So, awesome blogger Windy set up a local ARC tour for EVERNEATH where reviewers could get a chance to read it and post their reviews.
Today, the first review is up over at Sara B. Larson's blog. You can check it out here. Sara is also a writer, and her blog is definitely one you should check out. (That previous sentence was so awkward, what with the preposition at the end and all...)
I'm feeling pensive today. Exactly one year ago yesterday, my awesome agent Michael submitted EVERNEATH to several publishing houses. And exactly one year ago tomorrow, my editor Kristin Daly Rens (KDR) from Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins bought it.
So I've been reflecting on the journey. Here it is by the numbers:
11 months to write the book
4 Major Revisions with my editor. 2 with my agent.
20,000 words added after KDR bought it.
1 apostrophe removed (the original title was EVER'NEATH. The title before that was The Underneath. The title before that was Broken.) Added trivia: Bree Despain came up with the title EVER'NEATH.
5 foreign rights sold (U.K., Australia, Brazil, France, Germany)
1 sequel written
1 main character name change (Nikki's name was originally Nicole. It took me several months before I realized the two MC's were "Cole" and "Nicole". Seriously, Brodi?)
1 EVERNEATH quiz written. Do you go for the "Bad Boy" or the "Good Guy"? Soon you'll be able to take a quiz and find out.
3,320 people who have signed up on Goodreads to read EVERNEATH. So Far. (Okay, that number is just crazy)
1 side character name change. Nikki works at the soup kitchen with a guy who was originally named Joel. There wasn't a problem until Nikki introduced Joel to her bffs Jack and Jules. "Jack, Jules, this is Joel. Joel, this is Jack and Jules." Can you spot the problem? So Joel became Christopher.
I knew I had something with this book because Emily Wing Smith read the entire thing, and she normally doesn't like to read Paranormal.
After I got my agent Michael, we decided to change the ending of the book dramatically and turn it into a series.
Now for the fun part. Would you like a chance to win an EVERNEATH guitar pick necklace?
Here's what you do. Make sure you are a fan of the EVERNEATH Facebook Page.
Next, study this blog post. Over the next few days, I'm going to be asking questions based on this EVERNEATH trivia. I'll post the question on the Everneath Facebook Page. The first three people to answer the question correctly in the comments under the question will get a necklace! It's easy!
Want another entry to win two necklaces plus a signed copy of Emily Wing Smith's BACK WHEN YOU WERE EASIER TO LOVE?
Tweet about the contest!
Wanna win some EVERNEATH swag? Check out @brodiashton 's blog post on EVERNEATH trivia. http://tinyurl.com/3ura7cz
Then let me know you tweeted about it in the comments of this post. You'll get an entry to win two necklaces (there are two types: one with the band and one with the cover) and the signed book.
What do you think? Fun? Boring? Totally awesome?
*I think I might have to limit it to the U.S.