Friday, August 2, 2013

{Blog Tour + Giveaway} When The World Was Flat

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When the World was Flat

Looking back, I wonder if I had an inkling that my life was about to go from ordinary to extraordinary.

When sixteen-year-old Lillie Hart meets the gorgeous and mysterious Tom Windsor-Smith for the first time, it’s like fireworks — for her, anyway. Tom looks as if he would be more interested in watching paint dry; as if he is bored by her and by her small Nebraskan town in general.

But as Lillie begins to break down the walls of his seemingly impenetrable exterior, she starts to suspect that he holds the answers to her reoccurring nightmares and to the impossible memories which keep bubbling to the surface of her mind — memories of the two of them, together and in love.

When she at last learns the truth about their connection, Lillie discovers that Tom has been hiding an earth-shattering secret; a secret that is bigger — and much more terrifying and beautiful — than the both of them. She also discovers that once you finally understand that the world is round, there is no way to make it flat again.

An epic and deeply original sci-fi romance, taking inspiration from Albert Einstein’s theories and the world-bending wonder of true love itself.

When the World was Flat (and we were in love) is the debut young adult novel from author Ingrid Jonach. It is scheduled to be published worldwide in English in September 2013 by Strange Chemistry.

Strange Chemistry Editor Amanda Rutter said: “As soon as I read the first page ofWhen the World was Flat (and we were in love) I knew I had found something special. I cannot wait to share this wonderful love story with the world!”

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Ever wonder what the step by step of getting published is like? Ingrid breaks down her journaey for us!

April 2009 – I started writing When the World was Flat (and we were in love).

Except it was not called that yet. I actually called it Teen Romance, which was definitely a working title. It was basically a description of the genre I was writing (this was before I decided it would be science fiction).

July 2010 – I finished When the World was Flat (and we were in love) – or so I thought!

In March 2010, I decided to take the plunge and took what I thought would be three months off work to finish my WIP, as there were not enough hours in the day to do all the editing and research, which included researching Einstein and String Theory.

The three months turned into seven months of freelancing (I work in communications) before I decided to go back to work part-time. During those seven months, I not only finished When the World was Flat (and we were in love), but I also got a literary agent!

September 2010 – I got a literary agent!

I thoroughly enjoyed the process of querying for a literary agent. I read up on how to draft a query letter at Query Shark. I learnt about the industry via Miss Snark. I developed a spreadsheet of my I-Would-Pass-Out-If-One-Of-These-Agents-Represented-Me agents with the assistant of Query Tracker and Agent Query.

My first query was sent at the end of July 2010 and received a form rejection from an intern, who accidentally called my manuscript When the Road was Flat (and we were in love). I took a moment to bandage my bruised ego and then continued my querying. I subscribed to Publisher's Marketplace. I lurked on Absolute Write – Water Cooler. I stalked agents on Twitter. And I devoured any interviews I read with agents, including an interview with my now agent Meredith Kaffel, which led me to query her (sadly I can no longer find the interview online).

February 2011 – We started submitting to publishers. Eek!

After a round of revisions, which I really think gave the manuscript an extra kick, my agent started submitting to publishers. And this is where I experienced first-hand the saying, the road to publication is paved with rejection slips. The feedback was actually glowing, until you reached the 'but'.

Aside from a few issues which we addressed through further revisions, I think When the World was Flat (and we were in love) also did not meet the expectations of a traditional science fiction novel. It started as a romance novel, which remains its core genre.

Thankfully, after I pulled it apart and put it back together again a couple more times we decided to send it to Strange Chemistry, an imprint of the UK-based publisher Angry Robot, which is renowned for its acceptance of the genres SF, F and WTF?.

July 2012 – I got a book deal!

I am not sure it is the longest road to publication in history (C.S. Lewis was apparently rejected more than 800 times! Eek!), but it was a long road for When the World was Flat (and we were in love).

I remember blinking sleepily at the email from my agent letting me know that I had an offer from Strange Chemistry and wondering if I was actually dreaming. I had to wake up my husband as a second set of eyes. It was about 5am Australian Eastern Standard Time, which was about 3pm for my agent in New York and about 8pm for my new editor in the UK.

I laugh when I am asked where I was when I got 'The Call'. I laugh because the call rarely exists when you, your agent and your publisher are in three different timezones. It becomes 'The Email'. I also laugh because my answer is that I was actually asleep, as I should have been at 3 or 4 in the morning on a weekday!

September 2013 – Happy Pub Day!

The road to publication still stretched ahead, but at least I had a lot of company. I started interacting with the wonderful Strange Chemistry editor Amanda Rutter, as well as my fellow Strange Chemists. I got to read their books in advance and often got a sneak-peak of their covers too (I still do!). I have turned around edits and a new blurb and fawned over my cover and am now pinching myself that the publication date has finally arrived (almost!) for When the World was Flat (and we were in love).


Ever wanted to witness the moment an author gets an offer of representation?

I am releasing this footage with trepidation, because it is a bit embarrassing! But when I received an email from my now agent telling me she wanted to represent When the World was Flat (and we were in love) I admit that I danced around the house for at least an hour to Empire State by Jay Z ft Alicia Keys.


Hey, I was home by myself, except for my pug and only a couple of people were answering my calls. My poor husband thought our dog had died because I was screeching down the line. While dancing, I decided to switch on my laptop camera and capture the moment, which I am now finally making public three years later…



Enter below for your chance to win one of two awesome prize packages as part of the Around the World in 80 Days Blog Tour for When the World was Flat (and we were in love) by Ingrid Jonach.

There will be two winners worldwide. Each prize package includes:

·-  a signed copy of When the World was Flat (and we were in love)

· - a pair of silver plated key-shaped earrings in a When the World was Flat (and we were in love) gift box

· - a When the World was Flat (and we were in love) bookmark.

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Ingrid Jonach

Ingrid Jonach writes books for children and young adults, including the chapter books The Frank Frankie and Frankie goes to France published by Pan Macmillan, and When the World was Flat (and we were in love) published by Strange Chemistry.

Since graduating from university with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing (Hons) in 2005, Ingrid has worked as a journalist and in public relations, as well as for the Australian Government.

Ingrid loves to promote reading and writing, and has been a guest speaker at a number of schools and literary festivals across Australia, where she lives with her husband Craig and their pug dog Mooshi.

Despite her best efforts, neither Craig nor Mooshi read fiction.

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  1. I like the premise of it, how it's set in Nebraska and the entire science twist with the romance. I'm a science-y person (love physics! :), and I'm a romance junkie, so yes I'm excited. :)

  2. I really liked the synopsis. It caught my attention straight away and the premise sounds really good. Plus, if it's a love story, I'm all up to it ;-) I'm a natural romantic eheh xD

    Thank you for the giveaway ^_^

    XX Ner

  3. "About The Book" peaked my interest. :-)

  4. I love the blurb, and sounds like the type of book I'd read!

  5. Love a true love story with a sci-fi twist to it.


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