To start off, we wanted to thank everyone who stopped by for the launch of our blog yesterday! It's so wonderful to find so many people who are in support of this category, and even more wonderful to have such a successful launch day! We had over 1000 visits and 51 followers at the time I was composing this post, and we hadn't even been open for twenty-four hours! I had the hugest smile on my face all day while reading all of your comments and discovering so many people who write about or want to read more about this category!
As mentioned in our initial post, we're all taking turns participating in the Blog Me, MAYbe blogfest this month to get things rolling. To give you an overview of how it works, I've copied this over from Sarah McClung's blog:
The purpose: To get back in the habit of blogging by following a weekly schedule for the month of May. (Or if you already post regularly, to have an easy schedule to follow without having to struggle with deciding what to blog about.)
Mondays: May I tell you something about writing?
This can be anything writing-related. A post on craft. A post on your process. A snippet of your WIP, if you like to share. A book on craft that you want to recommend. Things you struggle with. Things you rock at. ANYTHING at all!
Tuesdays: May I tell you something about myself?
Pretty self-explanatory :) Share something about yourself that your followers might not know. Or maybe they do. It doesn't matter--this is just so people who read your blog can get to know you a little better.
Wednesdays: May I ask something about you?
Ask your followers something about themselves.
Thursdays: May I tell you something about someone else?
Make this post about someone else. A writing friend. A critique partner. A person from history who's fascinating. A character from a book. Anyone you want. :) Have a guest poster. Give an interview. Get creative! Just let the spotlight shine on someone else.
Fridays: May I share something funny?
Fridays = the starts of weekends! BOOYA. Reason to celebrate and laugh on it's own--plus, who doesn't want to see something amusing after a long week?
So...May I tell you something about myself?
Since we're starting on a Tuesday, I'm combining a bit of the Monday and Tuesday order and am telling you both:
I'm in the process of editing a New Adult title called "The Truths About Dating and Mating" that I plan to publish soon, and Victoria Smith, my NA Sister, is critiquing it as I go. More about her on Thursday (May I tell you something about someone else?).
Here's the cover and my unofficial blurb:
Spunky Italian girl Ivy Rossini loves to talk and push the boundaries. She gets to do both alongside her best friend, reputed bad boy, Ian Hollister, as they host The Truths about Dating and Mating, a sex-edutainment program for Riordan College's radio station. For Ivy, Ian has always been like an overprotective big brother - but that's about to change with a near kiss. With the memory of the moment fresh in her mind, she finds herself aroused by his slightest touch and fantasizing about finding out for herself what those girls on campus mean when they say he's an "intense lover."
Ivy has always been Ian's one ray of sunshine, the only girl who really sees beyond his bad boy reputation. It's only fair he protect her from the typical jerks around campus, or so he tells himself. But when he sees her in a steamy embrace with another guy, he's forced to reconcile the sexy, confident woman she's become, with the "little-sister" he's always looked out for.
But Why Self-Publish?
I've opted to self-publish this title when it's finished because I had no desire to change my characters' ages in order to meet publishers' demands. Based on the blurb alone, it's been suggested by more than one editor that I should either lower the characters' ages and soften the content (one said just make it about relationships), or write the characters as full-on adults working at a public radio station. That is not the story I want to tell, and to change it would make me feel like I’m compromising what I love about my novel in my quest to be published.
Many authors who have written about college students have taken a similar route and been very successful doing it on their own. Some that stick out in my mind are: Jamie McGuire (Beautiful Disaster), Jessica Park (Flat-Out Love), S.C. Stephens (Thoughtless & Effortless), Rebecca Hamilton (The Forever Girl: Sophia's Journey) and I know there are many, many others.
I very much applaud their refusal to cave in to making the changes because many editors and publishers will not publish books about college-age students. I can only aspire to be as successful as them one day.
What are your thoughts on authors being asked to change their characters’ ages?
Also, before I end this post, I wanted to promote something else:
Today begins the kickoff of Brenda Novak's Annual Auction for the Cure of Diabetes!
By clicking the icon, you can see the design package I donated, but there are many wonderful items and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to bid on, all in the name of helping this worthwhile cause!