I’m excited to bring you a post all about the Ceruleans Series by Megan Tate! I have a really interesting guest post to share with you, written by the author, information about the first book in the series, and a giveaway! How awesome is that?
About the book
Death Wish (Ceruleans #1) by Megan Tayte
Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blake is haunted by death. Her estranged sister has made the ultimate dramatic exit. Running away from school, joining a surfing fraternity, partying hard: that sounds like Sienna. But suicide? It makes no sense.
Following in her sister’s footsteps, Scarlett comes to the isolated cove of Twycombe, Devon, with grand plans to uncover the truth. Alone. But she hasn’t reckoned on meeting two boys who are determined to help her. Luke: the blue-eyed surfer who’ll see the real Scarlett, who’ll challenge her, who’ll save her. And Jude: the elusive drifter with a knack for turning up whenever Scarlett’s in need.
As Scarlett’s quest for the truth unravels, so too does her grip on reality as she’s always known it. Because there’s something strange going on in this little cove. A dead magpie circles the skies. A dead deer watches from the undergrowth. Hands glow with light. Warmth. Power.
What transpires is a summer of discovery. Of what it means to conquer fear. To fall in love. To choose life. To choose death.
To believe the impossible.
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Megan Tayte Guest Post
Choosing to self-publish: The reason in the ‘madness’
In the four months since I published Death Wish, the first book in my Ceruleans series, the following exchange has cropped up several times.
Reader: Is the book self-published?
Reader: I don’t read self-published books.
Me: May I ask why not?
Reader: They’re badly written/badly edited/rubbish/written by talentless no-hopers who couldn’t get a book deal. [Sometimes put a little more sensitively; often not.]
When I chose to self-publish my Ceruleans series, I knew that it was a risk in the sense that it would put off some readers. My day job as a book editor involves reviewing both traditionally published and self-published books, and I know well some of the issues that can crop up in the indie market. But still, I went ahead and self-pubbed. Madness? Perhaps. Or maybe I, like many other indie writers, have a sound, professional plan.
If I were to get the chance to extend my conversation with the ‘Don’t Do Indie’ readers, it would go something like this.
Me: Thanks for sharing your perspective. Perhaps you’d be interested to know that I’m actually a published author many times over under my professional name and other pen names, with a range of traditional publishing houses.
Me: And I’m a professional editor and ghostwriter who gets hired by publishers to take books to a publishable level.
Me: And because I’ve worked in publishing for many years, I know the business pretty well. So the choice I made to indie publish – for now – was an informed one.
Reader: Oh. So did you even try to get a publisher for the books?
Reader: But if you could potentially get a publisher, why self-publish? All the competition, all the people who don’t take you seriously…
Me: … all the creative control… all the fun of building your own success…
Reader: You WANT to put in the hard work?
Me: Yes, I really do.
The next question, of course – and one I’m often asked – is, ‘Would you take a book deal if it was on offer?’ My answer: ‘It would depend on the deal, and how it compared to sticking on the indie path.’ If you’ve proved yourself as an indie author, you have a lot to offer a publisher, and are therefore in a good position to agree positive terms for working together. Equally, if you’ve proved yourself as an indie author, you’ve built credibility and have therefore overcome the hurdle of being ‘only’ self-published. The point is that by building a readership yourself you create choices – traditional, indie or hybrid: it’s up to you.
Madness? Or a sound professional plan? I will let you decide…
About the Author
Once upon a time a little girl told her grandmother that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer. Or a lollipop lady. Or a fairy princess fireman. ‘Write, Megan,’ her grandmother advised. So that’s what she did.
Thirty-odd years later, Megan writes the kinds of books she loves to read: young-adult paranormal romance fiction. Young adult, because it’s the time of life that most embodies freedom and discovery and first love. Paranormal, because she’s always believed that there are more things in heaven and on earth than are dreamt of in our philosophy. And romance, because she’s a misty-eyed dreamer who lives for those ‘life is so breathtakingly beautiful’ moments.
Megan grew up in the Royal County, a hop, skip and a (very long) jump from Windsor Castle, but these days she makes her home in Robin Hood’s county, Nottingham. She lives with her husband, a proud Scot who occasionally kicks back in a kilt; her son, a budding artist with the soul of a paleontologist; and her baby daughter, a keen pan-and-spoon drummer who sings in her sleep. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her walking someplace green, reading by the fire, or creating carnage in the kitchen as she pursues her impossible dream: of baking something edible.