From Imagination To Publication

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Writing World: Update on Oppression

Well, what once was "writing world" for me has now become "marketing world." ...not that this part of the publishing experience isn't completely and awesomely fun. It is. But man, it is work. Not to mention I still have to keep writing the next book (which is going well by the way...I can't wait to start sharing and talking about that once Oppression is out).

Now don't get the wrong idea, I don't want to shove Oppression down your throats, but this blog is called Imagination to Publication. Without trying to be too much of a salesman, I wanted to share the newest details of my publishing journey.

As you may know, I met with ZOVA last weekend, and here is the latest:

1. Oppression will be included in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge.

The challenge goal is to read & review a minimum of twelve young adult or middle grade debut novels between the dates of January 1, 2012 – January 31, 2013.

As part of the debut author challenge, Oppression will be touring around to different readers on the Debut Author Challenge ARC Tour. You will be able to sign up for the tour here once it is posted (sometime next week).

 *Don't forget to become a member of the Debut Author Challenge Group on Goodreads!

2. Oppression is climbing the YA Debut 2012 Listopia list where you can vote for your favorite upcoming 2012 novels. Yippee! Thanks for your votes everyone!

3. I'm planning an Oppression Virtual Launch Party! I hope you'll be joining me on February 28th to help celebrate the release of my book (by posting about Oppression). I'll be posting a sign up/RSVP form later this month for those of you bloggers who want to help me host. If you know for sure you want to be involved, you can also email me or leave a note in the comments.

4. The back cover reveal will be coming shortly. I absolutely love it. Can't wait to share :)

5. A fresh wave of E-ARCS should be going out to bloggers soon. I can't wait to hear feedback from everyone!

6. A Q&A with my publisher will be posted in a few weeks.

7. I will be attending the Southern California Writers Conference with ZOVA the week before the release (Feb. 17-20) to promote the book. Hope to see you there!

That's what's going on in my writing world. What about you? Feel free to share any big book news or even if you're just writing queries. I love to hear from you all!


  1. Oh this is so exciting! Enjoy marketing world, really. I bet it's a blast cuz you can just chat up all your hard work :)

  2. How cool!! Can't wait to read your book :)

    I'm just finalizing my book, waiting for beta readers to reply, and then hopefully querying!

  3. This is awesome :D I can't believe it's almost time for release. Feb 28th is such a great date.

    I'm waiting to hear back from betas. 2 more passes and I'll be querying.

  4. This must all be so exciting for you! I'm excited for you =) Can't wait to see the back of the book and OPPRESSION is on my 2012 TBR list (also under the tab of the same name on my blog)!

  5. :O Can I get an E-ARC? Pretty please?!

  6. So exciting! I'd love to help you with your launch party. :)

  7. I'd love to help...just let me know what I can do! :)

  8. Hey Jessica,

    I'll be at SCWC.....and if I can help....."put me in coach!"

  9. Congratulations, Jessica. You must be so excited at this point.

  10. Cool! Would love to post for your Virtual Launch Party - my own is happening soon after that, so I'll be in marketing mode anyway!

  11. Thanks for your comments everyone :) And thanks to those who are planning to help me with my virtual launch! Yay! You all are awesome...

  12. Exciting on all counts, Jessica! Hope it all goes beautifully.

    PS I'm a fan of the SCW Conference... Such terrific folks!

  13. Thanks for blogging about all these steps in the process-- it's nice to follow along and both learn as well as be motivated by your success! Meanwhile I am battling the first two lines of my query letter... horrible.

  14. I might have to stop by the SCWC and pick up an advanced copy!

  15. Ugh, that makes me not want to pursue publication. I like the writing side of writing too much. -Aaron

  16. Marketing? Remember when we thought writing the thing was the toughest job? *laughs* It does sound like you're doing well with all of the steps, however. My debut was published Feb. of 2010. The softcover came out in Dec. of that year. I've been living in a marketing world since then, constantly re-evaluating and learning something new, seemingly each and every week.
    Congrats for living the dream, Jessica, and don't ever look back!


  17. Oh! Exciting! I love Greek mythology :D I am a book there any way I can get an ARC???