Yep. Finally. After all these years. Wish in One Hand (formerly known as Djinnocide, if you've been playing along) releases tomorrow.
This book. Well, I got the idea I wanted to write an urban fantasy - you know, since those were so hot - and I tried to think of an idea that would separate me from the growing crowd of urban fantasy titles out there. So, I looked around and realized there was a dearth of offerings about genies. (In fact, when I started the book back in... shit, 2007?... there was zilch.) So I made a start over the summer. And it was... Bleh.
Then I sat down for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month - November every year), determined to write this book if it killed me, and banged out the first draft. Over the intervening months, I scrubbed it, polished it, gave it to beta readers, and... Well, that's neither here nor there. Suffice it to say, it wasn't blowing anyone's skirts up.
I ended up scrapping that original draft and re-writing the whole damn book. THEN I scrapped that draft and re-wrote the whole damn book again - in first person. What I ended up with after all those scrappings and rewritings and editings was Djinnocide. (Genocide - Genie-cide - Djinnocide... get it?)
And I submitted it to agents. I got a couple nibbles, but nothing worth even trying to set the hook. I entered it in a strange submission period for a major publisher and made it to the final cut, but not past it. I sent it off as a straight submission to another major publisher and, while I got some nice compliments, was told it wasn't right for their list.
Okee doke. I wasn't really all that jazzed anymore about taking this through a real publisher anyway. Not sour grapes. Really. By the time I got that rejection letter, I'd already begun self-publishing and I was loving it. So, I took Wish in One Hand and started feeding it through the machine. Cover art. Edits. Polishes.
All that new grinding commenced in May. It's been a whirlwind three months after 8 years of slogging through oatmeal, but it's done. Wish in One Hand will be out there in the world tomorrow. (It's up for pre-order, so if you want it on your Kindle when you wake up tomorrow, order it now.)
I hope all of you love it as much as I do. If you can't manage that level of excitement, I hope you all enjoy it enough that you don't want to find me and throttle that $3.99 out of my hide.