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Danielle Miceli

☃️ December 1st, 2020 ☃️

Overview:

What’s New?

Welcome, friends, and happy December! This hellstorm of a year is finally on its way out, and while 2021 will not magically evaporate the many issues of its predecessor, I think we’re all just ready for a mental reset. I can’t believe the next time I write to you, it will be a new year. 😱

But I’m getting way ahead of myself--there’s still an entire month left of 2020, and damn it, we’re all going to make the most of it! Right? RIGHT?! *Tackles you with aggressively positive you-can-do-it energy.*

So much happened this November that I’m dying to share with you! I can’t talk about all of it just yet, but I’m going to finally start letting things slip, and THANK GOODNESS because I’m about to explode over here. But first things first, a very sincere thanks is in order...
  1. 3rd Annual Gratitude Giveaway: Those of you who’ve been around for a while probably know that I host an end-of-year giveaway on Instagram to express my immense gratitude to everyone who’s supported me, regardless of my follower count/milestones. Full transparency, my account has barely grown in 2020--and I totally understand why! The first half of the year, all my efforts went into preparing for and undergoing the beta process for my adult epic fantasy WIP. And the latter half? I burned out majorly, and was inconsistent at best, and often straight MIA. I found myself with less and less time and energy to devote to social media as the year lumbered on.

    But what I love about the concept of a Gratitude Giveaway is that the numbers truly don’t matter; the point is to give back to those who have been cheering me on all along, in spite of my many silent weeks (though to be clear--there's absolutely nothing wrong with giveaways that aim to extend reach, either)! 💜

    I like to change it up each year, and for this one, I’ve decided to host a series of flash giveaways in my IG stories. The books were collected from various subscription boxes, in new condition, unread, and published within the past 2 years. Most are hardcovers signed by the author, and some have exclusive covers, character prints, or sprayed edges! I’ve also tried to include the author’s letter to the reader, wherever possible.

    For the first 3 Fridays in December, I’m going to pop into my IG stories and display a total of 6 different books at random times throughout the day. All you need to do to claim a book is be the first one to reply to my story! I want to spread the prizes out amongst as many folks as possible, so after you win one book from this giveaway, you can still enter to win another (as many as you want), BUT I will prioritize people who haven’t yet won a prize, first. If no one new claims the book within 24 hours, I’ll go through the repeat winners on a first come, first served basis. Make sense? Any books with no takers will be donated to my local library. 🥰

    Unfortunately, because shipping 18 different books is a pricey endeavor, I’m only able to offer these flash giveaways to US residents. 🥺 However, I strive to make my Gratitude Giveaways as inclusive as possible, so I’ll also be hosting a more traditional giveaway at the end--open internationally--offering the winner a choice between either the popular writing software, Scrivener, or a single Masterclass of their selection (emailed directly to them).

Writing Update

I have one more short story to fast draft this month, but other than that, my full attention is back on editing my novel, because....

  1. Editing on a Deadline: I won’t be publicly revealing this until the new year, but I’m so excited to tell you early that last month, I officially began reaching out to publishing professionals and booking them. The first one I secured? My editor(s)! So now, for the first time in my writing career, I have a real, tangible deadline, signed into a contract with another human. My book is due to begin professional edits by March 2021!

    This may not seem like such a big deal, but for me, it’s the first real proof that this book I’ve been laboring over on and off for a decade is gearing up to finally see the light of day! Once I start accruing deadlines and shelling out money to turn this WIP into a physical book, there’s no turning back. I’ve started to roll the snowball. In a matter of months, you’re going to finally know the title. The blurb. The release date. You might (if I happen to be so lucky and honored 💖) be holding a copy of my book a little over a year from now. It’s. Happening. And I am so scared, and so excited, and generally freaking out in every way you could imagine. 😅

    I’m not going to lie; ever since I signed that contract with my editors, I’ve considered slamming the breaks. Backing out and saying, oh no, I’m still not ready. I’ll try again next year. It’s my debut novel, so no one’s waiting on me to release a sequel--I can take all the time in the world! I am constantly tempted to do just that. But I think it’s time to push this little birdie out of the nest. Besides, I’m dying to start drafting the sequel, and for my annoying brain to do that, this first book truly needs to be finished.

    These next 3 months are going to be a challenge. I have a ton of beta reader feedback to apply to draft 5 before it goes off to my editor (even saying the phrase my editor makes me feel fluttery and a little nauseous, tbh). But I’m working through it, slowly but surely, and I’m loving all the changes my betas have inspired. 💕

     
  2. Professionals Booked: I’m curious to learn what you want to know about my publishing process/timeline moving forward--what aspects will be most helpful or interesting to you? Are there any specific parts of the journey you'd like me to discuss in greater (or less) detail? Any questions you'd like to me to answer once I'm able? Anything you haven't felt comfortable asking other published authors, but would really like to know (it's really, really hard to offend me, so don't worry about asking something intrusive)? Please, reply to this email and let me know all the things you'd like to know going forward!

    But at the very least, I’m happy to share who I’m working with, and what stage we’re currently at:

     
    1. Editors: I am so thrilled to have booked Emma O’Connell from Emma’s Edit to handle my developmental and copy editing! In addition, she connected me with a second set of eyes to complete the book’s first proofread, Ellie Owen, and then Emma herself will do a second, final proofread, before signing off on the project.
       
    2. Graphic Designer: Nicole Hayley will be giving my author website a total facelift, and designing a much prettier template for this newsletter, in early 2021! She’ll also be creating a website and logo for my publishing company, Bookwyrm Press, LLC.
       
    3. Character Portraits: I’m currently in talks with an artist who I’d love to work with, but nothing has been officially booked as of yet!
I’ll be reaching out to more professionals during December, but these are the first ones who’ve helped kickstart my publishing process. 😊 If you have any recommendations for people or companies you’ve personally loved working with, please reply to this email and let me know! I’m still on the hunt for most other roles.

November Reads

My current read is still A Sorcery of Thorns, and while I made another chunk of progress on it, I’m not quite finished yet. Every time I pick this book back up, I’m reminded how much I’m enjoying it, but I have too many other things vying for my attention right now. I’m also trying my best to get as far through one last beta read for a fellow author (whom I adore) as possible, so most of my spare reading bandwidth is going there.

In addition, group workshopping for the short story anthology I’m a part of (Project Winter Solstice) is about to be underway, so December will be a crazy month of editing constantly, for both myself and others. 😬

✨ BONUS CONTENT 

Here’s the full list of the books I’ll be giving away, when, and in what order. Though please note, the exact timing of my IG story posts will be random. I’ve also included details of any exclusive properties each book may have.

Books up for grabs on December 4th: 
  1. Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee (Hardcover). It’s signed by the author, and includes a letter to the reader with character art on the back, as well as more character art on the reverse side of the book jacket.
  2. Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake (Hardcover). A bookplate signed by the author is affixed to the title page, and it includes a letter to the reader with character art on the back.
  3. Viper by Bex Hogan (Paperback). It’s signed by the author.
  4. Shielded by KayLynn Flanders (Hardcover, with recoloring, and sprayed edges). It’s signed by the author, and includes a letter to the reader with character art on the back.
  5. Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst (Hardcover). It’s signed by the author, and includes a letter to the reader with character art on the back.
  6. Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez (Hardcover, with recoloring). It’s signed by the author, and includes a letter to the reader with character art on the back, as well as more character art on the reverse side of the book jacket.
On December 11th: 
  1. A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy (Hardcover, with sprayed edges). It’s signed by the author, and includes a letter to the reader with character art on the back.
  2. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody (Hardcover). Includes a letter to the reader.
  3. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (UK Hardcover). Signed by the author and includes a letter to the reader.
  4. Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton (Hardcover, with sprayed edges). It’s signed by the author, and includes a letter to the reader with character art on the back.
  5. These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch (Hardcover, with sprayed edges). It’s signed by the author, and includes a letter to the reader with character art on the back.
  6. Wicked Fox by Kat Cho (Hardcover, with sprayed edges). It’s signed by the author, and includes a letter to the reader with character art on the back.
On December 18th: 
  1. Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett (Hardcover, with sprayed edges). A bookplate signed by the author is affixed to the title page, and it includes a letter to the reader with character art on the back.
  2. The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna (Paperback, with sprayed edges and foiling). It appears this one may actually be an ARC!
  3. Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian (Hardcover). It’s signed by the author, and includes character art on the reverse side of the book jacket.
  4. To Best the Boys by Mary Weber (Hardcover, with sprayed edges). It’s signed by the author, and includes a letter to the reader with character art on the back.
  5. Nocturna by Maya Motayne (Hardcover, with recoloring and sprayed edges). It’s signed by the author, and includes a letter to the reader with character art on the back.
  6. Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye (Hardcover, with sprayed edges). It’s signed by the author, and includes a letter to the reader with character art on the back.
December 18th will also be the day the international giveaway opens, for either the writing program Scrivener, or a single Masterclass (via a traditional IG post).
 
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Congratulations to everyone who finished NaNoWriMo yesterday! I truly think the best thing you can walk away from NaNo with, regardless of 50k words, is a daily writing habit. So pat yourself on the back, wherever you landed. Any extra words you wrote this month have helped push your WIP that much farther along, and they’re all worth celebrating!

I will never stop thanking you for all the love and support you’ve given me. My inbox, DMs, P.O. box, etc. are always open to each of you!

💖Always,
Dani

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Upcoming fantasy author, new mom, D&D addict, Gemini, Slytherclaw, lover of brunch and afternoon tea, wants to be your friend. 💕

     
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