Today we’d like to introduce you to ten of the most active and accomplished members of Book Country. The list ranges from bestselling authors to aspiring writers whose book projects have garnered praise from their peers on the site, and it represents the unique spirit and diversity of our community. Whether you’re new to Book Country or have been around for a while, we think these writers and their works are well worth your time.
Last year, Alex’s New Adult novel Tryst got the attention of a Penguin Random House editor and was subsequently published by the Berkley/Intermix imprint. So how did her lifelong dream come true? The San Diego writer says, “I wrote to my heart’s content about the book boyfriends I’d imagine and made the early drafts available online on Book Country. Book boyfriend Blake turned into Tryst.” Connect with Alex on her website, Twitter, Facebook and check out some of her newest work on Book Country.
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 copiesof 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.
If you’re like me, it can be completely overwhelming to be tasked with giving feedback on a whole novel, especially if I am the first person to review. Not every BC member has posted a whole book (nor is that a requirement for posting), but lots of members are posting very long manuscripts that deserve detailed, professional-level feedback. This type of reading takes a large amount of concentration (to explain why certain things in the prose are working for me—or not), and it takes courage to post those opinions online, where others can see them and possibly disagree with you. There’s also the fear of hurting the author’s feelings if you think their work needs quite a lot of editing.