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7 New Covers (Acosta, Andrews, Armstrong, Gray, Tremblay)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Marta Acosta: THE DOG THIEF: 1st January 2018: Buy (US)
Kelley Armstrong: AFTERMATH: 22nd May 2018: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: WICKED ATTRACTION: 6th February 2018: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: FORBIDDEN STRANGER: 6th March 2018: Buy (US)
Carrie Jones: ENHANCED (paperback): 14th August 2018: Buy (US)
Caragh M. O’Brien: THE KEEP OF AGES (paperback): 28th August 2018: Buy (US)
Amy Plum: NEVERWAKE: 7th August 2018: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: BRAVE NEW GIRL (paperback): 8th May 2018: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: STRANGE NEW WORLD: 8th May 2018: Buy (US)
Jennifer Wolfe: WATCH THE GIRLS: 10th July 2018: Buy (US)

[REVIEW] Make It Catchy – Marta Acosta

Marta Acosta
Make It Catchy: The Quintessential Guide to Writing Query Letters
Badinage Press (US: 21st June 2013)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA)

Though my writing days are over, I’m still very much interested in the publishing industry and inside info. And if the insiders are people of whom I’ve actually heard, all the better.

These 62 pages are short, sharp, and to the point – serious, but still inspiring. Marta Acosta has been with six agents (I only knew about the last three), and she’s still standing, thanks to an eye toward the future whilst keeping her backlist available in various formats.

New-to-me information includes some websites I hadn’t subscribed to before, as well as permission/encouragement to be “a little flamboyant” in the hook. Maybe it’s my Australian wariness of Tall Poppy Syndrome, but that feels awkward. You shouldn’t make promises you can’t keep – I hate it when publicity says something is “unmissable”, “everyone’s talking about”, etc, because IT’S JUST SO SNARKABLE. (Maybe I’ve watched too many programme promos on TV…) But to each their own.

Whilst it’s a pretty good compilation of advice, it’d be better served by perhaps adding the query letters that enticed her most recent agents – i.e., the manuscripts that sold. They would be true examples of query letters that work.

Also, the author’s “completely unmarketable first novel”? I want to know all about it! That’s a totally normal response, yes?

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Marta Acosta: GIRLS ARE GONE: 3rd June 2014: Buy (US)
Jillian Cantor: SEARCHING FOR SKY: 6th May 2014: Buy (US)
Kylie Chan: DARK SERPENT: 29th April 2014: Buy (US)
Kylie Chan: DEMON CHILD: 24th June 2014: Buy (US)
Kady Cross: THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART: 20th May 2014: Buy (US)
Debra Driza: RENEGADE: 13th May 2014: Buy (US)
Christina Farley: GILDED: 1st March 2014: Buy (US)
Sara Grant: HALF LIVES (paperback): 17th June 2014: Buy (US)
Mark Henry: PARTS & WRECK: 25th November 2013: Buy (US)
Kelly Keaton: THE WICKED WITHIN (paperback): 3rd June 2014: Buy (US)
Karen Kincy: SHADOWS OF ASPHODEL (paperback): Buy (US)
Marie Lu: PRODIGY (paperback): 8th April 2014: Buy (US)
Demitria Lunetta: IN THE AFTER (paperback): 27th May 2014: Buy (US)
Katie McGarry: TAKE ME ON: 20th May 2014: Buy (US)
Kate Karyus Quinn: ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE (paperback): 22nd April 2014: Buy (US)
Kate Karyus Quinn: (DON’T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME: 10th June 2014: Buy (US)
Eve Silver: PUSH: 10th June 2014: Buy (US)
Amy Tintera: REBEL: 6th May 2014: Buy (US)
Carol Lynch Williams: SIGNED, SKYE HARPER: 6th May 2014: Buy (US)

Now Available for US Pre-Order

Jack Blaine: TWITCH: Buy (US)
Cecil Castellucci: TIN STAR: 25th February 2014: Buy (US)
Andrea Cremer: THE INVENTOR’S SECRET: 22nd April 2014: Buy (US)
Bailey Cunningham: PILE OF BONES: 30th July 2013: Buy (US)
Rinda Elliott: BLOOD OF AN ANCIENT: 22nd October 2013: Buy (US)
Colleen Hoover: MAYBE SOMEDAY: 18th March 2014: Buy (US)
Karen Ann Hopkins: FOREVER: 28th January 2014: Buy (US)
Stacia Kane: CLOSE TO YOU: 8th October 2013: Buy (US)
Gemma Malley: THE SYSTEM: 21st November 2013: Buy (US)
Diana Peterfreund: THE FIRST STAR TO FALL: Buy (US)
Tiffany Reisz (ed.): FELT TIPS (paperback): Buy (US)

11th June 2013 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Marta Acosta
Dark Companion
Macmillan Tor Teen (US: 11th June 2013)
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Orphaned at the age of six, Jane Williams has grown up in a series of foster homes, learning to survive in the shadows of life. Through hard work and determination, she manages to win a scholarship to the exclusive Birch Grove Academy. There, for the first time, Jane finds herself accepted by a group of friends. She even starts tutoring the headmistress’s gorgeous son, Lucien. Things seem too good to be true. They are. The more she learns about Birch Grove’s recent past, the more Jane comes to suspect that there is something sinister going on. Why did the wife of a popular teacher kill herself? What happened to the previous scholarship student, whose place Jane took? Why does Lucien’s brother, Jack, seem to dislike her so much? As Jane begins to piece together the answers to these puzzles, she must find out why she was brought to Birch Grove – and what she would risk to stay there…

Kate Karyus Quinn
Another Little Piece
HarperCollins Teen (US & CA: 11th June 2013)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished. A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon. Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish…a bloody razor…and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese’s fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape – unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.

Eve Silver
Rush (Game, Book 1)
HarperCollins Katherine Tegen (US & CA: 11th June 2013)
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Miki Jones’s carefully controlled life spirals into chaos after she’s run down in the street, left broken and bloody. She wakes up fully healed in a place called the lobby – pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game in which she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Every moment of the game is kill or be killed, and Miki has only the questionable guidance of Jackson Tate, the team’s alluring and secretive leader. He evades her questions, holds himself aloof from the others, and claims it’s every player for himself. But when he puts himself at risk to watch Miki’s back, he leaves her both frustrated and fascinated. Jackson says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival. And the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

June 2013 Releases

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