One of my readers named Sarah recently started a twitition on Twitter for The Howling Heart. She loved the story and feels it should be published. She’s promoted my novel in the past on deviantART and she told me she tweeted about it too. She sent one tweet to Alex Pettyfer Source and they RTed it to their almost 4,000 followers! That was very unexpected. I wrote this post so Sarah knows how much I appreciate her support and enthusiasm.
I have to give a huge THANK YOU to Signe again for all the promoting she’s done for my novel The Howling Heart. She shares my dream to have it published. I hope it happens one day because I really owe her a free signed copy. Even if it’s just an e-book. I will print it out, sign it, and mail it to her all the way to Denmark. She recently recommended it to best-selling author Rachel Caine by way of Twitter. Rachel read some of my story, and Signe told me she had this to say:
I read a quick sample of the book you recommended and I very much like the style and craft of the writer but Authorhouse is NOT good. It is a pay-to-play publisher, highly disreputable in publishing. Seek traditional publisher or go Kindle. I say this in CONFIDENCE because Authorhouse sues critics to protect their business model, which makes $$ from authors, not book sales.
I can’t believe she liked it. I’m never self-publishing again, so Author House was never a consideration for my second novel. I used them to publish my first novel A Rose to the Fallen. I do think it’s too bad the 60+ agents and traditional publishers I queried didn’t agree with Rachel or the many readers who have told me how much they enjoyed my novel. Anyway, thanks again, Signe! ♥
Since The Howling Heart is unpublished and not an official book, I can’t send it to book review sites. But I’m happy some of my readers have blogs and post book reviews. I think I have my first review from Fallen in books. The admin, Simina, doesn’t usually post her reviews in English, but she did for mine which I appreciate. She gave The Howling Heart 5 out of 5! I’m so glad she enjoyed my novel and took the time to tell people about it. Thanks again, Simina!
I knew I would be making this announcement, though I’m kind of late. I just learned that last month Dorchester Publishing closed its doors. They were the last publisher I was waiting for to make a decision. In March 2011 (one month after I started trying to get it published), I predicted my second novel would never get published, so I’m not surprised this is the final outcome. I know some of you have been waiting to hear news about The Howling Heart getting officially published. Well, you don’t have to wait anymore. I’ve already explained why I’m never self-publishing again, so that’s not an option for me. I don’t have much else to say and I’m not going to write a long post, but I am going to update my Biography and FAQ’s now.
I have to give a big shout out and THANK YOU to a young woman I met on deviantART named Signe. She read The Howling Heart and gave it an awesome review. It’s her new favorite book. I’ve said before that’s one of the ultimate compliments I can get from a reader. I appreciate her spreading the word about my book. I also saw that she posted about The Howling Heart on a Facebook fanpage for Alex Pettyfer. I told her if my second novel ever gets published in print, I will mail her a free signed copy. I don’t care that she lives in Denmark. The postage would be worth it. Thanks again, Signe!