As I have announced beforehand I am releasing three new books in 2019, tying together the Honey Moon Marmalade series that I had previously published online via Textnovel.
This marks not only the release of my first English trilogy, but also the end to a series that I have been working on since 2011. While Textnovel has shut down in May 2018, I have tried to find a way to finish the series and making it available for everyone, but settled on turning it into a full book in the end.
I was given the option to publish it either myself or with a publisher in Europe, however I thought it was a great idea to go this step via amazon and make it available worldwide as opposed to making it harder to obtain for readers in other countries.
An unusual red string connects the high school student Kotonoha to the schools cross-dressing delinquent Akira. Once he found out her secret – Kotonoha is the country’s most known online novelist – he blackmails her into a relationship with his friend Yukinari. But she soon notices there is more to this story than just a make-believe romance.
This novel is the first of a three-volume book series that started on textnovel.com in 2011 as “Honey Moon Marmalade”. Honey Moon Marmalade won the Editors’ Choice Award on Textnovel in 2012 for Best Cell Phone Novel and Original Style.It was ranked number six in the Top 10 Most Read novels, live and regularly updated until the site's closure in May 2018. The novel explores several views of other characters through flashbacks and a variety of different writing mediums within its world while tying back into the main story at the end of each arc. The minimalistic writing style is the result of blending poetry and prose, staying as close to the original style of Japanese cell phone novels as possible.
I created several smaller projects alongside "Honey Moon Marmalade", which quickly turned from a few chapters into a weekly series, where I would post a chapter a week, completing arc by arc.
I made several friends within the community and ultimately decided to send excerpts to publishers, trying to find a way to publish it in book form eventually. In the meantime I had already gotten "Staubmädchen", my first German novel published and was hopeful in being the first in my country to get a deal on a new genre that - so far - didn't exist on its own. I was disappointed to learn that it's not necessarily easy to queue a new literary genre to the European market and many of my efforts were ignored or rejected.
When I was about to give up I met an independent author at a fair, she had made her own publishing business and sold other works via amazon to save on printing costs. This set off something in my mind, that I had always pushed aside when it had come to writing. The thought of "stepping down" into self-publishing after already having secured a deal with a publisher in my home country for my other series seemed like a bad idea, but what other options did I have left?
As it turned out I finally had to chose between a small publisher in the English-speaking parts of Europe paying with the availability restrictions or simply putting it on amazon.
I chose the latter, found a friend who designed the cover and enjoyed two rounds of editing and layout on each book by myself. It was great to decide myself which parts should get redacted and which parts were allowed to stay in the book, rather than having someone tell me what to do.
I even got to chose elements of the cover myself - which was also the case with my German series - but would have been out of my hands otherwise.
The cover specifically is an element of the release that I am really happy with. If I saw it in a bookshop I would buy it just by the design.
There will be a third volume of the "Staubmädchen" series, cover and synopsis are already available to Patrons (HERE). English translation are in the works and will be available via Best Off Publishing.