So, I’ve got this Y.A. novel that’s been around the block. By which I mean that ROXY went out and got herself published, saw the inside of a few bookstores and then, alas, returned home to roost. You know the story.
Maybe you, too, have a work-in-hibernation.
Well, recently, it occurred to my wee imagination that perhaps I should give her a second life. A re-launch, complete with a new cover.
And so, announcing:
ROXY, the eBook.
It makes sense, doesn’t it? An e-launch. You be the judge.
MY TOP 5 REASONS FOR SENDING ROXY BACK INTO THE BOOKWORLD
1. NEW AUDIENCE
Think about it. Every year, millions of brand new teenagers are born. Born hungry. Hungry for good stories. So, how good is ROXY?
2. THE REVIEWS
“The setting for this book is electric, full of colour, sweet smells, heat and dizzying heights,” and: “Reece has crafted a coming of age tale which should be sad and painful but instead is spirited.”
Kudos like that convinced me that ROXY was worth another shot.
“Roxy is a delightful character, self-deprecating, full of common sense and determination.”
Likeable but edgy, Roxy shows us the kind of determination it takes to make a dent in this world, and thereby straighten it out.
“Highly recommended for your teenagers, but don’t miss out, read it yourself first.”
Which got me thinking. If ROXY appeals equally to adults, then Y.A. may be missing the mark. Was Stand by Me a “young adult” story? What is “Y.A”, anyway? It’s not a genre, it’s an age-group.
3. MY HEROINE IS NO KID
Roxy is a 17-year-old woman whose search for the truth shows her that her life has been a fraud. When that happens—in fact no less than in fiction—we find ourselves suddenly and unexpectedly on the verge of life. Is that a new genre—“verge of life”?
Forget, “young adult”. ROXY is a “coming-of-age/adventure story”.
As one library media specialist wrote: “Many readers will continue to consider Roxy long after the last page is turned.”
4. THE INTERNET
Three years ago, I had no author platform from which to meet writers and readers. And while this blog isn’t exactly The Huffington Post, a few hundred people will read this. God willing, a few may spread the word.
At ROXY’s original launch…wait a minute!—she never had a launch party.
5. ROXY the eBOOK COSTS LESS.
Although she launches officially next Thursday the 13th, ROXY already shows up in the Kindle Store. Do you know anyone for whom the “verge of life” strikes a fearful chord? Maybe ROXY is for them…I mean you.
Maybe your own forgotten novel is ready for another trip around the block.