Welcome to Meet The Newbies, a co-hosted event from Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school aka the 2015 debut authors.
Meet Holly Bodger:
HOLLY BODGER has a BA in English Literature and has spent her entire career in publishing. She is an active member of RWA and is a 2013 Golden Heart finalist in the Young Adult category. She lives in Ottawa, Canada.
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Meet her debut novel:
Title: 5 To 1
Author: Holly Bodger
Genre: YA Science Fiction (Dystopia)
Releases: May 12th, 2015 from Knopf Books for Young Readers
In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife. Sudasa, though, doesn't want to be a wife, and Kiran, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. As the tests advance, Sudasa and Kiran thwart each other at every turn until they slowly realize that they just might want the same thing.
Holly Bodger, thanks so much for participating in Meet The Newbies! Check out the her Top Ten Things you'll learn as a newb in honor of #MeetTheNewbs.
10 things you’ll learn as a #newb:
- The moment you get a book deal, you’ll forget how difficult it was to get a book deal. You’ll also forget how hard it was to get an agent and write a query because you’ll be too obsessed with the next thing. Sadly, the next thing moves like one of those red pointer lights that we use to torture the cat. Don’t get mad. He attempts to break random things at 2 a.m. so he deserves it.
- Your second book will try to kill you. I’m talking Jason with a chainsaw, Freddie Kruger with the bad manicure, here. You’ll exist in a state of terror from the moment you open Microsoft Word until after you type The End. You’ll convince yourself that your first book was a fluke; that you are a fraud, soon-to-be to outed like Milli Vanilli.
- You will learn terms that make no sense to anyone outside of publishing, such as launch meeting and page proofs and bookscan. When you use these terms during dinner, your family will stare at you like you’ve shown up in a chicken costume. Embrace the chicken. This is not going to change.
- You will kill your darlings and they will mostly be semi-colons. Seriously, no copyeditor on the planet is letting you keep those. Wave goodbye now.
- The moment your book is listed on Goodreads, you’ll decide you love Goodreads. You’ll check it every day (possibly every hour) to see how many people have added your book to their To-Read list. And then #6 will happen and you’ll Google, “How to block Goodreads”.
- You will promise not to read your reviews, but you will break this promise and that is when you will learn that EVERYONE GETS BAD REVIEWS! And these bad reviews? They hurt more than the meanest thing anyone ever said to you (and yes, I’m counting that perm in 1987…what were you thinking?) Once you’ve read these bad reviews, you’ll swear to never ever again read your reviews but only after a lot of tears and possibly a trip to the store that sells wine by the box.
- The moment your book goes to print, you’ll think of 17,000 things you forgot to change/edit/verify. You’ll be wrong about 16,999 of these. The one you are not wrong about will haunt you forever.
- The month leading up to your release date, you will lose your mind. You will forget to eat breakfast, but will eat lunch three times. Your husband will find you ripping apart his sock drawer because you’re absolutely certain you left your car keys in there. The scary part? You probably did.
- You will not make a million dollars, you will not sell movie rights to Spielberg, and you will not be sent on a world book tour with Stephen King. Publishers do not do this for anyone, including Stephen King. Get used to it. If you can’t, consult my advice about buying wine by the box.
You will rely on your writer friends more than you ever have before. They will be the people who tell you that you’re not a fraud, that everyone likes chickens, and that car keys belong in a sock drawer. They will buy your books and come to your signings and read every single blog post you write. They will mark your “pre-launch meltdown” on their calendars in pen and when you ask them if it was a good idea to blog about Milli Vanilli, they will smile and say, “Of course it was. Now let’s find that wine by the box…”
Thanks so much Holly for hosting this giveaway for a finished copy of 5 To 1, this is US only!
Check out our kick-off post to win a bundle of debut ARCs.
Meet some of the other newbies! Check out their posts and giveaways:
Remember to mark down on your calendar that May 22nd @ 8pm EST the first Meet The Newbies twitter chat is taking place using the hashtag #MTN2015