Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dear Everyone,

If you've been following this blog, my apologies for being such an infrequent blogger!  I think if I was a mathematician, firewoman, or cupcake maker by day I'd be much more likely to need a writing outlet by night to download my ideas, dreams and schemes.  But I'm a writer so by the end of the day, especially if I'm editing or outlining a new book (Book Three of The Key Trilogy is coming along!), I run out of words.  Seriously, I can't even find them to speak!

Anyway, enough excuses, right?

So I want to catch you up on all things Key Trilogy.  BUT, I don't want to bore you so here it is in a nutshell...

1.  Pandora's Key broke the top 20 on Amazon Kindle in the fiction/contemporary/fantasy category.  And PK was ranked #1060 overall (that's for all Kindle books).  When I self-published PK in December 2011 I was ranked #330,000+ and didn't even rate a category ranking so that's a pretty big leap:-)

2.  Pandora's Key sold almost 2000 ebook copies in September on Kindle alone.

3.  A new and very savvy PR agency called Arts Seen and Heard PR in Portland, OR took me on.  As a result I've done radio and podcast interviews, been in several newspapers and even had a story in The Oregonian!

4.  Thanks to Jax Botteril, who started Skype's SITN (Skype in the Classroom) program, I'm going to be chatting with young adults from all over the world who've read Pandora's Key and loved it:-)  This is by far my favorite thing to do - hear from readers and learn what they liked and what they want more of in each successive book.

5.  Best news last...  I now have a literary agent!  Her name is Fiona Kenshole and she's really wonderful.  Fiona was the Publishing Director of Oxford University Press Children's Books and the former Vice President of Development Acquisitions at Laka Entertainment (they make movies!).  The cherry on top?  Fiona loves Pandora's Key:-)  I can't wait to see what we can accomplish together!!

Sooooo....  good stuff, right?  I feel incredibly happy and grateful for all of it.  That's what happens when you self-publish--the great things that result matter even more because you work ten times as hard for them.

People keep asking me why I want to return to traditional publishing and it's definitely not because self-publishing was a bad experience.  It was hard, lonely at times, but always fulfilling.  Self- publishing allows an author to test their book, create a platform, and develop options.  Most of all, once you've self-published you never take the good stuff for granted:-)

So why try to return to traditional publishing?  I guess the main reason is because I'm a social creature and a team player and I miss working with agents, editors, and marketing teams.  Believe it or not, I like expectations, deadlines, and pressure!  I also really want to see Pandora's Key in more bookstores (especially in other countries), and to give Evangeline the chance to have a bigger following because I think her story matters.

In the end The Key Trilogy is about fulfilling your own destiny, becoming the hero in your own life's story, and hope.  These aren't new concepts, but considering all the atrocities people around the world commit against each other, and a political climate that's embarrassing for all involved, I think that's a message worth sharing.


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