FAQ

Where can I pre-order SKY IN THE DEEP?

You can find the links to purchase here!

Where will SKY IN THE DEEP be available?

So far, it will be published in North America by Wednesday Books, in Germany by Harper Collins and in the Netherlands by Unieboek Spectrum.

Is SKY IN THE DEEP a series?

It’s not a series, but there is a companion novel coming in 2019!

Can I get an ARC?

Possibly! Please submit your request to my publicist Brittani Hilles brittani.hilles(at)stmartins.com!

Is SKY IN THE DEEP the first book you’ve written?

Nope! Rarely does an author get published with their first book, so if that’s you – you’re not alone! I wrote another YA fantasy that never landed me representation and I had to move on from it. Before I wrote Sky in the Deep, I had a few works in progress, only one of which I actually finished.

Where do you get your ideas?

I am a huge lover of art history and often, I am inspired by something I’ve learned in this realm. I almost always get my biggest lightning strike ideas when I’m driving, oddly enough. I got the idea for Sky in the Deep while driving in the rain on a country road and listening to Into the Hills by Laurel. I pulled over on the side of the road and covered an old torn envelope with scribbled notes, drove home and called my critique partner, and the rest is history.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve loved to write since I was in elementary school and had the great privilege to have some amazing teachers who encouraged me in it. I always dreamed of writing a book but didn’t seriously attempt it until I was about 24. I didn’t pursue publication until I was 26 and it took about five years, several books and many, many rejections before I sold Sky in the Deep!

What are your favorite books?

Too many to list. Harry Potter, Little Women, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Glass Castle, The Girl Who Drank the Moon to name a few…

How can I get published?

Publishing is not for the faint of heart! If your dream is to see a book on the shelf with your name on it, the first step is to get a literary agent. There are many ways to pursue it but start here in your research. Once you have a literary agent, they can help you sell your book to a publisher. This makes it sound simple, but in truth, it’s not. If you’re willing to give every drop of energy, heart, and determination to your dream, you will make it happen. I’ve heard it said that to get published, you need three things: talent, perseverance, and luck. I can say that going through the process, it’s true. I also highly recommend Susan Dennard’s website. She has a ton of resources on everything from craft to publishing to writerly meltdowns.

How did you get your agent?

Oh, my darling Barbara. How I love thee. I did a small batch of queries to agents for Sky in the Deep and was getting quite a few requests. An author friend suggested I query Barbara Poelle at Irene Goodman Literary Agency because she represented other authors similar to my style of writing. I cold queried her and got a request the next day. She read the manuscript overnight and called to offer me representation the next morning! I was blown away. I love to tell aspiring authors this story because I think it’s a great example of how queries really can work. It just has to land in the right agent’s inbox at the right time. Don’t give up!

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