IN WHICH I ANNOUNCE I’LL BE A PUBLISHED AUTHOR!!

Warning: this post will contain MASSIVE amounts of excessive exclamation marks and capital letters.

Guys, I am thrilled to announce that my YA mystery/thriller will be published by Sourcebooks!!

So back in 2012, November, I ventured out of my Fantasy-shaped cave and wrote a mystery/thriller novel. I wrote it in 14 days. And I will shameless admit to you, the whole world, that it was terrible. Like, god-awful. (It’s a lot better now, I promise.) Then, after I rewrote the story entirely, I uploaded it to my Wattpad account, and entered it into the Wattys 2013, where it was chosen by the Sourcebooks team for editorial feedback and possible publication.

A little while later, I was offered a contract, and honestly, I couldn’t think of better people to publish my novel!

A MASSIVE shoutout to everyone on Wattpad, and to those asking whether the novel would be published… you now have an answer!!

A FEW POINTS:

  • If you noticed in the tags, yes, there’s been a title change!! The Sweetest Sorrows of Ava Hale was waaaaay too similar to another YA book out there, and the wonderful people at Sourcebooks came up with Frayed. And, okay, I’ll confess, I wasn’t 100% sold on it when I first heard it — but the more I think about it, the more I realize just how damn PERFECT it is for the novel. So right now, I’m absolutely in love with the title.
  • It’ll be out June 2016! (Which is scary close when you think about it.)
  • There aren’t any Goodreads/Amazon, etc. links yet, but as soon as I do have them, you will, too.
  • I’VE SEEN A COVER CONCEPT. And it. Is. Beautiful. I can’t wait to share it with you.
  • As of now, Frayed will be available in the US only, but maybe, fingers crossed, hopefully, it’ll find a home in Australia.

SO. Three years later after finishing That Terrible First Draft, it’s happening!!!

186 thoughts on “IN WHICH I ANNOUNCE I’LL BE A PUBLISHED AUTHOR!!

  1. OMG, KARA, THAT’S AWESOME!!! I’m so happy for you! Let me know when it’s available in the UK and I’ll make sure to buy it. Congratulations!

  2. THAT’S ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Congrats, Kara! Heh, you’ve suddenly inspired me to get more serious with my writing. But for reals, I can’t wait to read it!

  3. YOUR HAPPINESS IS MAKING ME MORE HAPPY AND I’M ALREADY HAPPY!! I’ve heard so many stories of how difficult it is to get a book published so I am so very glad that you got this beautiful chance to see your book in print *_* can’t wait to see the finished cover and ahhh I wish I visited the US so I could get it but I have a friend who can send it to me wow September 2016 is hella close~

  4. OH MY GOD THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Congratulations! :D Won’t lie, I’m like super jealous, but this is SO COOL! You deserve the success, congratulations!!

  5. OMG KARA I AM SOOOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS TIMES A ZILLION LOVELY!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 HURRY UP AND PUT THE DETAILS ON GOODREADS SO I CAN PUT IT ON MY HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SHELF!!! ;) OMG WHY CAN'T 2016 HURRY UP ALREADY??!!

    CONGRATS AGAIN, LOVE!!

  6. AHHHHHHH CONGRATULATIONS KARA!!!! This is pure awesomeness. Not just super-good kind of awesome, but awe-inducing kind of awesome. Let me know when it’s available because I’m definitely reading it!

  7. OMG KARA THIS IS AWESOME. I am so, so excited for you! I’ve loved reading your posts as you worked on Frayed, and I can’t wait to see it in a finished copy. I will pre-order the second that there are links! AHH THIS IS SO EXCITING!!! If there’s anything I can help you with, LET ME KNOW!

  8. OH MY GOSH CONGRATS. That’s so wonderful to hear! Like, SUPER AMAZING. Your entire face must hurt from smiling so much because I don’t think I’d ever stop smiling at that news. <3

  9. KJASDLKFAWHELF AHHHHH!!! CONGRATULATIONS!
    That’s fantastic news!! Definitely hoping it gets published in Australia so we can all give it a read too! :D

  10. KARA, KARA, KARAAAAAA! This is the best post I’ve seen all week and I am so, SO happy for you–congratulations! I AM HUGGING YOU THROUGH MY LAPTOP RIGHT NOW I WANT TO BE THERE IN AUSSIE TO HUG YOU IN REAL LIFE ASDFGHJKL! <3

    On a more serious note, I totally can't wait to read Frayed!

  11. WHAT!?!?! Omfg congrats girl this is HUGE <33 Honestly I feel so honored to know a fellow blogger who has gone onto actually getting a publishing deal and whose book I'LL BE ABLE TO READ MYSELF FKLJDKLJKLSDJ. That's so exciting (: I hope Frayed will find its way to Canada so I can experience it for myself. It must be super cool to be a part of the whole publishing process, from like title brainstorming and cover creation ahhhhh. Congrats again Kara <33

  12. AHHH! KARA! CONGRATULATIONS! You 100% deserve it! <3 That is amazing, and you must be over the moon right now! <33 I am so glad to hear that! I can't wait for it to release so I can run and get my copy. ;) I'm sure it will be absolutely amazing.

  13. ZOMG SO MUCH CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU ARE SO AMAZING!! WHOOOOOO! *SHOWERS YOU WITH CONFETTI AND CAKE* I seriously cannot wait to read this. :’) I’m so happy for you!!

  14. OMG KARA SO MUCH CONGRATULATIONS. This sounds absolutely amazing, and I’m super happy and excited for you! *heaps cake and confetti and other congratulatory items* Seriously, this is fabulous, and I can’t wait to hear more about it!

  15. OMG OMG! KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARA!
    Ohhhh poppet, this is absolutely incredible! I’m completely lost for words, I’m just THAT excited for you. All that hard work and hours slogging over the keys is finally paying off. Do you think we might be able to still buy it on Kindle, or import a copy from the US? This is absolutely amazing Kara. Congratulations sweetheart <3

  16. YES! YES! YES! I’m JUMPING AROUND JUST FOR YOU!!! OMG!!!! I’M SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! :D :D :D This calls for a party or our version of partying which is a huge book buying trip!!!!

  17. OMFG KARA I ALREADY SAID ON TWITTER BUT OMG I’LL SAY IT AGAIN BECAUSE IT IS WORTH ALL THE CONGRATS IN THE WORLD. I CANNOT WAIT TO READ YOUR BOOK!

  18. OH my goodness congratulations! This is incredible! Congratulations congratulations congratulations! (And I can’t wait to see that cover!) xxx

  19. OH MY DAYS CONGRATULATIONS!!!! When I read the title in my inbox I was like WHAT?! This is so AMAZING. You must be so chuffed oh my gosh I can’t wait for the book to come out, and it’s sad that it’s only in the USA (I REALLY want to read it!) but wow. Wow oh wow oh wow. I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE COVER. :D

  20. Congrats! This is amazing! It’s also awesome that you like the cover art! Sometimes you end up getting stuck with something that’s not so nice.

    Can’t wait to hear more!

  21. OH MY GOOOOOD
    OH MY GOOOOOOOOOD

    I AM SUPER DUPER EVER EVER THRILLED FOR YOU KARA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am so happy of this news!!! You are the epitome of having a dream come true, seriously :D It’s also one of my dreams to be published (even if I don’t have a finished story yet), so this pleases me so much.

    GOOD LUCK AND I CAN’T WAIT TO HOLD A BOOK WITH YOUR NAME ON IT!!!!

    Faye at The Social Potato

  22. Congrats! That’s amazing news! And that’s so cool you won a contest on watpad and got a publisher thanks to that. If your publisher doesn’t do a cover reveal for you, please let me know as I offer free cover reveals with Lola’s Blog Tours :).

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