Tuesday, July 5, 2011
My Second Book is a Go!!!!!!!!!!!!
I got the word on Friday but refrained from announcing the news via a celebratory Twitter meltdown. Everyone was on vacation this weekend anyway – my spastic yells of excitement would’ve gone unheard.
As you recall, I had no idea what to call the sequel to CassaStar. Fortunately, my publisher is sharper than me and made some suggestions. At the moment, my manuscript has been dubbed:
I like that!
I’m to work on my back cover synopsis and resubmit it. (Translation – “Lame! Try again.”)
Release date will be sometime next March.
BIG thanks to my critique buddies ( Rusty, Jeffrey, and Anne ) and test readers for helping me with the manuscript.
And BIG thanks to those of you who read CassaStar and requested a sequel! I never imagined more than one book (never even thought there would be that one book) and continuing Byron’s adventure while addressing everyone’s concerns and questions (why the heck are there no women in this book?) was a challenge. But you prodded me to write another story and I thank you for the encouragement. (Some of you shoved and a couple even kicked, but that’s cool – I needed it!)
The news couldn’t have come on a better weekend – I just pretended all the celebrations and fireworks were for me. Now I can finally have my celebratory freak out online. Followed by freak out of what the hell am I going to write next…?
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LOL. Wow, congrats Alex. That's wonderful news! I know about that freak out. I had that recently. Then something hit me in the middle of the night and all is okay. The idea will come! :o)
Congratulations. Nice of everyone in America to celebrate your good news in such style.
Keep up the good news!
Have a nice day.
Yay! Congratulations! Yay!
Congrats and love the title! :)
CassaFire...I like, I like. Congratulations on the huge green light for the project, Alex. Next March, eh? I can hardly wait for it, even though I did help critique it. Well done, my friend!
Oh wow, you must be over the moon. I got 2 rejections this week, but I'm hoping to succeed soon.
Awwww Byron 2! You can light my Fire any time.
I have buckets of cold water to the ready.
Great news! Congrats, Alex! And I love, love, love the new title of your sequel. It sounds smoking hot! :)
Jessica, thanks, and I hope it hits me soon.
Thanks, Jeffrey - you're one of the reasons it will happen.
Madeleine, don't give up.
Kitty, you'll need it!
Congrats Alex , will look forward to it's relaese. I let my son-in-law read Cassastar and he thought it excellent.
Have a good day.
A big WOO HOO !!
Congrats and confetti all around.
I like the title as well, and you're the second person announcing great publishing news, so it looks like July is going to be a super month all 'round! Congratulations and best wishes!!
rock out brother, i am still looking for the boogaloo... though i will be happy with any title as long as it follows with written by: alex j. cavanaugh
Great News! I've just signed my first publishing deal, so I'm kind of leaping up and down at the mo, too. Plus I self-pubbed a raunchy historical romance to Kindle in celebration!!!
good luck with the sequel
Congratultions, Alex! Great news!
Whoo Hoo! What fabulous news. Keep on keepin' on and get onto the third one!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Woot!! *happy dancing* Can you tell I'm excited for you? :) If you need a second set of eyes on the blurb feel free to send it. That is kind of my thing. Anywy, I'm off to write book proposal for book III of my YA series. Although I haven't finished book II. Publisher wants it this week so I can have a release date for all three books in 2012. :) I'm so happy for you!!
At least they didn't want to call it CassaNova! Just kidding.
This is great news, congratulations, Alex!
Fantastic! Go you. Rah.
Congrats, Alex! Great news. I'm all for great news. And blueberry muffins.
Fantastic news! Congratulations and I'm glad you waited till the Twitter calmed down (hahahahaha! Twitter. Calm down... hahaha). This is wonderful and, of course, book three would be CasaMoon for when he marries the girl you're introducing in CasaFire! (Just a suggestion...) This is wonderful and I assume you'll be taking us all to a celebratory lunch! This is so exciting...
Massive, massive congrats, Alex! I'm so thrilled for you!
That's terrific news, Alex. Congratulations!!
That is fantastic! Congratulations!
Awesome News! Congratulations!!
Excellent news!! Congratulations!
Yay! Congrats! I'm really looking forward to reading it
Uber-Mega-Kudos, dude - Go CassaFire!
Congratulations! WOOOOHOOOO! (Can't believe I have to wait till next march... harsh! Can't wait :)) You're an inspiration
Woohoo!!!! Congrats! We even had fireworks way up here in Canada for you :)
LOVE the title CassaFire - love when sequels play on the first title!
Doing a happy dance for you in Cyprus! Congratulations, Alex! x
Congrats...but of course there was never any doubt about a sequel! Can't wait to read it!
Whoa! CassaFire - what a great name. Congratulations Alex you deserve it. Look forward to the sequel! (have you seen the crits on Amazon and GoodReads?)
YAY! YAY!! YAY!!!
Congrats, Alex! The fireworks were indeed for you!
Now go back to work on the cover copy :)
Congratulations, Alex! That is fantastic news!!! :)
Congratulations, Alex! That's awesome! And, I love the name CassaFire.
A huge CONGRATS to you! That is wonderful, and I love the title!
Cool title. Big congratulations. Hope you enjoyed your fireworks last night. If I had known I was celebrating your book I would have oohed and awed louder. :)
Yahoo! Great news indeed, sir.
Yvonne, that's great!
Jeremy, only you.
Ciara, I might need help.
Matthew, that title did occur to me.
Charlene, always a possibility.
Laura, sorry for the wait!
Congrats Alex!! Cassafire has a nice ring to it
congrats man. Excellent news!
CONGRATS! GLAD TO SEE YOUR NAME ON A BOOK COVER :)
That's great news, Alex ... but next March for release? Must have my twin brother preparing the manuscript for publishing.
Congratulations!!! That is awesome news. CassaFire. I like that. That must have been a heck of a weekend for you.
Belated Happy 4th Alex! That is most excellent news about Cassast...Cassafire! Things are coming along.
W00t! Congrats. I would also pretend all the fireworks were for me too if I was in your shoes.
Congratulations! Now I know what all that celebrating was about this weekend.
That is awesome news! AWESOME!
Great news, Alex! Very excited for you; congratulations!!!
Yay, I can't wait to read it.
Alex, I am thrilled for you!! I loved seeing your confetti and balloons coming up in the blogroll-- smiled so big when I read the title of your post!
Three cheers, my friend! I have actually been meaning to buy CassaStar for a while, now and need to hop to it so I can be ready for the sequel.
Sincerest congratulations. :)
Ha. There are no balloons in your graphic. My brain filled in the gaps. :P
Awww CONGRATULATIONS, Alex!! You must be so happy and proud!
Congrats, Alex! Can't wait to read it.
I remember back when you had no books published and now you are going to be a 'magnificent two book published bastard' in no time at all. Congratulations. Livin' the dream my friend.
It certainly does take a long time to actually get published though.
Javid, this will be number two!
Christopher, that's the time frame my publisher gave me.
Suze, thank you - I'd be honored if you did!
Kal, I'm living somebody's dream anyway.
Thanks again, everyone!
Woot! Woot! Warmest congrats to you, Alex.
I KNEW all those explosions going off in my head were more than just after-effects of my, umm, celebration of the holiday.
Congrats Alex! Wonderful news :)
Great news! Great title! Congratulations all around! Julie
CONGRATULATIONS! Fire is ALWAYS hot... CASSAFIRE... it's an awesome name.
That is awesome news, Alex. Doing a happy dance here for ya.
Infinite congratulations to you, Alex! I'll look forward to carrying on the awesomeness next March :D Any celebration plans?
Congrats! Was there ever a doubt?
CassaFire. I like it . . .a lot! Of course I was expecting the announcement on my birthday (cough, cough. I'm preparing to forgive you), but today is fine. LOL.
Doing little squeals of delight for you and Byron!
Congratulations! I'm so pleased for you.
Congratulations, Alex! Great title. And I can't wait to see what you'll write next. :)
Oh, wow - congratulations, Alex!!!
Throws fairy dust for a very glittery congrats! I like that title.
Also, thumbs up for the title. I like it!
Yay! Congratulations! That's awesome news!
Bryce, I can't guarantee they weren't!
Jamie, I think I took care of that this past weekend.
Ellie, I was close!
Elizabeth, no pressure!
Thanks everyone and I hope the title sticks.
Ooooh, I LOVE CassaFIRE! That is the perfect name! I'm so happy, Alex. For you and for ME since I get more of Byron's story. Congratulations!!
Congratulations! So that was the yelling I heard in the distance...
Very excited for you, and love the title!
Way to go Alex, so that was what all the fireworks is about. cm
Congrats! on the awesomely fantastic news!!! That's great! And feel free to guest blog any time for promotional and marketing stuff.
congratulations. I thought the fireworks were special this year.
Great sequel title! Can't wait to read it!
Congrats on the second book! That's awesome news! And I love the title ^_^
So awesome Alex. If anyone deserves all this success, it's you. Really dig the title too.
What a great title! Congratulations on the new book. Writing all that back cover stuff is really, really hard! Good luck.
Big congrats, Alex. Those fireworks were for you. Woot! Woot! I like the new title.
Awesome news!! Congrats!! Can't wait for the next book! :)
Jennie, now you get to read it!
Karen, that was me!
Stephen, thanks! I'll need to start thinking about that this fall.
Monti, I know!
Thank you, everyone!
Congratulations, Alex! That's such exciting news!
Congrats! And great title. What are you going to do while you wait for the release?
Alex, all I have to say is...
That's SO fantastic!!!! Well done!!!! SO exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
of course, all good books come in threes... ;)
Triple holy cow, and toss my hot tamales!!!!!! Alex, this is AWESOME!!!!!!!! All those exclamation points a my version of fireworks for you. This is excellent, well-deserved news!
Congratulations! That's a great title.
Rusty, I know what I'm doing the next few days! After that, guess I better start thinking of another story.
Thanks, Mel! That's a big woo-hoo.
Lynda, no pressure!
Thanks Julie and toss your Tamales my way.
I didn't read all 100 comments, so this may have been said before...
But you realize that now you have to do a trilogy.
You can't just do two books.
It's just not done!
Congratulations Alex! Good work.
Fantastic news, but not the least bit a surprise cause I knew it would happen for you! :~) Congratulations, Alex! So happy for you!
Thanks, Larry. (And I didn't expect you to read all of those!) I know, now I'm committed, and I have no idea what to write next.
Thnak you Liza and Bru!
Congrats!!! That's great news!!!
And I do love that title, wow!!! Huh, maybe it wasn't thunder I heard Friday. Could that have been you? LOL, congratulations BIG TIME, I can't wait to get a copy :)
How shit Alex! 104 comments before I got here...fantastic! I am so glad it's ready but sad it will be March. I like the name. Keep it.
Hope I didn't poke ya too much on the sequel and movie thing. I know I mentioned it a lot after I read CassaStar...but seriously, when is the movie deal gonna get done?
I got tired just trying to scroll to the bottom of all these fantastic comments.
Yippee!!!!! Casafire...I like it.
Just one question, how the heck am I supposed to wait 'til March???
Congratulations Alex! That is super great news.
Words, that was probably me! Thanks, I am really stoked.
Chuck, I guess I need an agent in Hollywood for that to happen. Know any?
Gail, I'm sorry! Reread CassaStar a few times I guess. Go read it to your critters!
I am so thrilled for you! Yippee! I'm going to email you!
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Congratulations, Alex! Awesome news, and I love the title.
Great title for a sequel. Sometimes publishers can be so smart. LOL Congrats on the second book in the series.
Bravo Alex; I am excited for you. CassaFire sounds awesome. I look forward to reading the sequel, and to what-ever else you have planned.
Well done. You deserve the PARTY!
CassaFire a hot title. I wish you a happy summer. For a time close my comments on my photos, so take a break and spend more time with family. But I will continue posting photos every day. Greetings.
That's fantastic, Alex!!!!
Yay for CassaFire!!
Maryann, smarter than me.
Leovi, I noticed your comments were off, but good to know you're still posting photos.
Thanks again, everyone. Virtual drinks on the house!
Does this mean there's going to be a whole planet of women in the next one?
CassaFire? Very cool title. And may I add my hearty CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Picture me doing the happy Snoopy dance for you.
Looking forward to reading this one.
Sia McKye's Thoughts...OVER COFFEE
And, look at all the commenters here to share in the fireworks. Great title. Great success! Write on!
Amazing news man. Can't wait for the trilogy to hit theaters. ;)
Huge Congratulations, Alex! That's amazing news! And I like the title!
Wonderful news Alex. I think the excitement of the 4th was to celebrate you.
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium
Great news! Congratulations! Things seem to be moving along swiftly. Now after you release the 3rd book then you can put out the deluxe boxed set. Oh wait--maybe I'm getting a little ahead of things. But it's good to have a big dream isn't it?
Tossing It Out
Yes, deluxe box set! Wait, hard to do that on a Kindle...grin. This is just terrific news, Alex! I'm only half-way though Cassastar, but I can see how Byron has a lot of ways to go as a character and I for one would like to know the rest of his journey!
Tina @ Life is Good
Theresa, there will indeed be a planet with some actual women in the next book!
Maurice, thanks, but first I need to write the whole trilogy.
Lee, I'll have to ask my publisher...
Thanks Tina, and glad you're enjoying it!
That is awesome news!!! Celebrate! Have a beer! and then get back to writing that synopsis--okay, maybe not in that order. :D
Congratulations and don't worry about what you're going to write next. I'm sure you'll come up with another smashing new idea. :D
By the way, thanks for adding me to your Cool Ninja Army! Now I feel like a ninja--an ultra cool one. :D
CONGRATS!!!! This is AWESOME news!! I'm sure some of those fireworks were definitely for you ~ :) And with Sci-fi...the possibilities are endless. You'll have a brand new shiny idea in no time, I'll bet. Happy synopsis-tweaking!
Absoloootely wonderful news, Alex! Huge congratulations!
That's a great title, Alex. Congratulations! Next March sounds like a long time away, but as I get older and older I find that time FLIES. I mean really flies. So it won't be that long before I'll get to read it. Hooray to you and everyone who helped you. A good book is definitely a community project.
What to write next: it isn't easy shifting gears to a new project. But I'd say just relax for a while. Give your mind space. Enjoy the "little" things as a new story begins to take shape.
Ann Best, Memoir Author
Congratulations Alex!! That's fantabulous. CassaStar. CassaFire. CassaMoon. CassaYouTheMan, that's why!
Yay! Excellent news, Alex. Congrats a thousand times over. Can't wait to read the sequel.
Woot! Sorry I'm late to the party, but huge congratulations!
That is beyond awesome!!! And everything comes down to perception: the fireworks were for you! congrats!!!
Wow! That's awesome! Congratulations!!!
Woot! Woot! FANTASTIC NEWS!!!! I'm thrilled for you as a fellow blogger and tickled pink as a reader! Yeah!!!!
And what you should write next?
You probably have better ideas.
CassaFire sounds cool!
Yeeahhhhh!!! So excited for you, Alex. How nice of all the towns across America to do a little light show for ya. And a pat on the back to your critique buddies and test readers too.
Nutschell, maybe the beer would help! Thanks and you are definitely part of the cool Ninja Army.
Donea, thanks and hope idea hits soon.
Ann, I discovered that time speeds up as we get older about fifteen years ago. Maybe longer! But I am taking a bit of a break and reading some books. So many! You guys are all writing fast.
Helen, thank you and I think my title just got longer...
Tyrean, one of my test readers actually suggested that as a potential title.
Nicki, big round of applause for everyone who helped - which was just about everyone!
Well, I am very late to the game, but this is still worthy of another congratulations!
Wahoo!!! Congratulations, Alex!!! *Happy Dance*
This is fantastic news. So looking forward to March when the sequel comes out. Yay!
Oh, and I love the title!!!
Congratulations, Alex...and I like the title :)
I guess a whole big bad blog-tour and lots of contests coming up...can't wait !
WOOOOT! You rock!
Thanks, Ted! Around here, doesn't matter when you arrive.
Jamie, hope you enjoy it as much as the first one.
There sure will be, DAmy!
That is so awesome - huge contrats... Love the name CassaFire - has intrigue in it.
Congratulations Oh Captain my Captain!! And I like that name as well, CassaFire, it has a ring to it and people will most definitely recognize it as the sequel. Yay!!! I'll have a margarita and raise a toast to you. Or maybe even pomegranate martini...
I'm very happy for you Alex and can't wait...
Congratulations! There is melt down here too.
A HUGE, congrats. As to what you should write next, you'll figure it out!
Congratulations and thank you.
I think your "army" is ready to raise a hype for CassaFire!
Melissa, a toast!
Edi, I think you're right.
Congratulations, Alex. You rock!
Huge congrats!! And love the sequel's title. Clever ;)
congrats. it's always nice to know that people like our work enough to ask for more.
congratulations alex, even looking at the comments, i believe it will be a superstar!
Angela, you rock!
Thanks, Jill. At least it wasn't CassaNova.
Michelle, it is nice.
Ocean Girl, I hope so!
I was on vacation so only now just read your wonderful news. That's awesome, Alex. Congratulations! You inspire us all!!
Alex - What FANTASTIC news! How exciting. Congrats! And, in case you forgot, YOU ROCK!!
Thanks, Nancy - never thought of myself as inspirational.
RaShelle - YOU ROCK!!
Yay!!!! Huge congrats!! I'm so excited for you! I'd love to help spread the word, so I'll stay tuned for any promotional campaigns you are having!
My first reaction to your title was, ooh, love that! It's an awesome title. Congratulations!
Alexia, thank you! I will need help spreading the word next March, so I really appreciate your offer.
Thanks again, guys! Wow, I am overwhelmed...
I see that my congratulations is just a drop in the bucket, Alex. But I wanted to add it, and let you know that your exciting, professional, and yes, polite marketing style has been an inspiration. Your trailer convinced me to put CassaStar on my behind-schedule to-read list, and I'm now motivated to hurry up and check it off so I can read the sequel. Congratulations!
Yay, huge congrats, Alex!!!
Cara, thank you! I really appreciate that.
Congrats! That's awesome news! I love the title! :)
Freak out later! This is huge news! Congrats!!!
This is great news! Congrats, and I hope that you get a twenty book deal next!
Great title. Great news. And of course all the fireworks were for you. Congratulations!
(and thank you for checking out my sample on ibooks)
Thanks, Catherine. I'm really happy with the title as well.
Elana, I won't have time to freak out later!
Mother Blogger, what on earth would I write if I did?
Sheila, thanks, and you are welcome!
Wow... that's awesome!
Congratulations, Alex!!! Such great news!!!
I thought I heard a voice at the lake. ;D Congrats, I am so thrilled for you! I like the title; I hope the sparks ignite and launch you into record breaking sales! No freak out, if you do calm it with popcorn n' a movie and for fire, well you know, "Hot Tamales". My kids told me this weekend I have "popcorn brain". I do not; I did shake a bit no wifi, what was I missing... ;D
See, I missed this; Congrats Alex!!!
Yes, you have earned a celebratory freak!
Thank you, everyone!
Ella, I don't think you have a popcorn brain. Tell your kid you rock!
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