For some of you visiting my page, you’re probably wondering—why haven’t you posted anything about your new book.
Good question. And one I hope to answer without some long, drawn-out explanation.
All right, who am I kidding? I’m the queen of long, drawn-out explanations. But I’ll try to keep this one as brief as possible.
Simply speaking, around my birthday this year I got sick. Really sick. Physically, I was exhausted. Mentally…well, I was even worse. I’d like to blame it on the kidney infection that I had, but it went deeper than that. You see, I’d lost something very dear to me: myself. My voice. Or I’d given it away willingly. Either way, I was miserable.
I knew it was time for a change, but I wasn’t sure exactly where to begin. Luckily, fate intervened and the decision was made for me. As Forest Gump liked to say: “That’s all I have to say about that.” Because the “whys” and what “fors” are not the issue.
Anyway—I had to take a good, long look at my writing. What I wanted, and what I DIDN’T want. There’s no journey of discovery that doesn’t involve a little (or a lot) of pain. Pain I can handle. Fear…well, that’s another story. And fear was the overriding emotion. I bet if they had a statistic, fear is the number one killer of dreams.
Since I had no intention of letting go that easily, I stuck my toe in the water, and came up with a plan to release Fall With Me in a very small arena. Hell, I planned to release it FOR FREE.
I’d never arranged an entire book launch by myself, so I wanted to practice. Start small. Walk before you run, and all that jazz.
Fear talking, once again.
But you know what’s stronger than fear? Belief…and a little bit of fate (or karma) thrown in for good measure. Bear with me while I make my point. I promise, there is one.
As John Lennon once said, “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” So, while I was busy trying to figure out what I should do, I submitted my first book, Gone For You, for a BookBub feature.
For those of you that don’t know what BookBub is—look it up. BookBub is akin to the Golden Ticket for some writers. Especially unknowns. Or relative unknowns—like me.
Since I was basically throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what stuck, I hastily filled out the submission. Of course, I went for the full enchilada—international release in the second largest genre—Contemporary Romance. Oh, and did I mention that I put a stipulation on the date I wanted the feature to run? That’s about as ballsy as walking up to the captain of the football team and asking him to take you to the prom the day you transfer into a new school.
But as they say in Texas, “GO BIG, OR GO THE F**K HOME.”
So I’m guessing I don’t have to tell you what happened next. But I will! Because, truly, its the best part.
It went something like this: I’m furiously typing away at my computer when an email preview from BookBub darts across the corner of my screen. Expecting the subject line to read “BAWAHHAAA,” I nearly have a heart attack when I open the email and find: “We are please to inform you…”
Right then and there, everything changed. Well, not right then and there; first I had to pick myself up from the ground because I fell out of bed.
After I read and re-read the email several times, something miraculous happened. Everything I thought I’d lost—that I’d given away—came back in a rush. Because, you see, I never really lost it. Only misplaced it under a bunch of crap that never belonged in my head to begin with.
Did this epiphany take place because some publication accepted my book and offered me validation? Nah. (Maybe) But one thing I know—validation is highly overrated, and I don’t recommend it. Validation is what got me into this mess.
But, I digress.
I wish I could wrap this up with a nice bow and tell y’all that everything went smoothly after that.
Because I thought I had no shot of landing the feature on BookBub, I choose the day before the release of Fall With Me as the date to run my feature.
In hindsight, I know it was a good decision. Hell, I knew it was a good strategy when I did it. But at the time I was dealing with a “pie in the sky” scenario. When it actually happened? That’s when things got real.
I also rewrote much of Fall With Me, transforming it from a novella to a “book.” Yes, I’m fully aware that I’m promoting Fall With Me as a novella. Getting one of the most well known cover artists (thank you Judi, love you ❤️) to design your cover is hard enough. Asking her to redesign it…well, that’s pushing it a tad. Judi would have done it, she’s awesome like that, but the cover is just fine, as you’ll soon see.
Before I jump into promoting my shiny new book, I’m going to share the biggest lesson I’ve learned from all this: sometimes crappy things happen. Sometimes, you’re left with no one to rely on but yourself. And in that moment, you can walk away, or you can fight. Notice I said, “in that moment.” As you can see by all the love I’m throwing around this page, I didn’t do anything alone after the first second I decided to push forward. But what I DID do is steer the ship. You know, master my own destiny and all that.
Will my book be successful? I don’t know. And to be honest, IT DOESN’T MATTER. Writing isn’t my hobby—it’s my job. And I’m not about to give up the greatest job I’ve ever had because I hit a speed bump. Nope. I’d rather find the biggest SUV on the market and roll over that bump like it doesn’t exist. Leave it in the rearview mirror where it belongs—and do it with a smile.
Because at the end of the day, no matter what the score card says—I win. The only time someone can make you doubt yourself, is if you let them.
Whether your a fellow author, a reader, or just someone who stumbled upon my crazy inner musings, take that little piece of advice and tuck it away for safe keeping.
Now—on with the fun stuff!!
:Clears throat and bats eyelashes:
Soooo, I wrote this little book (thats not so little anymore) and on December 15th, y’all can read it!
Check out the rocking cover, designed by none of than my friend, Judi Perkins, at Concierge Literary Promotions.
In addition to my beautiful cover, Judi made some awesome teasers and I’m debuting one here today. I would show you the rest of them, but the people who have been working tirelessly to help get this launch off the ground would probably kill me, since we’re not releasing any “official” teasers until December 8th.
Instead of offering you a synopsis for Fall With Me, I’ve decided to show you my book trailer. A trailer is something I’ve always wanted—and this one is a beauty. So enjoy!
Well, that’s about it!
I’m sure y’all are thinking this is the weirdest author book promotion you’ve ever seen in your life. And it probably is.
But, it was never about the book. Don’t get me wrong—I love the book. BUY THE BOOK! I think I’m legally obligated to say that, since this is a book launch.
But for me, it was about something more. It was losing myself, and finding myself, and coming out the other side.
So here’s to you, little book—you may not be the grandest thing I’ll ever write, but it some ways you’re the most important.
Without further ado, I present—FALL WITH ME —Sixth Street Bands Book #2.
Written by me—Jayne Frost.
Don’t forget to drop by my Facebook page and show me some love. I’ve got give-aways and swag promotions going on between now and the actual release (December 15th, 2016).
Most of all—have a happy holiday—filled with peace and love and all good things.