Hello everyone! Look at me, I’m back!
I can’t promise how much I’ll be reviewing, although I’d like to talk informally about some of the older stuff I’ve been reading.
My son is now in 1st grade (!), so he’s off in school all day, and in a couple of week the girls will be going off to preschool 2-3 times/week. I left active agenting earlier this year because I felt that my family wasn’t getting enough of my time while the kids are still little (and at home, and thus likely either watching TV or getting into trouble while I worked). However, now that everyone is going to be in school at least part of the time, I am going to be jumping back in to a book industry position that can help writers (and where I can strictly control the incoming work flow). In short, I will be launching an editing service.
I will be editing queries and manuscripts, both partial and full, with an eye towards what an agent or editor sees when they look at your project. To clarify: using these services will have NO BEARING on getting you read, requested, or signed with anyone at Fuse Literary. However, they are designed to put writers in a better position to put their work in front of any agent or editor.
So! If you or a friend is working on a book or is thinking about querying, please consider using me to help you get your project as polished as possible before attempting publication. If you sign up for query editing by the end of September, you will be entered to win a free critique of your entire manuscript.
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Just under a year ago, I read a beautiful historical novel about the love between Claude Monet and his muse and first wife, Camille. Not only did it tell a beautiful love story and give insight into the life of Claude Monet and his rise to fame, but it also gave me a context I had previously lacked for the Impressionist movement.
Stephanie also wrote a very interesting guest post last year about how to piece together an historical novel.
Stephanie’s guest post
If you are someone who likes to wait for things to come to paperback before buying, now’s your chance!
Powells* | Indiebound* | Amazon
I have five copies to giveaway to readers with US mailing addresses, mailed by the publisher. Enter by the end of the day on Friday, April 1.
*These are affiliate links
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This giveaway is sponsored by the publisher.
Sourcebooks, a favorite publisher of mine, is celebrating Jane Austen’s 235th birthday in a big way: free books!
Customers with US billing addresses can download 16 free ebooks from a variety of ebook stores extended through Friday due to problems earlier today. Here’s what they have on offer:
Jane Austen Illustrated Editions:
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen sequels
The Darcys and the Bingleys
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife
What Would Jane Austen Do?
Lydia Bennet’s Story
The Pemberley Chronicles
The Other Mr. Darcy
Mr. Darcy’s Diary
Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy
Sourcebooks also created a handy page to link you to all of the ebook stores participating in the promotion. I downloaded all of the illustrated editions and some of the sequels for the Nook app on my phone/the Nook I’m getting for Christmas. What will you grab?
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No, sadly I’m not actually giving away David Ellis.
He’s cute though, right? Not to mention smart and funny, I absolutely love the guest post he sent me for today!
I am, however, giving away his most recent two books, which are actually the first two books in a new series. “The Hidden Man” is going to be released in paperback in January, and “Breach of Trust” will be released for the first time in hardcover February 3, 2011.
One lucky reader, though, can win copies of BOTH books right now, thanks to the good people at Putnam Books! If you want to be one of the first to read Ellis’ new book, this is your chance. Simply fill out the form below by 11:59 pm Central on Wednesday, October 27th. Putnam Books will be taking care of the shipping, so US and Canada only, please.