RELEASE DAY!

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Edge of Tomorrow is out now! You can find it on Amazon for $3.00.

As some of you may know, writing this book was one of the hardest things I had to do. At the time, I was going through some personal things (job loss etc) and it really made me question my love for writing. I was willing to give it up! However, I prevailed and here we are with this release date.

I’m very proud of this novel and I hope you enjoy reading it. I put so much love and tears into this title that I hope it reflects.

I’ll love to hear what you think so head over to the Contact page and hit me up on social media!

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Edge of Tomorrow on Preorder

EdgeOfTomorrow200My publisher announced today Edge of Tomorrow is out on pre-order for a release date of April 15th.

You can find it on Amazon for little over $3.

Edge of Tomorrow is a dystopian new adult fiction novel. Twenty years after The Great Global Riots and the collapse of humanity, Alex Locke struggles to save his family, and his home colony of Pena, from starvation. When a letter from the corrupt Govern arrives dictating a game of survival penning local colonies against each other, Alex must trust a childhood friend, and seven others, on a certain death march to win the bounty or lose the only hope left in a war-ravaged world.

I am currently plotting the sequel for a trilogy.

Her Sweetest Downfall Schedule

her sweetest downfall mock 3 Her Sweetest Downfall will be released soon and I have the schedule given to me by my publisher. For the first time, I will have two books out this month (Edge of Tomorrow will come out the same week). This one, however, will be out April 28 with a blog tour on 29th April to 5th May.

I’m excited for this release as I’ve worked so hard on this novel, through blood, sweat and tears. I’ll post links when its out.

Rejections

Rejections are a part of every writer’s repertoire. I’ve received hundreds in my years of submitting – I even have a folder in my email dedicated to them, though I dare not to look!

For new authors, rejections are hard to swallow. Feelings of inadequacies often follow. Is it me or do they hate my writing?  I thought like that for years, and hated my work because of it. But you must never take it personal. Agents or publishers don’t dislike you as a person- your work doesn’t suit them at the time or they didn’t feel a connection to the work.

I’m currently in submission for my historical WIP Unspoken. I’ve received nothing but rejections for 2 months. It stings but I keep on trucking. Someone out there will like this work, a book I spent 12 months pouring blood, sweat and tears into.

I submitted to a well known publishing house recently and they seemed keen on reading the work. I heard back from them today and I knew the email wasn’t going to be an offer. They said the work had great detail but read like a soap opera. I don’t disagree with them – I see it, but I never intended for the “drama to go on and on”. It needs cleaning up obviously, despite having 3 beta readers and two edits by me. A book can never have too many edits.

They mentioned it needs a good copy edit and my past tense is all off. Unfortunately that’s my weakness; I can’t seem to grasp past and present tense well enough. My current publisher is always pulling their hair out because of it.

I expect a lot more rejections to come with this new revelation. I wish I had spent more time editing it before submitting it to 20+ publishers. I get too impatient and can’t wait to submit it.

I’ve spent so much time and effort on the book I couldn’t wait to get it out there and out of my mind. Never listen to your head! If the book doesn’t feel finished, don’t send it out!

Rejections are a part of life and something you must never take personal. Just think: JK Rowling was rejected by dozens of publishers before being sold. When a publisher or agent rejects your work, they are not rejecting you as a person and its only one person’s opinion. There are many other avenues out there for you work. Just keep on writing!

What are book advances?

cashBook advances. The word gets thrown around a lot in the publishing world. As a new author or a seasoned one, you have most likely heard fellow authors discuss their advance from they’re publisher.

Some publishers offer advances to their authors, some do not. These can range from $30 – $20,000 depending on the author and if their agented or not.

So what are advances? Advances are based on the number of copies the publisher thinks the book might sell upon release. If it’s a potentially big book they’ll increase their marketing budget to help ensure that the sales are high.

An advance is a payment against royalties. If the publisher thinks your book will sell 10,000 copies they’ll work out how much that means in royalties, so that amount will be your advance. Then you’ll not receive any further payments until your book has sold those 10,000 copies, as you’ve already been paid for them.

If your book sells more copies you’ll start receiving royalty cheques: they’re usually paid twice a year by the bigger publishers who focus on print sales. Publishers who focus on ebook sales predominantly pay them more frequently, such as quarterly.

If your book sells fewer than those 10,000 copies you’ll not receive any royalty payments–but you won’t have to pay back any of your advance. Good, reputable publishers won’t require you to do this.

The start of my writing career

We all started writing one day – whether it was a hobby or to vent some frustrations. I started my writing career young. The earliest memory I have is penning a story about a fairy. It was about 4 sentences long but that’s where my love for the written word birthed.

At school, I used to love creative writing classes and can recall an English class where the teacher asked to think of a story and to ensure we filled out the ‘beginning’, ‘middle’ and ‘end’ forms provided. I had so many stories in my head I didn’t know where to begin.

Believe it or not, I credit the Backstreet Boys on giving me my creative voice. When I was about 12, I started writing a book, about a girl who met the group when they got lost and appeared on her front door. In my mind, if I wrote about it, it would happen!

This story ended up becoming a series. I wrote 5 of these novels where the main character Joelle, grew up and married Nick Carter. I was a kid, okay!

I handwrote these books in binders and kept them hidden in my closest. No one ever read them. I threw them out when I moved out of home in 2005 and I cringe at the thought if anyone came across them. If I never saw the Backstreet Boys on TV back in 1997, would I be writing today?

After that, my writing bloomed. When I was in high school, I wrote a fan fiction X Files book and a Saving Private Ryan clone called Resistance to Fear. I loved to write. After school, I would fight my sister on the computer and write my novels. I would save them on my floppy disks and keep them somewhere safe.

I was naive to the publishing industry and didn’t even consider publishing my books until further in life.  Back then, I thought it was normal to pay to have your book published. (More on that later)

Once I had established a bit of a writing bug, I penned a book called Giblin the Conquerer. It was a sci-fi/fantasy novel, inspired by Emily Rhoda’s Rowan of Rin series. I don’t recall how long it took me to write but I was so proud of it when I completed it. I’ve since lost the manuscript. I had printed it out and misplaced the floppy disk so I have no idea where it is!

My writing halted for a little while when I finished high school in 2003. After that, my next big project was ‘All She ever Wanted.’ At the time in my life, I had moved away from home to live in Sydney and start an actual career. I wrote any chance I got – on my lunch break, at home after dinner, on the weekend. It took me 12 months to finish it – with a 6 month gap in between. I found what ‘writer’s block’ truly meant.

When I was satisfied it was finished, I asked a work colleague at the time about publishing my book. She suggested a vanity publisher her sister had used. Back then, I had no idea paying to have your book published wasn’t ‘normal’. It cost me $2200 at the time and it felt good to have the book in my hands. It was released in 2008. A copy was sent to the National Library and I even got an interview on SWR FM.

I  was now a published author and very proud of my accomplishments. During this time, I penned another novel, The Guardian, which never got finished. Looking back on it, it could have become a good piece, but I lost my passion for it and my writing waned again.

I took another ‘break’ and began researching my novel ‘Darkness before Dawn‘ in 2011. I had such a big lapse in writing, I had no idea how long it would take me to finish it. After a year of researching, writing, beta reading, revising and editing, it was ready to go in 2012. This novel was truly a challenge for me, but I loved every minute of it. The first draft is so different to the version that got published that it really showed me how much I matured as a writer and a person. However I cringe at my earlier work!

Since that moment, writing has become a staple in my life. I have since published 4 books traditionally, with another to be released in 2015. I look forward to the next ten years in my writing career and where it will lead me!

I would love to know your writing journey. Please comment in the section below.