SHADOWS: On The Road Again

Hi Grasshoppers! I’m dropping by quickly to make an announcement about my first novel, Shadows of the Hidden. 

Shadows front cover~small

If you’ve been with me for a while, you know that Shadows has a rather long and complicated history with the publishing world. Like, if Shadows and the publishing industry saw each other at the same restaurant, I’m not entirely sure they would say hello. A subtle nod? Maybe. But it would be strained, and tension would be high.

A brief review of Shadows‘ relationship with the publishing industry:

  • It’s been on three rounds of submission to editors, and while it was ALMOST bought by a major publisher back in 2010, in the end, it didn’t make it through acquisitions.
  • It was self-published for a year…
  • and then un-self-published…
  • and then acquired by Compass Press, and now–

Well, now we get to the announcement part.

Due to the owner’s decision to pursue her career as a traditionally published author, Compass Press is closing its doors–which means Shadows is fully back in my hands.

There are pros to this, and there are also many cons. I won’t get into all of them right now, but suffice it to say, the book IS NOT GOING AWAY.

We will probably experience a couple of blips on the radar as Compass pulls all of its inventory and I re-self-publish; for example, there may be a week or two in which the book is not available for purchase anywhere. While I would like for this transition to be seamless, I can’t guarantee we won’t hit any speedbumps along the way.

In the meantime, please consider doing the following things to help out with the process:

1) If you left a review of the book ANYWHERE, back it up so that you can re-post it later! When Shadows is fully pulled from Compass, its page on Amazon will disappear. The same will happen on Barnes & Noble’s website. This means all the book’s ranking history, reviews, and comments will VAMOOSE. And that, friends, is not good news for me. I’m not sure if it will remain on Goodreads; I think it might, but you never know. Please, back up your reviews and add them to the new pages later!

2) Keep talking about the book. Word-of-mouth is THE MOST POWERFUL tool for authors. We savor every kind review, every favorable word, every recommendation you give to someone else. It is the number one way we are able to continue writing. Without you, our work will die–plain and simple. If you love Shadows, tell people. Buy it for them. Ask your local library to stock it. I promise, it will help!

That’s it! Never a dull moment, eh? As far as I can tell, the book is still available on Amazon–but I don’t know how long that will last. Thanks for sticking around, and remember–only 302 days until Pull can be in your hands! I love you all!

OH HEY 2015

*carefully avoids talking about the fact that the last blog post on this website was from September*

Well helloooooo!

So, it’s 8:30pm on a Sunday night. I’ve spent all afternoon working on line edits for PULL, which are coming along nicely, but WOW.

This… is hard work.

I’m doing my final read-through, which means taking eight chapters a day and combing through them for writing technique, plot holes (which are hopefully non-existent at this point), character development, grammar, punctuation, ALL THE THINGS.

And you know what I’ve found?

That when people say you’re never done editing, they are telling you the straight-up TRUTH.

However, I’m going to have to be done at some point, because this book releases in ELEVEN MONTHS and I am so, so excited to share it with all of you! And in fact, tomorrow is my deadline to turn in this pass, which is funny because I still have about fourteen chapters left to do.

So it’ll be interesting to see how I manage to rewind time and get that done before the end of the day tomorrow.

*googles “where to buy time-turner”*

Anyway, this is going to be a short post because I need to get ready for work tomorrow and flail about my impending deadline, BUT please know that I have MORE THINGS TO SAY, and lo, I have updated my Events page, should you want to see mah face in person.

Good night, Grasshoppers, and we’ll meet again next week.

448 Days

It will surprise exactly two of you that my spotty blogging this summer was mostly–90%, let’s say–due to my own lack of discipline and anything resembling a steady routine. I thought a lot about blogging, and I read some other blogs, and I came up with funny blog post titles in my head, but when it came right down to it? I stayed quiet.

90% my own fault–but 10% something else.

The “10% something else” was split into two parts:

1) I spent the majority of spring and early summer finishing a MAJOR round of revisions for my editors and had very little time to work on anything else. This edit was so large that when Agent Emma read through the new version of the manuscript, she described what I’d done as “turning the story inside-out.” In the end, I added about 20,000 words and made the novel roughly 500% better. Ultimately, I was SO glad to have done that edit because it needed to happen and it was totally worth it in the end. But wow, was it hard.

And:

2) The editors I began with at Spencer Hill are not the ones I’ll end with. Long story short, there were some extenuating circumstances in June/July that required PULL to be transferred to a new editor, and for a while there, I was editor-less. And I wasn’t sure what to say or do because I still didn’t have a release date and I wasn’t really sure where we were in the process, so I just kind of sat.

And by “sat” I mean I played with my kids and edited other people’s manuscripts and did laundry.

BUT.

The GREAT news is that I have a new editor, the fabulous Britta Gigliotti…

Britta

Hi, Britta!

And I’m listed on the Spencer Hill website as one of their authors (don’t have time to follow that link? That’s okay, I screenshot-ed it for you)…

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And, AND, I HAVE A REAL ACTUAL RELEASE DATE!

PULL by Anne Riley will release December 8, 2015!

Note: That is NOT this coming December. If you’re like me, you don’t quite know what year it is half the time, so take this as a gentle reminder that we are currently in the year 2014.

NEXT December.

448 days from now, if you’d like to go ahead and make a paper chain.

So from what I understand, there’s another edit letter coming my way from Editor Britta, and then after I finish those edits, I assume we’ll wash-rinse-repeat as needed until I eventually shine this baby up right, and then I’ll get a publicist and a cover and the book will go up on Goodreads and then we’ll start sending out advance copies and then PEOPLE WILL READ IT, and then I believe there is a good chance the book could actually be stocked in stores, in which case MORE PEOPLE WILL READ IT.

*breathes into paper bag*

Just kidding. Y’all know I don’t scare that easy.

Happy Tuesday, all, and thanks for sticking with me through this crazy publishing rodeo!