Posts Tagged ‘Blog Tour’

Meet an Authoress’s Success Story: Monica Bustamante Wagner!

August 8, 2012

Welcome to what will hopefully be the first of the Annual Authoress’s Success Story blog tours! Those of us who have owed our publishing successes, at least in part, to the Miss Snark’s First Victim contests and blog have decided to come together and help cross promote each other’s work.  Every day in the first two weeks of August, a different author will be posting an interview of one of our fellow Success Stories, so make sure to tune in to everyone’s blogs.

Yesterday, the lovely Kristi Helvig@KristiHelvig interviewed me on her blog, head on over there and leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of Fighting Gravity!

And now, I’ve got the great pleasure of interviewing Monica Bustamante Wagner, @Monica_BW!

Our lovely Monica has offered a PRIZE, a query critique, to one randomly chosen person who leaves a comment on this post. So what do you have to say?

But first, let’s learn a little bit about our guest. Who is she? Well, here’s what she’s got to say:

I’m a YA fiction writer! I was born in Peru and was raised in Chile. With my sister in Australia and my father living in Ethiopia, I’ve had no choice but to be a bilingual world traveler.  And I love it!  I travel around the globe with my husband and three kids, learning about different cultures and countries.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in HR, I settled with my husband in a very small town in Chile, near the Pacific Ocean.

How did participating with MSFV blog get you where you are now?

I was the first Baker’s Dozen’s success story—back in 2010. And even though I’m with another agent now, Authoress and her blog have always inspired me. I’m so grateful and I’m sure that if it weren’t for Authoress, I wouldn’t be where I am now.

You clearly love Young Adult fiction, what subgenre(s) do you read most?

The YA books I love the most are the ones with a nice blend between literary and commercial, like the Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. But that’s if you really ask me to narrow down the types of YA/MG books I love to read—because as long as it’s kidlit and well written, I will probably like it! 🙂

What subgenres have you written in so far/do you plan to write in?

The manuscript that my agent, Lauren Macleod, signed me with is a YA fantasy. I have also written a YA paranormal thriller. And now I’m looking at the possibility of writing upper MG, too. It’s exciting!

Since landing your agent and starting this whole crazy process, what have you learned that you would pass on to aspiring writers?

I think I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again. When I started writing, I thought it would be easier. But then, after a couple of years, I realized that writing is like a profession. Doctors take years studying to be able to work. Lawyers and architects take years, too. So why on earth did I expect my writing would be good enough the year I started? I think that for the writing skills to flow naturally on the paper, it takes time and a lot of dedication. And I wish I would have known that when I started!

I know you’re still in the early stages, but can you give us a sneak peek at what you’re working on, or what we might see from you in the future?

Sure! I’m working on a prehistorical YA manuscript now, set in the Andes Mountains, and it’s a story about revenge and acceptance. It’s going slow, I can tell you that, haha!

Thanks so much, Leah, for having me here, on your blog today!! <3

Thanks, Monica!

Don’t miss it, tomorrow on her blog, Monica is interviewing Emily Kokie, @emkokie!

And the rest of the tour:

Twitter Posting Date
David Kazzie @davidkazzie 1-Aug
Leigh Talbert Moore @leightmoore 2-Aug
J.Anderson Coats @jandersoncoats 3-Aug
J.M. Frey @scifrey 4-Aug
Elissa Cruz @elissacruz 5-Aug
Amanda Sun @Amanda_Sun 6-Aug
Kristi Helvig @KristiHelvig 7-Aug
Leah Petersen @Leahpetersen 8-Aug
Monica Bustamante Wagner @Monica_BW 9-Aug
Emily Kokie @emkokie 10-Aug
Monica Goulet @MonicaGoulet 11-Aug
Peter Salomon @petersalomon 12-Aug
Sarah Brand @sarahbbrand 13-Aug
Angela Ackerman @angelaackerman & @writerthesaurus 14-Aug
Tara Dairman @TaraDairman 15-Aug

Don’t Miss the Bus!

August 2, 2012

It started yesterday (yeah, I know, sorry) over on David Kazzie‘s blog where he interviewed Leigh Moore. But that was just the first day!

Don’t miss the rest of the tour, the Miss Snark’s First Victim Success Stories stops (heh) are listed below. These are some great people with some really inspiring stories.

See you there!

Author Twitter Posting Date
David Kazzie @davidkazzie 1-Aug
Leigh Talbert Moore @leightmoore 2-Aug
J.Anderson Coats @jandersoncoats 3-Aug
J.M. Frey @scifrey 4-Aug
Elissa Cruz @elissacruz 5-Aug
Amanda Sun @Amanda_Sun 6-Aug
Kristi Helvig @KristiHelvig 7-Aug
Leah Petersen @Leahpetersen 8-Aug
Monica Bustamante Wagner @Monica_BW 9-Aug
Emily Kokie @emkokie 10-Aug
Monica Goulet @MonicaGoulet 11-Aug
Peter Salomon @petersalomon 12-Aug
Sarah Brand @sarahbbrand 13-Aug
Angela Ackerman @angelaackerman & @writerthesaurus 14-Aug
Tara Dairman @TaraDairman 15-Aug

Authoress’s Success Story Blog Tour

July 26, 2012

Plagiarized, with permission, from J.M. Frey @scifrey, who put so much work into setting this up for us. Thank you!

Guess what? We’re just about to begin what will hopefully be the first of the Annual Authoress’s Success Story blog tours!

Authoress Anonymous has built a strong and supportive community on her blog Miss Snark’s First Victim: a community of writers, critiques, hopefuls, agents, editors, and readers. There, writers can participate in contests designed to help them practice giving and receiving critiques, polish their hooks, spiffy up query letters, and gain exposure to literary agents… and, in the case of some writers, get offered representation or publishing deals!

Over twenty professional authors now owe some part of their successes to Authoress, the incredibly generous people who participate in her contests, and her blog. Those of us who have owed our publishing successes to MSFV have decided to come together to celebrate both MSFV, Authoress, and to help cross promote each other’s work.

Every day in the first two weeks of August, a different author will be posting an interview of one of our fellow Success Stories. There might even be some giveaways, so don’t miss a single blog post! Make sure to tune in to everyone’s blogs from August 1st to the 15th, and to follow the hash tag #MSFVSuccessStory this month for more details, tidbits, and info. See you there!

  Twitter Posting Date
David Kazzie @davidkazzie 1-Aug
Leigh Talbert Moore @leightmoore 2-Aug
J.Anderson Coats @jandersoncoats 3-Aug
J.M. Frey @scifrey 4-Aug
Elissa Cruz @elissacruz 5-Aug
Amanda Sun @Amanda_Sun 6-Aug
Kristi Helvig @KristiHelvig 7-Aug
Leah Petersen @Leahpetersen 8-Aug
Monica Bustamante Wagner @Monica_BW 9-Aug
Emily Kokie @emkokie 10-Aug
Monica Goulet @MonicaGoulet 11-Aug
Peter Salomon @petersalomon 12-Aug
Sarah Brand @sarahbbrand 13-Aug
Angela Ackerman @angelaackerman & @writerthesaurus 14-Aug
Tara Dairman @TaraDairman 15-Aug

#5MinuteInterview with Bryan Thomas Schmidt, @BryanThomasS

June 13, 2012

Welcome back to a little thing I like to call the 5MinuteInterview! Today’s guest is Bryan Thomas Schmidt, @BryanThomasS. He’s visited here before and he’s a lovely man that I’m happy to have here any time. He’s on a blog tour just now for his newest release, The Returning, sequel to  The Worker Prince. He was also kind enough to host my post yesterday: Your Punctuation Personality Type.

So, with no further ado, here’s a quickie with the author. 😉

1. You’re getting some pretty big names on #sffwrtcht these days. Do you ever get nervous about some of them?

If you were interviewing AC Crispin, Robert Silverberg, Robert J. Sawyer, Joe Haldeman, Stephen R. Donaldson and James Gunn, would you get nervous? OH YEAH! Silverberg, Crispin and Donaldson’s books have been on my shelves since I was a teenager. The others I discovered more recently. Especially because of the technology I deal with, the live interviews, like we did with Sawyer and Crispin, are especially nerve wracking, sure. But they have all been pretty kind and gracious and generous with me and with their time. And they seem to genuinely enjoy and be humbled by fans’ interest and mine. So, in the end, since I’ve done this for 19 months now and have it down to a science, as long as they feel I know what I’m doing and it’s organized and easy for them, they just have fun with it and so can I.

2. Since you were last on here, the anthology you were working on, Space Battles: Full-Throttle Space Tales #6, has been published. What was that experience like?

Well, it was nerve wracking in the sense that I was editing one of my favorite authors and a guy who’s taken me under his wing, Mike Resnick, and he was trusting me with his story. On top of that, I was editing friends and they were trusting me, and some were still waiting on that elusive first sale, so to speak. So I really felt pressure to do right by everyone. In the end, people respected the role I played. They took my notes and discussed the ones they had questions about, accepting most of them. In fact, Mike Resnick and Brad Torgersen, who co-wrote the story with him, didn’t even hesitate. They agreed I was right and made the change. One unusual situation is that, because of timing, my being new, etc., I wound up having more time to really work with authors to craft their stories. I wound up with less submissions to sort through than expected and a really long lead time for the deadline, so we pushed back the date I had to turn in the anthology and I worked with several writers to really fine tune their stories. They seem appreciative of that and it was a good experience. Hearing reviewers later praise their work is very rewarding, too. I met and worked with some great writers on this thing, and it may not be perfect, but I’m certainly proud of it and planning to do more.

3. What was the biggest surprise you had when writing The Returning?   

Other than my personal life falling apart? Honestly, if I can survive what I went through behind the scenes during this, which I’ve blogged enough about that I don’t need to bore you with it here (you yourself are well aware anyway since we’re friends,) then I can’t say much surprises me. The one thing I guess that did surprise me is that the first draft, when I went back to it after finishing and letting it sit for two and half months, wasn’t a total piece of crap. In fact, it was actually better than I ever expected. My beta readers had told me it was better than the first book, but it was written in such chaos, I didn’t want to believe that. After all, I polished The Worker Prince with nineteen drafts, some partial and focused on specific aspects but still. This was just first draft. When I went back through, the surprise twists surprised me. I had forgotten them. And it felt like the same series, characters, etc. Also, it was really MY story. The first one borrowed heavily from the biblical Moses story as the setup. This one came totally out of my head, although, as with The Worker Prince, I do put some pop culture nods in, including some obscure lines from Star Wars said as dialogue, etc. Those are rewards for readers in the know who like that and for me. So writing the first totally original tale in that universe and having it come out so well was a pleasant surprise, I’d say.

4. Had you planned all along to write the prequel story, Rivalry on a Sky Course, or was that something that came out of the creative process on its own?

Rivalry came about because of a briefly described incident told in flashback early in The Worker Prince about how Davi Rhii, the protagonist, and his buddies Yao and Farien, became rivals with their military academy classmate Bordox. I knew there was more to that story which could be told, and, honestly, I thought getting some shorts out there with these characters, in this universe, would help bring notice to the novels. Once I started writing it, it took off, and, in fact, I revised the flashback in The Worker Prince before publication because of changes I had to make to make “Rivalry” work.

5. Have you already started the third book, or do you need a break to refresh your muse?

I have been playing with an outline for about six months but I had some other obligations including Space Battles, the second half of my North Star short story serial, and a children’s book with deadlines first. And, yes, taking a break and doing something else really help get you focused and refreshed after spending so much time immersed in that world, so the break would have happened even without that, although maybe not this long. My plan is to start The Exodus as soon as my epic fantasy novel goes to betas which should be about the time this interview posts, in early July.

Thanks again, Bryan, for visiting, and best of luck with The Returning!

In Bryan’s second novel, The Returning, new challenges arise as Davi Rhii’s rival Bordox and his uncle, Xalivar, seek revenge for his actions in The Worker Prince, putting his life and those of his friends and family in constant danger. Meanwhile, politics as usual has the Borali Alliance split apart over questions of citizenship and freedom for the former slaves. Someone’s even killing them off. Davi’s involvement in the investigation turns his life upside down, including his relationship with his fiancée, Tela. The answers are not easy with his whole world at stake.

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Bryan Thomas Schmidt is the author of the space opera novels The Worker Prince, a Barnes & Noble Book Clubs Year’s Best SF Releases of 2011 Honorable Mention, and The Returning, the collection The North Star Serial, Part 1, and several short stories featured  in anthologies and magazines.  He edited the anthology Space Battles: Full-Throttle Space Tales #6 for Flying Pen Press, headlined by Mike Resnick. As a freelance editor, he’s edited a novels and nonfiction.  He’s also the host of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat every Wednesday at 9 pm EST on Twitter under the hashtag #sffwrtcht. A frequent contributor to Adventures In SF PublishingGrasping For The Wind and SFSignal, he can be found online as @BryanThomasS on Twitter or via his website. Bryan is an affiliate member of the SFWA.

Blog Tour Prize WINNERS!

May 15, 2012

Sorry it took me so long to get to this part. Let me assure you, it had nothing to do with a lack of appreciation for those who stopped by and said hi or participated in the conversation on the blog tour. You guys rock my world.

I promised the following prizes for two lucky commenters:

A hat knit by me. (Color will vary.)

Also knit by me, a sort of random (let’s call it a coaster) knit piece where I tried to knit the symbol of the IIC, the school Jacob is taken to early in the book. Opinions vary as to whether it looks like what I intended it to. (OK, by that I mean that no one but me thinks it looks like what I intended it to.) So if you were wondering, it’s a galaxy cupped in a hand. This piece is less useful than ridiculous. But, hey, the winners will be two of exactly three people who have one. So, if I ever become famous, there you go, it’s something weird, but special.

So, who did random.org pick as the winners?

Catherine Lee: Comments all over the place but the one that got the win was on Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews.)

Debby: Comment on Beyond Romance.)

Congrats, ladies! I’ll be in touch about sending out your prizes. Thanks again to everyone who stopped by, to the fabulous hosts, to those who reviewed the book, those who bought it, to Goddess Fish Promotions  and in general to anyone and everyone. 😉