Fight or Flight.
All Kayla Asher wants to do is run. Run from the government housing complex she calls home. Run from her unstable mother. Run from a desperate job at No Limit Foods. Run to a better, cleaner, safer life. Every day is one day closer to leaving.
All Betsy Hopewell wants to do is survive. Survive the burner phone hidden under her bed. Survive her new rules. Survive a new school with new classmates. Survive being watched. Every minute grants her another moment of life.
But when fate brings Kayla and Betsy together, only one girl will live.
The Truth Beneath the Lies
by Amanda Searcy
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: December 12th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
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I am super excited to welcome Amanda Searcy to A Bookish Abode! Today is the Truth Beneath the Lies publication day (woo-hoo!!!) and along with celebrating, Amanda gets very real and shares some valuable advice for aspiring writers… Thank you so much, Amanda!
Thank you so much for having me!
It’s been a long journey. A loooong one. The Truth Beneath the Lies comes out today. Almost exactly two years after it sold. Almost exactly ten years after I decided I was going to write a novel (for real this time).
Something that I’ve learned—beyond all the usual advice—is that getting an agent and selling a book is about having the stars align. The Truth Beneath the Lies was the fifth manuscript I wrote. Five times with five different books I queried like crazy; went to conferences, classes, and workshops; entered contests. I got lots of nice compliments and requests from agents, but then I would get the standard “not the right fit” response.
It turns out that isn’t a brushoff. Getting a book published is 100% about getting the right book into the hands of the right person at the right time. If you are off on any one of those, it doesn’t work.
That’s the most frustrating thing about this process. We are taught when we are young that if you show up, learn all you can, do the work, and keep a smile on your face, you will be successful. You can do all those things when writing and have it still not work for you (or not yet, at least). Because everything is subjective, you may have written what could become a bestseller, but the reader (agent, editor) isn’t feeling it. Another person might, or they might not. Even Harry Potter was rejected by multiple editors before it found the right one.
But when a book does find its match, it’s amazing.
It’s hard to not take all that rejection personally; to not feel like a failure or that you’re not cut out to be an author. That’s part of the process. Absolutely everyone who has ever tried to write a book goes through that. You have to power through it. You have to love writing for writing’s sake, for storytelling’s sake. That will get you through a lot.
And back to the usual advice…keep going. Show up, learn all you can, do the work, stay professional (always). Keep trying and eventually the stars will align for you.
Amanda Searcy has a BA from New Mexico State Universi-ty and an MA in human rights from the University of Essex in England. She works in collection development for a pub-lic library system and loves chocolate, cats, and curling up with a good book. She lives in New Mexico.
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