The Book That Might Never Have Been Published
Every published author you meet has the story of “that” book. The one their agent loved but couldn’t sell. The one that editors enjoyed but passed on because “it’s too [insert something ridiculous here]”.
Agents and editors have it hard, because they see so many books, but they can only work on a few, so they have to choose based on their gut instincts even when they know they may be wrong. Ever wonder if the editors who passed on Harry Potter lose sleep over that? Probably not. It’s just part of the business.
We authors used to be left with books that we loved and yet had no way to get to our readers. Book limbo, where books were shoved under the bed to gather dust.
Then along came Amazon, who paved the way for authors to get their books to readers directly. And then iBooks followed suit to reach a whole new audience. And Barnes and Noble. And Kobo.
It wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for Kindle Scout (disclaimer, they passed on it, just like all the traditional editors in the past).
Kindle Scout made me realize that there were readers interested in the book. So I tested the theory and gave the unedited, unpolished book away to readers for an honest opinion.
Their feedback? Publish it!
Encouraged, I revised it (which meant digging back into research on Victorian London and putting on my romance writer hat again).
I got a talented editor to fix my errors (thanks Alyssa!).
And now, my characters Elspeth (known on the mean streets of London as Gal) and Damian have their happy-ever-after at last.
Here’s what readers are saying (all quotes taken from public reviews, not from the many private emails I received during the ARC period):
I was living Elspeth and Damian’s journey to love with them. It is definitely a journey worth taking. CeCe, Barnes and Noble customer.
In two words powerful and compelling! April R. (read the whole review here on My Book Addiction and More Reviews; it made me happy)
Revenge couldn’t be any sweeter. Athena…Amazon Customer
If you were wondering if there were any more books under my bed…only one. The one I was working on for my Master’s thesis. I love this book, but it does not fit into my marketing plan for a while so I’m not going to talk about it…