Today I have the pleasure of helping reveal the cover for a YA fantasy, The Hundredth Queen, written by my talented agency sister, Emily R. King. This is a gorgeous cover, and I can’t wait to read the book when it releases! Now, without further adieu… *drumroll* ……………….. ……………… ……………. ………….. !!!! About the book As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’sRead More →

Here we are, folks. You, me, the end of the world. I mean, the end of December. (God, I hope I only mean December, although after the year we’ve been having, who knows, right?) Ahaha, nothing like a little dark humor to start off this eligibility post and keep the existential dread of the future away, amirite? Moving on… While many terrible and unexpected things happened during 2016, some amazing things happened as well. I finally accomplished my dream of becoming a published author, debuting with my adult science fiction novel, Machinations, which Amazon has selected as a Best Sci-fi & Fantasy Book of 2016. Its sequel, Counterpart, wasRead More →

Thanks to all of you who entered! Without further adieu, here are the winners. Query Critique: Rachel Chaney Alexandria Sturtz A.Y. Chao First Chapter Critique: Kimberly Bea Natasha Hertanto Sandra Budiansky $100 Discount on My Editorial Services: Jessica St. Louis Dante Medema And because I just can’t help myself… Wildcard winner who may choose (ONE) of any of the above prizes: Laura Wilson-Anderson! I will be contacting the winners shortly with further details. Please respond to said email within 48 hours or your prize will be given to someone else! If you’d like to stay up-to-date with my blog, follow me on Twitter and/or subscribe below toRead More →

  Someone left a thoughtful ask over on my Goodreads page, and I figured I’d share my answer here as well, for those interested. These questions come from Jennifer: How long was your process from writing the first words on a page to actually holding your finished, published book in your hands? I began writing Machinations in 2011, during my second year of college, and finished the first draft in early 2012. So about 4-5 years between when I wrote it and when it got published. Mind you, a lot of that wasn’t me being stalled by rejection; it was me being lazy and notRead More →

Greetings! I’m Hayley, and I suspect you’re here to learn what I’m mentoring for Pitch Wars this year. Yes? Good. Well, come on in, make yourself comfortable… WHOA, NOT THAT COMFORTABLE Nahhh, I’m just kidding. You do you, potential mentee. You do you. Anyway… Welcome to Pitch Wars 2016! All jokes aside, I’m thrilled to be back again this year as a mentor! For a little history of my participation in the contest, I was an alternate mentee in 2014, and volunteered as a mentor in 2015. Both were wonderful, humbling experiences, and I hope to pass on both my editorial wisdom and industry knowledge to my future mentee. Could that person be you?Read More →

In honor of the upcoming anthology, Sirens, I have one of its lovely contributors, Amanda Kespohl, on the blog today to talk about the titular creatures and how the myth remains relevant to readers today. Take it away, Amanda! The Call of Sirens As Pedro Mendia-Landa writes in his article, “Universal Myths and Symbols: Animal Creatures and Creation,” mythology is a strange mixture of science, philosophy, and religion.[1] It endeavors to explain why and how the world and the things in it came to be.[2] Our ancient ancestors had no other way of explaining the world around them. Yet even now, in an age of DNARead More →

Today, I have the pleasure of sharing with you the cover for an upcoming sci-fi novella, Murder in the Generative Kitchen, that in addition to having a sick title, also has one of the coolest premises I’ve come across in a while. So now, without further adieu… *drumroll please* Ta da! About the book With the Vacation Jury Duty system, jurors can lounge on a comfortable beach while watching the trial via virtual reality. Julio is loving the beach, as well as the views of a curvy fellow juror with a rainbow-lacquered skin modification who seems to be the exact opposite of his recent ex-girlfriend backRead More →

To celebrate the recent release of Sara Dobie Bauer’s Bite Somebody, I have the pleasure of hosting her today on the blog! She’s here to talk a bit about her publication journey. Take it away, Sara! How Bite Somebody went from dream to reality By Sara Dobie Bauer The easiest part of getting published is writing the book. People never believe me when I say that. My novel, Bite Somebody, finally (finally) came out June 21, 2016. I started writing the first draft May 25, 2014. I completed the first draft in 41 days. Please don’t think that’s normal. It’s not normal. I was on some sortRead More →

Now that ARCs of my debut novel, Machinations, are available for request on NetGalley, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I’m going to deal with reviews. From what I’ve observed, there are three camps among authors: Those who read their own reviews, the good and bad; Those who don’t read any reviews, period; and Those who have someone they trust sort through reviews and share only the positive ones (or ones that offer useful constructive criticism). As I mentioned in my previous post, I come from fandom, where I used to write a lot of fanfiction. The benefit there is you get instant feedback on chapters, drabbles,Read More →

Today, I have the pleasure of helping reveal the cover for Tegan Wren’s upcoming book, Inconceivable! I’ve gotten to read various incarnations of this book on its journey to publication, so trust me when I tell you, it’s something truly special. But you’re here to see the cover, right? So, without further adieu… *drum roll* About the Book: When Ozarks native Hatty goes “whole hog” during karaoke, she catches the eye of Prince John. He isn’t what she expects the heir to a small European nation to be: he’s affable, witty, and isn’t put off by her tell-it-like-it-is demeanor. Their flirtation should be short lived, but a force stronger thanRead More →