Friday, January 23, 2015


It's a party day!

My cover reveal is all over the interwebs today...most notably on the Sporty Girl Books blog, where you can enter to win some fabulous prizes. Here's the link!

Sporty Girl Books

Thanks for celebrating with me today!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Recap of My #pitmad tips

As some of you know, I'm a #pitmad success story. Back in 2013,  I attracted the attention of Meredith Rich of Bloomsbury Spark with my pitch for my novel THE SWEET SPOT. That's not the book that I ultimately ended up writing with Bloomsbury, but it started our relationship. Link

Needless to say, I love #pitmad. This past week, I got to help out Brenda Drake by co-hosting the most recent. I spent the day tweeting tips, so I thought I'd put them all here in one place.

I'd love to answer questions about pitches. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about my experience!

Be professional on twitter. An agent during #pitmad mentioned being turned off by someone's negative tweets & chose not to favorite. #pubtip

Tweets are public. Expect industry pros to look at your feed and bio. Act accordingly if you expect to be treated professionally. #pitmad

#pitmad tip. Now that you have your pitch, practice it out loud so you can answer "what's your book about?" in line at the grocery store.

If agent is open to queries and reps what you write, query traditionally, even if they don't favorite. #pitmad.

Pitching today during #pitmad? Be sure you have a MS ready to send in case someone "favorites" it! Be prepared to submit!

#pitmad tip. Change your pitch to focus on different angles of the story. Include specifics.

Share the #pitmad love. If you like a pitch, retweet it. Leave stars (favorites) for the pros. Total heart attack for the author. #pitmad

The best pitches are specific. MC, goal, stakes, and genre. Hard to do, but worth the effort. #pitmad

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pausing the Blog

Alas, I do not want to abandon this blog, but I just noticed I haven't updated since July. It's been a nice way to track the journey. However, I'm barely keeping up with my blogging responsibilities at AND, and I'm a host on the weekly twitter chat #mglitchat (Thursday nights at 9 p.m.). Oh yea, and writing. Writing a lot.

And yes, I have a book coming out!

ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT will be out next spring from Bloomsbury Spark. Cover reveal scheduled for early November (stay tuned). Add it to your TBR pile here:

My website is up to date here:

You can follow me on twitter here: @KristineAsselin and here: @QueryGodMother

I hope to get back to being a regular blogger, but for can find me in those other places!



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Why did the Chicken cross the road?

I don’t really know or care about WHY she crossed the road right now. That’s plot. That’s motivation. That's a different conversation.

What I really want to know is HOW the chicken crossed the road.  Does she march with pomp and circumstance, holding a baton and humming ‘76 Trombones’? Or does she sneak on her belly, stealth like in dark colored parachute pants?

Showing how your character does a simple task tells us more about the character than if you tell us she’s a band leader or a ninja.

Writing prompt: Write a paragraph of how your character crosses the road without telling us who she is. Demonstrate an aspect of her personality by how she moves.