Book Update - July 2015
Oh heyyy everyone!
So I just wanted to post a little update on what is happening with my writing because a lot of people have been asking me and I have lots of plans on the horizon!
It has been around two years since I first started posting Reasons To Love A Nerd Like Me on Wattpad and it has now gained over 2 million reads and thousands upon thousands of comments. I know I keep saying this, but I cannot stress how much this means to me and how completely unexpected it was to gain such a following for my work. It’s seriously a dream come true and continues to thrill me each and every single day.
After gaining such success for my free read, the big question was… What next? I have been spending the last year or so trying to figure that out and now I’m finally at the stage where I want to take it to the next step.
I started off by doing a lot of research into the field of book agents and pitching, then I sent a query email out to ten agents who I thought would really get my style. I received a small amount of interest from doing this, but was ultimately rejected by everyone I contacted.
I won’t lie that it’s never nice to receive rejection mail and for a while it knocked my confidence a little. After all, I am stumbling blind through the world of young adult fiction and I definitely have a lot to learn about the whole process from writing to pitching. My story is super long and super niche and maybe it’s just not the right book that agents are looking for. So I stopped contacting them, deciding that it wasn’t the path I wanted to take with it.
HOWEVER (and that is a big however!) - I know there is an audience for this book. I know from all the comments and support I’ve had that people love it with all their hearts and that is has touched people’s lives around the world. And I know that it might not be completely perfect and it might not be at the same standard as books with a professional team behind them… But I wrote every line straight from my heart. I have poured everything I possibly have into it and I LOVE Scotty and Vincent and Olive and Alexis and Taylor, the whole lot of them, like they were my own family. Never doubt that this story came from the depths of my soul and I am so incredibly proud of it.
SO DO YOU KNOW WHAT? I am putting it out there. By myself. I don’t have a publisher or an editor or an agent or anything. Just me, myself and I. Oh and of course all my Wattpad readers who have cheered me on every step of the way. I don’t have the funds to publish the story in print, but I am going to release it for download on Kindle. And I am going to do everything in my power to spread the word about it and try and make it a success.
The last few months I have been working my bum off with editing the story to the best of my abilities. Fixing everything from grammar issues to weird-sounding paragraphs to minor continuity mistakes that slipped through the net the first time round. I have used all of the comments and advice from my readers to scrub and polish it into the best version of the book I can make it. All that is left to do now is the final knick-knacks, which include a cover design, formatting the word document and a last minute proof-read courtesy of my lovely friend Katie. But once all of that is out of the way, it will be up and available to download as a real life book on Amazon (eek!!) I am thinking of setting the price at £2.99 which I hope is reasonable and I will definitely be calling on my friends and fans to help me spread the word (I hope you guys won’t mind!)
I am not sure what will come from this. Maybe it will take off. Maybe it will sit there on Amazon and not do very much at all. I’ll never know unless I try. And if it doesn’t work out then I’ve learned a hell of a lot from the whole experience and hopefully I’ll do better for my next story, whatever it may be :) I would definitely love to approach agents again in the future, but for now I want to see how far I can take this particular story by myself and hopefully prove to companies that my writing has an audience.
I have so many ideas for this Universe of characters and for brand new stories in different genres. I never realised I had so much to say, so many stories that I wanted to tell, until I sat down and started to write them.
In other news, I will be attending YALC 2015 on Sunday, which is a convention for all things young adult and fiction related. I cannot wait and I will also be doing my best to attend the agent area and hopefully get some further advice from a few real life agents (always good before taking the plunge!) If anyone else is going please let me know and say hi, I’d love to hear from you :D
This has all been such an exciting adventure for me. I hope it never ends. If I can keep getting the readers I’m getting on every new story I write then I will be happy forever and never stop for as long as I live.
I will keep you all posted on how everything goes. Here’s to taking the plunge!!!! :)