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:
But 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? Continue reading →
Congratulations to Book Country member Marshall Ryan Maresca! His debut fantasy novel THE THORN OF DENTONHILL is now on sale! Marshall originally workshopped THE THORN OF DENTONHILL on Book Country which was then picked up by DAW Books. Last week, we asked you to describe your own fantasy world in one sentence for a chance to win one advance copy of THE THORN OF DENTONHILL. Here are a couple of the amazing submissions we received:
Drugara, a vibrant realm lush with rich plant life and towering black trees, threatened by a spreading taint that warps the land into a dark, twisted world of despair and shadow. – Amber Wolfe
The nine Great Nations, while they were all different in customs and political agenda, had one law in common–from Azaria in the north all the way down to Bore they had banned all magic and tech, after Kronus the Conqueror had created the tracers and spent centuries hunting down and destroying every trace of power in the land. – SMRoffey
We are so happy for Marshall! Read what Marshall says about his path to publication below. Continue reading →
We are happy to have D.J. Pizzarello with us today! D.J. has written several highly rated works on Book Country including ANGEL OF MERCY and SATAN’S LURE. He is the winner of the Editor’s Choice Prize from AuthorStand. D.J. is currently working on a collection of horror short stories. Connect with D.J. on Book Country.
Janet Umenta: Your books have garnered a lot of positive feedback on Book Country! I especially enjoyed reading SATAN’S LURE. How do you use the feedback you receive to better your writing?
D.J. Pizzarello: I often find feedback provocative, giving me the chance to see my work through the eyes of readers. I try to understand what prompts the suggestions and often find they lead to changes that strengthen my story. I don’t always incorporate the suggestions as given, but they initiate a chain of thought that improves what I’m writing. Criticism is, for me, valuable and welcome Continue reading →