Here's a blurb from Goodreads:
Raised by Wanderers, sixteen-year-old Tal travels the roads of the southern wild in her Chevy by day and camps in her tent trailer at night. Hustling, conning, and grifting her way into just enough cash to save her fifteen-year-old brother, Wen, from bare-knuckle fighting was once enough to keep her dreams of traveling the whole world at bay. Everything changes when the Wanderers set up camp in a little town called Cedar Falls.
There, Spencer Sway, a boy Tal tried to hustle at a game of billiards, keeps popping up into her life—and worst of all—into her scams. Buttoned-up, starched-and-ironed Spencer talks of places where Tal’s truck can’t take her. His promises of traveling across oceans are almost enough to shatter her love of the Wanderer life.
When a boy shows up at camp, ready to make good on a nearly-forgotten arranged marriage to Tal, Tal and Wen make a pact: No matter the cost, they will use their limitless skills of grift to earn the bride price and buy back her future—even if Spencer Sway gets used along the way.
Now here's Jessica!
The Best Parts of a Not-So-Easy Pre-Debut Journey
Wandering Wild will officially be published tomorrow! After several years spent with this book, I almost can’t believe those words. I’m overwhelmed that after all my struggles, I also have two books publishing through Dial/Penguin in the next two years, starting with a contemporary novel, A Map for Lost Girls. Now that Wandering Wild is finally making its way into the world, I’ve been reflecting on the time it took to get to this point.
We assume that everything gets easy once you’ve sold a book. What nobody prepared me for was that Wandering Wild’s original publisher, Egmont, would close only a few months before my book was supposed to hit the shelves, leaving my book orphaned. Sky Pony and my original editor luckily came to my rescue, but it meant a long delay in my process. Now that a lot of the sadness and frustration are behind me, I’ve realized how grateful I am that my path to publication was a little longer and more winding than most of my writing friends. During my less-than-ideal pre-debut years, I’ve learned many valuable lessons. Most writing careers struggle to take off and all have lulls, so here are my glass-is-half-full reflections on what you can gain through your struggles.
1. You Meet Amazing People Along the Way
The best part of my slow publishing process is the many writing-community friends I’ve made along the way. Navigating the publishing world alone would not only be lonely but stressful. When I need answers to publishing questions that Google can’t provide, it’s a relief that advice is only an email or text away. Most importantly, during my roughest times, my friends have provided invaluable support and encouragement.
2. There are Benefits to Everyone Else Going First
A lot of people have asked me if it was hard watching my friends find success first. The answer is
3. Extra Time to Focus on Your Craft—It’s the Only Thing You Can Control
The most important lesson I’ve learned over the years is that there’s only one thing we can control in this business—the quality of our work. Because of contractual obligations or only being able to submit one project at a time, I’ve had a lot of time to devote to craft. These waiting periods have helped me to avoid the problem of rushing off a draft too early and have allowed me the time to produce my best work and become a better writer.
4. It Affords You the Time and Opportunity to Learn the Business
When I started writing, I had a limited understanding that agents sell books—and that’s where my knowledge of the business ended. By having a lot of time to learn and many friends willing to teach, my knowledge has grown exponentially—I now have a working understanding of royalty statements, foreign rights, film options, the role of an agent (beyond selling a book), and so much more. With three books coming into the world soon, I’m grateful to go into the process with more reasonable expectations and a clearer definition of what success means to me.
5. You Become the Person Everyone is Rooting For
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Here's what's coming up:
Here's what's coming up:
On Wednesday editor L. Diane Wolfe from Lemur Press and Freedom Fox Press will be doing a guest post with a five page critique
Next Monday I have an interview with debut author Roshani Chokshi and a giveaway of her YA multicultural fantasy THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN
Wednesday next week I have an agent spotlight interview and query critique giveaway with Ronnie Ann Herman.
The following Monday follower Jessica Lawson will be back with her agent Tina Wexler with a guest post and query critique giveaway by Tina and a giveaway of WAITING FOR AUGUSTA, Jessica's new MG contemporary.
Hope to see you on Wednesday!