Saturday, May 14, 2011

Shazam! Ka-pow! A Title, a Release Date, and a Synopsis

Take two! I posted this the other day, but then blogger went all cuckoo for Coco Puffs and deleted it, posted another post, reposted this post - but with the comments deleted! It had only been up a few hours before blogger threw its little hissy fit, so I thought I'd post it again (I reworked the synopsis again, let me know what you think)!

I've been studiously (and shockingly productively) working away on my novel. If I can keep up the pace, I am pleased to report that my rough draft will be done by July 2nd. Woot! Then comes the fun business of rewrites, editing, formatting, and promoting!

I am not sure if I have mentioned this explicitly before on this blog, I know I've discussed it pretty openly on Twitter, but I am planning to self-publish. And no, this novel hasn't experienced loads of rejection from publishers and agents. I'm actually writing it with the intent to self-publish. Why? So many reasons! Mainly, it means I get complete artistic control over my product, as well as the ability to set my own timeline, price, and marketing. There are a billion more reasons, and if you're interested in why self-publishing works for some people I highly suggest checking out Jennifer Becton's blog Skidding in Sideways.

Maybe I will blog more about my reasons in the future - there is a lot of debate about self-publishing in the writing community, and I fully expect to get some flak for my decision - but for now I have some exciting news.

Here is my official announcement of my novel title and my release date.

I'm including the internet debut of my novel's synopsis for your reading enjoyment! Let me know what you think!

Awake: A Sleeping Beauty Story

February 7, 2012

Alexandra Martin didn't believe in fairy tales...

Alex has always been more interested in rocks and science than stories about princesses and magic. Now she's far too busy with her summer internship at the Gem and Mineral Museum to think about children's stories. Between avoiding her former best friend and high school baseball star, Luke Reed, and trying to hide her unrequited crush on her mentor at the museum, the real world is occupying all of her time.

...Until she walked into one.

It turns out fairy tales aren't all fun and games. A curse has turned her neat and orderly world upside down, and to break it, she bands together with a fellow intern and a recently awakened princess, who's been asleep for 900 years. Can this trio of unlikely heroines put an end to an ominous enchantment, discover true love, and keep an ancient and evil magic from being unleashed on modern-day Los Angeles?


  1. It sounds AWESOME! I love the title!

  2. I second affectioknit's comment! :)

    Looking forward to the final product (and more teasers in the meantime).

  3. Sounds awesome, something both me and my 13 year old daughter would enjoy! Can't wait to read it! :)

  4. What exciting news! It sounds like a great story.

  5. YAY! I am so excited about your book! I want to be first in line to get a copy! And you are must come plug it on my blog. I love, love, love seeing my friends self-publish. Seriously. I cannot wait!


  6. Awesome work! Isn't it great to be close to the end of a book? What a great idea:)

  7. WOO HOO. So excited. When can I pre-order.

    I'm over here in the cheerleading section.

  8. Congrats on your milestone. The synopsis looks fund :)

  9. That sounds neat! Now I want to read it... :) I love to read, and I'm always keeping an eye out for new things. This will have to be added to my list!

  10. Sounds Amazing!! As a total Bookworm, I look forward to reading your book when it releases! :)

  11. I found you by way of twitter and I am glad I did!! Your story sounds great!! Can't wait till your book is done and I can read the whole story. Keep us posted.


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