Finding Bliss with Traditional Publishing

My Traditional Publishing Journey - Part One

Back in July, I wrote a riveting 4-part series about my self-publishing journey. Then, in September, I was contacted by a senior editor at Amazon Publishing who expressed interest in publishing my future works. An event that I also wrote about here.

Since then I have acquired a literary agent, sold the rights to my third novel to Amazon Publishing, and sold the rights to One Pink Line to Amazon Encore. Once the ink was dry on the contract, I was given a deadline of January 15, 2013 to turn in the manuscript for my third novel to Amazon Publishing. Since I only had about 10,000 words written when I signed the contract back in October, I had a busy couple of months (and empty bottles of wine) over this past holiday season. Lots of writing, chatting with beta readers, and trips to Staples.

Thankfully, I had the story in my head and went to the library nearly every day and managed to turn my 72,000-word manuscript in to my editor and my agent by December 28th. I spent WEEKS trying to come up with the perfect title. Since the titles for my first two books both came to me in backlit epiphanies, I was sure the title for book three would happen the same way. Not so much.  Here is the evolution of titles for book three:

September:       Trying
October:           Chloe
November:       Bliss
December:       Bliss
January:           Finding Bliss

Finding Bliss it is! I don’t have a synopsis to share with you yet - wanna know why? Because I don’t have to write it this time!! HALLELUJAH!

I loathe writing a synopsis or ‘jacket copy.’ Attempting to explain my novel in 200 words or less without giving too much away is excruciating for me. I spend months writing my books, then months re-reading them, then more months editing them, then someone asks me what the book is about and I have nothing to say! How can one condense over 70,000 words of literary genius into mere cliff notes?? That – this now traditionally published scribe can say ­­– is not my problem anymore.

I can tell you that the story is about a girl named Chloe, who was Grace’s high-school best friend in One Pink Line. So if you’ve read OPL, then you’re in for a treat, but if you haven’t, it’s not necessary to your enjoyment of Finding Bliss. The book is not a sequel.

So, Finding Bliss was sent off to my agent and editor while I bit off all my nails and gained five pounds awaiting their responses. My agent, who apparently was Evelyn Wood in another life, read it immediately and loved it. She had a few issues with the ending, but I didn’t disagree with her so I will be making edits there for sure. I’m still waiting for detailed comments from my editor, but she has assured me that she loves it so far. Major phew.

I have to say, as much as I’ve enjoyed the self-published journey (and I truly have), having an enthusiastic team of people as invested in your book as you are is beyond fantastic. Once my editor read about half of my manuscript and determined it wasn’t complete crap, it was then sent to a developmental editor as well. Granted, I haven’t received their comments yet, but what a gift to have all of these trained eyes on my next book. Once they’re done with their edits, they will return the book to me by the end of January, and I will have two weeks to make my changes.

After my revisions are complete, the book will go into copyediting. Now let me talk about copyediting for a second. I have self-pubbed two novels: One Pink Line and Kat Fight. Each were professionally copyedited. Each were read by me at least 50 times. Each were read by proofreaders multiple times. Each were read by beta readers time and time again.  AND I STILL FOUND MISTAKES IN THEM ONCE THE BOOK WAS PUBLISHED! I can’t even imagine how many errors are in this blog post alone. Copyediting is the bane of my existence and I couldn’t be more grateful to hand the burden over to someone else. In fact, since One Pink Line is being re-released by Amazon Encore, they sent it through another copyedit two weeks ago and they STILL found mistakes. *sigh* Who, knew, I was, such a fan, of comma, usage?

The good news is that a new and improved paperback and eBook of One Pink Line will be available in the U.S. and the U.K. on May 28th!! I can’t freaking wait. Whoever just marked their calendar is my new bestie.

Anyway, back to Finding Bliss. Today is January 24th, and I have about six more days until I receive editorial comments back from Amazon Publishing. Then I will turn my changes back into my editor and wait for the copyedits to come back and make me feel like a complete moron.

After that, comes the cover art. The process of designing cover art is critical to me, and I have a very clear picture in my head for this third book of what I want the cover to look like. We’ll see if my team of enthusiastic people agrees…

Stay tuned for an update on Finding Bliss that will hopefully include a release date and cover reveal! 

Monday Morning Book Giveaway - 1/14/13


Every Monday this year, I will be giving away books by other fabulous authors.
Today I'm gifting one copy of Thoughtless by the beautiful and generous S. C. Stephens. This past October, she helped me raise a ton of money for breast cancer research, and I couldn't be more proud to call her a friend.
I'm embarrassed to say that I have not sunk my teeth into this (highly popular!) series yet, but I plan to get started asap! So if you're like me, and have been wanting to read Thoughtless, now's your chance to get your hands on a free copy. 
How to enter to win a Kindle copy of this book:
There is a post about the giveaway on the One Pink Line Facebook page. Leave your email in the comments section of that post and you're entered!

Monday Morning Mitzvah

 The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing

Monday Morning Mitzvah starts today!

Every Monday (unless I decide to skip one), I will be giving away books by other authors.

Today starts with one of my favorite books, and the one book that inspired me to write novels. It’s called The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing. This book was published in 2000, and was a HUGE pioneer in the women’s fiction genre.

It’s packed with angst, humor, drama and cleverness, and I can’t say enough good things about it. The writing is very atypical, and that’s what I love about it.

If you’d like to enter to win a Kindle copy of this book, you may leave your email here in the comments section, or on the One Pink Line Facebook page.

Please click the 'join this site' button on the right to follow my blog, and check back every Monday for my next giveaway!

Paying It Forward

This year, I’m going to be giving back to the community of readers and authors who were so supremely supportive of me in 2012.

Every Monday on the One Pink Line Facebook page, I will be offering giveaways for Kindle books written by other authors.

Some of the books will be by indie authors, some not. Some will be books I’ve read and enjoyed, others will be books I have not read yet, but heard great things about. There will be a mix of new releases and old favorites.

Please follow this blog, and follow the One Pink Line Facebook page to see what the new giveaway is each week. I hope you all enter, and I hope you all get a chance to win!

Lastly, if you do win a book – and you enjoy it – please do a little ‘paying it forward ‘ of your own and leave a review for the book on Amazon. I can guarantee you’ll put a smile on that author’s face.

Check Facebook on Monday, January 7th for the first giveaway!!