Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Riding the Caboose

By Melissa Landers

Hey there, YA enthusiasts! I'm Melissa Landers, author of ALIENATED, the first in a funny, romantic sci-fi series coming in February from Disney-Hyperion. (Yes, February, as in 9 months from now. I know, I's a long time to wait. More on that later.) But first I want to remind you that I'm running a GOODREADS GIVEAWAY for a signed ARC, and you can enter it here:

Best of luck!

Okay, now back to the subject at hand, which is "Riding the Caboose," otherwise known as "Surprise! Your release date was bumped!"

Bumpage happens to every author at some point, and it's not the end of the world. When Disney changed distributors, they had to switch from a 3 season catalog to 2 seasons, which meant titles had to get shuffled around. No big whoop. But I'm not going to lie; it's a harrowing exercise in patience to wait 27 months from acquisition to publication. I am not a patient person.

Then there's the Mindfreak Factor. We have ARCs! Beautiful, colorful ARCs! Want proof?

ARC love!!!

Seeing ALIENATED in book form and knowing that Disney is distributing ARCs at trade shows and conferences makes it seem like my book will release any day now. Reviews are even starting to trickle in! But then I remember the release date and realize that I could (theoretically) get pregnant today and have a human baby before my book baby hits the shelves. I COULD MAKE A WHOLE PERSON before my novel launches! And even though ALIENATED was my first book, it will be the fourth to publish. (I've written 3 romances in the interim.) See what I mean? It's a bit of a mindfreak.

But since the situation is beyond my control, I might as well find a silver lining. Getting bumped means I have more time to prepare for release day, more time to reach new readers like you! It also means I can watch and learn from my fellow Lucky 13s as they take flight ahead of me. And then there's the whole "exercise in patience" thing. Who couldn't use a little more patience? J

Melissa Landers is the author of ALIENATED, a seriously foreign exchange coming February 4, 2014 from Disney-Hyperion and now available for pre-order. You can learn more about Melissa on her website. Additionally, she writes adult contemporary romance as Macy Beckett.


  1. Can't imagine the test of patience, Melissa! But good for you finding that silver lining and making the most of your extra time. Can't wait to read! :)

  2. Well that is a bummer but now you have something to look forward to in the middle of winter! ;)

  3. You and your half-full cup. Good for you...good for you for not running screaming naked down Dixie Highway at noon on Saturday...

  4. Thanks, ladies! And Teri, you crack me up. Maybe I should give your method a try. Any publicity is good publicity, right? ;)

  5. *HUGS*

    Melissa, I know you probably have to deal with readers (like me) saying, "OH MY GOSH WHY IS IT IN FEBRUARY THAT'S LIKE A BILLION MONTHS AWAY" (actually, nine, as you said), and that in itself must take a lot of patience! MORE HUGS!!!

    I guess I can quit saying that since I have an ARC now :D

    But you hang in there! Like you have been doing. Since 27 months ago. WOW. You are a saint, lady! I couldn't do it. I would be going crazy ALL OF THE TIME O_O

    You ROCK! :)

  6. Aw, thanks, Alyssa! I hope you're giving your ARC as many snuggles as I give mine. ;)

  7. Good of you to look at the positive. I guess I just have to wait that much longer *sigh*

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