Amber L. Johnson’s WHERE WE FELL is COMING SOON!
Oliver Bishop is having a seriously bad day. With one diagnosis, his life suddenly has an expiration date. Confused about the numbness he has to the idea of it, he unwittingly puts himself directly in the sights of a girl that just may give him a reason to fight – and to live.
On October 28th, you can finally get your e-book copy of the debut New Adult novella by Amber L. Johnson, WHERE WE FELL.
Early praise for WHERE WE FELL:
“a well written, emotionally uplifting, and honest story” -Stephanie on Goodreads
“Amber L. Johnson is one of the brightest new authors on the horizon.” – Author Sydney Logan
“It may be short story, but definitely a powerful one.” -Lucia @ Reading is My Breathing
Amber L. Johnson, the author of Where We Fell, has written a guest post for our blog here. She tells us a bit about her journey to self publishing. Don’t forget to scroll all the way down to enter the giveaway!
The decision to self publish Where We Fell was a pretty easy one. As it’s a skinny book (novella)
and right at about 25,000 words, I didn’t feel like I needed to go through a query process. I’ve been
approached by pub houses before and because of certain circumstances, it didn’t feel like the right time.
And I have been through the query process with more than one place, which takes upwards of 3 months
to hear back on whether or not they even like your piece. It didn’t seem like something that needed to
be done for Oliver and Hannah.
What I wasn’t expecting was how much self publication costs up front. For a novella of this size,
the editing would have cost me about $200. Luckily, my previous editor worked with me (and my
situation) and gave me a smaller charge. With the cost of stock photos, cover art, e-book formatting
(professional) and a few other costs that I wasn’t prepared for, I paid a good chunk of money out of
pocket and up front. I had once read a blog where an established author who started in self pub claimed
that it didn’t cost her a cent up front to put her book out. This may have been the case for her, but I
wanted my story to be edited to Hell and back, reworked to the best it possibly could, and to be
presented in a professional light. Because it’s my first. And it’s my foot in the door that will lead to the
next thing I do.
On the positive side, I was not expecting the amount of support I received from the writing and
blogging community that I have received. In other writing venues, there seems to be a certain
competition between new and established writers. I had expected that this would be the case when I
showed up out the blue with this story. And I was sorely mistaken, in the best possible way. Not only
were people willing to give my words a chance, they helped spread the word about it in a capacity that I
could never be grateful enough for. Sydney Logan took me under her wing and showed me, step by
step, how to plunge feet first into the world of self pub. Between her, Lori from Ficwishes, and Kathie
from First Page to the Last, I was given more headway then I thought possible. The amount of bloggers
(such as yourselves) who gave my story a presence, blew me away. And everyone has been so kind.
Another reason I decided to self publish at this time is because of the rampant cases of
plagiarism in the literary community. There are so many talented writers writing for free. Their ideas are
original, unique and beautifully written. But because of the avenues that they use to express
themselves, they are sitting ducks in a plagiarism pond. The sad thing about the laws not being up to
date on internet legality or rights under derivative fiction is that someone could rewrite their entire life
story and put it up online, and another person can come and take their plot, characters, scenes, etc and
claim it as their own. Let me make this perfectly clear: Your original ideas are your own. You own
them. And I do not believe you should be punished because you chose to use a free forum to express
It’s a shame that it’s happening so much. And it is a bigger shame that there’s so little that can
be done about it. If I had the money, time and resources, I would self publish every last thing I’ve written
to claim my words and life as my own. But that’s the downfall, I suppose. We all want to have our best
US presented to the world. And who wants to cut corners? But… who wants to see their hard work in
the hands of someone less talented who can’t come up with their own idea?
For me, self publishing at first was a no brainer. Though I do wish I could afford to see my words
in print. Maybe someday this dream will come true for me. And possibly for the up and coming writers
Listen to what Shannon had to say about Where We Fell on the last Podcast!
Thanks for Reading!!!!