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 is a special day, folks. Today is the day I get to reveal the cover of my debut novel! If you haven’t already heard (*cough* because I am notoriously bad at blogging *cough*), I have a two-book deal with Random House’s digital sci-fi/fantasy imprint, Hydra. The first book in the series, Machinations, releases this summer as an e-book. I can’t wait for all of you to read it! And now, without further adieu, the cover you’ve all been waiting for… Drumroll please! *dumdumdumdumdum* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ! ! ! *cymbal clash* ABOUT THE BOOK PerfectRead More →

Hello, there! And… What’s that? OH SORRY WRONG SPEECH *ahem* Welcome… to Pitch Wars 2015! I’m thrilled to be participating as a mentor this year! My experience as an alternate mentee last year was transformative, and I’m excited to be paying it forward. If you’ve stumbled upon this page by mistake, check out Brenda Drake’s post for rules and info. For the rest of you, I know you’re all eager to know what I’ll be mentoring, so let’s get to it! I’m looking for Adult fiction with strong speculative elements, as well as non-speculative historical fiction. What the former translates to: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Magical Realism, Historical fantasy, Contemporary fantasy, andRead More →

For those who know me, you’ll know that Anne Boleyn is one of my favorite historical figures. She is, in fact, one of the reasons I became so invested and interested in history to begin with. Her story resonates with me, despite the centuries of separation between us. In many ways, Anne was an anachronism—a woman ahead of her time, confident in her own ideas, and unwilling to be bullied by opposition. Various historians have argued that it is that powerful, modern personality which ultimately got her killed. Regardless of the cause—which is still debated to this day—and after having her death delayed twice, Anne BoleynRead More →

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past year, it’s the importance of being flexible. So much writing advice out there emphasizes routine–i.e. finding what works for you, and then sticking to it like one those weird sticky hands we all liked in the 90s/early 2000s that seemed to grow hair over time. Most of the time, this advice is spot-on. I’m a huge advocate of writing every day, regardless of whether you feel like it or not. I wake up every morning and the first thing I do is write or edit. In this way, I treat it like going to school orRead More →