Monday, September 3, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

The Covers Are LIVE and GUTGAA

The NEVERLOVE and GIVIN' UP THE GHOST covers are live at Partners in ParanarmYA.  Please go check it out and feel free to tell a friend or many friends.  The covers will be stopping here tomorrow.

The covers will be hopping around the blogosphere through the week.  Here's one place I spotted them at already:
Nadja Notariani

Gearing Up to Get and Agent (also referred to as GUTGAA) is underway.  Today we get our Meet and Greet on :-)

Who/What am I?

A mother to a rambunctious Chipmunk.
Dreamer of worlds that may or may not exist.
Lover of words, wordsmithing and chocolate.
Full-time employed gig-holder working to make my writing passion my all-the-time thing.
Author of NEVERLOVE that will be coming out in October 2012 as part of Partners in ParanormYA.
Embracer of various paths to publication and still unsure why there must be lines drawn in the sand.
A writer - whether published or not, this is who and what I am.

And on to the questions:

Where do you write? At my tiny little desk stuffed in my bedroom or on my bed.

Favorite time to write? Whenever I can, whether morning, lunch break or night...usually at night after I tuck the Chipmunk in for bed.

Drink of choice while writing?  Water.

When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?  I tend to need it quiet.  I'll start singing or humming along to the music and get distracted lol!!

What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?  The Hunger Games.  I enjoyed the kill or be killed aspect of this novel, but I wondered, "What if there was a different reason the world got to an awful state and that reason was hidden because people just couldn't handle the truth?"  Of course, I have a hard time keeping paranormal elements from taking over my brain.  With MINGLED, it was no exception.

What's your most valuable writing tip?  Remember to up the stakes.  Tension is pivotal, no matter what your genre.  Without it, your conflict is little more than an air-slapping match between two scaredy-cats.  I always have to remind myself of this because my first drafts start out with this kind of air-slapping match going on.

So I'm curious, what would you consider a valuable writing tip?

P.S.  I hope everyone enjoys their Labor Day :-)

51 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

Looking forward to revealing your cover this week! :D

Great answers to the GUTGAA questions! :D

Angela Brown said...

Thank you, Kyra, for participating. It warms my heart :-)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the release of Neverlove, Angela. The cover is lovely. :-)

Angela Brown said...

Thank you, Christy. Heather made the process so easy.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Loved your cover Angela. So excited for you. And great writer advice.

Angela Brown said...

Thank you, Natalie. This is all still processing in my head.

Gwen Gardner said...

Love your most valuable writing tip - one of my biggest problems is putting my character's in danger, lol! Congrats on your lovely cover, Partner:)

Candilynn Fite said...

Love your tip, too! So very true. My latest ms, I flung my mc around by the hair, dropped her in the mud, and then left her for dead. I know she'll thank me in the end (because she ended up with the hottest bad boy in town!). Looking forward to GUTGAA. Now off to see you and Gwen's covers!!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I slept in, so yes I am enjoying it!
Got your covers all set to go up on Wednesday.

Angela Brown said...

Hey, Partner! You know I heart your cover as well.

Angela Brown said...

I've very excited for GUTGAA! And thanks for going to take a gander at the covers.

Your MC went through a whole lot to get that guy :-)

Angela Brown said...

WOOT! Thanks, Alex. And so glad you're enjoying the holiday :-)

SA Larsenッ said...

I'm loving your use of Chipmunk!

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Sheri. I figure if I ever have a moment where I need extra inspiration, she'll be all to eager to help out.

Tracey Joseph said...

I love your Who/What am I. And I really love the cover of Neverlove. Congrats!

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Tracey. I suppose I couldn't be any more blunt about who and what I am :-) I'm glad you enjoy the cover!

LD Masterson said...

Enjoyed the Q & A. Love the covers.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks so much, LD :-)

Emily R. King said...

Your latest book sounds "killer" Angela. :) Great getting to know you better!

John Hansen said...

Mother of chipmunks--Hahahaha. :)

I LOVE your cover, btw. It looks so professional. I'll be looking for the release!

Charlie Holmberg said...

I just read a couple of articles about upping the tension, and it really is true! That's what makes me turn the page, so I need to utilize it!

Hope you enjoy GUTGAA, Angela!

Carrie-Anne said...

One of my favorite writing tips is to set something aside for awhile so you can have fresh eyes for edits, revisions, and rewrites later on. I'm not recommending someone wait 10 years like I had to do for some of my books (which were held hostage on obsolete file formats on discs), but at least a couple of months.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Emily. This is going to be a killer good time with GUTGAA.

Angela Brown said...

Yep. My Chipmunk is such a darling...an active-make-me-sit-down-and-wonder-if-I-can-bottle-all-that-energy darling lol!!

Thanks about the cover. Heather McCorkle did a wonderful job.

Angela Brown said...

I'm with you, Charlie. I've got to make sure to up the ante with my characters.

Angela Brown said...

I think I read a blog post at Janice Hardy's The Other Side of the Story where a guest blogger, Sangu, mentioned the importance of letting a MS rest for a while. She made some very good points.

Beth Stilborn said...

Loved the way you answered the Q and A -- your writing is musically lyrical whatever you're writing, even brief answers to set questions!

Great writing tip, as well. I'm learning not to be afraid to try a story completely differently, to stand it on its head, if it isn't working. That's my tip of the day.

All the best with NEVERLOVE and with GUTGAA!

Maria Zannini said...

Air-slapping.

I love that word. :)

Here's to your success.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Beth. You are too kind :-)

Angela Brown said...

Thank you, Maria. For everything!!!

David P. King said...

Those are sweet covers, and score! Another writer who prefers water as their choice of beverage. :)

Jocelyn Rish said...

Great cover! And I wish I'd been further along with my rewrite so I could participate in GUTGAA like so many other #writemotivation peeps. Good luck with it!

Wishing you a very productive #writemotivation month,
Jocelyn

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, David. Yeah, if I get too jittery with caffeine, I find it hard to concentrate on the writing. I've tried. It gets interesting lol!!

Angela Brown said...

Hoping you're doing well with your #writemotivation progress this month :-)

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

I confess, I just saw your cover and blurb over at JC Martin's and it's FABULOUS!!! I LOVE your cover, and the blurb is excellent - totally makes me want to read the book... although I've been wanting to read it since the blog series. Loved reading your answers to the questions above, and great advice... my MG and YA novel attempts have way too much air-slapping - that is just exactly the perfect way to describe it!

Kelley Lynn said...

Ooo, I LOVE that advice and its SO true. The stakes have to keep getting higher, driving the story forward, forcing those readers to keep the book glued to their hands and the light on into the wee hours of the night :)

Nadja Notariani said...

Wonderful advice, Angela! October is right around the corner...can't wait to see your book published. Congratulations!

Angela Brown said...

Hey, Susanna. Glad you had a chance to check it out. And I'm thrilled with everyone's reaction to it.

Yeah, that blog series started it all for NEVERLOVE :-)

Angela Brown said...

Very true, Kelley. Now if I could just master how to do that perfect tension building during the first draft...

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Nadja. I'll probably stare at it on the computer screen and still feel it's all surreal lol!!

Beth Hull said...

Hey Angela! I see you over at the YA Muses all the time, thought I'd stop by. Music distracts me, too, but doesn't stop me from spending way too much time compiling soundtracks for my books.

Best of luck with the GUTGAA contest!

Angela Brown said...

Hey Beth. I try to support the YA Muses as I can. Been extra busy but I'm hoping to get back to visiting them more often.

That's very cool that you compile soundtracks for your books :-)

Donna Hole said...

For me, writing tips are just sit down and write and don't worry about the mistakes. I hate the first draft process.

....dhole

Shelley Munro said...

This is a tip I heard at a conference a few years ago.
If you get stuck, make a list of ten things your characters would never do then make them do them

Tara Tyler said...

great tip! and i'm trying to add more water, not just coffee...

Jeannette said...

Wonderful tip - isn't it just plain fun to screw around with our MC's sometimes?? *evil chuckle* Good luck with GUTGAA!

Angie Sandro said...

Paranormal elements tend to take over my brain, too. Good luck with GUTGAA. Stop by and check out your cover reveal, which went live today. Love it, absolutely gorgeous model. http://anjeasandro.blogspot.com/

Stephsco said...

Nice to meet you through GUTGAA. You're right about tension and conflict. My earlier drafts had conflict... somewhere. You know, by chapter 7. Thankfully I got some great feedback that said the writing was great but my story -- NOTHING HAPPENED. Harsh but true! Live and learn.

Tucking the chipmunk in sounds very cute!

Beth said...

Hello Angela! Those were great writing tips! Enjoy GUTGAA!! :)

Heather Brady said...

Nice to meet you - some inspiring thoughts here! GUTGAA
-Heather

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Eliza Tilton said...

Grats on NEVERLOVE! Cover looks great.

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