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A Book A Day Giveaway - Day #6

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 16 August 2012 · 152 views

I cleaned out my house this summer, in a big way. We're talking moving furniture, crawling under things with vacuum attachments and making use of dumpsters. I'm in the habit of grabbing books I don't really need, particularly at library clearing sales. I can't STAND to see a book go in the trash. So you guys are going to benefit from that here in the Book A Day Giveaway. Each of the books I'm giving away is not new (with the exception of the big, fun kicker on Friday). These books are either former library books or reading circle copies. Not shiny, not new - but still a good read.










On FRIDAY I will be giving away a SIGNED copy of THE WARRIOR HEIR by Cinda Williama Chima. In order to win this nice little cherry-on-top prize, you must've entered to win one of the books given away earlier in the week.










In order to participate in the Book A Day Giveaway all you have to do is a be a follower of my blog, and comment on the post of the book you'd like to have. Remember, in order to win the signed Cinda Williams Chima book you must've entered yourself (commented) on a book from earlier in the week.










Winners will be chosen by random.org and will be announced at the next Saturday Slash!








Today's giveaway:


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[left][i]Before he knew about the Roses, 16-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great - until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts.[/i][/left]

[left][i]Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At their helm sits the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game - a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.[/i][/left]

[left][i]As if his bizarre heritage isn't enough, Jack finds out that he's not just another member of Weirlind - he's one of the last of the warriors - at a time when both houses are scouting for a player.[/i][/left]
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A Book A Day Giveaway - Day #5

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 15 August 2012 · 154 views

<div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">I cleaned out my house this summer, in a big way. We're talking moving furniture, crawling under things with vacuum attachments and making use of dumpsters. I'm in the habit of grabbing books I don't really need, particularly at library clearing sales. I can't STAND to see a book go in the trash. So you guys are going to benefit from that here in the Book A Day Giveaway. Each of the books I'm giving away is not new (with the exception of the big, fun kicker on Friday). These books are either former library books or reading circle copies. Not shiny, not new - but still a good read.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">On FRIDAY I will be giving away a SIGNED copy of THE WARRIOR HEIR by Cinda Williama Chima. In order to win this nice little cherry-on-top prize, you must've entered to win one of the books given away earlier in the week.</div></div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">In order to participate in the Book A Day Giveaway all you have to do is a be a follower of my blog, and comment on the post of the book you'd like to have. Remember, in order to win the signed Cinda Williams Chima book you must've entered yourself (commented) on a book from earlier in the week.</div></div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">Winners will be chosen by random.org and will be announced at the next Saturday Slash!</div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">Today's giveaway:</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-54LBQvXbFog/UCXBCEUSIaI/AAAAAAAAAtk/S8AGB1qkeeU/s1600/Who+The+Man.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-54LBQvXbFog/UCXBCEUSIaI/AAAAAAAAAtk/S8AGB1qkeeU/s320/Who+The+Man.jpg" width="238" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><i>Earl got big. Or did big get Earl?</i></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><i>Earl Pryor is the biggest thirteen-year-old anyone ever saw. He's taller than a lot of grown-ups. He's got a hairy chest. He shaves.</i></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><i><br /></i></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><i>Everyone thinks Earl's such a tough-guy troublemaker. They come to him looking for a fight. And Earl will fight them. But he's not so tough. He loves his moms, loves his dad. Still, a man's got to take care of himself, especially when his world is falling apart.</i></div><br /><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/121295651954516717-2267183100249982652?l=writerwriterpantsonfire.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>

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A Book A Day Giveaway - Day #4

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 14 August 2012 · 120 views

I cleaned out my house this summer, in a big way. We're talking moving furniture, crawling under things with vacuum attachments and making use of dumpsters. I'm in the habit of grabbing books I don't really need, particularly at library clearing sales. I can't STAND to see a book go in the trash. So you guys are going to benefit from that here in the Book A Day Giveaway. Each of the books I'm giving away is not new (with the exception of the big, fun kicker on Friday). These books are either former library books or reading circle copies. Not shiny, not new - but still a good read.







On FRIDAY I will be giving away a SIGNED copy of THE WARRIOR HEIR by Cinda Williama Chima. In order to win this nice little cherry-on-top prize, you must've entered to win one of the books given away earlier in the week.






In order to participate in the Book A Day Giveaway all you have to do is a be a follower of my blog, and comment on the post of the book you'd like to have. Remember, in order to win the signed Cinda Williams Chima book you must've entered yourself (commented) on a book from earlier in the week.






Winners will be chosen by random.org and will be announced at the next Saturday Slash!




Today's giveaway:


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[left][i]Here are stories of students from one end of the social spectrum to the other. Jock to loner, academic snob to outcast, Carter explores and shatters the stereotypes behind the relationships, friends, rumors, peer pressure, sports, bullies, and other assorted forms of mental anguish that come with high school.[/i][/left]
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A Book A Day Giveaway - Day #3

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 13 August 2012 · 129 views

I cleaned out my house this summer, in a big way. We're talking moving furniture, crawling under things with vacuum attachments and making use of dumpsters. I'm in the habit of grabbing books I don't really need, particularly at library clearing sales. I can't STAND to see a book go in the trash. So you guys are going to benefit from that here in the Book A Day Giveaway. Each of the books I'm giving away is not new (with the exception of the big, fun kicker on Friday). These books are either former library books or reading circle copies. Not shiny, not new - but still a good read.




On FRIDAY I will be giving away a SIGNED copy of THE WARRIOR HEIR by Cinda Williama Chima. In order to win this nice little cherry-on-top prize, you must've entered to win one of the books given away earlier in the week.




In order to participate in the Book A Day Giveaway all you have to do is a be a follower of my blog, and comment on the post of the book you'd like to have. Remember, in order to win the signed Cinda Williams Chima book you must've entered yourself (commented) on a book from earlier in the week.




Winners will be chosen by random.org and will be announced at the next Saturday Slash!


Today's giveaway:


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[i]"There was more to do than music, of course. She was a good human."[/i]
[i]That's what Dolores's brother Jimmy thinks about her when she's seven years old and can scream Nirvana lyrics at the top of her lungs in a voice just as angry and knowing as any teenager's. Dolores is a force to be reckoned with. As she grows up through these seven stories, you can call her what you want -- strangely beautiful, weird, quirky, a loner, brave -- it doesn't matter. Because Dolores always will be, quite simply, Dolores.[/i]
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A Book A Day Giveaway - Day #2

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 12 August 2012 · 139 views

I cleaned out my house this summer, in a big way. We're talking moving furniture, crawling under things with vacuum attachments and making use of dumpsters. I'm in the habit of grabbing books I don't really need, particularly at library clearing sales. I can't STAND to see a book go in the trash. So you guys are going to benefit from that here in the Book A Day Giveaway. Each of the books I'm giving away is not new (with the exception of the big, fun kicker on Friday). These books are either former library books or reading circle copies. Not shiny, not new - but still a good read.



On FRIDAY I will be giving away a SIGNED copy of THE WARRIOR HEIR by Cinda Williama Chima. In order to win this nice little cherry-on-top prize, you must've entered to win one of the books given away earlier in the week.


In order to participate in the Book A Day Giveaway all you have to do is a be a follower of my blog, and comment on the post of the book you'd like to have. Remember, in order to win the signed Cinda Williams Chima book you must've entered yourself (commented) on a book from earlier in the week.


Winners will be chosen by random.org and will be announced at the next Saturday Slash!


Today's giveaway:


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[left][i]Troy Billings is seventeen, 296 pounds, friendless, utterly miserable, and about to step off a New York subway platform in front of an oncoming train. Until he meets Curt MacCrae, an emaciated, semi-homeless, high school dropout guitar genius, the stuff of which Lower East Side punk rock legends are made. Never mind that Troy's dad thinks Curt's a drug addict and Troy's brother thinks Troy's the biggest (literally) loser in Manhattan. Soon, Curt has recruited Troy as his new drummer, even though Troy can't play the drums. Together, Curt and Troy will change the world of punk, and Troy's own life, forever.[/i][/left]


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A Book A Day Giveaway - Day #1

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 11 August 2012 · 177 views

I cleaned out my house this summer, in a big way. We're talking moving furniture, crawling under things with vacuum attachments and making use of dumpsters. I'm in the habit of grabbing books I don't really need, particularly at library clearing sales. I can't STAND to see a book go in the trash. So you guys are going to benefit from that here in the Book A Day Giveaway. Each of the books I'm giving away is not new (with the exception of the big, fun kicker on Friday). These books are either former library books or reading circle copies. Not shiny, not new - but still a good read.

On FRIDAY I will be giving away a SIGNED copy of THE WARRIOR HEIR by Cinda Williama Chima. In order to win this nice little cherry-on-top prize, you must've entered to win one of the books given away earlier in the week.

In order to participate in the Book A Day Giveaway all you have to do is a be a follower of my blog, and comment on the post of the book you'd like to have. Remember, in order to win the signed Cinda Williams Chima book you must've entered yourself (commented) on a book from earlier in the week.

Winners will be chosen by random.org and will be announced at the next Saturday Slash!

Today's giveaway:


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[left][i]Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger.Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.[/i][/left]
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The Saturday Slash

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 10 August 2012 · 174 views

A quick reminder that tomorrow starts the [url="http://writerwriterpantsonfire.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-worth-of-word-cloud-week-of.html"]A Book A Day Giveaway[/url] here on the blog. Don't forget to check in and see what I'm giving away Sunday - Friday. The top-off item on Friday is a *signed* copy of THE WARRIOR HEIR by Cinda Williams Chima. In order to win Friday's item, you must have entered to win one of the previous books throughout the week. All you have to do to enter is comment on post for the book(s) you're interested in and be a follower of the blog - good luck!

Meet the BBC Hatchet of Death (or, some other colorful description [url="http://crossingthehelix.blogspot.com/"]RC Lewis[/url] and I come up with at any given moment). This is how I edit myself, it is how I edit others. If you think you want to play with me and my hatchet, shoot us an email.









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We all know the first line of a query is your "hook." I call the last line the "sinker." You want it to punch them in the face, in a nice, friendly kind of way that makes them unable to forget you after having read the 300 other queries in their inbox.












Also, for my brave Saturday Slash volunteers I will gladly do follow-up slashes (each more kindly than the next) on your query if you post them on the Query Critique board over on [url="http://www.agentqueryconnect.com/"]AgentQuery Connect[/url]. You'll get advice from me, and also people who are smarter than me. If you do post on AQ, be sure to follow the guidelines and let me know you posted so that I can follow up!











And now for the next brave volunteer. For clarity, my comments are in [color=yellow]yellow[/color].
Freedom is never worth the price paid. Hundreds of children murdered with no end in sight. [color=yellow]This is a very generic hook. It could be the hook for anything with a war theme. Make it specific to your book.[/color]



Seventeen-year-old Edom is the oldest healer in the country of Menrio where his kind are hunted and killed because of their gifts. [color=yellow]Why? I don't understand why healers would be hunted and killed. I would think the opposite would be true if there were a war going on. [/color]He has a protective nature, guarding the life of his little sister, Liora, and any other healer he can find. King Alined is a merciless man, intent on the slaughter of these children. [color=yellow]Why? I don't understand why the King wants healers dead. And why are the healers all children? Have all the adults been murdered already? [/color]After a failed rescue attempt, Edom is imprisoned by the king. [color=yellow]Confused. Are you saying here that Edom was attempting to rescue someone (if so who)? Or are you saying that someone failed to rescue Edom from the King and so he is now imprisoned?[/color]


A young woman rescues him, but in an effort to protect her from the wrath of King Alined, Edom kidnaps her. [color=yellow]Huh? First of all - why does she rescue him? Sounds like healers are pretty dangerous people to align yourself with. So you're saying that Edom forces her under his protection to keep her safe after she rescues him? [/color]It doesn’t take long to discover that she has a secret. She’s the princess, Dalia. She has been raised to hate healers, but after witnessing the mistreatment of them she decides to save him. [color=yellow]Continuity problem here - she's already saved him, right? This needs to come earlier when I'm asking why would someone rescue a healer?[/color] With the Guard closing in, Edom and his friends travel through the mountains, desperation spurring them forward. Edom must find a way to save the healers or their kind will be lost forever. [color=yellow]Definitely need more here. It sounds like they're trying to get away rather than launch some kind of counter attack on the King, which is fine. But is that how he's going to save his kind? By retreating? Don't use the query as a tease. The agent needs to know what Edom's survival plan is going to be.[/color]


NAMELESS is a YA fantasy, complete at 50,000 words. NAMELESS is a standalone with series potential.


[color=yellow]I think the biggest thing here is that I really don't understand why the King is killing healers. I need a real motive. It seems like having a healer around would be a really useful thing, even if there isn't a war of some type going on. Also, what does your hook have to do with the plot? Whose freedom is the death of these children paying for?[/color]
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[/color] [color=yellow]Also, I wouldn't name the little sister, as she only comes up once in the query and never pops up again. Her name doesn't need to be dropped. Keep the focus on your MC, the King and the Princess. Also - is there a romance b/w Edom and the Princess? If so you need to put that here, it's a selling point. As it stands right now it sounds like he's dragging her over the mountains against her will, with her dad's soldiers hot on his heels.[/color]

[color=yellow]Get the motivations out there front and center. Why is the King killing healers? Why would the Princess spring Edom? And lastly - what is the big plan to keep them from being killed off?[/color]
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Hooray For My CP!!!

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 10 August 2012 · 175 views

Most people probably know by now that I think my crit partner RC Lewis is awesome.

But I'm not the only person who thinks that. Take this little excerpt from today's Publishers Weekly's Children's Bookshelf as an example:

[i]Catherine Onder at Disney has acquired debut author R.C. Lewis's Stitching Snow, a sci-fi YA thriller due out in summer 2014. In the book, a royal teen runaway is scraping together a living in a mining settlement on the far side of the universe, until she is discovered and "rescued" against her will. Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency brokered the two-book, six-figure pre-empt.[/i]

That's right. She's awesome. Hop on over to [url="http://crossingthehelix.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-awesomeness-of-terriblewonderful-no.html"]her blog[/url] to congratulate her, if you haven't already!
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Kendare Blake Talks Covers On the Release Day For GIRL OF NIGHTMARES

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 06 August 2012 · 192 views

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[i]It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on. [/i]
[i]His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.[/i]
[i]Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.[/i]
[i]Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor.[/i]

I love talking to my fellow authors. Our experiences are so similar, yet so very different, that every one of us has a new story to share. Everyone says that the moment you get your cover it really hits you - you're an author. The cover is your story - and you - packaged for the world. So the process of the cover reveal can be slightly panic inducing. Does it fit your story? Is it what you hoped? Will it sell? With this in mind I put together the CRAP (Cover Reveal Anxiety Phase) Interview.

Today's guest is my agency-sister Kendare Blake, author of [url="http://www.amazon.com/Anna-Dressed-in-Blood-ebook/dp/B004V9O52U/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1344309656&sr=1-2&keywords=anna+dressed+in+blood+2"]ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD[/url] and the sequel [url="http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Nightmares-Anna-Dressed-Blood/dp/0765328666/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344309626&sr=8-1&keywords=girl+of+nightmares"]GIRL OF NIGHTMARES[/url] - available TODAY from TorTeen!

[b]BBC: Did you have any pre-conceived notions about what you wanted your cover to look like?[/b]

KB: Before I get to that, have I mentioned how much I enjoy Mindy’s acronyms? Anyway, pre-conceived notions. It might sound weird, but no. And here’s why. I’d already been through the cover art thing with my first novel, and understood that I would have little to no input on the cover, whether I liked it or not.

Sure, my editor asked for my thoughts and what I did and didn’t want, but I didn’t believe her! So I kept my mind blank. What did it matter? I was going to get, what I was going to get. But then I got the art for ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD and realized, well, that was exactly what I wanted. So I trusted them with GIRL OF NIGHTMARES, because, hey, they were trustworthy.

I’m trying to keep my “mind is a blank” philosophy for my next series. I’m failing.

[b]BBC: How far in advance from your pub date did you start talking covers with your house?[/b]

KB: Hmm. Hard to remember. I saw the early cover for GIRL OF NIGHTMARES in October 2011, and it pubs in August, so we must’ve started talking about it about a year in advance.

[b]BBC: Did you have any input on your cover?[/b]

KB: When my editor asked me to fill out the cover questionnaire, (character descriptions, locations, other covers I liked, etc.) she asked what I absolutely did not want to see, and said she would try to stay in line with that. I appreciated this greatly.

And I said no faces. No big faces. Because it would’ve been Anna’s face, and that would’ve been a big, dead face. Hey wait, that sounds neat.

[b]BBC: How was your cover revealed to you?[/b]

KB: Sent via email. Although for the final cover of GIRL, my Tor author pal Kiki Hamilton actually got hold of it first and snuck me a peek. Shh. Keep that on the DL.

[b]BBC: Was there an official "cover reveal" date for your art?[/b]

KB: No. My editor sent it to me and said it was final, and that I could blast it around where I liked. Of course then the cover for GIRL changed, and I was sent a revised image to blast around wherever I liked.

[b]BBC: How far in advance of the reveal date were you aware of what your cover would look like?[/b]

KB: I saw a concept sketch for GIRL in…September? I think. I never saw a concept sketch for ANNA, but I did see a few early drafts, when they couldn’t figure out what to do with her hair.

[b]BBC: Was it hard to keep it to yourself before the official release?[/b]

My editor cleverly avoided that problem by only letting me see it when it could be released. Does this mean she has no faith in my restraint?

[b]BBC: What surprised you most about the process?[/b]

KB: Honestly, the beauty of the covers. I actually had a nightmare about it at one point, that they’d decided to go with an Encyclopedia cover, and when I cried, my editor said, You’d better get on board, or I’m dropping you.

Good thing it was only a nightmare.

[b]BBC: Any advice to other debut authors about how to handle cover art anxiety?[/b]

KB: No! Ha, ha. But seriously, no. Freaking out is part of the inaugural process. And nothing that I say is going to stop you from doing it. So embrace it. Burn incense to the cover gods. Bite your nails. Hold chant circles. And if you get a cover you hate…take several hours to flip to people you know and love. But only those people! Then talk about your issues calmly with your agent, who will then talk about the issues with your publisher.

It can often be changed!
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The Worth of the Word Cloud & A Week of Giveaways

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 06 August 2012 · 140 views

So here's a big fat question for everybody -

Do you use the word cloud on blogs? More specifically - do you use the word cloud on [i]my [/i]blog?

I use them. I like them. It's the bloggers answer to an index. But it's also a little unwieldy hanging out there in the right sidebar, even though I've tried very hard not to use random words for tags and stick to a few that I already had. (Although, I'm keeping "cholera" over there. Yes, yes I am).

So I'm doing a little blog rearranging here and there and the word cloud is kind of bothering me. I may put it in different spots and try it out. Would anyone cry in their Cheerios if I took it away? (Salty Cheerios are very not tasty).

But hey - there's a real reason why you clicked on this, isn't there?

Starting next Sunday August 12 - Fri August 17 I'll be giving away a book everyday. It's called late spring cleaning, but it's also a time for you to rejoice at my bad habits of bringing home things I don't need. Some info on the books - they're all YA. Some are ex-library books, some are ex book club books, so you're not getting bright shiny hardcovers.

BUT - the big kicker for Friday's giveaway on Aug. 17 is a signed copy of THE WARRIOR HEIR by Cinda Williams Chima. So yeah, you might want to hang around for that one.

The only rules I have for this giveaway is that you must be a follower of the blog, and if you want to win the signed Cinda Williams Chima, you must have entered to win at least one of the other books throughout the week.

All you'll have to do to enter is comment on the blog on a day that you see a book you want.

So - get ready to visit my blog next week, and beat the rush by following me now :)
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