Hey, TWNers, so as some of y’all may know, the anthology we’re releasing, Imagine: A Collection of Short Stories and Poems from the Teen Writers’ Nook Family, comes out in ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!!!! ONE WEEK!!! Can y’all believe it?
Well, I honestly can’t. XD It seems like just yesterday we were announcing this li’l ole wacky idea for our one hundred follower celebration. (And guys, guys, GUYS, we’ve now reached over 150 followers. *faints* *revives* THANK YOU GUYS A HUNDRED MILLION BAJILLION TIMES OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s just a dream come true to see Teen Writers’ Nook expanding like it is and to know we can actually be a support for young authors! Each one of y’all are a blessing and joy to me and it means BEYOND words to know y’all wanna spend a li’l time out of your day to come hang with us. THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *showers you all with chocolate, snacks, and other goodies*)
But now… It’s time to Imagine.
So in celebration of this anthology’s release, TWN is hosting our FIRST EVER blog tour. We’re going for two weeks between today and until the 28th and almost every single one of our authors will be featured, some on their own blogs, some right here at your favorite Teen Writers’ Nook, and… well, through the blog tour y’all will be stopping by fantastic blogs and getting a first-hand sight into sneak peeks of these author’s stories and learn more about the writers themselves!
This is me trying really hard to sound like a professional marketer and failing quite miserably . Anyway, if you’d like to get to know the geniuses behind these stories and hear more about Imagine, I invite you to join the tour!!!! (Chocolate will be provided.)
Now are y’all ready to get this post a rollin’!!!!!
So to kick off this blog tour, I thought we should talk a bit about how Imagine came to be. As a lot of y’all know, back in March I became an official published author when my short story was released in an all-teen anthology collaborated by Owl Hollow Press and Teen Author Boot Camp. And it was life-changing… At least, going through the whole process taught me a lot about how publishing worked and gave me a chance to work with an editor and everything. Afterward, I began thinking about how I wished other teen authors could have this experience, especially my TWNers. Well, I didn’t think much more about it after that.
Until Teen Writers’ Nook did it. We reached the coveted 100 followers. And obviously, I had promised y’all back when we made it to 50 that I would do something awesome for 100, and now I had to pull something together. And fast. So Kat and I talked and I decided to go with my first idea. I was going to ask either Nadine Brandes or Jennifer A. Nielsen if I could interview them or something on TWN. But, er, be thankful I’m a chicken y’all. Right when I was about to send a message through Nadine Brandes’ contact form, I chickened out, and later, Kat and I decided to try this anthology thing out.
Of course, we had no idea what we were doing. I mean, it took us FOREVER to come up with a good name idea. (Shout-out to Kat for not settling with my idea to call it A Whim of an Idea and for coming up with an actually amazing title! I think we all owe you a LOT of gratitude. XD) Anyway, fast forward about four-five months and we’re one week away from release date. This journey has been crazy hard, a lot more time-consuming than I had first thought. We’ve had our ups and downs, we’ve faced roadblocks, had to take wrong turns and backtrack, and there have been plenty of moments through it all that Kat and I both have wondered: Why did we even decide to do this? I mean, wouldn’t it have been easier to have just done a normal 100 follower celebration like normal bloggers? But, y’all, every time one of our authors has come to us saying that they were so excited for the anthology and this was their first time being published… it’s just made every single challenge worth it. So first I must send the HUGEST thank you to each of our fourteen authors. They have put so much love and time and devotion to their stories, and they deserve this moment so much. Y’all stories have turned out better than I ever coulda hoped and each one of y’all are incredibly talented authors!! I hope this is the first of MANY publishing opportunities cuz the world would be a very sad place if we didn’t get more writings from y’all!!!!! So I encourage you, dream big and don’t be afraid to tackle your dreams. Yes, it will get hard. Yes, challenges will come. Yes, you will spend almost every waking minute wondering why am I even trying this writing thing, it’s too hard. Yes, there will be writers’ block and times when you just don’t feel like you are a “real” author. But I encourage you to fight those moments and to keep writing! In fact, just so much as a single doubt coming across your mind of what if this story isn’t good enough? What if no one will like it? Those doubts prove one thing: You are a real author. Because to doubt means you have your heart and love in your story. And that means it’s something worth fighting for!!!!! And I say this not just to our published authors but to EACH ONE OF YOU reading this!!!!!!!!!! It won’t matter unless you give it your all!
Which brings us to the second group of awesome peeps I must thank. Every. Single. TWNer!!! It’s because of you guys that we’re even doing this in the first place!!! Your love, encouragement, motivation, and support have meant the world to me and I thank you A HUNDRED GAZILLION TIMES OVER!!!!!!!!!!! Every comment every expression of excitement or love for this “whim of an idea” has just touched this li’l ole wacky gal more than words can ever express. And I hope more than anything you will enjoy the anthology as much as these authors have enjoyed getting it ready for you guys. <33333
Thank you next to Allie Andersen for ALL the help she has put in to getting this blog tour ready and together. I can promise you this much: there wouldn’t even be a blog tour if she hadn’t come to me first and asked for one. THANK YOU ALLIE because I am SO happy I get to do this!!!!!!!!! (And thank you for all the awesome zoom chats and letting me go on and on and on about Imagine. XD You’re a blessing to me. <33333)
Thank you to Grace Johnson, Grey S. Park, Alexa, Chloe, Linyang, Alaine, Penelope, Victoria Crooks, Lorelei, and Tori for just EVERYTHING! Your help in getting this blog tour together, your brilliant ideas, your encouragement, helping me get this story out into the world, and just every time you said: “I am so excited for Imagine!” Y’all are what keep me fighting for this.
Oh and another huge shout out to author and YouTuber Bethany Atazadeh for creating such incredible and helpful YouTube videos! They’ve honestly taught me so much y’all about formatting and published and the like.
Thanks to google for making more problems that I have to fix and for being of absolutely no use at all. I’m glad to know our relationship hasn’t changed. XD
And of course, I must send a thank you to my fellow TWN founders and editors, Katherine and Madeleine (a.k.a. Alana)!!!!!! If I wasn’t doing this with y’all, then why am I even doing this at all? Y’all make it waaaay more fun. Plus, there was NO WAY I’d be able to edit those superb poems when I can’t even write poetry to save the life of me. XD
And the final hugest thank you to my Heavenly Father for supporting me and being like, “Yeah, Is, I know you can’t do this which is why I’m here.” I know, I know, I’ve gotta let You take the wheel and run this show, but thank you for sticking by me even when I mess up miserably. Teen Writers’ Nook just wouldn’t even be here today without ya!!!! <333 Love ya. <3333
That’s a wrap! Be sure to check out the other stops by following this handy dandy graphic below!
And don’t forget to snag your copy of Imagine when it releases September 21st! But why wait, right? You can go ahead and pre-order your e-copy on Amazon today by following this link. Not a kindle reader? Can’t say I blame ya. Paperbacks will be available to order soon!
Now it’s time to announce that winner, right? Okay, here we go.
But first, here’s another awesome graphic! From V. L. Smith’s poem, “Evil Queen!”
I do love keeping y’all in suspense. Alright, it’s late, so I’ll just go ahead and give ya the winner.
MAHITHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOHOOOO girl, you’ll be getting your prizes very soon!!!!
And cuz I just love drawing names, Kat and I chose to do a second one!!
TORI!!!!!! YIIPPPEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You’ll be getting your prizes very soon. 🙂
Edited to add:
As the posts coming rolling in, I’ll be linking them all here so you have quick and easy access!!
15th – AllieAndersen.com
16th – Grace A Johnson’s site.
17th – A Fangirls’ Hideaway