Wednesday, January 20, 2016

NEW YEAR, NEW WEBSITE, NEW DEBUT

Hi everyone!

So, it's a new year, and I have something exciting to share with you all.

I AM FINALLY GOING TO PUBLISH MY DEBUT NOVEL!!!

That was so, so fun to write.  If you've been following me since I started this blog in 2011 to now, you'll know the journey to publication for me has been a long one.  Over the years, I went from querying agents to signing with one to going it alone once again.

Last year was the toughest year of my life.  I lost my best friend in December.  She was my first reader, my shoulder to cry on, my favorite person of all time, and I miss her every day.  I deeply regret that she is not here to see me publish a book.  But I know that she would've wanted to see me do it.  So, this one is for her.

I know that I'll make some mistakes along the way.  Going "indie" is hard--as I'm sure a lot of you authors know--but I'm going to stick it out.  I'm not scared anymore.  Or at least I'm not scared of the same things.  I want my books to find readers.  I want to make my family proud.

So, I will be publishing my debut in 2016 :).

If you'd like to follow my journey on my new author website, you can find it here:


I'll still be posting reviews here (I'm still Ninja Girl!), but I hope you'll come and visit The Cookie Jar.

Authorly peeps and blogger peeps: I'd love any advice you'd like to give me.  I write YA romance, and  it's my first time traveling this road.  Any help, wisdom, or encouragement you can spare would be greatly appreciated.  Hope you're all having a great new year and that 2016 is treating you well!

Happy reading,

Ninja Girl

14 comments:

  1. I am so sorry to hear about your friend. Yes, this journey is going to be tough, but it is well worth it. Congratulations on deciding to publish! You can pop me an email if you ever need help with anything. I don't know everything, but I will try to help as best I can. Also, when you are ready to release your book, let me know. You are welcome to do a guest post on my blog. Good-luck.

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    1. Hi Murees, and thank you. I've been putting this off for too long and just decided to go ahead and go for it. I don't know everything either lol, so any help is appreciated. I will definitely let you know when the book release will be, and I'd love to do a guest post sometime. Thank you so much!

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  2. Yay! I'm so happy for you!!! When are you thinking this debut novel will come out?

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    1. Thank you! I was shooting for late March, early April. I'd like to do a book tour and try to get the word out, but I feel like I may need more time to organize these things lol. My cover is complete as is the formatting. Onto the next step, which I think is contacting possible reviewers, fellow bloggers. SO nervous about this...

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  3. You aren't alone in the had-an-agent-but-now-going-indie group. Plenty of authors struggle to get agents but then when they get on they find it's not what they expected at all. Good luck on your release this year. You can do it!

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    1. Thank you, Lexa! Looking back on it, I learned a lot from my experience with an agent, being on sub. But ultimately, I felt like I didn't want to change my book any more because I loved it and the characters. I'm looking forward to taking this next step (even if I only get a handful of readers :)).

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  4. Congrats on taking this big step! I'm so sorry about your friend. I know that this book will be a great tribute to her.

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    1. Thank you, Jenni! I know that she would've wanted to be here to see this; she really loved this book.

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  5. With a handle like Ninja Girl, I had to come check you out. :) It sounds like you had a rough late last year. You have my condolences.

    Congrats on making the move toward Indie! I don't know the YA or the Romance fields very well, so I don't have much advice to give. Sorry. Just keep moving forward and thing will happen. :)

    Here's to a great 2016!

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    1. Hi Loni, I'm glad you like the name; I do, too :). Thank you for the encouragement! I hope you have a great 2016 as well!

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  6. Good luck with your upcoming release. Go for it!

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    1. Thank you, Kim! I'm going to try my best.

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  7. Congratulations Ninja Girl. Wishing you lots of success in your publishing journey!

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