Monday, December 5, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE SECRET FILES OF FAIRDAY MORROW


Happy 1st book birthday to THE SECRET FILES OF FAIRDAY MORROW! It's been a year since the mystery of the Begonia House was revealed to the world, and now the paperback will be available January 3rd, 2017. The new cover stays true to Fairday's snazzy style, sprinkling in a few added charms. Can you spot the differences from the hardcover? ;) 
Catch the book trailer to find out about the mystery...
Planning to pick up the paperback? Pre-order a copy and you could win a $50 VISA card to treat yourself after the holidays. Contest is open to all! For more details on how to enter, click here.
For more information about the book, visit the DMS at fairdaysfiles.com


The Process of Publishing a Book
By Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson
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Be ready to put forth a lot of effort!

When we started the publishing process we had no idea what we were getting into. Our book was written, but what were the next steps after having it edited and “ready to go”? We learned a lot along the way, and we'll share some of the highlights here. 

Stephanie Robinson, Unicorn Writers' Conference
1. If you want to write books, start going to writers’ conferences. We gained something from every one we attended, and it’s also awesome to be surrounded by so many people who share your passion for writing. Very inspirational!  
2. If you decide to go the traditional route, it is important to research the agents you would like to query. You want to make sure the person representing your book loves it too! Be patient. After you write your query and send it off- you’ll have to wait for 1-3 months before you hear back about whether they would like to pass, see a partial manuscript, or read the whole manuscript. During this time- keep writing. Work on your next book!
3. Once you connect with the right agent, you will sign a contract with them. Read it over carefully and check it with other professionals before you sign your name. Make sure you understand what you are agreeing to and what they will do for you. We were thrilled to sign our contract with Talcott Notch Literary Agency, but we’ve heard nightmare stories from friends who had contracts that weren’t acceptable.
Gina Panettieri, Talcott Notch Literary
4. Your agent will start querying editors. After you’ve found the right agent, they will know what to do during this process and will check in with you to let you know where and when they are sending your work. When you hear back from editors, you will typically receive general remarks that you’ll need to consider. Remember, reading is subjective and even JK Rowling was rejected before her first Harry Potter book was published.
Signed contract with Delacorte Press
5.  When you sign with an editor you will most likely do a happy dance and run around screaming, like we did. Depending on the size of the publishing company the time frame to begin edits will vary. We signed our contract in October, but didn’t begin working on edits until March. The editing continues as the art department works on illustrations and cover art for the book. Once all the pieces are in place, the book is printed as an ARC- advanced reader copy.
 
6. ARCs have errors and the publishing company is working to fix them, but time is limited to get them done and errors cost money to fix. We read through our ARCs and made a list of all the mistakes we found. We were able to fix one of them because it isn’t easy to fix them at this stage, but luckily the editors had already fixed the other mistakes we had found (though we didn’t know for sure until the book was out).   
The ARCs for THE SECRET FILES OF FAIRDAY MORROW
7. After the ARCs you will keep working on your other writing while you wait for trade reviews to come in. Ours came a few months before the book was out.
8. Release day! You'll be a bundle of nerves seeing your book out in the world. It's exciting, but you may feel a little vulnerable. Make sure to celebrate and enjoy the moment!
Voila! The finished product.
If you decide to publish traditionally, take your work seriously and protect your creative space. You are your own best advocate, so believe in yourself and fear not the unexpected! ;)

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38 comments:

  1. What a wonderful interesting post Beverly, I hope the book does well and yes, Happy Birthday to "The Secret Files Of Fairday Morrow".
    Yvonne.

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne. Jess does a great job of explaining how to get a book published.

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    2. Hi Yvonne- Thanks so much for the good wishes. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  2. ARCs do have a ton of mistakes. I wish more early reviewers realized that.

    Congrats on the paperback, Jessica and Stephanie.

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    1. Yes, they do, Diane. I remind myself of that when I'm reading ARC's.

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    2. Thanks, Diane! We agree that it would be nice if everyone realized that reviews aren't the final copy and that changes are still being made. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  3. Nice they kept the covers the same.
    Good advice!

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    1. Alex- We hope that will help readers find the paperback. The back cover is different and the spine has flashlights, so it got updated by the publisher a little bit. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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    2. I'm glad they kept the cover mostly the same cause it's just right. In my humble opinion.

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  4. I remember when this released! I'd spotlighted the two beautiful ladies on my blog. Can't believe it's been a year already. Happy 1st Birthday!

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    1. SA- We loved being on your blog last year! It is hard to believe it has already been a year. We wish you much success with your recent release! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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    2. Time sure goes by in a hurry, Stephanie.

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  5. Happy book birthday once more. Yeah, patience is key indeed with a lot of aspects.

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    1. Thanks, Pat! Patience is key! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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    2. You're so right, Pat. Patience over what we have no control.

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  6. Beverly- Thanks so much for being a part of the paperback release. We really appreciate your support~ :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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    1. My pleasure, Jess. I'm so excited for you and Stephanie. This is a wonderful story for young readers. Older ones too. :)

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  7. It's all the downtime that takes getting used to! Thanks for the super post, all of you!

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    1. Lee- Definitely takes some time to adjust to all the waiting. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  8. Congrats Stephanie and Jess on the paperback release!! I ADORE this book and the illustrations are gorgeous too! Such a fun, spooky friendship adventure. Great wrap up here on the process of publishing a book too!

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    1. They did a lovely job of telling us what to expect in the publishing world. I, too, love this book, Donna. Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. Donna (and Beverly)- Thanks so much for your kind words. We really appreciate them. You are making us smile from ear to ear. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  9. Happy Birthday, Fairday!! :)

    It's getting to #3 that is my struggle.

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    1. #3 is a tough one, Chrys. Never give up.

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    2. Chrys- Thanks! #3 can definitely be tricky. Wishing you all the best! :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  10. Happy first birthday. How exciting! Tons of great advice in this post. I've met Gina at a local writers conference before. She's wonderful. Keep up the great work!

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    1. It is good advice, Cheryl. I'm saving it. Never know what we'll need.

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    2. Cheryl- Thanks so much! We are so excited to be celebrating our book birthday and can't believe it is here. How awesome that you have met Gina at local writing conferences. We are so happy to be working with her. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  11. Congrats on your paperback release, Steph and Jess. SO exciting!

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    1. It is a fun story, Stephanie. I'm so happy for Jess and Stephanie.

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    2. Thanks, Stephanie! We are so happy that it is coming out in paperback soon. :) ~Jess and Stephanie

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  12. Happy birthday Fairday! Loved reading about the journey Jess and Stephanie. Thanks for hosting Beverly. Merry Christmas to you all and wishing you a super 2017 filled with happiness and success.

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    1. I'm happy to host such great authors and story, Nicola. Merry Christmas to you, along with a wonderful new year. Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. Nicola- Thanks so much for the good wishes! So glad you enjoyed hearing about our journey. :) We are thrilled that Beverly hosted us. :)
      ~Jess and Stephanie

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