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New Adult Book, Fiction

27 Jun

I think EyeLeash falls NEATLY into the “New Adult Literature” category. Otherwise I’ve been going round and round, calling it “YA,” then “Alternative YA,” “New Media,” a “YA Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Blog Fiction,” and what have you.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2568901/what_is_new_adult_literature.html?cat=38

http://www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog/New+Adult+What+Is+It.aspx

I might pimp EyeLeash to literary agents (again) once the “New Adult Literature” category is more established. I’m not going to do it right now…because I have more important things to do [like seeing to my “BUS 461: Strategic Marketing” summer course, three separate book series (different genres), and how far The Devilin Fey (my paranormal romance novella) can go in the Kindle store (highest = ~#10K ranking, in 2-3 weeks, with very little marketing on my part, thus far)].

10 Facts About “EyeLeash: A Blog Novel”

5 May

Some gathered, personal tidbits on the book ;) I’ve included snippets from EyeLeash, to go along with some of the facts.

Fact #1: Page 182 mentions the true story/scandal, of a cheerleader/student who lost her phone (Google keywords: “Singapore NYP Tammy”). It was just one of my ways of keeping up with the times…

NYP clip
Sunday, July 2, 2006 – 1.24pm

*updated via Mobile Device

Overheard someone on the train talking to her friend: “What’s wrong with teens today? They’ve no morals, and they care for nothing!”
What an ageist question. Every generation will have something “wrong” about it.

Update – 10.24pm

There’s a big hoo-ha because of a 15-yr old cheerleader from NewYoungParents High School, Tannie, whose cell phone got stolen.
There was a 10-minute sex romp of her and her boyfriend on the phone. BIG DEAL.

~ excerpt from EyeLeash, Pg 182 (print copy)

Fact #2: I got the title, EyeLeash, from playing anagrams. I was shifting around the letters of a guyfriend’s name. I’d accidentally left out one letter from the name — and had the word staring right back at me.

Fact #3: The worst thing about writing EyeLeash were the timestamps (per blog post and IM chat), and the formatting. Each date/timestamp is in font size 10; each blog post title had to be bolded and underlined manually. Editing the manuscript was very tedious.

Fact #4: The best part about writing this particular blog novel, was the blend of fact and fiction. I know which parts exactly, are true and/or false (or a mix of both) — I still smile now and then when I spot an “inside joke” (even if I’m the only one who knows about it!).

Fact #5: The first page (which is an e-mail) has a deliberate typo error (which no one has pointed out to me…yet).

Fact #6: Novan’s hair gel/hair wax is inspired by the Tigi range. Those products smell good enough to eat. The brand of hair wax in the book is FastFixx. Yeah, I like playing around with names a lot. Jade’s perfume is real (Anna Sui’s Secret Wish).

Fact #7: Pages 226 & 227 are real IM chat convos I have had with people (on what someone said while playing “truth or dare”, and the purpose of “good-looking guys”).

-lia-: good looking men are there for just one reason.
-lia-: they’re good to look at.
-lia-: they’re just objects.

~ excerpt from EyeLeash, Pg 226 (print copy)

Fact #8: Pg 269 (about the song-writing competition) was inspired by a poetry competition. Though I didn’t win, that poem remains one of my personal favorites. It’s a poem about city life, entitled Slates of Grey.

Fact #9: EyeLeash is a project that’s been 4 years in the making. This includes the initial drafts, discussions with an interested editor, and everything else up to the actual publication date (24 June 2009). I might show excerpts of the (laughable, cringe-worthy) first draft, on a random day in future…

Fact #10: The first cover’s design was of a girl’s profile, but I wanted something more artistic-looking, so I dug up one of my old drawings (a sketch from 2004). The present cover you see on the sidebar, is the second cover.

Blog Tour

2 May

11 May 2013: I’m very busy with various new writing projects — whatever I’ve wanted to say are in the links (and blog posts) below :P

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:: EyeLeash Blog Tour ::

May 13 — Review @ Hot Gossip Hot Reviews

“It is an authentic, original and raw look at a seventeen year old’s life, via the blog. Throw out rules of grammar / Throw out textbooks / Add realistic dialogue / Add crisp, unforgettable characters…EyeLeash is a spellbinding dive into the teenager mind with a fresh style of writing — blog style.”

Aug 09 — Review + Interview @ Opinionated? Me?

“When I first heard of a “blog fiction” novel, I immediately thought it would be another IM fluffy rom-com, like TTYL by Lauren Myracle. But [Ms. Scott captures] perfectly the John Hughes-like angst every teenager goes through like any real teenager would — through the internet.”

Aug 09 — Review by unlikelyaristotle

“…Jade is not infuriatingly self-deprecating the way Bella Swan (main character from Twilight) is, among many other differences. She’s got confidence, and it’s refreshing to read a book about a girl who actually thinks she’s got a good body. I think that’s so important.”

July 18 — Review @ Joseph Grinton
Aug 11 — Interview + Honorable Mention @ LA FEMME READERS
Aug 11 — Review + Interview @ From the Heart
Aug 15 — Blog Fiction Discussion @ The Book Scout
Aug 22 — Interview + Guest Post @ Beth’s Book Review Blog
Aug 24 — Interview @ Author Exchange Blog
Aug 25 — Interview + Guest Blogversary Post @ The Electrical Book Cafe
Aug 27 — Interview @ A Journey of Books
Sept 05 — Interview @ A Flight of Minds
Sept 08 — Interview @ Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf
Sept 14 — Books By Their Cover (the INSANE interview)
Sept 19 — Review @ Falling Off The Shelf
Sept 22 — Interview @ AMWC
Sept 26 — Interview @ ChickLitTeens.com
Nov 12 — Review @ That Chick That Reads
Jan 10 — Review @ Everything To Do With Books

“What I got from this book was that it’s basically about self-discovery and it was really interesting. I liked watching both Jade and Novan transform into better people so to speak…I wondered what [the name EyeLeash] meant and the cool thing is I found out and that was just really really cool.”

Feb 04 — Interview @ Shelagh Watkins | Literature & Fiction
Feb 19 — Review + Interview @ J. Timothy King’s Blog
May 7 — Interview @ Fallen Angel Reviews
May 18 — Interview @ The Indie Spotlight
May 31 — Review @ LINDEA / “Free Your Inner Stalker”
June 12 — Review @ KindleObsessed
Sept 18 — Review + Interview @ The Phantom Paragrapher

* Part of this tour was hosted by the very cool Traveling to Teens.

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:: Promo Postcards ::

EyeLeash postcards are were up for grabs at The Electrical Book Cafe, and A Flight of Minds!

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From left to right (clockwise): Jade Ashton / EyeLeash Book Cover Art / Novan Chang / Jade & Novan (romantic snapshot). These are also available at S.t.u.f.f, my online store.

Free book!!

14 Jul

Holy cow! — after several hours of re-formats, my book is now available on a couple more places.

Smashwords is having a Summer/Winter sale special (till the end of July), so I’ve enrolled my blog novel in their sitewide promotion.

Here’s the link to download and read EyeLeash: A Blog Novel — use the code JFREE at checkout to get the book for FREE.

Two things:

1. Let all your friends know

2. Feel free to let me know what you think (good, bad, and everything in between ^^). Reviews would be much appreciated.

And now, to get to work on some stuff for my next book…

Blog Book Trailer

7 Jul

And to think that I started out disliking YouTube (when it first appeared on the web)…all that changed, of course, once I started going through nice music videos, and never-seen-before live clips of my favorite bands, etc.

As for the EyeLeash book trailer — it took about one weekend to put together. I had some old pieces I drew some time ago, so in they went.

Blog Fiction

3 Jun

Some “background information” about this project of mine.

EyeLeash: A Blog Fiction Novel

Started gathering material/researching/living the content (it’s semi-autobiographical): Mid-2005

Started writing novel: January 2007

Completed novel: September 2007

Got the interest of an editor (Flux Imprint/Llewellyn): January 2008

Discussed with editor: 6 months (snippets of editorial discussions available in my free eBook, Porcelain).

Outcome with editor: Editor leaves for another publishing house, and I have to start all over.

Got the interest of another editor (Sourcebooks): October 2008

Outcome: Never heard back from editor, or agent who submitted the material.

Total number of rejections from agents/editors/publishers: 500+ (possibly 700, I have lost count).

Reason for my persistence: I believe EyeLeash tells a good story that rings true at the end of the day. I think it’s a waste to toss this away into the dark recesses of a cabinet just because it’s difficult to break into the publishing industry with this innovative, experimental, unconventional piece of work. I believe I utilized the blog and IM formats for this book for pure storytelling purposes — it isn’t a gimmick to make the novel more “hip” or “relevant”. The story just IS the way that it is; I refuse to accept that all my hard work has been for nothing :)

Who I am: Of all the names I have/have had, I like “Jess” best. I read, write, love, and live, and plunge myself whole-heartedly into experiences. I’ve a short bio on my main website. Porcelain is my writing portfolio, which offers a glimpse into my writing voice+style+structure. If you want to follow my random howabouts, I can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and these other places.

Thanks for reading.

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