Dez Yourself

An exciting new trend is sweeping the nation!

Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but we can change that! Forget planking, selfies, and photo bombs (and whatever else you crazy kids are doing these days), the cool new trend is Dezing yourself!

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Move over, duck face!

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So grab your copy of Life, A.D. (Don’t have one yet? Click these AMAZON and B&N links), CLICK HERE to head on over to my Facebook page, and share your Dezing yourself pics!

Big thanks to Joy and Marsha for sharing your photos!

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Release Day!

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It’s finally here! Life, A.D. is out in the world, and for once, I’m at an utter loss for words.

I want to thank everyone who has supported me along the way, from family and friends, to my early draft readers, and my publisher. None of this would have been possible without them. 

And thank you to the readers who choose to share in Dez’s adventures. I hope you enjoy Life, A.D.! 

Be sure to check out today’s stops on the blog tour!

http://cuzinlogic.com/

https://jennifermcconnel.wordpress.com/

Here We Go!

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The Life, A.D. blog tour starts today! You can follow the tour schedule here:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-life-a-d-by-michelle-e-reed-presented-by-month9books/

Be sure to enter the drawing! You can do that at any one of the tour stops.

And if you haven’t yet, be sure to like my Facebook page to be automatically entered in a drawing to win a signed copy and bookmark of Life, A.D! I’m extending the deadline to 11:59PM Central time tomorrow!

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMichelleEReed

Facebook “Likes” Contest

One week from today, my debut novel will hit the shelves, and I feel like celebrating!

On release day, I will be giving away a signed copy of Life, A.D. along with a signed Life, A.D. bookmark to one of my Facebook Author Page fans. If you already like my page, or if you click that snazzy like button by 12:00 AM Central Time on December 10th, you will automatically be entered.

I want you to help me spread the word, which is where the fun part of the contest comes in. For every friend you get to like my Facebook author page, your friend will get an entry in the drawing, and you will get one additional entry. Refer ten friends? You get eleven chances to win! Refer 10,000 friends (it could happen, right?) get 10,001 entries!

All you have to do is help me spread the news. Have your friends “like” my Facebook page and write a message on my page’s wall letting me know you sent them.

Example: Buddy the Elf likes my page, and gets Mr. Narwhal to like my page, too. Mr. Narwhal writes, “Buddy the Elf sent me!” on my wall. Boom. They’re both entered in the drawing, and Buddy gets an extra entry!

My page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMichelleEReed

So head on over and start liking! Tell your friends!

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Lots of Coming Soons

I will soon be launching my brand spanking new website, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Also, the lead up to my book launch is rapidly approaching, so stay tuned for the blog tour, all sorts of promotional goodies, and a giveaway from yours truly.

In the meantime, if you missed it the first time around, check out this excerpt from Life, A.D. which you can find here.

Enjoy your Wednesday, everyone!

All Done Forever

“Books are never finished, they are merely abandoned.”

-Oscar Wilde

On Sunday, I turned in the final corrections on Life, A.D. after spending three days scrutinizing the proofs in search of errors (and thanks to the amazing work of the Month9Books staff, there was hardly a thing I could find!). After clicking “send” on the email to my publisher, I was hit was a strange feeling, one that was a sense of accomplishment combined with relief, and a bit of sadness.

You’d think I’d be giddy, right? My book is finally off to print! Hooray!

And I am excited. Believe me. It’s hard to put into just how excited, which for an author, is a bit of a problem. I should be better at expressing myself, but in this regard, I am at a loss for words. It’s such a privilege to be where I am right now as a writer, and it’s hard for me to find a way to adequately describe my feelings.

Amid the excitement and the sense of relief that all this time and work is finally paying off, there’s a hint of sadness.

I’m done with Life, A.D.

Forever.

My work on a book that began in the usual way—a spark of an idea that floated into my mind—had reached its conclusion. This is the first book I’ve ever written, a project I worked on in fits and starts since shortly after the birth of my son (now almost six!), and now I’m done. Completely.

What I’ve written is going to printed page, and I will have no more chances to make it better.

I know that revision is a potentially never-ending trap, which is why I’m glad I have a publisher, and deadlines. Left to my own devices, I might never get done. My hats off to those who self-publish (seriously!), because I’m the kind of person who needs to be pushed off the ledge in order to fly. I’m not jumping.

It’s a bit daunting, this being done forever business. My book is going out into the big, bad world, but it is ready? Am I ready? This is the kind of thing that drags out all my worst, neurotic qualities. What if nobody likes it? What if my words aren’t good enough? Did I work hard enough? Is my story strong enough? Yuck, right? I mean, give me a break, crazy lady…

The thing is, the publishing process keeps you really busy. I am on the cusp of the following: promoting book one while editing book two, and writing book three. Kind of all at the same time, which means I don’t have nearly the time my crazy mind would like to spend being freaked out.

So back to it I go.

Fly, Life, A.D., fly. You’re getting kicked from the nest.

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http://www.amazon.com/Life-A-D-After-Dez-Atman/dp/0988340917/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383764902&sr=8-1&keywords=month9books

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/life-ad-michelle-e-reed/1117217871?ean=9780988340916

Hop on the Blog Train!

So here’s the latest thing in my orbit: blog tours.

Very Superstitious: Myths, Legends and Tales of Superstition, my publisher’s annual charity anthology, is about to be released. This means the contributing authors (including me!) are gearing up for the promotional blog tour.

This is all brand new territory to me. And it’s so cool! But it’s kind of weird, too. I mean, the guest blogging part, I get. It’s not a huge leap to go from the sporadic blogging of which I partake to a guest post on an awesome blog (or two).

However, a few nights ago I received my first interview questions. And that’s the weird part; the part I’m still trying to wrap my brain around. Someone wants to interview me, and other people will (presumably) want to read it.

So now I have to try and be interesting. I will do my best.

I have to tell you, it’s pretty cool being the wide-eyed optimist, seeing the publishing world for the first time. Granted, being the successful, veteran author sounds extremely appealing, but I am content to enjoy the ride that is new-authordom, and take in all the sights.

Stay tuned, and be sure to add Very Superstitious to your “want to read” shelf on Goodreads! This year, the anthology benefits SPCA International.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18157997-very-superstitious

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The Pressure’s On

The road to publication is long, to be sure. From inspiration to printed page, the journey can span years. For me, the goal is growing nearer, no longer a dot on the horizon. What began as a glimmer of an idea that came to me in 2006 is now an actual book, just a few short months from hitting the shelves.

It seems I learn something new about publishing on a near-daily basis.

What I’ve just learned is that the going is slow until it isn’t.

Huh?

What I mean is, the time seems to crawl along, until one day when it hits you: I will be published, soon. Everything seems to speed up, and your brain (if you’re anything like me) goes into super freak-out mode.

In less than one month, the short story I wrote for my publisher’s annual charity anthology will be out, and come December 10th, my debut novel, Life, A.D. will hit the shelves!

This. Is. Awesome.

And a bit scary.

Review copies of Very Superstitious are going out, bringing me to freak-out point number one: People I don’t know are/will very soon be reading my short story.

I know.

You’re thinking, but isn’t that the POINT of publishing?

Yes, it is.

But now that it’s actually happening, it’s a bit intimidating.

I’ve always written for more than just myself. From the start, I’ve written with an audience in mind, picturing the reader following along, and, hopefully, getting swept up in the worlds I’ve created.

And now I will actually have an audience. Large or small, a multitude or a few, people will be reading what I’ve written.

And all I can do is wait and hope. Hope that the work I’ve put in will pay off, and that the words I’ve written are satisfying and engaging. Hope that I did enough, that I won’t let my readers down, that they will fall in love with my characters like I have. Hope that my publisher was right to put their faith in me.

No pressure like the kind that’s self-inflicted, right?

But I know how lucky I am. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

I’m Baaaaack!

Hello!

My absence from blogging (let’s call it a sabbatical, shall we? It sounds more dignified that way) might give the impression that I’ve vanished, but, in fact, I’m just a soon-to-be published author who is…not so great…at taking on all that encompasses. You see, getting a publishing deal, especially a multi-book deal, doesn’t mean you can just kick back and say “Whew! Done!” It’s more like “And now the real work begins!” There are rewrites, edits, sequels to write…the list goes on. And on. It’s awesome. And scary. And nerve-wracking. And awesome.

Not that I’m complaining, because wouldn’t that be obnoxious? I count my lucky stars every day, and as my release now makes its rapid approach, I find myself still in awe of how incredibly fortunate I am to have this opportunity.

So now I’m gearing up for the “What the heck do I do now?” phase of my publishing journey. I have to get myself out there. Schedule signings and appearances, start helping with the promotion of my book, figure out how many ARCs I’ll actually need, come up with contests and giveaways…

And blog. My poor, neglected blog.

So here I am, with a promise that I will, starting now, get back into the swing of things.

There are lots of exciting things to come, so I hope you’ll join me!