ocd love story

ocd love story

courtesy of Simon Pulse

Check THIS out. I’m so pumped. A fun fact? I read this book in about 5 hours, ignored everything else, and immediately called Corey. It’s gripping, breathless, sweet, weird, and wonderful. And this cover is deliciously tongue in cheek. Creepy stalking: CHECK. Hot Pink and Hearts: CHECK. Amazing.

When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. But despite her feelings for Beck, Bea can’t stop thinking about someone else: a guy who is gorgeous and magnetic…and has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea knows a lot about him. She spends a lot of time watching him. She has a journal full of notes. Some might even say she’s obsessed. Bea tells herself she’s got it all under control, but this isn’t a choice, it’s a compulsion. The truth is, she’s breaking down…and she might end up breaking her own heart.


Hey Everyone,

Just  quick announcement that I will be attending the 2012 backspace writer’s conference!

“Unquestionably the best of all writers’ conferences, this two-day annual conference has leaped to the top with its emphasis on quality, not quantity. There are no formal pitch sessions. Instead, you’ll have the opportunity to attend quality workshops and mingle with some of the best editors, agents and other publishing professionals in the industry in a comfortable, non-aggressive atmosphere.” — Bibliobuffet

Check out details, keynote speakers, other agents & editors here



Ladies and Gentlemen,

Get yourselves over the blog of the very awesome Lisa Amowitz for the entry rules for her contest!

Prizes will include a 5 page critique from me! So if you’ve wondered what a crit. looks like from me or you just want an excuse to talk things over with a short associate lit agent who owns disabled cats – YOU CAN WIN IT!


and COMPROMISED, by Heidi Ayarbe


I m so excited, you guys! YOU GUYS! New York Times Best-Selling author Suzanne Elizabeth Phillips raved about JB Lynn’s  CONFESSIONS OF A SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC HITWOMAN  on Facebook!  It cropped up all by its onesy and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

The wonderfully funny, quirky, fantastic CONFESSIONS OF A SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC HITWOMAN came out on 1/24/12 from Avon Impulse and has been knocking folks dead (pun intended! BA-ZING).

See how happy I am! I took this when I got the hard copy:

It was released from Avon Impulse (telling you guys, “digital” is NOT a dirty word!) and I’ve been so impressed by it all!

I’m going to direct you to awesome reviews here, here and especially to the girl-who-reads review here . Also, be sure to check out JB’s website for links, resources, and general awesomeness.

What’s the book about? HINT: talking lizard, sexy cops, and a gold medallion mob boss.

Maggie Lee is not your average hitwoman. For one thing, she’s never killed anyone. For another, after hitting her head in the car accident that killed her sister, her new best friend is a talking lizard—a picky eater, obsessed with Wheel of Fortune, that only Maggie can hear.

Maggie, who can barely take care of herself, is desperate to help her injured and orphaned niece get the best medical care possible, so she reluctantly accepts a mobster’s lucrative job offer: major cash to kill his monstrous son-in-law.

Paired with Patrick Mulligan, a charming murder mentor (who happens to moonlight as a police detective), Maggie stumbles down her new career path, contending with self-doubt, three meddling aunts, a semi-psychic friend predicting her doom, and a day job she hates. Oh, and let’s not forget about Paul Kowalski, the sexy beat cop who could throw her ass in jail if he finds out what she’s up to.

Training has never been so complicated! And, this time, Maggie has to get the job done. Because if she doesn’t … she’s the mob’s next target.

JB Lynn is amazing, and you can follow her on twitter or check out her website at  She’s kind of the bees knees.



World Book Night

I am digging the 30 books chosen for 2012’s WORLD BOOK NIGHT.

World Book Night , hosted April 23rd (Shakespeare’s b-dayy!) promotes literacy, booksellers, libraries and general awesomeness by sharing FOR FREE a list of 30 selected paperback books.

To learn more about WORLD BOOK NIGHT and to get involved or register as a giver – check out the website

Here are the 30 books for 2012:

All About Revision Requests: agents’ defense and authors’ risks!

The Revision Request can be awesome… or it can be soul-crushing. Meredith Barnes blogged about The Exclusive Revision here, go check it out for a better summary.

Essentially, when an agent likes your manuscript, but feels it need extensive revision before it can be sold, that agent may ask you to revise it, send it back to them, and pending those revisions, they may offer representation. The key word there is “may.”

Why don’t we just offer on the manuscript and have you revise under contract? Sometimes we do. And (if we seem overly keen on revision requests) sometimes it backfires.

Revising is a different skill than writing. It behooves us to know that you can revise before we offer, because all too often it goes wrong. Why? Well. [Expletive deleted] if I know, but I suspect it has more to do with the troubles of communicating than any sort of failure on either the part of the agent or the author.

here’s how people think it works:

Here’s how it actually works:

Look at all that noise, the distractions (including perceptions, anxiety, fear, excitement) we both have to sift through!  And it’s not just about communication with each other, but with ourselves. We have to successfully verbalize (and in the author’s case, write down) our vision.

You authors out there, you are dealing with a great divide; that seemingly unbridgeable gap between what you want to write and what you actually write, the black hole between your vision and your execution.

Don’t worry, it’s okay! Consider yourself a member of the team if you’ve wailed at a keyboard having aimed for John Green and hit somewhere closer to Highlights Magazine (no offense, highlights, I loved you at the Dentist’s office!)

Most of you talented devils find a way to navigate it. My point here is to illustrate the  many opportunities one has to fail to meet expectations.

Offering and crossing our fingers that the revision is successful seems unwise and a little cruel, so we offer the revision request in the hopes that we’ll get lucky.

Mike wells blogged about the odds of the revision request calling it The Slow No; believing that 98% of revision requests are  on a long road to “no,” that results in a lot of heartbreak, frustration, anger and wasted time on behalf of the writer.  And you know what – he’s right. IT SUCKS. It sucks out loud.

But, I think Mike’s portrayal of the situation is decidedly one sided.

I can totally understand why an aspiring author, after months of revisions and positive exchanges would feel led on, taken advantage of, bull-dozed and utterly devastated. All that work for no pay-off. UGH.

But it can be just as tough for the agent! It is not our plan to turn you down even though it happens often. We are hoping for that last 2% that DO meet expectations and DO get offers. We’re hoping to be an exception. We are ALL hoping for an exception, are we not? Our jobs –both our jobs- are about beating the dismal publishing odds. 

Still,  unsuccessful revision requests can feel an awful lot like a break-up. There’s a relationship based on expectations, reinforcement and maybe genuine fondness, and when it all goes south everyone is pissed off and crying and WHERE IS THE CHOCOLATE AND WINE AND MY DVD OF “SOME LIKE IT HOT?!”

So, what are the risks and what are you supposed to do?

1.) in addition to feeling heartsick, like, truly in mourning…You also might end up working for free. You could put months into revisions and when all is said and done never be paid for that time. Granted, so can the agent. Some agents might be willing to work on your manuscript with out signing you. Some may never be willing to (agents can get burnt by authors who end up signing with another agent), but you’re certainly allowed to ask.

Is the agent just going to write you an e-mail or give you one phone call? or are they going to give you an editorial letter or maybe even line edit?

It still may not matter. It may only get your hopes up. But you might also get a better book in the end. Gauge how you strongly you feel about the agent’s efforts AND what they suggest because…

2.) You could always wind up changing the book so it works for only one person. Mike writes “Even if the agent or editor does not understand the highly subjective nature of the feedback he or she has given [a writer] [the writers] do!  [Writers] know better than to spend weeks, months or years customizing their book,” and I agree. Don’t change things just because we say to. Don’t do it multiple times because we ask you to. You are allowed to disagree with certain points. You are allowed to choose an end date. You are also allowed to say, “I appreciate the offer, but I’d rather revise non-exclusively and re-query you.”

3.)  Finally, Mike says, ” do not let so-called industry experts dictate what is “good” or “bad” to you. “ ( I don’t love his use of the phrase “so-called,” like we’re all running around flashing business cards we made out of construction paper and the lone office sharpie) but he is right. If you feel strongly about a point then stick to your guns. Take back your writing.

If that means turning us down- that’s okay. Obviously, I don’t want you to say “no” to me, but c’est la vie…


I am excited. Meredith Zeitlin’s FRESHMAN YEAR AND OTHER UNNATURAL DISASTERS comes out from Penguin Putnam in a little under three months! March 1, 2012! Meredith and I will celebrate with Kelsey themed antic activities ( there will be musicals, bad photographs, cute boys and dancing!)



Laugh-out-loud funny high school drama – perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and Meg Cabot

Let’s say you’re fourteen and live in New York City. You’d think your life would be like a glamorous TV show, right? And yet . . . You don’t have a checking account, much less a personal Black American Express card. You’ve never been to a club, and the only couture in your closet is a Halloween costume your mom made from an old laundry bag.

In other words? You’re Kelsey Finkelstein – fourteen and frustrated. Every time she tries to live up to her awesome potential, her plans are foiled. Kelsey wants to rebrand herself for high school to make the kind of mark she knows is her destiny. But just because Kelsey has a plan for greatness . . . it doesn’t mean the rest of the world is in on it.

Kelsey’s hilarious commentary and sardonic narration of her freshman year will have readers laughing out loud

So, if that’s not awesome enough you can watch the book trailer (all sorts of clues about Kelsey’s hilarious antics!), check out the blurbs, and read all about Kelsey at her website!


click the link above or head to to check it all out.

I’m so pumped!