Monday, April 28, 2014

DELIVER ME Launch Day and Kindle Giveaway

I've looked forward to this day for a LONG, LONG TIME!!! To celebrate the launch of DELIVER ME, I'm giving away one of my favorite things: an Amazon Kindle (rafflecopter entry form below). 

But between all the partying and giveaways, I wanted to spend a little time remembering all the moments that have led up to this.

Ten-year-old me: Brought my navy-blue notebook to school almost every day during fourth grade and spent all my free time penning (and illustrating) my very first novel.

Sixteen-year-old me: Precocious and sometimes a bit of a slacker in English class.  When I didn't finish reading For Whom the Bell Tolls, I thought I'd just make up the essay questions (because I could write a book as well as Hemingway, right?).

Twenty-year-old me: Started writing my first non-grade-school novel. Brought my clipboard with my printed manuscript everywhere I went. Hmmm, maybe not so different from 10-year-old me. 

Twenty-one-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight-nine-year old me: Kept writing. Wrote short stories and essays and poems. Tried writing a novel in three days for the Three-Day-Novel-Writing-Competition-- twice!. Realized how good it felt to finish.

Thirty-year-old me: Went to conferences. Wrote and illustrated picture books. Mailed them out. Got rejections. Kept writing. Tried writing a middle grade novel.

Thirty-one-year-old me: Started writing another middle grade novel. Finished it. Tried querying. Got many rejections. Kept writing.

Thirty-two-year-old me: Kept writing. Wrote a YA novel. Got my first essay published.

Thirty-three-year-old me:  Tried Querying. Found an agent to who fell in love with my story. Went on submission. Got a lot of rejections. Almost got an offer. Almost. Wrote another YA novel.

Thirty-four-year-old me: Went on submission. Got a lot of rejections. Some almosts. Published my first short-story. Wrote another Middle grade novel.

Thirty-five-year-old me: Went on submission. Got a lot of rejections. Some almosts. Wrote another YA novel. Finally, finally, after all those rejections got a yes! And another yes!

Thirty-six-year-old me: Editing. Editing. Almost finished another Middle Grade novel. And now this.THIS!!! 

Future me: Kept writing. Kept writing. Kept writing....



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11 comments:

  1. Wish I could go back and see that 10-year-old again!

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  2. Congrats on your launch! I wish you the best ... and I just bought my copy! So excited to read it. :)

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    1. Thank you, Margo!!!! I really hope you enjoy it :)

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  3. Bought a copy, congratulations Kate!

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    1. Thanks for buying it, Jennifer!!! Let me know what you think of it :)

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  4. Kate, I appreciate this writing life recap post. It's fun to picture the parts I don't know about you and remember the times I've seen you in action as a writer. I am taking my newly purchased copy of "Deliver Me" on my iPad into bed right now. I can't wait! Sorry I missed the group buy time--I saw it too late. I tried the UK store but ended up on the US store as the only place to complete the purchase. I can see your title, though, in Germany and the UK. Way cool.

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    1. And when you read all the way to the end, you'll find your name in the acks! Thanks for always being such a great support!!!!

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    2. Kate, I've read "Deliver Me", reviewed you on Amazon, and blogged about your book: http://chapterthis.blogspot.de/2014/05/one-of-pleasures-of-knowing-writers.html And it hasn't even been 24 hours yet since I bought it. A nice way to spend a holiday. Let me know if anything I wrote either place sounds weird--I'm open to feedback.

      I admit the first thing I did when I opened the Kindle table of contents was see the list of chapters followed by acknowledgments. Touch links being what they are, I clicked on the "acks". I was touched to see my name right there! I have been honored to cheerlead and will continue to do so!

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    3. I'm absolutely blown away, Mary!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!

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  5. More than my pleasure, Kate!!

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