Evangeline Holland

Sweeping Drama ⚜ Larger than Life History ⚜ Exquisite Romance ⚜ Diverse Perspectives
May 24th, 2016

On After You’ve Gone

After You've Gone: A Short Story from Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War

My story, in ebook form

This post is a week late, seeing as how my short story was released in ebook format last Tuesday. Nevertheless, I am excited and still thrilled by being able to see this story in particular sitting on bookshelves and available for individual purchase.

When Heather Webb tapped me for this anthology, my brain immediately raced towards possible plots. I wrote and tossed out a number of ideas–especially since I was learning, painfully, how to write short–until I realized what I wanted to do: honor my unknown ancestors who served in WWI.

It’s a long story, but I know little of my family history beyond my paternal grandmother and maternal grandmother. My mom’s dad died before I could meet him with any kind of awareness (I was around him as a baby), and I met my dad’s (estranged) father as he was dying of kidney disease. So history and historical fiction for me is an attempt to find a background of some sort, to imagine what these nameless, faceless relatives might have experienced over the course of the twentieth century.

As a result, when I sat down to write my contribution to Fall of Poppies, I didn’t want to write about upper crust Brits, but about people who might have been in my family or connected to them.

It was still difficult to write, haha. But I was never more satisfied with a piece of writing than when I sent off After You’ve Gone to my editor at HarperCollins.

I hope all who’ve purchased it or the full length anthology will read it with enjoyment. Stay tuned for an annotated post where I explain the historical details in the story.

FALL OF POPPIES: HarperCollins | Indiebound | Amazon | Powell’s | B & N

AFTER YOU’VE GONE: Amazon | Nook | Kobo | iBooks

November 5th, 2015

Book Publishing Newbie: First Pass Pages for Fall of Poppies

A week ago I received the first pass pages for my contribution to the Fall of Poppies anthology.

Cue excitement!

Until I realized I had no clue what I was supposed to be doing with this document. The editing process, I get. I think I aced the copy-edits. But First Pass…what is this foreign language thou dost speak?

The process of What Happens Next (after the snagging an agent, selling a book, yadda yadda yadda) can be so hush-hush, and the rise of self-publishing has created a downturn in author blogging about traditional publishing processes has increased the difficulty in discovering just what heck I’m supposed to be doing. But I like to think that a post from 2009 or 2011 is just as relevant in 2015, so on we march Googlefu.

According to Laini Taylor: “First pass pages are the first typeset draft of the book, printed out as proofs. These pages are exactly as they will appear in the ARC, or Advance Reading Copy, which is sent out to booksellers, librarians, reviewers, etc. At the same time that the publisher is readying the ARC to print, they/we are also going over the book in this format one last time before the final print version is arrived at. So, though this is the way reviewers will see it, it is not the final-final-final draft.”

Got it! But what I am supposed to do with them?

Pete Hautman says I’m looking at “the stage just after copyediting, when the copyedits have been incorporated into the manuscript, and the work is set in the font and layout that will appear in the final book.”

So that means I can do some light clean-up of the text, right?

Yes you can, says Alyssa Palombo (a 2015 post!): “The point of the pass pages is for the author to go through the book again and make any small changes that still need to be made, correct anything that may have been missed in copy edits, etc.”

Phew! So that sentence I cringed over while looking at this file isn’t set in stone. Hallelujah!

There you have it–a semi crash course in unfamiliar publishing terms and its process. Back to work I go!

August 6th, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War

At long last, I am able to share the cover for Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War!

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Top voices in historical fiction deliver an intensely moving collection of short stories about loss, longing, and hope in the aftermath of World War I—featuring bestselling authors such as Hazel Gaynor, Jennifer Robson, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig and edited by Heather Webb.

A squadron commander searches for meaning in the tattered photo of a girl he’s never met…

A Belgian rebel hides from the world, only to find herself nursing the enemy…

A young airman marries a stranger to save her honor—and prays to survive long enough to love her…

The peace treaty signed on November 11, 1918, may herald the end of the Great War but for its survivors, the smoke is only beginning to clear. Picking up the pieces of shattered lives will take courage, resilience, and trust.

Within crumbled city walls and scarred souls, war’s echoes linger. But when the fighting ceases, renewal begins…and hope takes root in a fall of poppies.

Read an excerpt of my contribution, After You’ve Gone, on my website!

Visit my fellow authors: Heather Webb, Hazel Gaynor, Beatriz Williams, Jennifer Robson, Jessica Brockmole, Kate Kerrigan, Lauren Willig, and Marci Jefferson