The story of a story…

For NaNoWriMo 2014 I wrote a story – working title Crush Flight – of roundabout 53.300 words. I was incredibly proud, not only because it was the first time that I had won NaNoWriMo, but also because of the story. It was good and I wanted to get it out there for everyone to read. Now I know many authors feel like that about their own stories, but just to clarify: I don’t nearly have the same feelings about the story I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2015.

Crush Flight was sent to my best friend and two other erotica authors. I received some feedback, all positive, which of course put even more smiles on my face. Other than that, nothing happened with Crush Flight. Until halfway the beginning of October 2015. I attended a book presentation at the end of September. That evening I learned that the Dutch publisher that was present too, also published English books. My mind started working…

Before I could even begin to form a plan in my head, the author whose book presentation I had attended informed me that she had recommended me at said Dutch publisher. All I needed to do was to send them a sample of my book, wait for about 7 weeks and then I would hear a yes or no. Yes, my book will be published, no they won’t publish my book.

I sent a sample of my book in the first half of October and decided not to start worrying about an answer until the end of November, seven weeks after I had sent the sample. I pushed all thoughts about Crush Flight to the back of my mind, trying not to be nervous about it. I succeeded quite well in this, until the end of November. Then I started worrying. It took another 10 days before I received an email, at 11pm: yes!


I could hardly believe my eyes. Many things happened after that, the most important being:

  • my book will be mentioned in the publisher’s spring catalogue of 2016;
  • I have signed the contract;
  • I asked a very special lady if she would be a beta reader for my book and she said yes;
  • I asked a very special man to write the foreword for my book and he said yes;
  • a lovely and talented artist is designing the cover of my book;
  • editing, editing, editing!!!

It’s really going to happen!

In the coming weeks, on this blog, I will:

  • reveal the final title of my book;
  • reveal the cover of the book;
  • share several excerpts with you;
  • inform you about the publication date.

Stay tuned for more news!

~ Marie A. Rebelle

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9 thoughts on “The story of a story…

  1. I am so thrilled for you and excited! Well done for sending it off. It is absolutely brilliant that your novel is going to be published. xoxoxoxoxoxox

    1. Thank you, darling Honey. You are one of the few people who know how much this means to me! Thanks for everything xoxoxox <3

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