I signed a PUBLISHING DEAL?!

📚I signed a publishing contract! 😆✨The Balter of Ashton Harper is officially coming to you through Bandersnatch Books in 2023!

Naturally, my family went out to celebrate with hibachi and ice cream. And I even got (most of) them to take a picture with me for Instagram! XD


I am so excited to work with Bandersnatch! Their mission is to find quality books off the beaten path and make them accessible to everyone, which I love. It feels like the perfect home for Balter!

I actually submitted the concept of Balter to them over a year ago, long before Balter was finished. They got back to me, told me that they liked what they read, and said I should send them the final draft when it was complete.
So a couple of months ago I did… and here we are today!

This is my first time publishing a book with a company, but I can already tell it will be a lot less work for me than self-publishing. It’s definitely freed up some time for me to focus on writing my other projects while I wait to hear back on edits, and I’m very excited to collaborate with Carolyn, Annie Beth, and Rachel on bringing The Balter of Ashton Harper to all of you!

Thank you, Bandersnatch for believing in Ashton and his story! And thank YOU, my wonderful readers, for your endless encouragement! You’re the best.💛

docendo disco scribendo cogito

(I learn by teaching and think by writing.)

  • Millie Florence

FREE: ebook and audiobook!

Do you guys remember that book I published when I was thirteen years old? Honey Butter? A sweet summer contemporary novella about sibling relationships and finding joy in everyday life? With a protagonist who collects paint cards??

What if I told you that you could read it right now FOR FREE.

No, I’m not kidding. All you have to do is click here to sign up for my email list and/or book club and you’ll receive a free Ebook AND audiobook of Honey Butter.

Yes. FREE AUDIOBOOK.

I’m not a huge ebook fan, so I wanted to include something for the audiobook lovers out there too!

(If you’re already signed up, you just got an email with your copies.)

I know I’m going to write and publish many more books in the future, but Honey Butter will always hold a very special place in my heart. I hope all of you enjoy it!

Title Reveal!

Allow me to introduce you to my next book. It’s a middle-grade fantasy adventure novel with a touch of regency era history.

So, without further ado…

The Balter of Ashton Harper

There’s no official release date yet, but I would estimate it coming out sometime fairly early in 2022.

In addition to the title, I’ve also released my Pinterest boards for the book and character aesthetics. Check them out here!

What to know more? Drop your questions in the comments below! I’ll be posting a Q and A video about the upcoming title on my YouTube channel soon!

The Character-Reader Connection

During the Beta Reader stage for Lydia Green of Mulberry Glen, J.C. Buchanan one of my beta readers, had a favorite character. That character was Prehna Birchdell, the smart, logical, outspoken friend and complete opposite of Lydia Green.

The fact that Prehna was J.C.’s favorite character caught me completely off guard.

Not because I didn’t like Prehna, I did. But because in the first draft of the story she had absolutely no personality, and I had been struggling to make her character ‘work’ ever since.

Because of this, somehow the thought had never occurred to me that she would be anyone’s favorite character. I had begun to think of her less as a character and more as a piece of the plot – a thread that had grown tangled and I had only just managed to weave back in smoothly.

But J.C. loved her. She loved Prehna a lot more than I did at that moment, and because she really cared, she noticed a lot more than I did.
Some of her comments include:

“NO!!! PREHNA!!!!”

“I really love the the development of Lydia’s character here–however, fit within this scene, the fact that she isn’t more concerned for Prehna makes her a smidge less likable. Just a thought:)”

“I LOVE this whole interaction. Lydia and Prehna both get a chance to be totally real and get everything in the open–Lydia admits she was wrong, Prehna confesses her hesitancy. It makes the characters SO relatable and so likable!!!”

“Is Lydia worried at all for Prehna? Because I’m freaking out here nothing better happen to Prehna”

Obviously… My neglect of Prehna had caused some problems. (They’re fixed now, I promise. XD)

This taught me two valuable lessons.

  1. Write every character as if it’s your reader’s favorite, because they might be. Let them have their moments, don’t shove them to the side as ‘just another character’.
  2. Find good beta readers who care about your characters (sometimes more than you do) and your story and want them to be the best they can be.

So, to recap. Thank you J.C., for helping me create the Prehna Birchdell we all know today.

docendo disco, scribendo cogito,
– Millie Florence

Early Drafts of Opening Lines

The first lines of a book can change quite a bit from first draft to final copy. First impressions are important – and hard. Very hard. I was acutely reminded of this fact recently, when I stumbled across an old file full of my early attempts at the opening line for Lydia Green of Mulberry Glen. I read them, and started giggling with no regard for my struggling past self.

I thought I would share these attempts, along with a few others, for you to enjoy. These are pulled directly from my frustratedly typed notes – raw, unfinished sentences full of misspellings.

Lydia Green of Mulberry Glen

Official opening line: “Lydia had once been known to remark that ‘nothing can match the joy of a forest in the morning’, but she now wished that she had not been quite so correct in saying so.”

Early Attempts

When Lydia Glacier Green climbed down from her Housetree that morning, the world was ready to greet her.

I’m not sure, if you have ever seen such a thing as a Housetree.

Our story begins with the wistful worries of a young girl, up in the branches of a tree.

It was not a dark and stormy night, but such a description would have better suited Lydia’s mood than the bright morning that lay before her.

In the corner of the Valleylands, in a nook in Mulberry Glen, a girl named Lydia Green climbed down from a tree.

Lydia was already halfway down the branch ladder when resentment began to form.

The morning was bright and splendid, and did not agree with Lydia’s mood in the slightest.

The morning that blossomed in Mulberry Glen that day was bent of rejoicing, and gave no consideration to weather Lydia felt disposed to or not.

The sun will go on rising weather or not

Tragic 

Nature gives very little concern to the tragedies of human beings, or so Lydia felt,

When Lydia decended from her branch ladder that morning, only one thought dared to hold her attention.

There are some mornings in which

Lydia had once been known to remark that ‘nothing can match the joy of a forest in the morning’, she now wished that she had not been quite so correct in saying so. On this morning at least, she would have much perfered to be left alone with her melancholy, but the woods were bent or merriment, weather Lydia complied or not.

The morning that blossomed in Mulberry Glen that day was of the silver kind, flushed with the chill that coaxed color into one’s cheeks, filled with a frivolous new dance between restless branches and whispers of sky, and altogether much too splendid for Lydia’s taste.

I hope you enjoyed those little snippets!

docendo disco, scribendo cogito,
– Millie Florence