Monthly Archives: May 2012

cover reveal aftermath and link round up

okay, so my little corner of the internet pretty much exploded on me yesterday. it was…amazing. i’m up after four hours of sleep and still buzzed. so here’s a little wrap-up post before it’s back to work!

the cover for DUALED finally went live! it’s pretty awesome:

i knew the cover going live would change things up a bit, as it would finally give a face to DUALED. but, whoa, you guys are incredible!!! it was surreal to see the adds on goodreads just keep climbing. thank you!

my hugest thanks to kari olson at a good addiction for hosting the reveal! and it’s the first cover for us over at friday the thirteeners, too! i really love you guys! special thanks to ellen oh for putting the post together.

DUALED also made waiting on wednesday‘s pick of the week for some very cool bloggers! this really kind of blew my mind–it’s going to be a very long time before i get used to seeing the book “out there”! kelsey (who actually worked on the earliest drafts of DUALED as an intern at random house! how cool is that?) at slush sleuth; brooke–just give me some teasers DUDE!–at brooke reports; ashelynn at gypsy book reviews; kristin at blood, sweat, and books; sarah at head stuck in a book; reut at reutreads; danya at a tapestry of words; and mitchii at aeropapers! thanks so much, you guys!

whew! and i still managed to get 1000 words down for DIVIDED yesterday. it was a FANTASTIC day, y’all! so now i’m going to shut up, disappear for a bit, and just write.

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it’s here! the official cover for DUALED!

so today is the day! i get to share with you guys the cover for my debut novel DUALED!!! go check it out at a good addiction, where the fabulous kari olson is hosting the official cover reveal, and please feel free to bombard it with gushy, mushy, over-the-top love via comment.

because I LOVE it. and when my editor sent me the final version, i cried. seeing your cover, knowing this is how your book is going to be presented to the world, that this is the face to your words and dreams and sweat…it’s a pretty overwhelming moment.

a handful of other versions were considered, but this is the one that really hit it all the way home. it’s a great balance of emotion and grit, survival and war, light and dark. plus, west is just so freaking badass in it. and i love how they made her own shadow her alt. so fantastically done to mess with your head.

having a cover come together can take months. and there’s an incredible number of people involved, all who have stakes in its success. from my editor to the graphic artist to the jacket designer to sales and marketing…so many phenomenal people whose talents blew me away. it’s extremely humbling and somewhat terrifying to know just how much work goes into the process, and i couldn’t be more thankful to each and every individual who played a part in creating the cover for DUALED.

so, thank you. seriously, i’m floored, and so, so, so lucky.

now i’ve got to get back to drafting DIVIDED, but i won’t feel the least bit guilty if i take a minute or two once in a while and just stare at the awesomeness that is this cover.

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exclusive cover reveal for DUALED…

…is coming this tuesday!

the absolutely fantastic kari olson at a good addiction will be doing the exclusive cover reveal for DUALED on tuesday, may 22nd. morningish. so make sure you go check it out!

it’s a badass cover. you will love it. trust.

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blog hopping #7

here’s another “here, but not here” post while i’m busy drafting DIVIDED (sequel to DUALED).

and it’s my birthday! but i can’t say how old i am because i might not be allowed to write YA anymore.

so on that note, it’s been a pretty scattered week…

along with a bunch of other lucky 13s, i got to participate in ink & angst’s gatecrasher series, where we talk about breaking through into the publishing industry. it’s definitely   interesting to see how while each author’s experience is truly unique, there are some things that apply across the board. like the lows of rejection after rejection, the suck that is the waiting, and the awesomeness of the YA community at large. thanks so much to author pam witte at ink & angst for letting us don the gatecrasher hats for a bit!

over at friday the thirteeners, MG author kristen kittscher is up for a dare courtesy of yours truly!

on the lucky 13s blog, the 13th of may meant a super-awesome-bomb-diggity-news post! the announcement of an audio edition for DUALED gets a mention. thanks to author rachele alpine for that post!

and i’ve always thought the birth of a book was pretty cool. thanks for sharing, adrienne!

back to work. iced coffee? yes, please. just keep them coming.

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twincest FTW

taking a quick break from drafting to share this fantastic write-up about DUALED on cuddlebuggery!

four concept books that need to be awesome.

kat and steph are both amazing bloggers and have HUGE followings as reviewers; find them on their book blog and on goodreads!

absolutely floored. and, yes, twincest. hah!

thank you, kat and steph!

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blog hopping #6

i’m going to be drafting like mad for the next little while. in the meantime, i’m over at the lucky 13s today blogging about this week’s topic: series vs standalones. come say hi!

some writing music for the day: david guetta feat. sia’s titanium.

the lyrics are cool, the video’s cool. the theme is very much like the one in m83’s midnight city: very anti-establishment, kids with special powers, fear of what’s different. it also brings to mind an old classic (i loved this book as a kid), the girl with the silver eyes by willo davis roberts. this somewhat echoes what we’ve been seeing the last couple of years in YA lit “trends” (which will eventually cycle back), if you follow an arc of paranormal to zombies to dystopia and now sci-fi starting to happen again.

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the thesaurus: use, don’t abuse

maybe this is weird, but as a little kid, i really, really wanted to read the whole dictionary. as in pick up the thing and read it from front to back, just as if it were a novel. not only would i learn soooo much, i’d carry it around with me and look smart doing it, too. and i’d never be stumped by one of those cross word puzzles ever again (do  these even exist anymore?).

okay, so it didn’t last long. i got a handful of pages into the As and was bored out of my freaking mind. i even tried flipping to random letters–Q! there’s gotta be some interesting Q words!–only to face the fact that randomness does not necessarily equal fun. not only that, the sucker was waaaay too heavy to lug around on a daily basis, and at the rate i was going, conquering every single cross word puzzle in the world just wasn’t going to happen.

my point is, it’s all about context. reading a new word cold simply because it’s the next one on the page probably won’t stick. but if i come across one in the middle of a book i’m already invested in and have to look it up, then it connects, clicks, means something.

now when it comes to writing, it’s the dictionary’s more seductive half that’ll trip you up every time–the thesaurus. it’s full of pretty, fancy words, but they won’t be your words; they’ll be out of context with your voice, your writing style, and primarily used out of desperation. i’ve never abused the thesaurus too much, but on the occasions that i have, it just doesn’t seem to work out. during revisions and edits, it’s these words that stick out and don’t ring true, and i’ll end up replacing them nine times out of ten.

so if you’re really stuck for a word, when your mind seizes up on you and you’re drawing a serious blank and the caffeine just can’t hit quick enough, leave it. take a break and come back to it with fresh eyes. almost always something will have hit, and it’ll be the right word. maybe not the perfect word (perfection can still come later; it’s why edits always last more than one round), but chances are it’ll sit better than any one you could have plucked from the thesaurus. not to say it’s not good to know a good thesaurus site, but be selective, be brave–the best words are already in your head.

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