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MG Hennessy & THE OTHER BOY: The Importance of Author Input On Cover Design

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 11 October 2016 · 61 views

I love talking to 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.<br /><br />Today's guest for the CRAP is <a href="[url="http://www.mghennessey.com/"]http://www.mghennessey.com/[/url]">MG Hennessey</a>, author of THE OTHER BOY, a recently released MG novel about a transgender middle grader.&nbsp;M.G. Hennessey loves Star Wars, the San Francisco Giants, strawberry ice cream, and dancing. A supporter of the Transgender Law Center, Gender Spectrum. and the Human Rights Campaign, she lives in Los Angeles with her family. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">Be sure to enter the giveaway below!</span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/7318a4_178178648b624945bc02ff98b8e15eaa.jpg/v1/fill/w_318,h_480,al_c,q_80,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01/7318a4_178178648b624945bc02ff98b8e15eaa.jpg"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" [url="src="]src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/7318a4_178178648b624945bc02ff98b8e15eaa.jpg/v1/fill/w_318,h_480,al_c,q_80,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01/7318a4_178178648b624945bc02ff98b8e15eaa.jpg"[/url] width="424" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="color: #6aa84f;">Twelve-year-old Shane Woods is just a regular boy. He loves pitching for his baseball team, working on his graphic novel, and hanging out with his best friend, Josh. But Shane is keeping something private, something that might make a difference to his friends and teammates, even Josh. And when a classmate threatens to reveal his secret, Shane’s whole world comes crashing down. It will take a lot of courage for Shane to ignore the hate and show the world that he’s still the same boy he was before. And in the end, those who stand beside him may surprise everyone, including Shane.</span></i></div><br /><b>Did you have any pre-conceived notions about what you wanted your cover to look like?</b><br /><br /><i>Design is definitely not my strong suit. But I knew what I didn’t want it to look like: I didn’t want any photographs of kids; I didn’t want a pair of sneakers or a baseball cap (‘cause there are wayyy too many of those on upper middle grade books); and above and beyond all else, absolutely no pink. The story is about a transgender boy who gets outed after living stealth for years, so that was a particularly important for me. I submitted a bunch of recent book covers that I loved for the art department to use as a guideline.</i><br /><br /><b>How far in advance from your pub date did you start talking covers with your house?</b><br /><br /><i>It was about a year before publication, and we had a final cover by the end of January.</i><br /><br /><b>Did you have any input on your cover?&nbsp;</b><br /><br /><i>Lots and lots!</i><br /><br /><i>Having been around the block a few times, in my contract I requested (and received) “meaningful cover input.” If your agent can negotiate for that, it’s such an important thing to have; otherwise, by the time you see the cover it’s usually a done deal, and very little is liable to change.</i><br /><br /><i>My publisher was great: initially they sent me samples from the artist they wanted to hire. To be honest, I wasn’t thrilled; her style didn’t match what I’d pictured. But they wanted to give her a shot at it, so we did.</i><br /><br /><i>Unfortunately, when the cover samples showed up, not only was pink featured prominently in every last one of them (a pink backpack, a pink baseball hat (!), a pink shadow); I also just really didn’t like them. They all seemed a little grim for this book; despite The Other Boy’s subject matter, it’s overall a positive, hopeful story.</i><br /><br /><i>My publisher listened to my concerns, then sent samples from four other artists. I ranked them in order of preference, and was lucky enough to get my top choice! The cover artist we ended up going with, Erwin Madrid, really hit it out of the park. The cover design changed very little from the sketches he’d initially submitted.</i><br /><br /><i>It meant a lot to me that the art department let me be so involved, and really responded to my feedback. That’s all too rare in this industry.</i><br /><i><br /></i> <b>How was your cover revealed to you?&nbsp;</b><br /><br /><i>For the first artist, I was shown five different versions of the cover in full color. For the second, I was sent early sketches of the design (black and white) for approval.</i><br /><br /><b>Was there an official "cover reveal" date for your art?&nbsp;</b><br /><br /><i>There wasn’t, actually; I guess with upper middle grade books, that’s not quite as much of a thing.</i><br /><br /><b>What surprised you most about the process?</b><br /><br /><i>Honestly, the amount of input I had.&nbsp;</i><br /><br /><b>Any advice to other debut authors about how to handle cover art anxiety?&nbsp;</b><br /><br /><i>Get cover approval or input in the contract if at all possible; that’s really key. And if you get a terrible cover, make sure to detail precisely what about it you don’t like.</i><br /><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b208" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b208/"[/url] id="rcwidget_5tpm7omq" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script>[/url]

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Book Talk & Giveaway: THE MIGHTY ODDS by Amy Ignatow

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 07 October 2016 · 97 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 /><a href="[url="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1460941516l/27860894.jpg"]https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1460941516l/27860894.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1460941516l/27860894.jpg"[/url] width="242" /></a>You wouldn't think that bus accident on the way home from a field trip would give you super powers, but you'd be wrong. Only the losers got jammed into the second bus taking middle schoolers to the museum. Well, the losers and the most popular girl in school, who is in trouble for sneaking off to find an awesome jewelry store.<br /><br />The fat kid, the social outcast, the super nerd, the quiet artsy girl, and the It Girl all managed to survive the crash, and don't even notice their weird new powers until a few days later. And powers are great but... when you can teleport (only four inches to the left), read minds (if they're thinking about directions), tear apart cars with your strength (but only in your thumbs), and change your eye color at will (and sometimes against your will)... it makes those powers seem... mighty odd.<br /><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b207" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b207/"[/url] id="rcwidget_jxd7qo1r" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script><br[/url] />

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Thursday Thoughts

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 06 October 2016 · 57 views

Thoughts lately...<br /><br />1) When my dog is upstairs and looks out the window he clearly recognizes his yard. But does he process the fact that he is "up" and wonder how it happened?<br /><br />2) Watched Westworld. One question: whose job is it clean and sanitize all the prostibots at the end of the business day?<br /><br />3) Observation: there are no donkeys in Donkey Kong.

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Sarah Glenn Marsh On Channeling The On-Sub Woes Into Something Other Than Writing

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 04 October 2016 · 73 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 guest for my SHIT is <a href="[url="http://www.sarahglennmarsh.com/"]http://www.sarahglennmarsh.com/[/url]">Sarah Glenn Marsh</a>, who writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since. Sarah's newest release <a [url="href="]href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23924355-fear-the-drowning-deep">FEAR[/url] THE DROWNING DEEP</a> releases from SkyPony on October 11th.<br /><br /><b>How much did you know about the submission process before you were out on subs yourself?</b><br /><br /><i>I knew a lot before my first time on sub! Or at least, I thought I did from all my Googling, which included reading some interviews in this very series. Yet nothing I read prepared me for the various stages of emotion that would accompany this long wait. Also, I had no idea that an editor needed so many people’s approval (their team, their boss, the marketing department) before offering on a book—or on a related note, how much the acquisitions process varies between imprints and houses.</i><br /><br /><b>Did anything about the process surprise you?</b><br /><br /><i>The sheer amount of subjectivity. For instance, I’d get a pass that would say (making up an example here), “I don’t like the voice in this, but the plot was great!” And then a few days later, I’d get literally the opposite feedback—“I don’t like the plot in this, but it had a great voice!”</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>This was both surprising and admittedly, slightly maddening, because I like to have control over things and there’s absolutely no way to control or predict the opinion of someone I’ve never met!</i><br /><br /><b>Did you research the editors you knew had your ms? Do you recommend doing that?</b><br /><br /><i>With my first book on submission—Fear the Drowning Deep—which I’m discussing here, yes! I read every editor interview I could get my hands on. And while it occupied my anxious brain for a little while, mostly it just gave me false hope when I’d see something like, “Oh, this editor loves ocean stories! Hopefully my book will be for her.” See my note on subjectivity above, but basically, there’s so much that has to happen for an actual offer to be made that getting my hopes up like this was pointless. Then on the flip side, sometimes I’d see that an editor who had my book had just bought something similar, which would send me into despair for a few days.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>I’ve since had other mss go on sub, and each time, I’ve looked up the editors less and less, to the point that with my recent YA which sold in the spring, I didn’t do this at all. I was happy to just go about my business, because I’ve realized looking up editors doesn’t add or detract from a book’s chances—it just makes me read into their tweets and words when I shouldn’t.</i><br /><br /><i>On that note, I don’t recommend researching editors—there are other things to do to keep yourself occupied while on sub!</i><br /><br /><b>What was the average amount of time it took to hear back from editors?</b><br /><br /><i>Generally, responses came within one to two months. One outlier, who I’d convinced myself would never respond, took about 8-9 months. Fear the Drowning Deep sold at 10 months on, to someone who’d had it for about 3 months.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>Here’s another example to show you how much this can vary, though: my recent YA sold after just about 3 weeks on sub!</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>Just because your submission doesn’t follow a certain timeline doesn’t mean it won’t sell is my point here—every sub experience is different, so don’t lose sleep over the timing!</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>A lot of other authors have answered this with, “Write the next book!”</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>But maybe you’re an anxious person like me, and that’s not possible. Maybe it’s really difficult for you to focus, like it was for me, when all your hopes and dreams are bundled into this thing that’s now out of your hands, and you’re nervous as hell about it.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>My advice to beat the on-sub woes is: if you can channel your nerves/frustration/any negative emotions into creative energy, then by all means, write your next book! Then you’ll have another project to submit, just in case. And besides, you grow as a writer with every manuscript.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>However, if you’re like me and you can’t channel your nerves into creative energy because submission is messing with your head—do something else! While I was on sub, I took up watercolor painting classes. It gave me a new creative outlet that had nothing to do with writing, and best of all, I wasn’t checking my email during the time I was in the classes! I also tried out a lot of new baking recipes and dinners, spent time with my animals, planned trips, called friends, listened to some cool podcasts I’d been wanting to check out—basically, keep yourself as busy as possible with life-stuff and fun-stuff so you aren’t dwelling on sub too much!</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>One other note here: I was bugging my poor agent so much that I asked for weekly check-ins on a designated day, even if there was no news. I think I got that idea from an author in this series, actually. The check-ins gave me a set time each week to worry about sub, and while it didn’t solve all my anxiety, it sure was helpful.</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 was all over the place with how I handled rejections on Fear the Drowning Deep!<br /><br /><i>At first, it was exciting to hear from industry professionals on my work, even though they were passes; they were typically very complimentary, with a bit of critique.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>After a while, though, the passes started to get wearing and make me feel down on myself. My solution to that was to take all the compliments from the passes I’d received and stick them all in a Word document I could look at when I was feeling low. That helped a little. So did my friends Snickers and Twix and Milky Way!</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>Overall, I found editor rejections worse than query rejections because I was that much closer to the top of the publishing mountain (an offer), only to be turned away right before the peak. That frustrated me, and was of course out of my control until we decided to revise the manuscript and submit to a fresh round of editors (my offer on Fear the Drowning Deep came from this second round of submissions).</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>The first thing I did was take some time away from it, because if a pass had feedback, it usually stung a bit at first look. Then, with a clear head, I’d go back and try to see if the rejection had anything in common with those before it—looking for patterns in their feedback that might help me revise later if needed.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>Of course, being the anxious creature I am, I sometimes had a hard time sorting out what was personal preference vs. constructive feedback, so I leaned on my agent a lot to help me highlight what to take into consideration for revisions.</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>I found out via telephone, from my agent! I was actually at an event called FaerieCon (a gathering of fantasy authors, artists, and vendors and lots of folks in costume), heading into the ladies’ restroom, when I realized I had a voicemail from my agent asking me to call her. I gracefully (read: obnoxiously) shrieked, startling all the bathroom-going fairies, and ran to the hotel lobby where the event was taking place so I could call her back and hear the news in real time. Then I immediately called my husband and parents.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>The whole night after hearing the news felt surreal. I remember it as a dazed, happy blur. Finally, someone appreciated my hard work. Finally, persisting in the face of so much rejection had paid off. I promptly took a picture of my happy-tired face so I could remember what it looks like when not giving up on your dreams pays off.</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 did have to wait a little while, during contract negotiations, before sharing the news. I think it was about a month. Since I’d told my husband, parents, and grandparents right away, I was actually okay (read: just slightly antsy) with the wait. Cliché as it may sound, my husband is my best friend, so I was happy to just celebrate with him! I felt validated, and I knew this was really happening, so the wait was no longer anxiety-inducing—but, it was pretty cool when I finally got to shout it to the writing world.</i>

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Where To Find Me This Week (And My Book!)

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 03 October 2016 · 67 views

It's going to be a busy week!<br /><br />First of all, if you haven't bought your copy of THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES you might want to remedy that. Amazon is currently out of stock, and my publisher is printing more. However, <a href="[url="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-female-of-the-species-mindy-mcginnis/1123239365?ean=9780062320896"]http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-female-of-the-species-mindy-mcginnis/1123239365?ean=9780062320896[/url]">Barnes &amp; Noble</a> still has some online, and I dare you to go to your local Indie and see what they have on hand. If having a first edition is something you care about, you might want to make that move soon. I'm hoarding mine for the bookpocalypse.<br /><br />If a signed first edition is something you want in your life, there are ways to make that happen.<br /><br />1) Call <a [url="href="]href="http://funbooksandmore.com/">Fundamentals[/url] Bookstore</a> at (740) 363-0290 This is my local indie and they have signed copies on hand... but only a few are left after my event last week. They are located in Ohio but will ship for you.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jakEwMZxGus/V_J7oMog1XI/AAAAAAAADs8/TkWN6NXIHlMiZLcR8wzxH4qjoXKr8LdEQCK4B/s1600/Winter-Street-569x379.jpg"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="212" [url="src="]src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jakEwMZxGus/V_J7oMog1XI/AAAAAAAADs8/TkWN6NXIHlMiZLcR8wzxH4qjoXKr8LdEQCK4B/s320/Winter-Street-569x379.jpg"[/url] width="320" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: left;">2) I have an amazing signing coming up this week with two fantastic NYT Bestselling authors. Lauren Oliver is touring for her newest release, REPLICA! I will be joining her alongside THREE DARK CROWNS author Kendare Blake at Cover to Cover Books in Columbus, Ohio.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ujTHL6RiIO0/V_J5uZbcrMI/AAAAAAAADso/JXYnxqGYQGUivfLs9UWDAW9Rxxbj7Qo3wCK4B/s1600/CovertoCoverPromo.png"[/url] imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="267" [url="src="]src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ujTHL6RiIO0/V_J5uZbcrMI/AAAAAAAADso/JXYnxqGYQGUivfLs9UWDAW9Rxxbj7Qo3wCK4B/s320/CovertoCoverPromo.png"[/url] width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">3) Are you gong to NYCC or BookCon? Me too! I have a panel with fellow authors Brittany Cavallaro and Kimberly McCreight<a [url="href="]href="http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/en/Sessions/31607/Epic-Reads-Just-Thrillin-Meetup">[/url] on Sunday</a>.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ez622Mp9AAc/V_J7dQ8cNEI/AAAAAAAADs0/9r-cilpTyE4oeNPsFuiqIVToRbp5tu7PACK4B/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2016-10-03%2Bat%2B11.37.48%2BAM.png"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="150" [url="src="]src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ez622Mp9AAc/V_J7dQ8cNEI/AAAAAAAADs0/9r-cilpTyE4oeNPsFuiqIVToRbp5tu7PACK4B/s400/Screen%2BShot%2B2016-10-03%2Bat%2B11.37.48%2BAM.png"[/url] width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div>

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Book Talk & Giveaway: IRON CAST by Destiny Soria

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 30 September 2016 · 115 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/1456595105l/28818313.jpg"]https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1456595105l/28818313.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/1456595105l/28818313.jpg"[/url] width="213" /></a></div>Hemopaths - people whose blood gives them the ability to manipulate emotions through music, art or poetry - are hated and feared. While their gifts bring some benefits the very touch of iron puts them in physical pain, which makes riding in cars, passing near gates - or being hit by a billy club - intensely painful.<br /><br />They're as underground as the nightclubs they work in order to be safe in 1919 Boston, where Ada meets Corinne. They're as unlike as can be; Corinne hiding in plain sight as the daughter of one of Boston's elite families, meanwhile's Ada father is imprisoned and her mother tells her African fairy tales to distract from the realities of America.<br /><br />But both girls have something invested in the Cast Iron, the club they perform in. When the owner is killed and the other hemopath performers start disappearing one by one, they need to look for answers before they both end up behind the metal bars of a newly built institution specifically for hemopaths, where worse things than imprisonment happen in the basement.<br /><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b206" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b206/"[/url] id="rcwidget_vg6xxy24" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script><br[/url] /><br />

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Wednesday WOLF

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 28 September 2016 · 58 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 - the WOLF. Er... ignore the fact that the "from" doesn't fit.<br /><br />Are you familiar with blue laws? It's a holdover from the Puritans that still exist "on the books" in some places, although they are rarely enforced. Puritans had very strict rules about what should and shouldn't be done on a Sunday, and so many blue laws came about as a result.<br /><br />Just FYI - this is why in many states you can't buy liquor on a Sunday.<br /><br />And while that one is familiar to most of us, in Texas you couldn't purchase washing machines, pots and pans and many other housewares on Sundays until the mid 1980's, presumably to enforce the "no work on Sunday" rule.<br /><br />But why are they called blue?<br /><br />The word <i>blue</i>, in the 18th century could be used to mean "rigidly moral" - and it wasn't said nicely. It would be the equivalent of calling a female an "ice queen."<br /><br />So this made me wonder... is there a connection to<i> blue</i> meant as a disparaging way to comment upon someone's Puritanical manner, and the phrase "swearing a blue streak?"<br /><br />I looked, but couldn't find any known reference between the two.

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Debut Author Heather Smith Meloche On The Submission Process

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 27 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 for putting up with my SHIT is Healther Meloche, who graduated from Michigan State University (MSU) with a degree in English and Telecommunication. At MSU, she wrote and copy edited for newspaper and television, and also mentored with poet Diane Wakoski. After college, she pursued a Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language through Bowling Green State University (BGSU), and eventually took classes through The Institute of Children’s Literature. Her debut, <a href="[url="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25721433-ripple"]https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25721433-ripple[/url]">RIPPLE</a>, &nbsp;released from Penguin Putnam last week!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1458956541l/25721433.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/1458956541l/25721433.jpg"[/url] width="211" /></a></div><b>How much did you know about the submission process before you were out on subs yourself?</b><br /><br /><i>I knew pretty much zilch. I really trusted my very seasoned agent, Heather Schroder, to know how to go about getting the book out there effectively.&nbsp;</i><br /><br /><b>Did anything about the process surprise you?</b><br /><br /><i>My agent sent the book out in rounds. She chose about a half dozen editors she thought would be a good fit for the first round. When none accepted, she regrouped and did it again with a second group.&nbsp;</i><br /><br /><b>Did you research the editors you knew had your ms? Do you recommend doing that?</b><br /><br /><i>Heather gave me a brief, verbal list of the houses she was submitting to, but not specific editors. So there wasn’t a chance to research. I’m really glad about that because I’m sure I would have obsessively looked them up online, social media stalked them, Googled them a thousand times. It would have been maddening. And pointless. An editor was either going to accept or not. My Googling them ad nauseam wasn’t going to change that.&nbsp;</i><br /><br /><b>What was the average amount of time it took to hear back from editors?</b><br /><br /><i>The first round took three to four weeks to complete. When that was done, the second round was faster since there were a couple editors interested. They got back within a couple weeks.</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>Trust the book, the time and effort you put into it to give it legs of its own, and your agent. And frankly, move on. Keep writing something else. It will distract you and keep you focused on the idea that, if the novel on sub can’t get sold, you’ve got something else prepping in the queue.</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>When Heather came to me with the news that the first round was not successful, I was frustrated. But my agent is awesome and always positive. She immediately told me she was getting her next set of big guns out and getting ready to fire that second round. Because I knew she was out fighting for me and she was already a fan and an advocate, those sub rejections were a lot easier to deal with than any query rejections. With her by my side, I knew I already had someone in the publishing business who believed in me and my work.&nbsp;</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>The feedback I got from editors was much vaguer than a beta reader’s and primarily dealt with them not quite grasping the issue I was writing about. One of RIPPLE’s main themes focuses on an issue that people tend to either click with or not. I actually drafted an author letter with my personal story connected to the issue and sent it to my agent as added fuel for selling if she chose to use it. As far as I know, she never did since the second round ended successfully. But I’ve used that letter now as the basis for other promotional author letters to media outlets who receive my book, so I’m really glad I wrote it!</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>Heather called super excited to tell me a great house and a fantastic editor had chosen RIPPLE. It was a simultaneous, long-distance happy dancing session, for sure!</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 told my immediate family and closest friends right away, since they’d been on this publishing journey – with all its ups and downs – with me. “See! All Mommy’s moodiness was worth it!” I didn’t share the news with most people until I signed the contract. I know that in this business, until things are written down, filed, on the shelves, they can fall through. So I waited to shout it from the rooftops until all the legalities were in order. Then I shouted like a crazy woman.</i><br /><i><br /> <a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b204" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b204/"[/url] id="rcwidget_nft193on" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></i>[/url]

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Keeping It Real

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 26 September 2016 · 51 views

Often people ask what release day is like for an author. You have two choices. You can reload your Twitter feed and check your Amazon ranking constantly, or you can pretend like it's any other day and go about your business.<br /><br />THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES released last Tuesday and I opted for the latter. First things first I went out and walked the yard because we had a decent storm a few days earlier and there were sticks that needed to be picked up. So I went about doing that and discovered a dead crow in the yard. Being a writer, I had a reaction.<br /><br />Me: There's a dead crow in the yard.<br />Boyfriend: Do you want me to get it?<br />Me: I'm more concerned about what this could mean on my release day.<br />Boyfriend: *stares* Okay, I'll get it.<br /><br />Then I checked my Twitter feed and Amazon ranking.<br /><br />Then I did laundry, which has a particular zen to it because I hang my laundry outside to dry. I managed to forget it was a release day for about ten minutes, because nothing smells quite as good as wet laundry and sunshine. And then one of the cats came over to see me and and flopped over for a belly rub, so life was good.<br /><br />Then I checked my Twitter feed and Amazon ranking.<br /><br />Next it was time to do dishes, because there's a particular zen to that when you own a dishwasher. I had some mason jars that had herbs stuck to the bottom from the homemade pizza sauce that had been in them so I told the boyfriend we needed to go to town because I needed a scrubby thing on a stick.<br /><br />Boyfriend: Right now?<br />Me: Or I could get on my laptop and check my -<br />Boyfriend: Okay, right now.<br /><br />So I went "into town" (and yes, that's a phrase we still use out here in the country, all Laura Ingalls Wilder-like) and I got my scrubby on a stick, and Mr. Boyfriend decided he needed to buy some other things at the hardware store, so we went there. I remembered I wanted copper pipe for distilling essential oil out of my juniper bushes, so I distracted myself with a whole wall of copper pipe for about 10 minutes.<br /><br />Then I pulled out my phone and checked my Twitter feed and Amazon ranking.<br /><br />And then - amazingly - Paula Abdul was playing on the store music feed and I found out I still know all the words to "Straight Up," which led me down this path of thought about oral history and cadence, and how music and rhythm assist memory. It really is a particular kind of magic that you can hear a song you haven't heard in 25 years and still know every word. Boyfriend was attempting to figure out what size vent pipe he needed for a project while not listening to me sing and so...<br /><br />I pulled out my phone and checked my Twitter feed and Amazon ranking.<br /><br />Then we got coffee and I'm one of those people who rejoices at pumpkin spice time and doesn't mind that absolutely everything is pumpkin spiced right now. My road is being resurfaced as a I type this and I think they're using pumpkin spice. I'm thrilled.<br /><br />I got home and pulled out the laptop. I had some emails from friends who also had books releasing that day, who were taking a break from checking their Twitter feeds and Amazon rankings to email me and ask me about my Twitter feed and Amazon ranking.<br /><br />This is what release day is like.<br /><br />It makes you neurotic and I enjoy every second.

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Book Talk & Giveaway: THE GRACES by Laure Eve

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 23 September 2016 · 57 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/1465274861l/28818369.jpg"]https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1465274861l/28818369.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/1465274861l/28818369.jpg"[/url] width="212" /></a></div>River's new school has the Graces' - a blue-blooded, old-money, super-attractive group of siblings who attained everything they have through witchcraft. Or so people say. River's heard all the rumors, and she wants to learn from them. But how does the awkward new girl get the attention of Summer, the most popular girl in school, and the twins Fenrin and Thalia?<br /><br />By slowly, carefully, becoming their friend. The first step is to hide her attraction to Fenrin, because his sisters hate girls who only get close to them to get close to their brother. The next step is to play it cool when she gets invited over to their house - somewhere no one else has been since an ill-fated birthday party the town is still talking about.<br /><br />The last step is to learn their secrets - and keep them.<br /><br />The only problem is... River has a few of her own.<br /><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b203" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b203/"[/url] id="rcwidget_a5i34jf8" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script><br[/url] />

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