For those of you who regularly follow either myself or Literary Agent Sarah Negovetich, you’ll know that Sarah has embarked on her own Self Publishing Journey. If you want to know more on why Sarah took this path, especially given she IS a lit agent and HAS all the connections & skill-set to take the more traditional path, go to her blog here: http://www.sarahnegovetich.com/index.html and read more about it.
Rather than simply do what she needs to do to go from draft manuscript to printed and published copy, Sarah has been generous enough to offer to take us on the journey with her. I would strongly recommend following Sarah on Twitter – https://twitter.com/SarahNego, on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SarahDNegovetich and following her blog. Aside from her current project, she is a vast well of knowledge and information. She’s also very approachable.
And if you’re new to discovering who Sarah is, here’s a little on her:
Sarah Negovetich knows you don’t know how to pronounce her name and she’s okay with that.
Her first love is Young Adult novels, because at seventeen the world is your oyster. Only oysters are slimy and more than a little salty; it’s accurate if not exactly motivational. We should come up with a better cliché.
Sarah divides her time between writing YA books that her husband won’t read and working with amazing authors as an agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency. Her life’s goal is to be only a mildly embarrassing mom when her kids hit their teens.
You can learn more about Sarah and her books at www.SarahNegovetich.com or follow her antics on Twitter @SarahNego.
Today is the Cover Reveal day for Rite of Rejection (by Sarah Negovetich). Rite of Rejection is set for release for December 4th, 2014. Now, before we get to the cover (which you have to admit is pretty awesome) I wanted to bring to your attention what might be obvious, but stay with me. Do you see she is revealing the cover TODAY and launching the book in a month?
Let’s look at this for just a moment. Sarah has a vast following. When she does launch there will be many people (myself included) who will want to read this simply because we know who Sarah is. This is not the case for most of us. We need to build momentum (there’a a great post on Sarah’s blog about platform building) but we also need to know those timelines. This is one of them. 3-5 week before the Book Launch Date is the Cover Launch Date. Whether you intend to Self Publish or not, it’s important you understand the process. And this is what I am referring to when I say “Sarah is taking us along” – because timing is a crucial factor in creating a “buzz”
I hope to offer more updates on Sarah’s novel and on her progress but I will repeat follow Sarah!
Now onto a little about Rite of Rejection:
Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can’t wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she’s shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.
A life behind barbed wire fences with the world’s most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancé she’s almost certain she can learn to love.
But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.
Love the cover? Go on then and read the first chapter… One
Before You Stands the Future. The dark-red banner strung across the storefront awning matches the dozens of others lining the streets of the shopping district. Each one with the same clock counting down to Acceptance. Tomorrow morning can’t get here soon enough.
I push the glowing blue button and the door slides open with a staccato puff of air. Overhead, an electric bell dings as I shuffle into the upscale boutique packed with other Candidates. Cheryl is right behind me, bouncing on her toes with each step. My mother would die of embarrassment if I showed the same lack of decorum as my best friend, but I’m bouncing on the inside. Our mothers walk in behind us and the door slides shut with another whoosh of air.
We visited half the shops in Cardinal City this morning in our search for the perfect dresses and dyed-to-match shoes. I got a thrill buying my first pair of silk gloves, Cheryl and I gushing over the tiny pearl buttons, but this is the purchase I’m looking forward to the most.
Shelves bursting with dance cards cover every square inch of wall space. Dozens of girls sigh and squeal over the small books we’ll use to record the names of our dance partners for tomorrow’s ball. I wipe damp palms against the cool material of my skirt and force myself to focus on the goal. One of these books is the perfect one for me. Hopefully, by the end of tomorrow night, it will hold the name of my future husband.
And for what it’s worth, I’m loving Chapter one! Though I’m not in the slightest surprised.The first few lines totally got me, in the same vain as
‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’ (George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four)
I want to know why tomorrow morning can’t come soon enough as much as I wanted to know how a clock can strike thirteen. I also love the ominousness of the first line when offset against girls picking out gowns and thinking of husbands. You just know something isn’t right! This is the part, in those old movies, where the music changes tone and the audience gets expectantly nervous…
…who agrees with me?