FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE THE FIRST IN A SERIES?
Yes, CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE is the first book in a trilogy.
When does the first book come out?
Early spring, 2018. Book 2 and Book 3 will come out in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
will your books come out in [language/country]?
Here are all the countries that currently have the rights to the series as well as the tentative publication dates:
Brazil: Editora Rocco [TBD]
Bulgaria: Egmont Bulgaria Publishing House 
France: Editions Nathan 
Germany: S. Fischer Verlag [TBD]
Denmark: Politikens Forlag [TBD]
Holland: HarperCollins Holland [TBD]
Israel: Kinneret Zmora Bitan [TBD]
Italy: Rizzoli Editore 
Spain: RBA Libros 
Sweden: Lavender Lit [TBD]
United Kingdom & Commonwealth: Macmillan Children's Books UK 
CAN I GET AN ARC FOR REVIEW?
ARCs are not available at this time. When they are, I'll update this page for how you can access them!
WHEN DOES THE MOVIE COME OUT?
The movie is in development at Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions with the incredible Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars) producing it. I'll update my site with more information about the movie as it comes.
CAN you visit my school?
Possibly! I'll begin scheduling school visits in the fall. If you're interested, you can use the contact form above or email me.
CAN YOU APPEAR AT MY conference/festival/EVENT?
Possibly! It depends on my schedule as well as other factors. If you would like me to attend, please feel free to contact me using the form above or email me.
If your event is book related, please contact my publicist Molly Ellis by emailing her.
CAN I INTERVIEW YOU FOR MY magazine/show/blog?
This is possible, too! My answer will depend on my schedule and other factors, but please contact my publicist Molly Ellis by emailing her here.
HOW DID YOU BECOME AN AUTHOR?
I'll write a long and detailed blog post about this in the future, but the short(ish) answer is: I wrote and revised a book for 3 years. During that time, I researched everything I could about the publishing industry and began reading heavily in my genre. I queried it for ~6 months and got enough helpful rejections to know that book was not going to get me an agent or a book deal.
I took everything I learned from that experience and started CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE in June, 2016. Because of all I had learned over the past 3.5 years and my decision to move to a part-time job, I was able to write and revise it quickly to enter the 2016 Pitch Wars competition. I got into that competition and was matched with my lovely mentor and freelance editor Ashley Hearn (you can work with her, too! click here to learn more), and we revised the book heavily for 2 months.
From Pitch Wars I received 15 offers of representation and chose Hillary Jacobson & Alexandra Machinist of ICM Partners. We revised heavily for 2.5 more months, and then we went on submission, where I decided to go with Macmillan and their imprint Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. I couldn't be more excited about working with them and my wonderful editors Tiffany Liao and Christian Trimmer. And guess what we're doing now? Revising heavily =)
Soon after the book was sold, Fox 2000 came in with an offer. I was wowed by the resume and passion of my producers Wyck Godfrey and Karen Rosenfelt, and we agreed on elements that were most important to me about the story, so the movie deal was made.
HOW DO I BECOME AN AUTHOR?
Luckily I have an entire website full of advice for this, but the short of it is:
- WRITE, WRITE, WRITE, WRITE, WRITE: you'll only get better at writing and discover your voice if you keep writing. Before the first two books I tried to get published, I wrote for over 15 years. Most of what I wrote wasn't good and most of my stories were never finished, but writing that much still taught me how to write and how I like to write.
- READ, READ, READ, READ, READ: the biggest reason my first book didn't go anywhere was because I hadn't read in my genre for almost six years when I started writing it. When you read widely (in and outside of your genre) you not only internalize valuable writing lessons, you learn what's marketable and what's not.
- CONNECT, CONNECT, CONNECT, CONNECT, CONNECT: if you flip to the back of a book you'll see the dozens of people who helped make that book what it is. Connect with other writers no matter your age, because they're invaluable in the writing journey.
To read about my best tips to becoming a publishing author, click here.
CAN YOU MENTOR ME?
Due to my schedule and my three book deadlines, I'm not able to mentor anyone officially at this time. But there are two opportunities for you to learn everything that's helped me right now.
Mentorship: I will be a mentor in 2017 Pitch Wars Competition (you can find out more about it here). If you are entering this year and your manuscript fits my wishlist (not yet posted), definitely feel free to submit your story to me!
Writing Knowledge: My site was named one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers by Writer's Digest because it's full of writing knowledge and training. You can get that training right now in the form of online masterclasses, blog posts, free video trainings, and downloadable writing resources. You can access all of them here, and if you subscribe you'll always get my latest writing and publishing advice sent straight to your inbox!
CAN YOU REFER ME TO YOUR AGENT AND/OR PUBLISHER?
I'm sorry, but I can't give referrals at this time for my agents or my publisher (Macmillan only takes submissions from agents). However, both of my agents are open to queries, so feel free to query them if you think they would be a good fit. They are both wonderful and incredible agents and I am so lucky to work with them.
CAN YOU READ MY MANUSCRIPT/SHORT STORY? OR LET ME KNOW IF MY BOOK IDEA IS GOOD? Or tell me why my book didn't get an agent/book deal?
I’m sorry again, but I can’t due to time restraints and for legal limitations. However if you're a writer looking for a critique partner or beta reader, you may be able to find one in my website's Facebook Group: The Write Place. You can subscribe to learn more.
CAN I NARRATE YOUR AUDIO BOOK?
Thank you for your interest! I won't be making the decisions regarding my audiobook, but if you're interested you can contact my publisher here.
CAN I ILLUSTRATE YOUR COVER?
Thank you for your interest! But my cover is being illustrated by the art director Rich Deas at Macmillan.
CAN I BE AN EXTRA IN YOUR MOVIE?
Thank you for your interest! The movie is not casting at this time. When it is, I will put information here about how/if you be in the movie.