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For the record, I cheered for Germany because hello Manuel Neuer! It’s just one of the things you may find out more about on Thursday might, at least according to my good friend EJ Wesley who wrote up this blog post about our big party Thursday night. Here’s the info:

The summer’s ‘can’t miss’ Facebook party for fans of book series is upon us!



This Thursday, July 17th (6 PM Eastern), 12 authors will be giving away the first books in their series along with gift cards and a Kindle Fire HD. I’m one of them!

Here’s a little video about the event:





So how do you go about scoring some of those sweet, sweet prizes? Simple!


First, just show up and interact with the authors. Ask us about our books, find out who we cheered for in the World Cup, tell us about your book boyfriends and girlfriends, share LOL cat videos–do whatever it is you do to party. 


Second, check this infographic:



Third, pay attention to see if you’ve won stuff. It’s that easy! 


This is truly going to be a ton of fun, and you’re guaranteed to get to hang out with some super fun folks. And who knows? Maybe you’ll score the Kindle loaded with all of our books!


Hope to see you there!




The Write Path – a letter to myself

 

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It was fifteen years ago this week that I moved to NYC from LA. I know because it was Fleet Week and I arrived to a city filled with hot men in white pants. In LA, I had a job with a big talent agency, but I’d come to the conclusion that I needed to be talent, not management. Admitting that I wanted to be on the other side of the desk terrified me, but so did staying trapped in a dream that didn’t fit.

So I decided to move to New York to be with my boyfriend (now husband,) and closer to my family in Maryland, hoping it would feel ok to be a writer there. And it did.  I began whispering stories to people. Every time I did, an opportunity popped up. This is a lesson I’ve had confirmed over and over since then. Carrie Butler and PK Hrezo asked a bunch of us to write letters to our younger selves to celebrate her blogoversary.  So here is my letter to me.

 

 

1999Dear Amy,

This year you’re going to party like it’s 1999. You are going to find your “write life.” So listen up. There’s a reason you’re on this planet. And you haven’t started doing it yet. You ARE a storyteller. Denial won’t change that. Stop hiding your dreams in the closet and get on with it. So…

WRITE. Just sit down and do it, first thing, every day. All the stories in your head are much better on paper, and when you are writing, all the issues and doubt will disappear. Otherwise the words will crowd your heart and your head. Start every story that’s in your heart, and finish some of them. Go…

hnt_01TELL PEOPLE WHAT YOU ARE WORKING ON. Only your parents will laugh. They’ll remind you that when you were a little tiny kid, you sat around writing stories, and didn’t do much else. Evan will take a story idea that you whisper to him on a long car trip, pitch it to a new media producer and an internet incubator and you guys will start a company based their interest. When people ask what you’re working on, they’re genuinely interested when you tell them. And…

IF THEY ASK TO SEE IT, SHOW IT TO THEM. Immediately. Because they’re excited about, they’ll understand that it’s still in a draft mode. They’re really going to like it, want to see it again when it’s finished, and they may even have a bit of advice. Don’t wait until it’s perfect because it never will be. And their energy will have diminished, and you’ll have to work much hard to capture it again. Just…

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FINISH THINGS. Wrap projects up, put them down. Edit, create a clean copy, and make a plan. Keeping them hidden in your computer is almost worse than never having written them at all. Expand your ideas about delivery platforms beyond books, TV and movies and you will actually create new platforms for your stories. Don’t limit your ideas to books Take…

A CLASS OR TWO. You need the deadlines, structure and feedback for editing. But don’t get stuck in the process for too long. Incorporate the feedback you like immediately, ignore the rest and keep moving the project forward. And you will meet amazing people who will stick with you for the rest of your life. It’s magical to have friends who already know your dreams. They’ll encourage you, understand you, get you back on track if they need to and celebrate even the smallest successes. Always…

TRUST YOUR INTUITION. Especially when it comes to people and opportunities. You know which ones will carry you forward and which will not. Do not question your instincts, or feel guilty about them. You see things that others do not, and come up with unique and creative connections. This is ultimately what will drive you to create stories that only you can tell, the stories only you can share with the world. Remember…

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TIME IS DIVINE. You can reject the desk job mentality, and spend your days doing work that inspires you and is productive. Interesting opportunities will always come your way if you stay optimistic and open minded. And go marry that boy already. You guys make dreams come true for each other and your babies are going to be adorable. And lastly…

PUT YOUR STORIES FIRST. There will be plenty of distractions, many will even be essential to creating the career you want. But make the creative writing time the most important tentpole of every day. Make storytelling sacred, because that is truly the part that only you can do.

With love and light,

xoxo
Future You

You know CLICKS? It used to be called The Dolphin Book!


CLICKS are many things – they’re instincts, they’re connections, and they’re one of the sounds dolphins make when they communicate.

All of these definitions factored into the name of my first bookdolphin cloud.

For so long, I called it The Dolphin Book. Eventually, it had to have more of a name, so I called it The Dolphin Prophecy, because a major theme in the book is that what happens to the dolphins will happen to humans too. But then, I began to pitch. Editors didn’t know what to say because those I talked to insisted  dolphins only worked in middle grade,but I felt this story needed to stay Young Adult. Agents told me to send it because they were intrigued, but it sounded too different, which wasn’t selling at the moment. And they all told me, no matter what other advice I would heed, to bury the storyline about dolphins in the background, and definitely keep it out of marketing.

Clicks Book Cover Then I went to Nashville and UtopYAcon 2012 where I found a whole bunch of people who were publishing independently. They all thought CLICKS sounded interesting, and that I didn’t need to change it to please the publishing industry when they’d discovered another way to get books to an audience. t was Amy Bartol who put it most succinctly. She said “Do you want to spend the next year getting rejections, or readers?” She advised me to hire an editor, a cover designer, and a publicist, and get the darn thing into the world myself. So I did. I was blessed when Jennifer Rees, Regina Wamba, and KP Simmon came on to help. All had worked on NYTimes best sellers and each of them connected with CLICKS. Together, we moved towards publishing. I could ignore the naysayers because I knew the book was interesting, I couldn’t shake the idea that the “dolphin thing” could be damaging, so I changed the blurbs to focus more on surfing and twinning, and made the series name The Pinhold Prophecy. Pinhold is the name of the island, and an anagram for dolphin that very few people caught.

Almost a year later, I can honestly say that “hiding the dolphins” didn’t work at Sphere CLICKs word cloudall. They drive the plot, the mythology and the action and that hadn’t changed with the marketing copy. Just look at this update word cloud I made. I may have skipped the dolphin shape, but the size of the word tells you how often it was mentioned.  Most readers thought the dolphin parts were the most interesting, exciting and unique. A few didn’t like them at all and, in truth, they would have been much better off if the marketing materials had warned them off. By not mentioning the dolphins, I consistently struggled to explain the book, and I missed out on attracting the audience most inclined to read The Dolphin Book from the start.

 

 

Echoes ART square ICONI’ve learned my lesson, though, as the ECHOES cover indicates. It’s the sequel to CLICKS and comes out in June, and before that I’m rereleasing CLICKS as well with the word “dolphin” on the cover. There’s going to be a lot more images and teasers with dolphins as well, because they are the very heart of the book.

There is so much that we can learn from them In CLICKS, Cami had to learn to trust her instincts. I should have  trusted my own as well.  And you know, if you don’t like dolphins? You may not want to check out too much on here for these next few months.

xoxo

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