What It Feels Like to Have Penguin Publish My Book by Alex Rosa

Posted by March 17th, 2015

What It Feels Like to Have Penguin Publish My Book by Alex Rosa

Congratulations to Book Country member Alex Rosa on the release of her New Adult novel TRYST! We are thrilled to see this day finally arrive. You can purchase TRYST on all major e-retailers. Alex shares what it feels like to have Penguin publish her book below. 

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When a young girl (that being me) dreams of becoming a writer someday, she is aware it’s a daunting dream to take on. Especially when your hero Jane Austen says in one of your favorite movies (Becoming Jane) with such pleading hopefulness, “Maybe I could live by my pen?” and her mother just laughs. It’s an ugly-cry-worthy moment for an aspiring writer. You just hug your notebook close and remind yourself that Jane Austen totally made it. She showed them all, but you’re still all like:

What It Feels Like to Have Penguin Publish My Book by Alex RosaBut armored with this fact, I still made the ultimate decision to never stop writing, even if it was in secret or anonymously posted online. Whatever, same difference.

Now flash forward to age twenty-six. I still have Jane Austen dreams, but I now have a publishing deal. Wait, hold the phone. How did this happen?

What It Feels Like to Have Penguin Publish My Book by Alex RosaI did what I said I would never stop doing: Writing. I wrote to my heart’s content about the book boyfriends I’d imagine and made the early drafts available online on Book Country. Book boyfriend Blake turned into TRYST, my novel being published by Penguin.

There’s this crazy elated feeling that comes over you when a publisher who lines the many rows of your bookshelf (including your priceless Penguin classic of Jane Austen’s, PRIDE & PREJUDICE) wants something that came out of your head, a.k.a TRYST.

What It Feels Like to Have Penguin Publish My Book by Alex Rosa“What comes next?” I kept asking myself. A top five publisher had read my work and wants to get it out to the masses. How insane. I felt like the nerd girl at prom, and the jock just asked her to dance. I was eager to say the least. Kristine, my awesome editor, was ready to make TRYST Kindle-ready, and I … just … couldn’t contain myself. Little did she know (or maybe she did, because I’m not so good at hiding my emotions), this was totally me behind every email:

What It Feels Like to Have Penguin Publish My Book by Alex RosaSo if you’re wondering, and maybe it’s obvious, this IS a dream come true. It may be just the beginning because I’ve only really started publishing, but nothing has ever felt so right as writing.

But with edits, and emails, and re-reading my own book over and over again in prep for publication, the worry started to seep in.

What It Feels Like to Have Penguin Publish My Book by Alex RosaWill readers love this book as much as I do? Will TRYST be well-received? Will my favorite book boyfriend creation make readers swoon? I started having that funny Jane Austen moment all over again. I had to remember that I could do this. Having a publisher back you up relieves that nervous anticipation enough for you to be like:

What It Feels Like to Have Penguin Publish My Book by Alex RosaThough I still had/have my moments where I feel like this:

What It Feels Like to Have Penguin Publish My Book by Alex Rosa

And maybe even this:What It Feels Like to Have Penguin Publish My Book by Alex Rosa

I actually still feel like this underneath it all:

What It Feels Like to Have Penguin Publish My Book by Alex Rosa

That’s how it generally feels being published by Penguin. They’re kinda like pseudo parents adopting a debut author. I don’t want to let them down, and I don’t think they want to let me down either. It’s a mutual exchange of “we can do this, and we’ll do it together,” which is exciting as much as it is nerve-wracking (in the best way).

So on top of everything, I just want to say thank you to Penguin for taking a chance on a newbie author:

What It Feels Like to Have Penguin Publish My Book by Alex Rosa

Because ya know, I think this whole publishing thing is gonna be awesome.

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About Alex Rosa

Author Alex Rosa Shares How Penguin InterMix Picked Up TRYST On Book Country

Alex Rosa lives in San Diego, California. When she isn’t scouring city parks or cafes to write in, she is more than likely trying to convince her friends to join her on her next adventure.TRYST

She self-published her first romance novel, EMOTIONALLY COMPROMISED, in November 2013, and while continuing to get feedback from peers and readers from sites like Book Country, she was able to snag the attention of an editor at Penguin. Alex was offered a book deal with their digital imprint, Intermix, in June 2014 for her New Adult novel, TRYST, which was released in March 2015. Alex also signed with Erin Niumata of Folio Literary Management. Connect with Alex on her website,TwitterFacebook and Book Country.

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                        VIDEO: Author Alex Rosa Shares How Penguin InterMix                                                                Picked Up TRYST On Book Country

 

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14 thoughts on “What It Feels Like to Have Penguin Publish My Book by Alex Rosa

  1. Jaycee Ford

    I love this in so many ways! I think I lived each and every moment of this with Alex, and I’m so excited and thrilled to be sharing the fun with her today!
    #TeamBlake!!!

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  2. Kimberley Lake

    HAHAHAH those Gifs are hilarious!
    Congratulations Alex!!! You did it! Extremely proud of you and I’m so happy that this dream came true for you. I look forward to more of your work. <3

    I can't get over those Gifs hahahaha

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  3. Dana

    I am so excited for this book! I love how know matter what you didn’t give up or give in when things got hard or wasn’t going your way… You choose to see the good side when others wouldn’t love that

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  4. Lisa Adams

    i loved the gifs with the blog. Brilliant idea and captivating at grabbing my attention. Congratulations on the release Alex. You worked hard, now comes the moment of happiness. 🙂

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  5. Sarah Aherne

    Eeek! I’m so excited about this! I’ve been raving about it for months and now the excitement is killing me! Couldn’t be more proud! You go girl! 🙂

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  6. Amber Wolfe

    Hi, Alex 🙂 This is a little late, but congratulations! I really enjoyed reading your blog post–those pictures you chose describe your emotions to a T. Keep up the good writing.

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