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For Readers & Writers

from Susan Dennard

January 26, 2017


What's in this heart-to-heart?
 



Recent Goings On:


I have been pretty quiet online lately. Primarily because, in order to get my brain back into Bloodwitch mode after...everything, I've had to go "full immersion." Every moment has been spent trying to get my head back into that world and those characters.

And success! I've talked in the past about the importance of whole-assing one thing (instead of half-assing several), and every time I fully commit to that, I see the results.

So yes, in case you were curious, Bloodwitch is coming along quite nicely at the moment. Will it last? No. Because that's not how my process works. But I'll ride this creative wave while it's here, and when the words stop coming, I'll shift gears back into brainstorm mode. 💪
 




For the Misfits & Witchlanders:

Windwitch UK Paperback EXCLUSIVE Cover Reveal!


A few reminders before I reveal the -- gasp! -- Windwitch cover for the UK mass market paperback!

First: the final Sightwitch e-galley raffle is running, and there aren't too many entrants at this point. Your odds of winning one of the 5 copies are really good right now!! 😉  You can enter the Thank You Raffle here!

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Second: #ClanChat!! TOMORROW!! We're kicking it off at 2PM ET on Twitter! There will be giveaways, goofiness, and lots of Witchlands Q&A-ing. So join us! We always have so much fun.

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Third: the Thunderclap sign-up for Sightwitch went live! We've already passed the 250-person goal, and I'm too scared to bump it up to 500. 😂 

BUT, there is no cap on how many can sign up! The more the merrier! So if you'd be willing to sign up, I would appreciate that SO much!!

(And thank you to Karen Bultiauw for helping me set this up!)

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Fourth: Don't forget the preorder giveaway!! The amazing Shanna Hughes is hosting this giveaway for 15 lucky winners. They will get:

  • a signed 80s-style Truthwitch poster
  • a signed Sightwitch map poster
  • a signed bookplate
  • a Sightwitch calligraphy bookmark

All you have to do to be entered in the giveaway is send Shanna proof of your preorder + your mailing address. Mail it to writershannahughes@gmail.com, and do so before the giveaway closes at midnight EST on the night before release (Feb. 12, 2018). Thank you for being awesome, Shanna!

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Fifth: Haven't preordered Sightwitch yet? There's still time to do that! You can access a giant list of stores here, and if there's a store you want added, just hit "reply" and let me know!

And don't forget the Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition has an excerpt from Bloodwitch at the end. You can order a signed, personalized B&N edition from Good Choice Reading -- and she ships internationally!

Now let's get to the main event. That Windwitch cover you've all been waiting for. (Full disclosure: It's freaking fantastic.)
 

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS IS EXCLUSIVE. DO NOT SHARE, OKAY?
 

Seriously, a few people always mess this up -- and I know they're just excited and miss the request...but PLEASE. Do not share! The cover will go live to the rest of the world in a week, but before then, this is a special treat just for you guys.

I will repeat in several colors to make this really clear. 😂
 

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS IS EXCLUSIVE. DO NOT SHARE!!!
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS IS EXCLUSIVE. DO NOT SHARE!!!
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS IS EXCLUSIVE. DO NOT SHARE!!!
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS IS EXCLUSIVE. DO NOT SHARE!!!
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS IS EXCLUSIVE. DO NOT SHARE!!!
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THIS IS EXCLUSIVE. DO NOT SHARE!!!

 

Alright. Now for that cover reveal.
 

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Behold! The mass market paperback for Windwitch! (You can click on it to see it larger.) Look for this edition in UK stores on October 18, 2018! Or preorder now:

And because I just can't resist, don't they look AWESOME together? 😍
 

 
 

I am SO thrilled and cannot WAIT to see what it will look like IRL. Thank you Tor UK for another fantabulous cover!!!
 


 

For the Daydreamers:

A Beginner's Guide to Surviving Publishing

by Alex R. Kahler
 

Before I let author Alex Kahler take this post away (it's a good one, y'all), I want to give a THANK YOU to him and Sarah Enni (of First Draft Podcast).

Sarah heard I was having a rough time in my personal life, and she immediately connected me to Alex, who immediately offered to take some work off my lap and write a post for this week's newsletter.

They are fabulous people, and I am deeply grateful to them. Plus, Alex's post is so helpful -- the sort of advice I wish I had had 7 years ago when I sold my first book.

I also wish I had had Alex's books growing up! I mean, his latest, Runebinder, is a queer, apocalyptic fantasy with magic and monsters and boys in love. YES, PLEASE.

Alright, take it away Alex!

 
Although everyone’s path to get there is different, there’s one truth that most authors will lament: publishing is hard, both before and after your first book deal. Doing anything you love as a career is difficult. Because when you love doing something, it’s hard to turn it off. It’s hard to find other outlets for your creativity or passion—ones that aren’t tied to money. Publishing in particular is a difficult beast. It is always changing. It will always demand more. And—often—you are in charge of rewarding yourself for a job well done.
 
That’s not to scare you away! Writing as a career is a dream come true. But it does require a great deal of self care in order to thrive. Many of these tips are things I’ve learned the hard way, and most can be implemented right now, no matter what stage of your career you are in. Self care is always important. For us writers, who literally live in our heads all day, self care can change everything.
 
 
1) Get a hobby. Or five.
 
This is perhaps the most important. Find yourself a hobby. One that isn’t monetized. One that has nothing to do with words or writing. Something that easily grants you joy. Preferably something that takes you away from your computer. Whether it’s gardening or cycling or sketching or people watching or baking, invest time every day in something you love that isn’t impacted by the highs and lows of publishing. You don’t have to be good at it. It just has to bring you joy.
 
I can’t stress enough how important this is to a writer’s mental and physical health. Focusing entirely on writing will not only burn out your life, but the writing itself. We are diverse, curious creatures, and diversifying our activities will only positively impact our writing and health.
 
 

2) Engage with the active world

Endorphins are good. Sitting at a computer all day is not. No matter where you live or your physical ability, a bit of movement will help keep blood flowing. Many people (myself included) swear that a change of scenery can do wonders for getting new ideas percolating. Whether it’s wandering outdoors or a bit of yoga or even just shaking out your limbs by making dinner, a bit of movement breaks you away from the computer and helps re-engage you in the bigger world.
 
Movement with another person is even better. Go grab a meal with a friend. See a movie together. Sit in the sunshine. Engaging in our big, active world and those we love within it can help get stuck ideas and energies flowing again. It also helps remind us that there is so much more than what’s on the page.
 
Our writing is meant to reflect life. We must engage in life for our writing to flow.
 
 
3) Treat yourself
 
I’m not saying reward yourself for every sentence you write (I’m also not saying you shouldn’t), but find ways to celebrate the small victories. Whether it’s hitting your word count, nearly hitting your word count, or maybe you’re having a bad day and need to feel treated, find ways to make yourself feel good. Do something that makes you giggle, something silly or indulgent—a special sparkly cupcake, a spa day, a Disney movie and popcorn. This is me giving you permission to do something that makes you smile.
 
Publishing doesn’t always do a great job of rewarding you for hard work, so put in the system now to ensure that no matter what, you feel celebrated for doing an amazing job. (Because no matter what, you are.)
 
 
4) Spend yourself wisely
 
I try to view everything in life as energy. Whether it’s money, time, thought, or emotion, everything has a value. A current. A currency. And we have to be careful about how we spend it. It is so easy to get wrapped up in what other people have and what we might not. So easy to lose ourselves on social media. Sadly, it’s so easy to find something new to be angry/hurt/defeated over.
 
Think of these interactions as spending. If not money, then precious time, energy, and well-being. We all have varying personal reserves of these resources, so rather than making a blanket statement of “Avoid X,Y, and Z” I’ll say this—look at what you spend your time doing. Look at where you spend your mental and emotional energy. Are they things that leave you feeling fulfilled? Or do you feel…less than…afterward?
 
Invest yourself wisely. Invest in things that fulfil you. Invest in yourself. That way, when you have to invest in something that depletes your reserves, you have more to pull from. And hopefully—with everything else in place—you will have ways of quickly refilling the well.
 

 
5) Gratitude Attitude
 
This can be the hardest at times. When you still haven’t gotten an agent. When your book still hasn’t hit whatever benchmark, but that debut author has. Be thankful. Some days it feels like lying or pulling teeth, but finding gratitude for the little things means you rely less and less on the big things—especially the big things that are outside of your control. You’re here. You’re doing amazingly. Be proud and grateful—what you are doing is something that literally no one else can do. No one else can write your book or live your life. No one will ever see through your eyes, and no one can tell the story of what you see and dream. Find gratitude for that, even in the face of adversity. Especially in the face of adversity.
 
You’re here. You’re alive. You’re creating something beautiful.
The world needs you.
You’re doing great.
 

Yes, yes, yes, YES to all of these things that Alex said!! (Susan here again!)

That last lesson is especially valuable -- it's so easy to lose perspective in this business. But a heaping dose of gratitude will not only help YOU get through the hard stuff, but it will make you much more pleasant to work with. 😉  Plus, I'm of the belief that if you put good into the world, the world will (eventually) give good back.

Thank you for stopping by, Alex!! And for helping me out -- so grateful to you and for your very wise words.

Be sure to check out more from Alex on his website or his series website!
 
 


 
Upcoming Events:
 
 
Sightwitch Tour Dates coming soon!

NOVA Teen Book Festival
Arlington, VA
March 10, 2018

 

 

Link Roundup:

 
As always, here are some links for your weekend! Thank you for reading!
 
 

photo by Emily Rae Photography

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Susan Dennard
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