Lots of covers, lots of excitement…


Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday. I, for one, can’t wait the week to be over. My oldest is home from college in three short days and I couldn’t be more excited. But that isn’t what this blog post is about.

It’s about my shiny new cover. Elana Johnson is helping me out with a cover reveal for my next book, Indie and Proud. But as I was prepping for that post, I realized that isn’t the only cover I have ready to share. I have COVER-S. That’s right, covers plural. Three to be exact.

 
CHECK THEM OUT!

INDIE AND PROUD

You did it! You achieved your dream of writing and publishing your book. You should be happy. Instead you feel trapped in an ever-changing publishing race, stressed over the never-ending to-do list, and frustrated with yourself for continuing to doubt your talents, despite achieving your goals.


Face it, being a creative is difficult, and achieving some measure of success in the business doesn’t make you immune to your own fears and doubts. If anything, your achievements have added even more pressures. Indie and Proud shines a light on those fears and pressures, providing tools to deal with your frustrations and embrace your passions again.


Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses everyday examples and stories from writers and other artists to help artists find and maintain their balance in the exciting world of independent publishing. With specific strategies to address self-doubt, underlying fears, and the truly intense nature of being creative, Indie and Proud is a must read for anyone ready to embrace everything it means to be Indie.

Coming February 2, 2015

RAISING THE SHY CHILD: A Parent’s Guide To Social Anxiety

The fear of being judged by others in social activities is a common human experience, especially during childhood. But when the fear becomes all-consuming, it can disrupt daily functioning and the development of social competency. Raising the Shy Child: A Parent’s Guide to Social Anxiety takes a fresh look at social anxiety disorder, coupling the latest in research trends with evidence-based strategies and real-world stories to untangle the complexities of this disorder. Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses a combination of real-world examples and stories from adults and children with social anxiety disorder to show parents and educators how to help children find a path through their fear and into social competence. With specific strategies to address school refusal, bullying, and identity issues, Raising the Shy Child is a must-read resource for anyone dedicated to enhancing the lives of children.

Coming March 1, 2015 from Prufrock Press

I’M NOT JUST GIFTED:
Social-Emotional Curriculum for Guiding Gifted Students

What does it mean to be a successful person? What traits and characteristics define successful people? Why do gifted children, in particular, need a strong affective curricula in order to maximize their potential? These questions and more are explored in this guide to helping gifted children in grades 4-7 as they navigate the complicated social and emotional aspects of their lives. This curriculum is designed to help gifted children explore their giftedness, develop resiliency, manage their intensities, face adversities and tough situations, and cultivate their talents and passions. Including lesson plans, worksheets, and connections to Common Core State Standards, I’m Not Just Gifted is the practical guide necessary for anyone serving and working with gifted children.

Coming May 15, 2015 from Prufrock Press
I don’t know about you, but I am so freakin excited! I am also planning a few fiction releases – so I will be sharing that information soon…ish….
Until next time, what books are you excited for???

A peek into 2015!


I have so much to share with all of you! The first 6 months of 2015 brings 5 NEW TITLES in both nonfiction and fiction. Yep, that’s right…

 

FIVE

Check it out:

 

  • Indie and Proud (Late Jan/Early Feb) – Coaching for writer’s to help you stay creative in the midst of the ever-changing publishing landscape
  • Outbreak, Solomon Experiments #2 (Late Feb) – The anticipated sequel to my Xmen-meets-Bourne Idenity thriller
  • Raising the Shy Child (March) – Coaching for parents and educators on the ins and outs of Social Anxiety Disorder in children and teens
  • Voca Me, a Requiem Novel (April)- You thought Nesy and Aydan’s fate was revealed in Dominus? Think again. This story brings more…MUCH MUCH MORE!
  • I’m More Than Gifted (May) – Affective curriculum for small group and classroom use designed to foster EQ in gifted children
In addition to these, I have a couple of NEW storylines in the works. What an awesome year, yes?
What releases are you looking forward to?

 

4 years and 9 books later…


I am so excited! 
Today marks my 4th anniversary as a published author. 



Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students came out on October 1, 2010. I remember the day distinctly. It was a small little educational title that was supposed to sell in a tiny niche. My agent at that time was Krista Goering. She believed in the product, and I believed in her. So I promised myself I would do anything and everything possible to make this book a success. I scheduled a twitter party (Thank you Deborah Mersino) for #GTCHAT, had a blog tour and a signing, not to mention book chats scattered throughout the week, and BAM…..

the book was completely sold out on day 1. Seriously.

That day changed my life!

For the first time, this dream of being published was a reality. I felt on top of the world, like nothing could possibly get in my way or stop me. It is a feeling I return to anytime I question my sanity for staying in this business.

Since that amazing day, I have published three more nonfiction titles with my amazing editor Lacy Compton and the team at Prufrock Press, including 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids, the Girl Guide, and most recently Quiet Kids. With their help, another two titles – Raising the Shy Child and I’m Not just Gifted – will be coming in the first six months of 2015. These titles have also led to publishing opportunities with Tiger Beat magazine, Justine Magazine, Parents, Johnson & Johnson and others. I can’t say how excited and life fulfilling it has all been.

In addition to the non-fiction fun, Krista was encouraging with my fiction (an area she did not represent but supported as I tried to find my niche in the very crowded YA market.) I started publishing my fiction in 2012, first through Heather McCorkle’s HUGE help, and then on my own. Drawing on the love and support of my early CPs and writing buds: Elana Johnson, Ali Cross, Michelle McLean and Julie Butcher, I honed my craft until finally, I published the Requiem series, including Lacrimosa, Libera Me, Dominus and the shorts Dies Irae and Mea Culpa. Countless other writers helped along the way, as well as bloggers and fans.

The Requiem series was followed by my thrillers, Transcend and, most recently, Collide. For those keep count, that’s a total of 9 books, 2 shorts and countless articles.

WOW! 
How did that even happen…

Along the way, paths have changed, goals have shifted, friendships morphed. I’ve had ups and downs. I’ve nearly quit at least a million times. And I’ve lost and found my voice.

Now, as I entered my fifth year as a published author (and my seventh year writing with the intent to publish), I understand that everything cycles back to the stories too loud to stay quietly present in my head, stories and self-help that is meant to inspire and transcend….this is why I am still here. No, I have not reached my goals. Actually, I’m not even close in some respects. But I am very proud of what I’ve accomplished and what is on the horizon!

I want to thank all of you for sticking with me. I’ve never been the popular girl, the one on the “in”, the one others looked up to.. but with this tribe of writers, I have at least found my voice, my place, my peeps.

I promise to keep the stories coming, to bring more adventure and more love. I promise to tackle the hard topics and continue to make authenticity the norm we all strive for. And I promise to lead by example and honestly approach the next four years with the same passion I’ve tried to maintain and inspire since the beginning!

HUGS, and thanks for making the dream that is my life a reality. :D

Happy Valentine’s and a GIVEAWAY!


Hi all!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Valentine’s Day. I have really enjoyed reading this months posts related to the heart and being gifted.  In fact, I’ve enjoyed it SO MUCH – and enjoyed the wonderful conversations that have been happening on the blog so much that I’ve decided to offer a little giveaway for the long weekend.

From now until Monday, 2/18, I will be hosting a giveaway for a print copy of IF I’M SO SMART, WHY AREN’T THE ANSWERS EASY???

Here is a little bit about the book:

Based on surveys with more than 5,000 gifted young adults, If I’m So Smart, Why Aren’t the Answers Easy? sheds light on the day-to-day experiences of those growing up gifted. In their own enlightening words, teens share their experiences with giftedness, including friendships and fitting in with peers, school struggles and successes, and worries about the future. By allowing teens to share their real-life stories, the book gives readers a self-study guide to the successes and pitfalls of being gifted in a world not always open to their unique and diverse needs. Teens will be able to reflect on their own experiences through the engaging journal prompts included in the book, and their parents and teachers will enjoy hearing directly from other students about the topics gifted teens face daily.

Entering is easy – just leave a comment on THIS post between now and Monday, Feb 18. I will pick one random commenter to win. Easy Peasy, right.

Good luck and be sure to spread the word (and leave another comment each time you do!).

And have a wonderful Valentine’s and President’s Day weekend!

Rare Weekend Post Part II


So, it has been a crazy week with surprise releases (Check out my other blog for that story), 50+ hour days and being way past due on my manuscript turn in. It has also brought a little news about The Girl Guide that I am allowed to share….

THE COVER!

Not the final final cover, but one that is pretty darn close.

So… what do you guys think?

 

Better Late Than Never…


Well, today has come…and gone…and yea. I was supposed to post the September BTS giveaway winners and post a book review. #FAIL!!!

I have been insanely swamped with work, the release of a novel and the edits of The Girl Guide.

But, here I am, with the winners. That’s something, right…

So without further adieu, I present the Annotated Galley Winners:

LORI – Annotated unbound galley of Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students (with my notes)

BETSY ICKES – Annotated unbound galley of 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids (with my notes)

CONGRATS. And…

back to the editing cave I go…

A Rare Weekend Post


Yes, I know. I don’t typically post on the weekend. But I received exciting news and just had to share.

For those of you who have seen my recent status updates and such around the web, you know that I have a nonfiction book for girls coming out in the Spring from Prufrock Press. You may also know that I have been deep in “find a title” mode with the book. That and trying to finish up the manuscript.

I am happy to tell you all that a little progress has been made. I now have a title. And a working backcover blurb. And a release date.

And a cover…

But more on that later.

For this weekend, as I desperately try to finish up the manuscript and hit “send”, I wanted to share the title and blurb.

So….*cue drum roll*

May I present my latest nonfiction project:

Title: The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World

Release Date: April 1, 2013

Blurb: 

Finding your unique voice in a noisy world can be hard. Very hard. But not if you have a great guide! “The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World” is a must read for girls in grades 6-9 as they enter the tumultuous world of adolescence. Packed with fun worksheets and quizzes, as well as stories from older girls and women, “The Girl Guide” covers everything a teenage girl needs to know on the journey toward her own identity. Proven strategies for dealing with stress management, confronting relational aggression, being safe online, navigating the changing mother-daughter relationship, and more make this the ultimate guide for any girl to get through the teen years and discover her unique point of view in the world. 

Now…the cover news…

After taking a lot of notes from parents and girls, we have a cover. Sadly, it’ll be a few days until I can share it. But…trust me, when I can it’ll be giveaway time yet again.

Speaking of giveaways – The giveaway for the annotated galleys from my first two nonfiction books, Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students and 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids, is still happening. Check it out and enter the giveaway while you can. It closes on 9/11/2012. 

I am really exciting for The Girl Guide. I can’t wait to share it with all of you!