When is Unbelievable coming out? Fair question. Answer? I don’t know. When I first wrote Unlovable, it was a fantasy novel, compete with shape-shifters and Changelings. As soon as I finished it, I wrote Unbelievable, complete with shape-shifters and changelings also.
As I began Unbearable, a publisher contacted me and asked me to turn Unlovable into a contemporary novel WITHOUT any fantasy, and if I would, they would publish it. Needless to say, I jumped at it. I put Booker’s story aside and began the transformation. I worked on it day and night, I was so excited. After 2 months of hard labor, I finished a rough draft. The publisher sent me an email…one line only... and said they changed their mind. No reason, no explanation, no nothing. I was angry, sad, furious, hurt, and Completely TICKED OFF! I could not believe the unprofessionalism of these people. They offer me a one year contract, then pulled it with no reason. WHATEVER!
I heard about self-publishing and decided to give it a shot. And the rest, as they say, is history. So thank you so much for your support.
Now, Unbelievable. Where Unlovable had some fantasy, it was the first of a trilogy so the “magic” had just begun, Unbelievable was heavy with fantasy. After Unlovable did so well- did I say thank you:} I had a lot of work to do to make Book 2 into a contemporary YA novel. You can imagine my surprise when one day I open my Goodreads page and someone had added Unbelievable and Unbearable to the reading library. I never said when they would be published, and yet someone added them…No pressure! Anyway, I started working on changing Unbelievable. I worked on it every day for six months. When I was finished…I hated it! I really truly hated it.
So I started over. Along the way, something happen to Cole. He turned into a sniveling coward. When I finished it for the third time…I hated it even more. I hated waking up knowing I had to work on it, I hated going to my computer and seeing the stupid document mocking me… I HATED Cole and I despised Lilah. If I were to never write another word ever again, I didn’t care.
I set Unbelievable aside and wrote Souls in Peril as a short story for an anthology. Unlike Cole’s story, I loved every minute of it. It went from a short story to a full novel. My days and night were filled with Max and JD. This was why I write. This was what made me happy.
I thought I just needed a break from Cole and Lilah. So when I finished Souls in Peril, I pulled up Unbelievable, ready to face Cole again. I would simple do some editing and then it would be ready.
But no. I still hated it. A friend asked me how it was going. I told her. She said, and I’m not kidding, “Just put it out anyway. People will buy it.” Another friend said, “No. Don’t do that, then no one will buy Unbearable.”
I looked at both and said, “I don’t care about Unbearable. I can’t publish Book 2 because I could never ask my readers to take their hard earn cash and buy junk!”
That night I lay…or is it laid…whatever the word, I did it, and thought about Cole. What was he like in book one? Where did I want him to go? Then I knew. I knew exactly where he would go, and what he would do, and I knew Lilah and what she was going to be like. I got up and wrote the outline. Everything came together. Over the next few days, a million ideas came to me and Unbelievable was ready to begin… again!
I really can’t give you a date for Unbelievable to be published. It is unfair to tell you a date, then let you down…which has been eating at me too!
But the feeling is back. I am in love with Cole again, and his story is going to be great! I want this series to be awesome. I want to thank you for taking a chance on an Indie author, and I promise, I will work very hard to get it done! Don’t give up on me!!
I feel your pain Sherry!! I've had people waiting on "Frogs & Toads" for almost two years now! But it's not worth putting out if it isn't ready. And your readers and fans (aka ME) will appreciate the wait if what we get in the end makes us happy and equally in love with the characters. So don't stress it. I will happily buy "Unbelievable" the moment it comes out, whether it's in one month or five years! Because I loves "Unlovable" That much!ReplyDelete
Thanks Stacy! I appreciate your support!Delete
Thanks for the update and dont put it out until you think its ready! Glad you are back in the grove with the story. Dont stress on getting it out quickly. Let it flow and it will be done when its done. The impatient rude people have no idea the amount of work writing a book is. Keep up the good work!ReplyDelete
Thanks for keeping us in the loop. I am so glad you were able to figure out a way to love the characters again and that you know where they are going now. I am sorry to hear about your publishing experience- but I am happy that you found the right path for you. :)ReplyDelete
I LOVED Unlovable! Do you have an email that you will be sending out when the other two books will be coming out. I don't want to miss either one.ReplyDelete