Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Today I'm blogging over at The Lucky 13s about my querying journey, a process I liken to the Choose Your Own Adventure books from the 80s and 90s (and if you're too young to remember theses, I recommend trying to locate one just for the experience). You can find the post here.

I will also be blogging as part of this year's WriteOnCon. I'll be discussing the frightening and highly importantopic of world-building. More to come. Book wise, this is a big week. I'll be turning in copy edits on The Nightmare Affair today or tomorrow as well as completing the first draft of book 2. There will be much celebrating at my home when this happens. Woohoo!

Also, I received cover proofs yesterday which enabled me to pretend that Nightmare is a real book:  

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Big News, More Books!

Okay, so late last night (although still technically July 3rd), this post appeared in Publisher's Marketplace:

In case that's too hard to read, here's the text:

Mindee Arnett's FINDING EDEN, a spaced-based thriller about Jeth, a teen mercenary who leads a talented crew of thieves, and who finds his life on the line when he takes on a high risk job in order buy freedom for him and his sister, pitched as Firefly meets White Cat, to Jordan Brown at Balzer + Bray, in a two book deal, in a good deal, by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media (NA). Translation:, Film:

So that's my big news. Two more books. And yeah, I'm freakin' unbelievably excited about it. The best part of the process this time was hearing my editor talk about how he first read the book using the read-aloud function on his Kindle--have you heard it? It's awful--but he still liked the book anyway. Yah!

Also, it's worth saying now that the title will definitely be changing, for lots of reason not worth discussing here. I will also most likely publish this under a pen name. Right now I'm leaning toward M.M. Gaver, my maiden name. What do you think? Like?

Big, big, huge thanks to my rockstar agent and all the beautiful people at New Leaf Literary. Suzie is the best! Also, thanks so much to my wonderful, awesome kickass critique partner, Lori M. Lee, as well as my sister and brother-in-law, my lovely agent sib, Kathy Bradey, and the best-reader ever, Sarah Goldberg. Couldn't have done this without you guys.

And finally, thank you so much to everyone who participated in my cover reveal giveaway for The Nightmare Affair. I think I might plan another giveaway soon to celebrate Finding Eden. Maybe a query & chapter critique? Stay tuned...

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