JESSICA THERRIEN

From Imagination To Publication

Thursday, April 27, 2017

2017 LA Times Festival of Books!

What a blast. Every year I love this festival more and more. What's better than a gathering of readers, writers, book lovers, and all things books?!



It was a busy one...and HOT! I actually got heat sickness that first day and didn't think I'd be able to make the second, but I'm SO glad I did. Not only did the temp drop a blissful 10 degrees, but we walked away with 2 potential interns, dozens of submissions, and almost completely sold out of our books!

Usually our main focus at these events is to sell our books. My author friend and I are there to sign and meet readers, but that has sort of changed with the growth of our business, Acorn Publishing. It really was a different experience this time. We spent nearly the entire day (both days) talking to fellow writers who were excited by our company!

Over the years I've met a lot of aspiring authors who've come to me asking advice on how to get published. At Acorn we truly believe every author should shoot for the top. Try and get an agent and a major publishing deal that will land you on the NY Times best-seller list. If you don't try, you'll regret it. But many HAVE tried. Let's face it, it's HARD to get an agent these days. Near impossible if you don't know someone or have an insane amount of luck (not to mention a flawless, page-turning, polished manuscript). Anyway, my point is, it was so nice to be able to offer an option to GOOD writers who are completely discouraged by the process. If felt so good to say, "Sure! Submit your book, maybe we're the exact right place for you."

All in all, I enjoy talking to other writers about their manuscripts, so we really had fun.

If you're interested in how Acorn Publishing is different from the traditional publishing experience, you can find out more HERE.

We'll also be posting an FAQ on our website soon, or you can always email us at AcornPublishingLLC@gmail.com to ask any questions at all.

Write on my friends!!!

Friday, April 7, 2017

WonderCon Recap & New Release

WonderCon was last weekend. I'm still decompressing...it was an AMAZING event. It was my 3rd or 4th year attending as an exhibitor, and this was the best one yet. I don't know if it was our location or our growing catalogue of awesome books, but we almost sold out completely by the end.



All together we sold around 250 books for Acorn, which was a record for us. Granted, most of those books were Children of the Gods and Kingston Court because Holly and I were there to sign them. People really enjoy getting the author to sign their books. The other important thing to mention is that Holly and I both have custom bookmarks that we were passing out to EVERYONE, so even if they were just walking by, they usually came back to get the book. We were on our feet actively bringing people to our booth for the entire event. If you just sit behind the table giving off bored, lazy energy, people are less likely to stop and browse.

Anyway, THANK YOU to all of those who stopped and supported us, to all the aspiring and established authors who inquired about our company, and to the many amazing people who dressed up! So fun! Here are a few of my favorite pics of people who stopped to talk to us.












 Oh, and in unrelated book news...

I'll be releasing a companion coloring book to go with The Loneliest Whale in about a week. Inside you'll find 26 coloring pages of the characters in the story along with many new ones. Each picture corresponds with a letter in the alphabet and has a page for writing practice. Keep an eye out!!

Here are a few sneak peek pics:





Wednesday, March 1, 2017

My First Children's Book - THE LONELIEST WHALE

Happy Book Release Day to ME!!!

THE LONELIEST WHALE, my first children's book, is available TODAY!! It's a story I've had in my heart for a long time, and it was inspired by a real whale. If you haven't heard of The Loneliest Whale, feel free to look him up, I'm sure you'll quickly fall in love with him. I did, and with that I felt compelled to write him a happy ending.



I first heard of the whale in a BBC article my husband showed me:

In 1989 US Naval ships were using hydrophones called SOSUS to pick up enemy submarine signals. Instead of finding enemy ships, they picked up strange whale songs. One specific whale song in fact.

This specific whale was calling out at a frequency not used by any other whale. It's song was different, identifying him as one of a kind.
"It is perhaps difficult to accept that if this was a whale, that there could have been only one of this kind in this large oceanic expanse," Watkins and his colleagues wrote. "Yet in spite of comprehensive careful monitoring year-round, only one call with these characteristics has been found anywhere, and there has been only one source each season."
The Loneliest Whale has made quite a name for himself. In fact, a foundation called 52 The Search went on an oceanic voyage to find the whale. They'll be releasing their documentary in the fall.


So, after four years of reading children's books to these cute little munchkins, I'm finally releasing my own. It's a relief to know my biggest critics are huge fans of my story. My oldest has been carrying it around for days, and I couldn't be happier.

This is for you, my boys!




For more information on 
The Loneliest Whale visit:




Thanks for stopping by, all my IWSG peeps! I did a terrible job visiting blogs last month, so my goal is to make up for it today. Hope I see you around :)  Oh, and while you're here, feel free to enter the giveaway posted below!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! 
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Giveaway!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!! All of us Acorn Authors are celebrating by sharing the love. We're hosting a GIVEAWAY! Here's what you can win...

WINNER #1



Print Copies Of These Books!

The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross
Uncaged by Joe Gazzam
Oppression by Jessica Therrien
Kingston Court by Holly Kammier

AND

The Following Ebooks:

Seasons Within by Lele Iturrioz
Somehow I am Different by Alyssa Petersel
Shadows of Shame by Bruce Ashkenas
El Awake by Jordan Sala Tenna



WINNER #2

A $10 Amazon Gift Card


AND

A Copy Of Our Newest Children's Book

THE LONELIEST WHALE
by Jessica Therrien




HERE'S HOW TO ENTER...
(It's Valentine's Day...go LIKE some people!)



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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

IWSG - Reading What I Write




Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting! Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.


How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?


Reading is such a challenge with my two little ones at home, but I make it work. It's so important to read, especially if you're an author. Being a writer has definitely changed my experience as a reader. I only really allow myself to read what I'm writing at the time. I was in the YA world for years while writing my YA series. For me, whatever I'm reading really impacts the way I write. For some reason it puts me in that mood, and I couldn't write good YA while reading something outside of that realm. If I did, it would ultimately bleed into my writing and stand out.

I love YA, but it was really nice to read other stuff while writing my newest manuscript. I finally got to read SHANTARAM (amazing!), indulge in WILD, and now I'm reading all my favorite books from when I was a kid as I write my new MG novel: WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS, MY DANIEL, HATCHET, BANNER IN THE SKY, HARRY POTTER!!

Anyone reading anything awesome lately?!


NEWS


The Author's Circle Awards are now open for submissions! To enter for the Novel of Excellence award, your book does NOT need to be published in 2016. Give it a shot! You're worth it. New rule...got to play to win! ;)


NOVEL OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS
*Books DO NOT need to be published in 2016 to qualify
Deadline 4/31/17

Categories: Romance, Paranormal, Dystopian, Fantasy, Women's Fiction, Religious/Cultural, Memoir, Children's Fiction, Mystery, Poetry, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Graphic Novel





BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
*Books must be published in 2016 to qualify
Deadline 4/31/17

Categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Young-Adult, Middle-Grade, Children's, Illustrator of the Year, Cover of the Year


Monday, January 16, 2017

QUEEN OF CHAOS Review


Persepolae has fallen.

Karnopolis has burned.

As the dark forces of the Undead sweep across what remains of the empire, Nazafareen must obey the summons of a demon queen to save Darius's father, Victor. Burdened with a power she doesn't understand and can barely control, Nazafareen embarks on a perilous journey through the shadowlands to the House-Behind-the-Veil. But what awaits her there is worse than she ever imagined…

A thousand leagues away, Tijah leads a group of children on a desperate mission to rescue the prisoners at Gorgon-e Gaz, the stronghold where the oldest daēvas are kept. To get there, they must cross the Great Salt Plain, a parched ruin occupied by the armies of the night. A chance encounter adds a ghost from the past to their number. But will they arrive in time to avert a massacre?

And in the House-Behind-the-Veil, Balthazar and the Prophet Zarathustra discover that they have more in common than meets the eye. But is it enough to redeem the necromancer's bloodstained soul and thwart his mistress's plans?

As a final showdown looms with Queen Neblis, the truth of the daēvas' origins is revealed and three worlds collide in this thrilling conclusion to the Fourth Element series.





A BIG FAT 5 STARS FROM ME!!
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I'm not into the whole reword the back cover thing...so for a recap, check out the blurb above ;)

Let me just say, what an amazing series! I haven't gone into that utterly engrossed, ignore-the-kids-mode in a while. This book did it. I read like a maniac. Seriously, it's an epic journey that is right up there with great fantasy classics if you ask me! I loved the characters, they are strong and well-developed. The world-building is fantastic. I was legitimately sad when it was all over.

I've said this before, about the other books, but the depth of this world reminds me of the Lord of the Rings series. It's really fleshed out and vivid.

Please be more...I'm not ready to be done with these characters.

Someone needs to make a movie out of these books. Get on it Hollywood.



Tuesday, January 3, 2017

IWSG - Writing Freely

Happy new year everyone! I'm going to try and make a 2017 goal to write every day and to be a better blogger. It's so easy to shut myself away in my writer cave and be anti-social, but blogging is such a great way to get back out there, meet new people with similar interests, and help each other out. It's something I've been terrible at. So, here I am trying to do better. I'll be stopping by as many of the IWSG blogs as I can today :) ...and probably more days after that.

In my writing world, I'm mainly focusing on a new MG fantasy novel lately. After finishing up my more established series, I have to admit it has been fun sort of writing in secret. Nobody knows anything about the manuscripts I'm writing or expects them to come out any time soon. It's been very freeing. I have found myself completely okay with writing something that might be complete crap, and just pushing forward anyway. I actually completed a contemporary YA novel about a month ago, and it's floating out there in agents' hands (eeeeek!) but at least nobody is hanging on the edge of book 2 to read it...

Anyway, I guess the point of this post is that it's nice to be pushing forward fearlessly with my writing. I hope you can find that kind of freedom, too! Who cares if the first draft is crap. Get it out.

I'll leave you with an amazingly eye-opening tweet by author Anna Banks that I've been reminding myself of every night:

"Writers, if you commit to writing just 1k words a day this year, you could write four 80k word books by December 31st."

Even one page a day would get you a 365 page book by the end of the year. Let's do this!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!