Timeline of Resist + Giveaway

One year ago today Resist made its way into the big wide world! I thought it would be fun to look back at the writing/editing/publishing process to celebrate. But before that, be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win an eBook copy of Resist. Enter HERE!


Now, let's look back at the process of bringing Resist into the world!


December 2014
 Research and writing begin! 
That was basically comprised of copious amounts of coffee, fuzzy socks, and lots of tears. 

January 2015—August 2015
I finished writing Resist in April. Then I began rewriting the entire novel from third person to first person and and did more research. Also, I got distracted by Donald Duck and Russian dancing. 

Fall of 2015 
I sent Resist to editors and advance readers including Steve Appleby, director of the Eldred WWII Museum and author Kathryn J. Atwood! I also made a brand spanking new website and began learning how to format books.

January—February 2016
These were super hard months emotionally between my grandma passing away and all the troubles I was having with getting Resist ready for publication. By the grace of God, Resist was released on February 22nd, the 73rd anniversary of Hans Scholl, Christoph Probst, and Sophie Scholl's death.
(My niece used my book as a teething ring while my friends used it as a disguise.)

March 2016—February 2017
Resist made its way into quite a few libraries this year. I did my first book talk/signing and my first author appearance at a book club. I portrayed Sophie Scholl at two WWII reenactments and passed out White Rose leaflets. Also, Resist is sold at the Eldred WWII Museum!

This week I visited the White Rose exhibit at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C. While a few years ago these faces were unfamiliar to me, now I feel like they're my best friends.

It's been a very full year and I'm so thankful to everyone who has read and reviewed Resist. You're keeping the story of the White Rose alive.


-Emily

23 comments

  1. Wow. Happy 1st Resistiversary! Your hard work definitely paid off - the book is excellent! Mad respect for all the research you put into this!

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  2. This is incredible! Congrats! I am so jealous that you got to go the Holocaust Museum in D.C. I have never been to D.C. and I really want to go. The Holocaust Museum is on my list of places to visit in D.C.

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  3. I never heard of the White Rose till the first time you mentioned it on here. I'm very grateful for all the work you've done! They have an incredible story, and you brought it to life wonderfully.
    -Mary

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  4. Congratulations! It is truly a moving book with a story that deserves the remembering.

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  5. What? How has it been a full year?! I think it was on the release day that I discovered your blog! Happy book birthday, Emily!! :)

    ~Liv
    oliviakfisher.blogspot.com

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    1. I know! That year went fast! Thanks for reading, Olivia!

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  6. Wow! Amazing how fast a year flies by. And it's always okay to get distracted by Donald Duck. :) There were some great Disney cartoons released during WW2. :)

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    1. haha! Yes, there were some great cartoons released during WWII!

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  7. Awww I'm tearing up reading this. I can't believe it's been a year since you released this book into the world (and that I still have yet to read it. Shame on me!). It must feel so good to look back on all your work and how it was all worth it.

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    1. Aww thank you!! I can't believe it's been a year either!

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  8. Aww! I love this so much. "Now I feel like they're my best friends." I imagine finding the White Rose display at the Holocaust Museum felt exactly like coming home. I'll forever regret my unfinished edits of 'Resist' for you, but I'm forever proud that you wrote such a novel!

    Now come visit me soon so that I can get a signed copy. ;) Loved this post so much, Em.

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    1. Awww thanks, Bess!! YES I want to come visit you! =)

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  9. Wow! What a journey! It must be really exciting to see your book in a library. I'm not surprised that when you visited the museum, you felt you were looking at the faces of friends. When I read Resist, I felt like you understood all of the characters very intimately.
    Out of curiosity, when writing the book, was researching or writing the story more difficult?

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    1. Thank you! They do feel like dear friends.

      I think researching was more difficult for me ... at least when it came to researching the Student Medical Company on the Eastern Front.

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  10. Emily, I have a question. When you sent your book out to advanced readers, did you have them fill out any sort of forms? How did you go about finding beta readers and advanced readers?

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    1. Sometimes I have advance readers email me directly, but I've also used Googleforms which keeps everything very organized. I find advance readers through posting on my blog, social media, and seeking out bloggers who read/review historical fiction. Hope that helps!

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