My Publishing Journey

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I’ve only started to get serious about my writing in the last year, and what a year it has been! I had attended an author event for Sarah M. Eden, although I didn’t really know who she was at the time. It was then that I realized I didn’t want to write for fun anymore. I sat down that very night, scrolled through Pinterest to find something to spark a book idea, and thus, Bloodborn was forged!

And so began the agonizing process of sending queries to agents and publishers, and the entire time of waiting, I was crossing my fingers to catch the attention of The Wild Rose Press. I was over the moon when they reached out to me to ask for my full manuscript, and then again to offer a contract for my book baby.

To date, my book has gone through three rounds of edits, is undergoing a copy edit as we speak, and I’m waiting on the edge of my seat for the cover art. I admit that I’m nervous about the cover. Will it be something I want to promote? Will it be something I’m proud to show others? Will it be something I will like?

Waiting is the unfortunate drawback of the publishing world, but to have this opportunity is absolutely incredible. I still don’t have cover art. I still don’t have a release date. But this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to my dreams of publication. Crossing my fingers that The Wild Rose Press will want to publish the second in the Bloodborn series as well as my regency novel, I Am Marianne.

Books I Had to Read in School and Liked

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The Giver

I loved this book. Period. Did I enjoy the movie as well? You bet! I’m one of those people who can still enjoy the movie adaptations of a book. This is the kind of material I would read on my own as well and not just as an assignment in class.

Night

Although this was not only graphic at times but depressing as well, I was engrossed from beginning to end, just like I was with The Diary of Anne Frank. To read about these events through the eyes of those who lived them really alters your perspective.

The Great Gatsby

I loved reading this book. I loved the characters, the scenes, the mystery of it all. And you guessed it, I enjoyed the movie as well. Leonardo DeCaprio was perfect as Gatsby, and Spiderman (er, I mean Tobey Maguire) made a good Nick Carraway. The book was filled with symbolism and fascinating characters, how could I not enjoy reading it?

What I Read When I’m Not Feeling Well

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This is a hard question to answer, as I don’t usually read the same book twice unless I really have a craving for it. Therefore, I’ll slightly tweak the question to Authors I Read When I’m Not Feeling Well.

Sarah Eden

I absolutely adore all of her books. Or at least the ones I have read, which is most of them. Sarah is witty, her characters are lovable, and the great thing is that I always know the books are going to have a happy ending. Romance is my favorite genre, and Sarah Eden’s sweet romances are welcome for anyone feeling sick or down in the dumps.

Michele Paige Holmes

One day, I was scrolling through Amazon and I noticed Saving Grace listed as a reading recommendation. I had never heard of this author, but the book covers were beautiful and the descriptions of each book were enough to draw me in. I LOVED Saving GraceLoving Helen was much harder for me to enjoy because I thought Helen deserved better than she got. Marrying Christopher was a fun read as well. You know it’s a good book when your thoughts keep drifting back to it. These are three books that I will read more than once.

Brandon Sanderson

Alright, so this one is a bit of a stretch. When I’m not feeling well, I don’t usually want to have to use my brain too much, and his books push my brain to the capacity at times. But I enjoy his books so much! I can’t not add him to the list.

Books I Have Read in School and Didn’t Like

One thing many books I read in high school had in common was that they were all depressing. (Okay, so maybe not all of them are, but I’d say a good chunk of them are downers). Why do highschoolers need to be subjected to such a low and depressed state? Why not broaden our horizons and expose us to books that are uplifting or interesting? I would have loved to read Jane Austen or something more modern like Brandon Sanderson. Instead, I had to read tales of woe in Romeo and Juliet and murder in Of Mice and Men.

Although there are many I could touch up on, here are just a few of the books I didn’t care for in high school.

Of Mice and Men

Depressing.

That’s a good word for it. Why would anyone want to read about killing small creatures and (spoiler alert) young women?

The Scarlet Letter

Again, depressing. More death, more self-punishment, more loss.

Huckleberry Finn

I know this is probably a strange one to add to the list of books I didn’t like, but it’s here. Reading it actually frustrated me at times, and I found no joy in it.

The Old Man and the Sea

Talk about droning on and on!!! I feel like I’m stuck in a whirlpool of never ending description, and no matter how many pages I get through, it won’t stop. How many ways can you describe a fish?

Ethan Frome

Yikes. You might as well encourage young high school students to commit suicide with this one. Kids that age don’t need to be exposed to something like this. Sure, there is great imagery, there is amazing symbolism, but I’d prefer that if it’s read at all, it should be read on your lonesome or maybe in college. Not in high school.

Of course, there are also books I really enjoyed! Stay tuned for another blog post with the books I actually liked reading in high school.

Bloodborn Series Comes to a Conclusion

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I am so excited to finally say that I’m finished writing the Bloodborn series. Luca and Kirsa’s journey comes to a conclusion in book five, wrapping up at 91,000 words. I first started the Bloodborn series with the characters Adam and Willow, Bloodborn getting contracted with the Wild Rose Press. Only earlier this week did I send the second in the series to my editor, and now I’m crossing my fingers that it will get contracted as well!

Bloodborn started when I decided to use a writing prompt, which spurred an idea, which spurred a book, which inspired a series. At the beginning, I never thought this would gain the traction that it had, but I’m so excited it did! I do have an idea for a novella in mind for this series, but I hope to include it for free for readers in my upcoming newsletter.

What’s next?

I’ll likely be working on my regency romance series. I’m finished with the first book, I Am Marianne, and I’m two chapters into my second, Just Jane.

Now all I have to do is name this fifth book…