2015 marked the year I decided to put my fears aside and pursue my writing career will full force. I came out of the closet and called myself a writer for the first time. Not a wannabe writer. Not a someday writer. Not even an unpublished writer. Occupation: Mom. Half-assed homemaker. Writer. For years I... Continue Reading →
manuscript- finished, edited, polished, formatted, printed and peer reviewed with no criticisms. A solid rough draft in the works. An awesome editor who gets my work A writing desk. A writing room. A writing retreat house. A couple hours a week without children/housework/chores/work when I can write. Inspiration to write Motivation to write Unlimited printer... Continue Reading →
Caroline’s book is now available! Pick it up on kindle for a great read over the holidays!
Indie Author Caroline Peckham is releasing her debut novel “Creeping Shadow”, the first in her series “The Rise of Isaac” on kindle, December 10th this year. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this imaginative and entertaining YA fantasy. Caroline was kind enough to answer some of my questions about indie publishing and what her path down that avenue was like.
What led you to indie publishing?
I decided to publish independently after submitting my first book to literary agents and subsequently not receiving representation. I knew I was going to write this series no matter what so decided to go down the route of self-publishing. Amazon Kindle was a no-brainer for me as I myself buy all my ebooks through them. When I looked into their unlimited scheme I knew it was for me.
How many books have you published? Through what venues?
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I want an editor for Christmas. Someone to just red pen the hell out of my manuscript and send it back to me with a yellow post-it on the front that says "Make this not suck by February 12".
I recently read an article that criticized love and first sight and anything beyond “pure” romance in YA novels (I guess that means anything beyond chaste kissing?). It made me a little angry. Not as a writer. As a former young adult.
I remember being a teenager. Do you?
The writer claimed the best YA romances start out as friendships, then turn into romance (chaste romance).
First of all, boring. “Hello friend I have mutual respect and admiration for. I believe we may be compatible for some hand holding and sipping a single soda from two straws. Do you concur?”
Secondly, sure. It happens all the time. But its not the only way it happens in real life. Maybe not love at first sight, but I’m sure everyone remembers their teenage selves setting eyes on someone and getting hit by that thunderbolt that started a devastating crush. That is realistic…
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