Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Guest Post: 2011 Reflections with YA author Nick James

Today we have with us Nick James, author of The Pearl Wars (Skyship Academy #1). His book was a 2011 debut, publishing in September by Flux. I've asked Nick to come share with us some of his reflections on the year. Here's what he has to say:

2011: The Year I became a Published Author.
by Nick James

2011 has been quite a doozy. All throughout 2010, 2011 seemed like that magical year far off in the distance where I would make that leap from writer to published author. Now that we’re ushering in 2012, I can’t believe how fast it’s all gone.

My debut YA science fiction, SKYSHIP ACADEMY: THE PEARL WARS, was released early this September. I’d known that it was going to be published since the tail end of 2009, which meant there was a lot of time to think about it. And think I did! it was impossible not to! 

This year started off with some final edits of the book before the final, polished draft was sent to my publisher. Then came the cover… and then a second cover to replace the first (long story, but it all worked out for the best).

In May, I had my first brush with “the life of an author” when I was invited to New York City to attend and sign at the Book Expo of America. This was a time of many firsts. First trip to New York (hopefully there will be many more), first time signing my own book (craaaaazy), and first time being a speaker on an author panel. It was a very exciting week for me, and a great introduction into the new world my career offered. I also got to meet a number of wonderful people at BEA. Authors, bloggers, teachers and librarians. 

Throughout the Summer, I worked on the sequel to SKYSHIP ACADEMY, which will be released next Fall. I also played around with a few new projects. Once the book was released, it was all about promotion. I got to attend some great conferences, have an awesome launch party, visit schools, and interact with so many awesome book bloggers. It was a huge learning experience for me, and a great opportunity to see how awesome and supportive the book world is. It's still a pleasant jolt of surprise when I step into a Barnes and Noble and I see the book on the shelves. Even though it's been two years since I signed the first contract, it still feels surreal. 

2011 ended on a high, with the sale of the third book in the SKYSHIP trilogy. it's funny, because this happened at almost exactly the same time of year that we sold the first one. There's definitely some nice symmetry there. Of course, the big difference is that when we sold the first manuscript, it was already written. This third one is not yet finished. I'm definitely going to have a busy 2012!

Thank you Nick! Read more about The Pearl Wars and Nick James below:

  Summary of The Pearl Wars:
A devastated Earth's last hope is found in Pearls: small, mysterious orbs that fall from space and are capable of supplying enough energy to power entire cities. Battling to control the Pearls are the Skyship dwellers—political dissidents who live in massive ships in the Earth's stratosphere—and the corrupt Surface government.

Jesse Fisher, a Skyship slacker, and Cassius Stevenson, a young Surface operative, cross paths when they both venture into forbidden territory in pursuit of Pearls. Their chance encounter triggers an unexpected reaction, endowing each boy with remarkable—and dangerous—abilities that their respective governments would stop at nothing to possess.

Enemies thrust together with a common goal, Jesse and Cassius make their way to the ruins of Seattle to uncover the truth about their new powers, the past they didn't know they shared, and a shocking secret about the Pearls.

Find it on Amazon, The Book Depository, and more.
Add it to your Goodreads list.

About Nick James:
When he was a young boy, Nick James’ collection of battle-scarred action figures became the characters in epic storylines with cliffhangers, double crosses and an unending supply of imaginary explosions. Not much has changed. The toys are gone (most of them), but the love of fast-paced storytelling remains. Working in schools from Washington State to England, Nick has met thousands of diverse students since graduating from Western Washington University and braving the most dangerous job in the world: substitute teaching. Luckily, being dubbed the “rock star teacher” has granted him some immunity. He currently lives and teaches in Bellingham, Washington.
Find him on:
Official website: www.nickjamesbooks.com
Twitter: @nickajames
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4638190.Nick_James 

This post was part of my New Year's Signature Collection event.
Watch out for more guest posts,  lists, reviews of January releases, author interviews, and more throughout January.

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