A Dangerous Announcement..

by admin on July 15, 2014

You’ve all been asking when Dangerous Boys will be published in the US, and I know I’ve been holding off a firm reply. I’ve been on submission to a bunch of different editors for the last six months now, hoping for a US deal…

And they’ve all rejected it.

Now, rejection isn’t something authors really talk about – not after we get our first deals. Although plenty of us will say how long it took to get that debut accepted, it somehow seems taboo to talk about the failure that can come after that. About poor sales, and rejections, and cancelled contracts.

Because the truth is, while Dangerous Girls has been the most beloved book of my career (my favorite child), when it comes down to the cold hard fact of sales numbers, it’s been a big commercial failure. You guys have loved it: you tweeted, and wrote amazing reviews, and freaked the hell out over that ending, and not a day goes by when I don’t see a status update going, ‘OMG I CAN’T EVEN’, and it brings me so much joy, I can’t even tell you. But in the entire year since publication, Dangerous Girls has sold fewer than 450 copies in hardback.

450. And I’m rounding up.

Any author will tell you, there’s only so much promotion budget to go around, and many books don’t get a piece of the pie. DG also released last summer, at a time when the publisher and B&N were at a stand-off. It wasn’t on shelves anywhere, so people couldn’t discover it. It happens. Sometimes there’s a reason, and sometimes it’s just a fact of the industry. The ebook numbers are better, and the paperback has just come out, so maybe that will turn around, but at the time we submitted Dangerous Boys, that was the data publishers had to go on, and honestly, I don’t blame them for taking a pass.

Publishing is a numbers game, and regardless of what was going on behind the scenes, my sales figures say that nobody would care less if I released another book again. Editors didn’t want to take that risk, especially not considering Dangerous Boys is another dark, twisted, provocative book.

I’m not going to lie: pouring my heart into that story, into Chloe and Oliver and Ethan, and then getting rejected all over town (sometimes more than once!) really threw me in a spin. I doubted myself as a writer, doubted that the book was worth anything at all. Maybe they were all right. Maybe it wasn’t worthy of being published. But something changed my mind. You guys.

Everyone’s been so excited about the book. And when I turned in my draft to Simon & Schuster UK (who bought it in a two-book deal back with Dangerous Girls), they loved it too. They’ve been a dream to work with, so supportive and energized, and when the first reviews started coming in, the readers responded amazingly. You get this book, get how dark and twisted it is, and you love it all the same. Some of you even like it as much as DG, which is something I never thought was possible!

You all have been so supportive and excited, I don’t want you to miss out. I’m not going to wait around on the off-chance a US publisher reconsiders – and it takes another year to get the book on shelves.

Which is why I’m thrilled to announce that I’m going to be self-publishing Dangerous Boys as an ebook-only release on August 14th, to match the UK/Australian release!

The book will be priced at a special launch price $5.99 and although it’s only a digital format right now, I hopefully will figure out paperbacks down the line. It will be available for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iBooks. And you can even preorder from iBooks and Amazon right now:

Amazon amzn.to/1wrph3u

iBooks bit.ly/1mS0PXB

I’m so excited and nervous to be taking this risk, but I truly believe that this book will find readers out there. It’s challenging, and difficult, but we need that sometimes. We need books that don’t flinch away from the sharp edges inside us all. Books about people making bad decisions – and maybe not regretting them at all. Books that explore the knife’s edge between love and hate, about bad girls, and anger, and lust, and doubt, and pain.

Dangerous Boys is a story about all those things. About a girl, and two brothers, and the crazy, fucked-up things they do. And on August 14th, you’ll get to experience it for yourselves!

I’ve got some great things planned for you all: teasers and giveaways and a big blog tour. I hope you’re as excited as I am. (And that you pre-order the book!)

Xx

Abby

Ps – if you’re a blogger and would like a copy of Dangerous Boys for review, or to take part in the blog shenanigans, let me know! Email abby.mcdonald@gmail dot com.

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Dangerous Boys are on their way…

by admin on June 22, 2014

I’m so excited to share the cover and blurb for DANGEROUS BOYS, my follow-up to DANGEROUS GIRLS!

It all comes down to this: Oliver, Ethan, and I.

Three teens venture into an abandoned lake house one night. Hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding.  The other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder . . .?
Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece the story together – a story of jealousy, twisted passion and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful faces.

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What do you think? DANGEROUS BOYS will be published August 14th, and I can’t wait for you to meet Chloe and the boys. It’s not a sequel, but I can promise you that it’s just as dark, twisted, and thrilling as DG.

Don’t believe me? Here are some early reviews!

Haas delivers something better than a murder mystery… she delivers complex psychology that had me questioning everything, wondering if I should be looking over my own damn shoulder, and hanging on every single word…This story fascinated me on every level. ***** 5 stars. – Emily May, Goodreads.com

Abigail Hass has delivered another nail bitingly suspenseful book that will keep you on the edge of your seat and tips of your toes…This is a special book and a special author. This is the kind of storytelling and writing that stick with you no matter how much time passes. ***** 5 stars – The Book Geek Reviews

As with Dangerous Girls, the closing left me with a huge, admittedly rather twisted smile on my face. I don’t know how Haas manages to turn me into such a gleefully evil creature every time, but when you find an author who makes you embrace your inner sociopath, you become a fan for life. — ***** 5 stars. — Dahlia Adler

Can’t wait? Add now to your Goodreads list, and UK readers — preorder from amazon.

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Dangerous Girls get around

by admin on July 23, 2013

On blog tours, obviously. What did you think I meant? ;)

It’s been a fab release week, so much fun to see you all reading and gossiping about the book. Here’s a round-up of all my blog tour stops, so you can check out all the fun behind-the-scenes snippets.

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Dangerous things..

by admin on July 9, 2013

The first reviews of Dangerous Girls are going up, and I am LOVING your reactions. Seriously, just imagine me sitting here, cackling with evil glee as you freak the hell out.

“Dangerous Girls was incredible. Very chilling.” – Sugarscape.com

A selection from goodreads:

“Completely and utterly hooked me in. I literally could not put it down… A fab read if you love murder mysteries, intrigue, and to be kept guessing.” – Kirsty (overflowinglibrary.com)

“Oh. My. F*&^ing. God.” – River (innocencewalker.wordpress.com)

“Dangerous Girls is one of the best YA thrillers I’ve ever read and is a must-read for summer!” – Jessica (jessheartsbooks.blogspot.com)

“Very clever, tightly-plotted thriller with characters and events that will keep you guessing until the last page.” – Allie (thebookstalker.com)

“WHAT THE EFFFFF?!” – Steph (poetrytoprose.com)

“This book astounded me, shocked me, startled me, and ultimately left me with my mouth agape at the sheer brilliance of it all once I turned the last page.” – Blythe (Findingblissinbooks.blogspot.com)

(Can I get that one printed on a T-shirt? Or left as my voicemail? Seriously!)

DG is out in just a couple of weeks, so stay tuned for the blog tour, and all kinds of goodies.

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And Then He Kissed Me…

July 4, 2013

Today is the publication of Walker’s fab romantic short-story anthology, AND THEN HE KISSED ME.
Toe-curlingly good (and bad!) kisses, boys next door, spots on date night, first love, unlove, passion, heartbreak…and other unnatural disasters. This is a collection of romantic short stories from some of today’s bestselling women’s and teen fiction writers. Ever fallen in [...]

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New look, new book!

June 5, 2013

So you’ve probably noticed the redesign — and my new, red-lipsticked, super-contemplative author photo. Well, it’s all because I have a new book coming out in July, and it’s something a little different…

Dangerous Girls isn’t like my other teen books. It opens with a murder, for a start. And after that? Things get a whole [...]

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JANE AUSTEN preview!

April 17, 2013

I’m so excited that MTV’s Hollywood Crush blog is previewing an exclusive excerpt from JANE AUSTEN GOES TO HOLLYWOOD, out next week!

Check out the first three chapters here.

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Events!

April 16, 2013

LA people, I’ll be doing two events this week to celebrate the impending release of JANE AUSTEN GOES TO HOLLYWOOD (and to celebrate books in general):
- Thursday, 7pm LAPL Young Adult reading series, at the LAPL main branch downtown. A fun panel with Lauren Miller, Anna Carey, and Karen Sandler, moderated by Cecil Castellucci.
- [...]

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2013 schedule

January 2, 2013

Happy New Year, everyone! This is going to be a busy one for me, with a few new releases and an exciting new project.
So, here’s how 2013 is shaping up:
OUT NOW – GETTING OVER GARRETT DELANEY in paperback!
April 23rd – JANE AUSTEN GOES TO HOLLYWOOD released (US, hardback, Candlewick Press)
May 2nd – GETTING OVER GARRETT [...]

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Web adventures

November 29, 2012

As you’ve probably noticed, this blog is more a news/updates place than my daily social media babble, so if you want to interact with me, there are many more better ways to do it!
1. Follow me on twitter!
2. Like me on facebook!
3. Follow me on tumblr!
Hope to see you on one or all of the [...]

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