BOOK TOUR GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: Jaguar Sun by Martha Bourke
Today I am pleased to bring you a guest post from Martha Bourke, the author of Jaguar Sun! But first, a little about the book.
December 21, 2012
Will that fateful day destroy our world, or did the Mayans have something else in mind? Maya Delaney knows. Unfortunately.
Maya Delaney is just an average sixteen-year- old. She’s busy dealing with exams, her soon to be ex-boyfriend and fitting in. But Maya’s got bigger problems. She’s hiding a major secret from her dad and having strange visions she can’t control. In her struggle to figure out who she is, she learns that she is meant to fulfill an ancient Mayan Prophesy and bring forth a New Age on earth. Will the spirit magic Maya wields be enough to defeat Toltec, an evil society bent on keeping her from her destiny? Or will that destiny destroy her?
Ms. Bourke has written a post about the journey of publishing her own novel.
Publishing Jaguar Sun – The Journey
For those who are open-minded about publishing possibilities, there are a lot of decisions to make when you write a book. Nowadays, there are two routes that can be taken: traditional and Indie. This can be a tough decision for a lot of authors. Some writers will start down the traditional road and find it suites them nicely. Others will try it only to find that it’s not for them and go the Indie route. Still many seem to know from the beginning that they want to publish on their own. Some authors choose to do both. It’s really up to the individual author.
Jaguar Sun made the decision for me because the end of the Mayan calendar in December 2012 is part of the plot. It typically takes one to two years for a traditional publisher to release a book. I finished writing the first draft in April 2011. I realized there wouldn’t be enough time for a publishing house to get Jaguar Sun on the market if it were to be accepted. So, I found the door to the traditional route closed to me before I even started.
Indie publishing can certainly be done quickly, but it still has to be done well. And I still had deadlines. I figured I would need to get Jaguar Sun on the market at the very beginning of 2012 as it needed time to find its audience. As I researched the Indie process, I decided that I wanted to contract out for several services because I didn’t have time to learn to do it all myself. I contacted Pedernales Publishing in October and they agreed to look at my manuscript. Pedernales accepts about forty-five percent of the manuscripts it receives. If accepted, they would create my cover and do all necessary formatting for hard copy books, as well as e-books.
Once I was accepted, I also needed to hire a freelance editor for Jaguar Sun. I’m picky. Luckily, I found an editor that’s as picky as I am, but could still make necessary corrections without changing character voice, etc. We started editing at the beginning of November and worked on the manuscript in sections, passing along what was ready to Pedernales. In the meantime, Pedernales was also creating mock cover choices and my website. I couldn’t believe it when I headed to Vermont for the holidays with a January 10th release date. But it was after we returned home that I received the best Christmas gift of all — the first printed copy of Jaguar Sun on the front porch!
About the Author
Martha Bourke grew up in Burlington, Vermont, often considered a hub of “free thinking.” She was encouraged to write, act and be creative at a very young age. For most of her life, Martha has had a fascination with languages, culture and mythology – a passion that now colors and enriches her stories. A Spanish teacher, Martha continues with art on the side. She has written novels, short stories and poetry. But she admits to being totally “hooked” on YA Paranormal Romance.
Martha and her husband of thirteen years have carved out their own little piece of Vermont in the Massachusetts countryside. When not writing, Martha loves spending time with their animals, listening to good music, taking photographs, and adding to her Converse collection. She is currently working on book two of the Jaguar Sun Series, Jaguar Moon.
AND NOW, THE GIVEAWAY INFO!
Jaguar Sun is on tour with a grand prize give-away of a Kindle Touch skinned in the gorgeous Jaguar Sun cover art and loaded with a copy of Jaguar Sun! Open US/Canada. See full contest rules here.
Check out my review of Jaguar Sun here, and be sure to follow the rest of the tour!