February 26, 2013

Anniversary of Let Me Out!

It's been an amazing year since I first self-published Let Me Out. I can't even believe it's been a year. And a rough one at that!

Let Me Out took three full years to finish. With drafting then revisions, I've ripped apart this story numerous times, just never seeming to get it right. Then I joined a writers group.

Granted, RWA wasn't exactly the perfect place to develop my little psychopath, but I learned so much from the writers there and even received an invitation for a critique group. That's where Let Me Out started to shine.

At first I went all out; I formatted the book for CreateSpace (print and ebook), PubIt, and Smashwords, but Amazon is really where this title took off when I went to the KDP Select Program. I couldn't believe what people were saying about the book and how far Amazon went to promote Let Me Out.

People actually LOVED it.

Add a Reviewer's Pick from Night Owl Books and a 5 Star review from Midwest Book Review, you'dve through I'd died and gone to heaven.

Now, with the sequel, Die For Me, coming soon, Beyond the Page Publishing has graciously contracted Let Me Out for re-release when the new book comes out. Edits are underway and I can't help but express my neverending gratitude to the following people in my life:

Siobhan Muir, you've always been there for me and called me on my bullshit. You're one of the best critique partners an author could ask for. I can't wait to see how my future stories turn out because of you and I hope we'll always have our dinner dates.

I want to thank the ladies of LVRWA who welcomed me with open arms, helped develop my skills and put my career on track.

Anne Gallagher, you may not know it, but I was inspired by your determination to get your books on the market and you gave me the courage to self-publish. I love reading your blog and even though I didn't believe in self-publising, you've taught me it's not something to be afraid of.

Yevinn Graphics made me an amazing cover, which I gawk at everytime I see it. They also designed my website.

Morgan Kearns is the formatting queen and I can never thank her enough for her patience.

Jessica Faust and Bill Harris of Beyond the Page Publishing deserve a huge shout out for taking on this book for re-release. I can't wait for our partnership to grow.

I have to thank my husband for putting up with long nights, early mornings and endless questions after he read the book. Love you.

And a last thank you to those readers who picked up Let Me Out. You gave me and my characters a chance. I can't thank you enough. But I'll try with more stories and a giveaway!

In celebration of Let Me Out's one year anniversary, I'm giving away 10 copies of the paperback! Leave a comment telling me who inspires you in life and why with your Twitter handle or email address so I can contact you.