50-Page MG or YA Manuscript Critique from Editor Jenny Bak and Signed Copy of Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

friends! you can win a manuscript critique by my AMAZING editor! also? she’s giving away a signed copy of HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA. please help spread the word for this wonderful cause! xoxo


Editorial director Jenny Bak is offering a detailed critique on the first 50 double-spaced pages of a middle-grade or YA novel. She will also send the winner a signed copy of Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco.

jb_id (1)Jenny Bak is Editorial Director at JIMMY Patterson Books, an imprint for children under Little, Brown and Company. She edits James Patterson’s bestselling books for young readers, including his Middle School and Maximum Ride series. She also acquires middle grade and young adult novels that reflect the JIMMY mission to create beloved books that will inspire a love of reading in children.HuntingPrinceDracula_9780316551663_HCOpening Bid: $50

Auction Ends: Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 10pm EST. (Any bids submitted in comments after that time will be void.)

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it was a good thing my sister was driving when my phone rang a few minutes after 5pm today because OH MY GOODNESS, i was flailing like you wouldn’t believe when my agent and editor excitedly passed along the news….HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA debuted on the NYT bestsellers list!!!!


YOU GUYS. Just LOOK at that list…

DKwpwaDUEAAW0ql.jpg-largei cannot even begin to wrap my brain around this. thank you so much to readers who purchased pre-orders and copies this week. to everyone who told their friends, shouted about it over the internet, and left a glowing review–thank you. your love of these characters made this possible and i am infinitely grateful for such amazing readers.

a HUGE thank you to my editor, Jenny Bak, my agent Barbara Poelle, James Patterson, Sabrina Benun, and the ENTIRE team at JIMMY books. you all make my words shine. if you need me, i’ll just be flailing forever.



HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA is now available!!!!

the day has finally arrived! HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA is now in the world and i don’t think this feeling of overwhelming gratitude will ever, ever get old. i’m so lucky to have so much love and support behind my books, and hope you know how very much it means to me.

This story was written from my heart and now it belongs to you, dear reader. I hope you love sinking your teeth into it! (I couldn’t resist at least ONE vampire pun!) Please tell all of your friends and share the release day love—your enthusiasm is one of my favorite things!

HPD birthday

Tonight I kick off the #HuntingPrinceDraculaTour with friends of the Knox county library in Knoxville, but for now I’m going to enjoy all of your beautiful pictures.

See you on the road, friends! Xoxo

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***If you don’t live close to a tour stop, or can’t make it out, please contact the bookstores if you’d like a signed/personalized copy of HPD. A lot of them will ship your order to you, so it’s *almost* like attending the event!

Places to order signed copies:

Books of Wonder

Quail Ridge Books

Spellbound Children’s Bookshop

Foxtale Book Shoppe

Little Shop of Stories

One day left for preorder prizes!



in other non-freakout news, there’s only one more day left to snag your copy of MEETING THOMAS CRESSWELL before the preorder incentive disappears like Cinderella at midnight. (September 18th going into the 19th.)

if you’d like to get a copy, please take a screen shot of your receipt and upload it to the site before then. once the giveaway is closed, there won’t be another way to read the novella.

here’s where to upload your receipts and find more info


It says “US/CA only” and I live outside the US…

Since it’s an ebook it’s open internationally, so please upload your receipts!

I don’t see the submit button. Help!

If you’re using a mobile device sometimes they’ve been giving people trouble. Use a laptop or computer and that always works, promise.

When should I receive my novella?

The team at JIMMY books has been working hard to sort through all of the receipts and send out the novellas ASAP. Please allow up to two business days for it to arrive in your inbox. if it’s been two business days, please contact my publicist. (her info is under the contact page on my site.)

Do I have to preorder from a specific place?

Nope! You can preorder from any store or online retailer and upload the picture of your receipt to enter.

Where can I preorder a signed copy?

Any of my tour stops will have signed/personalized copies available and will ship. Please contact the stores for further details or instructions. (also? YOU ARE SO AWESOME, OMG.)

Places to order signed copies:

Books of Wonder

Quail Ridge Books

Spellbound Children’s Bookshop

Foxtale Book Shoppe

Little Shop of Stories

ahhhh that’s it for now….i’ll see you back here in TWO DAYS!!!!! WHEEEEE!

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER paperbacks are now available!

happy paperback book birthday to STALKING JACK THE RIPPER!!! i cannot believe hardcovers have been in the world for almost a year and now the paperbacks are joining them. AND OMG HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA will be on shelves in exactly TWO weeks!!!

if you haven’t done so, be sure to upload your HPD receipts to claim your Thomas novella prize.


SJTR paperback birthday

SJTR Paperback order links


Barnes & Noble

Book Depository

Indie Bound


novella link

18 days until publication (!!!) and Cressworth items for your bookish collection

guys…there are only 18 days left until HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA is in the world!!!! HOW on earth has it already been a year since STALKING JACK THE RIPPER came out??? (side-note, there are just over two weeks left to snag a MEETING THOMAS CRESSWELL novella, don’t forget to upload your receipts to claim one!)

i am so blown away by the complete and utter outpouring of love and support for these characters and stories. you guys make this even more amazing and i hope you know how much i appreciate you and your positive word of mouth excitement. i have a few fun things to share that i hope you’ll adore as much as i do.

i get asked often on social media about book related goodies and where to purchase them and am listing out a few AMAZING Cresswell and Wadsworth merch for yourself or the book lover in your family. (i figured it would be easiest to have a post with them, so everyone who’s interested has an easy place to find links.)

Behind the Pages store has created amazing “Cressworth” merchandise (soap, lip balm, perfume, lotion + more) and it is one of their September “ships of the month.” It means it’s an exclusive item that will only be available for the month of September only. If you’d like to snag it (and you SO do… they are to die for), definitely don’t wait or they’ll be gone.

Cressworth “Ship of the month” (available until October 1, 2017)

**Other products are listed under “Audrey” or “Thomas” in her shop.

Novelly Yours Candles unveiled two new candles based on HPD and I’m totally ordering both because they look AWESOME.

Audrey Rose candle (available September 8th, listed under “floral”)

Smells like: bergamot, rose, and honey

Thomas candle (available September 8th, listed under “cologne/musky)

Smells like: coffee, cotton, and cologne

Foggy Knight is available now and is the one I helped to design. I am OBSESSED with its new design.

Smells like: crackling firewood, storms, Earl Grey and fallen leaves

Read and Wonder created two different bookmarks for HPD and SJTR. I seriously cannot get enough of them and am LOVE seeing them in your pictures online!

Audrey Rose and Thomas magnetic bookmarks

“I am wholly bewitched” quote bookmark


Flickering Tales is a delightful candle shop that’s recently added Thomas and Audrey Rose candles. I just got a set and let me say…they smell as fabulous as they look!

Thomas and Audrey Rose candle set

Thomas candle

smells like: teakwood, tobacco, and tea

Audrey Rose candle

smells like: patchouli, fig, and eucalyptus

Tim Paul is the illustrator who made the map for HPD and you’ve asked, and he does have a store with prints available!

HPD Map Print

Phantom Rin is the extremely talented artist behind the character cards you see posted here and various places online. One of the questions I get asked the most is where to find the character cards, and those can be found in her store along with postcards, stickers, t-shirts, journals and so much more.

Audrey and Thomas Cards by Phantom Rin.2

Phantom Rin SJTR art

Wick and Fable also has Miss Wadsworth and Mr. Cresswell candles and i can attest to how great they both smell. they’re so pretty i haven’t been able to burn them yet, though!

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photo credit: Wick and Fable

Miss Wadsworth Candle

smells like: roses, buttercream, sandalwood, Earl Grey tea

Mr. Cresswell Candle

smells like: Turkish coffee, tobacco leaf, caramelized vanilla

KidLit Cares: Hurricane Harvey Auction SJTR themed “book box”

hi friends! there’s an amazing auction going on (hosted by author Kate Messner) to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey and i’ve donated a personalized “book box” filled with items curated by myself.

Auction Items Hurricane Harvey

Included is:

  • a signed hardcover collection of my books (STALKING JACK THE RIPPER and the forthcoming HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA)
  • magnetic bookmarks of my characters
  • candles
  • bookish tea
  • a tea infusing ball
  • character cards
  • a signed map from my second novel.

please bid if you can, and if you can’t please help spread the word. let’s do all we can to help! xoxo

Here’s the link for details on how to bid.