Thursday, April 3, 2014

What A Difference A Year Makes

It's been just a little over a year since I posted this post.

I typed that up and posted it at one of my lowest points. I was frustrated with my writing and sad about the way things were going for me. I felt like nothing I did was ever going to work out, and I didn't feel like I had a good outlet for all my feels.

That very same day, just a few hours after that post went live, I got the news about PUSH GIRL.

Now, a year later, I'm in awe of how things have turned around so much since that post.

Like, I have blurbs, you guys! I don't think I ever showed you my blurbs! These amazing authors, all of whom I completely admire and think the world of, took the time to read PUSH GIRL and publicly say awesome things about it! All four of these amazing women are writers whose books I love and have spoken highly of just as a reader and a lover of YA books. This blows my mind!

Push Girl’s Kara doesn’t want to be an inspiration, but she (and author Chelsie Hill) are exactly that in this honest, feisty, and painfully real story of one girl's adjustment to life on two wheels.”
—Deb Caletti, National Book Award finalist and author of The Queen of Everything and The Story of Us
"Push Girl is more than a survival story; it's about the power of turning pain and anger into hope and inspiration. Filled with heart and humor, it's an unforgettable, moving read."
—Tamara Ireland Stone, author of Time Between Us
“A compelling journey into Kara’s unforeseen, life-altering event and a revealing look at society’s various reactions to the physically challenged. It’s a story of love, desire and regret, tragedy, loss and triumph, of those who stand with you through the darkness and others who can’t, or simply won’t. We’re with Kara as she struggles to accept her post-accident life and forge new relationships with her friends, family and most importantly, herself. Push Girl is all life-as-normal, until suddenly, irreversibly it isn’t and Kara’s journey to build a new normal is a wrenching but ultimately triumphant one of strength, determination and heart. Go, Kara!”
—Laura Weiss, author of Such a Pretty Girl
Push Girl is a tender, inspirational, and, most of all, important story about courage and adversity and never losing sight of who you are.”
—Jennifer Brown, author of Hate List
A year ago, all I had was a mess of a manuscript that I didn't know what to do with and a lot of frustration and despair. Now, just barely a year later, that mess of a manuscript has found a publishing home, and I have another book, one I never even dreamed of, one that has all those pretty blurbs on it, coming out in exactly TWO MONTHS. (Yes, two months from today. No, I'm not nervous at all. Why do you ask? *bites nails*)
Life is weird, you guys. Things can and will happen that you never, ever expect for yourself. Try not to let the bummer times get you down, and leave yourself open to new opportunities, because you never, ever know what they can turn into. 
I know there are some of you who are at that point I was a year ago, and you've been there for a while. You guys...I know your time is coming. I KNOW IT. Who knows...maybe you'll get your good news today. (Or after you post your most depressing blog post ever.)


  1. Makes me SO happy and proud of you! I remember reading that blog post a year ago and feeling for you, but knowing this day would happen! Love your words of inspiration :)

  2. Yay! You are such an inspiration to me. I keep going even when I'm down because of positive situations like yours. It's been so exciting to witness your successes over the past year. Those blurbs are fantastic - Deb Caletti is one of the authors that got me into writing contemp YA so how cool that she blurbed your book!

  3. I love this post, Jess, and it's particularly timely for me. I'm so proud of you and all you've accomplished, and those blurbs are aMaZiNg! I can't wait to have copies of your incredible books on my shelf. Congrats, lady!

  4. This is so inspiring. Congratulations, and thanks for being so honest and open about your process - all of the ups and downs. I can't wait to read your books! Amazing!

  5. So I should write a depressing blog post? ;)

  6. This is so inspirational, and I'm so happy the way things have changed for you. Can't wait until your books are out in the world! Congrats!!!

  7. What a great post! So excited for both of these amazing books to go out into the world! <3

  8. Love this post, Jess. I am so thrilled for you. Maybe things didn't work out the way you imagined, at first, but they worked out in the way they needed to. :) I can't wait to read your books - both solo and co-authored…and whatever else you end up writing. Thank you for all your blog posts and being very honest in your blog about your ups and downs.