What’s your book about?
STALKING JACK THE RIPPER is a YA gothic horror inspired by the Ripper murders. It’s about a Victorian-era lord’s daughter who defies society expectations by secretly apprenticing as a forensics examiner, and soon finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a serial killer who is stalking London’s East End.
When will it be coming out/who is publishing it?
It will be in stores and online September 20, 2016. James Patterson’s new children’s imprint at Little, Brown, JIMMY Patterson Books, is publishing it. I couldn’t be more excited to be part of this wonderful imprint!
Can I pre-order it yet?
Oh my gosh, yes! I’m so excited to say that it’s up for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Independent Bookstores, and several other online retailers in the US and other countries. It will also be available at your local Sam’s Club.
Is it part of a series?
Yes! STALKING JACK THE RIPPER now has two other companion novels! It’s what I like to call a gothic Nancy Drew–or, a Victorian Era CSI–they are standalone adventures, but will be interconnected for fans who’ve read them in order. Character growth, backstories, and threads will all be woven in to each of them, tying them together. Book two will continue through to the next standalone adventure from the point we leave you in SJTR. Each story will have Audrey Rose investigating murders inspired by infamous killers.
How can I help spread the word about your book?
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The best, and I mean the VERY best thing you can do? Tell all of your friends. Tell your local librarian and your school librarian. They are amazing advocates for both authors and books! Tweet about it. Post it on Facebook, tumblr, instagram, your blog, and everywhere you can put a review online. (Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Indie bookstores, Goodreads, etc.) Request it at your local library, or bookstore.
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Is your book on goodreads?
How do you say your name?
My name is pronounced pretty much exactly the way it’s spelled, but if you’d like to hear audio of it, check out this amazing Teaching Books link: Pronouncing “Maniscalco”
How did you get your agent?
I took a Writers Digest webinar that my agent was teaching (after she requested my manuscript via the slush pile), and that really opened up the door for our communication. If you can’t make it to actual conferences, I suggest going the online route!
The full story on how I got my agent can be read HERE.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Writing is something I’ve always done for pleasure, but I started thinking about publishing seriously around 2009/2010. Prior to that I never thought of making it a career, which is crazy to think now🙂
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
NEVER GIVE UP. EVER. Read as much as you breathe, and write every single day. If your first project doesn’t work out, keep writing. Every book you write will be a learning experience and a stepping stone. I wrote five books before I signed with my agent. Persistence, dashed with a bit of luck, and hard work are the keys to making it in publishing.
What’s your twitter handle?
It’s @KerriManiscalco and if you follow me, I’ll totally hug you through my laptop screen for AT LEAST ten minutes. Maybe more.
Will you be my friend on GoodReads?
Heck yes! Here’s where you can find me on GoodReads: Clicky click here.
You talk about Absolute Write and Query Tracker, which forums did you use specifically?
Since I write YA those are the forums I frequented the most during my search for representation. There’s not one place I suggest over another. Check those sites out and find what forums work best for you.
I’m a reviewer/book blogger and am interested in requesting an advanced reader copy for review purposes. Who do I ask about ARCs? Can you send me one?
I have a limited amount of ARCs that will be raffled off through giveaways/contests on both my blog and others. I will post about all contests and opportunities to win an ARC on my blog, twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other social media accounts. I’m so excited for all the early support for my book and wish I could grant all your ARC wishes! Know that I’m hugging you and sending you sparkly hearts. You’re the best!
Any review requests/ARCs can be made by contacting Erinn McGrath at: Erinn[dot]McGrath[at]hbgusa[dot]com
Who do I contact about blurb requests?
First, thank you so much for thinking of me! You may direct all blurb requests to my agent, Barbara Poelle using the following contact:
My question wasn’t answered, how can I contact you?
Fear not! You can contact me at:
Kerri [dot] Writes [at] gmail [dot] com
(Please note: when I’m on deadline my response time is really, really, reeeeeally slow. I love and appreciate your time and effort with writing to me and feel huge waves of guilt that I can’t write back faster. BUT! The more I work on books, the more adventures you’ll have, so that’s not so bad, right??? xoxo)