Monday, October 8, 2018

{Blog Tour} WAR OF THE WILTED by Amber Mitchell—Guest Post + Giveaway

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War of the Wilted
by Amber Mitchell


Like flowers denied water, people are wilting under the emperor's tyranny.


Rose will not rest until the Gardener is dead. But there are bigger battles to fight, and Rayce—leader of the rebellion and the only man Rose has ever loved—believes their best chance at winning the war is to join forces with her sworn enemy. 

Saving innocent people is more important than her quest for revenge. But their new ally can’t be trusted—and he knows her darkest secret. One betrayal could leave the war and Rayce’s life hanging in the balance, and Rose will need to make the ultimate sacrifice to save them all.

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• Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
• Publisher: Engtangled Teen
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by Amber Mitchell

ROAD TO PUBLICATION


The first time I ever considered the next logical step after writing a book was to get is published, I was 15. That was almost 16 years ago now. When I looked up what that meant exactly, there was a decent amount of information about publishing that all pointed me to getting an agent. I spent the next few years writing a fantasy tome (and I say tome because it was over 250k words) that will thankfully never see the light of day. I worked all through college to find my voice, find my genre, find the book that would help me land an agent.

By the time I finally accomplished my goal, it was 2014, nearly eleven years after I had decided to try to find an agent. During that time I had finished and shelved six novels and was sending out queries for my seventh completed novel, Garden of Thorns. I entered several query contests that were just starting to grow popular at the time, but all the request ended up going nowhere by the end. I had almost given up and was grappling with the fact that this book that I felt was the best thing I could produce was going to have to be shelved too. To be honest, I was a little heartbroken and was considering just giving up altogether. We were at a hotel, getting ready to attend a huge comic convention when I got a request for a full. I sent it without much hope and almost forgot about it until I happened to wake up early on April Fools of all days and saw an email that said “Offer of Representation”. I couldn’t believe I was reading those incredible words on April Fools of all days.

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I had gotten an agent! And not just any agent, but an amazing one at that! We’ve been working together since I accepted her offer in 2014 and she has truly been such a great advocate for my writing. Not to mention, she placed me with the perfect editor for my story!

After some work, we sent out my book with all the hope in the world and then there was… more waiting. Luckily, I had read a lot of author blogs and expected this wait. Every near miss was another heartbreak and I started to grow a little downtrodden. I received an email  from my agent at another convention (my husband and I have a home business where we make papercraft shadowboxes and sell them at conventions) almost a year later saying that one editor had sent back an R&R and that if I agreed with her suggestions, I would need to rework my novel.

As it turns out, I agreed with them all. But I have to admit here, that I was also scared. I was scared of digging in again and possibly still getting rejected. I set to work on the extensive edits and took my time, putting everything I had in them. It took me almost a year to complete them because I wanted these edits to be perfect. I sent this new version of my manuscript in and then it was back to waiting.

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But I did follow this editor on twitter and would check up every once in a while just to see if she happened to tweet anything cryptic. Maybe I would get a clue? It couldn’t hurt. And even if she didn’t or she passed, she had helped me tremendously with this story.

A few months later, I happened to send an email to my agent just checking in to see if there had been any news and I got an email stating she was out of the office. Imagine my surprise when an hour later, the editor I’d followed mentioned on twitter that she had sent off an offer to an author’s agent and gotten a similar reply and that she was waiting to hear back too!

Now I was freaking out, calling my husband to see if the circumstances seemed too similar and checking my email every minute. A little bit later, my agent got back to me with the good news. I was the author the editor had been referring to!

Entangled Teen wanted to publish Garden of Thorns after so much time and a massive revision! And not only that, but the offering editor, Lydia Sharp, completely understood my book and characters. Ever since accepting their offer, I’ve known that Lydia was the perfect choice for my story. No one has understood what I was trying to do like they have and I couldn’t be happier! That novel came out in 2017 and its sequel, War of the Wilted, has just released.

My journey took a lot of years and multiple books, but it allowed me to become a stronger writer and for my series to find the right home. 

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Amber Mitchell was born and raised in a small town in Florida. After briefly escaping small town life by attending the University of South Florida where she earned her degree in Creative Writing, she decided to ditch traffic jams and move back to her hometown. There she writes Young Adult novels, usually with a bit of magic in them, rolls D20s with her friends on Thursday nights and enjoys hanging out with her husband and four cats. Her other job involves crafting cardstock in to 3D art and has allowed her to travel all over the US vending at comic conventions which has only increased her love for fantasy and fandoms. She is represented by Nikki Terpilowski of Holloway Literature

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