Wuh, wuh! I’m so happy to announce that over the weekend, not only did The Iron-Jawed Boy series reach a 150 ratings milestone on Goodreads, but it also passed the 75 review mark on Amazon! Sure, 75 isn’t exactly a milestone, but that’s a minor detail 🙂
Oh! But the most exciting part is probably that the series has all those ratings and STILL has maintained a 4.5 rating on Goodreads and a 4.8 on Amazon! It’s gotten such amazing reviews that I’ve passed a lot of amazing authors on Amazon Top-rated lists like George R.R. Martin! It’s like…wuuuuuuuuuuuh? You love me. You really love me!
Anywho, gonna return to my writing now. The Siege of Sol is coming along nicely (and by nicely I mean reeeeeeeeally slowly), but it’s so fun delving into the Outerworld more in this book. Definitely excited to be adventuring into the more post-apocalyptic feel that’s been waiting to be explored.
Though I’ve had many o’ “awe!” moments in the past months of having my first book out there, I had one special night just recently on a usual morning of answering/sending emails on Goodreads. It was the first email I opened and it was from a fan (good gods, it’s weird to use that word in regards to ANYTHING related to my work) saying he loves my book so much he has his manager at the bookstore he works at special order The Iron-Jawed Boy so he could sell them to the kids when they come in. CRAZINESS, RIGHT?!?!? Hashtag Mindblown.
Another recent “awe! SO SQUISHY!” moment was the other day when I saw a mom had posted in a forum on Amazon about how she’s anticipating the 2nd book because she read the first one to her 8 year old son and he was in LOVE with it. It’s like…YOU LIKE ME! YOU REALLY LIKE ME!!!
I’m hoping to see more and more of these moments in the near future. Most especially with indie awards season coming up in the summer 🙂
So, a few months ago, my first book, The Iron-Jawed Boy, won an Honorable Mention at the London Book Festival and I totally forgot to blog about it. I shall now correct such a wrong by…BLOGGING ABOUT IT! 😀
It was actually a really cool feeling, to even be mentioned, at the Festival. I mean, I’m only 23, and was 22 when I published the book, and to think that everyone who’s reading the novel are loving it, so much so that it gets honored somewhere is beyond cool to me. I’m so proud of my little book 😀 Sometimes I think it’s the ONE area of my life where I know I’m truly talented. That, and my ability to scream in a very high-pitched way whenever I see a spider. Seriously, they’re ridiculous and need to go away.
Another update I definitely didn’t blog about was my new book cover for the first book. It has Ion riding on a tornado…what’s not to like about that!?!??!
I’m thinking about making a youtube channel, but I have absolutely no clue what it’d be about. I just want a better way to be out there than just lame-o twitter. Oooooh, or maybe I’ll start a Vine!! Hmmmmm…ideeeeas…
All right, off to go dance the night away for my best friend’s birthday. Hope everyone’s doing well, and make sure you get your ecopy of my novellas on Amazon! The paperbacks will be available by next week or so, gods willing.
Wow, haven’t been on here in forever. I’ve always found blogs to be a hard thing to keep up, most especially when, as a writer, you could honestly be spending all that time writing your next novel. Which brings me to the point of this entry…
THE IRON-JAWED BOY AND THE HAND OF THE MOON IS HERE!! And look at the cover! Isn’t it pretty!?!???!?!?!
Ooooooooh! SO PRETTY!
Anywho, I’m so glad to have gotten this second installment out so quickly. I usually don’t like to rush, but I agreed form the start that this book would be shorter and more concise than the first. It’s a LOT of action and political intrigue into these pages. LOTS. And I’m uber proud of it. Also can’t wait to send out reviewer copies, starting tonight 😀
Want to give a shoutout to my badass editor, Melissa Jackson, who’s not only an agented writer, but honestly the best editor I could have ever hoped for. For any writer out there contemplating the indie route, or wanting a great edit before they send out to agents, this is the girl to go to. Here’s the link to her new, fancy website: http://www.goodgirlediting.com/
Now back to biznass. The paperback for this second installment is hopefully going to debut within the next couple weeks (gods willing) so also be on the lookout for that. Otherwise, please enjoy my new shiny ebook!
To purchase on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Jawed-Hand-Moon-Guardian-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00IDNITGI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392169938&sr=8-1&keywords=the+iron-jawed+boy+and+the+hand+of+the+moon
For just ONE day, The Iron-Jawed Boy is dropping down to $1.99 😀 Woot! Tomorrow it rises to 2.99 and 3.99 the day after. Get it before the second book comes out in December…
I know. I’m like a gypsy of sorts.
It’s amazing how no matter how hard you try you somehow just end up being exactly like your parents. Mine were rather keen on moving from place to place. I’m 23, yet in the 20 years I lived with my mom and dad, we lived in about 25 different places. In one apartment complex alone in Indiana, we lived in FOUR different apartments…it was crazy.
I think for that reason alone, I never feel truly settled in one place, and thus, the title of this post. Moving to Irvine next month, and just in time, because Vegas weather is about to get reeeeeeal cold reeeeeeeeal quick. And because I loathe winter in its entirety, I’m uber happy about this news, lol.
In writing news, I’m working on my book synopsis, and it’s just about the most difficult thing about writing a book. Crushing 50,000 words into three paragraphs is just as difficult as it sounds. I, however, pride myself on my persistence, so I think I’ve got it on lockdown. Well, in the future at least…why do you think I’m writing a blog post about it instead of actually working on it?
Hoping everyone is having an amazing week!
Wow, haven’t posted in a while, which I knew would eventually happen, haha.
But anywho, the second book is nearing the completion of its second draft, which means TWO more drafts and it’ll be done. Yes, yes–you are allowed to be this excited…
Expecting it out in December :D…Queue happy dance, which looks rather similar to this:
Aaaaaaaaaaaaand, to top it all off, the first book is getting a completely new cover to coincide with the second one! 😀 Ahhh…it’s the little things that warm’s a dude-guy’s heart.