I'm so excited to have new bookmarks for LATITUDE ZERO! These were designed by Renee Combs
. If you're an author looking for any graphic design work, swing by her website and check out her samples!
And if you're a book blogger or librarian, and would like me to send you some bookmarks for a swag giveaway or anything, please email me; I'm more than happy to mail some! (I mean, otherwise I'm just sitting here with hundreds of bookmarks!)
Labels: graphic designers for authors, Latitude Zero, Latitude Zero bookmarks, Renee Combs Designs
ARCs of LATITUDE ZERO!
ARCs of LATITUDE ZERO are here! My editor snapped this picture of them shrouded in mystery, beneath racing numbers that show the publication date. (Many thanks to the talented Renee Combs
for designing the numbers!)
|ARCs at the starting line! On your marks, get set . . . |
These galley copies are now starting their journey out into the world, making their way to reviewers and to booksellers. As a writer, this is the part where it can feel hard to let go. It's scary -- there are still some corrections to be made, proof pages to review. But it's exciting, too. The book looks and feels like a real book, as opposed to a mess of papers and Post-its and computer files. It's time to let go and let it find its readers. I hope it is well-stretched and hydrated. I wish it well.
A box of ARCs arrived at my house this weekend, too, and here's what they look like without the racing numbers:
|Latitude Zero ARCs! Looking like a real book!|
I'm so happy with the book design -- it's so creative! The designer, Kate Renner, superimposed a bike wheel on the cover. The crowd scene in Quito, Ecuador conveys and mystery and international intrigue. Kate also turned the book spine into a road, reflecting the book's bike racing context. You can't see it well in this picture, but black pages divide the book into Parts 1 and 2, resembling the equatorial line that is also a significant part of the story. There are lots of other cool things in the book design, from how the pages numbers are laid out to a recurring graphic on the bottom of the page. Book design is a fascinating art, and I'm just in awe of all the attention to detail.
Here are some scenes of what the book looked like before galleys -- you can see that it's come a long way!
|Winter 2012-13: a book in process!|
|A draft in process - aerial view|
|Latitude Zero climbing the walls! (This is a system of matching scenes to settings)|
|LATITUDE ZERO creeps into my husband's shopping list! (I get a lot of ideas on the whiteboard in our kitchen)|
|LATITUDE ZERO at the beach! I keep 6-8 notebooks per novel; here's a working notebook plus manuscript pages in revision.|
|LATITUDE ZERO on a family vacation! (Loose leaf pages on a windy beach not so practical....)|
|An early manuscript draft of LATITUDE ZERO - a year ago just the sight of these stacked-up pages was a huge thrill!|
Labels: ARCs, galleys, Latitude Zero, the publishing process, the writing process
LATITUDE ZERO cover reveal!
I am thrilled to announce that my second novel, LATITUDE ZERO (Viking/Penguin), is now available for pre-order
Three key ingredients in the new book: Bike racing. Ecuador. A mysterious death.
I'd say more, but I'm going to turn it over to the lovely Tara Gonzalez ,who is revealing the cover and the summary today at her excellent YA book blog, Hobbitsies
. She's also giving away one pre-order of the book!
For those of you who've supported me on the writing journey of this book, and perhaps even kept up with my (sporadic) blog posts while I was busy writing this past year, thank you!
Please join me on the race to release day!
Labels: cover reveal, Hobbitsies blog, Latitude Zero, pre-order giveaway
Boston Teen Author Festival
|I'm on the far left, back row, apparently plotting my next move...|
Last weekend, I was thrilled to be a part of the second annual Boston Teen Author Festival
, held at the Cambridge Public Library. Twenty-two YA authors from New England took part in panel discussions, a spirited full-group Q&A session with organizer Renee Combs, plenty of time to meet and mingle in the halls, and book signing.
The best part of this day-long, high-energy event? Meeting so many actual teen READERS! I was so impressed by the distances some people had traveled (or that some supportive parents had driven!) to get to this event. I met an aspiring writer from New Hampshire, two devoted readers from Connecticut, and many others.
I got to speak on the "Uncover the Mystery" panel with a great group of partners-in-crime in the mystery writing business! We talked about planning (and planting) clues in advance versus letting the story unfold, raising the stakes for young sleuths, writing for younger versus older readers on the YA spectrum, and many other topics.
|Our dazzling Emerson College moderator! Plus myself, Jack Farraiolo, and Jack's Edgar Award|
|More partners in crime: panelists Kathryn Burak, Erin Dionne, and Marissa Doyle|
I loved hearing about everyone's processes, and our interrogators -- I mean, audience members -- asked some pretty sharp questions.
Afterward, I got a close-up look at Jack Farraiolo's Edgar Award. These are like the Oscars for mystery writers, so it was pretty exciting to see one so close -- especially since it wasn't exactly what I expected!
|This is a replica of Edgar Allen Poe's head, and an actual, non-replica of an Edgar Award|
Moments after the above picture was taken I ended up spilling my coffee perilously close to Jack's Edgar. Fortunately I had my trusty Tokyo Heist crime scene tape to block off the scene of the crime while it was cleaned up for the next panel.
|Crime scene tape. I never travel without it!|
We ended the day with a big Rockettes-style song and dance number that brought the house down:
|Um, okay, no. Actually we were all pretty tired. Maybe the song and dance number next year.|
I want give a HUGE thanks to Renee Combs, Marissa Finkelstein, Ashley Alongi, Kylie Brien, and all the other Emerson College alumni and students who put this together, as well as the Cambridge Public Library. We are so rich in writers, readers, and libraries in New England, and this festival was a great celebration of all that!
(And thank you Ashley Alongi and others for the photos -- all pictures here were
borrowed from BTAF).
Labels: Boston Teen Author Festival 2013, Cambridge Public Library, Edgar Awards
I love this cover and title spoof of Tokyo Heist, courtesy of the Boston Teen Author Festival
! (Which is coming up fast -- 9/21, at the Cambridge Public Library!)
Also . . . the mystery blog where I'm known to lurk, Sleuths Spies & Alibis, is coming out of summer dormancy and celebrating our two-year blogaversary with SLEUTHAPALOOZA
-- a month-long giveaway, and a chance to win a 12-book prize pack! Great chance to build your collection of YA and MG mysteries and thrillers -- and the perfect prize for librarians or teachers!Swing by and enter, before October 10, or please help us spread the word!
Labels: Boston Teen Author Festival 2013, Tokyo Heist cover spoof
Boston Teen Author Festival 2013
It's been a been busy summer! With the exception of a brief jaunt to visit family in California, I've been nose-to-the-grindstone, hard at working finishing my next novel, Latitude Zero
, which I'm pleased to report is now in the final editing stages! I'll talk more about this project later -- I'm feeling almost
ready to let go of it and send it out into the world!
I'll return to the blog very soon, but for now, I wanted to share some information about a wonderful festival coming up soon (September 21st!) here in Massachusetts. It's the second annual Boston Teen Author Festival!
If you're in the area, swing by the Cambridge Public Library and meet 22 YA authors from New England. We'll be talking in various panel discussions, signing books, and chatting with readers in an informal meet and greet session. I did this festival last year too, when it was at Emerson College, and it was lots of fun.
Enjoy the remaining days of summer!
Labels: Boston Teen Author Festival 2013, Cambridge Public Library, Latitude Zero