Meagan Spooner
Absolutely brilliant. This is the sci fi I’ve been waiting for! Action, romance, twists and turns–this book has it all!

Beth Revis, New York Times best-selling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

2017-11-06T11:42:38-05:00

Beth Revis, New York Times best-selling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

Absolutely brilliant. This is the sci fi I’ve been waiting for! Action, romance, twists and turns–this book has it all!
"A literally breathtaking archaeological expedition. Spooner and Kaufman prove once again that no one does high-stakes adventure shenanigans like they do."

E. K. Johnston, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka

2017-11-06T11:44:34-05:00

E. K. Johnston, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: Ahsoka

"A literally breathtaking archaeological expedition. Spooner and Kaufman prove once again that no one does high-stakes adventure shenanigans like they do."
One of the most intense, thrilling, and achingly beautiful stories I’ve ever read. Kaufman and Spooner will break your heart with skilled aplomb, and you’ll thank them for it. Absolutely incredible! If I have to, I will come to your house and shove this book into your hands!

Marie Lu, New York Times best-selling author of the Legend trilogy

2017-11-06T11:48:19-05:00

Marie Lu, New York Times best-selling author of the Legend trilogy

One of the most intense, thrilling, and achingly beautiful stories I’ve ever read. Kaufman and Spooner will break your heart with skilled aplomb, and you’ll thank them for it. Absolutely incredible! If I have to, I will come to your house and shove this book into your hands!
With rich, complex characters and a dynamic—and dangerous—new world, THESE BROKEN STARS completely transported me.

Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate series

2017-11-06T12:09:41-05:00

Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate series

With rich, complex characters and a dynamic—and dangerous—new world, THESE BROKEN STARS completely transported me.
Intense and absorbing, Skylark transported me to a world of magic and danger unlike anything I’ve read before. I loved Lark, and was riveted by her journey of survival and self-discovery. Dark, original, and beautiful, this is a novel you don’t want to miss.

Veronica Rossi, author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY

2017-11-06T12:13:28-05:00

Veronica Rossi, author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY

Intense and absorbing, Skylark transported me to a world of magic and danger unlike anything I’ve read before. I loved Lark, and was riveted by her journey of survival and self-discovery. Dark, original, and beautiful, this is a novel you don’t want to miss.
Skylark's rich narrative and plucky heroine will transport you into a mesmerizing and horrifying world.

New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones

2017-11-27T09:17:02-05:00

New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones

Skylark's rich narrative and plucky heroine will transport you into a mesmerizing and horrifying world.
With its blend of dystopian, steampunk, and generally fantastical elements, Spooner's follow up is even stronger and more gripping as the debut and is sure to ensnare further loyal readers.

Booklist (Starred Review)

2017-11-27T10:01:57-05:00

Booklist (Starred Review)

With its blend of dystopian, steampunk, and generally fantastical elements, Spooner's follow up is even stronger and more gripping as the debut and is sure to ensnare further loyal readers.
This intriguing dystopian adventure's depiction of the stand this strong female protagonist takes against the horrors of her world is fast-paced, compelling, and un-put-downable.

VOYA

2017-11-27T10:05:07-05:00

VOYA

This intriguing dystopian adventure's depiction of the stand this strong female protagonist takes against the horrors of her world is fast-paced, compelling, and un-put-downable.
Once again, the worldbuilding is superb, the characters fully fleshed out and intriguing, the battles riveting, and the edge-of-the seat suspense compelling. Teens looking for a well-written dystopian adventure with steampunk elements in the magical machines created by the Architects will enjoy spending time with Lark and her companions.

VOYA Magazine, starred review

2017-11-27T10:27:43-05:00

VOYA Magazine, starred review

Once again, the worldbuilding is superb, the characters fully fleshed out and intriguing, the battles riveting, and the edge-of-the seat suspense compelling. Teens looking for a well-written dystopian adventure with steampunk elements in the magical machines created by the Architects will enjoy spending time with Lark and her companions.
An extremely entertaining tale of past, present and future leaving the question: where does humanity stand when the best laid plans backfire?

Children's Literature

2017-11-27T10:29:04-05:00

Children's Literature

An extremely entertaining tale of past, present and future leaving the question: where does humanity stand when the best laid plans backfire?
A haunting and romantic exploration of love and what sacrifices come with freedom.


Marie Lu

2017-11-27T15:17:04-05:00

Marie Lu

A haunting and romantic exploration of love and what sacrifices come with freedom.
Amazing. That one word describes the whole book.

VOYA

2017-11-27T15:18:24-05:00

VOYA

Amazing. That one word describes the whole book.

Community and Networking

Hello, friends!  I’ve been pretty quiet lately, given the chaos on my side of things.  Lots of travel, lots of revision work, lots of meetups with people.  I’m now back in the U.S. for a couple weeks, although little has changed except that there are cats underfoot instead of a dog, and I sit at my computer in sweatpants and sweaters and fingerless gloves instead of shorts and a tank top.

I’m battling some sort of illness that the airplane inflicted upon me, while trying to do revisions.  I tend to get a bit loopy when I get sick, so the result is that I keep fixating on certain passages and changing them over and over again, only to come back the next day, read what I wrote, and go “Huh?”  It isn’t the most efficient system, but I’m getting it done, and I think learning to work while sick is a pretty valuable skill for a writer.  It’s easy to say “Meh, not in the mood, I’ll do it later,” but if you’ve got daily word goals or deadlines or whatever you use to track progress, it’s easy to let one day of sick turn into five, at which point you’ve lost your momentum.

Anyway, I actually meant to rave about this amazing community of writers, readers, agents, editors, and enthusiasts we all inhabit.  I was here two days before meeting up with two writer friends I’ve met via the interweb, the fabulous Caroline Richmond and Lynn Colt.  How weird is it to have gone halfway round the world only to meet via the internet friends who live a twenty-minute drive away?  After about five minute it felt like I’d been friends with them for years.

And in another instance, I got an amazing email a couple months back from someone who read my pitch for THE IRON WOOD on a contest I’d entered and stopped long enough to tell me that she loved it, couldn’t wait to see the book published.  At that point I hadn’t even finished my first revisions, and certainly didn’t have an agent.  I probably read that email a dozen times while trying to get my act together to query.  But we exchanged a few emails only to discover that not only did we live in the same area in the U.S., but we’d actually attended the same high school, just two years apart, and never met!

I reached out to friends in the community when I was stumbling through the process of finding an agent, asking for help when I didn’t know what to do.  Just a few days ago, one of the friends I asked referred a writer to me who was in the same position I’d been in, and I got to be the one to offer my advice, such as it was.

I’m headed to New York City next week (to meet my amazing agent in person! WHOO!) and every single night is jam-packed full of people I’m meeting up with.  Writers, agents, editors, friends–the lines are all blurring, and I love it.

They’re people I never would have met if I hadn’t reached out myself, though.  I’m a shy person, though I’ve learned to fake it pretty well, though I do say so myself.  I think a lot of writers tend to be a bit shy and introverted.  A year ago, the word “networking” was enough to make me want to hide under my bed.  It’s not really Networking, though, like it’s this big scary thing you have to set out to do.  It’s just reaching out, whether to ask for help or to offer it.  Even if you’re just sending someone an email to tell them you can’t wait to read their book.

I know I’m preaching to the converted here, given that most people who read this are already definitely part of the book enthusiast community.  So what do you guys do to network?  Any cool stories about the people you’ve met along the way?

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4 Responses to “Community and Networking”

  1. Beth says:

    I found you through Amie’s blog. Congratulations on the new agent!

  2. Joy says:

    Your experiences give meaning to the saying ‘it’s a small world’. Networking wasn’t something high on my list of stuff to do, but I’ve found a lot of new friends and tons of support from other writers. Their expertise, critiques and encourage definitely helped me on the road to publication. BTW – I found your blog through Amie.

  3. Lynn Colt says:

    Lol, I also always think of myself as “faking” not being shy. Once I realized the point is not so much networking (ack) as making friends (yay!), it got easier to talk to people. And it is so crazy (but fun) to find people online and discover they live so close 🙂

    How was your lunch with your agent?

  4. Amie Kaufman says:

    Every time I’ve reached out to talk to somebody I’ve met online–whether it’s to ask a question, let them know I loved something or just chat, I’ve been amazed at the response I’ve had. Everybody’s been so friendly–there hasn’t been a single response that’s been less than friendly and enthusiastic. The writing community’s a great one, and I think you have it exactly right, in that ‘reaching out’ seems a lot friendlier and less formal than ‘networking’.

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