Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Why I Love the Author Community
In honor of Valentines Day, I want to share a post from my blog that still warms my heart. It's about an New Adult book and I know this is YAtopia, but I hope it's okay because it contains characters from my YA Book Pretty Amy who are now in college AND it also includes a former YAtopian ;)
It's also really about how supportive this community of authors, writers and bloggers can be and THAT is universal regardless of genre.
Anyway here goes:
I want to tell you guys a story. It's sort of a fairytale.
About a week a ago I received a response to a tweet about The Next Forever being available from Daisy Whitney, author of the super-awesome Mockingbirds series that said:
I was floored. I LOVE the Mockingbirds series. Sure she is going to be publishing the BREAK-UP ALBUM with my publisher and my editor this year, but she didn't have to buy my book. It was very nice of her and I thanked her.
I kind of thought that would be it, but then a few days later she tweeted she was starting my book (eeeee!)
and then a few days after that she tweeted the tweet below to ALL OF HER FOLLOWERS (7,000 of them)
I couldn't believe it. It was so nice and so unexpected and so generous. She didn't have to do any of it and then it got better. She agreed to let me use her quote.
"Sharp, heartfelt and sexy with characters so well-developed and nuanced that they feel completely real." - Daisy Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds and When You Were Here
How awesome is that?
And, Daisy isn't even the only author who has amazed me with her generosity lately.
There have been so many who have supported me by posting reviews and tweets and FB posts, especially my girls at Entangled Publishing who I could NEVER do this without, but there was also another fairytale.
Nyrae Dawn author of Charade http://www.nyraedawn.com/ came through in a really big way for me right before The Next Forever came out and totally didn't have to.
The schedule for this book was CRAZY and we were doing the read-through for it up until the weekend before it came out. That meant there were no galleys to send to authors to get blurbs. I knew Nyrae a little bit from twitter and I LOVED Charade, so I went out on a limb and asked her if she would be willing to blurb The Next Forever.
This was 3 days before it came out. I told her I completely understood if she didn't have time because the schedule was so tight. I also said that if she couldn't make it by the time the book came out that was fine too.
Then I crossed my fingers.
An email came back from her saying that she'd love to read and blurb it. I was so excited and knew that even if the book came out without a blurb on the cover, it would have a great one in the next couple of weeks. But then she AMAZED me by finishing it over one night and sending me the blurb the next day just so it could be on the cover for release.
"An honest, raw, sexy night of self discovery. I loved Joe and Amy's story!"- Nyrae Dawn, Bestselling author of Charade (AND FORMER YAtopian!)
These two women are super-talented authors who certainly don't need to do anything for someone so new to the game like me, but they did and I am so grateful.
Why I love the author community is that you learn that people can be really wonderful even when they don't have to be.
Why I love the author community is that now that I'm a part of it, I can hopefully give back too.
Do you guys have any author, writer, blogger fairy-tale stories?
Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University and is glad to finally have it be worth more than the paper it was printed on. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats. Pretty Amy is her first novel. She never went to her senior prom.
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