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Give An Author A Second Chance

6 Mar

Recently I came across a poll on Twitter.

How many times do you give an author a chance before you swear off their work indefinitely?

Before I get into what everyone said, please take a minute to consider this question for yourself. Do you pick up every book someone writes and try it out? Do you skim the first chapter or so? Why did you pick it up in the first place? Was it because the author is extremely popular or because you liked the cover/genre/concept? Is it a debut or an author with numerous books under their writing belt? How many times have you given them a shot? And how do these questions affect swearing someone off indefinitely?

This week, check out a book from someone you've tried to read before.

This week, check out a book from someone you’ve tried to read before.

Personally, I’ll pick up any author’s work, numerous times, before I decide they are not for me. Why? Because authors grow and change. So do their ideas. Even their voice will morph overtime. If I only read authors’ debuts—or only one of their books—I would’ve never found some of my favorite authors. For instance, I literally just tried Maggie Stiefvater for the first time, EVER, this past year. I loved the Raven Cycle so much, I am now buying all of her books from the past decade. In contrast, I read Claudia Gray’s Evernight series when I was younger…and wasn’t the biggest fan, but her Firebird trilogy was one of my favorite reads last year. I didn’t even consider her past when I picked up her new work. It’d been eight years. It was also a different genre. All I care about is the storyline, the voice, and how it resonates. If I had considered how much I didn’t like her previous book, I would’ve missed out on one of my favorite reads of the year.

Granted, I have authors I stalk admire. Cassandra Clare is one author that I always buy. Maggie Stiefvater and Claudia Gray are now on that list, too. But if I read their next book and didn’t like it, I doubt I would remove them from that list.

That being said, I understand not liking an author. I do. I would name a few I dislike, but personally, I like to focus on the positive ones I’d recommend more than the ones I don’t enjoy—because everyone is different. That being said, I am sitting here, at my dining room table, trying to recall an author I’ve sworn off indefinitely, and cannot find one. Not a single person. Because I don’t know what the future holds.

So how many chances did the average reader of this poll give before swearing off an author indefinitely? Most people said one. ONE TIME. One book. One poem. One whatever. I was shocked by how many people said one.

I sort of understand—there are a million other authors on the market. Why keep disappointing yourself with the same person? But what if that same person was like Claudia Gray was to me? You could miss out on a lifetime of brilliant works, because one didn’t suit you.

I’m not asking you to read an entire book or even check out every book someone releases, but I am saying to keep an open mind. If something catches your eye—history or not—check out the synopsis. Check out the first chapter again. Before you swear off an author’s entire career because you didn’t like their vampire book back in 2007, or their dystopian book in 2010, or whatever craze comes next, give them another shot.

I’m not saying you have to pick up every book by every author that ever was. I’m just saying not to give up at the first go.

Writing styles change. Trends change. Stories change. So do authors.

Give an author a second chance. Or maybe even a third.

~SAT

P.S. Calling all book bloggers, the Bad Bloods book blitz is April 10-16 by Xpresso Reads. The sign up form is here. You will get exclusive excerpts, ARCs, and more. ❤

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#SATurdate: Pre-Order, Prequel, Bread Pudding, Mad Hatter, & Janitors

23 Apr

Bad Bloods is officially up for pre-order everywhere! You can find the links below, but I will have additional information come out this Monday as well. (That is, if you didn’t receive my newsletter…which you should’ve…because we all know you signed up…but if you haven’t…(insert wink)…you can sign up for my newsletter by clicking here.

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What I’m Writing:

I’m still working on D! But pre-order week is the craziest week ever. (Okay. Maybe not as crazy as release week, but alas…) Between my day job as an editor and my author goals, I was stupid busy, so I’m only 60,000 words into D. That being said, I also worked crazy hard on prepping the Bad Bloods Prequel. Yes, a prequel. And you can read more about that below.

What I’m Publishing:

Bad Bloods is officially up for pre-order! And because I’ve said it once before, here are those pre-order links again. You can read the first chapter on Wattpad by clicking here.

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wattpadAdamAs many of you heard, I’m also publishing a FREE prequel on Wattpad, but more news about that will come out on Monday’s blog post. If you want to get started anyway, you can read the How to Read These Stories and the first chapter—Adam—by clicking the links. I’ll be uploading a new origin story every other Friday. But, again, more information will be posted this Monday.

Other than all that craziness, Clean Teen Publishing is putting together a book trailer and business cards for me! (The book trailer is AWESOME. This will also release on Monday.) I also made five more teasers, which will start releasing THIS Tuesday. Seriously, from here on out, you can expect so much news on Bad Bloods to release on the regular. Get ready. This is going to be wild.

The #1lineWed preview this week was “nod.”

“You are not to say anything. Not a word. Don’t answer questions. Don’t look at them. Smile. Nod. Walk straight for the door.”

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What I’m Reading:

12998337_1025499567497224_5493488091969500484_oThe Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater: Like everything else in my life, I didn’t have a lot of free time between work and pre-order chaos, so I’m still reading The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (and a little disappointed she’s going to be within a two-hour drive of me on the 29th, but I can’t go). ARGH. I will meet her one day. I swear on it.

What I’m Listening To:

Melanie Martinez—I’m a bit obsessed with her (and her music videos). If you all haven’t checked her out—including if you only know Carousel from American Horror Story—I’m telling you right now, go check out her other songs. Dollhouse is my personal favorite, but Mad Hatter and Cry Baby are definitely up there.

What I’m Watching:

The Philosopher Kings, which is a documentary about the janitors who work at some of the most elite colleges in the US. Get some tissues, because you’re going to ugly cry with me. I highly recommend this documentary.

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What I’m Baking, Making, and Drinking:

13006723_1027492807297900_4721895012803377268_nBanana Chocolate Bread Pudding: I used rye bread, heavy cream instead of milk, and dark chocolate chips instead, but here is the recipe I used. It was AWESOME. I will definitely make it again, especially when my bread is going stale.

What I’m Wearing:

Pajamas! (Sorry, Find Your Style KC. I know we talked about this during #AuthorinaCoffeeShop this week, but I simply love pajamas.) For those who didn’t make it to #AuthorinaCoffeeShop, Find Your Style KC is my personal shopper/lovely lady assistant. She helps dress me for public events. (Seriously. I need the help. I’m terrible at going out in public.)

What I’m Wanting:

Some serious writing time! Those weeks that really take that away from you can hurt. Bad.

What I’m Dreaming Of:

I had a dream of a sloth staring at me, and for some reason, I screamed myself out of my dream. Why? I have no idea. I love sloths. I think they are the cutest, ugly animal ever.

What Else Is Going On:

Have I mentioned Bad Bloods is up for pre-order?

Oh.

I have? Five times? Really?

Well.

This is awkward.

~SAT

event5Clean Teen Publishing is hosting an event – the #AskCTP Giveaway on Twitter April 27! I’m REALLY excited about this live author-reader Q&A, and I really hope you all can make it. You can even win a CTP Mystery Box, which includes 1 to 2 print books, swag, and more. And that’s not all.

If you love free stuff, don’t forget that I’m posting a Bad Bloods prequel for free on Wattpad. Minutes Before Sunset, book 1 of The Timely Death Trilogy, is also free right now. Recommended to YA paranormal romance fans who want new creatures never seen or heard of before.

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Seconds Before Sunrise: book 2:

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Death Before Daylight: book 3:

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#SATurdate: Deadpool, Gangsters, Cake, & the Grisha Trilogy.

16 Apr

Rereads and rewrites and movies and cake. What else could a girl want?

What I’m Writing:

I’m writing in D, and as promised, here is more information. D is a young adult, portal fantasy. I know. I know. Portal fantasies tend to be frowned upon nowadays, but hey, I’m not one to listen to trends, and I truly believe this novel is worth pursuing, so I’m going after it! I’m currently 45,000 words into it, and I’m aiming for 90,000-100,000 words for this particular draft. Once the draft is done, I’ll figure out cutting and adding, but it’s a bit too early to tell, since I added so much information from the original drafts to this one. I’m really excited about it though! I even picked up more paint swatches this week. It’s a colorful book, and I’m spending a lot more time on the intricate details that make up the world.

What I’m Publishing:

This week, Clean Teen Publishing finished the final formatting of November Snow! I cannot wait for the release of Bad Bloods. The interior is beautiful. Other than that, this week’s #1lineWed preview was “back.” So, read your preview below.

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Coming soon!

Coming soon!

What I’m Reading:

12977041_3201610677838_2820462666464715283_oI reread Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo this week. I actually read it a long time ago, but I never wrote a review, and I REALLY wanted to write one, so I decided to re-read it, because this trilogy is awesome. Leigh Bardugo is awesome. Shadow and Bone is magical fantasy with a touch of darkness and horror, a story where darkness is a physical THING. The setup was interesting, the culture was fascinating, and the overall plot was exciting, thrilling, and intense. Recommended to readers of epic fantasy, magical powers, dark vs. light stories, charming villains, and Russian culture. Favorite Quote? I love you, Alina, even the part of you that loved him. Read my five-star review by clicking here.

I’ve also been on quite a reread kick, so I picked up The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, because I cannot WAIT for The Raven King to release later this year. I’ll write a review for this book, too, since I haven’t written one before.

What I’m Listening To:

I listened to Dead Sea constantly this week. It’s become one of my main songs to write to while writing in D. Give it a listen. It’s beautiful instrumentals.

What I’m Watching:

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I saw Deadpool. (Finally, I know.) And just to clear up my superhero hate from last week, I LOVED Deadpool. I thought it was hilarious. On a more serious note, I got my hands on Legend, Tom Hardy’s movie about Ronald “Ronnie” Kray and Reginald “Reggie” Kray, two gangsters that made their mark in the London underworld in the 1950’s and 1960’s. I thought Tom Hardy was fantastic, and although a lot of the real-life story was taken out, I really enjoyed this film. (And Emily Browning. GAH. I love her.) I’d recommend both of these movies for different reasons, but Tom Hardy is the best. Just saying.

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What I’m Baking, Making, and Drinking:

No baking this week. I took the lazy way out and bought myself two huge slices of chocolate cake. I simply couldn’t help myself.

What I’m Wearing:

Sunglasses! I found them just in time for spring. (I lose sunglasses as much as I lose my pens…generally in the couch…or the fridge.)

What I’m Wanting:

A new desk! I know I’ve said this a lot recently, but JESUS. Finding a desk is hard. Then again, I’m really picky. I don’t like sliders for keyboards, since I don’t have a keyboard. (They only end up banging against my knees.) I also don’t like a lot of shelves…or see-through desks. Those get so dirty so easily. (Lots of cat paws.) I basically need a living room table. Just a flat piece of wood. Why is that so hard to find? This remains a mystery.

What I’m Dreaming Of:

So you know how most people wake up from their dreams before they die? Yeah…I don’t, and this week was a perfect example. It began with a giant cafeteria full of people, and then, a man—who looked strangely like Chris Hemsworth—walked in, and we all knew we were going to die. Cue the chaos. Everyone ran, but I made it out the door in the first wave. This cafeteria, apparently, was ten stories up, and we had to run down this twisting, dark staircase to get to freedom…but there are holes in the sides of the walls, and if you fell down them, you died, and if fell down the middle, you died. I was running too fast, so I tripped and I fell down one of the holes. Imagine falling down from the top of stairway where you bounce off all the railings as you go. At this point, I knew it was a dream. (This is pretty common for me to realize while dreaming, but most of the time, I can wake myself up or take control of the dream. This time was not one of those times.) I thought, At least you get to wake up now, but dream world had other plans. I fell what felt like a hundred feet and then I hit the ground. I was most definitely a meat pie. (Sorry for the graphic nature of this dream.) But then I reconstructed myself and I had to keep running. Unfortunately, Hemsworth caught up to me and killed me for the second death of the evening. Then, I woke up. (And people wonder why I write violent scenes.)

What Else Is Going On:

event5Clean Teen Publishing is hosting a #AskCTP Giveaway on Twitter on April 27th, and I’d love it if you all came. I actually had a hand in making this event happen—since you all know how much I love Twitter from my weekly Twitter show #AuthorinaCoffeeShop—and it would mean a lot to me if you all can come hang out with all of the Clean Teen and Crimson Tree authors. They are a fantastic group of people, and I’m truly looking forward to it.

~SAT

Read Minutes Before Sunset, book 1, for FREE

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Seconds Before Sunrise: book 2:

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Death Before Daylight: book 3:

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