Wednesday, September 12, 2018

THE SPONSORED by Caroline T. Patti & a Giveaway!

Glad you're joining in for this installment of Wistful YA. Check out this next featured read!

by Caroline T. Patti

Release Date: September 12, 2018
Publisher: Month9Books

Description: Don’t break the rules…

Max Winter is a janitor at a ritzy boarding school. He’s supposed to keep to himself, mind his business, stay quiet about the things he sees, sweep the floors, and under no circumstances is he to have any contact with the residents. Now, Max will break every last one of those rules when he meets Ace Valentine.

Don’t follow your heart…

Ace Sloane finds out she’s on the wrong side of a war she no longer believes in fighting. Now, she’ll risk everything to get her life back from the people who stole it, including getting too close to exactly the wrong boy.

Don’t get caught…

Grey Winter lost both parents in a fire that should've killed her as well. A “miracle baby,” Grey is sent to live with her Nana who should have told her the truth about who and what she really is. Now she’s at the forefront of a cover-up, all-out manhunt, and the object of one boy’s interest she doesn’t want or need. It’s up to Grey to connect the dots and bring an end to the secrets and lies that have caused so much pain and suffering for so long.

I just love the sound of this one! Can't wait to read.

Caroline T Patti is the author of The World Spins Madly On and Too Late To Apologize. When she’s not writing, she’s a school librarian, mother of two, wife, avid reader and Green Bay Packer fan.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

IWSG~Publishing Pathways

This month's optional theme is an easy one for me to answer.

What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?

Four years ago, I signed with my first agent. Two years ago, my agent and I split amicably, and shortly after that I sold my first manuscript and then my second.

I decided to go the traditional route for a few reasons. Firstly, despite having been a blogger for a few years at the time, I knew basically nothing about the publishing world and its inner workings. Plus, I live in a very rural state and then even more rural area of my state, which makes me a bit isolated. I felt teaming up with a 'guide' - that's what I really see agents as - someone who shares their knowledge of the business and guides you along your way to forming your career - was important for me.

You say, "But you sold your manuscripts on your own to small but traditional publishers."

Yup, you're correct. That step was one I now know I needed to take. I forged ahead and did it on my own. I think I needed the lessons that experience has taught me to keep forging ahead. I still plan to seek representation again. That is my choice - the way I see what I need as a writer. 

But take note: we each have our own writing/publishing journey, one that is unique. My advice is to seek that and not someone else's. Your path might end up as twisted and curvy as mine, but that's okay. Just own it.
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Thank you to this month's amazing Co-Hosts:  Toi Thomas, T. Powell Coltrin, M.J. Fifield, and Tara Tyler! Want to be part of IWSG? Check it out here to join and to see the other participants. 


And a little added surprise. Marked Beauty was recognized again! I'm so happy readers see through the years it took me write this story and see value in it. Thanks to all who have read it!



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