Happy Book Birthday to FAKING PERFECT by Rebecca Phillips

 

FP2Happy Book Birthday to this beauty! FAKING PERFECT by Rebecca Phillips is let loose on the world today. Buy it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Chapters/Indigo or wherever you get your books.

Join us and enjoy this fun, romantic, edgy read that reviewers, authors, and bloggers have raved about.

“Fans of Sarah Dessen’s novels will enjoy this book. Phillips will soon be a must-read YA writer for those who love romance and drama.” — School Library Journal

“Completely enthralling. Rebecca Phillips’ novel is edgy and at the same time touching.” — Carolita Blythe, author of Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl

“Edgy and honest, Faking Perfect is the real thing.” — Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of My Life Next Door
“Poignant, edgy, and real, Faking Perfect is an honest look at the courage and strength it can often take simply to be yourself.” — Julianna Scott, author of The Holders
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faking perfect mechanicalWhen Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High’s resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:
1. Avoid her at school.
2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.
Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that Lexi’s dad hasn’t been a part of her life for the last thirteen years. But with Tyler suddenly breaking the rules, Ben asking her out, and her dad back in the picture, how long will she be able to go on faking perfect?

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Find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Chapters/Indigo or wherever you get your books.

 

4 Things You Don’t Know About Traditional Publishing Until You’re In It

To all you aspiring authors out there doing research about what’s in your future: this post is for you.

It’s hard to know what your traditional publishing path is going to look like until you’re in it. Lucky for you, three of my wonderful authors (with books coming out this summer) share their wisdom about what the publishing process has been like for them. Read on for the specifics about patience, publicity and more…

faking perfect mechanicalFrom Rebecca Phillips, author of forthcoming FAKING PERFECT (Kensington Teen 2015)

I didn’t anticipate the incredible amount of time and detail involved in traditional publishing. You have all these different people working with you to make your book the best it can be. It takes a long time, and you need a lot of patience, but it’s an amazing experience overall.

SecretsLakeRoad_cover_hi resFrom Karen Katchur, author of forthcoming THE SECRETS OF LAKE ROAD (St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne Books 2015)

The biggest thing I learned was that copy edits can really mess with your voice. They need to be reviewed carefully and can be almost as hard as content edits. Even the simplest change in verb tense can change the reader’s experience and it may not be for the better. But, (and this is a very big but!), if you’re going to break the grammar rules, you better know why you’re breaking them and your reasons for breaking them better be good.

Maybe In Another Life_FinalFrom Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of forthcoming MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE (Atria 2015)FOREVER, INTERRUPTED and AFTER I DO

The biggest thing that surprised me is how much work goes into publicizing your own book. Writing the novel is only half of your job — making sure people hear about it is the other half.

The other thing I didn’t realize is just how many wonderful friends I’d make. I always thought of being an author as a sort of solitary job but I’ve met some of the most interesting and sincere people through my work. Whether it’s getting to know other authors, meeting interesting agents and editors, or hearing from readers, being an active part of the book community is definitely one of the best perks of the job.

Win 1 of 10 copies of MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins Reid!

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This MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE giveaway is for you. Win 1 of 10 copies! Ends June 2/15.

“Entertaining and unpredictable; Reid makes a compelling argument for happiness in every life.” —Kirkus, starred review

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From the acclaimed author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do comes a breathtaking new novel about a young woman whose fate hinges on the choice she makes after bumping into an old flame; in alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold—with stunningly different results.

At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby’s guestroom. Shortly after getting back to town, Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.

Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her. As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Liferaises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?

Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.

4 Things You Don’t Know About Self Publishing Until You Do It

Thinking about embarking on self publishing a book on your own? Not sure what the experience is going to be like? This week I feature three of my hybrid authors who have self published projects or series.

There are a lot of factors to consider–How much you can do yourself vs. what you can hire someone to do? How do you get recognized? Will my genre be successful in the self publishing market?

Read on to get the inside scoop on writers making self publishing work for me.

From Rebecca Phillips, author of JUST YOU series

It surprised me how random an author’s success can be. You could spend a lot of time and money on promotion and only sell a handful of books. On the other hand, you could get really lucky and have a break-out hit without much promotion at all. It’s a big mystery.

From Kim Cano, author of ON THE INSIDE and more

Prior to self-publishing, I read every post on a popular self-publishing blog and decided to go for it. I knew there would be a lot of work involved, from writing a great story to finding/hiring an editor to marketing, but I was excited to start my career and saw it as a challenge.

Later on, I discovered most successful Indie authors were in the romance, thriller, and science fiction genre, and that only one, Darcie Chan, had a breakout hit in women’s literary fiction. Undeterred, I continued writing books I’d like to read and had some success along the way, with my first two women’s fiction novels hitting Amazon’s Top 100 several times. That said, it’s still tough to compete against big books in my genre with a limited marketing budget, but I continue to try.

From Caitlin Rantala, author of INDUSTRY DARLING

If someone thinks self-publishing is for them, I’d first say you should get involved in the writing community long before they publish their novel. Make friends! Read all the books! Join a writers blog! Create your own blog! It takes a village to publish a novel, even if you’re self-pubbing. So don’t be shy. Favorite people’s tweets, talk to them! Not only will you start to network, you’ll also meet some incredible people and incredible talent.

Second, you are your biggest advocate and you can’t be afraid to speak up and ask for things. Over the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of growing up in the writing community. Readers, authors and bloggers are some of my absolute favorite people and over the years I’ve watched this community be supportive, encouraging and uplifting of its own. And when INDUSTRY DARLING was published, I experienced this first hand–the trick with self-publishing though, is you have to speak up, you have to seek out opportunity. A month or so before my book was published, I shot out a few DM Twitter messages to a few author friends, asking if they would want to read an ARC of INDUSTRY DARLING and blurb it. Almost everyone I asked said they’d make the time and wanted to read it. 

Sometimes I’m told ‘no,’ but more often than not, I’m given the green light. The main thing I’ve learned in self-publishing is if you don’t care, no one else is going to care. It’s certainly time consuming, but if you believe in your work, it’s absolutely worth it.