Friday, March 22, 2013

BOT WARS is officially out!

Bot Wars officially released yesterday. I was still on the couch sick. :( This is the longest I've been sick in years! But I'm trying to take it easy, to recuperate for next week. I turn 30 on Saturday, and my husband is taking me to the Detroit area for some Ikea shopping! I need curtains, ya'll.


I am still having a hard time processing the fact that I have two books available in bookstores. It's crazy to think that in 2010, I was unagented, unpublished, but trying so hard after so many years to finally get my foot in the door. I still remember, acutely remember, how hard it was to keep writing and keep submitting year after year, project after project, with no clue as to whether or not it'd pay off. There were a lot of days where I asked myself what was the point. When I told myself I wasn't good enough. Would never be good enough to get an agent or sell a book. 

But now, in 2013, I have two books out! 

Writers out there, still submitting, still trying to get an agent or a book deal, keep submitting, and keep writing! Because even if you feel like you're not good enough now, eventually you will be. Writing is like dance, or baseball, or art, or science. The more you study and practice, the better you will be. And you're probably better than you think you are. Writers are hard on themselves. I still think I suck half the time. Three-quarters of the time. A lot of the time. :-) 

Do any of you out there reading have questions about publishing? Or writing? Or submitting? If so, email me (jennifervrush [at] gmail), or leave a comment on this post and I'll put together a Q & A post in the next week or so.  

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Clarifying Post

As I'm sure many of you have heard by now, the post I wrote this weekend, about the four villains of negative energy, received quite the response. I'm going to try to clarify what the post was about, and what my views are on negative reviews.

I have since deleted the post. I didn't want to offend anyone, obviously! Truly not my intention. It was about haters in every corner of life. Whether it be someone hating on you because you like going to museums on the weekends instead of partying. Whether they're hating on you because of the music you like. Or where you live or where you go to school or where your dad works. I was hated on a lot in school. That's what the post was really about.

In fact, I've read a lot of really great negative reviews. Not because they hated the book (obviously!) but because they were able to articulate what they disliked about it, why they disliked it. In my opinion, negative reviews help me make the next books better. I can see where I went wrong, or maybe see what my weak points are on story crafting.

The post was originally inspired by reviewers that cross the line. I think Mike Mullin said it best in his responding post here.

"Let me be clear, there are real haters out there. There are reviewers who choose to comment on the author's weight instead of her work. Or her clothing. Or who write personally threatening things. I have author friends who've been victims of this kind of "review". And I used female pronouns for a reason; women seem far more likely to face this kind of internet hatred than men. I recognize that I've been fortunate not to have to face this sort of "review," and I have one message for anyone writing them: Seek psychiatric help."

This is what I was referring to. Not negative reviews as a whole. Some of the coolest book people I've met are book bloggers. And they didn't even necessarily like my book. Some of my closest friends are book bloggers and we met through Twitter and the genuine love of literature. That's the best part about my job, IMO.

So, I hope that helps clarify what the post was about, and what it wasn't about. That I am, in no way, saying all book bloggers who write negative book reviews, are haters. That would be silly and close-minded.

So, from the deepest part of my soul, I apologize if I offended anyone. I <3 book bloggers. I want book bloggers in my life. 

(A note: I am turning off comments on this post because I want this to be the last I say on this matter. My daughter is asking to go outside and play, and I think that's exactly what I need right now, after this. So I would rather this be my closing remark.)



Friday, March 8, 2013


I have been dying to show you guys the cover of ERASED, the sequel to ALTERED. Because it's bright and beautiful, but still dark and edgy at the same time. And there is a shirtless boy on the cover. :-) Specifically Nick this time. ERASED is definitely a Nick-heavy book. We find out a bit more about his past, and how Anna factors into it. I am sealing my lips now! But let me finish by saying that I am so very excited for you all to read this book.

***SIDE NOTE: This is the ARC cover, so the design is not final yet, though I imagine at this point, any tweaks will be small. Since, HELLO THAT COVER IS GORGEOUS. 

To celebrate, and to help spread the word! I'm doing a giveaway. The winner will receive a signed hardcover copy of ALTERED, an ALTERED poster, and any (or all) of the ALTERED buttons.

Now, you must tell me what you think of the cover! 

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