TNWSY Cover

So do you want to see the cover of THE NIGHT WE SAID YES?

DO YOU?

NOW YOU CAN! My cover and official description were revealed today on YA Highway! Go check it out! Let me know what you think! And enter to win an advanced copy!

Ahh, i’m so excited!!

Editing Process: Step Two

(A continuation of my “editing process” series for TNWSY.)

“Dee, turn it up!”

That was the first line I ever wrote in my very first variation of TNWSY. I won’t even say draft because it was merely a scene, not even a chapter. In the end, I didn’t use much from that first bit of writing, mostly just the setting (a bedroom) and the two girls talking, but even their names changed. (There is no “Dee” anymore.)

But, somehow, in all of the drafts and revisions and edits and craziness, that line remained. It’s not the first line, but it’s still in the book. Which is kind of cool, at least to me.

Because currently I’m going through my book another time. There are line edits now, corrections and suggestions in track changes for me to go through and revise. I like these kinds of edits because I know exactly what my editor is looking for. It’s not “elaborate on this theme,” It’s “elaborate on this scene.” It assures me that the rest of the book is succeeding, and that there’s still a chance to make small moments bigger, better. And after going through all of the edits and thoughts, I’m super happy to be with the editor I have because she gets it. And that’s really awesome.

In theory, this might be my last revision before copyedits, so I’m a bit nervous about making everything as perfect as possible. I suppose we’ll see.

But as I go through it and see how things have changed and evolved from that first draft, I smile whenever I find an original piece. Because it all started from a thought, a line, and now here it is. It was a simple note played once, and now it’s a full song getting ready to be heard. It’s bigger, better, louder.

Turn it up, indeed.

Fearless

A few weeks ago, a group of 2015 MG and YA debut writers and I created a wonderful website entitled…FEARLESS FIFTEENERS! On the site, we’ll discuss our books, other books, writing, publishing, life, and more. So stop on by! There will be interviews and giveaways and other awesome things as we lead up to our releases. We’re taking over for One-Four Kid Lit, and all the other MG/YA debut websites that paved the way before us. We’re really excited! 

On the note of being fearless, this past week something kind of scary happened – I left my 20s. Just left them behind, discarded with my dirty clothes and dinner crumbs. I’m now 30, which is weird to say and process. And though I was a bit scared to start this stage of my life, I’m also really…excited. Because with 30 comes a book deal and a baby. A sense of comfort with my job, and a new year of writing possibilities. A sense of knowledge and pride in who I am. Sure, maybe i’m in a new box when I check off my age, but I’m also entering a new stage of my life. And perhaps I should be scared that i’m halfway to 60, or no longer in the “best years of my life,” but really? I’m looking forward to it. Because if my 30s are anything like my 20s, I’m okay.

I’ll be okay. 

Here’s to new, fearless adventures.