I initiated a little game on Twitter the other evening, cleverly (or unimaginatively) referred to as Name That Book. This game was pretty straight-forward. I posted a photo snippet from a book (interior pages) and the first person to tweet me with the correct title and author won. We played five rounds and at the end of the game, random.org chose one grand prize winner from the round winners. That lucky someone scored an amazon gift card. The game was really fun, and may I just say that my Twitter followers are brilliant? Seriously. You guys were blowing me away with your speedy response times and lightening-fast typing. But one tweet stood out to me. This comment came in from Kelly, long after the game was over: The bummer part of the game for me was that of the books I’d read, I read them on my iPad so I didn’t recognize page numbers. I had not once thought of this before initiating the game. When it comes to books, I am still a print-girl. I want to hold the novel... Read More
Nearly a day to the month since my book sold, the good news keeps rolling in. This was announced on Publishers Marketplace today: Rights to Erin Bowman’s THE LAICOS PROJECT, to Carsten Polzin at Piper in Germany, in a three-book deal, in a pre-empt, by Friederike Biesel at Thomas Schlueck Agency, and in Italy to Ornella Robbiati at Sperling & Kupfer, also in a pre-empt, by Daniela Micura, both on behalf of Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger. This is unbelievably surreal. I am still having trouble grasping the fact that my book will one day be on bookshelves across North America, so you can imagine how well I’m able to swallow this fantastic news. Germany! Italy! I am so excited, and thrilled and simply without words. The funny thing with this news is that Sara had called me about a week ago to talk book-businessy-things and, while chatting, she casually mention that we had some German interest. I smiled at the thought of that but truthfully didn’t know what to... Read More
I wanted to talk about something that has happened since landing my book deal: The Fear. Hear me out. You spend all this time writing, perfectly, querying, revising and submitting your story, all in pursuit of the elusive book deal. And then, after months of patience and hard work and perseverance, everything falls into place. You get the call! Hooray! Rejoicing! Champagne! And then something happens. The festivities die down, things grow quiet, and Fear stirs. Now don’t get me wrong, I am so, so, so grateful to have my book deal. I feel blessed. I am beyond ecstatic. But I’m also terrified. It’s as if I didn’t fully comprehend that getting a book deal would mean anyone could one day read my story. And once I realized that, I mean really realized that, Fear pounced. When I first wrote LAICOS, I wrote it for me. It was my story. Well, technically it was Gray’s story, but the whole thing was in my head and my head alone. It was a private thing that I... Read More
Today is Marathon Monday in Boston. As far as I am aware, it is one of the larger annual marathons in the country. People come from all over to race through the suburbs of Boston, facing Hearbreak Hill in the final miles and ending on downtown Boylston Street, just outside the Boston Public Library. I am not much of a runner, and while I admire the people who are able to complete this absolutely amazing feat, I cringe at the thought of running anything greater than 3 miles myself. Yuck. Boston’s Marathon Monday falls of Patriot’s Day every year – the third Monday of April. Many Massachusetts businesses give this day off to employees, mine included. This is the first year that has felt really weird to me, mostly because I now live in New Hampshire and everyone up here is headed to work as usual this morning. But I have today off, and by gosh am I enjoying it! I don’t have to make my usual 2hr commute to/from the city. I can spend some time writing. I already took... Read More
We all have them. Certain words we use more than others. Phrases we rely on. I am aware of a good number of mine, and even though I consciously try to keep them in check, they always sneak into my work. Especially first drafts. I’m working on something new at the moment, and my goodness, is this first draft littered with crutches. But you know what? I’m OK with this. When I write an initial draft my goal is to simply get the idea out, transfer it from my brain to “paper.” It’s when draft #1 is complete and editing commences, that the party has to end. So what are these crutches that I have to wrangle into submission while I revise? » I’m actually quite guilty of using the word “quite” as a filler. (Did you see what I did there?) He was quite happy or she was not quite ready or the show was really quite inspiring. Gah! That adverb! » Whenever my characters whisper they “talk in hushed tones.” I’m not sure why, but... Read More
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