Thursday, December 17, 2015

DUPLICITY on CD!

So, one of the coolest things that happened last year is I learned my audiobook was getting promoted to CD. That means it gets another chance to strut its stuff on the shelves of Barnes & Noble, and if you're a tactile person, you can actually hold it in your hot little hands. Its official release is January 5, but apparently Amazon has it and it's already down to just a few copies left?? As always, I'm so grateful for your support, and if you have an audiobook lover in your life, the holidays are the perfect time to traumatize them with a story about moving mirror reflections:


I'm also planning a post on what I learned this year as a debut author - stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Leave An Amazon Review, Get Awesome Stuff


If you've left an Amazon review for DUPLICITY (or if you want to leave one right now, I won't tell), I want to send you my thanks! In the form of a signed bookmark, signed bookplate, and a thank you card with questionable artwork on it. No need to link me to your review - I trust you. Just send me an email with your mailing address and in a few weeks you'll understand why I'm an author and not an illustrator. This offer has no expiration.

Amazon reviews are quite important to authors - they not only help potential readers make a decision about a book, but Amazon more heavily promotes titles with larger numbers of reviews. That makes a big difference with so many books available. THANK YOU to everyone who's taken the time to spread the word about DUPLICITY thus far! You are literally the backbone of its success.

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Editing Process, Round 2

A really long time ago (like, more than 3 years), I wrote a blog post called The Editing Process, Round 1 ... and then I never wrote a Round 2 post. I have no idea what I had planned for that post, but maybe I'm secretly psychic and knew that there would come a time when I'd be on the other side of the editing fence and in great need of a dangling blog series. I'm happy to finally ease the stresses of anyone who wanted to know where the heck Round 2 was, and also to make an exciting announcement - I've accepted a position with Cornerstones US as one of their CORE team editors!

I am SO excited for this opportunity as it will allow me to work with more writers and their crazy-awesome imaginations, while also being able to feed myself and buy extravagances like, you know, clothes. Working with writers in Pitch Wars has been incredibly fulfilling, and I'll be able to continue that work with Cornerstones, since they also scout for agents.

Some of you might be picturing me at a desk, hunched over a manuscript with a red pen, correcting grammar and doodling in the margins. Let me extinguish that vision right now. First, I do all my writing on my couch. Second, a developmental edit is way more than making sure you've crossed your t's and dotted your i's - it's getting into the very bones of a manuscript and looking at things like structure, pacing, continuity, suspension of disbelief, characterization, etc. Basically, it's a master's course in writing tailored specifically to you and your book. To better explain the process, allow me to dig up my "Editing Process Round 1" post from when I was a wee writer and had just finished going through such an edit for the first time:
Despite all the blog-stalking I did to answer the question "what is a developmental edit, really?", I was still apprehensive when the much-awaited email from my editor arrived. "She hates it!" I worried. "She's going to tell me, 'This was an amusing first try. Better luck next time.'" (I won't lie when I tell you my conference experience is mostly to blame for that.)

Buuuut... Ms. Jamie Chavez kept her promise that she's just as much cheerleader as critic.

If you have an editor like Ms. Chavez, you'll receive two documents when she's completed the initial edit: one with notes on Big Picture issues like plot, point-of-view, characterization, world building, miscellaneous loose ends, and one that's your actual manuscript with comments in the margins. My favorite section is the beginning of the first doc, a couple pages of "things that worked"! And there are things that need work, of course, but none of her suggestions make me feel like it's not my story anymore.

And I figured out just why you need an editor:
  • Someway, somehow, Jamie pulled more out of one month/two read-throughs of my manuscript than myself and five+ beta readers over a year/dozens of read-throughs
  • Her attention to detail is scary-good (how, HOW she keeps track of all these little things, I will never know)
  • She can speak into the construction of the book, something I've never really thought about while reading. The proper use of multiple point of views, moving the inciting incident to the first six pages, challenging whether the right protagonist is front-and-center.
  • Her encouragement is invaluable. Hearing "This is great!" from your best friend or your mom is cool, but it's another thing entirely when an industry professional says, "You've done so many things right here."

There are big changes. I'll be rewriting/chopping the first few chapters. I'll be rewriting/chopping the ending. I'll be switching from multiple points of view to a single third person perspective. But with Jamie's helpful notes and suggestions, some very interesting things are already in motion. For instance, you'd think forcing multiple perspectives into a single would obscure the antagonist's motivations, right? If you're not in the bad guy's head and you don't have a, "Before I kill you, Mr. Bond," moment, how do you justify his actions throughout the book? But despite this, somehow I've gone from a 'muahaha' antagonist to someone I can sympathize with, to someone I feel sorry for, because that's how my protagonist perceives her. Just hope I can pull it off.

And that's only the tip of the iceberg. So for anyone asking the question "Should I invest in a developmental edit before I query agents?", I'm going to tell you yes, yes you should.

Three years later, my answer is still the same. I should say that particular manuscript wasn't the one I broke into the industry with, but it was critical to my career, because armed with all the new knowledge I'd learned from my editor, I went on to write Duplicity. If you feel like you're almost-but-not-quite-there, I highly suggest looking into a freelance editor. And if you're writing YA, I really hope to see you in my queue!

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A word of caution: Not all freelance editors are created equal. I found Jamie via recommendation from a publisher friend of mine, so I knew I was getting my money's worth. Cornerstones is also a company that carefully vets its editors before hiring them. I 100% recommend either one, but if you decide to go with someone else, do your research!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Why Pitch Wars Is Not Your Last Contest

First, I want to thank everyone so much for trusting me with their words. I received 83 submissions from 83 very brave writers, which gave me a lot of amazing options, and a lot of hours fretting over my final pick. It's like being told to pick one cookie from a giant box of new flavors.

Due to personal commitments/deadlines as well as sheer volume of submissions, I regret to say I'll be unable to reply to everyone as I have in prior years. I am truly sorry for this. Instead, I'll be drawing 5 random names from those who sign up, and these subs will receive feedback from me on either their query, if I had questions for the pitch, or my reaction to the opening page, if I found the pitch to be solid.

Remember that this business is highly subjective. That sucks, but it also doesn't, because many of you just need to find the right person—you're doing everything right. There were a lot of solid submissions that I could see someone else falling in love with, but that weren't quite a match for me. Heck, I'll admit right now that I could never get into Hunger Games. Should Ms. Collins have stopped writing because I passed on it? I think you know the answer to that.

I also want to impress on you how quickly things can change, and how this contest is a stepping stone, not a barrier. Three years ago, I was sitting exactly where you were, chewing-my-sleeves-off anxious to hear back from the mentors I'd so carefully selected. I'd been polishing my manuscript for months. I had a query that was getting a thumbs up from everyone who critiqued it. A freelance editor had raved about my latest revision, and I had a few contests under my belt, so I knew how to prepare. I was so ready for it to be "my time."

I was about to find out I didn't make it. It stung, yes. Rejection always does. But I had some positive feedback from the mentors I'd subbed to and a growing feeling in my gut that this story, as much as I loved it, wasn't "the one."

I shelved the manuscript. I went back to an idea I'd played around with the year before. I finished it. I entered another contest. I ... well, I lost that contest. But I went back and ripped my first chapter to shreds, and the next contest I entered, I won not only a place among the finalists, but my amazing agent who sold me to a Big Five dream house.

This could be your story next year.

Don't give up.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Pitch Wars 2015 - Stats and Takeaways



With the mentee announcement around the corner, I wanted to go over what I saw in my inbox, the main reasons I passed on entries, and what you should take away from this, regardless of whether you're picked. If you follow me on Twitter, you'll recall I got 174 applications. Of those, I'll be sending feedback to 50 random submissions (with my apologies that I usually try to reply to everyone, but in order to keep my sanity this year, I have to slim it down). It takes me an average of 30 minutes per entry to give feedback, meaning that when all's said and done, I will have spent 25 hours on these emails alone. (In case you were wondering why agents do form rejections. And why you should keep your critique partners close and keep entering contests like Pitch Wars if you're getting said form rejections.)

I had a few trends in my inbox*:

Dreams that become real: 4 (I've had this one all three years I've been a mentor)
Mysterious new boys: 14
Grim reapers/characters working for Death: 5

And the reasons I passed:

Not right for current market: 11
Not right for me (was on my "Not a Best Match" list): 5
Started in the wrong place or too much telling/no conflict in sample pages: 54
Solid submission, but plot wasn't quite my thing: 65
Confusing pitch; stakes not clear and/or no stakes: 18
Reads too young or too old for YA: 4
Liked it, but wasn't my perfect match: 34

(Totaling the numbers above will exceed my submission total as sometimes an entry fit in more than one category. I could still like a sub that started in the wrong place, for instance. It just ultimately didn't work out to be the one I picked.)

And just because:

Highest word count**: 136k
Lowest**: 41k
SCBWI members (yay!): 46
Non-white or QUILTBAG protagonists (also yay!): 25

Takeaways from being in the slush:

  • Your query letter really is all about the story. Whether this is your tenth novel or your first, whether you have a hundred publishing awards or none at all, all that matters is your pitch and your writing. One of my favorite entries was just the pitch and a "thank you for your time" - no personalization, no credentials. So basically: don't stress over these. Your awesome story won't be overlooked if you haven't been published before. DO add personalization when possible - but it won't be the reason you're rejected or asked for sample pages, either. 
    • Reader taste is ridiculously subjective. This is something I knew before, but I went in expecting epic battles over the top picks and that I'd have to defend my choices Zombieland-style. But most everyone's tops were different, and more than one book I passed on in my first cull got snatched up as someone else's first choice.
    • Great pages can outshine a so-so query, but so-so pages will sink a great query. If you're getting all thumbs-ups on your query, but agents seem to be rejecting after they request pages, take a hard look at your first chapter. I went through this too. Sometimes it's a matter of starting in a different place. Sometimes it's a matter of polishing your manuscript as much as you've polished your query.
    • A lot of you are SO close. Holy cow, y'all brought your A-game this year. I was literally driven to tears by the quality of the stories in my inbox, because I was having to pass on things that were really exceptional and that I'd normally request.

    I'm ready for a month-long nap now, but I can't wait to see all the "I have an agent!" announcements that are sure to follow, whether or not you were chosen for Pitch Wars. Remember, I didn't get picked as a mentee or alternate when I entered.

    Hang in there, writers. More soon ...

    *I still requested pages from entries containing these themes, but you might consider what you could do differently with yours if your request rate isn't high.

    **Word count alone is not a reason to reject unless it is way under or way over the expected averages here. However, it's always a good idea to check your word count against those expected averages before you query, and try your darndest to get inside them.

    Monday, August 17, 2015

    Interview with YA Interrobang

    The immensely wonderful YA Interrobang interviewed me about my inspiration for Duplicity, Bloody Mary, and what I would do if my own reflection started moving on its own:

    http://www.yainterrobang.com/2015-debut-author-n-k-traver/

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015

    Writing From The Other Other Side

    (Not to be confused with the "Writing From 'The Other Side'" post that I already did, back when I thought there was only one "other side" to publishing...)

    OMG. I can breathe again. Almost.

    It's been a non-stop freight train of awesome (and a few not-so-awesome) things since Duplicity released on March 17. Here are the things I did and what I learned from them in these past two blurs you call months:

    • March 21: Duplicity launch party & reading. Not as terrifying as I thought it might be, maybe because I practiced what I was going to say 3784 times the week before. Confirmed my suspicion that cake wins all parties. Learned I need to think of clever conversation topics for strangers, because there were two awkward silences when teens who'd been browsing around brought books up and it went from "AUNT HAZEL! So glad you could make it!" to "Hi. Um. How do you spell your name...?" #dyinginside
      • I was also asked if I could write an encouraging message in one of the books for someone who was trying to get published. I wish I had thought to ask how long he'd been at it and if he was feeling discouraged or not. This is a book I wished I had back so I could personalize it a bit more.
    • Rest of March through early April: Panic-checking reviews, Amazon and Barnes & Noble sales ranks, and libraries for the barest hint of how the book might be doing and If It Will Be Okay. Awesome things: finding libraries in other states (and other countries) that already have all copies of my book checked out. Not-so-awesome: negative reviews. I KNOW - the first rule of negative reviews is that you do not talk about negative reviews, so I'll be brief. Some of them I totally understand and see their point. My book is not going to be everyone's type of book, and not a single book out there is unanimously loved. Some of them really hurt my feelings with the assumptions they make. But there are also some amazing positive reviews, so I binge on chocolate for a little while and move on.
    • April 11: This is one of my favorite days of last month, where I got to meet my amazing critique partner Lori Goldstein at a conference in Denver to teach a workshop on writing voice. Lori is the shiz, and you should definitely check out her debut Becoming Jinn if you have even the slightly curiosity about genies. I also had the pleasure of meeting multi-award winning author Andrew Smith, wherein I learned that I don't do words very well around people I admire, because when Andrew asked what imprint published me, I had to ask Lori. I also couldn't remember the name of one of the editors I'd met on my last trip to New York, or how to pronounce Feiwel and Friends (Lori's publisher, who apparently I COULD remember). Thank goodness I knew my agent's name when he asked. Good lord.
    • April 15: Presented a "How To Get Published" lecture to creative writing students at my old high school. I thought I was going to die of nerves going in. I was so glad I did it going out. The kids were wonderful, engaged, and even laughed at my ridiculous jokes. And they had the best questions, including one I'm still thinking about: "How do you make characters?" because at this point, it's such an automatic process in my head. But I'm ready for next time, y'all. Bring on your tough questions.
    • April 25: Science fiction panel at a Barnes & Noble in Nebraska. This time I signed books like a pro, and even had a conversation with a teen who brought a book up for me, and who was also curious about how to create main characters. OH YES. I HAVE AN ANSWER FOR THAT. Also, meeting other authors is officially one of my favorite parts of my job.
    • April 27: Had to put my sweet 7-year-old cat/writing buddy to sleep. She'd been diagnosed with lung cancer in January and I'd been hoping to have a couple more years with her, but the cancer spread very quickly, and it was time. 
    • April 28: My birthday. Yup.
    • April 17 - present: Began work on a sekrit project. Lots of words and a tight deadline, which is not so easy to do when driving two days there and back to Lincoln, or with said writing buddy now missing from my lap. But it's been a refreshing distraction and something I'm very excited about. Hoping to have more on this soon.

    As I would answer Taylor Swift - nope, we're not out of the woods yet, but we're getting there.

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Interview with The Reading Nook

    I did a number of new posts around my release day, so am just now starting to breathe again (mostly) and organize. Here's one such post I wanted to highlight, where I talk about redemption, toddlers and iPhones, and dark cupcake-less places, hosted by the awesome Reading Nook:

    http://www.bookrookreviews.com/nk-traver.html

    They also did a lovely review of Duplicity, for which I owe them all kinds of cookies.

    If you're wondering where I've been lately, I've been everywhere. April is determined to outdo all other months in terms of busy-ness, and so far I've been to a wedding, to Easter celebrations, to see a new baby; I've co-hosted a writing workshop at the Colorado Teen Literature Conference where I met Andrew Smith and Wendlin Van Draanen (who are both incredible, btw), I got blisters from walking around said conference, and tomorrow I'm doing a school visit at my old high school. That is just the first half of the month. I would tell you about the second half but my eye is starting to twitch so I think I'll just leave it at that. And at some point I think I have a birthday?

    I do hope to post about what things have been like this last month, but until then, I leave you with one of my favorite GIFs:



    Thursday, April 2, 2015

    Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt!




    Welcome to the spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest will only run for 72 hours!

    For the event, I've written an exclusive prologue for Duplicity that shows the falling out between Brandon and Emma before the book starts.

    Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the TEAL TEAM--but there is also a red, gold, orange, green, purple, blue, and pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

    If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

    SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

    Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the teal team, and then add them up (yes, you can use a calculator!). 

    Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

    Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 5th at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

    SCAVENGER HUNT POST


    Today, I'm hosting Angelica R. Jackson. In keeping with her scattered Gemini nature, Angelica R. Jackson has far too many interests to list here. She has an obsession with creating more writing nooks in the home she shares with her husband and two corpulent cats in California's Gold Country. Fortunately, the writing nooks serve for reading and cat cuddling too. Other pastimes include cooking for food allergies (not necessarily by choice, but she’s come to terms with it), photography, and volunteering at a local no-kill cat sanctuary.

    Find out more: Angelica's Website |  Buy Her Books

    EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

    Avery Flynn arrives for a visit at her Uncle Tam's, eager to rekindle her summertime romance with her crush-next-door, Daniel.

    But Daniel’s not the sweet, neurotic guy she remembers—and she wonders if this is her Daniel at all. Or if someone—some thing—has taken his place.

    Her quest to find the real Daniel—and get him back—plunges Avery into a world of Fae and changelings, where creatures swap bodies like humans change their socks, and magic lives much closer to home than she ever imagined.

    For her exclusive content, Angelica is sharing a video teaser of the opening lines of Crow's Rest:



    And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Angelica, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 6. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the teal team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

    CONTINUE THE HUNT

    The hunt is over! But if you're curious about the exclusive prologue I wrote for Duplicity that shows the falling out between Brandon and Emma, you can read it here.

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    DUPLICITY available now!!!!!

    Oh yes, this post DOES come with a subject line ending in five exclamation points. Today I have a book in the world. A BOOK. IN THE WORLD.

    I'm not typically a fan of GIFs in blog posts because I think they're distracting, but I don't know how else to describe this feeling except:



    EXCITEMENT. TERROR. These are the feelings that come with getting published. I'm so, so thrilled to have a real book on a shelf at a real bookstore. (I'm also terrified for it to be a Thing Other People Are Reading.) But some--many--things are out of my control at this point, and now it's time to let it go and let come what may.

    I've met some incredible people on this journey. From my CPs to my agent to my editor to my publishing team to bloggers and readers, THANK YOU for helping me get here. For believing in and being excited about Duplicity. This day would not be possible without you, nor would it be nearly so much darn fun. I even bought you cake, with the slight stipulation that you have to come see me this weekend at The Tattered Cover in Denver to get it. #sorrynotsorry

    That's technically "the end" of the journey, folks. My goal when I started this blog as a hopeful, clueless writer was to navigate the maze of literary giants and get a book published. I cannot even explain all the feels that came with taking the below picture at my local B&N. But as they say, with every end comes a new beginning. And I do hope this is just the start.

    Duplicity in the wild!

    Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    Lucky Four Leaf Clover Fifteener Giveaway

    The first official chance to win a signed hardcover of DUPLICITY, as well as three other awesome reads, all signed by the authors!

    Four of us Fearless Fifteeners are debuting next week on St. Patrick's Day! To celebrate, Moriah McStay, N.K. Traver, Jenn Marie Thorne, and Stacey Lee have teamed up to give away an awesome package of all four books. But wait, there's more! 



    For Stacey Lee's historical fiction debut, UNDER A PAINTED SKY, Moriah's giving away this watercolor, which reminds her not only of the horses in the story, but the lovely sunset on the cover!
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    For N.K.'s cyberthriller, DUPLICITY, Stacey is giving away a leather cuff, something the main character Brandon might wear.
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    For Jenn's contemporary, THE WRONG SIDE OF RIGHT, N.K.'s giving away a silver elephant necklace and earrings, as the main character's father is the Republican nominee for President.
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    And for Moriah's contemporary, EVERYTHING THAT MAKES YOU, Jenn's giving away a Moleskine notebook annotated with song lyrics written by one version of the novel's protagonist, Fiona.

    To enter our LUCKY FOUR LEAF CLOVER GIVEAWAY, use the widget below. Giveaway open to US residents only (sorry!).
    Contest ends March 16, 2015, 3 pm ET.

    Monday, March 9, 2015

    Interview with Literary Rambles

    Today I'm with the fabulous Natalie Aguirre of Literary Rambles, talking Jungle Ball, how I've never technically hacked anything, and the inspiration for Duplicity:

    http://www.literaryrambles.com/2015/03/nk-traver-interview-and-duplicity.html

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    Are you the good or evil twin?



    HI. I made a Duplicity-themed personality quiz, and I am really excited to share it! The main character in the book, Brandon, is haunted by his "evil" twin in the mirror - except in Brandon's case, he's the bad one, and the twin is actually a good version of him. So my question is, who are you on the other side of the mirror? I wrote the thing, and my result was still totally NOT what I thought it would be...

    http://smarturl.it/DuplicityPlaybuzzAW

    Aaand because I'm super curious to know what everyone gets, I'll be giving away a SIGNED advanced reading copy of Duplicity--my last ARC--to one lucky quiz-taker! Just share your quiz result on Twitter, including a link to the quiz and the hashtag #AreYouTheEvilTwin, by 3/10 to qualify. UPDATE: The lovely Angela Caldwell was the winner for this giveaway. Congrats!

    Monday, February 23, 2015

    Terrible Alternative Titles for DUPLICITY

    The lovely Fonda Lee (author of the epic-sounding ZEROBOXER) tagged me for this fun blog tour topic, and I'm glad she did, because I've seen it around and I was about to tag myself. The rule is simple: scroll through your manuscript and stop on random place. Whatever you land on becomes one of ten terrible titles.

    This would have been so much easier than trying to mash together words that had to do with mirrors and hacking. Here's what I found when I chose the first short sentence on ten random pages:
    1. Eat a Freaking Twinkie
    2. I Don't Like the Word "Pretty"
    3. This Doesn't Look Anything Like Taco Bell
    4. I Believe You Believe It's Real
    5. They Don't Have Cameras on the Roof
    6. No Internet is Really a Bummer
    7. I Didn't Exactly Think This Far Out
    8. Did You Really Kill Your Last Partner
    9. I Am Not Blond
    10. Call Me When You're Sober
    Seriously how did I NOT think of #1 before the cover was finalized? Hmm. Will have to cross my fingers for a second printing ...

    For more terrible titles, I tag the talented authors below!
    Tatum Flynn - The D'Evil Diaries
    Lori Goldstein - Becoming Jinn
    Alexandra Sirowy - The Creeping

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    DUPLICITY out in ONE (!!) MONTH

    One month from today, I will be a published author. I'm still waiting for someone to pinch me. Looking back at the four years of posts in this blog - from 2011 until now - I'm both glad I didn't know how long it would take and grateful for every one of those 1,460 days to be able to learn and grow. I don't think it's a coincidence that my debut will publish in the same month that, four years ago, I sat down and started writing my first novel. (Okay, technically it was February 2011 that I started, according to this very first post, but I'm going to round up.)

    And now it's happening. Reviews, interview requests, presentations at conferences - the whole author shebang. It's surreal. It's incredible. It's terrifying. Some days I'm convinced my book will crash and burn and I'll be back at my desk job in no time, talking about a wild dream I had about having a book published. Other days I feel unstoppable. I have no idea what to expect come March 17, and maybe that's for the best.

    If you're thinking about buying Duplicity, it would be a thousand kinds of amazing if you would consider preordering the book before it comes out next month. Preorders determine important kinds of things for the publisher, like initial print run and marketing support. It also gets the book on the radar for booksellers, who will be more inclined to recommend that title to another customer if they see that it's a popular buy. You can order from any major bookseller as listed on this page, or you can preorder a signed copy from Tattered Cover, or just call/walk into your favorite local bookstore and request to preorder it. A huge thank you in advance, as that will really help me out!

    If you're in the Denver area, I'll be having a launch event March 21 at The Tattered Cover and would love to sign your copy in person. My friend Susan Adrian will be joining us with her own debut, TUNNEL VISION, so expect some shenanigans as well as a reading and time for Q&A. If nothing else, come for the cake?*

    *I'm really hoping there will be cake but we're still working out the details...

    Countdown's begun!

    Saturday, February 14, 2015

    Valentine's Tattoos

    Happy Valentine's Day! How cute is this couples' tattoo?

    From http://www.tattooset.com

    Think I can convince my husband to get one with me? (Any of you who know my husband are LAUGHING right now.) But seriously, I've always wanted one. I just can't make up my mind WHAT I want. I even created a Pinterest account to get ideas, which is actually a big deal, because I really wanted to be one of those people who survived without it.

    I know I want a quote, not that I know which one. Or maybe I want a dream-catcher. Or feathers. Or broken angel wings. YOU SEE MY DILEMMA.

    Do you have a tattoo? How did you decide what to get?

    Tuesday, February 3, 2015

    Read the First Two Chapters of DUPLICITY + Win a Copy!

    The first two chapters of DUPLICITY are HERE! Just click below to read:

    http://smarturl.it/DuplicityIssuu

    Sound like your thing? If you wanted to preorder it, I would <3 you forever.

    There's also one week left to enter to win one of ten advanced reading copies on Goodreads! https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/124421-duplicity

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015

    What’s My Evil Twin Doing Today?

    Having a double—a doppelganger—is a trope in my upcoming novel Duplicity. Wish you had a twin? Sometimes I do think it'd be nice to have someone who understands how impossible my hair can be, but if we're talking evil twins/my polar opposite, then NO, because she'd constantly be showing me up. Like today, she'd be eating salads and Brussels sprouts and hummus, and she'd probably do something outside that's good for her heart, like running or hiking. While I spend the day in my office, surviving on words and coffee and dark chocolate, and questioning my existence as the "good" twin.

    What would your twin be doing today?

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    Are You Superstitious?




    In DUPLICITY, computer hacker Brandon Eriks finds himself essentially falling down a rabbit hole after he breaks his bedroom mirror. Are you superstitious? Do you believe you’ll be cursed for seven years with bad luck if you break a mirror?

    I wouldn't say I'm superstitious per say ... but you won't catch me walking under any ladders, either.

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

    Two Months Until DUPLICITY!


    Here's the game, hacker. I'm done watching you ruin other people's lives. Heard the phrase "Your own worst enemy?" You're about to live it.

    I might kind of be freaking out. In two months, my book will be a BOOK. A rectangular-shaped thing that sits on a shelf IN A BOOKSTORE for anyone to read. When I started this blog, I of course hoped that one day I might be able to write a post like this, but it was a dream - something I was chasing but never expected to catch.

    Over the next couple of months, I'll be talking evil twins, superstitions, tattoos, and there mayyyy even be a preview of the first two chapters posting soon. In the meantime, a few people have been asking "Where can I pre-order Duplicity?" and really - it's up to you! You can either request it directly from your local independent bookstore, or pre-order from any bookstore on this page.

    I can't believe it's almost time. And I can't WAIT to share the end of this journey with you.

    Want to win a copy of Duplicity before it comes out in March? There are three days left to win one of twenty copies in this Goodreads giveaway! https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/118767-duplicity

    Wednesday, January 7, 2015

    DUPLICITY Advanced Reading Copies: 20 Book Giveaway!

    My publisher is graciously giving away even more advanced reading copies of Duplicity - 20 this time! All you need is a Goodreads account and a mouse:

    https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/118767-duplicity

    Grab a copy so you can be cooler than your friends, who will have to wait for March. Ends January 18.

    Aren't they snazzy??

     

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