June 12, 2013

WoW: INK by Amanda Sun

Ink by Amanda Sun

Book blurb (from goodreads):
I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.

Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.

A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.

And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.

Available June 25, 2013

No words for how gorgeous this cover is. And that blurb is fascinating. CAN'T. WAIT.

Happy Wednesday, guys ♥

June 11, 2013

[Giveaway] ONE by Leigh Ann Kopans

Today marks the release of ONE by Leigh Ann Kopans! YAY! To celebrate, I'm giving away the winner's choice of either an ebook or paperback copy.

Book blurb (from goodreads):
When having two powers makes you a Super and having none makes you a Normal, having only one makes you a sad half-superpowered freak.

It makes you a One.

Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey would love to be able to fly – too bad all she can do is hover.

If she could just land an internship at the Biotech Hub, she might finally figure out how to fix herself. She busts her butt in AP Chem and salivates over the Hub’s research on the manifestation of superpowers, all in hopes of boosting her chances.

Then she meets Elias VanDyne, another One, and all her carefully crafted plans fly out the window. Literally. When the two of them touch, their Ones combine to make them fly, and when they’re not soaring over the Nebraska cornfields, they’re busy falling for each other.

Merrin's mad chemistry skills land her a spot on the Hub's internship short list, but as she gets closer to the life she always wanted, she discovers that the Hub’s purpose is more sinister than it has always seemed. Now it’s up to her to decide if it's more important to fly solo, or to save everything - and everyone - she loves.

Doesn't it sound awesome? And that cover? GORGEOUS.

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below.
*Open to US addresses only.
*I will only email ONCE to confirm your mailing address. If you don't respond within three days, a new winner will be selected.
*Deadline is Thursday, June 20.

ALSO! If you'd like the paperback signed, just let me know and I'll order it via her website :)

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Good luck! ♥

June 10, 2013

Look what arrived! :D

Edits for my book are here! These arrived FAST. My editor notified me late last week that they were coming AND HERE THEY ARE! (All the way from New York! Squee!)

BWUAHAHAH. In the digital age, I love that so many traditional publishers still edit the old-fashioned way. There's something insanely cool about having your pages physically in front of you with your editor's handwritten comments :)

Only this first round will be done this way though. Further editing will, I believe, be done digitally. And HOPEFULLY, there won't be too many more rounds before the manuscript goes to copyediting.

That's 323 typed pages, in case you're wondering haha.

If you're also wondering how much editing a book goes through before it hits the shelves, here's a general list:

~ Content edits. Big picture stuff. Plot, characterization, world building, POV. The author generally receives an editorial letter (which can be upwards of 30 pages long! lol) outlining all the issues that need to be addressed. This can go on for however long it takes until both editor and author are happy with the changes.

~ Line edits. Line by line edits that address things like inconsistencies or contradictions, word choices, paragraph changes, places that could use a little expanding or trimming, etc.

(In my case, I received both my editorial letter and line edits at the same time because my content edits weren't substantial. Win!)

~ Copyedits. This is pretty much entirely technical. Grammar and punctuation, usually adhering to the Chicago Manual of Style. Fact-checking happens here as well.

~ First pass pages. This is a copy of the text exactly how it will look in book form. All titles, text, and chapter headings will be formatted to the way it will look in the actual book. Unless you are also getting ARCs, this is basically the last chance the author gets to make changes to the book.

~ Advanced reader copies (ARCs). The purpose of ARCs is for promotion and to spread early buzz about the book. But they also provide the author a last chance to make changes to the book before it goes to print.

And that's basically how the editing process works for traditionally published books :D EXCITING!!!


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