A #BookHuggles Author Spotlight with Leah and Kate Rooper!
Dec08

A #BookHuggles Author Spotlight with Leah and Kate Rooper!

Leah and Kate Rooper @thekateskers  🔹 @leahrooper 🔹  Facebook  🔹  Website  🔹   Goodreads  🔹  Instagram  🔹 Youtube We’re holding an amazing contest over on Instagram on the hashtag #bookhuggles, where authors are posting pics of themselves with their books and readers are posting pics of their favorite books or current reads. There’s three gift boxes full of books and surprises for US addresses and a $50 Amazon gift card for international addresses up for grabs that will be rewarded to winners of the contest. See the ad below for all the details on how to enter and participate in this event. Today’s featured author is Leah and Kate Rooper and their novel, JANE UNWRAPPED … Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Kobo Barnes and Noble | Indigo | Itunes Print Edition Some tombs should never be opened… Fluorine uranium carbon potassium. Jane’s experiment really went wrong this time. After a fatal accident, teen scientist Jane becomes the first modern-day…mummy. Waking up in the Egyptian underworld without a heart certainly isn’t the best—especially when it means Anubis, god of embalming, has to devour her soul. Yuck. But when Jane meets the drop-dead gorgeous god, suddenly she’s thinking this might not be the worst thing to happen. And then she is pushed to do the impossible—just time-travel and kill King Tut. Well, every experiment has variables which can end in disaster… Jane just wishes she could decide whether she wants to strangle Anubis or kiss him. Instagram: @brendadrakeauthor...

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Guest Post by Pitch Wars Alumni, E. Latimer … The Things I’ve Learned
Dec08

Guest Post by Pitch Wars Alumni, E. Latimer … The Things I’ve Learned

The things I’ve learned about publishing over the last four years could never be condensed into one blog post. I’ve learned it’s a slow and painful process, until it isn’t. Until everything happens at once and it’s incredibly exciting and stressful all at the same time. There’s a lot of “hurry up and wait” in the business. I can definitely cover a little bit of what I learned in 2014 in this blog post though. I’ve been querying on and off for years, but last year was the first time I entered Pitch Wars. It was one of the most wonderful and painful experiences of my writing career thus far. Painful because realizing where you’re consistently going wrong in your writing (getting feedback) can hurt, but wonderful because I wouldn’t be where I am now without it. My Pitch Wars manuscript had a lot of interest, first from mentors, then from agents. In fact, I was ecstatic when it actually won the MG category for “most requests”. I was sure I was set. Bring on the offers! And then the rejections came trickling in. And then flooding in. The feedback was consistent. Didn’t connect to the character. Didn’t connect. Didn’t connect. After having a mini breakdown (okay a major one, there was a lot of chocolate involved) I sat down and compiled all the feedback. I highlighted things, I took notes. I cobbled together a list of problems to fix. And I wrote something new. I discovered something pretty cool when I was finally ready to start querying. A lot of the agents recognized my name from Pitch Wars. A few of them told me they requested because they remembered the Pitch Wars manuscript, and how much they loved my writing. Even though I hadn’t received an offer directly out of Pitch Wars 2014, nearly a year later it was opening doors for me. Surreal. After six months of querying, and a set of revisions or two, I received an offer. I was in shock, rereading the email, barely able to believe it. I think I probably fell out of bed, though the excitement makes it difficult to remember the little details. I wandered around in a daze for a few hours and then sent off my “offer of rep” to the other agents reading the full. The next day another offer came in. A few days later…another. I know it’s a cliché to pinch yourself when you think you’re dreaming, but I did. Repeatedly. When the deadline finally came, I had three offers and an R&R with intent to offer, and an extremely difficult decision to make. In...

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