ALA Annual 2017 or bust!

i am THRILLED to announce that i’ll be at ALA annual signing ARCs of HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA this year! if you’re in Chicago and want to come say hi (and i hope you do!), here’s where you can find me:

ALA 2017 Schedule

i also wanted to say a HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to my signings at BEA and BookCon. some of you waited in line for over an hour (!!!!!!) and i am so ridiculously honored and grateful for your dedication to my gothic book babies. you are all so awesome. thank you.

here are some pictures from the events with myself and author Lyndsay Ely aka my partner in BookCon crime (her debut is called GUNSLINGER GIRL and it’s fabulous for fans of WESTWORLD, btw).

can’t wait to see more of you on the road this fall! (tour dates and information will be announced in the coming weeks…stayed tuned for news on special guests and locations.)

xoxo

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BEA and BookCon Schedule + Goodreads Giveaway

hey friends! i have a couple of cool updates for you. first, my publisher is giving away TEN ARCs (advanced reader copies) of HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA on GoodReads!! be sure to enter and tell your friends to enter too — you never know if one of them will win a copy and then share it with you 😉

the GoodReads giveaway ends on 5/31 so be sure to enter ASAP. Click here to enter!

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i’ll be in NYC in June for both BEA (Book Expo America) and The BookCon! i am SO THRILLED to be attending and honestly cannot wait to see you there. if you’re going to be in town for the festivities here’s where you can snag a signed ARC of HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA:

BEA: Friday June 2nd I’ll be in the Hachette booth trying to play it cool around James Patterson while he does a “James Patterson Booth Takeover” at 10 am. From there I have a signing at table 11 from 2–2:30pm.

BookCon: Saturday June 3rd i’ll be doing an in-booth signing with author Lyndsay Ely from 10-11 am. (Hachette Booth 2502-2503) Followed by a Meet and Greet from 1-2pm in room 1E03.

The meet and greet is a ticketed event for the first 100 people who sign up. It’s a bit more casual than a regular signing and we’ll get to chat and take pictures and basically nerd out over books. You’ll have to check their website to see how to get a ticket for that event: thebookcon.com

i’ll be handing out some special swag at the meet and greet AND during my BEA signing. (The first 50 people in line at BEA will receive the swag.)

i think that’s it for now! cannot wait to be back home in New York and enjoying the city and loading up on ALL the books. ❤

#BEA16 or bust!

cannot believe that #BEA16 is almost upon us! i’m flying out tomorrow morning and will be snapping pictures of Chicago with my sweet friend, Stephanie Garber (author of one of my most highly anticipated reads: CARAVAL) and posting them on Twitter. i hope it’ll make my friends who are missing it feel like they’re there too. i’ll also post a BEA roundup on the blog next week. there *may* be a secret announcement that’s made…i’ll be sure to post it on twitter (and here when i return from Chicago).

we’ll be taking pictures of our favorite books and bookish things, and we’re even going to be on the YA authors buzz stage together with three other AMAZING authors (Sonia Patel, Aaron Starmer, and Billy Taylor). here are the details if you’re attending and want to say hi:

 

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER signing at #BEA16

 

Friday May 13th 

Uptown Stage – Meet the Young Adult Buzz Authors

10:00 – 10:30

i’ll also be signing ARCs of STALKING JACK THE RIPPER during the following time:

Autographing session

1 – 1:30pm

Table 11

Stephanie Garber will be signing ARCs of CARAVAL:

11:30AM-Noon.

Macmillan Booth (Booth 1958) *This is a ticketed event

see you in Chicago!!!

xoxo

OH! i’ve also signed 150 bookmarks for people who are attending The BookCon this coming weekend. They’ll be given away with STALKING JACK THE RIPPER ARCs to the first 150 people who snatch them up at the Hachette Booth. (1716-1717.)

**ARCs will be available throughout BEA and BookCon**

 

Say what? Publishing Terms Defined

Publishing has a lot of jargon we take for granted because we’re around it ALL the time. Over the weekend I was asked a few questions, so here are some definitions if you’re seeing things floating around twitter or the blogosphere and feel out of the loop…

Please note: This list isn’t all inclusive, so if there’s something you’re a little unsure of – or if there’s something you’d like to include – please ask or add it in the comments.

Agatha Awards = awards for mystery and crime writers who write via the same method as Agatha Christie (i.e. closed setting, no sex or violence, amateur detective).

ARC = Advanced Reader Copy. (These are used for book reviews.)

ALA = American Library Association (they have a GREAT annual conference)

Auction = when more than one publisher offer on the same project and bid against each other.

BEA = Book Expo of America (it’s like Disney World for new books, check the link out.)

Beta Reader = a person who reads your manuscript with a critical eye, with the aim of improving grammar, spelling, etc.

Critique = in-depth feedback on areas where you can improve your manuscript.

Critique Partner = someone who you exchange manuscripts with to offer helpful feedback.

Edgar = Award given for the best in the mystery genre.

Elevator Pitch = is a short summary used to quickly and simply describe your book.

Full = when an agent requests your entire manuscript

Frankfurt = Frankfurt Book Fair aka the largest book and media fair in the world.

Hook = One sentence pitch on what your book is about. (The more gripping, the better.)

Hugo = Award given for the best Science Fiction or Fantasy novel from the previous year

MS = Abbreviation for manuscript

MWA = Mystery Writers of America

Nebula = award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the previous year.

Partial = when an agent requests part of your manuscript. (Normally they will specify how many pages to send them. I.e. 50 pages.)

Pre-empt = a preemptive offer from a publisher. (Usually a large sum to avoid going to auction.)

Query Letter = a 3-5 paragraph business letter that introduces your book, a short author bio, and reason for contacting a particular literary agent. Normal length is 250-350 words. (check out QueryShark for excellent examples.)

RWA = Romance Writers of America

SCBWI = Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

SFWA = Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Sublist = submission list. (Your agent sends you a list of publishing houses/imprints that are currently considering your manuscript.)

Synopsis = extended summary of your book. (Including the ending.) (The best examples of summaries are on wikipedia for any given movie.) Usually range in length from 1-5 pages, single spaced. The tighter the better.)

WIP = Work In Progress

Great sites for writers to check out:

Absolute Write: A wonderful forum/community for writers at any stage in the game. Ask any writing/publishing question/share your work & find critique partners, and do research before querying agents here. (Not to mention meeting and hanging around with other amazing/knowledgeable writers.)

Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog: A fantastic resource for new agent alerts, and tips for EVERYTHING.

Hey, there’s a dead guy in the living room blog: I’m going to link you to my agent’s (Barbara Poelle) blogging days here. I may be biased, but I think reading through her blog archives is AMAZING.

Miss Snark: The mysterious secret agent who will live on in blogger history. She may not be blogging anymore, but there’s a WEALTH of information worth checking out.

Nathan Bransford: This former mega-agent’s (now author) blog is the guide to publishing BIBLE. Countless hours were spent there when I first started researching everything I could about publishing. It’s like the Holy Grail of the book world. Seriously.

Preditors and Editors: If there’s one site you add to your MUST list before querying, it’s this one. It’s a great resource for finding agents/agencies that are not scammers.

Pub Rants: Agent Kristin Nelson dishes on everything industry related. There are also some great examples of query letters that worked posted on the sidebar.

Publishers MarketPlace: I highly recommend that you get a subscription. Daily deals are posted as well as breaking industry news. I peruse my Pub Lunch every single day.

QueryShark: A phenomenal blog dedicated to the art of crafting a great query letter, run by super agent Janet Reid.

Query Tracker: Keep track of your query letters, search for agents who represent your genre, and hang around other writers in the query trenches. Another amazing site that has a forum where you can have your query letter critiqued by your peers.

Writer Beware: Is basically a watchdog blog for writers to avoid scammers and bad eggs. Highly recommended.