A Publishing Dream Come True

Earlier this week, I did something that I have always wanted to do, ever since I first put pen to paper and decided that I wanted to be a writer—I had a book published with a major publisher.

And to be honest, this is something I didn’t think would happen for another five—or even ten—years. If you had asked me at fifteen where I saw myself in ten years, I would have answered “with a publishing contract in hand”. Yet, as I realized just how difficult it was to break into the publishing industry, I came to realize just how unlikely that dream was. I thought that I would have to slowly build up my reader base through self-publishing, and then maybe start approaching small publishers and earn a few publishing credits before working my way into the big houses. But in the end, fifteen-year-old me didn’t have an impossible dream after all. At twenty-five years old, I had a publishing contract from a major publisher.

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I’ve talked about my publishing journey a little bit before—from getting the contract offer, the motivation behind submitting to Harper Voyager in the first place, as well as the process of editing for a traditional publisher—and finally, all that talk has resulted in a published novel.

It’s been a whirlwind experience.

In the days leading up to the release, and in the days since, I’ve been featured on a number of blogs I could have only ever dreamed of seeing my name on in the past, including The Mary Sue and Tor.com (you can see a full list of guest posts and interviews on my tumblr).

Not only that, but I’m holding the #1 spot for Hot New Steampunk releases in both the Children’s and Teen Steampunk categories on Amazon, and at one point, I was the #1 bestselling book in Children’s Steampunk, beating out The Golden Compass for the top spot.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank May 4th

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As of right now, I’m still beating Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series in Teen & Young Adult Steampunk titles, and sitting just behind Cassandra Clare’s Infernal devices trilogy, which is a big deal. These are books that I love, and to be sitting among these iconic Young Adult Steampunk novels as an equal is really awesome.

I couldn’t be more proud of my book right now, and I’m excited to see what readers think of the novel (and possibly dreading it a little bit, because without a doubt, I’m sure to get some negative reviews among the good). But it’s exciting being at this point.

Once upon a time, The Brass Giant was simply known as The Clockwork Giant, an unassuming self-published title with a small—but enthusiastic—fanbase. Now it’s a traditionally published novel with the potential to reach so many more readers. And that’s exciting. Readers are why I’m in this business—I want to share my stories with others.

And it’s my hope that the release of The Brass Giant is the beginning of a long, successful publishing career, both with Harper Voyager and beyond.

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thebrassgiant_coverAbout The Brass Giant:

Sometimes, even the most unlikely person can change the world

Seventeen-year-old Petra Wade, self-taught clockwork engineer, wants nothing more than to become a certified member of the Guild, an impossible dream for a lowly shop girl. Still, she refuses to give up, tinkering with any machine she can get her hands on, in between working and babysitting her foster siblings.

When Emmerich Goss–handsome, privileged, and newly recruited into the Guild–needs help designing a new clockwork system for a top-secret automaton, it seems Petra has finally found the opportunity she’s been waiting for. But if her involvement on the project is discovered, Emmerich will be marked for treason, and a far more dire fate would await Petra.

Working together in secret, they build the clockwork giant, but as the deadline for its completion nears, Petra discovers a sinister conspiracy from within the Guild council … and their automaton is just the beginning.

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Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson

Brooke is a stay-at-home mom, amateur seamstress, RPG enthusiast, and art hobbyist, in addition to all that book writing. She's the author of The Brass Giant, a YA steampunk novel from Harper Voyager Impulse, and Dark Lord in Training, a middle-grade fantasy, as well as several other projects in the works.
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