Thursday, March 21, 2013

DEAD SILENCE Launch Party!!!

Dead SilenceSo it's that time again...launch party time! Only this time it's bittersweet because we're celebrating the end (probably!) of the Body Finder series.

DEAD SILENCE, which releases on April 16th, is the fourth and (most likely!) final installment in Violet's journey, and we need you to come help us send this series off with a bang!

Dying to find out what happened after the ending of THE LAST ECHO? Well, now's your chance to snag one of the first copies of DEAD SILENCE. Haven't read the first book in the series yet? No problem, this is the perfect time to come and get your full set...and to have them all signed. Or maybe you just want some cookies and a good laugh. Well, at least we'll have cookies... ;)

Seriously, I couldn't have done any of this without you guys, so ending the series (for now, at least!) without you would be a real bummer. Come say goodbye with me. We'll laugh, we'll cry, we'll dance. Okay, yeah, no one wants me to dance, but you get the idea. We'll have a great time!

And did I mention the prizes; because of course there'll be prizes!!!
And you know me, I'll probably get caught up in the excitement and blurt out some secret I'm not supposed to, like that time I accidentally told everyone the title of DEAD SILENCE before it had been made public.

So please join me on Friday, April 19th at 7:00PM at Garfield Books in Tacoma. It's a great store with a great staff—the perfect place to say goodbye (possibly!) to the Body Finder gang.

208 Garfield Street, Suite 101
Tacoma, WA, 98444
(253) 535-7665

Can't make it all the way to Tacoma because you live in Schenectady, New York (or some other inconvenient, faraway location)? Not a problem. Garfield Books is taking phone orders for signed and/or personalized copies.

So, no excuses, people! Clear your calendars and circle this event in bold-tip Sharpie, and we'll see you there on April 19th!!!

Oh, and remember that great picture of all of us in our BODY FINDER shirts at the first launch party? 

Well, we're doing shirts again! And whether you can make it or not, here's how you can order your DEAD SILENCE t-shirts, hoodies, and bags.

I hope to see you all there!


Sunday, March 10, 2013


Every editorial letter I’ve ever gotten is what I call “the compliment sandwich.” What’s a compliment sandwich, you ask? 

Here, let me show you

In editorial terms, it goes a little something like this: 

Dear Author, 

We are off to a great start (note the use of the word “start” and not “you nailed it”)! 

Followed immediately by: 8, or 10, or 12 soul-crushing pages that detail everything you need to change in your manuscript, ranging from plot, to individual character and relationship development, to timing, to scene cutting, to itemized line edits. Basically a page-by-page outline of why your book sucked. 

All of this is rounded out by a friendly and cheerful: Go you! We know you can do it, and can’t wait to see your next draft!!! 

Your Editorial Team 

I both anticipate and fear that moment when I open my editorial letter. I love the feedback, really I do. Seriously, I look forward to the revision process! But the first time I read through the letter, I’m convinced my editor just finished up a three day crack pipe bender. 

But instead of immediately calling her out on it, I have a “process” I have to go through first. I start by taking a full day to let everything sink in. I mull over her points and, more importantly, give my bruised ego some time to heal. 

After that, I go back through the letter and start checking off the concepts that have merit, which at first are few and far between—you know, the crack pipe and all. But after a while, I start to consider that maybe, just maybe, she might be more right than I first believed, and I start conceding more and more points to her, until, in the end, I am sending her a thank-you note along with my shiny, newly revised manuscript. I even start to believe she may have been drug-free when she wrote the letter in the first place. I know, right??? 

Writing is such a collaborative effort. But it’s also not for the faint-hearted. You have to be willing to swallow your pride and accept the fact that you’re not always right, and that others can see things when you aren’t able to. 

But it doesn’t change the fact that a compliment sandwich, while eventually delicious, is hard to swallow when you first get it.