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Stacey Nash’s “Remember Me” Released Oct 1!

Stacey Nash’s “Remember Me” Released Oct 1!

I'm proud to present another friend's book release today!  Stacey Nash is a writer who dealt with the same awfulness that I did in my last publisher (aka how we got to know each other).  She's come out of the whole ordeal with bells on because her books ended up being picked up by Harper Collins. Collective Series, book 2 by Stacey Nash     Blurb: An exciting new adventure from Stacey Nash, set in the world of The Collective. When all is lost, she must remember... Anamae Gilbert managed to thwart The Collective and rescue her father, even though his mind is now a shell....

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Megan O’Russell Writing Advice: No arranged marriages in writing!

Megan O’Russell Writing Advice:  No arranged marriages in writing!

Author Megan O'Russell is one of my sister-writers (meaning she's published through the same house as me:  Silence in the Library Publishing).  I'm proud to have her on my blog today, talking about her writing advice and how she went through the writing process with her young adult fantasy The Tethering.  What I like best is the way she describes outlining like it's an arranged marriage.  I love outlining before I write, but I can totally see Megan's point and why people may not want to do it.  Check out her reasoning below!   Writing Advice From Megan: Most of the advice...

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CONTEST ENDING TODAY! (and other book news)

CONTEST ENDING TODAY!  (and other book news)

Hi everyone, On this semi-rainy day in Seattle, it feels good to hunker down, do some work, write a bit, and tell you about my latest writing news. First off, there are only 6 hrs left to enter the contest celebrating SUSPECTED's cover reveal.  The rafflecopter is very easy to enter:  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/fc0c92321/ and the winner receives a signed paperback of ELECTED, an advanced copy of SUSPECTED in ebook form, and one of Aloy's key necklaces! Next, I'm excited to share that even though book 2 doesn't officially get released until Feb 2015, there's a way to get info...

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The Cover Reveal of SUSPECTED

The Cover Reveal of SUSPECTED

I'm so excited to finally reveal the cover of SUSPECTED, the second book in The Elected Series! And then let's look at it side-to-side with the first book, ELECTED... Want to know the secrets that SUSPECTED's cover reveals?  First look at the two symbols at the top of the book covers.  Elected's symbol looks like some type of bubble, right?  When Elected released a lot of people asked me why Aloy's face was in a bubble, and what that bubble was.  Well, it's not exactly a bubble.  It's a medallion.  A bauble on a necklace. On Suspected's cover there's a diamond.  You don't get to find...

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Release Week for One of My New Writing Buddies

Release Week for One of My New Writing Buddies

With the move to Seattle I feel like I'm in kindergarten again, making new friends in a strange new place!  So I was thankful and happy to have made a few writing buddies right off the bat.  Ayesha Patel is one of them, and it's my pleasure to meet her for coffee once every other week and work on our books together.  Low and behold, she has her first book's release date this week!  I'm proud to spread the word!  Check it out and let me know what you think. Purchase Links and Excerpt Rafflecopter Kindle Giveaway A new adult title from Entangled’s Embrace imprint…Love doesn’t conquer...

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Cover Reveal for Author Clare James

Cover Reveal for Author Clare James

It's always fun to participate in another author's cover reveal.  There's the excitement of getting a new book out the door.  And the precursor to the book's release is the reveal of cover art.  If the authors are anything like me (and are given some leeway in their publishing house), then they've spent the past few months deliberating back and forth with the graphic designer on what emotions the cover should convey.  Should there be a face in the picture?  Will the face jive with what the readers imagine when they read the book?  Should the background give off the feeling of futuristic drama...

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Exciting Writing News!

Exciting Writing News!

I have a bunch of exciting writing news to share today! First, many of you know that I just moved a couple of weeks ago from Maryland/Washington, D.C. to the other Washington across the country.  I'm now living in Seattle, and as you can imagine, this is a BIG transition!  I feel like everything changed...writer colleagues, friends, house, job, kids' school, etc.  This is the first post I've written since the move, so there's a lot of cool info on which to update you! Because of the move I'm getting the privilege to meet other writers, and on Wednesday I get to have a "writing date" with...

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Women Writing Sci-fi

Women Writing Sci-fi

Oh, the scandal! I've been looking forward to writing this post for a while after I told a neighbor that I wrote a sci-fi novel, and he looked at me like I had three eyes.  He actually said the words..."Seriously, but you're a woman.  How can you write sci-fi?" Now, I know he didn't mean it the way it came out.  He was super-supportive when I told him about Elected.  But his initial reaction showed what he genuinely thought.  He didn't sugar-coat it because he was too caught off-guard. The funny thing is that this is not an out of the ordinary response from men about women writing...

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Books I’m Devouring: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

The latest book I'm reading and devouring is If I Stay by Gayle Forman.  It reminds me of The Lovely Bones or Before I Fall, both books told from the point of view of a teenage girl who's just died and still has one foot in the door of the living.  What I loved about If I Stay is that the main character, Mia, has to make a choice about waking up out of her coma after a tragic accident and living life without her family who died in the car wreck or surrendering to the pain and letting herself fade away.  She doesn't make the decision until the very end, which keeps the reader on the edge of their...

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Loss Leader as a Book Sales Strategy

In business school we used to talk about loss leaders.  Little did I know one day I'd end up using the term in publishing.  The definition of a loss leader is:  a pricing strategy where a product is sold at a price below its market cost to stimulate other sales of more profitable goods or services.   I've seen lots of authors use this strategy, especially if they've written a series and want to hook people by giving them the first book for free or at a low cost.  The goal is to get as many people reading the first book so they'll buy the second and third of a trilogy at a regular or high...

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