Monday, November 26, 2012

IGNITE is now available for purchase!!!

EVERYONE!!!!!! This is so-so-so exciting! I decided to bite the bullet and take publishing this book into my own hands. It's so terrifying and nerve wracking all at the same time.

The process of finding a traditional agent and publisher is a very daunting and lonely one. Going into that process I was very strong, never feeling too defeated when I got rejections. But I was getting more and more requests for partials and fulls, but alas, those were rejected, too. Publishing is a very tough business, and after more consideration, I decided to do things my own way, on my own schedule.

Don't get me wrong, I respect agents and the publishing business (I have to because I'm a writer, right?) but it rubs me the wrong way that a handful of maybe 1,000 agents get to pick and choose my work. Writing is very subjective, and just because something can't get published the traditional way doesn't mean it's not "good" or "worthy."

But anyway... MY BOOK IS FINALLY OUT!

Which means you should purchase it. And love it. And spoon it in bed at night.

But no... really.

You can buy it here at smashwords. It's still being processed through Amazon, where you can download it under more options.

It's priced at 99 cents. Not a big deal, right? Hopefully this doesn't hinder any sales because I really want people to read and enjoy this book. I know it's hard taking a chance on a new author, but why should traditionally published authors get paid and I don't? I worked just as hard. Stressed just as much. Edited, cried, beat myself up just the same as they did.

In the future it might go on sale for free, maybe around the holidays when (hopefully) the second book in the trilogy comes out. Maybe it will ignite a spark in y'all to buy it (<-- see what I did there? Har Har.)

To end this post, I'd just like to thank everyone again for the support! I love you, I love you, I love youuuuu. Spread the word if you loved it. Give me some fancy reviews.

Here's another link to purchase it: IGNITE by ABBY LORANGER

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My partial was rejected.

*insert me crying*

I really got my hopes up. On the brightside, the agent was super nice and complimented my writing and my story. The reason she rejected it, though, is that it reminded her too much of a popular novel (one that I've never even read, to be honest.)

Oh well... onto the next.

*crosses fingers*

Monday, November 12, 2012

Writing more queries, queries, queries...

I did the thing you're not supposed to do.

After I sent out queries to about 15 agents, I concluded that I wouldn't get any responses. And if I did, that they would all be negative. So I set my backup plan of self-publishing in motion. I formatted correctly, made cover art, created accounts to start promoting.

And then... it happened.

I got a request for a partial this morning! Ohmygod. Ohmygod. Ohmygod.

How terrifying yet exciting. I know the chances of actually being traditionally published are slim, that's why I discounted all the queries I made. But I got a response. A very positive response, from an agent whose already read the first 10 pages. Which makes this news even better.

However... this means self-pubbing is on hold for the moment. And that this website should be on hold for a while. I can still post, but will need to delete/hide everything I've posted about self-pubbing because then I'll be in HUGE trouble. Like, mondo trouble.

But holy f*ck this is exciting. My heart is racing.