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Debut Author Sarah Reida On Navigating Submission Hell

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 13 September 2016 · 71 views

If there's one thing that many aspiring writers have few clues about, it's the submission process. There are good reasons for that; authors aren't exactly encouraged to talk in detail about our own submission experiences, and - just like agent hunting - everyone's story is different. I managed to cobble together a few non-specific questions that some debut authors have agreed to<br />answer (bless them). And so I bring you the submission interview series - Submission Hell - It's True. Yes, it's the SHIT.<br /><br />Today's volunteer to put up with my SHIT is Sarah S. Reida, whose middle grade fantasy/horror/comedy, <a href="[url="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28695330-monsterville?from_search=true"]https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28695330-monsterville?from_search=true[/url]">MONSTERVILLE: A LISSA BLACK PRODUCTION</a> hits shelves September 20th. <span style="color: #f1c232;">Don't miss the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom!</span><br /><br />In Monsterville, thirteen year-old aspiring filmmaker Lissa Black is devastated when her parents move the family from New York to boring, rural Freeburg, Pennsylvania. Soon Lissa discovers that Freeburg might not be so boring - there’s a twisted version of Candyland called Monsterville in her basement, and a shape-shifting monster in her family’s woods. With her neighbor Adam’s help, Lissa traps the monster - “Blue,” as dubbed by her little sister Haylie - and learns that he’s an escapee from the monsters’ lair of Down Below. While Lissa initially intends to use Blue to create the world’s greatest horror film, her plans change when Haylie is snatched by monsters on Halloween. Lissa and her new crew venture Down Below to stage a rescue—and to face the real Monsterville, which is anything but a game.<br /><br />Monsterville is a combination of The Boxtrolls, Jumanji, and Candyland, weaving together friendship, family and monsters into a funny fantasy-horror brimming with heart from a great new middle grade voice. The film rights to the novel are represented by Pouya Shahbazian of New Leaf Literary.<br /><br />Another lucky author whose book got picked up, right? Well, guess again - Sarah has been in the trenches for some time, and she’s happy (well, not happy) to share her experiences with other writers navigating the same gauntlet.<br /><br /><b>How much did you know about the submission process before you were out on subs yourself?</b><br /><br /><i>Most of my knowledge came from trolling blogs and reading others’ experiences on sites such as <a [url="href="]href="http://querytracker.net/">Query[/url] Tracker </a>(which I highly recommend; that’s a virtual treasure trove for new writers trying to snag an agent). I knew there were better times to sub than others (i.e., summer months like July and August are dead, as are holidays); and I knew wait times would vary and also depended on the relationship of the agent to the editor who was reading. I was also told that there was no such thing as a “normal” pattern in subbing, so that uncertainty was super fun during such a nail-biting time.</i><br /><br /><b>Did anything about the process surprise you?</b><br /><br /><i>Not so much, because I’d been warned about every experience being different and knew how subjective tastes are.</i><br /><br /><b>Did you research the editors you knew had your ms? Do you recommend doing that?</b><br /><br /><i>I didn’t, actually. I trusted my agent to know who fit best with my book, so I just let him/her do his thing. I actually wouldn’t recommend such research, because I’m pretty sure it would have driven me even more insane than I already felt. I could just see following an editor on Twitter and reading WAY into everything posted to determine whether they were referring to my book.</i><br /><br /><b>What was the average amount of time it took to hear back from editors?</b><br /><br /><i>Ha! There is no average. Some editors will be interested in the book and read right away. Others will go down their queue, or be on vacation. . . It really depends on their schedule, because editors are busy! There are conferences, edits and deadlines, and fires for them to put out. Some editors are eventually written off as non-responders, or they’ll need to be nudged by an agent when enough time has gone by or another offer’s on the table.</i><br /><br /><b>What do you think is the best way for an author out on submission to deal with the anxiety?</b><br /><br /><i>Red wine! Kidding. . . kind of. Okay, not at all.</i><br /><br /><i>But besides that, a positive and constructive distraction is another project. That can be really hard if your mind is occupied, however, but eventually you’ll get over the stress and find something creative you’ll want to do. (To quote my favorite writing movie: “A writer writes, always!”). And honestly, it will give you hope if you don’t sell. Maybe this one isn’t the one that got you your deal, but the one in the works will. Especially since as a writer, the hope and expectation is you grow and improve with each project.</i><br /><br /><b>If you had any rejections, how did you deal with that emotionally? How did this kind of rejection compare to query rejections?</b><br /><br /><i>Oh, everyone has rejections. Dozens of them. By that time, I was numb to it, since I’d queried three different books before I landed my first agent. I was expecting rejections.</i><br /><i><br /></i> <i>The only way I think you can deal with a rejection is to: 1) keep in mind you were good enough to get an agent to stamp his name on your book; 2) know that this industry is soooo subjective (maddeningly so); and 3) absorb any constructive criticism, if offered.</i><br /><br /><b>If you got feedback on a rejection, how did you process it? How do you compare processing an editor’s feedback as compared to a beta reader’s?</b><br /><br /><i>I took any feedback from an editor very seriously. That’s writer gold; these are the folks who know what sells in this industry and how to edit a book to make it sell. If an editor offered criticism, I respected and considered it.</i><br /><i><br /></i> <i>Beta readers are great and I’m fortunate to have several agented or published writers I swap with, but when the readers are someone like your mom or your friend, you have to take the criticism for what it’s worth. Some of those comments can be helpful, like “I didn’t understand this plot point” or “I didn’t understand X’s motivation,” because they’re reacting the same way other readers might, but they’re not editors. Editors trump all. After all, they have the power to get you published!</i><br /><br /><b>When you got your YES! how did that feel? How did you find out – email, telephone, smoke signal?</b><br /><br /><i>Honestly, I was so tired at that point it barely processed. I was in California for work when my agent called and I asked her to repeat it a few times. I’d been on submission for. . . well, I’m not going to say, but this wasn’t my first or second time at the rodeo. But when you want something so badly, and love doing something so much, you don’t give up.</i><br /><br /><b>Did you have to wait a period of time before sharing your big news, because of details being ironed out? Was that difficult?</b><br /><br /><i>I couldn’t put it on Twitter or my website or announce via social media, but that was fine. I’d waited years - what was another few weeks?</i><br /><br />Sarah S. 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A Picture Of A Thousand Torments, Or: A Literal Pile of Rejection Letters

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 12 September 2016 · 69 views

I often tell aspiring writers that I started writing queries back when everyone knew what an SASE was (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope). Those were the days when receiving letters to yourself in your own handwriting made your heart sink... and honestly it still kind of does. I recently went through my box of rejection letters - yes, I had box for them - in order to remind myself of the struggle.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="[url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZXe_6_CGJ7c/V9XQlg042cI/AAAAAAAADq8/wxW8YsMnBGcqQQH3fVdA9xXZ5DMFyMySwCK4B/s1600/IMG_2852.jpg"]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZXe_6_CGJ7c/V9XQlg042cI/AAAAAAAADq8/wxW8YsMnBGcqQQH3fVdA9xXZ5DMFyMySwCK4B/s1600/IMG_2852.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="240" [url="src="]src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZXe_6_CGJ7c/V9XQlg042cI/AAAAAAAADq8/wxW8YsMnBGcqQQH3fVdA9xXZ5DMFyMySwCK4B/s320/IMG_2852.jpg"[/url] width="320" /></a></div><br />My debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK was my fifth finished novel. I wrote four books before that, none of them deserving of publication. And that's said without bitterness. I've read the manuscripts I wrote 15 years ago. Or, I tried. I actually DNF'd one of them.<br /><br />Which one?<br /><br />Funny you should ask. Check out this rejection letter I received for my upcoming release, THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES... then check out the date on the letter.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4wTQwjqQ3rY/V9YC7CgzHiI/AAAAAAAADrU/vere6asFNisV6vlaGNSYedTLNn0tAMmXwCK4B/s1600/Species%2BBlurred.jpg"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="221" [url="src="]src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4wTQwjqQ3rY/V9YC7CgzHiI/AAAAAAAADrU/vere6asFNisV6vlaGNSYedTLNn0tAMmXwCK4B/s400/Species%2BBlurred.jpg"[/url] width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">That's right, June of 2001.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The novel that is releasing next week was rejected - over and over again - 15 years ago. And with good reason. The first (and subsequent) drafts of that particular manuscript were below subpar. They were, in fact, quite bad. When I decided to revisit the concept with the intention of revising it as a YA novel, I thought I might use sections of it. Maybe a scene or two. Perhaps some dialogue.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Um, no. I even <a [url="href="]href="http://writerwriterpantsonfire.blogspot.com/2014/12/mining-firstnovel-acknowledging-my.html">blogged</a>[/url] at the time about how bad it was.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">There was nothing salvageable about that manuscript. It was poorly written, had a saggy middle and an abrupt end, populated with characters that I cared little for who spoke in awkward, unbelievable dialogue. Is it really that bad? Yes, it really is. If you're curious, check the hashtag <a [url="href="]href="https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&amp;q=%23BadFirstNovel">#BadFirstNovel</a>[/url] on Twitter where I shared snippets back in January of 2015.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">You'll see by the handwritten note at the top of the query from 2001 that I did garner a partial request. More than one, actually. But none of them turned into a request for a full, and again, if you check out <a [url="href="]href="https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&amp;q=%23BadFirstNovel">#BadFirstNovel</a>,[/url] you'll see why.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I'm sharing all of this with you not as yet another example of "never give up," but rather, "never stop improving." If I had continued to query for fifteen years but never bothered to improve my craft, I guarantee I would still be receiving rejections.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">W.E. Hickson famously said, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again."</div><br />I would add to that, "Ask yourself why. And fix it."<br /><br />

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Book Talk & Giveaway: IF YOU FIND THIS by Matthew Baker

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 09 September 2016 · 73 views

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1422811384l/21494045.jpg"]https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1422811384l/21494045.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1422811384l/21494045.jpg"[/url] width="214" /></a></div>Nicholas has a brother, and he is a tree. When his mother lost the baby, his parents planted a tree instead and the two have grown together, taller and stronger over the years. But things have changed over those years; his father lost his job, and they may have to sell their house... which means leaving his brother behind.<br /><br />Nick thinks he knows the way to stop that from happening. His grandfather might be senile but somewhere in his broken mind lies the location to the family heirlooms, priceless treasures that he hid during his bootlegging days. Nick has to help his grandfather recover those memories, with the help of some unlikely friends, and despite being the new target for a group of neighborhood bullies.<br /><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b199" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b199/"[/url] id="rcwidget_65dmht8e" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script>[/url]

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Exclusive: 'The Female of the Species' Book Trailer LIVE on Hypable!

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 08 September 2016 · 81 views

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Thursday Thoughts

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 08 September 2016 · 47 views

Have you missed these? I still have thoughts.<br /><br />Thoughts lately...<br /><br />1) <i>Kickback</i> and <i>pushback</i> mean very different things, but if taken literally the only difference is doing something with your hand or your foot.<br /><br />2) We call indoor heating <i>heat</i> but we call air conditioning <i>air</i>, not <i>cool</i>. So when we ask someone. "Do you have air? Is the air on?" It's like, yes, everyone has air. No, you can't turn it on or off. Why don't we say, "Turn the cool on" or "Turn the cool down" which would be the appropriate opposite of "turn the heat up."<br /><br />3) Why is the Philippines spelled with a "Ph" but Filipino spelled with an "F?"

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Wednesday WOLF

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 07 September 2016 · 39 views

I've got a collection of random information in my brain that makes me an awesome Trivial Pursuit partner, but is completely useless when it comes to real world application. Like say, job applications. I thought I'd share some of this random crap with you in the form of another acronym-ific series. I give you - Word Origins from Left Field - that's right, the WOLF. Er... ignore the fact that the "from" doesn't fit.<br /><br />Is it fair time where you live? It is here - or it was last week. I spent some time volunteering in the dairy association's milkshake stand making the shakes, and I don't think my forearms have been that sticky since the last time I delivered lambs.<br /><br />In the spirit of fair time, here's a word origin from the world of pigs:<br /><br />Have you ever earmarked something to call attention to it or single it out? The word derives from an old custom for marking livestock (usually pigs) that involved nicking their ears in certain ways to indicate which pigs belong to who.<br /><br />

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Mike Grosso Talks Major Speed Bumps On The Road To Publication

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 06 September 2016 · 64 views

Today's guest for the SAT (Successful Author Talk) is Mike Grosso, author of I AM DRUMS, which is his MG debut, releasing&nbsp;<a href="[url="https://www.amazon.com/I-Am-Drums-Mike-Grosso/dp/0544707109/"]https://www.amazon.com/I-Am-Drums-Mike-Grosso/dp/0544707109/[/url]">TODAY</a> from Clarion Books. &nbsp;Mike is a musician and a fourth-grade teacher who always keeps a guitar in his classroom. His father gave him his first lesson, and his mom taught him how to keep a steady rhythm. Mike continues to write and record music at his home in Oak Park, Illinois, where he lives with his wife, son, and a drum set he plays much too loud.<br /><br /><b>You’ve had some major speed bumps along with the milestones to publication. What can you tell us about that?</b><br /><br /><i>One of the worst things that can happen to a debut author is not being a debut author anymore. My first thought when Egmont USA closed its doors overnight, orphaning I AM DRUMS, was that the universe was correcting itself. My book deal was a freak accident, so it made sense that it would vanish because I was out of my league in the first place.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>I was astounded and grateful when it ended up selling the second time around to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt at auction. My agent and I joked that the second time’s the charm!</i><br /><br /><b>Are you a Planner or Pantster?</b><br /><br /><i>I’m a pantser who writes occasional notes. I have ideas for how things will play out, but I’m always forcing it when I outline. I spend too much time planning, getting angry, and throwing out ideas before I’ve properly explored them. If I play around with a book’s voice, I usually get a clearer sense of where the plot’s going.</i><br /><br /><b>How long does it typically take you to write a novel, start to finish?</b><br /><br /><i>It varies quite a bit depending on the toll of the story and the current level of insanity in my teaching and parenting life. The first draft of I AM DRUMS was written in a few months, but I just finished a recent first draft that took a little over a year. And finishing the first draft does not mean you are done. Not by far.</i><br /><br /><b>Do you work on one project at a time, or are you a multi-tasker?</b><br /><br /><i>I try to work on one thing at a time, but multiple projects are always competing for my full attention. I have a tendency to tackle whatever’s working at a given moment.</i><br /><br /><b>Did you have to overcome any fears that first time you sat down to write?</b><br /><br /><i>Multiple ones: Is this a waste of time? (It isn’t) Do I actually remember any of those silly grammar rules? (I did, and still do) Are people going to read this and make fun of me? (Perhaps, but who cares? And people make fun of me anyway.)</i><br /><br /><i>I think the big fear, though, the one that almost ruined me, was “Who died and made my words important?” (Nobody did, but I’m going to write anyway because I love it and it’s cheaper than a canvas and art supplies)</i><br /><br /><b>How many trunked books did you have before you were agented?</b><br /><br /><i>Four, and for good reason. Three are awful, and the fourth needs a lot of TLC before it can see the light of day.</i><br /><br /><b>Have you ever quit on an ms, and how did you know it was time?</b><br /><br /><i>I’ve quit on quite a few short stories when I was trying to write like someone I was not. I’d never quit on a big ms, though, until recently when a great idea wasn’t coming out right. I was 20k words into it when I finally admitted that most of it was garbage and set it aside. I switched to something that wanted to be written instead, and just recently went back to that terribly executed, great idea. It’s working a lot better now!</i><br /><br /><b>Who is your agent and how did you get that "Yes!" out of them? &nbsp;</b><br /><br /><i>Eddie Schneider is my amazing agent, and I landed him through the traditional query process. He called me a few months after requesting a full ms and gave me some helpful suggestions. I revised and resubmitted and got “The Call” a few months later.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>I didn’t know at the time that he would have to sell my book twice when my first publisher disappeared into thin air. In hindsight, agents are amazing advocates, and I’m glad I didn’t attempt this crazy debut author thing on my own.</i><br /><br /><b>How long did you query before landing your agent? &nbsp;</b><br /><br /><i>Querying four books without landing an agent taught me to target my queries. I sent out only 23 queries for I AM DRUMS, and I had a good reason for each one. This is drastically reduced from the 100+ I sent out for my awful first book, an unpublished fantasy that should be locked in a box and thrown into Lake Michigan.</i><br /><br /><b>Any advice to aspiring writers out there on conquering query hell?</b><br /><br /><i>Always be working on something new. It makes waiting for the next rejection letter a little less terrible. I avoided the dumps by having a new project ready before giving up on the previous one. If you have something new to submit, you will still have hope!</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>There isn’t a magic word count, genre, or method. The publishing industry has its issues, but agents, editors, and other publishing folks are cool people who love books. They want to fall in love with your writing, but it makes statistical sense that in most cases they won’t. When someone finally does, they will be your first real advocate!</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>Look ahead to the next query and the next book. Keep honing your craft and sending out your best stuff.</i><br /><br /><b>How did it feel the first time you saw your book for sale?</b><br /><br /><i>Relieved! Egmont USA closed its doors and cancelled I AM DRUMS’s release when I already had ARCs in my hand, so I didn’t think I’d make it to the finish line until I saw the Clarion Books edition available for preorder.</i><br /><br /><b>How much input do you have on cover art?</b><br /><br /><i>My editor flashed it by me at different stages in development to get my thoughts. It was really cool, because she didn’t contractually have to do that. I’m very happy with the final cover!</i><br /><br /><b>What's something you learned from the process that surprised you?</b><br /><br /><i>I did not expect the sheer anxiety of being a debut author. Everything is new and frightening. The process feels surreal and fragile, and the closing of Egmont USA certainly didn’t help.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>You can read all the articles about being a debut author and still not know what to expect. Every author’s experience is unique and filled with bizarre questions. You feel lucky to be along for a ride, so you worry about a lot about screwing it up.</i><br /><br /><b>How much of your own marketing do you? &nbsp;</b><br /><br /><i>I try to stick to marketing ideas I enjoy doing. I work hard to give excellent school visits that showcase my experience with kids. I wrote and recorded an original soundtrack called “Songs for Sam(antha)” that’s free if you preorder I AM DRUMS. I have a <a [url="href="]href="http://www.mikegrossoauthor.com/">website[/url] and blog</a>&nbsp;where I blog anywhere from once a month to every day when I’m doing a special feature.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>Worrying about marketing is a great way to panic. That’s not to say it isn’t useful, but I’ve been in three debut author groups and they’ve taught me that writers have little control over how their book sells.&nbsp;</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>I’m also on <a [url="href="]href="http://www.twitter.com/mgrossoauthor">Twitter</a>,&nbsp;&nbsp;<a[/url] [url="href="]href="http://www.facebook.com/mikegrossoauthor">Facebook</a>&nbsp;and[/url] <a [url="href="]href="http://www.instagram.com/mikegrossoauthor">Instagram</a>.</i><br[/url] /><br /><b>When do you build your platform? After an agent? Or should you be working before?</b><br /><br /><i>For fiction it’s most important to keep writing. Building a platform is a great way to distract yourself from the job you’re actually supposed to do.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>Agents and editors fall in love with your writing voice, not your marketing plan. You can worry about your platform after you’ve landed a book deal.</i><br /><br /><b>Do you think social media helps build your readership?</b><br /><br /><i>Social media is fun, but plenty of authors sell a ton of books without sending a single tweet. In middle grade, where our readership isn’t as likely to be on social media, it’s more important (and more fun) to use those platforms for connecting with other authors and people who love books.</i><br /><div><br /></div>

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  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 05 September 2016 · 63 views

Today is Labor Day and you guys get to benefit from my labor: the e-book of A MADNESS SO DISCREET is <a href="[url="https://www.amazon.com/Madness-So-Discreet-Mindy-McGinnis-ebook/dp/B00S58E7E4/#nav-subnav"]https://www.amazon.com/Madness-So-Discreet-Mindy-McGinnis-ebook/dp/B00S58E7E4/#nav-subnav[/url]">$1.99 for a limited time!</a><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="https://www.amazon.com/Madness-So-Discreet-Mindy-McGinnis-ebook/dp/B00S58E7E4/#nav-subnav"><img[/url] border="0" height="640" [url="src="]src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cm9jAEcCTlk/V82ORk41EUI/AAAAAAAADqk/fD_VBVnHVXcbtwRag8XEi0NgecdWDbcKQCK4B/s640/51IGveD5OpL.jpg"[/url] width="424" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #f1c232;">Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Mindy McGinnis, the acclaimed author of <i>Not a Drop to Drink</i> and <i>In a Handful of Dust</i>, combines murder, madness, and mystery in a beautifully twisted gothic historical thriller perfect for fans of novels such as <i>Asylum</i> and <i>The Diviners</i> as well as television's <i>True Detective</i> and <i>American Horror Story</i>.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Grace Mae is already familiar with madness when family secrets and the bulge in her belly send her to an insane asylum—but it is in the darkness that she finds a new lease on life. When a visiting doctor interested in criminal psychology recognizes Grace's brilliant mind beneath her rage, he recruits her as his assistant. Continuing to operate under the cloak of madness at crime scenes allows her to gather clues from bystanders who believe her less than human. Now comfortable in an ethical asylum, Grace finds friends—and hope. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who will bring her shaky sanity and the demons in her past dangerously close to the surface.</div>

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Casey Lyall On Taking The Time To Revise

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 30 August 2016 · 75 views

Today's guest for the SAT (Successful Author Talk) is Casey Lyall, debut author of the MG novel <a href="[url="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28256492-howard-wallace-p-i"]https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28256492-howard-wallace-p-i[/url]" target="_blank">HOWARD WALLACE, P.I.</a>, coming September 6 from Sterling Children's Books.&nbsp;Casey (5’4”, brown hair, blue eyes, no known aliases) is a middle grade writer from Southwestern Ontario. She works at her local library where she runs a number of teen groups and waits for management to discover they’re actually paying her to have fun. When she’s not writing, Casey loves to bake, watch an “unhealthy” amount of movies and television, and of course, read.<br /><br />Casey has kindly offered up a copy of HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. as a giveaway, so be sure to check out the Rafflecopter below!<br /><br /><b>Are you a Planner or Pantster?</b><br /><br /><i>I’m definitely a planner. The plan is fluid and ends up changing as I go along, but I like to have a frame to work with. It’s like building a house: I like to know how many rooms there’ll be before I start playing with colour swatches.</i><br /><br /><b>How long does it typically take you to write a novel, start to finish?</b><br /><br /><i>The first one took a few months. The second one…longer.&nbsp;</i><i>Like,‘trying to murderize me’ longer.</i><br /><br /><b>Do you work on one project at a time, or are you a multi tasker?</b><br /><br /><i>Generally one project at a time, but I keep notes for other projects as I go along. Sometimes an idea hits me when my brain is busy with the current project and I have to write it down so I don’t lose it.</i><br /><br /><b>Did you have to overcome any fears that first time you sat down to write?</b><br /><br /><i>Not really because I’ve always loved writing. That part felt natural. The fear came more with the after-writing stuff: querying, revising for an agent, submission, revising for an editor, etc. As the stakes got bigger, my fear of messing things up increased. But so far it’s working out okay!</i><br /><br /><b>How many trunked books did you have before you were agented?</b><br /><br /><i>One delightful (to me) picture book that maybe I’ll revisit someday. I’ve learned a lot since then so it might be fun to go back and noodle with it.</i><br /><br /><b>Have you ever quit on an ms, and how did you know it was time?</b><br /><br /><i>I haven’t quit on a book yet. My second book has been an interesting process because I had a whole different plot line originally. I spun my wheels for a while before realizing it wasn’t working. I couldn’t progress beyond the first few chapters. Once I figured out what was wrong, I scrapped a bunch of it, melded the rest with another plot idea I had, and things improved from there.</i><br /><br /><b>Who is your agent and how did you get that "Yes!" out of them? &nbsp;</b><br /><br /><i>My agent is the lovely Molly Ker Hawn of the Bent Agency and we found each other through the traditional querying process. I read a few interviews with her and felt like she’d be a great match for me so I sent a query. She requested a full requested a full which was mondo exciting. I ended up with a few offers, but I ultimately signed with Molly because we clicked so well.</i><br /><b><br /></b> <b>How long did you query before landing your agent?&nbsp;</b><br /><br /><i>I did two rounds of querying over a period of about a year. After the first round, I did some serious revision based on feedback from agents and then queried again about six months later. Taking that time to revise made all the difference.</i><br /><br /><b>Any advice to aspiring writers out there on conquering query hell?</b><br /><br /><i>Build your support group. No one is going to understand what you’re going through like another writer will. And giving support to others is just as important as receiving it. There’s nothing like talking an author friend out of a stress spiral to realize that you’re not alone in this sea of feels. Keep learning, keep improving, keep making friends. That’s what will keep you sane.</i><br /><br /><b>How much input do you have on cover art?</b><br /><br /><i>My publisher was very open to my input. We talked a lot about the cover and I love what we ended up with.</i><br /><br /><b>What's something you learned from the process that surprised you?</b><br /><br /><i>Oh, man, just how intricate the whole process of making a book is. Getting to see all the behind the scenes work that goes on has totally blown my mind. It’s such a group effort and it’s made the whole process, if possible, even more fun.</i><br /><br /><b>How much of your own marketing do you? &nbsp;</b><br /><br /><i>I’ve received a ton of support from my publisher, but I try to make sure I’m putting in my own effort as well. I blog with a group of awesome authors on Tumblr. We’re called <a [url="href="]href="http://kickbuttkidlit.tumblr.com/">Kick-Butt[/url] Kidlit</a>.&nbsp;I love working on a group blog because it takes a lot of the pressure off. Instead of coming up with new content every week, I only have to post once a month. It makes my life easier. I also have a <a [url="href="]href="https://www.facebook.com/CaseyLyallAuthor">Facebook[/url] </a>page and a <a [url="href="]href="https://twitter.com/CKLyall">Twitter[/url] </a>account along with a <a [url="href="]href="http://www.caseylyall.com/">website</a>.[/url] I’ve got some really exciting promotional plans for when my book releases so more on that to come!</i><br /><br /><b>When do you build your platform? After an agent? Or should you be working before?</b><br /><br /><i>I don’t think anyone should ever feel pressure to build a platform. If you’re not comfortable with social media, don’t engage in it. Your energy is going to be put to better use when you channel it into something you enjoy and gives you energy in return.</i><br /><br /><i>That being said, I think you can dive in at any time. There are so many different outlets available. Take your time and figure out which medium works best for you. I personally love Twitter. It’s fun and it’s quick. Other people love Instagram and SnapChat. If you’re happy and comfortable with the site you’re using, that will come through in the content you produce.</i><br /><br /><b>Do you think social media helps build your readership?</b><br /><br /><i>I think it does if you’re using it properly. Tying back to the previous question – if you’re genuine in your posts and having fun getting to know people online; that will be reflected in your readership. People who use social media to blast spam at their followers will never see a result from that. Think of it as an investment. You have to put in quality in order to see any kind of return. I’ve met some great people online. They provide me with support and encouragement, but I’ve also had the chance to learn about them. For me, it’s all about the community. (So find me on Twitter because I like making new friends!)</i><br /><i><br /></i> <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1460381843l/28256492.jpg"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" [url="src="]src="https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1460381843l/28256492.jpg"[/url] width="430" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Twelve-year-old Howard Wallace lives by his list of rules of private investigation. He knows more than anyone how to work with what he’s got: a bathrobe for a trench coat, a makeshift office behind the school equipment shed, and not much else—least of all, friends. So when a hot case of blackmail lands on his desk, he’s ready to take it on himself . . . until the new kid, Ivy Mason, convinces him to take her on as a junior partner. As they banter through stakeouts and narrow down their list of suspects, Howard starts to wonder if having Ivy as a sidekick—and a friend—is such a bad thing after all.</div><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b198" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b198/"[/url] id="rcwidget_6vl6mwbq" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script>[/url]

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The Power of Procrastination

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 29 August 2016 · 71 views

There are two things I'm good at.<br /><br />1) Writing<br />2) Not Writing<br /><br />Seriously. I am so awesome at not writing I could write a book about it. Which would be really freaking ironic, wouldn't it?<br /><br />Today I said I would start the new manuscript, writing at least 1k words, which is my minimum daily word count goal. There were other things I needed to do today too, but since writing is my actual job I needed to consider doing it.<br /><br />And I would.<br /><br />After I changed the bedsheets.<br />Also I needed to write a blog post.<br />And defrost a whole ham.<br />And coffee would be good.<br /><br />I sat down with the coffee and the laptop, the sound of the washer tossing my bedding around in the background. I answered some emails, did some tweeting, realized I didn't brush my teeth yet, and then my dad called.<br /><br />A tree fell down and he needed another chainsaw handler to get the job done. The tree in question was in my grandpa's yard, and if I didn't go over there, Grandpa (who is 94) would pick up the extra chainsaw himself. Now, honestly, I think that would've worked out just fine (evidence to come), but I'm the kind of person who really enjoys physical labor so I helped chop up a tree in 90+ degrees.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Wc56CPpufis/V8S8qTRevaI/AAAAAAAADpw/wF5hLsvcMVcF6_H8uGuOr-nuVs2XVHd0QCK4B/s1600/IMG_2824.JPG"]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Wc56CPpufis/V8S8qTRevaI/AAAAAAAADpw/wF5hLsvcMVcF6_H8uGuOr-nuVs2XVHd0QCK4B/s1600/IMG_2824.JPG[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="278" [url="src="]src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Wc56CPpufis/V8S8qTRevaI/AAAAAAAADpw/wF5hLsvcMVcF6_H8uGuOr-nuVs2XVHd0QCK4B/s400/IMG_2824.JPG"[/url] width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>We worked for a few hours, and finally Grandpa decided he was done watching and picked up a 40 pound maul and started splitting wood. Like, really effectively. We're talking single swings. It was impressive.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>I was sweaty and smelly and covered in chips and sawdust, but it was time to go home. And who can sit down and write when they smell bad? (Note: I still had not brushed my teeth). So since I was already a mess I decided to do some touch-up painting on the cupboards that we redid in the kitchen, and once I did that I decided since I had the ladder out I might as well spackle the holes in the ceiling from the old lighting.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nhVsftucO_4/V8S9xNHF1sI/AAAAAAAADp4/wDpQCixpqjgCkiBvQlGry8yAeHITyrjWQCK4B/s1600/IMG_2828.JPG"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" [url="src="]src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nhVsftucO_4/V8S9xNHF1sI/AAAAAAAADp4/wDpQCixpqjgCkiBvQlGry8yAeHITyrjWQCK4B/s400/IMG_2828.JPG"[/url] width="400" /></a></div><br />And since I had the ladder out and it was obvious we were going to have to repaint the ceiling, I might as well take down all the crown molding and wash the ceiling to prep it for painting.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;">Also I had to go find the paint floor cloths, which someone had peed on (not me, I suspect a cat) and so those had to be washed and hung out on the line with the bedsheets.</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">So while I was working in the kitchen I spotted that whole ham I set out in the morning to defrost, which I really should consider putting in the oven if we're going to eat tonight.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">And if you're going to make a ham then you might as well (I'm sorry) go whole hog.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">So I studded it with cloves and I made a glaze out of apple cider and I put that in the oven.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0kdONF3WpVo/V8S-uuKeSzI/AAAAAAAADqA/-x6SbyXtlMwn5Vc7vaACZFjhMeZQtIb0gCK4B/s1600/IMG_2827.JPG"[/url] imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="285" [url="src="]src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0kdONF3WpVo/V8S-uuKeSzI/AAAAAAAADqA/-x6SbyXtlMwn5Vc7vaACZFjhMeZQtIb0gCK4B/s400/IMG_2827.JPG"[/url] width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">And then I took a shower, because that was a thing that needed to happen. Also I did finally brush my teeth. So, it's 7PM now. I'm clean. The ham just came out of the oven. The boyfriend is cutting it up and I'm finally writing that blog post I sat down to create at 10 AM.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I did a lot of things today.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I did not start a novel.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I am so good at not writing.</div>

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