This has nothing to do with Alana's manuscript, but since it's called IRON HEART and is a steampunk, I though this image was kind of perfect.
I also participated in Backspace's women's fiction and romance panel, where I critiqued the author's query letters in a giant phone conference. All their queries were really interesting, so I think that means I'm going to have a lot more requested manuscripts in my future.
Speaking of contests/conference, a HUGE congrats to my lovely author Donna Scott, whose historical fiction, SHAME THE DEVIL, is came in first place in the 2014 Chaucer Awards in their 1600s category. Sara Joiner got a great Kirkus review for AFTER THE ASHES, which made me very happy as well!
Oh, yeah, and I have dealllzzzz :)
Christina Matula-Hakli's adorable picture book, THE SHADOW IN THE MOON, is going to be finding its home with Charlesbridge (making this my first-ever picture book sale), and Taylor Zajonc's high-seas adventure, THE WRECKING CREW, is going to be published by Blank Slate.
This week is going to be taken up by RWA madness, so get ready for some crazy romance stories next week! :)
P.S. I somehow stumbled upon the Lay's website, and am now thinking about ordering a trial pack of the four finalists for their new flavor contest...so it may be that next week is crazy romance AND potato chip evaluation stories...