Wednesday, October 2, 2019

IWSG ~ Do Overs in Publishing

Today marks another IWSG post, where writers come together to share their thoughts, angst, worries, and insecurities about the publishing world and book writing all together. BUT, we also share our hopes, dreams, and our successes.

So here's a success I'd like to share and add to the Insecure Writers Support Group's wall of encouragement.

MOTLEY EDUCATION has been completely rebranded, edited, and released as a Second Edition!

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Motley Education: The Urd Saga BkI

Ages: 8-12
Pages: 354
Publisher: Ellysian Press, September 10, 2019; Second Edition
ISBN: 978-1-941637-63-0
ISBN: 978-1-941637-64-7 (Ingram)

"A deftly crafted ... and entertaining read!"
Midwest Book Reviews - Children's Watch 2017
Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically and Celestially Gifted Terms of Enrollment
Signed: Ebony Charmed
Ebony should be excited about entering sixth grade to further develop her skills. And she would be. If only her lame abilities let her see more than three ghosts.
Struggling to live up to her gifted family, Ebony is horrified when she is branded a Seeker: someone who is neither Sensory nor Luminary. To top it off, her Deadly Creatures and Relics project – transforming a measly stick – seems destined for failure.
But there are doors to other worlds where creatures have been watching her. And when the truth emerges that her project is more than a stick, she knows she must act. Along with her best friend Fleishman and his pet lizard, Ebony finds herself wedged between prophecies and quests. Oh, and saving the entire spirit world from annihilation.
Ebony is not ready to be a hero. But a dark presence has already stolen more than one local kid. And this time, her failure is not an option.

2017 Literary Classics - Gold Medal Winner - Grade School Fantasy
2016 New England Book Festival - Best Children’s Book
2017 Readers' Favorite - Gold Medal Winner - Children's Fantasy/Sci Fi
2017 Feathered Quill - Bronze Winner - Best Juvenile/YA Fiction
2017 Purple Dragonfly - Honorable Mention Winner; ebook 


Here's the new book trailer . . .

The release was a huge day for me. But I didn't make a big deal about it. So here's where my insecurity comes in for this month.

Releasing Motley - which was my debut novel into the world - for a second time felt like I was playing catch-up, like I was re-celebrating my birthday and everyone would be like "Uh, big deal." No, no one said that. On the contrary, I had a ton of support during my new book birthday. )You know who you are, and THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!) I know that Motley has been completely rebranded with a new cover, theme, book blurb, and marketing strategy, which is all good. It's just not new to me, not a new accomplishment, not a bigger goal reached. Does this make sense?

It was work. A lot of work, just like when I originally sold the manuscript to my first publisher. There were rounds of edits, cover discussions, all new marketing graphics created, and more. I'm super blessed that my YA publisher loves my work so much they offered to rep Motley. Honestly, I couldn't thank them enough.

I guess what I'm asking you all is How should I really feel about getting Motley back out into the wild? (For those who don't know, feel free to go HERE. Basically, my original pub closed, leaving Motley homeless.) Does feeling like it's a success make me selfish? 

One note: I truly am thrilled the book is back out there and that I'm in revisions for book II. I love these characters and the world they live in. We really do have a cool job, don't we?

A  huge 'thank you' gotes out to the awesome co-hosts for the October 2 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Mary Aalgaard, Madeline Mora-Summonte, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!


  1. You should be excited! It will find a whole bunch of new readers now.

    1. Aw, I love that! I'll concentrate on the book finding a whole bunch of new readers. Thanks, Alex.

  2. Congratualations! I'd call that a success. And to have another one in the works, even better!

  3. I don't think you have any reason to feel guilty about feeling good about your book being rebranded and issued. It's a way to keep it out in the world for longer even if it's not new to you. We have to celebrate all our successes.

  4. Congratulations Sheri - actually could be a really good thing for you ... and an opportunity to add to the stories and spread Urd's sagas ... loved the video: great to read and see - cheers Hilary

  5. Huge congrats! I'm sure it will do well, and you should celebrate :)

  6. I love the new cover. Congratulations!

  7. Congrats again - I think it's great that the book is out and about in its new outfit! :)

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