Today’s post is Guest Author Vanessa Barneveld and my stop of tour for Under the Milky Way Organized; Chapter by Chapter and Entangled Teen. Tour wide giveaway with details and complete tour schedule at the end of this post.
Road to Publication – Vanessa Barneveld
Thank you for helping me celebrate the release of UNDER THE MILKY WAY!
You know that saying “We can do this the easy way or we can do this the hard way”? On my road to publication, I did everything the hard way. The journey began last century. (I’m serious!) I was in my early teens, devouring a YA book a day, when I realizedI wanted to be a writer. More than a decade later, I joined Romance Writers of Australia. I finished my first novel, a 110,000-word adult romance. It was nothing short of terrible. However, I proved to myself that I could write an entire book. The book featured a flashback in which my main characters were dating in high school. Writing that scene was pure joy. I knew my heart was in YA.
I set about writing a witchy YA paranormal. I began submitting to literary agents. Over one hundred rejections later – yes, I’m serious! – the book was plucked out of the slush pile by an assistant at Writers House. This assistant become my wonderful agent and champion, Beth. The book came close to being acquired by an editor but didn’t sell, though it was nominated for a Golden Heart Award in 2009. My next book, a ghostly YA paranormal, came close to being acquired by an editor but didn’t sell, though it was nominated for a Golden Heart Award in 2010. The next book after that, a ghostly YA paranormal called THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE, was nominated for a Golden Heart Award in 2014. And…it sold as an e-book and audiobook. Huzzah!
Fast-forward through a few difficult years. Through it all, I continued working on various stories, one of which was a UFO book that my late mother would have loved. I’m incredibly thrilled to say it was acquired by Entangled Publishing, and it’s now available in print as UNDER THE MILKY WAY!
So my road to publication was a little rocky, but it helped me appreciate the destination even more.
Thank you so much for being here today!
UNDER THE MILKY WAY is out now in paperback and e-book from Entangled Teen.
Under the Milky Way
by Vanessa Barneveld
Publication Date: August 10, 2021
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Nothing ever happens in Dawson, Colorado.
Until high school senior Cassidy Roekiem’s mom checks into a “wellness center,” but nothing is wrong with her.
Then people start seeing lights in the sky and missing chunks of time, but the town insists nothing is going on.
And now Hayden, the new boy at school who keeps to himself and is more than a little mysterious, starts to notice her like it’s nothing out of the ordinary.
Suddenly, “nothing” is starting to feel a whole lot like something. And everything leads back to Hayden. The boy she’s starting to fall for. The boy with too many dark secrets for his kind heart. The boy she’s pretty sure isn’t human…
Australian Vanessa Barneveld lives in a 19th-century house in inner-city Sydney with a 21st-century husband, two eccentric cats and one ghost—all of whom provide inspiration for her spirited novels. In addition to her writing career, she’s part of a crack team that produces closed captions for deaf TV viewers and audio descriptions for the blind. An avid traveler, she enjoys the journeys almost as much as the destinations. She freely admits to being food motivated and will stop at nothing to find the perfect hot chips wherever she roams around the world.
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Vanessa Barneveld lives in a 19th-century house in inner-city Sydney, Australia, with a 21st-century husband, two eccentric cats and one ghost—all of whom provide inspiration for her spirited novels. She’s part of a crack team that produces closed captions for deaf TV viewers and audio descriptions for the blind. And, yes, that means she gets to watch TV all. day. long.