Saturday, October 31, 2009

And then I made a Freaking Cake

It was a quiet morning...and a deceptively small number of baking supplies sat on the kitchen counter...awaiting one woman's solitary journey into the land of Brobee from Yo Gabba Gabba birthday cake making...



The odds were stacked against her--what with her being ignorant of the ways of cake baking and decorating and generally cooking challenged. The universe smirked as she crept across the cool tile, arranging ingredients. Even her coffee mug mocked her mission. (It reads "another day of winging it" and the ziggy is totally smirking.)



Like a Native American adolescent on a vision quest, armed with only a bone knife and her wits...one woman dared to make her child's first birthday cake. To MAKE IT HERSELF!! NOT TO BUY IT IN THE STORE, ALREADY DECORATED, LIKE A SANE PERSON!!



By the time the first cake went into the oven, the anxiety was beginning to hit. Would this cake muster up? Or had she just invested 14.75 in Failure and Shame?



The first cake, thankfully, came out golden and gorgeous...



And plopped eagerly onto the foil-covered cardboard.



The second cake came out much less perfect and rectangular, but that was okay. The second cake was cut up to make arms and crazy orange monster hair anyway! Yes! This was going to work!

By the time the woman began icing Brobee's crotch, she was feeling positively giddy.



There was a moment of terror just before the laying down of the eyes--those being the MAKE OR BREAK IT element of the entire cake!!--but...



The terror and nerves were for naught...because she kicked the A$# of that Brobee cake.



Baby's 1st Birthday Cake--check.

Up next, world domination. Or maybe...some zombie cupcakes...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Books, Blood And Bones Signing Pics!

All in all, it was a lovely way to spend the eve of my birth last Saturday.

First, I was seated next to the fabulous Marley Gibson, author of the "Ghost Huntress" series. She was a great table mate and we bonded so firmly we're probably Bffs now. Or very close to it. I mean, she even let me sit on her lap (as seen here):



Then I got to fangirl out over Rosemary Clement-Moore (Linda Gerber was just to our right, you can't see her, but that totally added to the fangirl outburst and squeeing, as pictured below.)



Then I shot my husband cranky looks over my shoulder because I had a splitting headache. (But then he went and got me Advil, proving, once again, that his a god among men and I will never set him free.)



Then we all had to huddle and judge a costume contenst (you can see Melissa Francis there across the huddle. This was the only pic I got of Mel! Ack! This is very poor camera wrangling because she looked gorgeous and was funny and charming, as always.)



Then I practiced my Vanna for Chloe Neil. (She was impressed, I could tell, and may hire me to follow her around and motion toward her banner at all her signing events. We're in talks.)



And finally, a group picture. (I'm the little squatting one on the right. Because I wanted to cuddle the sign or something...I don't know. I really can't remember why I did things as far back as last Saturday.)



So thank you to the North Little Rock Books-a-Million for a lovely event! And thanks to all the ladies for being awesome. (They really were awesome. You should go buy some of their books. Now.)

Happy Thursday!

Stacey Jay

Monday, October 26, 2009

Mentoring to the Internetz: Part Three, Revising

Welcome Internetz!!

It's time for another installment of Mentoring to the Internetz, in which I share what little knowledge/wisdom I have acquired about the business of writing with young and beginning writers. (The series is a response to the large number of emails I've received from writers wanting advice, not any strong feelings on my part that I am the goddess of the written word or anything of the sort. I'm just a working writer, here to share. As always, take the opinions or leave them. Your choice!)

If you're new to the series, check out Post Number One here: http://staceyjayya.blogspot.com/2009/10/mentoring-to-internetz-part-one-intro.html

And Part Two here: http://staceyjayya.blogspot.com/2009/10/mentoring-to-internetz-part-two-basics.html

So far, we've covered a bit about the importance of Reading and Writing and establishing daily writing habits and goals. Today, we're going to talk about revising. I'll tell you flat out that I HATE revising (major revising, not "smoothing", which is what I like to call tweaking sentences for flow, checking spelling, making little changes to maintain story continuity and all that stuff). It isn't that I mind the work or think my shiny new words are perfect the way they are, but that I have a very hard time re-imagining a scene once I've written it.

After the words are on the page, the conversation/battle/etc. is real to me. It exists in the place and time and world of the characters and I have a very hard time erasing this "real" interaction and putting another in its place. That's why I do my best to get it "right"--to write the very best version of a scene--the first time around, to avoid having to go back and make major changes later. (Outlining before I begin to work really helps with getting it "right". For me, anyway.)

So, because I want to know most of my scenes will stay close to what I've written the first time, I generally revise as I go. I will spend the first 20-30 minutes of my daily writing time going back over what I've written the day before, tweaking and cutting and pasting and occasionally rewriting the scene entirely if that's what my gut is telling me needs to happen. (I'm a gut-based editor and um...pretty much a gut-based everything else as well. I trust my instincts to guide me and am often unaware of the thought processes that play out while I'm making decisions. This makes me a very BAD person to try to teach anyone anything. It is difficult to dissect what I do and the reasons why I do it, but I'm trying. So bear with me...or not. You can always come back later in the week for the blog tour or some light reading about something funny. I'm going to try to get back posting more fun stuff.)

Now, one of the dangers of revising as you go can be falling into the "All These Words Suck and Must Go!" trap in which you constantly rewrite the same 2-3 thousand words again and again and again until you want to rip your hair out and burn your manuscript and vow never to write anything ever ohmygod!! I have a couple of dear friends who have fallen into this trap and are fighting their way out. These smart, published, talented women have become mired in the "This Has to Be Perfect the First Time" pit and had their productivity severely impaired.

So, if you find that you are one of those writers that picks your story apart during daily revisions to the point that you're not getting anywhere, you might want to make the decision NOT to revise until you finish the entire manuscript. Then you'll have lots of words to work with and I bet you a bunch of them are going to be great. Maybe as much as 1/3 will need work, but the other 2/3 are a story you would never have had if you hadn't kept writing straight through without stopping to "tweak".

Okay, okay, you might be saying, but when are you going to teach us HOW to revise?

Um...I'm not. I have no idea how to revise. I mean, I've done revisions. Tons of revisions--some big, some small, some sweet and breezy, some torturous and angsty--but I've never come to one method that I would call a teachable version of what I do to make my books suck less. I just read and re-read and re-read, struggling to make my finished draft as solid as possible. Then, I let the manuscript sit unmolested on my computer for anywhere from 2-4 weeks (depending on how close I am to my deadlines) and work on other projects before coming back for one final read before submission to my editor.

This final read is INVALUABLE to me, as I've had time to distance myself from my precious words and characters and fall in love with new words and characters and will be much more brutal in cutting the last of the fat from the manuscript. (And the dorky dialogue. This is usually where I find the dorky dialogue and hastily erase while darting looks around to make sure no one read the dorky things over my shoulder.)

All in all, this method works for me. For now. I honestly believe my books keep getting better--and I hope you will too when you read "Undead Much?" this January--so I'm satisfied with my process. This could change at any time, however. I think finding your revising style is something each writer must work out for themselves and that it--like many aspects of the writing journey--is something that may shift and grow and change as you continue to work on telling the best story you can tell.

And....end mentoringz. Next time we'll talk about Critique Partners and how valuable a little teamwork can be.

Please feel free to post questions here or email me at stacey.jay.ya at gmail dot com with writing related thoughts/feelings/etc. I do not have time to answer every email I receive anymore--I'm sorry! I have kids and work and though I do try to reply to everyone the FIRST time they email, I am not able to develop email RELATIONSHIPS with anyone other than my editor and agent and close friends at this time--but I do try to address as many issues as I can here on the blog.

Have a fabulous day,

Stacey Jay

Friday, October 23, 2009

Debutante Blog Tour: L.K. Madigan



About Flash Burnout

Fifteen-year-old Blake has a girlfriend and a friend who's a girl. One of them loves him, the other one needs him.

When he snapped a picture of a street person for his photography homework, Blake never dreamed that the woman in the photo was his friend Marissa's long-lost meth addicted mom.

In a tangle of life, death, and love, Blake will emerge with a more sharply defined snapshot of loyalty.

About L.K. Madigan

L.K. Madigan is a writer living in Portland, Oregon, who finds it odd to speak in the third person. Therefore:

Hi. I am married with one son, two big black dogs, hundreds of books, and a couple of beaters, I mean vintage cars.

FOUR QUESTIONS:

1. If you had to kill off one of your characters which one would it be? Why him/her?

The mother of Blake’s friend. She’s toxic.

2. Would you consider having this character come back from the dead? Why or why not?

*shudders* No! She’s cheated death too many times already; she should stay dead.

3. What's the strangest thing eaten in the course of your book? (If it's brains you get ten bonus points!)

Words.

4. Random sharing time, what do you want my zombie-blog-author readers to know about your book?

While it does not contain zombies, it does have its share of dark humor.

Additional Details


And there you have it folks, the pithy brilliance of L.K. Madigan. Go get you some of that Flash Burnout action and I'll see you back here on the blog tomorrow for a very special edition of Stacey Jay blogging about stuff,

Stacey Jay

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Books, Blood and Bones Signing on Saturday 24th

Huge Signing going down on Saturday!!

Be there and you could win an advanced reader copy of "Undead Much?" as well as get some awesome books signed. Details below:



Books, Blood & Bones

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Saturday, Oct. 24th at 5pm

Book signings by authors

    *Melissa Francis *Linda Gerber

    *Stacey Jay *Marley Gibson

    *Rosemary Clement-Moore *Chloe Neill

Creatures of the night Costume Contest

Come as your favorite Vamp, Vampire or Mystery Character

Paranormal/Mystery Trivia Contest

Prizes ----- Samples ----- Fun

2747 Lakewood Village Dr. NLR, AR 72116 (501)771-7581

Hope to see some of you there!!

Stacey Jay

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pumpkin Patch Aside 1

Hey everyone!

It's been a very busy week and I'm trying to power through the last 20k of my latest Work In Progress, so I haven't had time to get to my Mentoring post for the week just yet. I do hope to have that to you by Friday/Saturday however. And tomorrow, I'll have info on the big Books, Blood, and Bones paranormal book signing going down this Saturday in North Little Rock. (It starts at 4:30 p.m. so plan to be there and be fabulous and get a bunch of awesome signed books by authors like Melissa Francis, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Linda Gerber, and more. And me too, of course. All the details posted tomorrow when I have a little more time to breathe.)

In the meantime, however, I give you, a totally non-writing related Pumpkin Patch Interlude with Precious Loin Fruit Number 2:


Okay, so what's a pumpkin and what's a baby? Pumpkin or baby, pumpkin or baby? Why did my mom dress me in an orange sweater? Doesn't she know I could get lost! Or snatched and taken home and carved for Halloween!



Ha! Here I am!



God, I crack myself up. I wasn't really worried about getting pumpkin picked. Just kidding. Ahh...yeah...good times at the pumpkin patch. Good times.



But for real. This place rocked, let me stare off into space and ponder the awesomeness of pumpkins for a moment...



Aw yeah...pondering is also awesome. I will let her bring me back here next year...in something less orange, of course.

Tomorrow people!

Stacey Jay


Friday, October 16, 2009

Fan Art Friday & Book Three Teaser

Hey guys!!

Let me say again how VERY exciting and fabulous I find it to open up my email and find zombie or Megan Berry inspired art inside (or links to art). I can't draw anything from my imagination (only poorly mimic things I see) so I'm extremely impressed by all your artistic talent. And you'll be pleased to know you are inspiring other artists, as well.

Reader Heather M, a young mom busy with her kids, has started writing and drawing again! Go Heather! And she was kind enough to send me a few of her older works to share with you guys:

This one is The Zombie:



And this one is called The Ring:



Ooo....the ring...how very, very appropriate. As you may or may not know, my third book for Razorbill will be a break from the zombies, an eerie little number presently titled after a piece of jewelry. An evil piece of jewelry, perhaps? Perhaps....:).

More on that later. And more Fan Art Friday next week...if anyone sends fan art this week, lol!

Have a great weekend,

Stacey Jay

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Mentoring to the Internetz: Part Two: The Basics

Helloooo Internetz!

Welcome to Part Two of my ongoing series "Mentoring to the Internetz" in which I'm hoping to offer some small amount of guidance and wisdom to aspiring writers who have contacted me for advice on the business of authoring.

Find the introduction to the series here: http://staceyjayya.blogspot.com/2009/10/mentoring-to-internetz-part-one-intro.html

Before we get started on The Basics, I'll remind you that I'm not pretending to be the ultimate authority on anything, especially writing. I've only been at this full time for five years, so I have a lot to learn myself. Feel free to take or leave anything you read here. These posts are my opinion based on my experience to date. That's it.

Also, I want it to be clear that this series is intended for writers who are considering writing as a career and want to publish and possibly earn a living making things up. I LOVE writing and feel unbelievably blessed that this is my job, but it is a JOB. I push myself and work very, very hard. This is not a "dream" I had that magically came true after I wished hard enough on an enchanted pen I found in my junk drawer. I am not making a large amount of money per book at this time--certainly not enough to provide for my family writing one book a year--so I really have to push myself to make ends meet as a stay-at-home-mom-writer (and avoid the EDJ--evil day job, as one of my friend's calls it.)

With those things in mind, let's get started with: The Basics! Reading and Writing

READ:

Okay, so I just said all this is opinion, but this part isn't. I maintain that it is a FACT that you can not write and sell successfully if you are not a reader. It's just a fact. You're not going to absorb the three act structure of a story, the hero's journey, or learn how to build suspense and create a readable book if you aren't reading. You need to read everything you can get your hands on--every story will teach you something about what you do and don't want to do in your own book--but it's especially important to read in your genre.

"But I don't want to copy someone else," you say.

It's not "copying" to be educated about current trends and storytelling conventions. For example--if most books published in the YA market at a given time are told in first person, past tense and you decide to write a third person, present tense book--that might be a hard sell. If your book is AMAZING, then it will still find an audience. But the fact of the matter is, most of us don't write a Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (real book by Dave Eggers) the first time around.

Therefore, it is wise for beginning writers to know what's out there before we begin and then strive to create comparable work. Not copy a trend that's hot right now or write a book clearly derivative of Author X's masterwork, "The Princess Who Was Also A Pirate", but to make educated choices about what we will write based on the market. For example, three years ago I knew I loved romance and paranormal creatures and that those books were selling well, but I was getting a little tired of vampires (I'd been reading Anne Rice since I was ten years old). I wanted something different and boy did zombies scare the crap out of me. I thought it would be fun to write a YA romance featuring zombies and, at the time, no one had a book of that kind available. It was a fresh idea that incorporated my knowledge of the market. But it was also a book I was excited to write. It satisfied two of my major needs when it comes time to choose a project:

1. Do I love the idea?
2. Do I think the idea can sell?

So I went for it, and thankfully, sold YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME to the lovely people at Razorbill.

Now, some of you might think you don't need to read within your genre for research purposes. You might be thinking: "But my ideas are so unique, I don't have to read to see if someone else has already written about a vampire rat/pink space alien made of bubble gum/conjoined twin pygmy trolls before!"

Scarily, even the weirdest ideas have often already been done. I just finished a partial for one of my editors that I was positive was so odd and creepy that no one had ever written anything like it before. *Foolish author!* Only days later, I came across a book I hadn't found in my pre-writing google search with a very similar premise. Now this doesn't mean my book won't sell--or that your book on Popular Creature X won't sell--but it could make it more difficult. Especially if your book just happens to have a very similar plot and hook as a very successful book already on the shelves.

Even if you've been living in a bubble and came up with sparkling vampires all on your own, no one is going to care. You won't sell that book and will have misspent your time if your final goal is to publish your manuscript. No time spent writing is ever a waste, but we each have only so many spare minutes in a day, so many minutes in a life. Researching and reading in your genre can help you make wise choices about how to spend those minutes.

WRITE:

The second step in our writer's journey--writing. "Um, duh, Stacey," you might be muttering to yourself at this very moment. "I want to be a writer, of course I write. That's a no-brainer."

OMG! Yes. You are completely correct. It is a no-brainer that a writer should write, but I'm astounded by how many people tell me "I've been working on this book for three years and I only have two chapters really finished". WHAT?!! Three years!!! You're telling me you've written about 5 or 6 thousand words, give or take a few hundred, in three years? Now, given, I do write for a living and am fairly speedy, but at my current rate of word production, I would have written close to 2 million words in three years. Maybe more if I'm not pregnant or caring for very small children.

So...you go to school full time or have a full time job. I feel you. So you have young children or a needy spouse/boyfriend or tons of extracurricular activities or organize the drama productions at your church or yada yada "insert thing that keeps you busy and exhausted here". I really do understand. But if you want to be a writer, these life things are no excuse to keep you from writing. You must write to improve your writing, you must write to get from chapter one to "the end" and have something to revise, you must write if you ever hope to be published. That's it, no way around it.

As far as my own personal experience, I've found writing is a lot like exercising. There's no way I'm going to be able to make it through a Jillian Michael's exercise video if I'm not in shape and haven't been working out at least 4-5 times per week. Same with writing. I have to write every day--or close to everyday--or my speed and skill take a hit and I have to slow down and revise more. So, I would advise writing everyday. Yeah, I know, a little crazy, but I'll say it again: I advise writing every single day.

And not just writing everyday, but having a word goal you intend to reach before the sun goes down. It's not enough to sit down and stare at the paper/screen for thirty minutes. You need to put something down on the paper/screen. Five years ago, when I decided I wanted to be a published writer, I started with a goal of 500 words a day and I didn't let myself go to bed until those words were finished. I wrote during the baby's nap, I wrote early in the morning and late at night, I did whatever it took to get in my 500 words.

Over time, those words got easier and easier until I found I could finish them in half an hour or less. So I upped my words and then upped them again and again, until now I can get in 2000 words in about two and a half hours (on a good day...on a bad day that might take me five hours, but I find bad days are usually caused by a lack of solid plotting. I'm trying to learn from my mistakes and make more detailed outlines and save myself those five hour torture sessions, but that's a work in progress. I'm still working to improve my writing and my writing methods, to continue to grow as a wordsmith so that I can make each book a little bit better and more fun for my audience to read.)

Whew!! So I think we're off to a solid, if slightly preachy, start :). Tune in for Part Three where we'll be discussing Revising, Repeating, and Critique Partners.

And, as always, please feel free to post questions here or to email me at stacey.jay.ya at gmail dot com if you're shy of posting in public.

Happy Writing Everyone!

Stacey Jay

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Debutante Blog Tour: Lauren Bjorkman



About My Invented Life

Roz and Eva are sisters, close friends, and fierce rivals. Roz fantasizes about snagging the lead in the school play and sexy skate god Bryan as her boyfriend. Sadly a few obstacles stand between her and her dreams. For one, Eva is the more talented actress. And Bryan happens to be Eva’s boyfriend. But is Eva having a secret love affair with a girl? Enquiring minds need to know.

Roz prides herself on random acts of insanity. In one such act, she invents a girlfriend of her own to encourage Eva to open up. The plan backfires, and Roz finds herself neck deep in her invented life. When Roz meets a mercurial boy with a big problem, she begins to understand the complex feelings beneath the labels. And she gets a second chance to earn Eva’s trust.

My Invented Life is set in a small California high school during rehearsals for a Shakespeare comedy.

About Lauren Bjorkman

I grew up on a sailboat, sharing the tiny forecastle with my sister and the sail bags. We are still friends. Visiting exotic lands continues to be a big part of my life. I once learned how to make bread in Yemen Bedouin style. I’ve played Hacky Sack with children in Thailand. My passion for travel is second only to my love for books because take me to every world imaginable. I live in Taos, New Mexico with my husband, two sons, a cat that thinks he’s a dog, and another cat that thinks he’s a rabbit.

Four Questions With:

1. If you had to kill off one of your characters which one would it be? Why him/her?

Do I have to? I love all my characters, even the annoying ones. I want them to live forever.

Stacey: Okay, I'll let you slide...this time.

2. Would you consider having this character come back from the dead? Why or why not?
Mr. Beltz, the homeroom teacher, could be taken for a zombie. I think that counts.

3. What's the strangest thing eaten in the course of your book? (If it's brains you get ten bonus points!)

Oooh! I have a good answer for this one. My main character ate a banana slug. Will you give me two points for texture?

Stacey: I'll give you fifteen points. That's very, very gross!

4. Random sharing time, what do you want my zombie-blog-author readers to know about your book?
A room full of theater geeks can be scary, too, you know!

Stacey: Oh, I do. I was a theater major in college!

Additional Details

o Author Web site: http://laurenbjorkman.com/

o Bookstore links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/My-Invented-Life-Lauren-Bjorkman/dp/0805089500/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1251760019&sr=1-1
Indiebound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780805089509

Hey ya'll, go check this book out, and thanks for stopping by the blog Lauren!!

Stacey Jay

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Mentoring to the Internetz: Part One: Intro to the series

Helllooooo Internetz!

Since I became a bonafide published author last year with the release of YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME, I've received an astounding number of requests from writers--young and old--for mentoring. Despite the fact that I still feel like a beginner myself most days, I've been asked to read pages, look at proposals, hear pitches, and been told to hand over my agent's phone number on more than one occasion. (Note to would-be writers: Agents phone numbers are usually clearly listed on their websites. I would not, however, recommend you call them up and demand representation or advice on writing. This business does not work that way. There are rules, protocol to follow, just like in any other career. But more on that later, in part 12 or 14 of this series when we'll get around to talking about everything I know about agents...which isn't as much as you'd think.)

So, getting back to the point--I've been asked to mentor and I've had to say no every time. I just don't have the time to mentor everyone or even a handful of someones. I am a mom to two very active little boys and write full time (4-5 books a year, which is a LOT of words that don't just puke themselves out onto the page. I have to sit down and make them and that takes up most of my time when I'm not changing diapers or driving to soccer practice). I also have A Marriage to a man I love very much and Marriages, much like children, don't take care of themselves. You have to invest time and love and energy into them and building my marriage takes up any spare time I have left.

Still, like any good Southern girl who has been raised to believe she can (and should) be all things to all people and have her hair prettied up and her makeup on while she does it--I have had guilt about refusing eager new writers. It's not that I want to lock up the secrets to the writing kingdom in my published author lair and cackle while you struggle to scrape together enough bread to eat outside the castle walls.

Quite the contrary.

Writing is a very opaque business as it is presently conducted and I think that writers suffer the most from that state of affairs. No matter how much research you do, there are things you're only going to learn from being in the business and pissing someone off. (Not that I, personally, have ever pissed anyone off, but I've heard stories.) But it's not until they're angry and explaining the dumb thing that you did that you'll have any clue that it wasn't a good thing to do. Because there is no list of rules posted on the wall telling you what's expected of you beyond the basics: write good books and meet your deadlines if at all possible. And the rules are always changing because the people are always changing. After selling one particular project, I was shifted to three different editors before the publishing process was completed. It was madness, and scary, but I survived. And you will too. And I want to help.

Over the next year, I'll be posting MENTORING TO THE INTERNETZ posts here on the blog (I'll try to remember to label them so they're easy to find). In these posts I will tell you absolutely everything I can think to tell you that might help you get work as a published writer. We'll start at the very beginning--how to write, when to write, what to write--and work our way through to the more endish parts--the publishing process in depth, the second, third, and fourth books, how not to let mean reviews on Goodreads make you drown yourself in a bucket of bathtub gin. (What is bathtub gin, anyway? Gin made in a bathtub, I'm guessing.)

I hope these posts will be helpful to some of you in some small way. They will most certainly be helpful to me. I will have less guilt saying no when I can easily send my would-be-mentee a link to this post and start them on their "getting internetz mentored" journey.

Questions are welcome. Please send them to stacey.jay.ya at gmail dot com and I will try to incorporate as many as I can into the upcoming posts.

Sincerely,

Stacey Jay

Monday, October 5, 2009

One Last Late--yet awesome!!--fan art



Love this! This is Megan, working the Exuro spell on some zombies, awesomely drawn by Reader Liz. Another person who can Draw! Amazing. I love Megan's hair and the flames shooting out of her hand.

Thanks so much, Liz! And thanks to everyone who entered.

In addition, let it be known that I welcome art at any time. Just email me and I will be thrilled to feature your zombie art--inspired by my books or just by the love of zombies--on the blog. I'm also working on a page for the website. So tell your friends! Draw pictures! Live long and prosper!

And stuff like that. Off to make mad words on sekrit project ;)

Stacey Jay

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Winner of Undead Much Arc

Happy Saturday all,

I received two more works of artistic genius yesterday! Whoot! Go everyone who drew something. You are brave and talented (not to mention Fun) people. I loved this picture of Megan from reader Sammy:



And Ka-Yam pretty much blew my mind with this:



How amazing is that? She called it "zombies like it sweet with a finger on top". Wow. Yeah, Ka-Yam is made of artsy awesome sauce and I will be emailing her and trying to talk her into working on the t-shirt for MY SO CALLED DEATH.

(For each book, I try to find an artist willing to do some original work that I print up on t-shirts and give out as promo. I've got the Amazing April McGuire working on the UNDEAD MUCH? tee. You can see some of her work here: http://velvet-moonlight.deviantart.com/ Her design is so kick tail, I can't wait to share it with ya'll!)

Yeah, yeah, yeah, Stacey, but who won?

Okay, okay, let me put numbers with names....and put the numbers on little pieces of paper...and draw out one...and...the winner is...number 2! That's Megan! With her zombie duck!!



Congrats Megan! And thanks so much to everyone who entered the contest. Stay tuned for another chance to win one of three UNDEAD MUCH? Advanced Reader Copies in two weeks with my Halloween contest!

Have a great weekend,

Stacey Jay

Friday, October 2, 2009

BIG news and last chance for contest

Hey ya'll,

It's the last day to enter the "draw something and maybe win one of my Advanced Reader Copies of UNDEAD MUCH? contest". Basically all you have to do is draw something zombie inspired or, more specifically, inspired by YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME, and email it to stacey.jay.ya at gmail.com. And you're entered. That's it! So easy and fun and what else have you got to do in study hall/during the baby's nap/lunch break today? Nothing. As I thought. So get to drawing! Contest open until midnight tonight, winner announced tomorrow.

Here's what I've got so far:

From Kristen we have, "The Zombie Student:



And Megan sent a pic of a zombie duck sugar cookie! How cute is this? Very cute.



ASIDE--I have a zombie sugar cookie recipe on my website if you'd like to check it out. You can make your own horde in the safety of your own home--http://www.staceyjay.com/undeadcookies.php --END ASIDE

You can also be entered to win by participating in the SHRINKING VIOLET contest (see this post for more details: http://staceyjayya.blogspot.com/2009/09/save-shrinking-violet-and-2-contests.html )

And I will share, for those of you who are curious, that so far your chances of winning this ARC are VERY good. I've only got 5 entries. That means everyone has a 20% chance of winning!! Are you other people going to let that happen? Or are you going to enter this contest? (Enter the contest. It is the obvious choice.)

All right, enough contest stuff. Let's get to the News:

I'm so thrilled to announce that I've just accepted a two-book deal from Pocket books for an urban fantasy mystery series set in an alternate South infested with feral, killer faeries. It's presently called DEAD ON THE DELTA. No word yet which pen name will be claiming these books, but I'll share that name with you all when the time comes as the sexual content of the series will be fairly tame. Adult, but fairly tame adult. (But there will be loads of violence and several murders so...there you go. Yeay violence!)

Very happy Friday to all,

Stacey Jay