I have risen from the dead!

I finally remembered to come over here to post. It’s almost embarrassing how long it’s been. It’s basically been about a year and a half since I updated my website, and there’s really no excuse for that, except to say that I’ve been working on building my freelance business and getting everything situated with that. And, as a result, it slowed down my writing and I haven’t finished literally anything in the past year.

But I have loads of updates on that front, thanks to an insane amount of productivity over the past, oh, three or four months! So if you want to know what sort of projects I’ve been working on over the past little bit, keep reading!

First up is The Becoming! In November 2018, Permuted Press released a new, updated, expanded edition of the first book in the series, The Becoming, and needless to say, I am insanely proud of how it’s turned out. Prior to this edition, in all honesty, book one was my least favorite of the series. This was partly due to feeling like I didn’t really get the chance/have the know-how to present the story I truly wanted to present, and I—like many readers—was deeply unhappy and unsatisfied with the ending of the book. Thanks to the generosity of Permuted Press, I was given the opportunity to completely overhaul the novel, and the result is one that is at least 1/3rd longer than the original book, but also a book that is tighter, more streamlined, better written, and has a better ending. Two of my three previously published novellas, The Becoming: Brothers in Arms (Theo and Gray’s story) and The Becoming: Deliverance (Remy’s story), are now incorporated into the narrative, which brings a whole new, fleshed-out dimension to the book that I feel is a lot more complete (and interesting!) than the previous edition.

As for the rest of the series…well, I’m hoping at some time in the future, I can convince the publisher to let me do new editions of at least the next couple of books in the series. This will be easier to convince them to let me do if the sales of the new edition are great, so if you want to be awesome, go pick up your copy of the new edition today!

Speaking of The Becoming Series, I have news! You’re actually going to get a new book in The Becoming Series within the next year! I’ve been teasing a new book since 2016, I believe, but I haven’t had much traction on it since then. I think it was because I was trying to tell the wrong story. But thanks to the creation and introduction of new characters that I think you guys are going to love just as much as the original batch of characters from the rest of the series, I have been off and running, and as a result, I’m currently about halfway through with the rough draft of this novel! It will be titled The Becoming: Bloodlines, and while some of our original gang will still be in it (primarily Ethan, Kimberly, and Sadie), there will be plenty of new people for them to interact with, along with a whole new scenario that spells potential disaster for the uninfected parts of the world. I’m super excited about this book and am really looking forward to getting it out there for you guys to read!

Now for something fun: I’m doing an autographed preorder of the new edition of The Becoming! I’m preparing to place an order with my publisher for some new copies of the books and am offering up the chance for you guys to purchase a paperback copy of the book for yourselves! And even better, I’ll autograph it for you before sending it on! I’ve got this preorder set up through my Square account. All you have to do is check out through Square, and in the note section of the checkout page, make sure you put in whether you want just the autograph or if you want it personalized and to who. My order will be placed on June 25, 2019, and I’ll be mailing books out as soon as I receive them. The cost of each copy is $25, and that price includes all shipping costs. These are for US readers only—I’ll be doing a separate preorder for international orders as soon as I figure out shipping costs for that!

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Hello, 2018! And With It Comes a Long-Overdue Post…

Pardon me while I take a moment to dust off the ol’ blog.

*busts out a Swiffer, goes to work*

Ah, that’s better.

Hello, everybody! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve shown myself around here, but I promise I had good reason for it. It’s been a pretty rough 2017, which is the only way I can account for my year-long absence from my blog.

First, I spent most of January through May slogging through that very last semester of my undergrad, and I finally walked away with not one but two degrees, in English and in History. This was a long time coming, truly. I started trying to get my undergrad degree(s) all the way back in 2003, and after switching majors a couple of times and spending about nine years “on a break” (during which I wrote some books that you guys presumably read and enjoyed or you wouldn’t be here), I finally finished it, and I couldn’t be more elated.

Then I started trying to write again. Then the thought crossed my mind, “Hey, maybe I should try to get my Masters.”

Yeah, that didn’t work out too well. I’ve since decided that grad school just isn’t for me. I’d rather spend my time writing and making a semi-living (at least supplementing my living) editing other people’s books. So that’s where I’m back to now, and I couldn’t be happier.

So on the writing front…

As you might or might not have noticed (and judging from book sales, it’s probably a “not noticed”), I released a book back in May, the sequel to The Unnaturals. It’s called Hellforged, and I’m rather proud of it. (And seriously, check out that cover. Is it not beautiful?) Be sure to go check it out. That series is turning out a lot darker than I anticipated, which is something the horror and dark fantasy fans might appreciate.

And on that front, I’m also almost done with the next book in that series, Wicked Creatures. As soon as I finish collecting up the cash to get the cover done, I’ll be releasing it. Hopefully I’ll have a better release date for you guys soon!

Still speaking of writing, I have great news for the fans of The Becoming Series: THERE’S GOING TO BE ANOTHER BOOK. Not with Permuted Press (they appear to have changed their publishing model or something and seem totally uninterested in publishing another book in the series). I’ll be putting it out myself. It’ll be titled THE BECOMING: BLOODLINES and will have a ton of new characters and, so far, some really crazy new situations. While it’ll primarily focus on Ethan, Sadie, and Kimberly, the other characters that were still alive at the end of Redemption will be making appearances, and I’ll be adding some new characters that I’m really hopeful that you’ll like! I know I like them; they’re diverse and just plain fun so far. I have to see how I feel about it, but I might end up releasing a small novella-length anthology type thing of short stories to introduce you guys to these new characters, because they’re just great. 🙂

I’ve also been working on a couple of other little projects, but those are intended for my agent to try to sell, so you guys might not see anything to do with those for quite some time.

I hope everyone has had a great 2017 and a great Christmas holiday season! And I wish every single one of you a Happy New Year and many wishes for an awesome 2018!

Look! I tried my hand at Vlogging!

So you get to look at my face for several minutes.

The Becoming: Redemption Now Available!

As I’m sure most of you have figured out by now, I am absolutely terrible at remembering to update and blog over here. In my defense, I have a lot going on (work, school, writing, more of the same), so things like this sometimes slide right past me.

The majority of you are probably already aware of this, but I have a new novel out! It’s the final novel in The Becoming Series, and it wraps up the story of Our Adventurous Heroes in the Zombie Apocalypse as they deal with everything that’s cropped up for them in the course of the entire series. I like to think it closes things up nicely.

Redemption COVER

When Woodside fell, Remy and her companions barely escaped. Now they’re scrambling to recover their shattered lives and find a new place to call home. But their friend Brandt Evans is still missing.

Desperate to recover Brandt from the military’s grasp, Remy and her friends set out on a mission to find him–or die trying. Their search takes them back into the heart of Atlanta. What they find there are the seeds of a betrayal they didn’t expect and a world wholly different than what it had been when the Michaluk Virus struck. With the entire world turned on its head, the group finds themselves dealing with the biggest challenge of their lives.

In this exciting conclusion to The Becoming Series, the survivors of Woodside navigate birth, death, and everything in between as they fight against impossible odds.

You can pick up your copy of The Becoming: Redemption on e-retailers everywhere, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I’ll update this post as I finish rooting out all the different retailers who offer the book for sale. 🙂 In the meantime, just go to your preferred e-retailer and search “Jessica Meigs,” and all my books, including Redemption, should pop right on up!

Hanging My Proofreading Services Shingle

Hi, all!

I used to offer some editing services, but I’ve recently scaled it back to proofreading services. I thought I’d post a notice to all indie authors and publishers that I’m now offering proofreading services for their manuscripts at a very low rate of $2.00 per 1,000 words. You can find more information about the service and how it works by clicking here.

The Guilded Earlobe Hosts Authors Roundtable with Permuted Press!

The Guilded Earlobe was busy, busy, busy yesterday. Not only did he post a wonderful review of The Becoming: Revelations, he also hosted a roundtable with Permuted Press authors William Todd Rose, Derek J. Goodman, and myself!

In the roundtable, we mostly talk about characters, characters, characters (which tends to be my favorite topic). You can read the entire roundtable discussion (don’t worry, it’s not too long) right here!

And don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list and be the first to be notified of new releases and contests!

The Guilded Earlobe Reviews THE BECOMING: REVELATIONS

The Guilded Earlobe has posted a review of The Becoming: Revelations, and he has some very nice things to say about the book!

The Becoming: Revelations is a strong finale to the trilogy, giving us a completed story yet setting us up for future explorations of the Michaluk plagued world. Meigs creates compelling characters and thrust them into a devastating world, allowing them to show their cracks. With each new edition, the world of The Becoming becomes more and more intriguing.

You can check out the full review right here!

Be sure to pick up your copy of The Becoming: Revelations on Amazon, on Barnes & Noble, on Kobo, and more! Links to all the books, including audiobooks, are available on my handy little page with links to everything I have available.

And don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list!

P.S. The Becoming: Brothers in Arms is still running for free on Amazon, so grab it at the low, low price of absolutely nothing while you still can!

FREE BOOKS! (And a Contest! No, seriously. Really.)

So there was this snafu with Amazon.

No big surprise, right? Amazon’s sometimes nothing BUT a big snafu.

And as a result, you can grab this book for free, like, right now!

Anyway, Permuted Press used to handle distribution of my little novella The Becoming: Brothers in Arms for me, mainly because I was too lazy to do anything with it at the time. But now that I have the distribution stuff back on my end, I put it back up for sale for $0.99 the other day…

and it appears that it was still listed for free somewhere on the wilds of the internet, and Amazon price matched it.

Here’s the thing: I have no idea how long “FREE” will last.

So…here’s where you guys come in.

I want you – yes, you – to go on Amazon and hit download on the ebook. Even if you already have it. Pick it up. It’s free. It won’t cost you a single cent.

Then? I want you to send the link on to some of your friends. Get them to send the link on to some of THEIR friends. Post it to Facebook. Post it to Twitter. Post it to your D&D message boards (do people still even use message boards anymore?). Share it with your grandma, your grandpa, your dad, your mom, your aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins, your best friend’s boyfriend or girlfriend, your pets.

Here’s the dealio: if it hits the top 20 on Amazon’s free page (overall free, not for a particular category)? I’m going to run a contest. A really, really awesome contest.

It involves paperbacks. Autographed. In bloodpen.

But only if we can get it on Amazon’s top 20 free Kindle books list.

Ready? Here’s the link.

Now go hit download so I can give away some free paperbacks.

P.S. My Facebook Author Page is right here, if you want to go hit “LIKE” and maybe get the jump on entering another upcoming contest…

Tip Jar Results

You guys are awesome. When I ran the tip jar last month, I didn’t expect a huge turn-out, but you guys pulled through and donated a total of $223.00 to the cause.

So what’s going to happen now?

Well, I’m prioritizing two things:

1. A paperback edition of The Becoming: Brothers in Arms; and

2. Remy Angellette’s novella for the Becoming series (which is tentatively titled The Becoming: After the Fall).

I hope you guys are looking forward to both of these! 🙂 I know I’m looking forward to them hitting e-shelves once they’re ready to go!

TIP JAR: A Call for Assistance!

So here’s the deal: I’m pulling a Seanan McGuire.

I’m currently somewhat out of work for the next couple of months due to the joys of a pending shoulder surgery. As such, I have bukus of time to write, and I have a ton of projects on my plate.

My problem? I can’t afford to get them out to all you guys because, well, see above.

Here’s the cold, hard reality of what my dilemma is: I work full time in EMS, but I get a (greatly) reduced income from being out on leave due to my shoulder injury. Also, being a writer, I don’t make that much (okay, almost no) money from that approach. As such, I can only really focus on the projects that I’ve got listed in front of me that actually have the potential to earn me money in the more immediate.

What’s currently on said project list:

1. The five-part serialization of The Deadening, a story set in the 1868 New Mexico territory involving zombies;

2. the novella that’s almost finished that tells Remy Angellette’s story from the Becoming series;

3. a stack of books that are in the various outlining and planning stages for the Unnaturals series;

4. completion of The Becoming: Under Siege (book four), plus outlining and drafting of The Becoming: Awakening and The Becoming: Redemption;

5. a couple of other super secret projects that are going to blow your mind.

Obviously, The Unnaturals and all of its related books are the ones that are lined up to be money-makers for me (relative to the other projects). As such, they’ve been my main focus. But, as I approach the completion of the first book in the Unnaturals series, I’m going to find myself with some open ends and need to make a decision on what out of the list above to work on next.

BUT I can only work on the things that will bring money in first before I work on the other projects.

So, as I said above, I’m pulling a Seanan McGuire and opening up a tip jar.

If I can get $200, I’m going to prioritize finishing Remy Angellette’s story from the Becoming series.

If I can get $300 or more, I’ll toss in the first part of The Deadening‘s release.

If, by some miracle, that tip jar total tops $500, then I’m going to prep up both of the above, plus get The Becoming: Under Siege out for you guys.

You can donate any amount you feel the need to. Everyone who donates at least $5 will receive a set of bookmarks for the Becoming series in the mail, so make sure you have your mailing address on the Paypal!

To drop some change in the tip jar and and help me get these books out for your enjoyment, please click the button below:

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Tip jar will be open until May 1st.

Thank each and every one of you for your support!