One of the challenges of promoting a book is figuring out how to descrbe it for various venues. Peachtree was responsible for the following summary for the Library of Congress listing: As the family gathers at her grandmother’s bed-and-breakfast for a murder mystery weekend, seventeen-year-old Jen confronts her ambivalent feelings about her mother, who disappeared … More Preparing Summaries
While my friend and fellow writer Sondy Eklund was at ALA, she took a picture that included the ARCs (advanced reader copies) of SUSPECT. I’m hoping to get permission to post soon. It’s just so exciting for me to know that some librarians out there are going to be sitting down with all my characters for a few hours. … More Suspect at ALA
Well, that’s it. Earlier this afternoon, I had to approve two final sections of prose. Once I did, my editor told me, we could Push. That. Button. I checked them. I even read them out loud again even though I was sure my editor and the copy editor had been extremely careful to make sure … More Off to the Printer
A week ago I got the “final interior” of SUSPECT. My editor let me know that this would be my last chance to make any comments. Another attachment held the last few comments from the copy editor along with some impressions from a proofreader who had never seen any of it before. This was helpful. I … More Done? Really done?
About three weeks ago, my editor called me. We were in the middle of copy edits for SUSPECT. Usually, this is a matter of tweaking sentences and fixing mistakes. A few continuity issues will pop up here and there. But this was something much bigger. The copy editor couldn’t buy into what was going on … More Mowing the Lawn
The copy edits for SUSPECT are flooding my mailbox. What a great thing to come home to. It definitely beats a wet basement. I got peek at the final art for the jacket. Very fun! If I can figure out how to upload it, I will.
This bit of fun turned up in my email. It’s not at all what I expected, but is quite fun nevertheless!
For many writers, the wheels of publishing tend to turn more slowly than the wheels of justice. I know of picture book authorswriters whose projects hit the shelves close to five years after being accepted by the editor. (Note: Editors and art directors do their best to hook just the right illustrator for a project. Often that … More Rolling, Rolling, Rolling
Incoming! Thwump! That’s the sound of 51,000 words landing in my editor’s electronic inbox. My YA mystery is done, at least for the moment. It was a pretty major revision, so I’ll have to see what my editor thinks about the changes and additions. But my kids, who are in high school and college, liked … More Hitting the Send Button
It took a writing binge of epic proportions, but I completed a draft of the YA mystery very early on Saturday morning after putting in a marathon day on Friday. Deadlines can be a powerful thing. This one was self-imposed. I knew that my technical advisors–aka college-age daughters–would be able to read the book if … More Revising YA Mystery: Done?