08/5/14

BOOK GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

anna_faceCan’t thank everyone enough for all the love since my Friday announcement–everyone who has liked and shared and helped me to get the word out about my book, THANK YOU! It’s truly awesome of you. I’m just so excited for everyone to read it.

But let’s get to the point here FREE BOOKS! Yeah buddy.

So here’s the giveaway details so far…I put everyone’s twitter handles and Facebook names into an Excel sheet (cause I’m a giant nerd and I love Excel). Excel democratically selected my giveaway winners from the last four days!

The first four free signed of Captain Tomahawk and the Sky-Lion are going to…………..

Katie Fitch

Emily Fox

Amy Schrupp

Myisha Chanelle

YAY! WINNERS!

More giveaways from now until September 5th when the book releases! So, please like and share for a chance to win one of the first 31 signed copies EVER! Which might be, like, I dunno, a collectible someday. 🙂

Dreams, yo.

Thank you all again!

Oh, and P.S. use one of these hashtags to make it way easier for me to give you free stuff:  #theCaptainisalreadyfamous #CaptainAnna

Okay, if you’re still reading this, you’re awesome. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

08/1/14

Captain Tomahawk and the Sky-Lion

It’s finally here!!!

My official announcement and cover reveal!

Coming September 5, 2014 my debut novel . . . 

Captain Tomahawk and the Sky-Lion!

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Shot down and stranded with no way home, contagiously exuberant and self-proclaimed “greatest pilot there ever was,” Captain Anna Tomahawk, must fight through a retro-futuristic landscape to save a rebellion, rescue her friends, and—one way or another—finally lead the way out of the desert.

In a wildly fun, steampunk spirit reminiscent of The Chronicles of Narnia and Watership DownCaptain Tomahawk and the Sky-Lion is an adventure filled with talking animals, mechanical wizardry, and barely-believable action, where one eccentric girl is all it takes to prove that anything good is possible and that even a little hope can overcome the longest odds.

EARLY PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:

“A story that is kryptonite to despair, told so whimsically well that one actually dares to believe it.”

– Phil Long, Author and Founder of Sacrificial Poetry Project

 “Captain Tomahawk does not disappoint. This was the most fun I’ve had reading in years. I found myself wanting the story to go on and on…”

– Neil Downey, Senior Editor, CruPress & Author of The Late Awakening

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I cannot begin to explain how excited I am to finally be sharing my book. More than two years in the making, this project has been both the hardest and the most satisfying thing I’ve ever done as a writer.

The good news is that I think you’re going to love it. It’s the happiest thing I’ve ever written.

I mean, just look at that beautiful cover, designed by the talented Olin Kidd.

I’m going to have all kinds of promotions going on for the next 35 days (HOLY COW ONLY 35 DAYS!!!!!!!) so please share this post or head over to Facebook and like & share the announcement for a chance to win a free paperback edition! Daily winners on the giveaways! Help me get the word out!

#theCaptainisalreadyfamous

 

 

 

06/7/14

an encouraging but self-centered update letter to my fellow storytellers

For the past two and half years, since publication of my last book, I have worked on a novel. It has been the most rewarding and simultaneously painful experience I can remember. But through it, I’ve garnered some wisdom, I think, and I want to share that with my readers, because many of you are also writers.

See, my story has been “finished” since December, but for the last six months I have continued to rewrite, edit, change, and otherwise stress out over all aspects of the thing. I am self-publishing the novel, as I did for my poetry book, and the process is, mathematically speaking, a gazillion times harder than publishing a book of poetry. It is exhausting

To step into the world of self-publishing a novel (somewhat correctly) I have learned about formatting,
fonts, illustration, marketing, proofreading, financing, and on and on.

Additionally, I’ve learned a great deal about friendship. I have observed immeasurable outstanding qualities of so many people whom I am honored to call my friends. From their encouraging words at moments of dire (yes, dire is not an exaggeration) self-doubt, to the criticism and suggested improvements and considerate analysis that they’ve given me.

I’ve seen the entire spectrum of friendship generously bestowed upon me because my friends are out of their minds. And because they believe that I can actually make a book. What wonderful people I know.

Here it is: If you’re writing a book, you need to find these kinds of people. Writing is a
lonely process, and you need to make sure you’re not secluded. If you are, your book will suck. It won’t be about people, and it won’t matter to anyone.

I am nearing the end of my first book-writing-process. I am doing what I hope are my last corrections and copy-edits. I am dangerously close to losing my mind over the thing. The closer I get to the end, the more I realize how much work I still have to do. If I didn’t have people to help ground me, I would have given up. I would have given up.

If you hang in there as a writer, you get to do some really exciting things that ultimately make the suffering worth it. For me, one of these things is interacting with beta-readers. Friends and professional acquaintances (who have become friends) are reading it and (some) are offering their red-pen opinions. I’m very grateful for these people.

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I am also performing my own hackneyed attempt at self-editing, which is like trying to shave your
back—the angle is always wrong and you don’t have much experience. The worst part is that you’re shaving your back. So you’ve got to deal with all the self-conscious feelings and thoughts that go along with having a hairy back. Most days I feel more like a Sasquatch than a writer.

If you are a writer (or know one), then I’m sure you’d have no issue commiserating with me about having a hairy back (even the women).

So, this is my wisdom for my fellow writers with big projects: Hang in there. We all have hairy backs. We all feel inadequate at times. We all hate writing at times. Find the people who will encourage you and support you and, if you can believe it, are willing to help you shave.

…I realize it has become gross now, and I need to get away from that metaphor.

I’ll close by saying that I can’t wait to share more about my book: Captain Tomahawk and the Sky-Lion. I can’t wait to start the promotions that I’ve been planning. I really can’t wait to show you the cover!! And then, hopefully this summer (!!!!!!!!), to give you two years of my mind. I hope you love it.