About the Book
Nicole "Nikki" Johnson has never gotten along with her mother, so when she meets a great new guy, it's no surprise that Matt's age is all her mom sees. Just because he's twenty-four and she's sixteen doesn't mean he's a creeper! Thankfully, Nikki's dad allows Nikki and Matt to be together and see how things work out. Their relationship is fantastic and Nikki is on cloud nine...
Until the Fourth of July picnic, when things go too far. Now a very changed Nikki has to make choices that will affect her every relationship - with Matt, her parents, her best friend, and most importantly, God.
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Guest Post: Why I Chose Self-Publishing
Hello, lovely readers of Zara! Some of you may recognize me if you came to see Zara hosted on my blog during the holiday party. Now it’s my turn to come visiting!
My reason for appearing before you all today? That would be my book. Namely, Sixteen, my debut novella. This is the first of sixteen stops on my Blog Tour! I’m excited to get things started.
When I first wrote Sixteen, several things were different from now. First, I was focused on sharing a message, not telling a story. That’s never a good idea for fiction. Second, the title was this weird thing my freshman-brain concocted: Babies and Blessings. *shudder* Let’s not talk about that. Third, the story was way shorter. It’s still too short for a novel and a bit shorter than most novellas, but at that time, it was basically a short story. Fourth, I dreamed of traditional publication.
I’m sure most readers familiar with this blog (or mine) know what I’m talking about. An agent representing your book. A team of professionals working with you to create a glorious cover and absolutely singing prose. A shiny publisher’s logo on the spine by your name, matching some of the others on your bookshelf. Maybe even one of the Big Five publishers! After that, it’s a book or two a year, followed by a movie deal and household name status.
Okay, for one, that last bit’s almost never how it works. And second, all the shine and glamour of traditional publishing is really just pyrite and mirrors.
I studied up the matter of agents and sent out half a dozen queries. One or two never responded; the others were all form rejections. I didn’t weep, or tear paper, or shut myself up in my room with chocolate and Netflix. Actually, I wrote a blog post about how my first rejection makes me an official author, and went on my merry way.
But now I had a problem. If no agents wanted my book, and no publishers I liked would take my unagented and unrequested submission, how was my book going to reach readers?
I don’t remember first learning about self-publishing. I think I discovered the concept as a book reviewer. I found a site called LibraryThing with lots of book giveaways. One of the giveaways I won took me to a site called Smashwords with a coupon code to get the eBook for free. Poking around the site proved it to be an independent self-pub website. As far as I remember, that was my first introduction to the idea.
To those here who don’t know, traditional publishing at its core:
Self-publishing: (aka “indie,” or “independent”)
Indie publishing is more work. Traditional publishing carries more respect and prestige, generally. Indie authors have a smaller readership in most cases. You’re on your own as an indie - yes, you have a team, and if you’re smart, you band together with other indies. But you don’t have the big name or the professional business backing you. Just you, on your laptop, with whatever money, resources, and aid you’ve managed to collect yourself. Not to mention the ease and lack of “gatekeepers” in self-pub has garnered a bad rep and a lot of terrible so-called books.
So why in the world would anyone choose indie publishing?
It all boils down to one thing. Sure, you can point to certain pieces of the puzzle - you hire your own team, so you know you’ll like them. You appreciate and are close to your whole crew. You call all the shots. You have the final say on the interior font during formatting or which model’s photo will grace the cover. You set all dates, all deadlines. You hand-pick your reviewers, your blog tour hosts, your influencers. You hold the purse, so you pull the strings in every manner possible. With a traditional publisher, you can hate the cover or have zero chemistry with your editor, and there’s often little to be done about this. Like I said, my love -- actually, nearly all indies’ love -- for the self-publishing route all boils down to one word.
About the Author
Born in Panama, Emily Rachelle has traveled throughout the country and the world with her Air Force family. Currently, she lives with her parents and three brothers in middle Georgia. While Emily enjoyed reading as far back as she remembers, writing didn't come to her until she learned the forms of poetry and the basics of story-telling in fourth grade. Since then, she's written scripts for homeschool dramas, poems for birthday presents, and stories for friends and family to enjoy. Sixteen is her debut into the professional world of words. You can find Emily at her blog, Emily Rachelle Writes.
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I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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