This July, Book Country will host a blog series called “Ask an Agent.” All throughout the month, you can post any question you want to ask to an agent in our discussion boards, and agents will answer those questions in future blog posts!
Today we’re celebrating the release of WAKEWORLD by site member Kerry Schafer. Her path to publication never ceases to inspire us: Kerry joined the site as a beta member and was workshopping her urban fantasy BETWEEN when the manuscript captured the attention of one of our staff members. She forwarded it to Berkley Editorial Director Susan Allison, and the rest is history!
BETWEEN came out a year ago–almost to the day–and climbed the Bookscan Fantasy bestseller list to the #22 spot within a week of its release! WAKEWORLD, the second in the Books of the Between, picks up the story of Dreamshifter & medical doctor Vivian, who joins forces with another Dreamshifter to defeat a looming threat to the dreamworld. This month’s Romantic Times Book Reviews magazine gave the book a glowing review: “Rising star Schafer continues to advance an elaborate mythology that places her heroine at the intersection of worlds. Schafer proves that densely plotted and emotionally charged storytelling is definitely her forte!”
Intrigued? Enter our WAKEWORLD Sweepstakes for a chance to snag a copy!
Kerry’s giving back to the Book Country community, and thanks to her and her team at Ace Books, we’re giving away three copies of WAKEWORLD. To enter for a chance to win, you need to tweet your Book Country user name along with hashtag #winbookcountry. (Hint: Your username is how you log into your Book Country account.) Read the full rules here.
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Lucy Silag is the new Community and Engagement Manager at Book Country. She’s worked as a bookseller (at Bookshop Santa Cruz, an indie out in Northern California), in book publicity (at Doubleday and Spiegel & Grau, two imprints of Penguin Random House) and as a writing teacher and tutor (at the University of Iowa in Iowa City). Lucy is the author of the Beautiful Americans trilogy of novels for young adults, and has written essays, travel articles, and book reviews for newspapers and magazines.
Hi there! The importance of a writing community became clear to me when I was a fiction student at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, so I am thrilled to be a part of this thriving, diverse writing community.
I figured the best way for me to introduce myself to BC writers and readers was to tell everybody about a couple of the books that I am really, really into, and why.
At the University of Iowa, I taught a lot of different types of writing. One semester I chose to teach Emma in a creative writing course. This was selfish—I just wanted an excuse to spend a month talking about Jane Austen. Like all Austen fans, I adore her turns of phrase and the sweeping romance of her novels. But I especially like Emma because of the way it is plotted—if you do a timeline of the events in the novel (as we did one morning in my class), you see how amazing Austen was at engaging the reader in multiple storylines at once. Also, I find Mr. Woodhouse’s hypochondria totally tragic. Most of the screen adaptations tend to mock this element in his character, but in the most recent BBC Emma miniseries (the one with Romola Garai), Mr. Woodhouse is the heartbreaker that I think Austen intended him to be.