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+00:00

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+00:00

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+00:00

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+00:00

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+00:00

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+00:00

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+00:00

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+00:00

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+00:00

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+00:00

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+00:00

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+00:00

VOYA

Amazing. That one word describes the whole book.

Extras

Sites for Writers:

Odyssey Writing Workshop — This workshop is where I got my start writing with a career in mind. When I was accepted I quit my job to go, which was a terrifying step to take, but I am so glad I did. Jeanne Cavelos is a wonderful teacher, and I learned more about writing and about being a writer in six weeks than I could’ve learned in six years on my own.

Plot to Punctuation — This is a site that offers freelance edting services, but they also have a great blog that costs absolutely nothing to visit. Chock full of great writing tips.

Duotrope — This site is an invaluable tool for the aspiring writer. Not only does it have a searchable database of just about every speculative fiction market out there, but it also has a free submissions tracker that supplies you with tons of information, and keeps track of it all in a handy little online package. This is geared more toward short stories than novels.

Query Tracker — A wonderful site for finding and researching literary agents. As with Duotrope, it provides a free tracking service that lets you log the dates of submission and response from the agents you query, so you never have to figure out whether you’ve already heard back or not. And trust me, when you’re querying, it’s easy to get that muddled.

Agent Query — Another great site for finding literary agents. I didn’t use this one as much as Query Tracker, but it’s definitely helpful.

Casey McCormick’s Literary Rambles — Casey McCormick’s blog is fantastic for a variety of reasons, but I especially love her Agent Spotlight segment. She gathers information into one spot about agents who specialize in children’s literature (although many do adult as well, so it’s worth checking even if you’re not a children’s writer) including submission guidelines, wishlists, interviews, response times, and buzz.

Adventures in Children’s PublishingThis is a wonderful blog full of tips and suggestions, and they do a mind-blowing weekly round-up of writing- and publishing-related posts. If you look at one blog regularly, look at this one, because it’ll link you to every other blog post you should be seeing. Plus, they do a ton of giveaways and contests–including a workshop that proved invaluable for snazzing up my query!

 

Marketing:

Alice Pope’s SCBWI Market Blog — This is a great site for learning more about the market, which I’ve come to realize is invaluable for writers. While I don’t believe you should attempt to write for the market (if nothing else it’s super unpredictable) I think a writer would be crazy not to know what’s going on in the market.

Shrinking Violet Promotions — Truly a godsend… a site that’s all about marketing and self-promotion for introverts! If the N-word terrifies you (that’s “networking,” by the way) then this is the site for you. They just finished doing a multi-week workshop on how to navigate the sometimes scary world of online networking and self-promotion.

Bookplate Ink — Authors looking for swag, look no further. I worked with this site on the SKYLARK bookplates, and the end result was extremely high quality, and exactly what I was looking for!

 

Other Writers:

Patricia C. Wrede — Not only was her Enchanted Forest series one of the absolute pillars of my childhood, but her blog is full of fantastic information about writing. She discusses craft and technique at a high level, and is definitely worth reading.

Let the Words Flow — This is a wonderful group of writers at every stage in the publication process. They post helpful tips and encouragement, as well as offering a critique partner matchmaking service if you’re looking for someone to read your work. I have quite a few friends in the group and can honestly say they’re lovely ladies.

Amie Kaufman — My friend and critique partner (and co-author for THESE BROKEN STARS!), without whom SKYLARK probably wouldn’t exist, and certainly wouldn’t exist as it does now. We work together at every stage of our various projects, and collaborate on works as well. Her site is full of great writing tips, too!

Kimberly Norman — Kimberly Norman runs a wonderful listing of authors who do school visits, organizing them by state to make it super easy to find authors near you. Go check her out!

 

Web Design:
Tessa Elwood — Like my web site? Unfortunately, I can’t take any credit for it. If you like my site and think you might want to commission her for one of your own, definitely go check out Tessa’s web site, Pop Color.

 

Photography:
Ellen B. Wright — I have trouble figuring out where to put Ellen, because not only is she an incredible photographer, but she’s also a writer and an editor. She took my head shots, so literally — she makes me look good.

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