Archive | June, 2013

Last Call: The End Games by T. Michael Martin

In The End Games, the world ended on Halloween, only to be brought back by a dangerous game. Michael and his younger brother have been receiving “instructions” from the Game Master for weeks. Together, they spend their days searching for survivors in West Virginia’s rural mountains, and their nights fighting the Bellows, horrific beasts roaring for flesh. But the Game is changing and the Bellows are evolving. Will the two brothers adapt as well? We […]


What is Launch?

Today I’m going to discuss one of the most important days of a book’s life. The launch meeting. If you follow editors on twitter, every three months or so, you’ll see them enthusiastically tweeting phrases like “Winter 2014 Launch today!” “I can’t wait to launch all of my great Summer 2014 books!” “Today’s Fall 2014 launch was fantastic!” What are they talking about? Launch is typically the first time the entire sales, marketing, and publicity […]


Extra!: Bonus Content and the Expanded Universe

As a reader, when I fall in love with a fictional world, I glom onto anything that will prolong the experience of living in it—and if tumblr has taught me anything, it’s that I’m not alone in that desire. We see it in the success of something as elaborate as J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore, but also in the more organic and user-driven growth of fan fiction, and the active communities that have grown up around books […]


Literary Voice: Developing it…and defining it.

A story’s “voice” is sometimes hard to define or talk about. You’ll hear people in the industry praising a certain writer’s voice, or asking for a certain kind of voice in their submissions—quirky, lyrical, etc. I’ve had people ask me how to practice developing one’s own voice, or improve it. But what exactly is voice? Wikipedia (that college professor’s bane…) provides the following: The writer’s voice is the individual writing style of an author, a […]


FROZEN Cover Reveal!

It feels like just a few weeks ago I was revealing Taken‘s cover. My how time flies. Today, I get to share the cover for Taken‘s sequel, Frozen. Because I know you’re just going to scroll down anyway, let’s jump right to the shiny… And here’s the official flap copy (But fair warning—very minor Taken spoilers in the summary!): The Heists were only the beginning. Gray Weathersby escaped from the primitive town of Claysoot expecting […]