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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A New Book Deal, A New Pen Name, A New Website!

I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that I'm going to be published again! The brilliant Marissa Grossman at Razorbill (Penguin Random House) has acquired, at auction, my YA fantasy duology, to be published in Spring 2020. The books are set in an ancient world, and the first follows sixteen-year-old Zahru, who is chosen as a human sacrifice in a dangerous race across the desert between the king’s three heirs. A sequel will follow in 2021. You can already add the first book on Goodreads here!

You might be saying, "Um, Nat, I believe it was Natalie Mae who sold these books, not N.K. Traver ..." and you would be correct. That's because publishing is a mysterious and ever-changing beast, and because these books are historical fantasy, not cyberthrillers like DUPLICITY. Thus my agent and I decided we'd market these under a completely new name. This change of name will also be reflected in my sparkly new website that looks like it actually belongs in this century and not the 90's! Check it out when you have a chance - it will actually work on your phone now!

A new website and pen name also means I'll be retiring this site in favor of http://nataliemaebooks.com. If you're subscribed to blog posts here, you will need to resubscribe at the new site in order to keep getting updates. Which I really hope you'll do, because future emails will contain exciting exclusive content like character reveals, preorder giveaways, cover sneak peeks, and of course news from me about my writing and my books.

Thank you a million for supporting me thus far. This will be my last post on this blog, but I hope you'll continue to follow along at the new site as I head into my next adventure.

Until then -

Thursday, June 28, 2018

News On The Horizon...

If you've been fretting the Dragon did me in since the last post, FEAR NOT, because that thing I said I was very excited about? I'm going to have news about it soon. I can't reveal what this news is yet, but I promise it will be worth it. It's pretty much the biggest thing that's happened in my career thus far.

I'm hoping to be able to reveal by the end of the year, but if you want to be on the cutting edge of things, you can sign up for my newsletter. Subscribers will be the first to know the juicy details, and privy to some pre-tty sweet exclusive stuff going forward.

Hold on to your hats, kids. This journey is far from over ...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Yes, I'm Still Alive

Sorry for the recent silence. Things have been a bit hectic since The Dragon entered my life last March (thusly named as she is an expert in demolition of building blocks, stacking bowls, and clean rooms in general. And she growls):

The Dragon luring you in with an innocent look

The Dragon destroying everything you thought you loved

BUT REST ASSURED that when The Dragon sleeps, I am writing you something new. And I'm very excited about it. I hope to have some news by the end of the year, but until then, I'll be on a bit of a blog hiatus. If you're missing me, you can find me on Twitter in the meantime.

Until then -

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Debuting 101: Everything In-Between

Finishing up the Debuting 101 series I planned on finishing in, oh, February (oops), here are the final three questions about what happens after you sell a book:

What's the process after the sale and before the book comes out? 

You would think the first thing that happens after the sale of a book is a contract. But oh, you patient writer, you'll be waiting for that for months yet. You're much more likely to received your edit letter in that time, anywhere from a few weeks to a few months after the deal is finalized. When you receive said edits, you'll be given a deadline to return them. Then you might go through another round of edits, depending on your editor, or your editor might send you this magical little file called [your book title]_FINAL.doc and fireworks will go off, birds will sing your name and stars will align in the shape of your title as you realize this thing you wrote is done. For reals. Forever.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Debuting 101: Expectations

Continuing my Debuting 101 series, here are the questions I received about expectations and writing while marketing:

How to retain creative drive while promoting a book?

Individual strategies may vary, but for me, it's keeping a routine. I always write in the morning, and only after my hours are up do I allow myself to obsess about things like my next marketing post or Twitter. This is much easier to do if I physically turn off the internet. Otherwise I'm too tempted to check Amazon or Goodreads and Google posts like this very blog topic in an effort to figure out if I'm on the right track.

I'll be honest - the more time I spend away from social media, the more energized and creative I feel. The internet is full of distractions, and you're bound to come across a triggering news story or someone who just wrote 10,000 words in three hours or any number of things that raise your stress levels. If you're worrying about those things, you aren't worrying about your writing.

What realistic, unexpected (not necessarily bad) things should we be prepared for?

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