I PUBLISHED MY BOOK // be prepared for lots of squealing


IT CAME GUYS IT CAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *dies from lack of air cuz i can't stop screaming* I was expecting it to come today - so I was upstairs wrapping presents yesterday and Sarah bursts the door open like;

"JULIA IT CAME. YOUR BOOK."

me? I reacted really oddly.

"WAHT. it wasn't supposed to come today!!!!" then I proceeded to stare at the package in Sarah's hands for a good 20 seconds, as if I didn't know what to do. (i tell you, shock) 

"OPEN IT" and she thrust it into my arms. I snipped the package open (Soleil uhm. how did you do it without scissors?!!?!??!) and immediately was shaking cuz ITS MY BOOK AND IN PRINT. Sarah took one copy while I was drooling over the other.

it's my novel. My characters are in there, my people. The story is now in print and I'm dead bc I CANT BELIEVE I DID 80K IN 5 MONTHS. (yes Mary did more than that in a month IDK HOW)

so now I have editing to do *cringes* BUT WE SHALL FORGET THAT. one of these copies is going under the Christmas tree for me to open on Christmas morning *laughs*

CHRISTMAS IS IN 6 DAYS. I'm all excited and jittery and if I lose that, I'm planning on drinking a cup of black coffee cuz I heard that does that to you? 

*waves cuz im off to go stare at my book*

also. many many many thanks to Sare. She did almost as work as I did on the cover and formatting at stuff as I did writing it...well maybe. Also, to my fantastic writing group - cuz you yelled at me a lot. <33333333333333333333

guys this is my 230th post *squeals again*
what do you think of the cover?
what are you doing on Christmas break??

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  1. Ahh!!! So exciting!! And the cover and formatting and everything...*stares* It's so gorgeous!!!

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    1. JESSECA YOURE THE FIRST COMMENTER ON THIS POST *wraps you in a hug* IM DYING FROM THE BEAUTY MYSELF XD XD Sare did awesome

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  2. THAT IS SO AWESOME!!!! Yeah :)!!!! Do we ever get to read it ;)? Haha!
    Hey, and what ever happened with that short story based off of "The Dance"? Just curious... haha :).
    And yep; the coffee will keep you jittery if that's what you want. But as to the excited, that is iffy; it's true it does that to you sometimes, but it could also make you collapse in a heap crying if it works the other way for you, so use with cation. Hahaha! *knows from experience* (it works *both* ways for me, depending of my sleep quota and to-do list, haha!)

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    1. *shakes head* NO WAY. never. not happening...... I can barely let Bree o.o
      oh goodness, I haven't started with that yet. I keep on thinking on it..but I don't want to ruin it, you know? But, you know what...since it's Christmas break, I shall write it xD
      uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmm I'm not sure I want to break down sobbing XD XD Okay, I'll let you know what happens lol

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    2. We'll let you edit it first, but then we'll break you and you'll give us each a signed copy XD.
      I don't know how yoou could ruin something so cute, but I understand the pressure... haha :). That was such an awesome poem to live up to, haha! But you wrote it, so surely you have what it takes! ;)
      Haha! Me either, but I'm going to go drink some anyway, because muffins call for coffee. Here's hoping it doesn't play nasty tricks on either of us, hahaha!

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    3. YOU SHALL NOT BREAK ME XD XD XD
      uhhhggg the pressure is there no matter what. *gulps* okay I really need to do this. maybe Christmas eve...like HOW ROMANTIC LOL

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  3. Haha, i regretted not stopping to get the scissors, but was too excited XD So excited for you!

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    1. lol!! I loved watching you on video tho xD (btw glad you didn't laugh/choke too hard)

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    2. Haha, yeah I was entertained by my expression during that part XD.
      Did you try it without scissors for a second?

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    3. I didn't...you think I could wait?!?!??!! XD XD

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  4. Wow! That's awesome Julia! The girl on the cover looks almost exactly like Winifred on the movie Tuck Everlasting. (If you haven't seen it you NEED to, the best movie ever! )
    Yay for your 230-th post! I'm doing a special giveaway for my 100 post, and I'm like at 97 or something!

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    1. huh.....I haven't seen it. XD BUT REALLY?!?! *really wonders what its about*
      ooooooh good idea!! how exciting too xD

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  5. This is great!!! I am excited for you!

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  6. YAY FOR YOU, JU! *squeals* And YES WE YELLED AT YOU. We yelled lots xD. Your book is SO PRETTY *loves it muchly*.
    For Christmas break, I plan to try and keep myself from drowning in all the Christmas things. This seems like a fairly good plan to me ;P.

    ~ Savannah
    scattered-scribblings.blogspot.com

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    1. yelling is fab. Caps is fab. our writing group is fab. AWW THANKS SAVANNAH XD
      ooooooooooooooooooh no. don't stop it! DROWN IN THE CHRISTMAS STUFF ITS THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO XD XD

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  7. Wowzer!! Julia that's awesome!! Congratulations! I can't wait to read it someday!;) Have you ever seen Tuck Everlasting? Because the girl on the cover looks a lot like the girl that plays in the movie!

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    1. EEEP ASHLEY <3333333333333 omw *legit is terrified cuz im not ready for that* NO but someone else mentioned that in the comments too!! (i got the photo off pinterest so i guess it's possible??....)

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    2. Hey!! <3 Haha, sorry it's been so long since I've commented! I love your blog though and read every post! ;) Between college and other things life has been cuh-razy busy!!
      Naw, you shouldn't be worried! I'm sure it's greeaaattt! :))
      Haha! That is actually my sister that commented the same thing and we had no idea!!!:D
      Yep, it's definitely her! And so now you've GOT to watch the movie, haha! I love it! It did make me cry the first time I watched it, you'll hafta let me know what you think when you watch it!!:)

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    3. Oh, goodness, don't feel bad! You sound so busy!! I just feel so honored that you're still taking time to read my posts *covers face*
      WHAT YOUR SISTER??! Oh gosh - that's so cool. Totally something my sisters and I would do too lol!!! oh ouch..idk if I could. I mean, SHES ELEANOR ya know? lol!! We will see tho ;)
      Have an amazing Christmas Ashley! <3

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  8. EEP IT LOOKS SO GOOD, JU!!!! *happy dances with you* SERIOUS THAT IS SO FAAAAAN-TASTIC. and so exciting. Just. CONGRATS, OKAY?! You deserve it. <3333

    (okay wait so can I buy a copy? and have you sign it for me? cuz how could i NOT have you sign it?!)

    HAAAA Christmas break? I'm not really on Christmas break, but I'm only doing half of my regular school. (but I got a super long break when my grandparents were here, soooo....that kinda negated Christmas break right before Christmas. XD)

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    1. KAYA *dances with you* I KNOW IM DYING FROM THE EXCITEMENT XD XD awwwwwww.... you're so sweet girlie.

      (omw no not yet. MAYBE SOMEDAY. but i would totally sign it *goes to practice my signature*)

      awwwwwwwww well half is better than nothing XD oooooh yeah, I had a break last month too :| totally understand

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  9. eeee!!! *squeals with you* THIS IS AMAZING!!

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    1. Also, I forgot to ask what site you used? The other site I used made the paper look glossy and I didn't like it. :)

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    2. I CANT STOP SQUEALING I WONT STOP NEVER XD

      we used LuLu! What did you use last time?

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    3. I used FastPencil BTW maybe I'll ask Sare to format my novel ;)

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  10. WAIT IS THIS THE AARON????? SO COOL AND SO JEALOUS!!! ITS SO PURTY!!! *hugs you*

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    1. IT IS TIA ITS HIM *dies* EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP THANK YOU GIRL *wraps you in a hug*

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  11. SDFGHJKJSHGADHHASKJDKLAJSKLJALJDJSKDJ DUDE DUDE DUDE DUDE DUDE


    IT
    IS
    BEAUTIFUL


    <33333333333333333
    SQUEALING WITH YOU RN

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    1. *can't stop flailing* DUDE

      THANK
      YOU
      YOURE
      THE
      BEST

      *is still squealing* EEEEPSSTERRRSS

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  12. Oh my word!!! Gorgeousness!! :D :D So so so so so excited for you!!!! *runs around in circles*

    The best early Christmas present ever, right??? XD

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    1. *runs around in circles with you* THANK YOU REBEKAH <3333333

      IKR???!?!?!?!?!? totally am wrapping it up for myself xD

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  13. Me: sees post at top of reading list
    SHE WHAT?
    *totally ignores earlier unread posts*
    *click click click*

    EEP GIRL THAT'S SO AWESOME! *squeals*

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    1. omw this comment

      you're goals SERIOUSLY THANK YOU GIRL <3333333333

      *dies* (i've said that so many times in the past two days BUT ITS SO TRUE XD)

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  14. Ahhh...this is so Exciting! I'm so happy for you!:)

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  15. JULIAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I DIDN'T KNOW YOU WERE DOING THIS HOW DID YOU DO THIS THIS IS SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

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    1. EMMMMMMMMMMMAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!! I WAS KEEPING IT A SURPRISE IM SORRY I SHOULDA TOLD YOU XD XD IT IS THROUGH LULU ILL TELL YOU MORE ABOUT IT IF YOU CALL ME ON THE PHONE XD *grins*

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    1. *screams with you* THANK YOU FAITH <3333333333333

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  17. WHAT??
    WOW THATS AMAZING. IT LOOKS AWESOME, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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    1. MY SAME REACTION
      EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP I DONT KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY JUST THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU XD

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  18. Congratulations! Work well done! I love your book cover! That's one of my favorite actresses as well as movies! Beautifully chosen!

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    1. eeep thanks, Anna!! omw everyone is telling me that and I'm like *sob* bc I DIDNT KNOW IT WAS HER lol

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    2. Oh no! It still looks great! Did you self publish it, or what other thing did you use?

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    3. I self published it through a website called LuLu <3

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  19. JULIA??

    JULIA???

    JULIA?!!?!?!

    ARE YOU WONDER WOMAN OR SOMETHING!? THIS POST IS AMAZING, AND YOUR BOOK IS EVEN MORE AMAZING! That cover...omw, perfection, AND THE STINK'IN NAME!! ITS ALL SO BEAUTIFUL! So proud of you, sis! Congrats!
    Love you!

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    1. GIRL

      GIRL

      GIRL

      I AM NOT BUT GEEEEEEEEEESH THANK YOU - basically you're adorbs. Wait until you read it - then you'll be like JULIA THIS IS CHEESY (aka why im not letting anyone read it) AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW *hugs you*

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    2. AND AGAIN I SAY: JULIA. RYAN
      Like, anything you do will never be cheesy. Srsly.... your like the best! I'm sure your book will be perfect and realistic and amazing! XD

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    3. *moans* giiiiiiiiiiiiirrlll you'll have to read it to understand LOL!!

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  20. The cover is beautiful!!!! So cool that you have it in print!

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    1. thank you!!!! <333 I love holding it in my hands XD

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  21. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWW.

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  22. This is so exciting and amazing!!!
    And the book cover and the formatting is beautiful!

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    1. I KNOW I'm still in shock XD
      aawwww <333

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  23. Oh. My. Goodness. Gracious. You published a book?! That is one of the most amazing things I have heard for about eleven hours (My birthday was yesterday....so....). I am so happy for you! The cover is great, me and my pals like to make book covers for the books we're writing on Canva, and we used the cover of your book (that picture from Pinterest) as one of them! XD Did you get it self-published or did you like....send it to an editor? Either is amazing--YOU'RE SO AMAZING!

    Amelia xxx
    <3

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    1. I did!! It's just two copies for myself, but still. ITS MY BOOK IN PRINT AND IN MY HANDS XD XD oooooooohh happy birthday Amelia!! Did you have a good day? :D ooh Sarah used Canva to do my book cover. thanks girl!!!!!!!!! <33333

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  24. YAYYYY!!!!! That is so exciting Julia!!! It looks amazing!

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    1. *jumps up and down* EEEDDDEEN *hugs you* thanks girlie <3

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  26. That's AMAZING!!!!:D~Riley

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  27. And the cover is BEAUTIFUL!!~Riley

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    1. awwwww I'm so glad you like it. Sarah designed it for me!

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  28. SO PROUD OF YOU *throws confetti* AND UMMMM JUST SO YOU KNOW I'M EXPECTING TO READ IT ASAP. ;) I don't even hardly know what it's about!! YOU'VE DONE SUCH A GOOD JOB HIDING IT. Wait...do you have a Pinterest board for inspiration? *stalks*

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    1. OMW GIRL NO WAY I - I - I *panics* wooooahhh you're right!! I haven't :P wow.. I mean you know a little XD

      *grins cuz noooope it's private*

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  29. Woo!! That is so exciting for you! I can't wait until we can all get a copy too! ;)

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  30. Haha! I feel so special replying to me like that!! XDD My birthday was great--I had an awesome time! Ya know all of those restrictions you have if you're UNDER twelve? Well, I've lived with that for eleven years! Haha, LOL
    As long as you hold it, it's published--girl! ;)

    Amelia xx
    <3

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    1. well gosh girl! Birthday's are so special!!!!!! I'm glad you had a great day. <33
      wow. yes. ttrrrrueee <3

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  31. Congratulations!! Is this your first book in print? It looks absolutely STUNNING.

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    1. It is my first book in print...my first full length novel too!! ohh wow *blushes* thank you so very much!!

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  32. whaat?! this is too cool. CONGRATS *streamers and confetti*

    Ellie
    www.uniquelyyou1.blogspot.com

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    1. hehehe so much how I feel XD thanks Ellie <33

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  33. That's way too cool! The cover looks awesome! :D
    I've always wanted to publish a book... *dreamy sigh*

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    1. Do you write novels?!?! I would love to read some! <33 You could totally publish a personal copy like I did through LuLu XD

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    2. Oh, I've been 'writing novels' since I was old enough to write, but that doesn't mean they are all very good. lol
      I have one novel I have been working on for years, that is actually first in a series I plan on writing. :)
      It takes place in the 1930's-40's, in a fictional small-town, but it isn't as nice as I would like. Still needs work.
      Would you really be interested in reading some of it?

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  34. That cover is a dream. And that title... *shivers at the beauty of it*. :)

    Merry Christmas!

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    1. omw girl!!! <333333 *squeals*

      Merry Christmas to you too!!

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  35. WELL THIS IS 100% FABULOUS. Now I'm just that much more motivated to finish my own book xP

    also btw everyone Julia has a typo in her book

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    1. WELL THANK YOU VERY MUCH oh gosh so true! Do you still have the 5k left?

      *groans* yes guys i do :|

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  36. YAY CONGRATULATIONS! IT LOOKS AMAZING.

    Although I must confess that when I saw the post title I thought it was publicly published. :P

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    1. THANK YOU BRIANNA!!!! <3

      hahahaaha I guess you're right XD I meant is as in >>> I <<< published it lol

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  37. AHHH!!! So SO cool Julia! I am freaking out over here. The cover is AMAZING. I love the horses.... How did y'all make the cover? Did you do it with Canva or...? :)
    SOO AMAZING, JULIA. *confetti* Printing out your book is just too good, and I cannot wait to do it with mine. I have yet to but your sister Sarah put out a great post on how to- so I'm set. ;D
    Happy new year, God bless!
    -Angela | thepeculiarmessenger.wordpress.com

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    1. EEEP ANGELA. so am I, legit. SO AM I. awwwwww!! Yup, Canva! Sarah and I found the photos and she did the overlay, etc. Of course, it's not my photo so I can only use it for personal use. BUT STILL XD
      ooooooohhhh YES DO IT. Srsly the best feeling on the plant..well almost BUT YA KNOW XD

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  38. Ooh it's super pretty! It's not available for anyone to read yet, is it?
    *runs off to finish writing book because now feels super motivated thanks to Julia*

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    1. oh goodness no!! never *covers face*
      EEEP GO FINISH YOUR BOOK GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!

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