Thursday, February 27, 2014

I am now represented by...

I'm going to make this a short story since


I got an email last week from an agent: "would you be available to talk some time?"

Me, up until the phone rang:


I can't tell you exactly what was said because as soon as she started saying nice things about my book, my brain started going like this:


But there is one particular thing she said that really grabbed my attention, showing me how she really "got" Kitty's journey as a character. We talked for a while and had a great conversation, despite my deep aversion to talking the phone. Then she told me she'd really like to work with me on my book.

Now I know I'm not a very excitable person and don't tend to emote very much, (something that drives my mother insane) so I probably sounded like






but I was definitely all:




After we hung up, I let the other other agents considering my work know I had an offer. Most of them responded quickly and I did have some other interest, but nobody was as awesomely excited about the book as the first agent. Nobody else had the thoughtful comments about my characters and story that she did. People have always said you want someone who loves your book, so you know they'll be a strong advocate for it. Then I talked to one of her clients and she had phenomenal things to say about her.

So I made my decision.

Through the resulting emails I was all:



(haha! yeah, right. I've never been that cool about anything in my entire life)

But if we're going to be honest, I was definitely like:



and


Because I am now represented by the super fabulous Rebecca Podos of the Rees Literary Agency.

Whew. That's fun to say.

Special thanks to J.A. Souders, who gave me so much support and encouragement over the past week. Thank you for keeping me sane.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Marissa Meyer's CRESS tour! (with giveaway)

Guess who came to Orlando?!


Marissa Meyer!

I made a little video with a few minutes from her talk...



If you watched the video, you know I'm doing a giveaway for a signed copy of Cinder. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter!

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Cover Reveal: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

We're extremely excited to bring you the cover for ALL LINED UP, the first book in Cora Carmack's highly anticipated Rusk University Series! ALL LINED UP is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel published by William Morrow (an imprint of HarperCollins). It is due to be released on May 13, 2014!!




ABOUT ALL LINED UP:

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.


Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.


But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.


Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.


Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.


And neither of them knows how to walk away from the attraction they feel.


“Laughter + heartache + hot sexual tension = the perfect Cora Carmack book.”

—Monica Murphy


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HeadshotAbout Cora Carmack:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Cover Reveal: Anomaly by Tonya Kuper!

Today Tonya Kuper and Entangled Teen are revealing the cover for Anomaly, releasing in November 4, 2014! Check out the awesome cover and enter to win an eARC!


On to the reveal!







What if the world isn't what we think?
What if reality is only an illusion?
What if you were one of the few who could control it?

Yeah, Josie Harper didn't believe it, either, until strange things started happening. And when this hot guy tried to kidnap her, shouting about ultimate observers and pushing and consortiums hell-bent on controlling the world… Well, that's when things got real. Now Josie's got it bad for a boy who weakens her every time he's near and a world of enemies on her tail who want to control her gift, so yeah, she's going to need more than just her wits if she hopes to survive much longer.

Einstein never saw this coming...





About Tonya:
YA scifi author of ANOMALY, out 11/14, Entangled Teen. Represented by Nicole Resciniti. Contributor at yastands.blogspot.com & allthewritenotes.com. Music freak. Chocolate addict.










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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Cover Reveal: Knight Assasin by Rima Jean

Today Rima Jena and Entangled Teen are revealing the cover for Knight Assasin, releasing in March 4,2014! Check out the cover, exclusive excerpt, and enter to win an eARC!





Seventeen-year-old Zayn has special powers she cannot control—powers that others fear and covet. Powers that cause the Templar Knights to burn Zayn’s mother at the stake for witchcraft. When a mysterious stranger tempts Zayn to become the first female member of the heretical Assassins, the chance to seek her revenge lures her in. She trains to harness her supernatural strength and agility, and then enters the King of Jerusalem's court in disguise with the assignment to assassinate Guy de Molay, her mother’s condemner. But once there, she discovers Earic Goodwin, the childhood friend who still holds her heart, among the knights—and his ocean-blue eyes don’t miss a thing. Will vengeance be worth the life of the one love she has left?




Exclusive Excerpt!
Earic emerged from behind a rosebush, his eyes glistening at her. He looked misplaced, this broad-shouldered monk-warrior, wandering amid the blooms of an Eastern garden. Even at night, the reds and golds and pinks were vivid and breathtaking. “Is Marguerite well?” he asked immediately, his brow creased with concern.
Zayn frowned as he sat beside her on the bench. “She has been better.”
“Her injury—”
“It is healing well. It’s not her leg that ails her so much.” Zayn looked down into her lap. How would she tell him what Marguerite should be telling him herself? This whole situation was terribly uncomfortable. “Lady Melisende has forbidden her from keeping your company.”
He exhaled, looked down as well. “I thought she might.” Zayn tilted her head to look at his profile. His hair was freshly washed and still damp, dark at the roots and shorter than before. Gone was the baby-faced Fair Boy she remembered; the man beside her had a network of scars on his sun-baked face and neck. His palms were like cracked leather, and the scent of sandalwood mingled with the musk of a man. She was surprised to find that it did not repulse her. In fact, it did quite the opposite. She glanced away.
“She never did approve of our friendship,” he said with a sad smile. “I was not good enough for her daughter. And I don’t disagree—I am not good enough for Marguerite.”
“Oh, stop,” Zayn said impatiently. “Just because you were not born into the right family doesn’t mean you cannot be friends.”
Earic looked at Zayn. “I suppose. But Marguerite is something special.”
Her expression softened. “Yes. I agree.” She hesitated for a moment. “She wanted me to tell you that no matter what, your friendship will endure.”
His smile was like a bolt of lightning in the dark. “Of course it will. Just like ours has.”
Zayn focused straight ahead, her blood beginning to hum. “I don’t know what you mean.”
“Zayn.” His voice was hoarse with emotion, his hand gently brushing against hers. “I know it’s you. I knew it was you the moment I saw you.”
“Your enemy,” she heard herself say, turning to look at him.
His voice was barely a whisper. “God’s bones! What have you become?”
Emotion clogged her throat, made her voice rasp. “Forget you ever met me, Earic. You must forget. I must kill you otherwise.”
“You can try. You won’t succeed.” He moved his hand up her arm, sending sparks throughout her body. “I had intended to visit Monteferrand soon. I wanted…to find you.”
She shook her head, her breath coming quickly now. “Find me? Why? You are a Templar, have you forgotten? And I…I’m not the girl you remember, not even a shadow of her.”
“I follow no one’s law but my own.” His face was illuminated from within. “As for the girl from Rafaniya… She’s here, I can still see her.” He raised his hand to her mouth and touched her lips with his forefinger.
Her every nerve tingled in response, her brain woozy with realization. Was it possible that he had feelings for her? In the blink of an eye, her hand flashed out, seeking his throat. Before she could grasp him, he’d snagged her wrist in his powerful fist. Her other hand lashed out; he stopped it as well. Her body rose in fury, but he rose with her, twisting her forcefully against him. Locking her within his arms, he lowered his head. “I won’t touch you, Zayn, I swear it. Please, control your strength. I don’t want to hurt you.”
The roar abated; her strength retreated like a falling tide. She gasped and slumped against him. How was he so strong? She was surprised how far up she had to look to meet his gaze. “I don’t understand. How…?”
His lips were inches from hers. “Haven’t you realized it yet, Zayn? You and I…”
His breath mingled with hers, intoxicating her. “What?” she managed to whisper.
Rather than answer, he dipped his head just a fraction and touched her mouth with his. The spark his lips ignited was so very different from the one created by her power. A warmth spread throughout her body, turning her muscles to jelly. She felt completely, utterly human in Fair Boy’s arms, and it was too good to be true…
She pulled away abruptly, horrified. “I have to go. I can’t… You must forget about me, Earic. Or else you put your life in danger.” Before he could reply, she turned and hurried away, breathless with fear.





About Rima:
Rima Jean received a degree in archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. After a dismal law school experience, she floundered a bit before accepting her calling: storytelling. She resides in Houston with her wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters, where she writes, edits, and dabbles in digital art.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cover Reveal: Sweet Ruin by Nazarea Andrews

Sweet Ruin releases March 13th, but we're revealing the cover today!!

It’s good to be on top… Asher Knox has it all. Girls, wealth, a career most would kill for. He’s just landed the biggest job of his career. And he’s miserable.



She’s fighting her way from the bottom… Megan Beauchamp has no illusions about why she was chosen to be Asher’s PA. She’s pretty, and down to earth, and everything the Hollywood star always falls for. Too bad Megan is just paying her dues and has no interest in anything but advancing at her PR firm.



He’ll throw it all away…Luca James knows what he wants. And he’s waited a long time for the window to open—when it does, he’ll walk away from the career he’s built for a chance at something real.

When Megan’s boss threatens to fire her, Luca and Asher convince her to leave town with them. Between bad hotels and pit stop confessionals, the three are drawn closer together. And the lines blur even more in Branton, where Megan is forced to look at everything she left behind. But when the boys want more, Megan will be forced to choose between the men she loves and the life she thought she wanted. And in a town like Branton, the secrets she keeps won’t be hidden for long.

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About the Author

Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Ten Things You're Doing to Anger Blog Tour Hosts



Blog tours are the thing in book publicity right now. As a publicist, I've ran them for a while, but I've been signing up for more and more on my various blogs and have discovered repeated habits (sometimes even by paid blog tour companies and publicists) that make me cringe.

If you're organizing blog tours for other people or yourself, here are some things I suggest you avoid. After all, you want those bloggers to want to participate in the next blog tour, too, right?

1) Sending the post info the day before.


Bloggers are busy. Authors are busy. Nobody does this full time. If you send me your post at 10pm the day before it goes up, there's a good chance it's not going up on time.

Give at least a few days lead time, preferably a week.

2) Include info on every book you've ever written.

I signed up for a book blitz or cover reveal for one book. Please don't send me blurbs and covers for the last five books you've written that aren't even in the same genre, much less series.

On a related note, twenty pages is not an "excerpt," it's a novelette. Keep it down to 1-2 pages.

3) A "ready to post html-formatted document" that has nothing I need in it.


Authors/publicists who create ready-to-post html formatted documents where I can just copy and paste into my html window are amazing and I will sign up for every single thing they want me to publicize. (Click for a great example)

However, some of y'all are faking us out. If something is a "ready-to-post" it needs images (linked, not embedded) and formatted links. If it's just messy text with some things bolded, that doesn't help. IMO, it's actually worse than not offering a html formatted document.


And DO NOT get me started on html posts with no line breaks.

Additional note from a friend: Make sure to remove unnecessary html & formatting, such as text color or background color.

4) Buy links


First: Send them. Second: Send them when you send everything else (see #1). Don't send three different emails the day of the post as the links go live. Honestly, you know what your inbox looks like and the bloggers' inboxes aren't any emptier.


Believe me, I totally understand that it's hard for indie authors and publishers to get a buy link live at a certain time. However, to be blunt: that is your problem, not a blogger's. Adjust your strategy so that you behave and look professional.

One solution: Create a book landing page on your own site like this one that the bloggers link to with a phrase like "Purchase the book". You can update the links on that page as they go live, instead of emailing every blog host multiple times throughout the day. This way: you're not bothering them and you can be sure readers know where to buy your book, in case the hosts can't update that day.

Another solution: Your "release date" doesn't have to be the same date you upload a book to Amazon/B&N. You can have a soft release a few days before any publicity starts.

4a) Buy links - again

This doesn't necessarily upset bloggers, but I wanted to mention: when you provide link urls, they shouldn't look like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Other-Games-Short-Story-Collection-ebook/dp/B00FJLKZFU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391529864&sr=8-1&keywords=love+and+other+games

At the very least, shorten them like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Other-Games-Short-Story-Collection-ebook/dp/B00FJLKZFU

(Anything after the ten-digit ASIN is click-tracking info for Amazon and can be removed.)

Even better, there's this:

amzn.to/1doONfu

Why? There are bloggers who will simply post links like this instead of formatting them. It looks messy to readers, making your book look unprofessional.

5) Not attaching images

I won't go into details, but depending on the blogger's blogging platform, if you only embed the images you want used for a post in a Word document, you are creating one or two extra steps for the blogger. Attach any images you want used in the blog post.

6) Vague file names

It may seem like a small, inconsequential thing, but imagine a blogger who hosts ten authors a week. They're scheduling blog posts and they go to pick out your book cover and author photo to upload and see this:

I kind of hate all of you right now.


Name your files something more descriptive. Things like: "Sarah Nicolas headshot.jpg" and "Dragons are People Too Cover.jpg"

Bonus: Naming them like this will increase your visibility in google image search results!

7) Not mentioning the date. 

From an email I got from KP Simmon at Inkslinger a few days ago: "Thank you for agreeing to take part in the Release Day Launch February 6th."

See how easy that was?

Please, do bloggers a favor, and mention the date we're supposed to post somewhere in the email. Maybe I should be more organized and have a blog calendar that I can cross-reference and search, but honestly? This is a hobby and bloggers are helping you out. So help them out. Please.

8) Add me to your mailing list.

If I want to receive future updates from you, I will sign up for your mailing list (pro tip: make sure the link to do so is in your signature). You can even mention it in your email with the post materials.

However, a blogger signing up for a cover reveal does not imply permission to add them to your mailing list.

9) .docx

It may be hard to believe, but not everyone has a new and shiny Microsoft Office Suite. If you save a document as a .doc, almost everyone can open it with no problem. If you save a document as a .docx, some people have to run it through a conversion and it is likely to screw with some of your formatting and text. 

10) Not giving me an option


The Google doc forms most people use for blog tour signups are great and I love them to death. BUT...

Let me explain something first: most of my blogs have a relatively small audience and I know this. I don't review books on any of them. I also don't want an author wasting 30 minutes to an hour of their time drafting a unique blog post/answering interview questions when there is little pay off.

So give me an option besides "review," "guest blog," or "interview." Leaving an "other" option is great. Simple spotlight posts are a really easy way to gain exposure with little effort, so don't leave them out.

While I'm on the subject, either don't make the question "What format would you like to receive a review copy?" mandatory - or provide an option for me to decline to review. If I have to choose between helping you promote and reviewing or not helping you promote, I'll go with the latter every time.


Book bloggers are awesome people and they do so much for the book industry while making no to little money. As authors and publishers, how about we make it as easy on them as possible? A few minutes paying attention to detail can make a blogger one of your raving fans, so why not put in the extra effort?


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