Guest Post: Stacey Jay’s Journey to Publication, Plus Giveaway for OF BEAST AND BEAUTY

Hello, lovely readers! Today, I’m kicking off the tour for Stacey Jay’s OF BEAST AND BEAUTY, hosted by the fabulous Rockstar Book Tours. OF BEAST AND BEAUTY, Stacey’s latest novel, sounds nothing short of epic, and I’m thrilled to have a guest post with the author on her journey to publication. And be sure to stay til the end – you can win one of ten hardcover copies!

Of Beast and Beauty 

In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love

Once upon a time in Southern California, there lived a very naïve, very out of work, former actress and new mother to an adorable little boy. After the birth of her son, the actress (who had never made much money being an actress, though she worked very hard at it), found herself unable to afford childcare in order to continue auditioning, and making not-very-much-money, in the manner to which she had become accustomed.

Eager to continue earning at least a little money, and to have work to occupy her time while her new baby took his two naps every day, the actress put her mind to seeking out a job she could do from home. She soon realized that—armed with a BFA in Acting, and a spotty work history—she wasn’t qualified to do much except play pretend for a living. And so she decided to start writing fiction. She had always loved to read (and play pretend), had had a few of the plays she’d written produced, and was practically addicted to writing bad poetry. She figured with practice, commitment, and discipline, she should be able to start earning a small living as author within a year or so.

This was not a very wise thing to figure. (As most of you know, publishing is a difficult business to break into, let alone make a living at, and the actress had absolutely NO clue what she was doing.)

This became an even less wise thing to figure when the new mom soon became a single mom and the breadwinner for her small family. (Anyone who tells you babies aren’t expensive is lying. Big, stinky, needs-a-new-diaper lies.)

Now…at this point…if the actress had been sensible, she would have secured a full time job of some sort—waiting tables or bartending or something she’d done before—and put writing on the backburner. But the actress had never been big on sense. Stubbornness: yes. A firm believer in, and possessor of, an insane work ethic: heck yes.

Sensible…not so much.

And so the actress, who had begun to publish steamy romance stories with a digital publisher under a pen name, worked harder. She wrote four to five thousand words a day. She submitted partials to dozens of agents. She continued to publish a new steamy romance under her pen name every few months while working on the book of her heart—a Young Adult novel, because that was what the actress really wanted to write—every moment she could spare.

It took about twice as long as she had initially hoped—two years, instead of one—and the generosity of a mom willing to let the actress and her baby shack up with Grandma for several months (thanks, Mom), but within twenty-six months of beginning to write every day, the actress had a contract with a New York publisher for her first Young Adult book, and nine novels and novellas digitally published under her pseudonym.

Since then, she has gone on to publish eight novels as Stacey Jay (Stacey is her real name, J is her middle initial).

OF BEAST AND BEAUTY, her latest, is out July 23

The End.

So…that’s the story.

The tale of my path-to-publication makes me cringe a little every time I think about it—hence the third person—but I share the complete truth in hopes that it will inspire any of you who are currently on the path and feeling frustrated and confused.

You could not be more clueless than I was when I started out. (Seriously.) You can, and will, sort it all out, if you are determined to do so. Determination is, in my experience, the most important trait a writer can possess. A mild case of insanity is probably a close second.

Stacey Jay

Stacey Jay is a recovering workaholic (or at least working hard at recovering) with three pen names, two small children, and a passion for playing pretend for a living. She’s been a full time mom-writer since 2005 and can’t think of anything she’d rather be doing. Her former careers include theatre performer, professional dancer, poorly paid C-movie actress, bartender, waiter, math tutor (for real) and yoga instructor.

In her very limited spare time, Stacey enjoys cooking elaborate dinners and eating them very slowly, dressing up in costumes with her sons, and drinking wine with her husband. She loves to hear from readers and personally answers every single email she receives.

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66 Comments

  1. Reply

    Christianna Marks

    July 15, 2013

    I love seeing how books come into being! What an awesomely inspiring story!

  2. Reply

    Vivien

    July 15, 2013

    This sounds like such a great read!! I keep seeing it and the raving reviews as well :D

  3. Reply

    Janita @ Book, Interrupted

    July 15, 2013

    This sounds awesome! Great author post, I laughed. I really wish I had that kind of commitment for writing.

  4. Reply

    RIN

    July 15, 2013

    I'm really excited for this book. I love the cover and am a huge fan of books based on fairytales!

    Brynna

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    Bookluvrs Haven

    July 15, 2013

    OH BOOOO. Sorry Hafsah, I entered before I realized this was US only. That being said, I am going to add this anyways. I love Beauty and the Beast retellings! Pls disregard my two entries.

    Lily @ Bookluvrs Haven

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    Alyssa Susanna

    July 15, 2013

    A BFA in Acting – cool! Sounds perfect for writing fiction ;)

    I don't think it worked out too badly for you! You have awesome books out, and coming out, and I especially can't wait to read this one! I do love a good retellings :)

    Thank you! <3

  7. Reply

    Amethyst

    July 15, 2013

    I can't wait to read this book!

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    Alicia Batista

    July 15, 2013

    I can't WAIT to read this book! AMAZING giveaway! I've heard great things about this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Rafflecopter name and Comment name is different:

    Rafflecopter name: Vannah Batista
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    Raven

    July 15, 2013

    I really want to read this book! Not only is the cover GORGEOUS but I love the premise. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Reply

    Kristin A.

    July 15, 2013

    This is a book I'm really excited for. I love fairy tale retellings so much!

  11. Reply

    Erika A

    July 15, 2013

    I love fairy tale retellings so I can't wait to read this book. It sounds awesome!

  12. Reply

    Kenia

    July 15, 2013

    Sounds like a great book and what a lovely cover. Thanks for the giveaway!:)

  13. Reply

    Bellas Shelf

    July 15, 2013

    I cant wait to read this book either. I loved the ROmeo and Juliet re tellings so much!
    Thank you for the awesome giveaway :)

  14. Reply

    Sarah P

    July 15, 2013

    I've been waiting for this book forever, it looks amazing!

  15. Reply

    Kat

    July 15, 2013

    Wow! What a story. I totally give you kudos for keeping on with your desires! I've not had a very easy life of it, trying to be a writer, but at least I've been in high school/college so I'm still able to live with the 'rents.
    The book sounds fantastic, by the way.

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    Cait

    July 15, 2013

    This book sounds amazing! I LOVE fairy-tale twists, and I haven't seen much done with Beauty and the Beast. Epic! And a big congrats for sticking to your dreams, even when it didn't seem like it'd work out. This book looks delicious.

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    Kayla Card

    July 16, 2013

    I absolutely love fairytale retellings, and Beauty and the Beast is one of the best! For another good retelling, read East by Edith Pattou (sooooo good!). Thanks for the chance to win :D

  18. Reply

    Ning

    July 16, 2013

    I'm so glad writing worked out for you! Beauty and the Beast is my favorite disney fairytale, so I can't wait to read this!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Reply

    Ashley

    July 16, 2013

    I have heard nothing but good things about this book! I cannot wait to read it!

  20. Reply

    Kim

    July 16, 2013

    This book sounds so amazing! Beauty and the Beast's my favorite fairy tale. Can't wait to read this one :)

  21. Reply

    Katiria Rodriguez

    July 16, 2013

    This book looks and sounds awesome and very intresting have to check it out thanks for the great givaway!

  22. Reply

    sarah

    July 16, 2013

    It sounds like a book I would love to read, I also love the cover:)

  23. Reply

    Carl Scott

    July 16, 2013

    Thanks very much for the story of your book's publication. I'm looking forward to it and I'd love to win a copy in this draw. Think you could make that happen? jk Thanks again.

  24. Reply

    Becca Bee

    July 16, 2013

    I'm so excited for this book! It sounds amazing. Publication sounds like it can be very difficult, but I'm glad Stacey was able to make it.

  25. Reply

    Cali Willette

    July 16, 2013

    Thanks for the giveaway! I loved Juliet Immortal. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales and I can't wait to read this! <3
    -Cali W.

  26. Reply

    Rhianna

    July 16, 2013

    One of my fave authors and most anticipated books this summer!

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    Jaime Lester

    July 16, 2013

    I am in love with this cover, and I am in love with the story and I haven't even read it yet! Thank you so much for writing this story, and sharing it with all of your old readers, and all of the new readers to come!

  28. Reply

    Callie Vamp

    July 16, 2013

    Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie of all time! I watched my VHS so much as a child that I almost broke it.

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    Danielle @ Ladybug Literature

    July 16, 2013

    I have been DYING (absolutely dying) to read this book. I so love fairytale retellings and beauty and the beast was always my favorite. I mean, what self respecting bookworm wouldn't have Bookworm Belle as their favorite princess?

  30. Reply

    Holly Letson

    July 16, 2013

    This sounds like an amazing story. It's always interesting to see new takes on old stories.

  31. Reply

    prettyniftyyareader

    July 16, 2013

    I love retellings! And especially fairytale retellings! Beauty and The Beast is my favorite fairytale! I've had my eye on this for a while so thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Reply

    Kaitlyn (The Bookworm)

    July 16, 2013

    So excited for this! I'm obsessed with fairytales and Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorites! :)

  33. Reply

    Kristie Matheson

    July 16, 2013

    Loved your retelling of Romeo and Juliet! Can't wait to see what you've done with this beauty.

  34. Reply

    Ariel K

    July 16, 2013

    Very excited to read this!

  35. Reply

    Tiffany

    July 16, 2013

    I really love Stacey's books and I'm so glad she stuck with writing! Of Beast and Beauty is sure to be amazing. Good luck on your future books!

  36. Reply

    Sayomay

    July 16, 2013

    Im excited to read this book! :D

  37. Reply

    erin

    July 16, 2013

    sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!!!

  38. Reply

    Sarah

    July 16, 2013

    I loved the bit 'Knew nothing except how to play pretend, so went into writing.' There's something beautiful and so true, about that sentence.

  39. Reply

    Marie Hemphill

    July 16, 2013

    It is always so crazy to read just how much time and effort goes into becoming a published author. I am super grateful that people are willing to do it so that I can continue to read awesome books! This one sounds so good and I LOVE fairy tale retellings :)

  40. Reply

    Rain Jeys

    July 17, 2013

    This book sounds really awesome! Clearly it wanted to be written.

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    Amanda

    July 17, 2013

    I always love learning about how published authors actually get published. What an interesting journey Stacey Jay has had, but it's also inspirational, especially to an aspiring author like me. Looking forward to reading Jay's Of Beast and Beauty, especially since I've studied the Beauty and the Beast tale in great depth.

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    Jenna Christy Matalam

    July 17, 2013

    Thanks for the giveaway! So excited for this! :)

  43. Reply

    TayteH

    July 17, 2013

    Thank you! I love the cover. :D
    And awesome post. Really inspiring. :D

  44. Reply

    Joni

    July 17, 2013

    Beauty and the Beast retelling? I'm totally in! And what a great story about getting published. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway! ^.^

  45. Reply

    Krystianna

    July 17, 2013

    I'm super excited for this one because I loved Juliet Immortal! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  46. Reply

    Andrea

    July 18, 2013

    This book sounds amazing!

  47. Reply

    deasuluna

    July 18, 2013

    I love retellings with modern/futuristic themes, can't wait to read this amazing book!

  48. Reply

    katja9_10

    July 18, 2013

    This book sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it!

    Les Johnson

  49. Reply

    sarah corbin

    July 18, 2013

    this book sounds good and cant wait to read it!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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    Heidi D

    July 19, 2013

    This book seems to be right up my alley. Beauty and the Beast has always been a favorite of mine. I'm really looking forward to reading this. I also really love the cover.

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    Leannessf

    July 19, 2013

    I'm a fan of her Juliet Immortal books – this sounds like a great fairy tale retelling!

    Thanks,
    Leanne

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    magic5905

    July 20, 2013

    Book sounds great, can't wait to read it. Thanks.

  53. Reply

    Hayley

    July 21, 2013

    This book sounds awesome!! I can't wait ti read it :)

  54. Reply

    Paige

    July 21, 2013

    I'm so excited to read this book! I've heard great things about it.

  55. Reply

    Jennifer Crawford

    July 21, 2013

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway opportunity!!

  56. Reply

    Kristen Williams

    July 21, 2013

    I have seen such wonderful things about this book–I can't wait to read it! Thank you for the giveaway

  57. Reply

    Darith L.

    July 22, 2013

    This book sounds amazing! Must have it!

  58. Reply

    Dana

    July 22, 2013

    Your book sounds so good I can't wait to read it!

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    Beckie Voigts

    July 23, 2013

    I adore fairy tale re-tellings! I love seeing how different authors portray different fairytale's. Beauty and The beast was always one of my favorite Disney movies. Stacey YOU rock! I am so looking forward to reading your book. :)

  60. Reply

    tammy216

    July 23, 2013

    This book sounds amazing, I can't wait to read it!

  61. Reply

    mckaykelly

    July 24, 2013

    Have heard nothing but good things about this book!

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    Jessica Russell

    July 24, 2013

    Can't wait to read this book!

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    Jessie Harrell

    July 25, 2013

    I love anything B&B related and this sounds like it turns the story on its head in an amazing way. Can't wait to read it!

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    Sam Kasbrick

    July 25, 2013

    I've been anticipating this one for awhile. Looks really good! Thanks for the chance to win it! :)

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    krazyabouttv

    July 26, 2013

    I love this book! I read it and it's amazing :)

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    smiledudee

    July 26, 2013

    I can't wait to read this book!!

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