Author: Hafsah Laziaf
Release date: October 29, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/
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2nd place: an e-book of UNBREATHABLE (INT)
3rd place: an UNBREATHABLE swag pack (US)
Guest Post: The Journey to Unbreathable
This is probably one of the most asked question in all of the blogosphere and normally, I don’t ask it because I feel like it’s been used and abused ;p but… where did the inspiration for Unbreathable come from? U is also self-published. How did you come to that decision? What are/were some pros and cons to being a self-published author?
UNBREATHABLE was a novel I never set out to write. In a sense, no one ever sets out to write a certain novel, but we get those ideas that mull around before we think, hey, let me write it.
With UNBREATHABLE, I was just finishing up another YA scifi (set on Earth), when I jumped on Twitter. Random House was having a little Twitter party, asking people to tweet their favorite first lines. That’s when I tried to redo the first line for that scifi.
But I had another idea: what’s a first line that no one has ever used before? One that would make a reader stop — not skim to the next first line of the next book. The next thought that struck was: in how many books are people searching for Earth?
That’s when the first line for UNBREATHABLE came about: We search for Earth everyday.
The first line has since changed, but the idea stemmed from that.
I never wanted to self-publish, though it was always a possibility, something my mom and I always spoke about. I queried quite a few agents, and received quite a lot of requests, which led to a few re-requests - meaning, they asked for revisions and wanted to see the manuscript again. When they rejected with messages along the lines of, scifi is very hard to market right now, I felt that I could do it myself.
I was still doubtful of going through with it, and still am, but the support has been tremendous. And I’ll forever be thankful to the friends who pushed me to self-publish.