Twelve Reasons Why We’re Glad Our Books Were Bumped to 2012
12. There’s a better chance for wintry conditions in January than May or September — perfect to set the mood for a blizzard book or a book about Russia.
11. Which means the weather will be perfect for our launch parties! (Even though snow is very rare on the Gulf Coast. And there are no snow machines for rent in the area. Robin checked.)
10. These extra months have given us time to think through our book launches (and the weeks preceding) intentionally.
9. Our books have gone through several more rounds of revisions, making them stronger.
8. We’ve learned more about the writing process and what we’re capable of.
7. Working with a new editor taught Caroline to adapt to someone else’s editing style, expectations, and ideas for her characters and her world.
6. We got two lovely covers out of it all:
5. We’ve been reminded yet again that things still work out (sometimes for the better) when they don’t go as originally planned.
4. Having a rocky publication story has exposed us to dozens of other authors who have experienced hardships along the way. We’ve learned so much about perseverance from their stories and have gained some perspective on our own.
3. Good things come to those who wait.
2. Caroline has been able to work with amazing authors in both 2k11 and 2k12, learning from one group and leading with the other. Robin had regretted not signing up with the Class of 2K11, then jumped at the opportunity to join Class 2K12. Do-overs for the win!
1. And we both have been fortunate enough to be members of the Elevensies and the Apocalypies, where we’ve made some pretty great friends. Who says being bumped is all bad?
by Robin Bridges, author of The Gathering Storm, and Caroline Starr Rose, author of May B. (Both available in stores today!)