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The One Where Things Go Into Fast-Forward

So…. it’s been a long time, and for that I’m sorry! 

But I have a good reason! I wrote another book! HUZZAH. I finished a draft of Cade’s novel, and am working on edits right this very second! And by right this very second, I mean I am procrastinating right this very second. Potato, potato. Hmm… the phrase doesn’t work so well when you’re writing it instead of saying it. Alas Alack. I’ll be getting you more news about this little guy later! 
For now…. Who wants to know a secret?
Or rather… who wants me to make a secret less secretive? 
Well, here it is! Because you all have been so fabulous about keeping the buzz up about LOSING IT and continuing to spread the word… good things have been happening! 
Today, I’ve been given permission to tell you about one of those things! 
Are you ready? 
I think you are! 
So… once upon a time, LOSING IT was scheduled to release in paperback in the U.S. at the end of May. Then… they moved it up (which was awesome) to mid-May.  Today, I’m happy to say it has been moved up again!!! 
And do you want to know the best part? Do you want to know the date when LOSING IT will now release in Paperback?
The release is now scheduled for FEBRUARY 26TH! Can you believe it? They moved it up almost THREE months! I mean, February is like right around the corner! In a month and a half, you’ll be able to buy your very own, shiny print copy of the book! In fact, you can already pre-order it right now on most websites! (Note: the date may not be updated everywhere yet, but I promise the date has officially changed). 
This is what I want to do to everyone right now: 
LOVETACKLE!
YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST! 
In Awkward <3, 
Cora

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The One with the Photos

In case you guys didn’t believe me about my extreme awkwardness… Here are some outtakes from the photo shoot for my author photos:

JumpFAIL. Awkward Super hero. 
What do you mean this isn’t how I’m supposed to smile?
Don’t laugh at me! 
Okay… you can laugh. :)
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 
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The One Where Garrick Goes Home!

Some of you have been waiting a long time to hear this, and I’m happy to say that UK Rights to LOSING IT have sold! 

Are you guys as excited as I am?




Here’s the official deal memo: 


Cora Carmack’s self-published NYT and USA Today bestseller, LOSING IT, to Gillian Green of Ebury, in a three-book deal, by Kate McLennan of Abner Stein in association with Kathleen Ortiz of New Leaf Literary & Media on behalf of Suzie Townsend.


Told you guys my agents were Ninjas. :)

I’ll get you more info on publication dates when I know them! 

In Awkward <3, 

Cora

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The One where LOSING IT goes International

Hello Lovelies!

Sorry I’ve been MIA. I’ve been locked in the writing cave working on Cade’s companion novel, but I’ve peeked my head out to tell you some very exciting news!

You all know that the New York Times broke the news of LOSING IT selling to Harper Collins, but today the official notice went life on Publisher’s Marketplace along with a few other deals that have been secret until now. Here’s the notice:

Cora Carmack’s self-published NYT and USA Today Bestseller, LOSING IT, about a 22-year old virgin in her last year of college who decides to solve the problem, but her attempt at a one night stand turns disastrous the next morning when she realizes her new theatre professor is the guy she left half naked in her bed eight hours earlier, to Amanda Bergeron at William Morrow, in a major deal, at auction, in a three-book deal, by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media (NA). Rights to Psichogios in Greece, by Nelly Moukakos of JLM Agency, to Random House Korea, by Ally Bang of Eric Yang Agency, to RBA Libros in Spain, by Jennifer Hogue of International Editors, and to Pena in Turkey, by Bengu Ayfer of Akcali Copyright Agency, in association with Kathleen Ortiz of New Leaf Literary & Media.

Yes, my loves. Those are foreign rights sales you see, specifically to Greece, Korea, Spain, and Turkey so far! And RBA Libros in Spain will be distributing to other spanish speaking countries as well! Clearly my agency of awesome (New Leaf Literary) is SLAYING it.

Now I don’t have release dates for those countries yet, but they’ll be there eventually! And hopefully the book will continue to gain interest in other foreign territories. So that all my AMAZINGPANTS fans across the globe can get their hands on paperback copies. 
In other news, HarperCollins officially took over sales of the ebook of LOSING IT today, too! That means it’s now available on other ebook websites other than B&N and Amazon! Like iBooks and Kobo! So many of you have been asking about this for so long, so I’m relieved to say it’s up!!! :D And Harper Collins is amazing and didn’t raise the price, which means it’s still extremely affordable at $3.99!   *Cough* Cheap Christmas present *Cough*.
*For those of you wondering, you don’t need to buy a new copy of LOSING IT if you have the original (unless you just want to, because you love me). It went through a quick edit for any grammatical errors, but there are no major changes. 
And if you haven’t already, you should check out the interview with me posted today on USA Today’s HEA blog
I’m sure there are more updates that I’m missing, but I’ll catch them next time! Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Facebook if you haven’t already! 
In Awkward <3, 
Cora
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The One with the BIG Announcement

Hello lovelies!

I know some of you have been waiting for an update forever, and I’ve been carefully avoiding answering your questions with any finality. Sorry about that. It was a necessary evil.

But now I can officially announce that a print version of LOSING IT in the U.S. is imminent! I’ve signed a three book deal with Harper Collins! The deal includes LOSING IT and two companion novels (one for Cade and one for Kelsey).

HUZZAH!
AND… as if that wasn’t cool enough. THE NEW YORK TIMES broke the news of the sale. Yeah. I said New York Times. You can read the article here in which they discuss how LOSING IT is heralding in “New Adult Fiction.” Then you can come back and celebrate with me! 

I don’t have a set release date for you yet, but I can tell you that everyone is working hard to get the book ready for a quick and seamless release. As soon as I have more information that can be shared, I will send it your way! 
And lastly, I cannot end this post without a host of thank yous! Many of you have been with me on this from the very beginning. I remember watching the adds on Goodreads and getting SO excited when LOSING IT had 1,000 adds. It has since blown that number out of the water, and it’s all thanks to you guys. Amy at the YA Sisterhood and all the bloggers from the blog tour did such a tremendous job sharing the news about my little book. I have no doubt that you all are largely responsible for its success. Heather Self was my self-pub mommy and answered all my multitudes of questions and calmed my freak-outs– you’re the best! I have been blessed to have so many fabulous readers reach out to tell me about their experience of reading the book. Many of those same readers have told their friends, for which I am very thankful! I have just been inundated with love and it is the best feeling EVER. I have the best agent and agency EVER. Suzie Townsend did an amazing job negotiating this deal, and as evidenced by the NYT article, the whole team has put their full support behind LOSING IT. They are really making some amazing things happen. Signing with New Leaf was possibly the best decision I ever made. 
I love you all so much! I am just feeling ALL THE FEELINGS. 
Now, I need to get back to work on that second book we sold. :D But for all those who have asked about a paperback version of LOSING IT, I can finally say… IT’S COMING! 
P.S. OH! OH! I just realized. It’s been one month since the book released! Wow. A lot can happen in a month. 

The One About What New Adult Means to Me


What is a “New Adult” book anyway? 



I’m a re-reader. 



 That’s how I know that I really LOVE a book, when I can read it a second, third, or fourth time and get just as swept away in the story as that very first time. 

I discovered this for the first time when I was twelve and re-reading HARRY POTTER. Since then, I have reread and loved many books, one of which stuck with me so completely that I can still recite entire quotes from it with ease. 

That is THE AWAKENING by Kate Chopin. It was one of those books that you’re forced to read in your high school English class, and for many people it is a miserable experience. But for whatever the reason, I didn’t resent having to read that book. The story captivated me utterly, and I’m inclined to believe it is a huge part of the reason I write stories like I do. 



 THE AWAKENING is about a 28-year-old married woman named Edna. As you can guess, she goes through an awakening where she realizes she hasn’t truly been living. Her ideas and opinions and emotions all begin to change radically because for the first time in her life, she is determined to live life on her own terms. 

There is one quote that has stuck with me all these years: 



“Mrs. Pontellier was beginning to realize her position in the universe as a human being, and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world within and about her… But the beginning of things, of a world especially, is necessarily vague, tangled, chaotic, and exceedingly disturbing. How few of us ever emerge from such beginning! How many souls perish in its tumult!” 
 

There could not be a better way to describe the turbulent years between adolescence and adulthood, that terrifying in-between. Whether you’re at college or moving out on your own or working your first full time job—your life seems to change radically overnight. And yet for most people in that age group (18-25ish), you’re still not completely on your own. Your parents are still a large part of your life. You’re not a child anymore, but you’re also not quite an adult. You may call yourself an adult (as will others), but deep down in side you are petrified because you don’t feel like one. 


At least, that’s how it was for me. It really did feel like my world was starting from scratch. I was searching for my perfect fit in this wide world. I once likened the feeling to leaving behind a comfortable pair of old shoes for new ones that fit a bit better. It’s not that you want to stay with the old shoes that have become worn out and are a bit too snug, but breaking in those new shoes takes time and can be painful. That is what New Adult books are about to me.



Young Adult books are about surviving adolescence and coming of age. New Adult is about how to live your life after that. New Adult is the “I’m officially an adult, now what?” phase. 
 Just like growing up, that life stage is different for everyone, but I do think there are some things that are constant.

The first is figuring out who you are outside of the world in which you grew up. A few lucky people may figure out who they are when they are teenagers, but I’m inclined to think that for most of us, we just think we know who we are. Some of it might be right, but a lot of it can be very wrong. We believe things because we’ve never known there was another way to believe. We think life is a certain way until we experience the opposite. 


So why are people just now hearing “New Adult” in terms of a category for fiction? Well, the world is a very different place than it was when YA first became an accepted genre. It used to be that many people got jobs straight out of high school, and only some people went on to college. And usually those who did go to college were more financially and emotionally dependent. Now, it has become the norm to go to college, and for young adults to remain in contact or even dependent upon their parents for years after graduating high school. College is the new high school, and as such that “growing up” phase has been stretched to include a few extra awkward years. 


That time, like Kate Chopin says, can be vague and hard to understand. It can be chaotic (oh so chaotic). It can be a mess. We, as the “new adults” can be a mess. It can be awkward and emotionally exhausting and painful and disturbing. For me, it was a time of anxiety and self-doubt, where I questioned everything I’d always thought to be true about the world and myself. I’d grown up as an intelligent, confident, ambitious young woman. Then suddenly I was this indecisive, terrified girl who was afraid she’d made all the wrong choices and doubted her ability to achieve her dreams. 


I’m twenty-five-years-old, and I still suffer from some of those symptoms. In the moments before I hit the button to self-publish LOSING IT, I felt like I was going to be sick, and was moments away from a complete breakdown. I had to turn my music on really loud, dance around, let go of the world, and completely clear my mind, so that the prospect of hitting a stupid button didn’t break me. 
 And now LOSING IT has been more successful than I ever could have imagined. For the first time in a long time, I feel like that new world that Kate Chopin talks about is finally starting to make sense. It has become a little less vague and a little less scary.

Who would have thought that by writing about this awkward phase in life, I would begin to find my way out of it?

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The One with the Contest

So… I keep getting questions about how I envision the characters of LOSING IT to look or who my dream cast would be for an imaginary movie.

And honestly… while there are actors that I think could work, I don’t and never have had certain actors in  mind. So, I thought we might have some fun, and find out who you all pictured when you read the book. Or if you don’t picture the characters in your head, who your dream cast would be.

So, here’s the deal:

  • To enter the contest, make a post on your blog about your dream cast for LOSING IT. You must include Bliss, Garrick, Cade, and Kelsey. Other than that… you can include as many other characters from the book as you’d like. The contest ENDS at 12:01 AM on November 19th. 
  • Once you’ve done that, come back and leave a link to your post in the Rafflecopter form below. You’ll get five entries for your post. You can get one entry a day when you tweet about your post . Please @ me in your tweet and then come back and post it here in the Rafflecopter form.  

THE WINNER will be chosen randomly using Rafflecopter and will receive a prize pack of some of my favorite New Adult and YA eBooks. This includes: Easy by Tammara Webber, The Wild Ones by M. Leighton, Half-blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout, On Dublin Street by Samantha Young, Reflection by Jessica Roberts, and Want by Stephanie Lawton. 

PLEASE NOTE: This contest is open internationally BUT SOME OF THESE BOOKS ARE NOT. If you win and one of these books is not available in your country, we’ll figure out a replacement. :)

So, you have my permission to begin wasting hours on the internet trolling through pictures of hot actors that could be your dream Garrick. I know it will be a real hardship. :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway And finally, I know not all of you out there have a blog, and will be unable to participate in this contest. So for the rest of you, I’ve got another giveaway of LOSING IT that is open to everyone! Ends November 19th at 12:01 AM also! U.S. and Canada only. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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The One with the Update

Hello my awesome readers!

Have I told you lately how much I love you?

Because I do. A lot. 
I’m just popping in to give a quick update and answer a few questions! 
FIRST… 
LOSING IT has made the NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST for the second week in a row! This time it moved up two slots to #13 on the ebook list! And it’s still holding strong at #18 on the combined print and ebook list! 
AND… you guys may not care about this as much, but it totally rocked my face off. Two authors that I admire and love SO MUCH read and loved the book– Jennifer L. Armentrout and Wendy Higgins. 
If you haven’t read their books, please do! They are awesome! Jen writes both YA and Adult, fantasy and contemporary. There’s not a book she’s written that I don’t LOVE LOVE LOVE. And Wendy writes YA Fantasy. Her first book, SWEET EVIL, blew me away! And I’m so excited for her second. 
I totally fangirled when they tweeted that they’d read the book. 
And now for some questions! 
1. I’ve had a lot of people ask me about the print version of the book. I addressed this briefly in the last post, but I’ll be more specific here. 
My Agent of Amazingness, Suzie Townsend is currently shopping the book to traditional publishers here in the U.S. If we make a sale, that would not only mean a print version of the book, but also the ebook would be available through more venues than just BN & Amazon. I wish I could give you more information or a set timeline, but the fact is nothing is guaranteed. If we make a sale, I promise to give you more information just as soon as I can. But right now, it’s a waiting game. And the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in NYC has caused plenty of upheavals in the city, including for publishing professionals, so I can’t do much but tell you where we are now. (And while we’re on the topic of Hurricane Sandy, if you’re a writer or a reader and want to give back, check out this amazing auction event occuring at Jen Malone’s blog).  
2. Similarly, I’ve had a lot of people ask about reading the book in countries outside the U.S. and Canada. 
I’m afraid the book is not currently available for purchase outside the U.S. or Canada. It was before, but  since I signed with my agent I’ve taken it down. Kathleen Ortiz is the foreign rights specialist at New Leaf Literary, and she’s working on selling rights to the book in foreign territories. She’s great at what she does, so we’re very hopeful. But I just couldn’t leave the book up for sale across the world, because it would make her job more difficult. Again, I promise to let you know as things happen, but you should be aware that foreign sales can happen a bit more slowly. So, again, it’s a waiting game. One that requires a lot of patience. 
The best thing you can do if you’re wanting to see the book in print or in foreign countries it to continue to spread the word! Tell your friends. Tweet about it. Facebook it. Blog it. The more attention the book gets, the easier it will be to make these sales. 
I LOVE LOVE LOVE you all! 
P.S. I’m working on Cade’s book now, and I have a trip to Philadelphia planned soon to do some on the ground research! I’ll post pictures! :)
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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