Author Louise Rozett is currently on a blog tour to promote her debut release Confessions of an Angry Girl (Harlequin Teen)! This is stop #6 on her tour. Find out where else you can find her in the blogosphere below this article. Today, we have a post from Louise about her book’s publication journey…
Once upon a time, there was a freelance editor working at Harlequin in a big castle-like building in the middle of one of the busiest, bustling-est cities in the entire world. She was filling in for a senior editor who was out on maternity leave, and the romance novels that needed to be edited were landing on her desk with alarming alacrity. Although the freelance editor was in a near constant state of panic about getting through all of these edits, she was also enjoying herself immensely, and suddenly feeling inspired to finish the novel she’d secretly been working on at home. It had originally been a novel for adults, but something had happened along the way, and the book had magically turned into a YA novel about an angry girl and the mysterious, brooding older boy she has a crush on.
At night, the freelance editor would go home and write…and write…and write. But she wondered, how—oh, how—would she ever get her book into the right hands?
One day, while the freelance editor was giving her tired, sore eyes a break from editing (she wears contacts, and often forgets to blink while she’s reading), she was wandering the Hallowed Halls of Harlequin and met a very lovely editor with long, flowing brown locks and beautiful blue eyes, named Natashya. Natashya had been charged with the magnificent task of heading up a new line at Harlequin, called Harlequin TEEN.
Believe it or not, it didn’t immediately occur to the freelance editor that she should say something to Natashya about the book she was working on. Probably because the freelance editor doesn’t like to impose on people. Or be a pain. Or ask for things. Or…well, you get the picture. But Natashya and the freelance editor became friends and eventually, the freelance editor did open her mouth and say, “Hey, I’m writing a YA book. When I’m done, would you take a look at it?” Natashya, being one of the kindest people in all of publishing, said, “Why, yes! I’d love to. Send it to me when you’re done.”
So the freelance editor did. Or rather, she thought she did. In other words, she sent it to Natashya, but it turns out she wasn’t even close to being done. Out of the kindness of her heart, and as a favor to the freelance editor, Natashya wrote a long, extremely-intimidating-but-exceedingly-helpful email with her thoughts on the book. It took the freelance editor, oh, about a year to figure out how to address the points raised by Natashya, but when she was done, she sent the manuscript back and Natashya then called her and said these magic words: “I’d like to buy your book.” It was a glorious moment that the freelance editor had previously only experienced in her dreams.
And that, my dears, is what happened when Angry Girl met her Fairy Godmother. Keep the faith, writers—there’s an editorial Fairy Godmother out there for all of us.
Follow the rest of the Confessions of an Angry Girl blog tour:
Monday, August 27th – Pure Imagination – The Angry Girl Posse
Tuesday, August 28th Book Birthday – Book and a Latte “Seeing Rose from Jamie’s PoV”
Wednesday, August 29th - Emilie’s Book World – “The Angry Girls Origin”
Friday, August 31th – The Book Cellar – Hearing Voices
Monday, September 3rd – Supernatural Snark
Friday, September 7th – Fictional Distraction
About the Book:
Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make.…
2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine.
3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and “seeing red” means being angry—get it?)
Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.
(Don’t know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)
(Sorry. That was rude.)
About the Author:
Louise Rozett is an author, a playwright, and a recovering performer. She is making her YA debut with Confessions of an Angry Girl, published by Harlequin Teen. She lives with her cool boyfriend Alex and awesome dog Lester in one of the world’s greatest literary meccas, Brooklyn. Visit www.Louiserozett.com for more info.