What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stranger

The Phoenix and the Dumpster Fire January 13, 2019

Filed under: What Doesn't Kill You — meganorussell @ 2:38 pm
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Between the holidays and some…interesting changes in my publishing life, I’m sorry I haven’t been over here to blog very much.

The publishing story basically goes like this: my career turned into a giant dumpster fire in about three weeks. I’m not going to go into detail because it’s boring and no one really cares, but within a span of three weeks I parted ways with both of my publishers, leaving thirteen books without homes.

Yeah, Happy New Year to me. I won’t lie and say it wasn’t a massive blow. As many problems as I had with my publishers, there is security in a contract. In knowing that someone wants to release your work.

But, rather than wallow in the dumpster fire of my books’ being pulled from the market, I have decided to rise like a phoenix from the ashes of the trash.

I will be (re)releasing all thirteen projects in 2019 along with some other great extras and awesome stories.

The schedule of it all looks insane, but I can do it. And the readers who have been asking for book three in The Tethering series for years (like literally three years people have been asking for The Dragon Unbound) will finally get to read the end of Jacob and Emilia’s story.

All four books in the Girl of Glass series will be released by the end of May. Maggie Trent won’t have to wait eighteen months between each of her adventures. Bryant Adams can run around Manhattan without being on a yearlong waiting list for cover art.

And speaking of cover art, Nuttycracker Sweet is going to get a fancy new look for Christmas 2019. AND here’s the first look at the new Girl of Glass cover art!


I’m not under the delusion that this is going to be easy. I have a ton of work ahead of me, and I know the learning curve will be steep.

But I am in control of my stories and my career, and that feels great.

And don’t worry. I’m not pulling myself from the traditional publishing game completely. I’m still with my awesome agent at Tobias Literary, and he has never-been-contracted projects he’s submitting to the major publishing houses.

The road blocks are down, and it’s time for me to hit the ground running.

With everything that needs to be done (like edit three books this month), I’m going to have to rearrange my time a bit, so posts on Life Beyond Exaggeration will most likely only appear once a week. Don’t worry! I’m not abandoning my blog, just spending more time living a crazy life worth blogging about.

If I get overwhelmed, and you find me in the corner crying, just remind me to keep climbing. If I made it up Flat Top the wrong way, I can do this.

This mountain is going to be worth every step, I can feel it.


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