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Indie publishing, the Huntsman, and taking risks

August 5, 2019 • By

“Just send it.” This is something my 13-year-old has been saying lately. At first, I thought it meant sending a text or snap (because I’m old, yo, and that’s the tea). But of course she clarified that it meant “Just go for it.” (Duh, Mom)

Deciding to publish THE LAST HUNTSMAN has been my “Just send it” moment.

Some history: I wrote the first version of TLH in 2010. My agent gave me some revision notes, and after a few back-and-forths, he sent it out. I did an exclusive revision with a lovely editor at a Big 5—only to be shot down at acquisition by Sales & Marketing (insert groan and eye roll). Then, the Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart Snow White and the Huntsman movie came out and…suddenly my book would just be a copycat attempt. Curse you, Hollywood!! (But not you, Chris, I still love you.)

courtesy of IMDB.com

Immediately after that I was told that fairy tale retellings were out or my previous sales numbers weren’t high enough, etc. Sigh. Time to move on.

So, I did, and I wrote my Dispossessed series, starting with THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED. My next few years were consumed with that series, then after that, my adult historical romance series (as Angie Morgan, written with friend and co-author Amalie Howard). Seriously, how did nearly ten years pass by so quickly???

And in all that time, I kept going back to TLH every now and again, peeking at it, thinking about it, working on it here and there. My agent even sent it out on another round of submissions. Of course, the timing was awful because that was around when the second Huntsman movie came out. I know, right?! *shakes fist at the sky*

I still loved my Huntsman story, but was it just going to sit on my computer desktop for all time?

After seeing so many traditionally published author friends make the transition to independent publishing for certain projects of theirs—and loving it—I realized I could do the same thing. Still, making the change has been a challenge. There is A LOT of behind-the-scenes work that goes into publishing a book that I’ve never had to deal with before. It’s a learning curve that I’m taking at my own speed.

But I’m going for it. I’m publishing the novel I’ve loved for years, and having control over that decision has been so empowering. I have no idea what to expect, and in the end, my goal is just to get TLH into as many hands as possible so readers can have the chance to love the story as much as I do.

Speaking of which, if you’re a reader who loves YA fantasy, romance, revenge, adventure, and fairy tale retellings, I’m looking for early readers and reviewers! Fill out the Google form here, and I’ll send you an e-ARC (advanced reading copy). I only ask that you consider leaving a review online when you finish!

Keep reading, keep taking risks, and keep creating, my friends!

-Page

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Get ready for THE LAST HUNTSMAN!

June 28, 2019 • By

I have some exciting news to share! On September 9, I’ll be releasing my next young adult novel, THE LAST HUNTSMAN! This is a stand-alone, high fantasy reimagining of the Huntsman and Magic Mirror from the tale of Snow White. What’s the book about? Here’s the summary:

No women. No children. No torture. The Huntsman has his rules.

For years, Tobin has done his emperor’s bidding, eliminating threats to the Empire of Morvansk. But when he is ordered to kill the lovely Princess Mara, Tobin’s absolute loyalty ends. The emperor’s punishment is swift and lethal, and Tobin is left with only one desire: vengeance.

Stay quiet. Stay hidden. Stay free. These are the rules Ever lives by.

Raised as a boy by her overprotective father, Ever has something the Morvansk emperor covets: mirror magic. With it, she can see anyone, anywhere, through the mirror’s glass. The emperor stole her mother years ago for this same magic, and now, he wants Ever, too.

When Ever’s mirror shows the wounded rebel huntsman approaching her village, she’s compelled to help him. But as Tobin and Ever grow closer, and their secrets intertwine, they’ll have to follow the rules they’ve always lived by—or break free from them, once and for all.

You guys!! I’m so happy to finally be releasing this book into the world. It’s been a passion project of mine for a while now—every now and then, I would go back to this world and these characters and work a little more on them. I’ve written a lot of books over the years, but this one remains my absolute favorite. I love Tobin and Ever, and can’t wait for you to meet them. I’ll be sharing more about the book, excerpts, and of course, the cover, in the coming weeks!

If you’d like to review TLH and want an advanced e-copy, please join my Early Readers & Reviewers Crew! Fill out the Google form HERE!

Please help me spread the word about THE LAST HUNTSMAN so it can have its best shot at a strong debut! Here are some things that you can do:

  1. Add THE LAST HUNTSMAN into your Goodreads queue HERE.
  2. Tweet about THE LAST HUNTSMAN! Sample Tweet: “A new #YA novel by @PageMorganBooks! THE LAST HUNTSMAN—a reimagining of Snow White’s Huntsman & Magic Mirror—releases 9/9/19! Read more about the book, and add it on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2YidR7K”
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  4. Join my newsletter crew (below) for first looks and offers—including the upcoming cover reveal.

In short, if you love YA fantasy, romance, magic, and twisty retellings, THE LAST HUNTSMAN is right up your alley. Thank you in advance for all of your support! More soon…


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Celebrating 5 years of THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED with a giveaway!

May 14, 2019 • By

I can’t believe it’s been five years since THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED released! Five years, and I still love this YA series as much as when I wrote it. So, let’s celebrate!! I’m giving away 5 signed and personalized paperback editions!

If you haven’t yet read this series, here’s your chance to begin. Not sure what the book or series is all about? Look here! Then come back and fill out the Google form (or at http://bit.ly/TBTCgiveaway). Winners will be announced Saturday, May 18!

For those of you who have read, reviewed, and supported this series in the past, I can’t thank you enough! I’m so proud of these books — they hold a special place in my heart and always will.

Stay tuned for my next YA fantasy, THE LAST HUNTSMAN, releasing this summer! I can’t wait to share my fairytale reimagining of the Huntsman and the Magic Mirror with you! Join my newsletter crew for updates!