I’ve been immersed in the writing world for over seven years now. In that time I’ve met incredible friends who have become beta readers, critique partners, and amazing sounding boards. Over those seven years, many of these friends have gone on to be huge successes New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. Watching their success has been exhilarating, and to be honest, a little bit daunting. While these friends were selling books two and three, I was still working on what I termed “The Story of My Heart.”
Nobody ever told me to give up. Each and every person who read drafts of NOTHING BUT SKY told me I had an important story to tell, but after a few years of working I wasn’t so sure.
I’ve read countless stories about writers who have shelved books, many of them saying their craft, or the market, wasn’t ready for them. They admitted they still go back to those stories and hope one day they’ll get to work on them again. When I read these stories I have to confess I get a little sick.
The thing is, deep down I never wanted to shelve NOTHING BUT SKY. Even after the rejections, rewrites, and offers of R&R, there was something inside me that screamed I couldn’t let this story go.
There’s a phrase in the writing world that gets tossed around a lot – “Your yes is out there somewhere.” For a long time I called BS on this. If my “yes” was out there, where the hell was it hiding? What I didn’t know at the time was not getting that “yes” was a gift. A gift because the story wasn’t ready yet. A gift because it hadn’t landed in the hands of the right editor.
My path to publishing for NOTHING BUT SKY is a long and winding road. One day, when I’m ready, I’ll share all its surreal ups and downs – because there are many! For now I want to share what I truly believe and that is “Your yes IS out there somewhere.” Keep writing, keep improving your craft, and then hold on for what might be a long ride. If you believe in your story, if it holds a piece of your heart, don’t ever give up!
In my continuing support of extraordinary YA Historical books, today I’m giving away a copy of Mackenzi Lee’s New York Times bestseller, THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE.
GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post with a way to contact you (email address or Twitter handle). Giveaway will end Sunday, October 15 at 11 p.m. EST time. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.
As always, I’m so very grateful for my readers. Tomorrow (after its release on YA Books Central) I’ll be posting the final cover for NOTHING BUT SKY. I hope you’ll come back and see the beautiful job FLUX books has done and then help me boost all over social media!!