wife heard…
Nothing… No noise at all.
Aaron quietly descends the steps like the ninja he was always meant to--
“LET IT GOOOOO! LET IT GO! I AM ONE WITH THE WIND AND SKYYYYYYY—“
Aaron stumbles on a motion-sensored/singing Elsa doll that his youngest daughter, Briar, conveniently left on the steps like a ‘Home Alone’ burglar trap. Aaron slips and falls, the clanged sound of his body knocking against the metal stairway railing echoing throughout the house.
Hey all! There's a great ebook sale this weekend -- 100 SF/F books for 99c each! Check it out and get some great reads!
Was on the Twitter machine today, trying to catch up with all my favorite writer news that I've missed in the past week, and I saw the following questions asked of fellow YA fantasy author, Arthur Slade.
(Click on the above image to find out Arthur's awesome answer to Jesse's questions. Also, be sure to give Arthur a Twitter follow and check out his books! He rocks!)
Since Arthur was kind enough to open the conversation to other authors' advice, I thought it'd be fun to tackle Jesse's questions too. Oh, and also because I'm nowhere near as good/succinct as Arthur on Twitter.
Let's dive in, shall we?
Judging from the emails I've received, box sets/bundles are all the rage these days.
Aaron wonders if people still say 'all the rage' anymore...no? Oh well. Get off my lawn, you whipper snappers!
Anywho, methought box sets/bundling were a grand idea, so I finally got around to putting them together for my two series....
"Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one."
-- Brad Paisley
How was your Thanksgiving? Ours was pretty laid back. My little ones helped me make noodles from scratch and a berry pie too, we watched the Dallas Cowboys get smoked by the Chargers, and then, after putting the kiddos to bed, I checked out Netflix's Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond documentary that's all about Jim Carrey's portrayal of Andy Kaufman.
It didn't disappoint either.
"Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there." -Will Rogers
Author. Actor. Rascal.