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So sad!

I just wanted to let you know that February is the last month you can get both of my paperbacks for $9.99 each!

(insert sobbing emoticon here)

I know! It’s so sad!

I’ll try to be as brief with the details as possible, but I got an email saying Wisdom & Folly’s distributor had to raise their prices, and, “Would you like to raise the price of your book as well?”

Um, no!!!

Seriously. I originally tried to get them to price the book at $5. No one would listen to me. (Apparently paying for each book you sell is a very, very bad thing. Who knew?)

But the numbers say I just can’t keep it at $9.99. (Why, IngramSpark? Why?)

So, as of March first, Wisdom & Folly will now be $12.99 each. But there’s good news! I promise!

The eBook is staying at just $2.99, and there may-even-might be a sale for $.99 for Zombie Takeover’s launch. Woohoo!

(Which I’m working on like a mad crazy person. Seriously. My husband is questioning my sanity right about now.)

So that’s it. That’s my news.

And I hope my very next post is Zombie Takeover’s release date.

(holds breath)

Squeal! I can’t wait!!!

In Him,

Michele

(Btw, you can purchase Wisdom & Folly on Amazon, B&N, and Kobo. Just so you know. Happy Reading!) :)

I might be traditionally published…what?

So I have some exciting news. And some not-so-great news.

This month, September, is an open month for Blink YA Books submissions.

You don’t even know how crazy that is. To submit to Blink, you need, like, an agent, to be the most amazing writer in the world, or to get someone from their editorial department to fall in love with your writing at a writer’s conference.

I have been like a heartsore puppy, standing outside of Blink’s submission department, staring in with sad puppy eyes and wishing I were part of the fun.

No more.

I submitted Zombie Takeover and will most likely be submitting Wisdom & Folly.

(Now, don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying they’re gonna love me and accept either manuscript, but I’m saying there’s a chance. For the first time. Ever.)

Squeal!

Oh, yes. Right. Professionalism. Anyway. Moving on…

So this brings me to my bummer news.

Wisdom & Folly was supposed to release October 10th.

I know, right? I was going to be able to hold that sucker in my hands in two weeks. Sob

And I was going to have my very first book signing ever October 17th at the Greenwood book fair.

Sitting in for my writer’s group, I will be selling (and maybe even signing) copies of the anthology I was published in, Stories from the Heartland. How cool is that?

But I was also going to have Wisdom & Folly available. I had planned to write this glorious post, shouting to the world my release date and very first ever book signing.

Well. I won’t be able to do that if I submit to Blink.

So exciting, terrifying, and disappointing, right? I mean, what if they say no, too? What if I miss my very first book signing for no reason? Argh!

True, I’ll have to wait longer to hold either of my books in my hands, but, once again, they just might maybe kinda sorta be traditionally published!!!!!

Yes, I’m very nearly screaming right now. (But the baby’s asleep and all…) ;)

So, dearest readers. I love you, I thank you for following me and this crazy roller-coaster ride (Seriously. I’ve been through more tears and squeals than you’ll ever know!), and I cannot wait to present you with my finally-published books.

I just can’t hold it back.

Squeal!!! :)

In Him,

Michele

P.S. Do you have a crazy awesome YA book you want to submit to Blink? You have ten more days…here’s their submission form. (My only advice? Read their submission guidelines in great detail and do everything they say. Editors love this!) God’s richest blessings on you and your submission! :)

You want to feature ME in your article? What???

When Shayla Eaton, editor and owner of Curiouser Editing, asked to feature me in the article, “8 Female Indie Authors Who Are Killin’ It,” I nearly stopped breathing.

Who? Me???

Yes. You.

Even though my book isn’t out yet?

Yep.

I almost DIED.

But since that would seriously mess up my publishing plans, I settled for screaming like an idiot and sending her way more information about me than she quite possibly wanted to know. Ever.

Fellow writer Nicole Jonas from the Heartland Christian Writers recommended me; Shayla contacted me, enjoyed my covers and book blurbs, and decided to feature me. Can you say crazy happy dances?

And, of course, I did a little research on Curiouser Editing. (Dude. There are some amazing articles on their site. “What If I Have a $0 Book Budget” and “The #1 Way Authors Build Platforms” happen to be a few of my particular favorites. Their Facebook page is pretty awesome too.)

Shayla Eaton and I sent a flurry of messages back and forth, and I waited with bated breath to read what on earth she could possible have to say about me. ME.

Oh. Right. Trying to remain calm and professional here. (Is it working?)

But I’m not the only author featured in this lovely article.

S.D. Hendrickson, M.L. Gardner, Nina Soden, Jen Stephens, Camilla Kragius, Susan Pogorzelski, and Kelsey Humphreys all have books just waiting to be discovered by you, dear reader. (Or read again, if you already have them!)

To quote Curiouser Editing: “Are you ready to meet your new favorite author?”

Read article here.

In Him,

Michele

Learn more about Shayla Eaton:

Shayla is a connoisseur of the writing and editing process, having edited over two hundred books and countless articles, blogs, social media posts, and web copy. Starting out in a small publishing firm as a copywriter after college, she quickly worked her way up to copy editor and into marketing, where she began to hone her skills on the inner workings of the publishing process. She took this experience and began her own business with one goal: providing authors with honest feedback and superior work in writing, editing, and marketing. She is the author of The Curiouser Crusade, an e-book to help writers finish their novels in six months. She loves coffee and is an admirer of all things creative and bookish. www.CuriouserEditing.com

Images used by permission.

Cover Reveal: Zombie Takeover

I have been wanting to show you this for ages!

Zombie Takeover was the first cover Sara Helwe designed for me, and I love it even more now than I did then. If that’s even possible.

The reason I couldn’t show you before was I received a query from Pelican Book Group, asking to see my manuscript. They also wanted 90 days in which to review it. At the end of those 90 days, their very kind editor informed me that although she enjoyed the story, Zombie Takeover just wasn’t right for their publishing house. (But she did say she hoped to see me in print soon!)

Before I received said rejection letter, I started working on rewriting Wisdom & Folly, and I asked Sara to create a cover for that book as well.

We went through many versions of both covers (and I may even show you a few), but I wanted to reveal Zombie Takeover’s cover today for several reasons.

One, just to show it off. I mean, come on. Gorgeous.

Two, to ask you to compare it to Wisdom & Folly’s gold cover.

Is it a good idea to have two covers of the same color scheme? Should I choose the blue for more variety? Or is the gold so wonderful and eye-catching it doesn’t matter if both covers are the same color?

Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the gold Wisdom & Folly cover, and I’m so excited to use it! But I want to know.

Does this change your opinion?

I honestly wasn’t expecting such an overwhelming vote for the gold cover–I thought it would be rather even between the two.

Nope.

You picked gold, and gold it shall be! (Unless you think it’s better to have two different color schemes…)

Anyway, back to Zombie Takeover.

Can you wait to hold that thing in your hands? I know I can’t!

Here is a little about the book:

I was the bravest, fiercest warrior, singlehandedly stopping the zombie apocalypse and earning the respect and admiration of those who fought with me. Just kidding. I pretty much peed my pants and wasted a ton of ammo. At least I know everyone else shot what they were aiming at. Me? Not so much. This is my story—me, Candace Marshall, the world’s biggest scardey-cat, facing my biggest fear. Zombies. It was awesome. (As in, not at all.)

***

Candace Marshall hates zombie movies. She hates anything scary, in fact. In his usual way, her not-so-thoughtful boyfriend surprises her with advanced screening tickets to the latest zombie flick, complete with interactive features and a tour. Yeah right. Like that’s gonna happen. She refuses to watch it, but it doesn’t matter.

Horror becomes reality when an experiment gone wrong transforms her peaceful town into a mess of slathering zombies. Thrown together with the only other survivor, Gavin Bailey, her favorite actor and secret crush, she somehow fights her way out of the mess, making plenty of blunders and surprising herself with…courage?

But, just when Candace thinks it can’t get worse than zombies, it does.

***

There you have it! Book one of the Candace Marshall Chronicles.

I had so much fun writing it, and I hope you will have fun reading it as well! I’ll let you know the moment I have a release date. For either book. (I do know Wisdom & Folly will be released first!)

Don’t you just love the covers for both of my books?

Thank you so much for all of your lovely comments and support!

I am enjoying this journey so incredibly much! :)

In Him,

Michele

 

Cover Design by Sara Helwe

Model: Jessica “Faestock” Truscott

My Gorgeous Girl

She’s here! My sweet princess has finally arrived, turning my world upside down.

As crazy as this sounds, I have had this insane writing spree where all of these plot lines have exploded in my head. I’ve been scribbling in notebooks during the endless hours of feeding my new girl, and now I have to find the time to transfer my ideas to my computer!

I’m so excited about these new story lines! :)

And I have some news to share.

I am having a cover designed by my incredibly talented cover artist, Sara Helwe, for Wisdom & Folly: Sisters. The story you see here on my website (and can still access) will be updated and expanded, and available in both Kindle ebook and paperback.

When I know the release date, I will be sure to let you know right away!

Also, I heard back from Pelican Book Group about Zombie Takeover. The editor said although she truly enjoyed my story, she did not think it was right for their publishing house at this time. She encouraged me to continue trying to get the book published. She was very kind and encouraging, and I appreciated the way she gently let me down. I must say, rejection letters are still hard, no matter how kind!

So I guess I have my answer.

Zombie Takeover will be self-published soon, with a cover reveal coming shortly. I can’t wait to show you the gorgeous cover Sara designed! I love it!

So there you have it.

More hurdles, disappointments, and perseverance on this road to publication. One day I will taste victory! :)

While my deepest wish and prayer is to be traditionally published, I will put my self-publishing courses to use and get my name and books out there for your reading enjoyment, pursuing traditional publishing along the way.

Thank you for joining me on this incredible journey, and I look forward to sharing more news as I traverse along! :)

In Him,

Michele

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