Monday, February 17, 2014

Shamrock Surprise


Crazy. That is the only way I know how to explain my mindset for the past year. It's been a crazy time for me. 

You see, a few years ago I wrote a little book called See Me, which was a TON of fun. The problem with that story is that it defies too many YA conventions. And it's...quirky. Different. My publisher passed on it, which I can totally understand, and I decided not to try and sell it to other publishers. Some stories are colored too far out of the lines, and not meant for traditional publishing. I decided it would be a better fit as an indie book. You can read about that decision and the story here.

My friend Carrie put together some amazing cover images last summer and I got so excited when I announced it to the world (here). I knew the story still needed some major work, though. I sought beta readers, many beta readers, and what happened next still makes me cringe. To put it simply, as feedback began pouring in I became overwhelmed. I began questioning myself as a writer and doubted my ability to turn the story into the magical thing I wanted it to be.

I freaked the heck out.

See Me was quickly shelved and I wondered if I'd ever have the guts to look at it again. You can read about that virtual "walk of shame" here.

I'm not going to lie...it was the right decision at the time, but it was hard to come back from mentally and emotionally. Thankfully I've had the support and urging of my home friends, writing friends, my agent, my husband, and my mom. My mom never stopped asking about See Me. She asked about it ALL the friggin' time. The woman is relentless in her love for that story. And her love for me. 

My friends have been amazing, too. I recall one chilly afternoon walk in Pennsylvania with Jen Armentrout last fall while we were on break at an author event (she hasn't read See Me yet - I pretty much refused to let anyone read it after I shelved it). She's one of those people whose pep talks leave you laughing and feeling like you can conquer the world. But I was working on other new projects at that time and was not ready to face See Me.

December and January were difficult. Along with being a writer I'm a mom and the wife of a hard working veterinarian. My family takes top priority. We had snow days in December, Christmas break, travels to see family in Texas, and more snow days in January. Lots of snow days. And cold temperature days. And ice days. And guess who gets to stay home with the kiddos and get no work done? This lady right here.

And then a series of events happened at the beginning of February that opened my eyes - several random mentions of See Me from different readers on different social medias, and out of nowhere my husband asked if he could read it. Since I don't believe in coincidences, this felt like a nudge to work on it. So with a nervous belly I opened the doc...

And I fell in love all over again with Robyn and McKale.

I only told a few people what I was working on. I was euphoric and grateful, but also terrified of jinxing myself. Each day I'd read more and revise as I went, and I knew. I just knew. I was going to publish it this time. 

The timing couldn't be more perfect.  One month from today!  I am thrilled and excited, and let's be honest...a little nervous, but that comes with the publication territory for every book.  :)

See Me will publish March 17th, 2014.  
St. Patrick's Day.


For the first day the ebook will be available at a special St. Paddy's price of $1.99.  I'm planning to publish it on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iTunes.  A print-on-demand paperback will also be made available via CreateSpace.  Please keep in mind that this is a self-publication, so it will not be as widely available as my Sweet books. See Me will only be available to purchase online, and it cannot be preordered.  Please don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions!

Now, a warning...if you're looking for a book similar to Sweet Evil, this is not the one. It's very different, BUT it still has all the elements I love. It's a romance. It has kissing. It's got sisters who are best friends and a family who's tight. Prepare for something cray-cray with many giggles along the way.

Making the jump from a traditional publishing to indie publishing can be a daunting thing, so I appreciate your support and willingness to take this adventure with me.  I'm open to publishing traditionally again with future stories.  Who knows what the future holds?  For now, I'm happy to be a hybrid author.  :)

Till we meet again...


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47 comments:

  1. OMFG It's so so great, I can't wait to read this one. I want one absolutely.

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  2. Sitting here with tears in my eyes because I'm so excited and happy that you decided to do this, Wendy!! I can't wait to read it. :)

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  3. Oh! I'm so glad you're going to publish this! It was such a good story! I can't wait to get my hands on a hard copy! <3 This book!

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    1. Thanks for all of your support with it, Sam!!! It has meant the world.

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  4. I'm so happy you decided to publish this! I look forward to reading it :)

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  5. OMG, I love this! As an Inkie, I love where you're going, Wendy! My favorite self-pubbed authors are Aimme salter and Leigh Ann Kopans, and Leigh is definitely very supportive of self-pubbing, and she can help you if you're doubting what you're doing. I wish I could help you, but my mom might not allow me to use her credit card. But sign me up for any blog tours? :D

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  6. Woohoo! Yay for u Wendy. I'm so excited to see the project move forward and good for u for doing a self publication. I'm sure ur fans won't let u down. I, for one, will buy both the e book and the paper copy. I bought one of my dad's independent films on create space so I am familiar with it. Yay

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  7. You're AMAZING!! So happy your journey has taken you in so many great directions!

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  8. Wooohooo!! I am so very happy to read that I will be able to read See Me!! Thank you so much Wendy!! I will be waiting for midnight on the 17th to snag it on Amazon!!!

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  9. I've been dying to read another book from you and was so sad when you shelved it. But THIS has made my day. :D

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  10. Oh Wendy, you're the sweetest! See Me will be a hit. Trust me. Can't wait to read it. All the best!

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  11. Oh Wendy I am so beyond happy for you!!!!!! I can not wait to read this!

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  12. This is fantastic, Wendy!!! I was excited to read this when you first mentioned it, sad with you when you shelved it, and now I'm even more excited to get a chance to read it!!! I will definitely be supporting you!!! This is also a beautiful example of how you pushed through your reservations and fears and made what you wanted happen. That's so encouraging to me! Thank you, Wendy!!! = )

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  13. YAYAYAYAY CONGRATS WENDY!!! I beta read this last summer and totally loved it! I'm so excited for it to be published :D

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  14. I am thrilled for you!! I was disappointed when See Me was shelved, not as much as you of course, but I 100% respected your courage to do so. Congratulations and I cannot wait to read it!!!!

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  15. Yay! I'm so glad this all worked out for you!

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  16. Omg thats so exciting. Hope you're putting out on KindleUK as well.

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  17. Yay! How exciting! Can't wait to read it :D

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  18. Congratulations! I can't wait to read it! :)

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  19. I am so excited to read this! The cover's been sitting on my desktop since you announced it, waiting anxiously to be put with the rest of the book!

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  20. AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! I have wanted to read this book since you first talked about it. I AM SO EXCITED!!!! You are making my whole life! :)

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  21. I am very excited to hear that! I was very disappointed when you announced you were going to shelve it in response to the beta readers. I believe that everything happens for a reason and things happen when they are supposed to happen. This is when you were supposed to release your book. Good luck - I can't wait to read this.....

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  22. Are you doing a Release Day Launch or blog tour? I run a blog and would love to help spread the word.

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    1. You're so sweet - I am not planning a tour, but I'd be happy to do interviews about the book with anyone who's interested!

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  23. Congrats! And I think CreateSpace now lets you put books on Book Depository for free, FYI.

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    1. Ooh! I had no idea! Thank you - I'll be looking into this!!

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  24. Congratulations! You won't regret it. (Also, Book Depository will pick your book up via the Createspace listing on Amazon, OR the expanded distribution, I can't remember which. I also had quite a few pre-orders through my website. Happy to help you set that up if you want. :))

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  25. First, I'm so happy for you. I know it had to be really hard to shelve this project and then bring it out again. But you did it and I'm really happy for you.
    Second, holy crap! I'm so freakin' excited! And only a month away! GAH! When I read the release date, I choked on my drink a little bit. Yay! I'm so excited!

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  26. YAY!!!! I was so sad after I heard that you decided not to publish it in the fall! :)

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  27. Congrats!!! I am a true believer in "Everything happens for a reason" Best wishes to you!!!
    If you need help with spreading the word ...let me know I can share/celebrate the release day with you.
    Hugs ~
    Wendy

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  28. YAY!!!!!
    I think about this book a LOT. There are so so so so many things that I loved about. I can't WAIT to see how people fall in love w/ your people.

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  29. I am sooo very glad you will be putting this out!!!! YAY!!

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  30. This is the best news, Wendy! Congrats on finally feeling ready to share this with us. :D
    Cannot wait to read this! xo

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  31. March 17th is my birthday!!!! Yay In other news I am so happy for you. You deserve the best Wendy! :)

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  32. Yay! I can't wait to read it! So happy you decided to publish it! :D

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  33. Yay!! I hope it does well, Wendy! I can't wait to check it out! :)

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  34. I'm SO excited to read this!! :)

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  35. I remember talking with you when you came to PA, right after you decided to shelf See Me, and I could tell what a struggle it was for you to put it aside indefinitely. Sometimes you just have to wait for the precisely perfect moment. I'm so glad it's finally here and that you had the presence of mind to wait for it and recognize it when it got here. I can't wait to read it, Wendy. Congratulations!

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