I mentioned a few times last year that I was working on a rendition of my first ever novel, The Stix. In a round about way this book was my saving grace. It’s what help me to realize my love of writing, and introduced me to the notion that I CAN in fact be an author. When I started my journey as a novelist, I was new in every sense of the word. I knew literally nothing about the bookish world.
I didn’t know that publishers could be vicious and scammy. I didn’t know editing was SO HUGE, and practically impossible to do on your own. I didn’t know that there was millions of books published every year across the globe, with their writers clawing at each other to get to the top. All that I knew was that I’d been through hell emotionally and hormonally for a few years (my husband and I really struggled to have children. Which is a whole other story all in its own) and sitting down to a keyboard helped me to gain back my focus and self-drive. Writing gave me a project that was worth working toward. Something I knew in my soul that I was good at, and meant to pursue. I’d never had that feeling of accomplishment before, and it gave me sense of purpose.
The road I took in the publishing and marketing process with The Stix was just as askew as any aspiring author, with no clue what to do, or how. I made one mistake after another until eventually this book was wedged in a dark hole. It SHOULD be off the market, yet for some odd reason, unbeknownst to me, it isn’t. Also, when people try to order it, they’re usually unable. I can’t seem to get my rights back despite multiple requests, and multiple changes in “publishing company’s” ownership, and I haven’t seen a paycheck… well ever. I won’t go into more detail, but I will say that it’s basically just your classic tale of…. I was had!
I decided that the story itself, paired with what writing a first novel meant to me on a personal level, makes this book worth another shot!! So I let my creative mind work some wonders and I flipped it!! I changed the tense, the characters (some), and the writing style a bit. I kept the original plot, yet re-wrote sentence after sentence until I was satisfied in doing the story line justice.
AND NOW….. DRUMROLL… THE RENDITION IS ALMOST READY FOR A PROPER PUBLICATION!!!!
I’ve titled it SKETCH, and I’m shooting for a June release… Just after the release of my next thriller novella Justice for Belle!!
As of right now, R&R Book Tours is putting together a cover reveal, and I’d love it if all the bloggers reading this would sign up and help me (stick it to the man) spread the word on my rendition of a book stolen!
Here’s what Sketch is all about:
Quote: ***John‘s wide awake now, standing just inside the doorway with his hair in a sleepy woosh to one side. He’s holding his shotgun, cocked and loaded, ready to fire if needs be. He isn’t about to let some nut job come storming into his house accusing him of anything. John loves Misty, and would never do anything to hurt her. If Mr. Crawl only knew how he felt, maybe he wouldn’t be making such crazy accusations.***
When the body of the local girl, Misty Crawl, is found dismembered in an underground bunker, the town is thrown into a whirlwind of panic and speculation. Times aren’t exactly smooth sailing with a depression in full swing. The spaced out community of farmers pull together as one, trying to uncover the guilty party.
Thrown smack in the middle of such chaos, is a group of teens. They’re known troublemakers, but have good hearts. Although they’re innocent, the local law enforcers believe otherwise, and the true killer is lurking far too close for comfort. Will the four be able to uncover the truth before one of them pays the price for Misty’s death? Or will the brutal killer strike again, attacking the heart of the four?
(Sketch is a young adult psychological thriller. It’s a quick easy read, appropriate and gripping for mid-teens and up with no sexual content and some bloody gore. Parent’s be advised.)