I have been away from blogging for quite some time but it is only because I have been busy writing. To update you on my progress, I have finished Larkin’s Letters and have started a new project. One that is a little more challenging for me to write. It is a paranormal romance trilogy and I really have to dig deep to find my creativity for this one. But right now, I don’t want to talk about the new project. Not yet. I want to talk about my old one. All I will say it is that it does not involve vampires and werewolves. Way too many of those on the shelves.
After three months of querying literary agents and publishing companies, I finally just signed a contract with Tate Publishing Enterprises based out of Oklahoma City to begin publication of Larkin’s Letters. It is a very long process that involves editing, revisions, more editing, more revisions, cover design, cover design revisions, layout design, layout design revisions, and so on and so forth. It can take up to a year for the entire process. Unfortunately, I work full-time, as do most debut novelists, so I am not able to give all of my attention to it. But needless to say, I am VERY excited to begin a new journey in my life. Chances are, I won’t be the next author on the NY Times best sellers list, but if my work can touch even just a thousand people across the world then I will be happy.
I am extremely excited to be working with a professional editor who I am confident will help me to make Larkin’s Letters the best it can possibly be. Being a debut novelist, I am certainly by no means the perfect writer. In fact, I don’t even consider myself a writer. Not yet. Maybe when I get to hold the finished product in my hands I will consider calling myself that. But then again, I may not even call myself a writer until I write more than one novel. Who knows? I do know that getting to work with an editor will most certainly make me a better writer and if that is the only thing that I get out of this — being a better writer — then I will have succeeded.
Marketing and publicity plays a huge part in a novel being successful. You can be a great writer but if you can’t properly market your book, than no one will ever get to see how great of a writer you are. One reason I chose Tate Publishing is because they provide me with a full-time publicist that will help me market the novel once it is ready for release. That is unheard of with almost all publishing companies, especially the big ones. I am fully confident that Tate is providing me with the best opportunity to be a successful debut novelist. I am a firm believer that word of mouth is the number one seller of books, and I have just recently created a twitter account (@jaxjillian) so if you would like to follow me, feel free. Again, it is a long process and my novel won’t be out there for some time now, but a pre-established strong twitter following certainly won’t hurt when it is ready to be released.
I will definitely be blogging more as I journey through the publication process and hopefully you will find it interesting enough to come along with me on my journey.