October 13, 2016
Hello Readers! Welcome to our Tour Stop for
Clanless (Nameless #2) by Jennifer Jenkins
presented by Month9Books!
Today, we have Jennifer on the blog talking about her
Road to Publication!
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Striker Gryphon has lost his position of honor among the Ram, and is now a hunted man. A traitor.
Zo, the object of his affection, was murdered by members of his former clan. To honor her memory, he journeys to the highly secretive Raven “Nest” to warn strangers of their impending demise—though it could cost him more than just his pride.
He doesn’t know that Zo is very much alive and in another part of the region assisting Nameless refugees over a mountain swarming with wild men known as “Clanless.”
As each struggle to make sense of what their lives have become, they fight and claw to reach the Allied Camp, their last hope in bringing peace to the region.
But the road back to one another is treacherous and uncertain. And freedom will come with a price.
Clanless (Nameless #2) by Jennifer Jenkins
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Publishing: Not the Goal
Thank you so much for having me guest post for Chapter by Chapter! I’m honored to be here.
Describing my road to publication is not easy.
When I completed my first novel, I assumed after a few diligent months of toiling, I’d land a literary agent and then go on to publish said first book.
The problem: I wasn’t that good of a writer at the time.
In the five years it took me to get published I wrote four and a half additional books (not to mention, edited and rewrote a few of those a ridiculous amount of times). I’d been rejected countless times. I’d attended writing conferences, read various books on writing, helped launch a non-profit focused on promoting teen literacy, supported brilliant authors, read hundreds of books, co-founded one of the largest writing conferences for teens in the nation, obtained a literary agent, went through two rounds of submissions with my agent without getting a bite on a story that I really loved… (The list goes on and on).
But no publication deal came. Not until I wrote a little book entitled, NAMELESS.
My intention is not to discourage those of you with publishing aspirations. No doubt, you began your quest with much better skill and luck on your side than I did entering this crazy business. I sincerely wish you the best!
My intention is to provide a bit of context as to why I write, and why this journey is so precious to me. It would be difficult to make enough money to justify the hours dedicated to this dream of mine. But that was never the goal for me . . . and to be honest, neither was publishing.
I know, I know. You’re shaking your fist in the air and calling “bull” at my statement. Let me assure you, I did have dreams of being published. I operated with that one hope in mind for those long five years. But it was never the goal.
In my opinion, you can’t set a realistic goal contingent on the whims and preferences of others.
That isn’t to say I didn’t have goals! My goals were very specific and ALWAYS within my control. (i.e. “I will write 20,000 words this month,” or, “I will send out fifteen queries this month,” etc).
In publishing and in life there are too many variables that we simply can’t control. When we pine after and only focus on such aspirations, we will always find disappointment. Always. But I knew, through this whole crazy whirlwind of trying to get published, that I would never fail unless I chose to stop pushing myself. To stop taking one more step ahead.
In the end, I’m so grateful I wasn’t published after that first book. Staying hungry has pushed me to work hard and this philosophy of focusing only on what I CAN control has opened a lot of doors in my life.
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES
Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.
Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.
What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.
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