Lisa Burstein

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Thoughts of a Debut Author w/ Jennifer Iacopelli

on May 13, 2013

Jennifer Iacopelli is the author of the new New Adult novel Game. Set. Match.  We are twitter buddies and she even is listed in the acknowledgements of Dear Cassie for helping me plot one VERY IMPORTANT scene at the end of the book.  I am so excited to have her here today to talk about what life is like as a Debut Author.


How long did it take you to write and publish Game Set Match?

I got the idea for Game Set Match in August of 2011! I plotted and outlined for a few weeks and then started writing in late October. I put the final touches on my last revision on March 31, 2012  and then started querying agents.

I was SO lucky. My agent search was only a couple of months long. I signed with Michelle Wolfson in the middle of June, 2012 and my offer from my publisher, Coliloquy came very soon after that, but more on them later!

How do you feel now that your book is out?

Relieved, terrified and excited. Relieved because it was so much work and to have it be “done” is just fantastic. Terrified because OH MY GOD people are going to actually READ it. And excited, because well, it’s my first book, of course I’m excited!
What is the best part about being published?

Just the sense of accomplishment. No matter what happens, I will be a published author for the rest of my life.

What is the worst part?

Now I have to do it again and hopefully live up to the awesome things readers have been saying about Game. Set. Match.
What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Just keep at it and don’t stress about the path you’re taking. I know it’s easy for me to say from this side of the looking glass, but every author’s journey is different. Just because it’s not happening RIGHT NOW doesn’t mean it won’t ever happen.
With the success of self-published new adult novels, why did you decide you work with a publisher?

First of all, I loved Coliloquy’s vision for my novel. They had ideas that went WELL beyond simply getting my novel onto Amazon and Some of those ideas will be rolling out over the next few weeks and I’m super excited about them.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on the next Outer Banks Tennis Academy book, which will hopefully release later this year and another New Adult book I’m calling my SuperSekritProject that I work on whenever I can find a spare minute.



Nestled along the North Carolina coast, the Outer Banks Tennis Academy is the world’s most elite training facility. In this pressure-cooker environment, futures are forged in blood and sweat, and dreams are shattered in an instant.

Penny Harrison, a rising female star, is determined to win the French Open and beat her archrival, Zina Lutrova. But when her coach imports British bad boy Alex Russell as her new training partner, will Penny be able to keep her laser-like focus?

Tennis is all Jasmine Randazzo has ever known. The daughter of two Grand Slam champions, she’s hell-bent on extending her family’s legacy and writing her own happily-ever-after…until her chosen Prince Charming gives her the just-friends speech right before the biggest junior tournament of the year, the Outer Banks Classic.

With a powerful serve and killer forehand, newcomer Indiana Gaffney is turning heads. She’s thrilled by all of the attention, especially from Jack Harrison, Penny’s agent and hot older brother, except he keeps backing off every time things start heating up.

With so much at stake, dreams—and hearts—are bound to break. Welcome to OBX: Where LOVE is a four-letter word, on and off the court.


One response to “Thoughts of a Debut Author w/ Jennifer Iacopelli

  1. Dahlia Adler says:

    So excited for both the next book in the series AND the SuperSekritProject! Great interview!

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