A year in review…
How do you best celebrate an amazing journey that you never envisioned you would be on in the first place?
It has been a little over a year since the release of my debut novel, Soul Reborn. I’ve looked back over the last year and a half and remembered all the hurdles I encountered from start to finish. And, most importantly, those days of growth as a writer.
So where did this all start?
I had pitched the manuscript at PRO Camp by the Fantasy Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA. I had three lines to sell my book over an internet chat. I saved those three lines and the editor’s response to them. (Yes, I was very green back then, so don’t laugh too hard) The working title was originally Lion’s Flower. So glad we changed it to Soul Reborn J
My Pitch: The present day world has been infested with revens, the human undead, infected by a curse of the Egyptian goddess Kepi, and the Nehebkau huntresses, led by Lilly Carrigan, are the only force that stands between the revens and their food source, living humans. In her desperate pursuit to find a cure for the curse that she accidentally released when she touched the goddess’ tomb, Lilly sells her body and soul to Asar, the Underworld god. Tortured and left soulless by the goddess, Asar is intent on killing those responsible for his suffering, but little does he know that includes the beautiful huntress who has stolen his heart.
The editors response: Anyone who knows me can tell you how much I detest zombies, but they’re not the love interests in your book (YA is swimming with those), so YAY! I read your pitch three times before I understood the gist of your book, so definitely look at simplifying.
I’m intrigued by your first 100 words, however, and would like to see more. Please send your full ms.
I laugh every time I read her response. I remember thinking at least I got a request and so glad she was willing to give me a chance (zombies and all). I sent in my manuscript and began to chew what was left of my nails. Well, I didn’t have to wait long. I received this email 24 hours later:
Thank you for submitting the first book in your KEY TO THE CURSE series.
You certainly delivered on your promise of no zombie love
interests–what a fantastic story! I loved everything about it, from
the chemistry between Lilly and Asar to the heated battles to the
secondary characters. I may have just become your biggest fan
The promise of Kendra and Kit finding their soul mates (Bakari and
Kamen, right? Though I’m hoping for a little friendly competition from
Bomani in Kendra’s case…) in addition to how much I love this book
only seals my decision. Crescent Moon Press would love to offer you
a publishing contract.
The ironic part of this whole experience is I received a rejection letter on the same day as Crescent Moon Press’ contract offer. I have both letters framed side by side in my office to remind myself, not only of where I came from, but as writers we don’t give up even in the face of rejection. I am so glad that Crescent Moon Press took a chance on me and what a journey it has been. But, now that I had a contract the hard work wasn’t over…
In celebration of my 1st year of publication and Soul Reborn, it is on sale for a limited time for $.99 (normally $6.99) on All Romance Ebooks, July 1-15, 2012. Plus, there will be additional giveaways at the following blog posts dedicated to my publication journey:
To see more of my journey over the next two weeks, visit my blog Wicked Romance.
The first 6 months: I have a contract. NOW WHAT?
Book Release: OMG, Am I ready for this?
Featured Author: My first conference and Book Signing. Is that Lara Adrian?
Writing: The story continues, Book II
Jean Murray was born and raised in a small town on the east coast. In her pursuit of a nursing degree, she aspired to see the world and joined the Navy. One of the benefits of her membership in the Armed Forces, she has had the opportunity to travel and live in different parts of the world and the United States. Her travels abroad have given her the opportunity to experience different cultures. It inspired her to delve into Ancient Egyptian myths and legends for her debut novel, Soul Reborn, book 1 in the Key to the Cursed series from Crescent Moon Press, now available.
Web Address: www.jean-murray.com ; www.keytothecursed.com
Blog Address: www.wickedromance.wordpress.com
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Book Trailers: http://www.youtube.com/user/KeytotheCursed/videos