Sunday, March 10, 2013

Guest Post with Courtney Cole, Author of the NYT Bestseller If You Stay

So, this just might be my most exciting blog post EVER...

I have a bona fide writing rockstar here today!  Courtney Cole, NYT bestselling author of IF YOU STAY as well as many other books, wrote a guest post on a topic I requested because I was so eager to hear her opinion: how she feels indie publishing has changed since she began publishing, how she thinks it will continue to change, and how she feels about it in general.  And I have to say, I agree with absolutely everything Courtney said!

But before I get to the guest post, here's an intro to IF YOU STAY, just in case you've been living under a rock and haven't heard of it...

24-year old Pax Tate is an asshole.


He’s a tattooed, rock-hard bad-boy with a bad attitude to match.

But he’s got his reasons.

His mother died when Pax was seven, leaving a hole in his heart filled with guilt although he doesn’t understand why. What he does know is that he and his dad are left alone and with more issues than they can count.

As Pax grew up, he tried to be the kid his father always wanted; the perfect golden boy, but it didn’t work. His dad couldn’t overcome his grief long enough to notice and Pax couldn’t keep up the impossible perfect façade.

So he slipped far, far from it.

Now, he uses drugs and women to cope with the ugliness, the black void that he doesn’t want to deal with. If he pretends that the emptiness isn’t there, then it isn’t, right?


And it’s never more apparent than when he meets Mila.

Sweet, beautiful Mila Hill is the fresh air to his hardened frown, the beauty to his ugly heart. He doesn’t know how to not hurt her, but he quickly realizes that he’s got to figure it out because he needs her to breathe.

When memories of his mother’s death resurface from where he’s repressed them for so long, Mila is there to catch him when the guilt starts making sense. Mila is the one…the one who can save him from his broken troubled heart; from his issues, from the emptiness.

But only if he can stop being an asshole long enough to allow it.

He knows that. And he’s working on it.

But is that enough to make her stay?

**Warning -Contains sex and violence**
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And now, Courtney's guest post...
My thoughts on indie publishing
By Courtney Cole

Hi Stephanie!  Thank you for having me here today. 

Okay… so the topic today is indie publishing.   And I know it’s a loaded topic for many people, but hopefully it becomes less and less loaded as the days go by.  I don’t think it deserves to be a hot-button issue.

For me, being an indie is simply a decision I chose to make so that I could make a living doing what I love to do.  There was never a ‘me against the traditional publishing world’ mentality.  Quite simply, I’m not afraid of a challenge and I simply wanted to write, so I took things into my own hands. 

Indie publishing isn’t for everyone.  To be an indie, you have to be able to juggle about a million things at a time and be able to handle the stress of handling all of those things at once.  Being an indie means that not only can you write, but you can also handle the business side of publishing—and to be honest, it’s a daunting task and it’s quite a lot of work. 

But!!  It’s worth it.  I will never regret taking the path that I took.  I’m definitely not ruling out partnering with a big house in the future—because there might be a time that I will, if the decision is right for me at that point.  But I’m also not against continuing down the indie path.  It’s really all about making the choice that is right for you at a particular time. 

As far as how the industry is changing… that is true.  It is changing.  I’ve heard people speculate about how the big publishers will eventually phase out and it will be Amazon and indies running the publishing world.  I don’t think that’s realistic at all.  I think that the big publishers will evolve and change with the publishing industry, just as indies have evolved and changed.  Amazon will continue to be the titan that they are, but so will the big houses. 

In my opinion, there is a place for everyone in the industry- there is room for us all.  Each writer simply needs to look at their own personality and needs and then make the choice that fits that particular book or that particular moment in their life.  If you’re willing to work hard, either path you take will be rewarding.  No matter what you choose, being able to do what you love for a living is the best thing in the world.    


Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.
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Thanks so much to Courtney for sharing her thoughts and allowing me to host her on my blog!

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