Hi! I'm Becca Fitzpatrick, the author of the internationally bestselling HUSH, HUSH saga. When not writing, I'm most likely running, prowling sale racks for shoes (stilettos, please!), or enjoying one of life's many little indulgences: Ice cream, Veronica Mars, losing myself in a book, painting my toenails, or simply daydreaming. I do my best to update this blog as frequently as possible with news on upcoming events, tips for writers, and all things pertaining to my books.
Posted by Becca Fitzpatrick at 2:55 PM
I learned this week that my design team at Simon & Schuster will (hopefully!) start working on BLACK ICE's cover in June or July. In the meantime, my editor asked for any thoughts/input I have. While I don't have a specific design vision, I am going to send her a list of book covers I find deliciously provocative. Below are some of my favorites.
What are some of your favorite book covers?
Posted by Becca Fitzpatrick at 10:57 PM
Sorry about that. I could give you lots of excuses, but instead I'll give you...a BLACK ICE update! A few weeks ago I sent the first draft of BLACK ICE to my new editor, and now I'm working furiously on her revision suggestions. My due date for these revisions is May 13th--which explains the "working furiously" part!
At book signings, readers will often ask how much power or authority my editor has to make changes to my books. The simple answer is that my books are mine, and I ultimately get to decide what goes into them. But (and this is a very big but!) I trust my editor's fresh eyes and keen insight, and except for a few rare instances, I've tried to incorporate her suggestions. Sometimes my editor's suggestions are a springboard for new ideas, and I end up taking the story down a path I'd never imagined. I love/hate it when that happens. I love making my story stronger, but like most humans, I'm lazy, and sometimes I dread the idea of writing lots of extra pages. Writing equals work, and don't you forget it!
With this first round of revisions for BLACK ICE, my editor sent me a twelve-page letter detailing all of her concerns with the book. Confusing character names, weak character development, plot problems, logistics of the crimes, and her suggestion to completely remove the small, albeit present, paranormal element. She followed up the letter with a three-hour phone call, where we picked apart my characters' motivations and tried to nail down what each character wants, and what stands in their way. By the end of the phone call, I think we were both very excited to see a glimmer of a darn good story floating out there on the horizon. And editing is the process by which I try my best to make that distant vision something real.
I am all about checklists (I have a love affair with crossing things off in pink marker), so one of my editing strategies is to print off all of my editor's notes, and as I go through my story making revisions, I rather gleefully check off my to-do/to-edit items. It's one way to keep things organized and to track progress.
What about you? Do you have any editing tips/tricks?
Posted by Becca Fitzpatrick at 10:14 PM
Exciting news. I finished a first draft of BLACK ICE this week. Since then, I've been walking around with my shoulders set a little straighter, and I've had a goofy grin pasted on my face. I've also started going to the gym again, ha! I know there's a lot of work ahead before BLACK ICE's publication, but I've just hit the first major milestone, and that is cause for celebration, yes?
Next week I'll send the manuscript to my editor, Zareen, and we will commence the editorial process, which lasts for several months. She'll send me her feedback, including lots of questions about the characters, their motivations, and the story world, all of which will help me flesh out the story and make it more vivid. This is my first time working with Zareen, so I'm a little nervous--I don't want to disappoint her. I think most authors feel this way. We want to give our readers (editors included!) the best story we possibly can.
Ironically, I brainstormed the climax, which takes place during a treacherous snowstorm, on my plane ride home from the Dominican Republic, where the weather was deliciously tropical. But, lucky me, I got to write the final chapters at home here in Colorado, where my city finally got our first decent snowfall of the winter. As the snow was coming down, I stood in my driveway letting the wind buffet my face, so I could get my story descriptions just right. All in the name of research.
I'll leave you with a few pics from my trip to the DR.
Posted by Becca Fitzpatrick at 7:06 PM
Happy Valentine's Day...and happy reading!
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