I’ve been writing on wattpad for years, but was always really nervous to take the plunge and actually self-publish. Something about it just felt so final. Plus, once you self-publish, there’s really no chance of ever getting the book traditionally-published.
Well, I decided self-publishing was the way to go. Combustion has over 63,000 reads on wattpad. It was longlisted for the 2018 Wattys. I get so many great messages from readers who enjoyed and people who ask, “When will you publish, so I can have my own copy of it?”
In the end, self-publishing was the way to go for me, because I love my readers. I am so grateful to them, for reading and loving my work. I’m also grateful to the people who have been critical of my work. Criticism has value!
Anyway, I was scared to do it, but here it is: I self-published my book through Lulu. Formatting was super annoying. The cover kept coming out crooked and I had to hire a bunch of freelancers through Fiverr to help me out with it. Now, I am finally holding proofs of the book that I’m happy with.
The paperback is $13.95 and the hardcover is $35.00. You can still read a digital version of the book for free on wattpad.
Buy the book here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?contributorId=1709266
Read the book for free on wattpad here: https://www.wattpad.com/user/Jyvur_Entropy
If you’ve already read the book, I’d greatly appreciate a review (good or bad!) on goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51481232-combustion
Combustion is an adult gothic horror with a child protagonist (the Paul Tremblay ‘Head Full of Ghosts’ influence is strong with this one).
Here are some the first reviews to roll in!
Rachel lives in constant fear that she will burst into flames. She can feel the heat building in her gut. She keeps buckets of water under the bed. She keeps them to fend off the flames that her body may create.
Autocombustophobia. That’s what they say she has.
No one will believe Rachel when she explains that she spontaneously combusted once before. That’s why her body is covered in burns.
Rachel’s mother is the only one who knows what really happened to her. All she said was that it was an accident, before she disappeared leaving Rachel to live with her grandparents.
When Rachel becomes reunited with her estranged mother, she struggles to uncover the truth behind her injuries. As Rachel spends time with the mother she has never known, she is thrown into a strange world of paranormal obsession, spells, and sage burning.
Long buried family secrets are revealed and Rachel’s fear of Spontaneous Human Combustion becomes unmanageable.
There are some terrifying truths to uncover and a man on fire. He stands burning at the foot of her bed.
I also have some fun Combustion merch. The make-up pouch is my favorite.
I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve received over the years! Book Bloggers, please give me a shout if you’d like a signed copy in exchange for an honest review!
Thanks, everyone 😉