THE LOVE AND LIES OF RUKHSANA ALI PRE-ORDER CAMPAIGN

I am extremely excited to announce the pre-order campaign for my YA Contemporary THE LOVE AND LIES OF RUKHSANA ALI which comes out on January 29, 2019 from Scholastic Press. If you pre-order any time before January 29, 2019 you’ll get some awesome goodies as my way of saying THANK YOU for supporting me and Rukhsana’s story.

Please email your full name, mailing address and proof of purchase to sabinawriter@gmail.com

Proof of purchase can be an attachment, pasted in the email, or a forwarded email confirmation from the retailer.

Pre-orders of all formats of the book are eligible for goodies.

Pre-order Links:

IndieBound: https://bit.ly/2MszAUD

Barnes and Noble: https://bit.ly/2OYjffy 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2APkUxo

Indigo: https://bit.ly/2qyPeog

Book Depository: https://bit.ly/2RI9v6p

KOBO: https://bit.ly/2QtD5MN

 

Everyone who pre-orders gets:

  • a bookmark
  • a signed bookplate
  • a 4″ by 6″ postcard of Rukhsana in Bangladesh
  • a 4″ by 6″ postcard of Rukhsana and Ariana in Seattle

* Art is by naimlyarts.tumblr.com

Three randomly selected GRAND PRIZE WINNERS will receive:

  • Everything listed above
  • a poster of TLLORA art (11″ by 17″)
  • a scented candle from Bath and Body Works
  • a tin of Organic Cinnamon Rooibos Chai from David’s tea
  • a hand-written personalized letter from me.

*The 3 grand prize winners will be randomly selected from the submitted receipts in early February which is also when I’ll be mailing out all pre-order goodies.

Here’s what it all looks like:

 

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LIBRARY REQUESTS:

If you request that your library order a copy of THE LOVE AND LIES OF RUKHSANA ALI, email me a screenshot of your request and I will send you a bookmark and a 4″ by 6″ postcard of TLLORA art.

International readers are eligible for all pre-order goodies as well as the grand prizes.

Thank you so much for your support. It means the world.

 

 

 

THE DREADED REVISION PROCESS

I’ve been meaning to write a series of posts about my publishing journey with the hope that it might help someone who is in the querying trenches. My last post was a while ago after I’d just signed with my agent. Since then I got a book deal (dreams do come true!) and now in less than a year THE LOVE AND LIES OF RUKHSANA ALI will be out in the world. Some days I still have to pinch myself to believe that it’s actually happening.

So I thought it might be helpful if I write about what the process has been like for me so far.

Revising With My Agent

After signing with my agent in November of 2016, we got down to the business of revisions. My agent is highly editorial and very hands-on which is exactly what I wanted and needed. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have clear communication, especially during your initial conversations. It is so important to be on the same page as far as what you both expect from this relationship, because hopefully it will be a long-term one.

Now, obviously your agent offered to represent you because they already loved your writing. But this doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty of room for improvement. One of the things I learned during the revision process is that there is always a way to make your writing even better. Your agent can guide you through this. They are a sounding board, someone who is in your corner and wants the book to be amazing as much as you do. Remember this when you first get your edit letter and take a very deep breath. But then don’t forget to let it out.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind as you go through the edit letter:

-You may not agree with everything your agent says. And this is perfectly okay. It is your book after all and no one knows your story and your characters as well as you do. But an agent offers a different perspective, an experienced set of eyes which is something really invaluable. But again, it’s completely fine to disagree on things. What you don’t want to do is take it personally and react from that mindset. I think many of us wish/think that we’ve written this fabulous novel and an agent will read it and absolutely love it and not want to make any changes because of said fabulousness. I’m sure that happens for some people, but for most of us whipping a book into shape so that it’s ready for submission can be a grueling process during which we convince ourselves many times that what we write is utter garbage. Or maybe that was just me.

-Don’t rush the process. I admit that I’m definitely guilty of this. I am a very impatient person, so it took a lot of discipline for me to hold back and not rush through any revisions. Reminding myself that my agent was devoting her time and energy to give me thorough notes helped. I wanted to improve my manuscript with each revision. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t right away. You just have to keep going, stepping away when you need to, doing something unrelated to writing just so you can approach each revision with a clear mind.

When I look back at those few months I spent on revisions with my agent, I am so grateful that I had her excellent notes and open mind to guide me through it all. My book is so much better because of it.

Next up: Revising With My Editor