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.
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:
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?
I 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 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:
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.
Will 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:
I actually still feel like this underneath it all:
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:
Because ya know, I think this whole publishing thing is gonna be awesome.
About Alex Rosa
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,Twitter, Facebook and Book Country.
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