Today marks one month since the launch of The Edge of the Woods! Happy days! Although I still have much to learn about the world of effective marketing, I’m very happy with how things have been going and the feedback I’ve been receiving.
To celebrate, I’d like to share my favourite review so far, from Brandi on Amazon:
‘I truly enjoyed this book – as in, I was laying in bed at 2am in the morning trying to finish it knowing full well that my alarm was set to go off at 4am for work, but I could not put it down! The characters were all well written and I loved the little world she created. I love that as I was reading and thinking ahead to what I thought was going to happen, I would be surprised when Langley took the story in a different, but refreshing direction. I loved the main characters strength of character and loyalty to her loved ones, friends, and town. She had great morals and principles that we all could learn from.
I also have to add that my pre-teen daughter is reading this book right now and is thoroughly enjoying it as well.
I hope to see more great books from this talented author!’
This isn’t my favourite review because it’s so positive (though frankly that is nice!) but because it reminds me of what I loved most about reading when I was younger: sharing books with my Mum. I’d read them first and pass them on, or vice versa, and then we’d talk about them. I especially remember doing it with Isobelle Carmody books, which we still share today. Knowing that somewhere in the world a mother and daughter have done that with my book is more special than anything else I could hope for.
So happy month-sary, The Edge of the Woods! And happy month-sary, readers! Thank you to anyone who has bought and read the book, anyone who has spoken about it or recommended it, and to anyone who has taken the time to send me a kind word of support. You’ve all made the first month of my publishing career a wonderful one.
PS. I know you’re not supposed to read your reviews, but I’m a month in and there’s only about eleven of them so how can I not?
Well, it’s kind of been. It’s 7:52pm and I launched this morning, woken up at 6.30am by a text from a friend who’d just ordered her copy. Which was sweet and exciting and fuzzy in the ‘Jesus, what time is it?’ kind of way.
But here we are. My first novel has gone live. It’s out there, like one of those baby turtles who has to scuttle (crawl? Land flap?) its way to the ocean and try not to get eaten alive. And like a million year old mama turtle, all I can do is watch and refresh the KDP reports page.
It’s been a great day, with lots of people saying lots of lovely things and being all around very supportive. Thanks to them The Edge of the Woods is sitting at #1 in the Australian Kindle store under the Young Adult Women & Girls category, #860 in the Australian Kindle store overall and #33,274 at Amazon.com. Which is pretty cool!
So now we press on! A friend asked a while back that when I publish I make a blog post about my self-publishing process, so I’ll spend some time on that over the next few days, but otherwise it’s on with Book #2 and following up some leads and opportunities re: actual paid work.
It’s been a big day! Let’s all kick back with a beer and a good book.
You could always try mine, if you’re into that sort of thing.
20th of May, 2014!
It’s finally happening, folks! After one year, five drafts and probably a couple of hundred emails with editors, proofreaders, test readers, an artist and a formatter, my debut novel is going public.
The Edge of the Woods, a 64.5k word young adult fantasy adventure about friendship, strength and courage will be available as both an eBook and paperback from Amazon on the 20th, with other ebook retailers to follow.
I can’t tell you how exciting, terrifying and weird it is to have reached this point. I’ve wanted to be a novelist for a very long time, and now to be able to call myself one for real is just… awesome. I’m very proud of my first story, and I look forward to sharing the next (and the one after that, and the one after that…) with all of you.
I don’t know whether to drink a glass of wine, or get cracking on book #2.
Yeah, let’s go with both.
Note: If you’d like a chance at a free signed paperback, my Goodreads giveaway is running until May 31st.
I am back on the internet, and I bring treats (for me, maybe for you). During my sabbatical I’ve been working away at the technical side of self-publishing (by which I mean telling people who know how to do technical things what to do) and sinking my teeth into novel #2 (more about that later).
Have some images!
The final ebook cover
The paperback interior
A big thanks to cover artist Destiny Marie and Jason and Marina at Polgarus Studio for making my book look so darn pretty.
Still waiting on a concrete release date, but it will be this month. Stay tuned!
Regular posting will resume from here on out.
I’m all on track for a May release! My test readers and final edits are done, and I’m down to the finishing touches: proofreading, formatting, and finalising the cover.
So to celebrate, here’s the prologue plus first three chapters of my forthcoming young adult fantasy, The Edge of the Woods.
Hope you enjoy!
Continue reading “The Edge of the Woods: Sneak Peek (Prologue, Chapters 1 – 3)”
Having spent the last week working with designers at 99designs, I have officially chosen a cover for my upcoming ebook, The Edge of the Woods, designed by the very talented Destiny Marie.
To celebrate, I’ve given the blog a makeover (the theme I was going for was ‘self promotional’ – tell me if you think I’ve been subtle enough) and updated the book’s page with a shiny new synopsis.
A blog on how much I hate writing synopses to come.
Reading your own first drafts is sort of an ordeal, and it quite neatly and appropriately follows the five stages of grief.
I feel fine. I can do this. I’m not that bad of a writer. Hell, I might even surprise myself. I might not have to do that much! Maybe I’m some sort of literary genius and I just didn’t know it until now. Shakespeare wrote on weird paper with a stick or a feather or something, how many drafts could he have actually done? And people still like him! Even though someone tried to make out that Rhys Ifans actually wrote all those plays. When is he going to be in a good movie again, he was so great in Notting Hill.
WHAT DOES THIS EVEN MEAN? WHO WROTE THIS? HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW ANY DIFFERENT WAY OF SAYING ‘SAID?’ WHY IS THIS PERSON SMILING EVERY TWO LINES? WHAT EVEN IS YOUR MYTHOS YOU ARE SO CLEARLY MAKING SHIT UP AS YOU’RE GOING ALONG DID YOU NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT THE POOR ASSHOLE WHO HAS TO COME ALONG AND CLEAN UP YOUR MEANDERING PLOTHOLES? DID YOU? NO. YOU DIDN’T. YOU ARE A TERRIBLE PERSON AND YOU SHOULD JUST QUIT THIS WRITING THING AND FIND A RICH HUSBAND, OH WAIT, YOU’RE A FEMINIST. HAHAHA YOU’RE GOING TO DIE ALONE, POOR AND UNPUBLISHED. AND IN A WORLD WHERE SELF PUBLISHING IS EASY AND FREE, THAT IS EXTRA, EXTRA SAD.
Look, okay, maybe we can just pay someone to do this for us. Like, so the point of self publishing and editing all of this yourself was because editors are expensive and the ones on the internet are probably scam artists of the highest degree but come on. You can just skip your next few haircuts and dye your hair from a $5 box like normal people and let someone else do all of this. You know how much you like lying down. Go on.
Oh, God. I wrote this. I actually wrote this. I wrote this and I’ve already told people about it. I wonder if I need to actually write something good before I can pull a Sylvia Plath. Oh, yeah. I do. Oh, God.
Oh, for Christ’s sake. All first drafts are completely terrible. Even great writers write complete horseshit the first time round. You never plan properly and you always ditch the plan you didn’t make anyway so of course it’s full of plotholes and rambling. You ramble. It’s your thing. Now stop blog-whinging about it and get back to work.