cadlymack reblogged your post and added:Argh, this is embarrassing. So, here’s how that…
OH okay, Sorry if it came off as rude, I was making an observation! Thanks for the explanation! :) I really am excited for the book though! Question though, is it just a standalone or do you have more books planned?
It didn’t come off as rude!
I have a sequel brewing in my brain, but Eternal Night was meant to be a standalone — the story does come to a conclusion, but I think if it does well and people are interested, there are more stories that could be told with the characters that remain.
Went to buy Carina’s new book and saw that Julie Plec, Phoebe Tonkin, and Joseph Morgan did the reviews for it. I literally laughed so hard that I cried. Their opinions on the story do not persuade me to want to read the story at all. She should have at least gotten Colton Haynes so it doesn’t look like all of her reviewers come from The Originals set. Never the less I’m excited to see what the book is all about.
Argh, this is embarrassing. So, here’s how that went down: the marketing team for the book reached out to Phoebe’s manager to see if she’d like to blurb it, and she did. When Phoebe mentioned it to me at a party, Julie overheard, and she offered to blurb it, too — and of COURSE I’d never turn down something like that from someone I admire so much. Josie Angelini, a best-selling YA author who wrote the STARCROSSED trilogy, also blurbed it. (She’s not connected to “The Originals,” and I don’t know her! She’s just a great writer.)
Joe just tweeted about it because he’s a friend and he liked it. I promised him before I even wrote it that I’d get him an early copy, because he gave me an early sneak peek at his film, and in general he’s just been a really supportive and positive force in my life since I met him. He wasn’t asked to do any kind of official blurb. (I did email EVERYONE I KNOW to remind them the book was coming out, though. A lot of people had my back last week. I was so grateful.) The marketing team, I guess, took the quote from his tweet and added it to some of the official material. That doesn’t have anything to do with me, unfortunately. If it did, I would’ve fought it. I don’t want it to seem like a friendly note of support was then hijacked for promo material. So weird.
The only reason I bring this up is because it actually does bug me that “The Originals” is invoked so much in the marketing and promotion of the book, but that’s not something I have control over. I’m proud of the book and if it was up to me, I’d love for it to stand on its own, without “The Originals” being mentioned at all. But Paper Lantern Lit is small, and I’m a first-time author, so they need to do whatever they can do to get the word out there, no matter how uncomfortable it makes me.
I knew that in my bio and such, the show would get mentioned — I work there. If I was still writing for Zap2it, that would be mentioned in my bio, too. And Phoebe was a natural choice for a blurb because we’ve bonded over our book-nerdiness. But the level to which the show has been used as part of the promotion totally wasn’t up to me.
ALL OF THAT TO SAY… I’m really grateful for “The Originals” and I love my job so much it’s annoying, but I never want it to seem like I’m using the show to promote my own endeavors. I just hope the book can stand on its own and that through word-of-mouth, awareness will grow, and eventually, people will talk about it without mentioning the show at all.
I hope you like it.