Friends, today is a BIG, BIG DAY!
It’s RELEASE DAY!
Wow. It feels really weird to say that. It’s TODAY?
Honestly, it doesn’t even feel real.
Although a lot of times I have OHMYGOD I’M SO OLD WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE AAAAH thoughts, the truth is I’m only twenty-three years old, and so I can say with quite a bit of certainty, today is the most important day of my life.
Sure, Jane may never be a New York Time’s Bestseller or have a movie made out of her or be added to Fanfiction.net so people can write weird slash stories about the characters (wait, what, those aren’t all aspiring author’s dreams?) but writing JANE UNWRAPPED has given me more than I could ever ask for. So being that it’s Canada’s Thanksgiving today, here are five reasons why I’m thankful for Jane Unwrapped:
1. Jane taught me perseverance. Writing a book is not easy. Editing one is even harder, and getting people to take a chance on your work? Near impossible. I always refer to Jane as a labour of love, because she was indeed a labour. So many times I would have preferred to just watch television or gone to bed or hung out with friends, but Jane was waiting and she came first. Jane has turned me into a master prioritizer and multi-tasker, and although there’s no end in sight, I am so thankful for the ability to achieve all of my goals through the perseverance Jane taught me.
2. Jane taught me patience and persistence. There’s a whole lot of hurry up and wait in the writing game. Waiting for query responses, waiting for revisions, waiting for responses from agents and editors and publicists and reviewers. And a lot of time, what you’re waiting for does not turn out to be good news. Throughout the three-year journey with Jane, we held our breath only to be disappointed a lot of times. But she taught me that the good news is definitely worth the wait and all the “nos” in the world can’t begin to overcome the feeling of one “yes”.
3. Jane connected me with so many amazing people. The writing community is infinitely large and yet very tiny all at once, and Jane gave Leah and I a chance to be a part of it. From the amazing writer friends we’ve made, to the incredibly kind Booktube and book blogger community, to the immensely talented people we’ve had a chance to work with, Jane has given us an opportunity to meet some of the absolute best people in the world.
4. Jane is the first chapter of a long book. There is absolutely nothing I love more than writing and shaping a story. My dream is that one day I can make a living living in imaginary worlds. And I know that a writing career is not built on one book (unless you’re very lucky!), so Jane is the very first step in building my dream life.
5. Jane crossed off a big bucket list item. I do believe you should write for the love of writing, for the story within you that desperately needs to be told. But still, Leah and I wanted to get published. We wanted others to laugh at Jane’s quirkiness, and Tut’s arrogance, and Anubis’s awkwardness. We wanted someone else to feel what Jane felt. And thanks to a lot of hard work, a dash of luck, the amazing people at Entangled, and of course, to the readers, we accomplished something we had only dreamed about.
To be honest, when I started writing this post, I thought it would be quite whimsical and excited and goofy. Instead, I almost feel a bit nostalgic, for all the times it was just Leah, I, and Jane. It’s a little scary sending her off into the big-bad world. And yet, I could not be more grateful for this journey, and ultimately, this ending.
And, of course, because it is release day, here is everything JANE UNWRAPPED!
Some tombs should never be opened…
Fluorine uranium carbon potassium. Jane’s experiment really went wrong this time. After a fatal accident, teen scientist Jane becomes the first modern-day…mummy. Waking up in the Egyptian underworld without a heart certainly isn’t the best—especially when it means Anubis, god of embalming, has to devour her soul. Yuck. But when Jane meets the drop-dead gorgeous god, suddenly she’s thinking this might not be the worst thing to happen. And then she is pushed to do the impossible—just time-travel and kill King Tut. Well, every experiment has variables which can end in disaster… Jane just wishes she could decide whether she wants to strangle Anubis or kiss him.
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Thanks for reading, friends! So, because it is Thanksgiving after all, what are you thankful for?