Friday, July 22, 2016

Julie Eshbaugh & Erin Bowman Signing at Porter Square Books Recap

Last night, July 21st, Porter Square Books had the lovely Julie Eshbaugh and Erin Bowan in the store for a book signing!

Melissa was super nice and offered me a lift from my work in the heart of Boston to Porter Square books up in Cambridge. 

Julie's book IVORY and BONE had just released, and Erin's book VENGEANCE ROAD has been out for a while now.

When Melissa and I first sat down, Julie was telling the story of how she contacted Porter Square books to do a signing, by emailing about herself as if no one would know her, and basically writing it like a cover letter!

Much like Jodi Meadow's and Erin's signing, Julie and Erin introduced themselves and their books, did a casual talk among themselves, and then opened up for questions.

Julie talked about the start of publishingcrawl, where she met Erin and the rest of the crew, who have mostly moved on, including Erin:( At the time, the only thing the founders had in common was that they wrote on Fictionpress.  Slowly, the pubcrawl members started to get agents and books deals. Julie had an agent and her book went on sub and didn't sell. Two more manuscripts and another agent later, Ivory and bone finally sold. She felt like the poor unpublished one on the pubcrawl blog until now. (Poor Julie!)

One funny fact about the book, which has much honey involved in it ;) is that after Julie finished writing and editing the book, she found out honey bees weren't here until Europeans came with them. But she did some research and found that there was a honey bee in amber over a million years old found. So There! 

Another thing Julie mentioned was that she had Pride and Prejudice in the back of her mind while writing her book, but never mentioned it to her agent or even her editor until it was already sold and being marketed. They needed a pitch, and she said "well, while writing it, I had Pride and Prejudice in the back of my mind." And that's how they pitched it--Prehistoric Pride and Prejudice

Erin mentions that while writing historical fiction, sometimes authors have to take certain liberties and figure where to draw the line of facts That's what the author note is for!
(Thanks Melissa for the picture!)
Erin's next book is a companion to Vengeance Road with a complete new plot and characters. There will be cameos though!

When asked if her companion book has the same theme as Vengeance Road, she explained that Vengeance Road is about hard core vengeance at all costs, while Retribution Rails is more about justice.

Julie tried to write Ivory and Bone from straight first person point of view instead of second person point of view after she sent the first drafts to her CP and they said she shouldn't write it in second person point of view. But it took away the feel of the story. The heart. It made it less intimate. So she changed it back and refused to switch.

For historical fiction Erin plotted more than pants because of the limitations of where the characters were going and keeping to facts. She plotted it out road trip style. Major milestones with pantsing in between. If she plots too much she looses steam and interest. She likes when her characters surprise her.

Julie is the opposite. She always knows the ending before she starts. She's a major plotter, and comes up with overall structure and plotting point and anchors. Writes the major points and then very bare bones in between. Then she fills it in slowly. It starts off with like four pages per chapter and then she'll fill in dialogue and prose and everything.

Both Ivory and Bone and Vengeance Road were their original titles. Which is so rare. Erin's TAKEN book went through a lot of titles changes before it was settled on. It also had the unfortunate coincidence of sharing movie titles for TAKEN and FROZEN.

Julie gave a shout out to Stephanie Garber about CARAVAL and how her title changed for what she thought was the better.

Julie and Erin both save the things they cut from their manuscripts in folders and word documents, though they almost never go back to read them. Julie likes to print out her manuscripts and write on them. And then saves the print outs in a drawer.

I really had a great time at Julie and Erin's talk. Julie is so nice and laughs so much. She sees the humor in everything, and her happiness is contagious. Congrats Julie on your Debut!

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Publication:  June 7th 2016 by HarperTeen
Summary:  A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.

Publication:  September 1st 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.

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