Date Archive

October 2012

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The One with All the News!

Okay… so, I’ve been terrible about updating this blog with everything that’s going on, but that’s only because SO MUCH is going on! It’s late, so I’m going to try and re-cap this all as quickly as possible, but it’s entirely possible I might ramble on about all the amazingness. And I will likely overdo the gifs as always. If I do… well.. too bad. :)

1. LOSING IT is doing so well! It’s still high on the charts on B&N and it’s broken the top ten on Amazon! Whooo-hoo! Thank you all so much for your support! Seriously…

2. I signed with an agent! And not just any agent, no! I signed with the awesomepants/amazingpants/allthepants super agent Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary! 
I’m am so incredibly excited to be a part of the New Leaf family, and Suzie has been my dream agent ever since I wrote my  first manuscript years ago (Thanks Poli-sci class for providing me ample writing time). Everyone has been so enthusiastic and supportive, and I couldn’t be happier. What this means for LOSING IT: The book is currently being shopped with a few traditional publishers, and the New Leaf team will also be representing/shopping foreign and film rights for the book. Some of you may have noticed that it’s no longer for sale on Amazon outside the U.S. I apologize. This was a necessary step to begin pursuing foreign rights sales. I promise though to keep you updated of future sales! This new step in my career means great things for both me and my books! 
3. On the SAME DAY that I signed with Suzie “Allthepants” Townsend, I also found out that LOSING IT was ranked at #30 on this week’s USA TODAY Bestseller List
4. As if that wasn’t amazing enough, that SAME NIGHT, Suzie and the New Leaf team called to tell me that they’d seen an early list of the New York Times Bestsellers List (for the week of Nov. 4th), AND I WAS ON IT. I WAS ON IT AT #15 for the eBook bestseller list AND #18 FOR COMBINED PRINT/EBOOK! Holy heart attack, Batman! I think I screamed Suzie’s ear off on the phone! 
5. Okay… so I don’t really have a number five. But I just like it when things come in fives. :D So, I’ll just say that it has been a whirlwind of a week. Seriously, I think there have been more major OMG moments this week than the last ten years of my life combined. And I have you all to thank for it! I have to thank the amazing bloggers that have posted reviews or features or participated in the blog tour. I have to thank my readers who have talked to me on Twitter or Facebook or sent emails (Seriously, I know I’m behind on answering you all, but I read every one, and they fill my heart with such joy). Thank you also for recommending the book to your friends– best compliment ever!  I have to thank family and friends, who encouraged me when I decided to self-publish. This has become so much bigger than any of us could have imagined. I just love you all! I LOVE THE WORLD (which for someone whose natural sense of humor is more bitter than black coffee… that is huge)!
So thank you all! I promise future updates as things move forward! 
In Awkward <3, 
Cora

The One Where my World has Turned Upside Down

So… I looked at my blog today and realized it had been almost a week since I’d posted.

I also realized how much has CHANGED in my life in less than a week.

I can’t explain it all to you guys at this point, but know that this week has been the single craziest week of my life. And the success of LOSING IT is only part of that.

Since the last time I posted, LOSING IT hit #1 on the Barnes and Noble eBook Bestseller list. It stayed there for a few days, and since then has been fluctuating within the top five. It’s been moving a little slower on Kindle, but advances there have been steady. I broke the Top 100 Kindle Bestsellers a few days ago, and am now up to #35.

It has been exactly one week since LOSING IT went live on Barnes and Noble, and my world was turned upside down. I am at a loss for words to express how I am feeling. I’ve gotten so many lovely emails and comments and tweets that my heart is full and fit to burst. I’ve not answered you all, but I’m working on it! The influx of response kind of took me by surprise, and I’m still playing catch-up.

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about other formats for LOSING IT– iBookstore, Smashwords, and Print copies especially.

I’m looking in to all of these formats, I promise. But like I said, my life has been a bit crazy this week, so I’ve not had time to seriously pursue publishing in any of these formats. I promise to let you know though if and when they are available.

In the mean time, thank you all for your support! Thank you for reading my book and reviewing it! If you’ve read and haven’t reviewed, I would greatly appreciate your posting your thoughts on Barnes and Noble and Amazon! Thank you to all those who have told friends and family members about the book! There is truly no marketing better than word of mouth! I love, love, love you all and can’t wait to tell you more about all the great things that are happening!

In Awkard <3,

Cora

In Which I Feel Like I Took Felix Felicis

I have to start this out with one GIGANTIC thank you to all of those who have bought my book, and especially to those who have rated and reviewed in on Amazon, B&N, and Goodreads! I am so very thankful for your support.

LOSING IT is doing better than I ever could have imagined. It has exploded, and is currently #26 on B&N’s Nook Bestseller list! It’s doing really well on Amazon too, despite the fact that B&N had a 12 hour head start. I’ve broken the top 1000 there, and am at #906 (last I checked) and still moving.

I am so very grateful to everyone who has tweeted and posted and told their friends. This is all your doing. I’m especially grateful to the participants of the Blog Tour! Please be sure to check out the tour schedule and visit the tour stops on their assigned days. There will be interviews, extras, and a chance to enter a giveaway!

And last, but certainly not least, I’ve had so many readers ask about sequels and future books. So, as a thanks for your support, I’m here to answer that question!

1. Will there be a sequel to LOSING IT?

I don’t currently have one planned, but that doesn’t mean inspiration won’t strike me in the future. But I feel relatively comfortable saying that Bliss’s story is done for the moment. That doesn’t mean you won’t ever see her again because…

2. What future books do I have planned?

Right now, I’m working on a currently untitled companion novel for LOSING IT that will focus on Cade. It will be a little more angsty since he’s just had his heartbroken, but never fear! There will be plenty of awkward and hilarious goodness. He becomes entangled with a girl who is vastly different from any girl he’s ever been interested in, especially Bliss.  Right now it is very VERY tentatively scheduled to release in January, but as I’m still working on it, I cannot promise much more information yet. I’m also toying around with the idea of writing about Kelsey’s European travels after I finish with Cade.

If you’d like updates about future books, make sure to follow my Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads page, etc.

That’s all my updates for now! Again, thank you all! I ADORE you. Seriously.

In Awkward <3,

Cora

LOSING IT is live!

It is official! LOSING IT is live at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

I love love LOVE you all.

I hope you enjoy the book! I hope you love it enough to leave a review and tell your friends! And I hope you love it enough to continue checking my wee little blog here for news about my next work, which will be a companion novel to LOSING IT about Cade, one of the secondary characters in the book.

And now that the book is alive and kicking… I’m off to sleep.

Here’s to sweet writerly dreams!

In Awkward <3,

Cora

Buy LOSING IT at Barnes & Noble!

Hey guys!

Remember that time that I hit publish early on Barnes and Noble because I heard it had been taking several days for authors to get approved, then woke up to find it live and for sale less than twelve hours later?

Oh, yeah. It was now.

That’s right! LOSING IT is available to buy from Barnes & Noble!

I hit publish on Amazon early this morning, so it could be up anywhere from 12-24 hours from then until it goes live. Which means sometime tonight or tomorrow morning.

So keep your trigger finger poised over that refresh button!

I’m already seeing people reading and enjoying it on Goodreads, which is amazing! I seriously feel like I just got my letter inviting me to Hogwarts. This is THAT good.

If you do buy and read it, I will love you forever if you rate and post a review of the book on B&N and Amazon!

In Awkward <3,

Cora

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LOSING IT Blog Tour

The LOSING IT Blog Tour has begun!!!! 

Cora… Conan… we’re pretty similar in this moment! :D
The LOSING IT Blog Tour has officially been kicked off at the YA Sisterhood with a review and a giveaway. Oh, and did I mention they’ve also posted the entire first chapter for your reading pleasure?
Did I also mention that I’ve already hit that all important publish button at Barnes and Noble? B&N apparently takes a little longer than Amazon, so I hit it a bit early. I’ll be hitting Amazon’s tomorrow, and then it’s just a matter of waiting until they come up. I’ve published early enough that they should almost definitely be available by midnight on the 15th, if not sooner. 
So, you can join Conan and I in the ansty pants waiting game. Day Two of the Blog Tour will be Sunday at Books Over Boys with a review and some favorite quotes from the book! 
LOVE YOU ALL! 
In Awkward <3, 
Cora
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ERMAHGERD. LOSING IT Gets a New Release Date!

GUESSSSSSSS WHAT, FRIENDS? GUESS! GUESS! OKAY, DON’T GUESS I’LL SHOW YOU!

DO YOU SEE THAT NUMBER???? 1502!!!
Do you know what that means?!?
First, it means: 

Second, it means you met my earlier challenge, so I’m MOVING UP the release date of LOSING IT from the 16th to the 15th!!!!

Huzzah! I hope you guys are as excited as I am! Because I am SO excited!  I’ve been getting a lot of questions about LOSING IT not being available for pre-order, so this seems like a good time to clear some things up. LOSING IT is independently published, which means it won’t be available for pre-order. I’ll be hitting publish sometime on the 14th (or perhaps a little earlier). It’s impossible to know how quickly the book will be available after that because it varies for everyone. I plan to hit publish with plenty of time to spare so that it will definitely be available on the 15th. Because of that, it might even go up earlier that the 15th if the process goes quickly, so feel free to keep an eye on Amazon/B&N or my twitter and facebook for updates. I’ll let you know when it is available for sale! 
WHOO-HOO! Now time for more celebration! A majorly awesome blog tour will be kicking off this Saturday at The YA Sisterhood. It will run through the end of October and will have lots of fun interviews, excerpts, and extras! :)
Again! Thank you! Thank you! Your support for this story has been tremendous so far! I cannot wait for the release date! 
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LOSING IT Giveaway!

Guys!

GUYS! 

You are AWESOME. Just yesterday I issued a challenge that if we got to 1000 “to read” adds on Goodreads, I’d host a giveaway for an advanced copy of LOSING IT. This is a big deal guys, because I wasn’t planning to give out any more copies before the release! But you guys are just too amazing! Because LOOK: 
Ahhhhhhmazing! So, I’m here to fulfill my promise! Below is a Rafflecopter form that could enable you to read LOSING IT less than a week from today! Also, don’t forget: if we hit 1500 adds, I’ll move the release day forward one day! Same goes for 2000 and 2500! So, LOSING IT could possibly be released a full THREE days early! 
UPDATE: We just hit 1,350! Only 150 to go until the next challenge is met! 
Thank you all for your support! You’re amazing! And now for the part you really care about… the giveaway! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Want to read LOSING IT early? AKA… The One with the Challenge

Hellooooo friends!

So many amazing things have been happening that I’ve had a little trouble keeping up and have neglected my sad little blog. I think it’s time to change that! So… I have some news and a challenge for you all!

The news is… LOSING IT has a cover!!!! The cover reveal (organized by the YA Sisterhood) was a phenomenal success!!! Over 30 blogs participated, and the reaction was FANTASTIC! Sadly, since the cover reveal, I had to make a slight change to the font on the cover so that it would be more readable as a thumbnail for when it goes up for sale. So here is the latest version for your viewing pleasure!

*Fans self* 
The guy is pretty cute, huh? Trust me… the rest of the picture that I cut out is even better! It will be released along one stop of the blog tour! 
Now that that’s done, are you guys ready for my challenge? It’s a big one! Well, actually it’s a multi-part challenge! 
If LOSING IT hits 1000 “to read” adds on Goodreads, I’ll host a giveaway for one advanced copy of LOSING IT! These are rare folks, and I hadn’t planned to give any more out, but I think 1000 adds deserves celebrating! Here’s where we currently stand on Goodreads: 
Not that far to go, right? That giveaway is within your grasp! 
UPDATE: Challenge met! See the next post for the giveaway! 

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BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! 

If LOSING IT hits 1500 “to read” adds, I’ll do something crazy! I’ll bump the release date up by at least one full day (the current release date is October 16th). I’ll do the same at 2000 and 2500 too, which means LOSING IT could be released by as many as three days early! 
UPDATE: WE’VE HIT 1350! Not much more to go before the 1500 challenge! October 15th is looking pretty good for the release date!  
Everyone I’ve interacted with so far has been so enthusiastic and encouraging and amazing. 

I BELIEVE IN REWARDING THAT KIND OF AWESOME. 

And I like coming up with rewards! So, who knows? Maybe if you guys continue to impress and awe me, I’ll come up with even more rewards! 
Love, love, love you all! 
In awkward <3, 
Cora
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