For What It's Worth

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Guest post: Author Emma Michaels - The Thirteenth Chime

The Thirteenth Chime by Emma Michaels
'A Sense of Truth' novel

Destiny has finally found the life that she has always wanted.
She is about to finish college, has a fiancé that loves her, and a great summer on the West Coast
planned with her friend, Stephanie.
But her world is turned upside down when an antique clock mysteriously chimes thirteen times and someone attacks them, sending Stephanie and her mother to the hospital.
Alone, and without any help from the police, Destiny has no choice but to turn to the one man she had left behind a year ago - her ex-boyfriend, David.
Together, they must solve the riddle of the thirteenth chime before the clock strikes thirteen again.
Yet as they face their own past and hearts, a trap over half a century old is waiting for them to become its prey.
For revenge, fifty years is never too long… (YA) Release date 8/13/2010

Please join me in welcoming Emma Michaels author of The Thirteenth Chime - which debuts tomorrow!!
I asked her to write a guest post about being a blogger turned author since so many of you are bloggers and aspiring authors yourselves. I found her story to be very inspriational and I hope it helps spur you on with your "WIP's" now that you know - YES, it can be done!


Hey, Emma Michaels here and Karen has been kind enough to let me borrow her blog to talk to you all for a few minutes about my journey as a blogger turned author. Blogging did influence my writing, but not because it helped me know exactly what to write, because it couldn’t - that came from the heart but because it was a driving force. I was able to read and share how novels had helped me, how they had changed my life and for the first time, I was able to see how it had changed the lives of others. I was able to hear back from people who had experiences similar to mine where reading had helped them during a hard part of their life or was something that was continuously helping them.
It drove me forward and made me want it even more. Which was what got me through the grueling process of querying agents. I will be honest with you, there are times where you wonder why you try so hard, where you think maybe you should stop after your 100th rejection (yes I got over 100 rejections from agents) but don’t let it stop you. I started querying directly to publishers and was thrilled with the responses. Suddenly everything was different, I wasn’t receiving standard rejection forms, I was being given options and I can tell you this: Hearing that “Yes” was worth having heard every single one of those “No’s”. I ended up choosing Bokheim Publishing because of the professionalism of their team, their willingness to work with me and because of the experience their team has and the potential Bokheim has to offer the publishing industry. They have been so amazing and I am so happy that I chose them. So here is the main thing I will tell you. Never give up.
If writing is a part of you and there are days that you just can’t help but start jotting down stories and suddenly those stories are novels. Just keep moving forward. I know online sources say to stop after 44 rejections but I know I didn’t and I don’t regret it. Now I have my debut novel coming out this August (Friday the 13th) and have found that together, all of us as an audience, as readers, as bloggers, together we can make it happen. I have the goal now of one day making it to the New York Times Best Sellers List and I honestly believe that one day it can happen if we all work together because together, we can do anything!

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Thank you for stopping by and sharing your story Emma!


  1. This was a great guest post. Thanks Karen and Emma!
    Emma's story just goes to show that persistence always pays off in the end...I've been looking forward to this book for a while now and now am even more excited about it!

  2. Thank you so much for posting my guests post and helping me spread the word!!!!!!!

    Emma Michaels