Book Reviews, Personal Posts

Love Songs and Other Lies Book Tour!

Today’s post is a very special one! It’s the last stop of the Love and Other Lies blog tour!  The author, Jessica Pennington, has been nice enough to provide me with a “Behind the Scenes” peak into her publication journey! But first, a bit about the book and it’s lovely author:

Love Songs & Other Lies CoverAbout the Book

Title: Love Songs & Other Lies

Author: Jessica Pennington

Publisher: Tor Teen

Release Date: April 24th, 2018

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: It’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.

Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.

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Jessica PenningtonAbout the Author

Jessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. She lives in a Michigan beach town suspiciously similar to the one in her books, where she’s currently finishing her second novel, WHEN SUMMER ENDS, out April 2019.

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Let’s see what it took to go from idea to self!
Jan-July 2014: Drafting! My initial draft was about 85,000 words, and I did a lot of major revisions as I drafted.
August-December 2014: Revision! I worked with my critique group and a few beta readers to get Love Songs into querying shape. I draft pretty clean and edited as I went, so this wasn’t a massive undertaking.
November 2014: I entered my first pitch contests. My MS was NOT fully polished yet, and I don’t suggest anyone do this! I got several requests and scrambled to get my first 3 chapters in amazing shape. I hired a freelance editor to help me with copyedits and polishing, and we whipped it together in time to send out in December.
December 2014: I worked on my query letter leading up to the holidays, so that when the new year hit I could start sending it out.
January 2015: I began officially querying Love Songs & Other Lies. I sent it to about 30 agents over 6 weeks
February 2015: I got the call! I signed with my wonderful agent, Michelle Wolfson, in mid-February.
June 2015: The timeline gets a little fuzzy here, but sometime around May/June I turned in some changes and LS&OL officially went out on submission.
January 2016: LS&OL sold to Tor Teen, and my amazing editor Amy Stapp
April 2018: Love Songs & Other Lies hits shelves!
So as you can see, publishing isn’t fast by any means. But now I’m in a groove, and my second novel, When Summer Ends, will be out in less than a year–April 2019! That book has been a whirlwind, and a fun change from the slowness of debuting.
Thank you, Jessica and thank you to Kester Nucum and the publicity team for letting me be a part of the tour.
Follow the links to check out the other bloggers posts and be sure to pick up a copy of Love Songs and Other Lies! Enter the rafflecopter giveaway to win a beautiful hard copy and some awesome swag!

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Love Songs & Other Lies Blog Tour Schedule

Monday 16th

LILbooKlovers – Interview

Ashleigh’s Bookshelf – Review

Tuesday 17th

The Clever Reader – Dream Cast

Tale Out Loud – Review

Wednesday 18th

Smada’s Book Smack – Top 10 Quotes

BookCrushin – Review

Thursday 19th

My Fangirl Chronicles – Excerpt

A Blunt Book Blog – Review

Friday 20th

BookishBitsBlog – Guest Post

Books. Life. and Everything Else. – Review

Monday 30th

The Candid Cover – Interview

Belle’s Archive – Review

Tuesday 1st

The Cursed Books – Playlist

The Heart of a Book Blogger – Aesthetic

Wednesday 2nd

Portrait of a Book – Aesthetic

Vicky Who Reads – Review

Thursday 3rd

The Mind of a Book Dragon – Interview

Boundless Bookaholic – Review

Friday 4th

Claerie’s Tales – Blogger’s Choice

Librarian Laura – Interview and Excerpt

As always, keep making magic, word weavers!

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