JESSICA THERRIEN

From Imagination To Publication

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2018 San Diego SCWC

Over the weekend, Acorn Publishing attended the Southern California Writers' Conference in San Diego. 



You've probably already heard me rave about this event, but I love it. I'm a little biased. My business partner, Holly, and I met there nearly ten years ago. We were newbie authors with no idea what to do with ourselves or our freshly printed manuscripts. We've come a long way since then. Not only have we had our own successes at being authors, but we've created a company that helps benefit other writers. In an industry that is so negative and...well, soul-crushing...when it comes to agent rejections, publisher rejections, editorial critique, beta readers pointing out all the flaws in our work, it's nice to be a part of something that uplifts, encourages, and enables authors to get their books out into the world.

I'm excited to say that our tiny acorn of a company is growing into a mighty oak. Before the conference we were already starting to see a steady number of submissions and inquiries. Since the conference, things have been a little...explosive. We are so excited to work with all the authors we met and fell in love with at the conference! And to think, it's only FEBRUARY! 2018 is shaping up to be a great year for Acorn Publishing. Onward and upward!! Write on people.


UPCOMING EVENTS

2018

WonderCon
March 23-April 25
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA

LA Times Festival of Books
April 21 & 22
USC Campus
Los Angeles, CA

San Diego Festival of Books
August 25
Liberty Station
Point Loma, CA
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OC Children's Book Festival
October 1
Orange Coast College
Costa Mesa, CA

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Touch of Cinnamon Release Day!

My friend, Bethany Lopez​, has a New Release today!
A Touch of Cinnamon, Three Sisters Catering, book 2.

For the past year, Tasha has thrown herself into her catering business with her sisters, but she’s been keeping a secret. The hot, moody owner of Prime Beef is the man she left behind in college...the man she thought she’d never see again. He’s also the only man she’s ever loved.
  
For the past year, Jericho Smythe has been waging a war with himself. Does he want to know why Natasha broke his heart and left without looking back? Hell yes. But he’s paralyzed by the glimpses he’s gotten of her at Three Sisters Catering and he hasn’t been ready for a confrontation.

Neither of them are content with their lives, but so much has happened since those stolen moments in college. Can the right amount of spice remind them of the love they once shared? A Touch of Cinnamon may be all they need to give Tasha and Jericho back the richness they’ve been lacking.





Don't Forget, Book 1, A Pinch of Salt, is On Sale for $0.99 for a limited time only!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Upcoming 12 Days of Author Giveaways!

Hey readers! If you'd like to partake in 12 Days of  Author Giveaways, you can join author Bethany Lopez's group on Facebook called Bethany's Bombshells. It should be super fun!

I may or may not be a featured author ;)


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Release Day!! - CHOOSING HOPE by Holly Kammier

A broken marriage.
A love affair.
A lie that changes it all…
Hope Sullivan has been with the same man since her freshman year of college. She knows her marriage has its cracks, but she doesn’t realize how much resentment she has buried, or chosen to blame on herself, that is until a family tragedy forces her to reevaluate her long held beliefs.
When her husband isn’t there for her, Hope’s first love steps in and offers her a way out. Adrian, appears to be everything her husband isn’t.
He’s sexy, strong, and fit. He listens to her, sympathizes with her, and makes her feel valued.  Best of all, Adrian lives for spending time with his kids.
Hope’s affair is just the beginning. Her journey inward will require untangling her complicated past and surviving an astonishing revelation.
Her lover is not who he pretends to be.
She’s searching for her happily-ever-after, and no matter how painful the journey, she’ll find what she’s been looking for all along—the chance to choose Hope.
A spin-off from the best-selling novel, Kingston Court.
★★★★★  "Choosing Hope is a harrowing story of passion and deceit, the things we do for love and the rabbit holes we tumble into chasing elusive fairy-tale endings. Dark around the edges with a shocking twist I didn't see coming, this is the kind of book you'll be passing around to your friends so you can talk about it together. Holly Kammier delivers romance, suspense, and a strong, smart heroine who turns out to be nobody's victim. Don't miss this one!" 

- KAT ROSS,
BEST-SELLINGAUTHOR of THE MIDNIGHT SEA

 
 
★★★★★ "Contemporary family drama and dysfunction at its very best.The well-drawn, deeply authentic characters, stayed in my thoughts long after I finished the book. I highly recommend this enthralling, inspirational read, and look forward to more from this author." 

- CAROLINE MITCHELL, 
USA TODAY BESTSELLING THRILLER AUTHOR


★★★★★ "In her riveting follow-up to Kingston Court, Holly Kammier's Choosing Hope once again takes us behind the façade of a perfect life to a crumbling core where the choices we make turn us into our own worst enemies - - or challenge us to rise above our inner conflicts to become our own saviors in this life affirming, passionate adventure that is anything but predictable." 

MATTHEW J. PALLAMARY,
AWARD WINNING AUTHOR of LAND WITHOUT EVIL, and SPIRIT MATTERS
 
  
★★★★★ "When it comes to love, one of the toughest things any of us can do is to follow our heart, even when to follow it means to upset the delicate balance of the life we've known. There's only one thing harder: admitting that your choice was the wrong one. Disastrously wrong.
 
Choosing Hope is the gripping novel that will resonate with anyone who has chosen passion over safety, or wondered what it would be like to make that choice. Well-paced, deeply relatable, and wise in the ways of the human heart, Holly Kammier's page-turner is one you won't just not want to put down - it's one you'll talk about and share."

-HUGO SHWYZER,
CONTRIBUTOR to JEZEBEL, THE ATLANTIC, SALONand CO-AUTHOR of BEAUTY, DISRUPTED: A MEMOIR, A BIGORAPHY OF SUPERMODEL CARRÉ OTTIS

Thursday, October 19, 2017

MY PUBLISHING JOURNEY: Author Holly Kammier

Have you ever wondered how authors get their start?
How do they get agents?
How do they get published?
Is it luck? Talent? Drive?

This segment is an attempt to satisfy my immense curiosity...to answer the one question I'm dying to ask every author out there: How did your book become a book?

Visit the full catalogue of "My Publishing Journey" interviews HERE.

Today's Featured Author

Holly Kammier
www.hkammier.com
Author of 
KINGSTON COURT & CHOOSING HOPE


AGENTS

Do you have an agent?
No.

How many queries did you send?
None.

If you don't have an agent, is it by choice?
I decided to go straight to hybrid publishing rather than shop around for an agent and then stand idle as my agent shopped my manuscript to traditional publishing houses.  


HYBRID PUBLISHING

Why did you choose hybrid publishing?
First and foremost, I didn’t want to wait the minimum of two years it would take to see my book brought to market through a traditional publishing house. From everything I have read, heard, and experienced, the chances of a non-traditionally published novelist getting her manuscript picked up by a big five publishing house and then having  that publishing house making her book one of their priorities for marketing and endorsements, was slim at best.

I wouldn’t accept a book deal from a smaller traditional publishing house because I don’t believe they could do a better job of editing and marketing my book than I can. I also didn’t want to waste months or possibly years waiting for a big deal that wasn’t even remotely a guarantee.

Besides that, even if I did get picked up by one of the big 5, my manuscript would have gone through changes at the hands of an agent and the publishing house. Choosing Hope would have been subject to modifications I may or may not have felt comfortable with, and I would have lost a large percentage of my work’s profits.

I just didn’t see enough value in waiting, making changes I may or may not feel comfortable with, and giving up the rights to my work. Choosing Hope is deeply personal to me. Three highly experienced, professional content editors, edited Choosing Hope, and I felt confident in the quality of my writing. I knew what I wanted for the cover design. Publishing my work on my terms was my best option.  

What do you like about your publisher?
I have all the control. I don't have to give a cut of my earnings to a publisher and/or agent. I still get the support and guidance from a team of professionals.

Did your publisher produce a hardcover of your book or just paperback?
I have the option to do both. I plan on doing a hardcover and paperback for Choosing Hope.

Did your publisher create an audiobook for you?
This is a also an available format, and yes, I plan on doing an audio book for Choosing Hope as well.

MARKETING

What marketing tactics worked for you?
With my first novel, Kingston Court, Bookbub, Facebook, and Book Festivals ended up selling the majority of my books. I plan to use all three marketing tools with Choosing Hope in addition to signing up with an experienced online book touring company several larger review services that offer readers the opportunity to read Choosing Hope for free in exchange for a book review.  

ADVICE

What lessons have you learned? Any advice for those about to go down your path?
I learned so many lessons along the way, that my writing bestie, Jessica Therrien, and I, formed a hybrid-publishing company last year to guide other writers along a successful publication journey, and offer their work alongside our award-winning, bestselling authors, through our imprint, Acorn Publishing. I’m so proud of our collective and the quality work we are putting out into the market. 

Any advice for those about to go down your path?
Three things: Edit, edit, and edit some more. A picture is worth a thousand words and in the case of book covers, a great picture is worth thousands of sales. Lastly, develop and implement a strong marketing campaign well in advance of your book release, and make sure you continue marketing your book long after its release.

Publisher Details:
Publisher Name: Acorn Publishing
Website: www.AcornPublishingLLC.com
Is an agent required to submit: No
Are they accepting all genres: Yes



AVAILABLE 10-31-17


A broken marriage.
A love affair.
A lie that changes it all…

Hope Sullivan has been with the same man since her freshman year of college. She knows her marriage has its cracks, but she doesn’t realize how much resentment she has buried, or chosen to blame on herself, that is until a family tragedy forces her to reevaluate her long held beliefs.

When her husband isn’t there for her, Hope’s first love steps in and offers her a way out. Adrian, appears to be everything her husband isn’t. 

He’s sexy, strong, and fit. He listens to her, sympathizes with her, and makes her feel valued. Best of all, Adrian lives for spending time with his kids. 

Hope’s affair is just the beginning. Her journey inward will require untangling her complicated past and surviving an astonishing revelation. 

Her lover is not who he pretends to be. 

She’s searching for her happily-ever-after, and no matter how painful the journey, she’ll find what she’s been looking for all along—the chance to choose Hope.

A spin-off from the best-selling novel, Kingston Court.