I’m Rereleasing My First Novel

An announcement and an explanation

Dr. Casey Lawrence
SYNERGY

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In 2015, my first novel, Out of Order, was published with Dreamspinner Press. It was a NaNoWriMo novel, meaning it was written in just one month — November 2012. It’s hard to believe that was over ten years ago now. I was 17 years old.

I revised the hell out of it and pitched it to Harmony Ink, Dreamspinner’s then-new Young Adult imprint, in 2014. I wasn’t expecting to ever hear back from them, let alone get a contract in my inbox a few short weeks later.

I got a $500 advance for that book, which felt like a million dollars to a teenager with the “weird” little hobby of writing stories in her bedroom after her family had gone to sleep. At the time, I was a fairly prolific fanfiction writer online, but I rarely let anyone I knew IRL read my stories.

Suddenly, it was out in the world.

I don’t know what I was expecting, but the book did well.

It did well enough, in fact, that it was shortlisted at the 2016 Bisexual Book Awards in two categories, Mystery and Teen/YA Fiction. I didn’t win, but I was practically begged to write a sequel. Book Two, Order in the Court, came out in 2016, and it, too, was shortlisted for two Bisexual Book Awards.

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Dr. Casey Lawrence
SYNERGY

Canadian author of three LGBT YA novels. PhD from Trinity College Dublin. Check out my lists for stories by genre/type.