For the music lovers:
For the music lovers:
For the music lovers today:
I wanted to post a quick update regarding The Fire Born Novels, my Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal Romance trilogy.
My publisher, J. Taylor Publishing has closed their doors. All of their titles are being pulled/or have been pulled from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, KOBO, and all other venues where books are sold. As of now, and over the coming days, as books are removed, The Fire Born Novels will no longer be available for sale.
I wish J. Taylor all the best, and we part on good terms.
Please stay tuned for future developments regarding the trilogy, including the re-release and new Cover Reveal of TIED, Book One.
August 8, 2016 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Fire Born Updates, J Taylor Publishing, Publishing, TIED, TORN, TRUE, Young Adult Novels | Tags: J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Layla and Max, The Fire Born Novels by Laney McMann, young adult books, Young adult dark fantasy | Leave a comment
I wrote this post a few months ago and feel it needs repeating. There are far too many artists out there holding their words and their art in fear of criticism.
It’s been a while since I’ve written about anything on the blog besides cover reveals and book releases, but today I feel the need to say a few words to the writers, creators, and artists.
When I started my writing journey five years ago, the main thing that continued to hold me back from putting my stories out into the world was fear.
The big bad word.
Fear is easy to succumb to. It loves to whisper in your ear. It loves to lie to you and keep you from what you want most.
I let it rule for a long time without even realizing it and it cost me.
And this is what I want to talk about today.
I’ve had fellow writers who are new to this industry ask me how I do it. How do I deal with the negative side of this industry. How do I have a thick skin. When I say negative side, I mean everything from reviews to rejections.
My answer is always the same: I’m not sure that my skin is thicker than anyone else’s, but what I am sure of is I have something to say.
The truth is, everyone has an opinion about every damn thing. Everyone always will. But you get to choose what you allow into your world and what you block out. I don’t read negative reviews. I used to in the beginning, but what purpose do they serve me now? The books are published. I can’t change them. I wouldn’t if I could.
I don’t take offense to rejections. Some of the rejections I’ve received contained bits of gold. I appreciate any agent or publisher who has taken the time to point out why I was rejected.
None of them had to say anything at all.
My writing has become stronger because they did.
I’ve been writing since I was nine years old. It’s as much a part of me as anything else. It’s something I love.
And I think that’s where the thick skin lies … I’m writing for me. I’m proud of me. I did something I’ve dreamed about. And I’m continuing to do it. So the haters can hate. It’s very easy to hate. It’s the easiest thing in the world to do. It takes no courage, no heart. Raising someone up … that takes real courage. Those are the people I choose to hear.
In the last two years, I’ve had three novels published, (the third released in September), a short story, another short story will release soon, and a fourth novel, that’s up for review on Net Galley, will release before the end of the year.
I’ve had, and continue to have, people who love my stories ( I LOVE YOU GUYS RIGHT BACK!! xoxoxo) and people who hate them. And I’m okay with that. I knew going into this that I would be setting myself up for better or for worse. I took that risk, faced that fear, and jumped anyway.
It’s the scariest thing in the world, but you have to jump anyway.
So, writers, authors, poets, artists, musicians, dancers, painters … do your thing, say whatever it is you have to say in whatever medium you choose to say it in because no one else can say it the way you can.
Then stand back, take in what you’ve done, and be damn proud.
Paint for you.
Sing for you.
Write for you.
Create for You.
“I write from my soul. This is the reason that critics don’t hurt me, because it is me. If it was not me, if I was pretending to be someone else, then this could unbalance my world, but I know who I am.”
~ Paulo Coelho
I am currently compiling the playlist for TRUE, the final book in the Fire Born Novels trilogy, which releases in September.
Today I am sharing the first track. The playlist won’t be shared in order until the book releases—can’t give you guys too many hints. 🙂
July 6, 2015 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Music, New Releases, Publishing, TRUE, Writing, Young Adult Novels | Tags: laney mcmann, music, The Fire Born Novels, TRUE (Fire Born 3) by Laney McMann, TRUE (Fire Born 3) Playlist, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, YA paranormal romance author, you tube, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave a comment
Official edits on my new YA Urban Fantasy,
(The Primordial Principles #1)
(Design by Yosbe Calma)
May 31, 2015 | Categories: Author, Booktrope, CRYSTALLUM, Primordial Principles, Writing, Young Adult Novels | Tags: angels, Booktrope, CRYSTALLUM by Laney McMann, demons, fantasy books 2015, laney mcmann, The Primordial Principles by Laney McMann, upcoming YA releases 2015, YA Fiction, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave a comment
I am thrilled to finally announce that my new YA Urban Fantasy series,
The Primordial Principles,
has found a home.
I am happy to be joining the very talented and community-oriented group of authors at Booktrope.
the first book in the Primordial Principles series,
will release in the fall of 2015.
Cover Reveal and blurb are coming soon!
April 23, 2015 | Categories: Booktrope, Publishing, Upcoming Releases, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Author, book deal, Booktrope, Crystallum, laney mcmann, The Primordial Principles, Urban Fantasy, YA, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, young adult book releases 2015 | 6 Comments
So, it’s been pretty quiet here on the blog ~ sorry about that.
Besides finishing up the final edit on TRUE (Fire Born 3) which has been both awesome and kind of sad, I’ve been working my way through two other YA stories, plus I have some exciting news about a third. 🙂 Still can’t say what that news is … but I’ll be making an announcement soon, I hope.
In the meantime, here’s a small teaser for what’s in store:
“It’s four fifteen in the morning, and I’m afraid to even venture why I received a notice for you to appear in front of the Warden later today, and Danny has nothing to say, which could only mean one thing—” Plumb looked Cole up and down. “With the condition you’re in, I’m not sure I want to know where you’ve been.”
“You probably don’t.” Cole held his hand out for the summons.
Plumb handed the paper over, scowling. “Are you going to tell me where you’ve been?”
“Thought you didn’t want to know.” He walked toward the porch.
“I’m tired as hell. I’ve been up all night.” He turned to face her. “I need to get some sleep.”
“What were you doing in the middle of the night that the Principals couldn’t handle?”
“No … I, no, I wasn’t doing … a girl. She just … never mind.”