Monday, June 9, 2014

Writerly Things Update and Whispers of Cover Art

What I've been working on the past few months, and DUPLICITY happenings!

On the writing front:

I'm currently drafting a new teen horror novel unrelated to DUPLICITY. I've just passed the 37,000-word mark, which means it's about 2/3 of the way done. I hope to finish it this month or early next. My agent has already approved the premise and outline, so it's a matter of getting it written. Once the first draft is finished, I'll go back through and polish as best I can, then it will be off to my brilliant critique partners.

On the reading front:

I've finished six books in the last two months - Cracked, Doll Bones, Noggin, Dreams of Gods & Monsters, White Cat, and Unwind. I'm currently reading The Winner's Curse and enjoying it immensely.

On the DUPLICITY front:

I have a cover. OMG I HAVE A COVER. It's striking and unique and awesome and edgy and can I say that it's one of THE coolest things to have an artist read your book and make a picture out of it?? Unfortunately it's not yet final, so I can't share, but you will know as soon as it's ready!

Copy edits will come this month. Copy edits are the kind that fine-tune the book - the content and story is done, and all that's left is for an editor to comb through and make sure the grammar is correct and the sentences are smooth. I will review each change she suggests and apply it. This will also be my last chance to tweak anything, which is rather panic-inducing, to be honest. Dedication and acknowledgements will also be added at this stage. I tear up every time I read them.

I have two new blurbs from two fantastic authors I adore, Kendare Blake and Lindsay Cummings. You can read what they said at the bottom of this page. I'll be over here fangirling.

On the contest front:

I'm participating in a cool little pitch contest called Query Kombat this month as a judge. The first round is over, so I'm looking forward to seeing how my picks do in the agent round. Rounds will continue weekly until only one book is left standing.

I'm also looking forward to mentoring again in Pitch Wars! The past two years, Pitch Wars has taken place Nov-Jan. This year it will be Aug-Nov, so I'm polishing up my mentor bio and looking forward to meeting my next winning teammate ;)

And that's a small snapshot of what's been keeping me busy.

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