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Chasing Fae: A Call To Action!

It Is Officially One Month Away From My Debut Book Release!!!!

Hello fellow writers and readers! I am so excited today to say that it is officially one month until release week for my debut YA fantasy novel, Chasing Fae. I cannot believe I have reached this point. Nearly two and a half years ago, I first came up with the idea for the book. Now it’s about to be published and really be out there in the world. This is just a dream come true.

I have been in the process of putting so much together in terms of marketing and outreach over the last few weeks, and today, I want to bring you along for the ride. I am going to give you an intimate look at the marketing strategies that I have employed so far and the plans I still have yet to make.

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Book Bloggers/Reviewers Contacted: 52 and counting….

I’m a bit of an email ninja.

As I talked about in one of my recent blog posts, book reviewers and bloggers are an essential piece of the indie author’s marketing strategy. The more buzz an author can generate by having a series of reviews for her debut, even a small series, the better. I did a ton of research, and everyone I have contacted so far makes up only half of my very, very long spreadsheet. I am reaching out to as many people as I can who read YA fantasy and have fantastic review content.

There are so many awesome readers out there who take the time to review the books of their favorite authors, and to all of them, I say thank you! If anyone has any interest in reviewing Chasing Fae, I would be happy to send over an Advanced Reader Copy. Take a look at this summary here, and then send me a message on any of my social medias or at cadyahammer@gmail.com.

Planning Out A Virtual Blog Tour

Given the state of the world right now, I needed to find a unique way to celebrate my launch. I wanted to share this major success with the world while also exposing people to my style of writing. I’m working on pitching to various book blogs, writing websites, and podcasts to find places that may be interested in a guest post or an interview. That is still very much a work in progress, but by the time the end of July rolls around, I hope to have several place to share my work.

If anyone knows any sites or podcasts that may be looking for guest spots or posts, feel free to comment below. I’m still working on amassing my list and reaching out.

Article Series

My publisher is guiding me through the process of launching an article series on Medium. I am actually super excited for it. My editor came up with a bunch of fantastic ideas for deep dives into various aspects of Chasing Fae. Everything from character profiles, to an intricate look at grief in fiction, and several personal stories about my connection to various scenes and icons. I plan on launching the series at the beginning of August and posting once or twice a week on Medium to keep up the excitement and the interest. Don’t worry: I also plan on cross-posting to here so that everyone can keep up with it. Stay tuned for more information on that in the coming weeks!

Goodreads

I am a Goodreads novice.

I have zero idea of how to operate Goodreads as an author. I am hoping that once my book has an ISBN number, I can add it to the library and claim my Goodreads Author Page. Between now and then, I need to do some more research into how to make that platform work for me.

Other Ideas

This is a short list of ideas I am toying with for the future:

  • Instagram Live Stream
  • Facebook Live Stream
  • Video series centered around the characters
  • Video series centered around the Twelve Houses
  • Book Giveaways
  • In person book tour (once Covid-19 is remedied sufficiently)
  • Virtual book talks at schools

I hope to play around with these ideas more as I approach publishing day.

Thanks for hopping along on my little excited book rant today! Remember to please subscribe and get excited for the release of Chasing Fae! Love you all. Happy writing!

WE MADE IT!!!

HOORAY!

HOORAY!

HOORAY!

CHASING FAE WILL BE PUBLISHED!

To my followers, thank you so incredibly much! My 60-day presale campaign was a success! Chasing Fae passed its $4000 publishing threshold on the very last day for a final total of $4140! Paperback and digital copies will be officially be published by New Degree Press in July 2020!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I cannot believe it, y’all. That childhood dream I have had for so long about publishing a book young is finally coming true. And it is all thanks to you. Thank you so much for buying, liking, sharing, posting, commenting, and every other method used to get me from $0 all the way to the end.

The publishing journey has been going great so far, and I am looking forward to having some new content for you all soon. I am actually wrapping up my final revisions in the next two weeks. I can’t wait to show you guys some of the cover ideas that are being created by the design team right now! Keep up with Fluff About Fantasy for the latest updates. I love you all. Thank you again.

Happy writing! (And to my beta reader community, happy reading!)

My Experience With My Publisher So Far

Hello everybody! I’m back!

It has been a crazy three weeks, but I am finally back to tell the tale. First, I had a crazy couple of weeks of midterm exams and papers to finish. I worked so many hours on those assignments, and so far, they’ve turned out okay. Got a B- on my Irish Archaeology exam (which was awesome!) and an A- on my Medieval European History paper. I am pleased with both and am anxiously awaiting the results from other classes.

Then I finally got to take a little vacation in Austin, Texas to visit my boyfriend, Daniel. I hadn’t seen him since October; I have missed him so much. We spent four wonderful days together. We went out a few times, but mostly stayed in to cook together, play Smash Bros, and binge watch Gravity Falls. And cuddle. <3 I think the best part of being in a relationship is being able to hug someone else super tightly and hold them forever.

Then I flew to Orlando to meet my family at Disney World, left Disney World because of coronavirus concerns, my college is shut down until at least April 3rd, I had to find a way to get all my meds that I need for my asthma, and now I’m home practicing social distancing and trying not to panic too much.

So, yeah. It’s been a busy time.

But now to the point…

But today! I am here to talk to you about updates with New Degree Press and the upcoming publication of Chasing Fae.

Now that I am under contract, things have actually been moving pretty quickly. I met my Acquisitions Editor, Jordana, who is in the process of reading my manuscript and offering her insights. I am very excited to hear from her soon. This is the first time I will be receiving professional feedback on the entirety of the book, and I am sincerely hoping that she has a lot of ideas to offer.

Last week, I also met my Marketing and Revisions Editor, Kristy Carter. She is the one I will be working with from day to day, and wow, am I glad to have her around. Although we’ve only had a few conversations so far, I can tell that we are going to get along very well. She’s an urban fantasy author and a kindred spirit. I feel comfortable with her presence, and she’s managed to get me a lot of the information that I have asked for early. As somebody who is so ready to just dive into everything, I really appreciate this. I am looking forward to her ideas for the book as well.

Last night, I got to watch my promo video for the first time. Honestly, it looks amazing! The footage that was chosen, both the pieces I recorded and the stock footage the editing team chose, was quite masterful. The pieces depicting the world itself are just spot on. I can’t wait to share it with everyone. I did notice a couple of small typos, but those are being fixed currently. I’m not sure if I will continue with the slightly flawed version and proceed on schedule with the preorder launch or if I should hold off until the new video is complete.

Which leads me to the next point….

Chasing Fae’s Pre-Order Launch

Chasing Fae will be out for pre-order this coming week! I’m thinking it’s going to be Monday or Tuesday. On that day, I will be posting the link to the campaign on IndieGoGo everywhere! The website, the newsletter, all the social media platforms, and in as many other places as I can find to post it. If you want to be one of the first to know, make sure you subscribe to Fluff About Fantasy! These exclusive signed copies will only be available for thirty days, so make sure to act fast.

This is honestly the most amazing accomplishment of my entire life. This book means the absolute world to me, and I cannot wait to share it with the rest of the world.

Stay safe, everyone. Happy writing!

The Biggest News Of All Time

Setting it up big here with the title, huh?

I am so happy to announce that New Degree Press is going to be publishing my fantasy novel, Chasing Fae, in July 2020!!!

This is absolutely huge, and to be honest, several hours later it still hasn’t set in yet. I’ve been working on this book for two years now, and my dreams are finally coming to fruition. And don’t worry: I will still be working on my history book through the Book Creator Program and release that book later in the year after this one.

Let me walk you through how this came about.

The Beginning

So, I have been working with New Degree Press for a while in partnership with the Book Creator Program. In late November, I was sitting in on a seminar with Professor Koester about the process of hybrid publishing. I was intrigued when I realized that using their pre-sale model (which uses the sales from preorders to generate the cost of publishing the book and has a 99% success rate) while retaining full rights and full creative control of the novel sounded like a great deal. It seemed like a viable option outside of traditional publishing that didn’t fall into the vanity publishing category, which I would NEVER want to enter into.

Out of curiosity, I messaged Professor Koester after the seminar and asked him if New Degree Press took outside submissions. To my surprise, not only did they read submissions from authors outside the program, but he could introduce me to the head of the publishing board the next week and get the process started. I was kind of taken aback! I hadn’t expected things to move so quickly, especially right before exams. But I decided to take the ride and see where this went.

The Conversation

I set some time aside during my exam week for a video chat with the head of the publishing board at New Degree Press, Brian Bies. We talked about the publishing process a bit and what my goals were for my book and my vision. I really felt listened to. He treated me with respect and answered all of my questions. And I asked a lot of questions. I think somewhere in the ballpark of 20-25. None of my questions phased him; he answered all of them completely and with plenty of detail. I felt like a professional rather than the confused young writer that I think I am.

I decided that I needed to submit to them. I just needed to try. I knew only about 8% of submissions would make it to publication, but I needed to try.

The Submission

I went home for Christmas break and dove into revisions. I wanted to make a few revisions from my original manuscript sent to literary agents because I had some new ideas to improve the novel. I revised heavily for about a week. Then I sent off the draft to be read at the end of December.

Then came the waiting. I waited for almost four weeks until…..

Thursday, January 23, 2020

I’m going to have a fantastic “how did you find out your book was going to be published?” story.

That morning, I woke up groggy and just not feeling well. I had a bad headache, congestion, and a slight fever. I was thinking “Really? On the second day of classes? I hate the cold.” I rested as much as I could during the morning, missing my German class, so that I could go to my first Field School in Material Culture class in the afternoon. This was a class that only met once a week, so I didn’t want to miss one right off the bat! Getting sick at the beginning of the semester sucks because I feel like teachers may think you’re trying to skip out. I’m not! I’m a good student! I just don’t function while ill.

Anyway, I went to this class, and I snuck a peek at the messaging platform that I was communication with New Degree Press on. To my surprise, I had messages! After I quickly scrolled up to the top of the thread, and I realized what it said: New Degree Press green-lit Chasing Fae for publication this summer.

It didn’t hit me. It didn’t hit me at all initially. I couldn’t think, and I couldn’t process this information. And then I had to wait THREE HOURS for my class to be over in order to communicate to other people what happened!!!

When I got out of class, I called my family and my friends, and I told them what I had learned. I posted the announcement all over social media. And suddenly, I was ecstatic. I couldn’t stop smiling. Love was pouring in from everywhere, and I just did my best to absorb it all.

This is REAL now. Chasing Fae is going to be in print and in people’s hands. I cannot wait to share this book with the world. And I want to thank every single person reading this post right now for being involved in my journey. For listening to what I’ve shared about my book, coming to my website to learn and be invested in the journey, and thanks in advance for checking out my book when it releases!

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