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Posted on Mar 15, 2013 in Blog, Writing

Blog for Bridget

Yesterday morning, I met with my brilliant editor, Nancy Paulsen, and my wonderful agent, Ellen Geiger, to discuss the marketing of my forthcoming novel, Rogue. Nancy signed me up for Twitter and walked me through the process of getting on, uploading an image of Rogue, and following others. She also became my first follower, which also means she may be the first person to let me know if I tweet something really stupid.

As someone who has struggled throughout life with social interactions and social cues, I appreciate the efforts people have made to help me navigate the world. I appreciate the accommodations I have received that have allowed me to experience success and contribute my talents and unique perspective. I appreciate the patience people have shown as I’ve labored to master lessons and situations that others may pick up more readily.

Because the days of the lone author writing in the garret are long gone, and authors have to handle so much of their own marketing, the help others have given me in this area is doubly essential — and doubly appreciated. Without it, I know that my efforts would be nonexistent, ineffective, or even counterproductive. And that brings me to the Blog for Bridget.

poison-677x1024I never knew Bridget Zinn personally, but I did read her advice blog from time to time. She was one of those writers who always gave back to the community of teachers, librarians, and writers, even when insanely busy with other aspects of her life or in pain from cancer. Around the time of her diagnosis, she also found out that her life’s dream of being a published author of young adult fiction would come true. Unfortunately, it did not come true in her lifetime. She passed away in summer 2011, and this past week, her debut novel, Poison, came out.

Beautiful cover, by the way. And here’s the summary, from Goodreads.

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

Because Bridget is no longer here to promote her new book, a number of other writers have pledged to take part in the publicity effort to make sure this book reaches its audience. I chose to join this effort because I know what it’s like to need the help of others to do something that’s important to me but would be difficult or impossible for me to do by myself.

For more information about Bridget Zinn, her life, and her work, please visit her website.

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