The last thing I wanted was for it to take me an entire year to publish my next book. After the reaction to TDOTN I wanted to purge the experience as quickly as possible by getting something new out there, something that would allow me to prove to myself that I could finish something else, that it could be good. I needed another book to help me get my confidence back.
And yet, here I am, exactly one year later, still trying to squeeze out these last three chapters.
But I will get them out. And I will publish this novel. And if people hate it…I will still write another one. Because that’s what I do. What I have to do.
So, here’s the plan: finish the final chapters of this novel before the weekend, complete my final read-through and formatting by Sunday, and then send out ARCs Sunday night.
I think providing trusted friends and loyal readers with advanced copies is the perfect way to dip my toe into the sometimes treacherous waters of public opinion. And if I get good feedback maybe I’ll actually be able to sleep at night during those weeks leading up to publication on October 31st.
If you have a blog and would be interested in an advanced review copy of my novel please fill out the form below so I can get the correct format to you. I’ll post the full synopsis soon, but for now, here’s my Twitter pitch:
Pen & Xander is a contemporary YA romance about food and finding where you belong set in a Mexican restaurant that is the heart of an immigrant neighborhood.