Road to Publication
by Author Jus Accardo
I grew up obsessed with two things. Books and food.
My grandfather was a master chef and almost every memory I have of him involves being in the kitchen, surrounded by all kinds of yummy things. Bubbling pots of sauce, gorgeous cheesecakes (which I couldn’t eat because I’m deathly allergic to eggs) chicken, beef, fish—just thinking about it all makes my mouth water. When I wasn’t watching him cook, I was reading. And writing. Some of my earliest works include stories drawn out on construction paper about horses and their dog best friends. (I’ve always been obsessed with dogs and horses).
As I got older, my love of food and books grew. I did catering jobs and wrote in my spare time. When it came time to pick a path, I chose food over fiction. I figured it was the responsible choice. Publishing wasn’t a guarantee. Paychecks weren’t steady. But food? Everyone had to eat. I applied and was accepted to the C.I.A (Culinary Institute of America). But, at the last minute, I changed my mind. I passed on my spot at the C.I.A and started writing with the goal of publication. I knew it was risky and I was terrified, but it felt right. I never looked back.
I wrote four full length novels before signing up to do a month-long boot camp at a site called Savvy Authors. It was kind of like NaNo (where you write 50k in one month) only, in July. I had no plans, no expectations. Hell, it wasn’t even until the day before we were supposed to start that I had any idea what I would be writing—and even then, it was only a single scene that came to me while waiting in line to get coffee.
The boot camp started and the story, TOUCH, just kind of exploded. I was obsessed. Every waking minute was spent working, and by the time week three rolled around, I had 70ishk. My first draft.
During August, I did several editing passes (with the help of some awesome crit partners). By the end of that month, I’d sent out my first round of queries. When early September rolled around, I had multiple offers of representation and signed with my first agent. By April, my debut book had an official home. It was a whirlwind and to this day I can so clearly remember the giddiness that came with each new step.
JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.
Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.
Transcendent by Jus Accardo
Transcendent by Jus Accardo
Publication Date: March 2, 2020
Publisher: Entangled Teen
The boy she’d lost, and finally found again, is not the same boy she remembers. As one of the most powerful Sixes, Kale has changed in ways Dez can’t ignore.
He swore he’d never kill, and now he’s out for blood.
He swore he’d never harm her, and now he struggles to control his fatal touch.
They’ve been to hell and back, over and over, but this time they might not survive the fire.
When the truth at the root of the Denazen Corporation’s origins begins to unfold, those behind the scenes will do anything to keep it hidden.
Dez and Kale will be pushed to their breaking point. As long buried secrets come to light, they must fight for their freedom—and each other—as they never have before.
Kale’s destructive power could win the battle, if he doesn’t lose himself to it in the process. Or Dez will be faced with an impossible task—saving the world from the boy she loves.