Elemental news

Guess what? I have back cover copy.

For the non-publishing people, that means I have the words that are going on the back of my book.

My amazing editor sent me three choices, and said I was free to pick one, or I could mash them together and create my own. Let me tell you — you think writing a query letter is hard? You only need one person to pick that up and want to read it. These are the words going on the back of the book. These are the words people are going to use to decide whether to read the first few pages.

These are the words I’m going to share with you right now:

Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they have more power than you dream.

Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn’t want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her.

Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming . . .

So there you go. Back cover copy. What do you guys think? I know, I know, not as exciting as front cover copy, but still fun. 

I also have a new release date. May 2012. May has traditionally been a good month for me: I got married in May, bought my first house in May, my son was born in May…so I think this is an excellent omen.

And lest you think I sat here and toiled away on that cover copy on my own, I didn’t. As always, I owe great thanks to my awesome agent, Tamar Rydzinski, my awesome editor at K Teen, Alicia Condon, my awesome writing friends, Bobbie Goettler, Alison Kemper Beard, Sarah Fine, Sarah Maas, and Erica O’Rourke.

It took four times as many people to create that cover copy as it does to create a baby.

Elemental is also up on Goodreads, if you’d like to check it out


14 thoughts on “Elemental news

  1. Hmmm… I can’t help but think of Shannon Hale’s series (the one that begins with The Goose Girl) when I read your hook for the back of the book. That, of course, makes me want to read it to make sure yours is not a commercial for “get married young and have babies” the way all of hers tend to be.
    So, perhaps that means that Elemental will attract those who are familiar with Hale’s stories……?

  2. Yes! This is so exciting! May 2012! I can’t wait to buy this book (even though I’ve already read it) and to tell everyone I know how AWESOME it is. Great job on your back cover copy, Brigid!

  3. Thanks for all the comments, guys!!

    And English Teacher, I promise that no book of mine will ever be baby-making propaganda. 🙂 I’ve read The Goose Girl, and really, our books are NOTHING alike. I’m flattered by the potential comparison however. I really enjoyed The Goose Girl.

  4. AWMGUH “the storm is coming…” just totally gave me chills. But hang on, is that a love triangle I sense there?

    And what genre would you classify Elemental as?

  5. OGMOMGOMGOMG! It’s happening! It’s getting closer everyday! Soon you’ll have a front cover and then ARCS and then you’ll start your big marketing blast! I’m so excited for you!!!

  6. Since I love anything Elemental the title alone would make me pick this up but yay the back cover copy is awesome! May 2012! Love all the good stuff that happens for you in May – this is gonna be big!

  7. This has already been on my GoodReads, lol! 🙂

    I like what you chose. It makes me want to read this right now! I think it will make a lot of people pick it up.

    …May was last month. May 2012 is almost a year away. *grumps*

  8. Hurry up, May 2012! I can’t wait for the rest of the world to read about the hot Merrick brothers!

    After the book is released, Brigid will have to do one of those blog polls–“Which of the Merrick brothers do you think is the hottest?” 🙂

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