I always assumed that my first book would be a traditionally published one. To that end, over the years, I spent a lot of time researching query letters, synopses, and pitch contests.
And I wrote a book. I revised (and revised and revised) it. My amazing beta readers and critique partners told me that my novel about a teenage barmaid in a world filled with Elementals and royalty, was ready to meet the world. So, I began querying, jumped into pitch contests, and waited.
While I waited, I closely followed the paths of Leigh Ann Kopans and Jamie Grey, who both self-published their debut novels last year. Game-changer. I saw that they were putting out quality novels. I heard about the speed of self-publishing, the control that’s available to them, the decisions that they get to make for themselves. The idea was incredibly appealing for someone like me who doesn’t always love being told what to do.
But I was already querying, so I persevered. I garnered a few requests, some nice words, but ultimately, the answer from agents and editors was: “this won’t sell right now.”
And you know what? I don’t think they’re entirely wrong… for traditional publishing. I’m a book blogger. I know what books the major publishers have released and/or have coming up right now. I look around the marketplace and see books with similar elements to my own. Publishing houses naturally don’t want to “compete against themselves,” and an agent would hardly want to sign a book he or she couldn’t sell.
But I can’t shake the feeling that there were readers out there who would (dare to dream) love my novel as much as I do. Those ‘BIG’ books that are being published right now put this thought in my head:
“Maybe a publisher won’t buy my book right now… but I think that readers will.”
I pulled my remaining full submissions and… I think you know what’s coming here.
My debut novel, Threats of Sky and Sea, will be published in May!
I could not be more thrilled with this decision and already feel that I’ve made the right choice for this book. Threats of Sky and Sea (or TOSAS, as I like to call it) is the first in a YA epic fantasy series and it will be available in both ebook and paperback.
I can hardly believe it BUT you can add it on Goodreads now(which would be a huge help to me!). You can also ‘like’ my author page on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, and/or follow this blog to stay up-to-date.
There’s a lot of details to see to before release day, and you’ll be hearing from me a lot before then, with announcements like street team and blog tour sign-ups, a cover reveal, and order links… but for now, let me just say: I am so, so excited to share my book with you.