Me. Candid. And a little bit speechless.

Words.

I don’t have very many of them, which is unusual considering I’m a writer.  But after tonight, I’m finding it hard to find them.

I have five published books out now and two more on the way.  You guys made them all New York Times bestsellers.  How does an author repay that?  How does an author thank the readers who made five out of five of her books NYT’S FREAKING BESTSELLERS!?

I wanted to show you my thanks, so I wrote you all a free novella, Finding Cinderella.  After my publishers got word that I was putting out a free novella, I expected their response to be, “What?!?  WHY? You can get MONEY for that! SELL. IT. YOU. IDIOT!”

Instead, they offered to edit it for me, make a full cover jacket and distribute it online themselves, knowing they would never make a penny off of it.  Why?  Because behind the name ATRIA BOOKS lies a group of fabulous, generous, honest people who I am proud to call friends.

When you think of Simon & Schuster, you think of a huge corporation.  You don’t think about the individuals behind the name.  Since signing with their division, Atria Books in 2012, I’ve seen that they genuinely care about their authors, their readers and the books they distribute.

Tonight, they held a “town hall meeting” to discuss putting Finding Cinderella into print. Why?  Just check out this awesome explanation they put together. http://pages.simonandschuster.com/colleenhoover/findingcinderella

I just spent the last hour and a half watching something incredible take place on Twitter.  Hundreds upon hundreds of tweets and pleas from readers, begging for this book to be put into print and Atria agreeing to do it.  Preorders will go up soon and the book will be ready March 18th!  Lots of extras in this book.  I’ll give you a little sneak peek at the end of this post.

 

When I write a book, I still have that fear that no one will like it, no one will read it and people will throw eggs at me.  But you guys continue to amaze and surprise me. Atria Books continues to amaze and surprise me.  This life continues to amaze and surprise me.

 

If any of you see me at the New Orleans signing this weekend and I looked shocked, amazed and surprised…you know why.  Because my life is awesome and I just don’t know why it’s my life.  I also don’t know why I’m lucky enough to have people behind me, supporting me, like the entire Atria indie team, with emphasis on LeeAnna for the hard work she put into getting Finding Cinderella in print.  Not to mention the support from all the CoHorts.  And you Weblich girls (and guys) who make it hard to get anything done in real life because you’re so damn funny.

Thank you for making today one of the greatest days ever.

 

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79 thoughts on “Me. Candid. And a little bit speechless.

  1. I won a copy of Finding Cinderella in NOLA, but I am not going to miss out on this Epilogue!! I just pre-ordered!! Thank you for everything Colleen!

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