From Imagination To Publication

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Baby News and Book News!

It's official. I'm the worst blogger on the planet. Ready for my list of excuses?

1. I had baby #2...we call him J.J. and he's been amazing so far. He's 5 weeks old, healthy, and happy :)

2. I have a 2-year-old who thinks he is 25. He keeps me busier than I could have ever imagined, but we have tons of fun. least he's a good helper...

3. Here's the big BOOK NEWS!!!

I've decided to explore the world of self-publishing...WAIT, WHAT?!

It was a really tough decision, but after thinking it over for several months I've decided to leave ZOVA Books. Part of me is really sad to leave such a great group of people. They have done so much for me and have changed my books in wonderful ways. When it comes down to it, I just need to be in control. I want to be the one tracking sales, working with distributors, etc. Nobody tells you that after working years to make a manuscript perfect (as best you can) that you'll have to hand it over to a publisher and your 300 page "baby" will be completely out of your hands. More and more of my author friends have decided to self-publish and have had tons of success. I've heard nothing but great things from those who have taken that path. So here I go...

The way I've chosen to self-publish is a little different than most, and honestly it's all very new to me, so I'm not completely sure how it will work. My editors/writing partners/friends at Acorn Author Services and Publishing have decided to brand the work they do, meaning select authors they work with will be under their catalogue. Basically I'll get to slap their logo on the spine of my books but I'll still be the one publishing my books. It's the best of both worlds! I get the control, yet still get to have the cover appeal that comes with a publisher's logo.

Stay tuned for updates on book 3!! It will be released this year :)

What has kept you busy lately?


  1. Congratulations on both accounts! Glad big brother is willing to help.
    I also know a lot of successful self-published authors. Good luck to you. Will you be pulling your books from your publisher or just publishing new ones on your own now?

    1. Thanks Alex! I'll be pulling my books. So nervous, but really excited!

  2. Cuteness!! Congrats on the new addition to your family. And wishing you the best of luck with your new venture--I can't wait for the next book!! :)

  3. Omg, I've missed so much from not blogging :O congrats Jessica on your second little boy, he's a cutie :)) ♥ and good luck self publishing, how exciting that will be!!

  4. Your excuse is that you were creating life? I am dissapointed (filled with rich sarcasm). Congratulations on the newest addition to your beautiful family. I can't wait for the next book! If I have to read another James Patterson book (whom I do love, but come on) I am going to pull my eyes out! Good luck with publishing on your own! All the best ✌️&❤️ Shannon