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I’m thrilled to reveal the new cover for The California Wife, scheduled for release in Canada on January 26, and in the U.S. in May. It is the sequel to The Vintner’s Daughter. Thank you to Harper Collins Canada’s art department and to my editor, Lorissa Sengara, for this beautiful design!!
I’m excited to announce that I’m now a contributor to Brian Klems’ Writer’s Digest Blog entitled “The Writer’s Dig.” In my interviews, I pose five questions to publishing industry pros–including authors, screenwriters, editors, audio book voice actors, book mavens, etc. The goal is to give WD readers a behind-the-scenes look into the industry and some advice from the pros about writing, publishing and platform/marketing.
I am honored and thrilled that The Vintner’s Daughter has been awarded the bronze medal for Historical Fiction in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest! The winners were announced on September 1, 2015. Click here to see the complete list of winners and click here to read the 5-star review. Thank you Readers’ Favorite!
The Writer’s Digest Conference in NYC is where my author career started and I’m thrilled to be returning again this year as a speaker! This weekend, July 31-Aug 2, I’ll be presenting “The New Era of Publishing: Combining Traditional & Partnership Publishing for Success” with my agent, April Eberhardt, “Beyond Bookstores: Selling Your Book in Unexpected Ways & Places” with author Anjali Mitter Duva, and I’ll be participating in the panel discussion of “Breaking In: First-time Novelists Share How They Got Their Books Published.” For more information and the session schedule, click here or follow #WDC15 and @WritersDigest on Twitter!
Please join my family and me (and your friends in Darien) for dinner or apps at Jimmy’s Southside Tavern in Darien on Thursday night to help raise funds for the Fiorenza family, whose youngest son, Marcello, is battling leukemia for the second time. Click on the flyer link below for more info or to donate – and thank you!
I’m excited to attend Grub Street’s Muse and the Marketplace conference in Boston next weekend! On Friday, May 1, publicist Sharon Bially and I will be presenting “Using Out-of-the-Box Author Promo to Connect with More Readers”! Click here to learn more or to register! It promises to be a fun and inspiring weekend – I hope to see you there!
As I’ve mentioned, I was thrilled to attend this year’s annual Pulpwood Queens‘ Girlfriend Weekend in Nacogdoches, TX. The PQs are the largest meeting and discussing book club in the world, led by book maven Kathy Murphy, with over 650 chapters. Not only was I able to connect with readers from all over the country, but I also met over thirty accomplished authors. As the “new kid on the block,” I thought it would be fun to solicit their best editing advice. Here are the pearls of wisdom they were kind enough to share!
“I had thirty people go over my book with a fine-tooth comb, looking for errors. You want to make your book as clean and neat as possible. Today, it’s up to the author to make sure everything is truly edited before publication, which is not the way it used to be. That is my advice: check, check, and double check. You will lose credibility if your book contains errors.”
–Kathy Murphy, author of The Pulpwood Queens’ Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life
–Christa Allan, author of Test of Faith
“Engage the reader’s senses–sight, smell, sounds–as much as possible.”
–Holly Michael, author of Crooked Lines
–Jennie Helderman, author of As the Sycamore Grows
“Don’t become discouraged. Most of us have been rejected at one time or another. It’s part of the writing life.”
–Kathryn Casey, author of Deliver Us
–Judy Christie, author of Magnolia Market
“‘When you think it’s perfect, go back and cut ten percent,’ is the best advice I’ve ever received. Combing through the first version of the book with a goal of cutting ten percent makes you take a hard look at the fluff.”
–Lisa Wingate, author of The Story Keeper
“Consider all your back-story as salt and sprinkle lightly through the entire book on a need-to-know basis. Too much in one spot spoils the spot – it’s the stuff readers will skip over because it’s passive and uninteresting until they love your character. And let it come out naturally in introspection or conversation — no info dumps!
–Caryl Lawrence McAdoo, author of Vow Unbroken
–Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, author of Heart Wide Open
“First write with your eyes shut. Stare at a ceiling or out a window and ask: what is this scene about? Then close your eyes, dive into the setting, the emotions, the tastes, then sit back and listen. When you sense it all, begin to write.”
–Marci Nault, author of The Lake House
“Read dialogue out loud. It’s the best way to test it for authenticity. Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, the best thing I ever did to improve my writing was to take a short story class at a community college. Helped in the same way. Also, I often recommend the book Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King. Immensely helpful.”
–Mary Lee Wolfe Malcolm, author of The Cuban Connection
–Carla Stewart, author of The Hatmaker’s Heart
–Tracy Guzeman, author of The Gravity of Birds
“Don’t read your favorite authors while you’re writing. That’s like trying to lose weight while reading Vogue. You’ll die a death of comparison.”
–Jamie Ford, author of Songs of Willow Frost
“I read a poem every night before bedtime. The other thing I do is tell myself that each writer has his/her own process. Writing is not a contest to see who gets to the finish line first. It’s not a numbers game about who has written the most books. What’s important to me is that I’ve done my best. Whatever that might be!
–Ann Weisgarber, The Promise
“Writing poetry teaches you the discipline of editing which is a great tool to have when writing a novel. In a poem you are forced to distill your idea and thoughts into the most compact form to create a picture.” –Holly Joy Bowden, author of Mrs. Hyde