Monday, May 7, 2012

A Spy Like Me, and Cone Of Silence Topics in Publishing

So, I apologize for being less than consistent with the blog posts recently--but you know what that means--I have been in the bat cave, writing. Woo-hoo! I hope that you all have been producing the words as well. 
I am planning on getting back into the regular schedule, with a twist. Mondays I am going to reserve for a discussion around CONE OF SILENCE topics in publishing and writing. You know--that stuff which people tend to not talk about in public, so they don't ruin their professional reputation. I have anonymous comments turned on, and everyone can weigh in with their experiences. I think it will be interesting. 

For today, though, a celebration!
You might have seen Laura Pauling in the pictures from the last post, about How Stalking Gets You Friends. Or from this interview she did for me a while back
Today, we're celebrating Laura's publication of her new YA spy book. I'm so excited for her! And, she's hosting a very cool blog series:
In celebration of the official release of A Spy Like Me, Laura Pauling is hosting a three-week blog series: A Spies, Murder and Mystery Marathon. Woot! Woot!

Authors galore, guest posts and book giveaways almost every day!
Gemma Halliday, Cindy M. Hogan, Elizabeth Spann Craig,
Nova Ren Suma, Elisa Ludwig, and Anne R. Allen....Just to name a few!
And here's why she's celebrating!

Stripping your date down to his underwear has never been so dangerous.
After dodging bullets on a first date, Savvy must sneak, deceive and spy to save her family and friends and figure out if Malcolm is one of the bad guys before she completely falls for him.
Head on over to Laura’s blog for the start of the Spies, Murder and Mystery Marathon. You won’t want to miss this sizzling series as we head into summer. Stock up on some great thrilling reads! If you dare…

I'll see you over at Laura's!

So, tell me, what CONE OF SILENCE topics would you like to discuss? It can be anything that is hush-hush. Let me know in the comment section! I'm thinking we'll start with publishing contracts. What do you think? 


  1. I can't wait to read your cone of silence posts. What a cool idea!

  2. Love the cone of silence idea! And congrats to Laura!!

  3. neat idea! one topic i'm semi obsessed with - celebrity fiction. i'm curious about agents and editors, who hold us to such high standards in our writing, yet take on sometimes awful projects by celebrities.

  4. @ Stina--I'm looking forward to them too. There's a lot of topics I'd like writers to be more open about. Even if they are commenting anonymously.

    @ Anna--Yay, and, I'm so happy for Laura too!

    @ Gina--That's interesting. I'm always wondering about the other part of that--the ghost writing. I know some writers who make their bread and butter that way, and yet when I talk to the general public, they have no idea that so-and-so didn't write the book. Fascinating. :)

  5. Cool idea Heather.

    And so excited for Laura!

  6. Cone of Silence = Awesome idea!!
    (How do you do an anonymous comment? Sign out of Blogger before commenting?)

  7. Great blog series idea! I think it's not talked about b/c it's against the rules...I think.

    Thanks for mentioning me! :)

  8. Cone of silence sounds cool, Heather.

    Congrats to Laura!!

  9. I love your idea for the Cone of Silence series and making the comments so we can post anonymously. I'm wondering the same thing as Dianne, if we have to sign out of Blogger.

    Glad to hear you're getting lots of writing done in the Bat Cave, Heather!

  10. HI Heather! I mentioned you in my blog today. It's my blogoversary and I'm revisiting my very first post. Can you believe it's been a year?

  11. Congrats on your cone of silence & your writing! It's great to pop back into the online world & see your smiling, supportive face, you Den Mother of YA & children's writers!