The Quivering Pen Guest Post: “My First Time” by Kristen Harnisch

I was so pleased to have the chance to write this guest blog post about my “first time” as a hybrid author for The Quivering Pen, a writing/reading blog by David Abrams, author of FOBBIT! Thanks David!

My First Time as a Hybrid Author


This Week’s #Sunday Sentence

My selection for this week’s #SundaySentence opens John Baxter’s Paris at the End of the World, an exquisite book about the City of Light during the Great War. It’s a quote from Winston Churchill:

“We sit in calm, airy, silent rooms, opening upon sunlit and embowered lawns, not a sound except of summer and of husbandry disturbs the peace; but seven million men…are in ceaseless battle from the Alps to the Ocean.”

May we never forget the price paid for those calm, airy, silent rooms.

Register Now for the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference!

Are you ready to write your next chapter? The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference is where my writing career started in 2012, and I formed relationships that eventually secured me agent representation and several traditional and partner publishing deals! This time around, I’ll be speaking Sunday August 3rd at 10am about Combining Traditional and Partner Publishing for Success. It’s not too late to register, click here, and enter the code WDSPEAKER to save $50!

Blackstone Audio to Publish The Vintner’s Daughter Audiobook!

I’m excited to announce that Blackstone Audio, one of the nation’s largest independent audiobook publishers, will be publishing the audiobook of The Vintner’s Daughter this fall! Thanks so much to Lysa Williams at Blackstone, and to Tavia Gilbert, the award-winning voice actor, writer and producer who introduced us. And, as always, kudos to my agent, April Eberhardt, who finalized the deal! So exciting!

Meet Literary “Change” Agent April Eberhardt

april-eberhardt-picture1April Eberhardt is not only my agent, but a trusted friend. She has championed my work, and the work of other debut novelists like Mary Rowen, author of Leaving the Beach, who recently posted an interview with April on her website. As an author advocate, April has brokered traditional deals for her clients, and even encouraged some of us to choose more lucrative, independent paths to publishing. To learn more about April’s cutting edge approach to representing authors in today’s rapidly changing publishing world, click here.

Reviewing the Printer’s Proofs

One of the wonderful benefits to partnership publishing my novel in the U.S. is that I’m able to choose the printer and sign off on the interior and cover proofs before we go to print. It’s wonderful, but scary, because the buck stops with me! These proofs arrived from Color House Graphics today. Now it’s my job to review them with a fine-toothed comb before we print this week in anticipation of our August 5 paperback pub date!

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Cover proof of The Vintner’s Daughter from CHG

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Text proof of TVD from CHG

Although I adore the french flaps and deckled-edge pages of the Harper Collins Canada edition, to print the same paperback in the U.S. would have been too costly. For my indie-published writer friends who may be choosing their printing options right now, do ask for multiple quantity and shipping quotes from at least three printers–I was shocked by how much the quotes varied! Also, ask for the text and soft cover proofs as part of the quote.

For my U.S. paperback, I chose a 6×9 book (a little larger than the standard 5.5×8.5, to match the size of the Canadian edition), 55# natural paper, 360 PPI, and a matte layflat film lamination on the printed side. The cover stock is 10pt C1S. All pretty standard, and I have to say, the proof has the exact look and feel I want. Yay!

Announcing…My New Partnership with She Writes Press!


Photo by Alix Martinez

Photo by Alix Martinez

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve just signed a deal to publish The Vintner’s Daughter with She Writes Press this summer!  This publication of the novel in the States will coincide with its publication by Harper Collins Canada, so the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Thank you to Brooke Warner, my new publisher at She Writes Press, and to my amazing agent, April Eberhardt, for your unfailing enthusiasm and persistence!

Stay tuned everyone…you’ll soon be able to pre-order the e-book and trade paperback from my site! If you live in Canada, you already can…just click on the sidebar buttons to order!