About KateBrauning

Author of HOW WE FALL from Merit Press, S&S. Editor with Entangled Publishing, activist, enthusiast, fangirl.

Come Play #EntangledBookHunt Oct. 27!

Three– count them, one two three– books on my Entangled list released this month! Approximately Yours by Julie Hammerle, 27 Hours by Tristina Wright, and The Uncrossing by Lambda Literary fellow Melissa Eastlake. Plus, one more releases in less than two weeks: The November Girl by Lydia Kang! And finally this year, Sea of Strangers, the sequel to Erica Cameron’s critically acclaimed Island of Exiles is out December 5, in just 6 weeks!

Holy books, Batman.

To celebrate, I’m throwing a little party on Twitter. And you are invited! In fact, your friends are invited too. Anyone with a Twitter account can come. It’s on the #EntangledBookHunt hashtag. All you have to do is answer book questions to be entered to win that book. So if I asked you, “To win a copy of The November Girl: which book on my list received a Kirkus star?”, you’d run to the book pages of my website here and find the answer. Then you’d reply to the question on the hashtag with the answer. Every correct answer gets you an entry to win that book! It’s that simple. Open nationally for hard copies and internationally for ebooks!

These are the books available as prizes! Almost all of them have inclusive worlds, most are #ownvoices for at least some aspect of the diversity, and all of them are vibrant, swoony reads with something heart-pounding or unique or incredibly imaginative at their core.

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Plus these books!

 

Among these books are an ass-kicking heroine with OCD, a half-lake monstrous girl with one of the most convincing non-human voices I’ve ever read, a sister relationship that made me call home, an adult romance with a male submissive hero that Smart Bitches, Trashy Books gave an A rating, a queer-normative fantasy Kirkus called “a rare gem of a book,” a queer Rapunzel retelling in the magic mafia, a YA contemporary that’s Paris Geller falling for Ferris Bueller, and way more.

Game Play Instructions:

  • Show up on Twitter on the #EntangledBookHunt hashtag Friday, October 27, from 2-4pm Eastern time.
  • I’ll ask questions about specific books on my Entangled list, adult and YA. To answer, go to my website (www.katebrauning.com). Choose the “editor” button. From the green hamburger menu in the top left, open the “YA Books” and “Adult Books” pages (also linked here). All questions will be drawn from the books on these pages. Click the book covers to see that book’s page with all the info.
  • Reply to the tweet with the question on the hashtag with the correct answer.
  • All correct answers to each question will be entered to win a copy of one of these books!
  • Print books are available to winners with a U.S. mailing address. Ebooks are available internationally.
  • Authors and other members of my team may show up to hang out on the hashtag, answer questions about writing, publishing, and their books, and be part of the fun!

Come see me at Barnes & Noble!

Friends in South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska! I’m at Barnes & Noble in Sioux Falls this Saturday the 23rd from 1-6 PM for #bfestbuzz! I’ll be playing games, signing books, talking about writing, and letting you all know what a wonderful thing young adult fiction is. It’s empowering, it’s personal, it’s transformative. Come hang out, chat with me, win books/prizes, and get your book signed! Also there will be brilliant bestselling author Lydia Kang, whose new novel The November Girl broke my heart and put it back together again. You need to know about this book. Come have fun with us! Come whenever, stay as long as you like! 

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September Wishlist

New things I’m looking for this month at Entangled include:

I loved Lauraine Snelling’s Golden Filly series as a pre-teen & I’d LOVE a general-market version for YA. Racing, training, dressage, jumping, anything competitive. Lots of detail and that human-animal bond, and of course a strong central romance. Maybe a family stable story too?

Really swoony YA romance with a deep and compelling unrequited or impossible love story in any genre. Something that gets into our bones and makes us ache for the impossible romance. Make me think of Anna and St. Clair, or Starbuck and Apollo, or the early seasons of Elena and Damon, or what Rory and Jess should have been!

YA sci-fi set on Earth in modern-day with a strong romance. Something with a Leftovers or Stranger Things flair.

Sweet to spicy adult romance that revolves around clever and surprising set-ups, especially with strong sense of place and a vibrant community feel.

Adult romantic suspense, especially featuring hackers.

NA romance with a unique twist we haven’t seen before. Emergency response personnel? Yes please! Swift water rescue, aviation medicine, anything beyond firefighters and paramedics, though those are great, too. I’d love to see this in adult as well.

Beyond genre, I always want big stories about normal people, emotional depth with a lot of insight, voice that shows a mind at work. I acquire widely, but if you’ve read Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron, Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson, The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle, The November Girl by Lydia Kang, The Uncrossing by Melissa Eastlake, & The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell, you’ll see the heart I’m looking for! In case you want to see the things that tie these books together, you can see them all with a page for each on my YA books and adult books pages here on this site.

Head over to my submission directions for more on how to contact me with your manuscript.

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February Book Releases and Books on Sale!

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February was a busy month for me. So many awesome things happened with my acquisitions at Entangled that I’ll probably have to split it into a few posts!

First, Nicola Davidson’s The Devil’s Submission, a femme dom Regency novella, and the follow-up to Surrender to Sin, released!  Smart Bitches, Trashy Books loved it and gave it an A-grade for good reason, so check out the rave review and go get your copy, because it’s $1.99. The Fallen Series is perfect for fans of feminist romance-driven erotica with a little kink, a lot of heat, and headstrong women who know what they want.ioe-cover

Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron also released! This one is a young adult fantasy thriller that’s unlike anything you’ve ever read, and incredibly compelling. So compelling, in fact, that it earned a Kirkus star, a prestigious designation for books of exceptional merit, and they called it a “rare gem of a book.” Here’s what they had to say:Kirkus review

Island of Exiles was also announced as a Junior JLG certificateLibrary Guild selection. This is yet another mark of how compelling and thrilling this book is. And if fancy credentials aren’t enough to make you want a copy, let me convince you: I loved Island of Exiles because it’s an intense survival thriller, which is always exciting to me especially if it’s this well done. I also loved how huge and wild and real the world is–I felt like I’d left my own world completely behind when I read this one. It’s so real, it hurt to come back. And for all its complexity and richness, at its heart it’s a story of a soldier girl out to rescue her brother at any cost, in a world where siblings don’t really exist. Right now you can get the paperback for $7.40, so run for it, and check it out on Amazon Barnes and Noble Goodreads or Indiebound

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Completely different from those first two, Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle also released in February! It’s the first in her North Pole, Minnesota series, set in a Stars-Hollow-like town that’s a Christmas tourist village–in North Pole, it’s Christmas 365 days a year. And this first installment is You’ve Got Mail meets Pokemon Go. Bitter rivalry between the town’s two family-run sporting goods stores means Elena and Oliver can’t ever fall for each other–unless maybe they already have, and don’t even know it. At $2.99 for the ebook, you can’t go wrong with this escapist, heartwarming, funny read.

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And finally, Julie Hammerle’s brilliant debut, The Sound of Us, went on sale! It’s Pitch Perfect at opera camp, and it’s so nerdy you’ll love it. Every chapter starts with a tweet, and they tell their own little story, too. It’s one of the funniest, most human voices I’ve read in a long time, and it’s all about female friendship and discovering your passions and owning who you are. Kirkus Reviews also loved it, and since the paperback is on sale for less than $4, you don’t want to miss out on this brilliant debut. SOU graphic

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Cover Reveals and Book Deals, Oh My!

I’ve been overwhelmed and overrun lately with the best of things, and in case you missed them all happening on Twitter, I’m rounding them up here in a post for you!

First, Tristina Wright’s gorgeous cover and official back cover copy for the much-anticipated 27 Hours was revealed on Book Riot! Having been blurbed so far by Claire Legrand, AR Kahler, Kate Elliot, Tara Sim, Meredith Russo, and Alexandra Duncan, this book is one to pre-order right this very minute. Here’s the gorgeous cover. Keep staring.

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Also, the cover reveal for Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson (Valkyrie Rising) was revealed on YA Books Central with a giveaway! This one is basically “what if Paris Geller fell for Ferris Bueller, and both of them stayed horrible.” It’s boarding school prank war enemies to lovers romance, and it’s laugh-out-loud hilarious with a gem of an angry girl voice, so you want it. Go enter the giveaway, pre-order it so you have your summer romance fav on its way, and also stare at the awesome cover. And check out that look Harper is giving you:

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And third but far from least, today the announcement for a brand-new book deal hit Publisher’s Marketplace! CYCLO is every bit as good as it sounds, and I’m so thrilled to be working with the prolific and brilliant Lydia Kang again. (The November Girl, the first I acquired from Lydia, is a heartbreaking and gorgeous and tremendously hopeful YA magical realism which you should preorder too). My next with her, just acquired, is CYCLO, and it’s about a Korean girl who has never gotten the chance to really live, and a mercenary boy who’s on a death mission. So clearly you want it. cyclo-pm-deal

Finally, I’m working on a redesign of my site! Check out the pages above for complete listings of the books I’ve acquired at Entangled, what they’re about, and where you can order them. There are some real gems and some brilliantly talented authors in those lists. 🙂

Crafting Success: Seven Writing Contest Finalists Share Their Favorite Writing Tips and Techniques

Crafting Success: Seven Writing Contest Finalists Share Their Favorite Writing Tips and Techniques

by Martina Boone

When I’m doing a panel with other authors or doing a blog, radio, or TV interview, I’m often asked whether a story begins with character, plot, or setting. The truth is, every book is different for me, and most of the time, it’s a small grain of inspiration combined with a lot of agonizing work. I’m always looking for ways to make that easier, which is why I include so many “tips” posts for both AdventuresInYAPublishing.com and the 1st5PagesWritingWorkshop.com.

Because I know I’m not alone in searching for insight, Sandra Held, Sarah Glenn Marsh, and I have asked the finalists in our recent Red Light, Green Light WIP contest at Adventures to give us their favorite writing tips and techniques.

Interested in test-driving the opening and pitch for your own WIP? The next agent-judged Red Light, Green Light contest opens for entries on 4/7/16.

Seven Writing Contest Finalists Share Their Favorite Writing Tips and Techniques

Joan Albright: The characters rule all. I can control what happens TO them, but trying to force the plot around characters which aren’t behaving never results in a satisfying scene. Instead I write the plot to the characters, letting them show me the path. This of course requires that I know the characters. Sometimes the entire first draft of a novel is about discovering who these people are and what motivates them.

Don’t be afraid to write out a long and complicated backstory for each character – but also don’t feel obligated to lay this backstory out in your novel. Like the pipes and wires behind your painted walls, those things need to be there, but it’s better if they do their job invisibly.

Laurine Bruder: I’m a sucker for fairy tales, princesses, friendships, family stories, and fantasy. It’s my bread and butter and what I grew up with. I love a richly drawn world with characters that struggle against all the odds, who cling to each other because they’re the only ones who can understand the situation, and who succeed, or not, but they do so together. In my manuscript, my two leading ladies have been described as old war buddies and that resonates with me because it implies a relationship that’s gone through hell and still come out strong. Just thinking about it now is inspiring me to write! Speaking of inspiration, I find it everywhere: music, movies, books, watching people in their everyday lives, it’s amazing where the smallest spark of inspiration can come from.

Holly Campbell: The setting is so important to the story. I try to make the setting another character. I don’t like writing about places I’ve never been–it feels like a lie. If the story doesn’t feel right in a setting I’m familiar with, or I can’t adequately research a place, I will sometimes just make it up (it’s fiction, right?). For example, my novel Foreshadowed is set in my hometown, but my other novel Without Curtains is set in a fictional farm town. In both books, the setting plays a huge part in the story.

Dan Lollis: I need a t-shirt that reads “I’d rather be drafting.” I usually cheat and do a good but of revision during drafting…I don’t subscribe to the theory that all first drafts are garbage. Maybe my finished first draft is actually a first-and-a-half draft. Then I do usually do several rounds of read-throughs where I make changes and ask myself questions. Then I ask my writing partner or a critique partner(s) or beta reader(s) to mercilessly tear into it. Their advice is often the most helpful, but it can be difficult to know what to change and what to keep. Time away from a manuscript to draft something new can be helpful. I prefer to obsess over…er…work on one manuscript at a time.

Patti Nielson: For me there’s nothing more discouraging then sitting in front of your computer screen and being unable to think of anything to write. I’ll often try to power through but sometimes even that won’t work. Lots of times I leave the word document and wander into the world of social media, but I find that never helps. Usually it leaves me feeling worse. What helps me the most is going for a walk alone. I try to find an isolated area so I can talk to myself without anyone thinking I’m crazy and work through some of the problems I’ve having on my manuscript. Invariably, I come back refreshed and energized. Last week I went for a walk and came back with three titles for a series I’m working on, which might not seem like much, but it’s a big deal for me.

Ellie Sullivan: I really love using the three-act structure to map out major plot points, and then pantsing my way from one major point to the next. It keeps me from veering too far off onto useless tangents and keeps me focused on the core of the story, but also allows some flexibility. When I’m done I put it away for a couple days, and then I’ll return to read it through. Before that readthrough, I’ll probably already have a list of things I think are problematic, and as I read, I’ll add more (probably much more) to that list! My first drafts are absolutely terrible, and usually I’ll have to scrap and rewrite about half the content for the second draft.

Cassidy Taylor: I am not a very detailed plotter. I do like to have a few key scenes in mind before I start, specifically the opening scene, the inciting incident, the “darkest hour,” the climax, and the final scene.

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Come Write In Ireland!

Hello, readers! If you love writing conferences as much as I do, you’re going to be pretty excited about this one.


I’m excited to be teaching in Ireland this summer, along with author Pamela Nowak, through the Ireland Writer Tours program. This week-long retreat in June will feature days of touring Ireland to see castles, ruins, a faerie hill, abbeys, a pub crawl in Galway City, alternating with days of craft talks, writing workshops, and critiques from myself and Pamela Nowak. 


It’s priced at $1825, which includes all guided tours and ground transportation, private accommodation, many meals, ferry fees, entrance fees, all writing classes, private conferences with the author/editor(s) and editing of manuscript pages for each attendee. 


The title topic is on publishing paths, but craft discussion is my jam, and we’re going to be doing a lot of discussion on writing itself as part of career and publishing paths. I’d love to see you there!

 

CHOOSING YOUR PATH: CRAFT, CAREER & PUBLISHING

5-12 June 2016

with Author and Editor, Kate Brauning

and Multi-Published Author, Pamela Nowak

For more information visit www.irelandwritertours.com