Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Do I have to sweep my floor for the naked men?

Back when I was racking up rejection letters faster than a stripper collects sequined g-strings, my amazing agent gave some great pep talks (though sadly, no sequined g-strings, which is a bummer since I kind of wanted one).

One of the pep talks offered the up-side to the number of manuscripts I'd written and subsequently seen rejected. Someday, she assured me, one domino will fall and everything will sell and you'll suddenly have more book deals than you can handle.

I loved the pep talk, but had a hard time envisioning what that day might look like. I imagined a lot of half-naked men writhing on my office floor, but didn't get much further than that in my fantasies about an overabundance of authorial good fortune.

But I think I finally get it.

The great news is that I have a lot of...well, great news to share. The not-so-great news is that I haven't yet figured out how to clone myself to handle all the book stuff (not to mention the half-naked men on my floor).

But I'd rather focus on the great news.

First up, Publishers Marketplace just released the official announcement of my new book deal with Coliloquy:

You should be able to click that to make it readable, and in case you missed last week's announcement about the new deal, you can check out my posts here and here.

To sum it up in a nutshell, here's the official marketing lingo I'm allowed to share about what Coliloquy is and what my story is about:
"Active fiction" is a new type of e-reading experience that allows the reader and the author to interact with each other and the text in new and different ways.
In Getting Dumped, Tawna gives you one very simple choice point: Which guy should JJ call? Depending on your choice, you’ll get to know one of the guys a bit more intimately. Don’t be afraid to read all three versions–it’s for JJ’s own good, after all! And of course, feel free to re-read YOUR favorite over and over again. Tawna still isn't sure who JJ should end up with, so she's eager to see who her readers prefer. She sees the aggregate statistics on who gets picked the most, so the more you read, the more you influence what she writes.
So there's that. Super exciting, to be sure, and I promise I'll have more details very soon.

Then there's the news that Amazon and Barnes and Noble just posted the cover for Believe it or Not, my second romantic comedy that's slated for release with Sourcebooks in March 2012.

I'm actually not 100% sure if that's the final, OFFICIAL cover or just the cover for the advance reading copies, but I figure it's got to be pretty close since it's online, and obviously everything online is true and accurate.

Pretty, no?

Then there's the news that Making Waves has been picked for not one, but two online promotions through Amazon. The first kicks off December 17, and here's what the Sourcebooks publicist told me about it:
Amazon is running a great promotion the week prior to Christmas, another one of their “Big Deals.” They have chosen Making Waves to be a part of this promotion, and it will be priced at $0.99 from December 17-23.
This sort of thing is fabulous news for a no-name debut author like me, since budget-conscious Kindle owners are often willing to take a gamble on a new author when the price is right. It's a terrific way to get some exposure.

And of course, for those of you I've already exposed myself to (snicker) it's a terrific way for you to pick up a cheap e-book gift for a Kindle-toting loved one this holiday season.

So there you have it. Three chunks of good news related to three different books. Crazy times, to be sure!

Now where are those naked men?


Sarah W said...

Well, one naked man appears to be on the cover of your new book . . . And heaven knows I appreciate it.

Congratulations, Tawna! Way to tip over that first domino!

Anonymous said...

Congrats and super happy for you. You won't be a no-name author for long. :)

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Wow! You've got a lot to be fa-la-la-la-la-ing about this year. Congratulations!

Linda G. said... mean you can be had for under a dollar? ;)

(Congrats! That really is cool!)

Sarah Allen said...

Wow! This is so exciting :) You deserve it.

Now I need to go wipe my glasses...they're getting a little steamy.

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Maggie Hall said...

Congratulations! That's great!

When I read the title of this post, I thought it was going to be in reference to cleaning up the house for sale, and was thinking, wow, so besides all the cooking and taking the dog on motorcycle rides, the housemates lay around on the floor naked?!

Claire Dawn said...

COngrats on everything. I'm psyched for the active readong!

Michelle Miller said...

My initial thoughts were much like Maggie Hall's. What a delightful housecleaning problem that would be.

Anyway, congrats on all the good news! And do let us know if the naked men materialize. We love to live vicariously.

Joanna Shupe said...

Wow, when it rains, right? Congratulations!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

sequined g-string.

Great line. I'd write that one down, but I don't think I could get away with using it.


Anonymous said...

Congrats! Now I can "gift" Making Waves for my f&f Kindles this Christmas. Sshhhhh, don't tell them I got your book on special offer!

Kimberly Sabatini said...

This is a bucket full of awesome!!!! Love it all!!!!


Thanks so much for all the wonderful congrats, guys! It's a crazy time for sure!


Delia said...

You don't have to sweep, but you might want to put a tarp down so they don't wind up with detritus stuck to their sweaty bodies. Then you'd have to hose them down or something. Wait...never mind.

Congratulations! (You will let us know when they figure this stuff out for Nook, won't you?)

Missy Olive said...

Hard work pays off! congrats!!