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March 2023

The cover reveal is here!

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Here we have it!

I have looked so much forward to sharing the cover with you! I am in awe at how it turned out. It was really hard to decide which elements to go for on the cover, and many of you probably remember voting for your favorite options in my stories last year!

I was always so in love with the hand idea myself but I couldn't figure out if it would work for others as well.

Turns out the hands won the poll!

I was beyond excited because it gave me confidence to go with my vision. The close runner up was the option that had a scenic backdrop that revealed something about the story and the world.

I was tempted to go simple on the background to avoid too many complications, but together with my amazing wife, who has made the cover, we decided to go for both - hands in the foreground, setting in the background.


I'm obsessed with how the hands turned out and how the cover signals both romance AND gives a vibe for the setting. I think it encapsulates the genre blend of m/m romance and non-magical fantasy really well, and that has been no easy task.

The design of the hands went through many, many iterations to signal the right emotions and capture the characters. Fun facts - the bracelet is a stencil Jackie made based on a bracelet of mine, and the hands are drawn from references of Jackie's hand and mine!

I hope you'll love it like I do and be excited to have it on your shelf. Come by IG and let me know what you think :')

You: I'm excited! What was that about getting to read it for free?


Glad you asked!

Now that I have done everything I could to make this book the best it could possibly be, the hard part begins: getting it into the hand of its target audience.

I am forever grateful to have such a passionate and supportive IG following and now I desperately need your help.

When the book is released in June, its (and my) future depends on it GETTING REVIEWS! This is the single most important factor that will determine how the book fares beyond my control and I can't do it without you.

Plenty of readers will be looking for a book like this out there, and I need to do everything I can to get it into their hands. All my research so far has shown me that the most immediate and important thing will be to get it to 50 reviews on Amazon (and goodreads) within the first three months of its release!

The more the better, of course, but this will determine how much Amazon will push it to new readers and whether the book will float or sink after the release.

Because of these silly little mind games, it is customary to offer ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) to a number of people who then vow to write an honest review of the book before the release. Having a bunch of excited reviews on Amazon and Goodreads will have a huge impact on the decision to pick it up by readers who have never heard of me or the book before. Which would you be more likely to purchase - a book with five reviews or a book with fifty?

All this to say that I'm looking for about twenty people who would like to get a free copy of As We Fall in exchange for an honest review on Amazon AND Goodreads before the release of the book.

Interested?

Here are some facts that may be deciding factors:
- The book is 402 pages long (104K words), though it is a pretty easy/quick read.
- You would receive your free ebook copy / pdf file at the beginning of april and would need to get your review in BEFORE JUNE 1st!
- By agreeing to getting a free copy, you are making a sacred promise to me that you will uphold your end of the bargain and get the reviews in in time.
- You also agree to receiving emails from me, reminding you to fill in the review until you have done it when the release closes in.

(Link to signup form)

(Please fill out before April 5th! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to write me an email or a message on IG.)

If I receive more than twenty requests I will prioritize based on answers and order of sign ups, so fill it out quick! 🥰

PHEW that was everything! Thank you endlessly from the bottom of my heart for your support.

Much love,
Anya

 

February 2023

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Answering your author questions!

The cover reveal is right around the corner, things are brewing, and the release date is getting closer every day. To get back into all the excitement and reacquaint you with me as an author, I thought it would be fun to do a little Q&A!

But before we get to the questions, why don't we take a peek at a fraction of the cover as a little teaser? 👀


I looooooove how the cover turned out and I'm really excited to get into some of all the thoughts behind it next time!

Okay, let's get into these author questions.


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1) When did you start to get the need to write and to become an author?

As a kid and teenager, I wrote a lot of stories and I always had a fascination with the author life. When I entered high-school though, I stopped writing and didn't pick it up again until a decade later because it felt like "becoming an author" just wasn't an option.

Writing books seemed like this mystical thing for Special, Inspired people who had Great Ideas, and I felt like I would never get an idea good enough or original enough to write, so why do it at all? All my favorite stories, even as a teenager, were spicy queer romances but that wasn't "literature" and there would never be a market for books like that - or so I thought.

When I was 25, deeply depressed, and in the middle my bachelor's degree, I stumbled upon the Captive Prince series by C.S. Pacat on the recommendation of a friend. These books changed my whole perspective on literature and made me realize that there absolutely IS a market for intense spicy queer romance fantasy books.

This was such a revelation and instantly lit my desire to create again!

Now that spicy, queer, romance fantasy books were an option, I was fueled by such an intense desire to make a book and publish it and achieve that mythical author life my heart had always longed for.

Later that year, I had the idea for As We Fall and slowly learned how to write again and taught myself everything that goes into telling a great story. From the moment I began writing again, I never looked back. That desire to hold a book I WROTE in my hand, and to call myself a published author is so strong I can barely explain it. It lights my soul on fire as nothing else has ever done in my entire life.



2) What do you love most about writing? / What part of the writing process do you like best, e.g. loose idea, first draft, etc?

I looooooove the initial idea/brainstorming phase where I get to think about all the elements and feelings I want in the story and where I think up the characters and their dynamics! I also love the second draft phase. I always struggle with it a lot, but it's when the story finally starts resembling the finished product and the vision comes to life. When I write, my very favorite thing to write is dialogue and character interactions :')



3) Who do you see yourself in in all your characters?

I love this question so much hahaha. If you know me well, you'll definitely be able to see some of me in these characters. The three characters that have most of me in them are:
Domitris (the main character), Sinnan (the love interest), and Amelia (Sinnan's best friend).

Domitris because his struggles with managing responsibilities while his world crumbles around him are very much inspired by my own experiences. He's arrogant yet sweet and attentive, serious yet funny, and he struggles a lot with keeping his temper in check. He's also easily swayed by beauty, which I can't deny is very much me as well.

Sinnan because he loves flirting, he loves the power of seduction, he will do anything it takes to protect those he loves, he keeps people at a distance to avoid getting hurt, but at the end of the day, he just wants to be loved for who he is and despite all the mistakes he has made in the past and all the mistakes he will continue to make in the future.

Amelia because she takes absolutely no bullshit, she's not afraid of confrontation, she's a little too crass, and she's loyal to a fault.

I love these characters endlessly and I'm so excited to share them with you and hear if you identify with any of them and why!



4) How many new skills did you have to learn just to write about them convincingly?

I haven't actually learned any new skills even though having tried things like sword fighting, horseback riding, fist fighting would have been a massive help, haha. I HAVE however researched so many topics I would never have thought I would to imagine how to write a lot of scenes, especially to make the "Ancient Rome" vibe of the setting feel authentic. The most interesting part of all this research was that whenever I thought "I wonder if this is too out there to make sense in the historical context", the actual real life things that have happened were ALWAYS so much wilder and more unbelievable than my ideas hahahah.

 
5) If you could write any book in the world, what would it be about?

Hmmm, it would probably be about a young emperor fighting to broker a peace treaty with an enemy nation as his world falls apart and his way of dealing is to fall in love with a gorgeous, mischievous man who is up to no good ;-) 
This is of course just the plot of As We Fall, but in all seriousness, this is exactly the book I dreamt of writing! High stakes, intense emotions, love, sex, politics, fun, shenanigans, achingly beautiful setting. I want all my books to be in that realm and I hope to write many more throughout my life.
I would however also loooooove to write a collection of shorter queer erotica fiction at some point! That could be a lot of fun. Maybe accompanied by some saucy illustrations? Anyone with me?



6) Do you prefer YA or "grown-up" fiction? Why?

I'll read almost anything if it's sufficiently queer, but at the current time of my life, I enjoy adult genre fiction the most! I want the intense emotions of characters closer to my own age (adults) dealing with complex issues rather than coming of age stories/finding their place in the world stories atm!



7) Would you ever write a straight love story?

Probably not, no! I could imagine at some point writing a story with a m/f romance but they'd still be queer somehow. I don't think I'm capable of writing straight characters haha and I'm not particularly interested in it either ;-)



8) How do you get through the really bad writer's block? Those periods when you just feel totally stuck?

To me, there are two ways of getting stuck: One way is not being able to find the right words and the other is not knowing what happens in the story.

I very rarely get stuck in the first way. I never sit and stare at a blank page. Even when I feel like the words aren't flowing, I force them out. This often means that I have huge sections of writing that absolutely suck, but at least the story is down and then it's much easier for me to go back at a later point where I'm better able to find the words and write it better.

When I get stuck, it's usually because I can't figure out HOW something happens in the story. I'm a plotter, so I know all the beats that are going to happen, but for example, my notes will be something like "they get into an argument" or "they go to this place", and my problem will be HOW. What do they actually say to eachother in this argument? How can I escalate it for the Right Emotions to come out? Or, what happens while they go to this place? Or why did they think of going to this place?

And what I've learned is, that I almost never figure out the answer to those questions alone. My weakest point as an author is problem solving and if I have no one to talk it over with, I stay stuck. When that happens, I usually either leave it behind and go to a different point in the story where I know what to write OR I employ all the help I have around me to figure out a solution.

I have some incredibly dedicated people in my life who are usually prepared to help when I need it. I call them and tell them all about what's going on in the story and why I'm stuck and usually someone always has some kind of idea I would NEVER have thought of myself, and suddenly, the whole scene works.

I can't recommend enough to involve the people in your life in your writing, if possible. If not, do everything you can to make writer friends. Having that someone you can bounce ideas off of and give you an outside perspective is invaluable. I would never have made it to a coherent story if I hadn't gotten all this help.


9) Do you have an author idol?

As mentioned above, seeing C.S. Pacat have such a strong, unapologetic vision for the Captive Prince books and for them to be loved so widely by such a passionate audience made me believe in my own vision and believe I could get to the same point! So she has definitely inspired me immensely in that way and the hope that someone out there will feel the same about my books that I feel about hers is probably one of the biggest motivational factors I can think of.


10) Is Adonis (my cat) listed as co-author?

He really should be, shouldn't he? The way he has kept me company through so many hours of writing this book is something special!


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Thank you all so much for contributing with such interesting questions. It was so much fun to think about! I hope you learned something intriguing along the way.

My next newsletter WILL CONTAIN THE COVER REVEAL and I almost can't handle having to wait to show you!

The next newsletter will ALSO contain information about the opportunity to become an early reader and part of my hype team for the release! So if you're interested in reading As We Fall for free (ebook format) before anyone else in exchange for reviews before the book comes out, keep an eye out for this!

Thank you so much for reading and thank you for being here! I appreciate you more than you know.

Much love,
Anya

November 2022

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As We Fall is getting published - by me!
 

This is my third newsletter and my beautiful little list of people is growing each time - even with names of people I have never talked to! This is incomprehensibly exciting to me and your enthusiasm is part of the answer to the topic of this letter.


I'll get into it. This is going to be a long one, but I've made the sections clear so you can locate any topic you're particularly interested in!

 

 

What led to the decision?

 

When I set out on this journey, my shining goal was to get traditionally published. I think this was my main goal because if I was going to do something as frivolous as trying to make a living off writing, it sure as hell needed to be in the most prestigious way possible.

I used to think that if just a book was "good enough" it would have a chance at getting traditionally published. But even though I had researched this plenty before, it only became clear to me when I started querying that this just isn't the case.

There are so many factors that impact whether a book has a chance in the traditional publishing world - Mass market appeal, genre, popularity of the topic, how unique the concept is (without being too unique), length, tropes, and probably most importantly: how easy it is to market.

At first, when I realised As We Fall isn't geared towards that, it made me think: Fine! Then I need to change the method (write more marketable books) to achieve the goal (getting trad published).

But as I started doing that, I understood that that wasn't where my heart was. That wasn't actually what I wanted to do. My heart and soul is in continually writing spicy queer romance stories in (non-magical) fantasy settings. I have tons of ideas for that specific genre (which is my absolute favourite to read as well), but that genre blend probably just won't have mass market appeal (for the foreseeable future).

Which led me to realise that it's the GOAL that needed to change. If those are truly the stories I want to write, meant for a niche audience, and if I want them out in the world, I have to take matters into my own hands.

Luckily, it seems less scary by the day.

I know what a hard worker I am, and I know I'll do everything to go about it professionally. And at the end of the day, if the book is good and well-crafted, 99% of people won't care how it was published.



Why didn't I go for self-publishing from the start?

It should have been a much easier decision to make but I had to face that I have certain hang-ups and false beliefs when it comes to self-publishing.

Truth be told - it felt like a failure. It felt like saying to the world "I wasn't good enough to get traditionally published, and now I'm stupid enough to throw it into the world myself anyway."

It's almost hard to understand as I'm writing this, because that's not what I feel about it at all any more, and I pity my past self for judging herself so harshly.

It's ridiculous because I've bought tons of self-published books and when I BUY books, I really don't care how they're published, as long as they're great books.

But when it comes to me and my own achievements, nothing is good enough.

I began to realise my own over-achieving nature was holding me back. But I'm not that person any more. I've worked so much on myself this past year, doing my best to shed the toxic ideas installed in me, and now I can truly say that it has worked. (Maybe I should do a newsletter in the future about how to change your mindset?)


My experience with querying

When I started querying - I was ready. I had been researching for months if not years. I was ready for the rejection, I understood the game of it all and knew how much luck was involved.

I set out this year to send 100 queries, to give it my all, and I was so certain that luck would be on my side as well.

You know how many I sent? Twelve. Just twelve. And I sent those in November and December last year. If this had been anyone else, I would say they hadn't even given it a proper shot.

Why didn't I continue querying?

I'm the kind of person who will never shy away from discouraging work if it gets me closer to my goals, so the problem wasn't that querying was boring and soul-crushing (spending hours agonizing over queries, researching agents and guidelines etc only to wait 4-6 months for a form rejection, if an answer came at all. Shout out to anyone making their way through the query trenches.) No, there was something more to it.

After a while (and more researching), something in me shifted. The thing I had been dreaming of - that "yes" from an agent - I stopped wanting it. I had the realisation that even if I got that sweet request tomorrow, it wouldn't feel right.

That's when I realised my dream had changed.

The more I've been writing, the more I'm also realising that how the book gets published it SUCH a small part of the writing life that the publishing can't be a goal in itself for me. It's every day that matters, it's the journey, it's the LIFE as an author, that's my dream. It's knowing that the hard work I put in for years will get out there for certain.



My reasons for going indie

In the end, I had so many thoughts and feelings about this that I've found it difficult to talk about, but I've done my best to break it down below.

1) Certainty, control, and empowerment

Certainty is probably the biggest factor of them all for me. I write to publish books. I need that goal to enjoy it. If I'm not certain my books will reach the world, why write? The enjoyment of writing alone is not enough for me.
When going traditional, there are so many uncertainties - you may never get an agent, even if you do, that agent might have to let you go for whatever reason, even if they don't they might never sell your book to a publisher, and even if they do, the book could get stalled for a million reasons, it could get passed around like a hot potato because of strikes or industry problems or bankruptcy. It could get an awful cover. It could get an awful title. You get the picture. Of course it could go brilliantly, but you just can't know. It might take years to find out. And all of this, you have very little control over.

Making the decision to self-publish took a really long time, but when I did it, the joy of writing came back almost instantaneously because I was finally working towards my end goal again and that was such an empowering feeling.

While I was considering all of this, a dear friend of mine told me: "It doesn't seem like you to put your fate into the hands of other people," and I can't believe how right she was and how much I needed to be reminded of that at exactly that time.

I'm taking my fate into my own hands. I'm choosing myself. As a person who has spent my whole life chasing achievements and never being fulfilled by them, I now understand how important the journey is. Getting that yes from an agent, signing a book deal, reaching the NT bestseller list - none of that is what's going to make me *happy*. They may make me proud, but they won't make me happy. This year, I've come to love the process so much, before the book is even out, that I understand now that the most important thing to me is finding joy in the process, being satisfied with the lifestyle, instead of striving for achievements to fill that hole in my heart. I have chosen myself. I'm ALREADY happy and proud without having achieved anything at all with this book and without any outside recognition.

In the end, I don't care about the prestige. I don't need to get chosen. I don't need the validation to know I am "good enough". I just want to write books and I believe I will find my audience.


2) Keeping my rights.

When you sign a book deal with a publisher, you essentially sell your rights to the material, and on top of that, book deals tend to be complicated contracts that favour the publisher and not the author.
This can have massive impact on a number of things, for example being forced to make edits you don't agree with, being limited in which kind of marketing you can do for your own book, possibly not having the option of creating multiple books in the same universe, if the publisher doesn't want them, etc. (One of my nightmare scenarios would be if book 1 sold but didn't do well so the publisher wouldn't buy book 2 and 3, yet I could do nothing to move on with it myself (without making complicated clauses or negotiating rights back).)
I have so many more thoughts on this one, but I'm trying to keep it short and relatable.


3) In it for the long haul while having fun

This one was a really big one too. My dream is to make this my career, my living. I want to do this for the rest of my life, if at all possible. The whole point of choosing this chaotic path was to live a life I would actually enjoy. To wake up in the morning and being excited about the work I do. This is supposed to be fun. If I'm not having fun with it (which I most certainly wasn't while querying) there's really no point. Then I might as well pour my soul into one of the many other things I'm passionate about.


4) Freedom

Again, if you're trying to get an agent or have signed with a publisher, you can't just do whatever you want. They might often have criteria or wishes for you to live up to, not to mention schedules and deadlines you need to stick to.

I know what I want to write and a lot of it doesn't fit that neatly into genre categories, which will probably always be a problem with traditional publishers. I want to have the freedom to work on the projects my passion leads me towards. I want to work when I want to and publish when I want to.

I have also had a lot of both physical and mental health issues over the last years, which have made me unable to write for shorter and longer periods of time. This in particular scares me a lot about a traditional deal, because I'm so detrimentally dutiful that I KNOW I would rather work myself towards an early grave than miss a deadline. I know because that's exactly what I have done too many times before. When my arm injury flares up, or I fall into a depressive episode, I want to be able to take time to heal instead of stressing about an external deadline.


5) My genre works well for self-publishing

Though I have no idea whether this is true, I can easily see why As We Fall would be a hard sell / not easily marketable to a mainstream audience. This story was never meant to have mainstream appeal. It was never meant for the general reader. It's meant for a niche audience that is looking for intense queer romance fantasy stories.

My experience as an avid reader of this genre though, is that this particular niche audience tends to be super passionate people who are actively searching for books that fall into these categories, which means it's a genre that's well-suited for indie-publishing.

Though it might not be a mainstream audience, I know which readers this book is for. I know this niche intimately and I feel like I'm well enough in touch with this reader base to have a great shot at reaching this audience myself.


6) I feel loved and supported already

Coming out of nowhere as a debut self-published author is probably pretty rough. No one has heard of you, no one has heard of your writing, and you have nothing to show for it. Why should they care? Why would they choose your book when you have no proof it's good?

I admit, this one still scares me, and it sure would be easier to feel confident if a huge publisher had my back. But honestly - even with my very modest following on Instagram, I feel like there are at least a few dozen kind and interested readers, and to me, that's way better than nothing :') I don't feel like I'm going in completely cold. I feel loved and supported and encouraged by so many of you, and I'm eternally grateful for that.

The hardest part, it seems, when you're self-publishing your very first book is to get any reviews on it (on amazon and goodreads) since this is what people who have never heard of you will base their choice of whether or not to buy the book on, so I deeply, deeply hope I can get as many of you to help me with that when the time comes :')


7) The nail in the coffin, the straw that broke the camel's back, etc.

Despite all the above, the decision was still so hard for me to make - until I started talking/listening to other authors out there, also striving for traditional publishing with little more luck than myself.
I heard these people talk about their absolutely incredible books with intriguing plots and great prose - all stuff I would have picked up in a heartbeat - only to learn that they would never be published because they didn't get past querying.

I thought about these great books with catchy hooks and killer concepts that would never see the light of day, and not because "they weren't good enough" but because of (to me) arbitrary reasons like genre expectations, length, style, sheer bad luck etc.

That's when I truly understood that no matter how great a book is, there is no guarantee it will make it in traditional publishing, and I knew, deep within myself, that there was no chance I was letting that happen to As We Fall. I need this book out in the world. I NEED to share it, letting it die in the query trenches is not an option for me. And whether it fits into the traditional industry has zero bearing on how much it has the potential to be loved by readers.

That's how I finally understood and dared making the decision.


8) I'm an unhinged person with too much self-confidence and nothing to stop me.

This one is self-explanatory, I'm afraid.



That's it!

That's the whole shebang! I hope you found it interesting and that some of it resonated with you. Thank you so much for reading through this whole journey, and if you have any thoughts or comments you'd like to share, pop by my instagram!

Much love,

 

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October 2022

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As We Fall is back from my editor!


In my last newsletter, I told you all about how I found my editor - If you missed that one, you can now read previous newsletters on my website. Now, As We Fall is back in my hands so I thought I would share a little update with you all.

I have been so preoccupied with writing book 2 that I've managed not to lay sleepless over what feedback would come my way, but I will admit that once in a while, anxiety crept up on me and that little nasty brain-demon-voice whispered things like,

"What if she says it's unpublishable?" "What if she says my writing is terrible?" "What if she hates it and says the book doesn't work at all and I should go back to the drawing board?" "What if I'm delusional for thinking it's good?"

And I guess thoughts like that are almost inevitable, no matter how much you believe in your work. Especially the very first time you get feedback from a professional.

So, on the day I knew the feedback was due, I checked my phone about a million times, though I didn't expect it to arrive before evening And true enough, by the time I went to bed I still hadn't gotten the mail, so I did the most sensible thing possible and turned off my phone. I didn't want to risk waking up in the middle of the night to check the clock and discover the email waiting for me.

And though that was the perfect thing to do, here's what happened - I woke up at 3 am because of dust allergies and could not go back to sleep.
After more than an hour of sniffling and tossing, I turned on my phone to have something to do.

And there it was - the email I had been waiting for for two months.

Of course, that was the end of any sleep for me that day and that's how I read through all the feedback at 4.30 am. I had braced myself. I had set myself up to the stinging feeling of critique, so it was almost hard to grasp when her feedback was beyond anything I could have hoped for - Here's part of the summary:

"This was a really strong piece of work, fluently written, well paced, with strong world building, a compelling narrative, and sympathetic characters. The twin pillars of the narrative, the romantic intrigue with Sinnan, and the broader background of political plotting and threats to the regime, are both well worked out."

I was over the moon. These were all aspects I had worked so hard on, so to have it confirmed that it works by a complete outsider was magical.

But of course, an editor's job is not to flatter you  - it is to make suggestions for how the manuscript can get even better. And from my early-morning-dazed initial read through, I am immensely pleased with her input. She has made a lot of great suggestions to where the prose could be strengthened as well as pointing out a few narrative points that could use elaboration or clarification - exactly as I had hoped for. Now I just need to get to work. Once I have worked through the edits, I will summarise my experiences with it in a later newsletter.

So! What now? The writing on book 2 was coming along so well but was thoroughly disrupted by our move back to the city, apartment renovations, and emotional turmoil from getting AWF back, so I haven't made any book 2 progress the past three weeks. I considered my options and have decided that I will spend the rest of the year finishing book 1. Actually FINISHING it. Taking it from manuscript to book. I still cannot comprehend how close I am now.
The next steps look something like this:

- Work through edits
- Consider what I will do about proofreading
- Write the "front and back matter"
- Have a map drawn and a cover designed
- Learn how to format a book
- Figure out which platforms to use for publishing
- Buy ISBN numbers
- Make a more concrete publishing plan
- Figure out what I don't know yet

So as you can see, there's still lots to do. I'm very excited but also super intimidated, so I'll need lots of cheering from y'all :')
 

And now for the cover news!


As you know, my darling wife, Jackie, is an artist, and we've gone back and forth for years, considering whether or not she could do the cover. She hasn't been convinced she could do a good enough job and has therefore been refusing. Instead I started researching artists that would be a good fit for the style I had in mind, but I was still really struggling with what I wanted the cover to look like. I imagine you need a pretty good idea of what you want when approaching an artist for a cover design.

Finally, I got Jackie to make me a mock-up to get a sense of the composition, the elements, the colour scheme, etc, and guys. GUYS. The sketch is incredible and I'm losing my mind over seeing my blurry vision come to life like this. It is now my phone wallpaper and I think about it several times a day. I can't share it with you quite yet, but I'm so excited about it I needed to tell you. Since the sketch turned out so well, Jackie is reconsidering and will try to give it a shot anyway and see if she can render it in a way both she and I will love.

Having the edits back, the approving words of a professional, and looking at the cover, it all feels so REAL, in a way it hasn't before. I can't believe that this time next year, I will be a published author. I will have made a life long dream come true.

I'm so excited to share more with you as I progress through this journey and I'm so grateful to have your support.

My plan for my next newsletter is to share my considerations about choosing self-publishing for As We Fall - something I've found immensely hard to talk about online because I have so many thoughts and feelings on the matter, but I think I'm finally ready since I'm so genuinely excited about this path and my decision.
 

That's all!


Thank you so much for your support.

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August 2022

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My very first newsletter!

I want to start out by saying thank you so much to the almost 60 (!!) of you, who chose to subscribe and show your support.

Maybe this seems like a small number to some, but honestly, for a nobody author without any books published and nothing to show for it, I think that is absolutely amazing.

I am really grateful for your interest since throwing myself into the deep end like this with no guarantee of success is pretty daunting. Knowing you have my back makes me feel safe and seen. Thank you.

On to the big book news! 🥳

Drum roll, please!

As We Fall is now officially off with my editor! 🌟 ~My editor~ !!! Can you believe it? It sounds so professional.

I’ve spent most of July going over As We Fall one last time before I decided I was ready for this new huge step. I changed the order of two scenes in the beginning, confirmed with three beta readers it was indeed better, and then I went in and line edited the whole thing once more to weed out anything I could improve myself.

The scary thing is that no matter where I stop, there will always be more that can be done and things I can improve on. Especially things I don't even know yet.

But I know that I have done my best and that I am in love with the result. I cannot possibly do it better on my own with my current skill set. That’s why it is ready for an editor.

How did I find an editor?

I chose to use Reedsy, which is an online catalogue of professional freelancers with industry experience. Not the cheapest option, but high quality and security were my top priorities.

I decided on a copy edit, which is a line by line edit where the focus is on the writing (and not the plot/story) to make the most engaging and polished reading experience.

On Reedsy, you can contact up to five editors at the same time, describe the book, and give them a chance to bid on the project. All four editors I contacted were interested and made an offer. I asked the three I was most excited about if they were willing to do a sample edit (a few page edit so you can get an impression of their process) and all three agreed.

Based on the sample edits, I chose the editor whose comments made me go “yes! that’s exactly what I need!” She was the most thorough of them and gave great explanations for every comment as well as suggestions for how to change it.

The whole process was pretty straightforward and painless. Now I can turn my focus to other things while I wait to see the result.

What’s next?

I should get the edited manuscript back by the end of September. Then it’s time for me to implement any changes based on the editor’s feedback. When that is done, the manuscript is ready for publishing.

But there are still a few things left before it is turned into a proper book. First and foremost, I need to get a cover designed and I have to format the book for print. Then I have to do a bunch of research on how to plan the pre-campaign to have the best shot at a successful launch. And maybe plan a release party for my friends and family? We’ll see.

My tentative guess at a release date is around June 2023, which seems like a long time into the future, but I want to allow myself plenty of time to figure all the steps out since this is my first experience with self-publishing. And also get closer to finishing book two!

That’s all!

Thank you so much for your support.

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