FAQ

Book Questions

Q: Is the blue cover of Behind the Scenes available in paperback?

A: Yes! The only store that has it is NYC’s Books of Wonder; even though it looks like you can on etailer sites, please know if you order the paperback from any other site, you will get the old cover. If you want a personalized copy, you can order that here.

Q: Can I read Under the Lights without having read Behind the Scenes?

A: You can! Reading Behind the Scenes first helps with understanding character background, especially because the first couple of chapters do fairly heavily feature Ally and Liam, but it’s not strictly necessary. If you’re interested in UtL because it’s LGBT (well, L and B, anyway), but otherwise these books wouldn’t be your thing, by all means, go for it – nothing about Vanessa’s romantic life is tied to Behind the Scenes that can’t be gleaned from the latter’s blurb.

Q: Can I read Right of First Refusal without reading Last Will and Testament?

A: You can! I think it’s more fun to read LWaT first because Cait’s best friends are recurring characters, but it’s absolutely an independent story, with a love interest who’s new to Radleigh.

Q: Can I read Out on Good Behavior without reading the first two Radleigh books?

A: Still absolutely yes, but, this is my first book where the main character and love interest actually do meet in the previous one (Right of First Refusal), and it also has a lot of scenes involving the main characters and love interests from earlier in the series. Comprehension-wise, you’ll be fine, but it’s worth noting.

Q: Will there be more Radleigh books after Out on Good Behavior?

A: Nope, that’s it. I love my Radleigh girls and their partners and I wouldn’t mess with them for all the macarons in Paris. There are some fun bonus scenes here and here, though!

Q: Which of your books are f/f?

A: So far just Under the Lights and Out on Good Behavior. (I have an f/f short story in the upcoming All Out anthology as well, so look for that in 2018.) There is no romance between Reagan and Victoria in Just VisitingYA definitely needs more romances between girls, but it needs solid best friendship books too!

Q: Will there be more Daylight Falls books?

A: Nope – just a duology!

Q: Why are your covers so awesome?

A: Because Maggie Hall.

Q: I found the scenes between Van and Bri in Under the Lights really hot, even though I’m straight. Is that weird?

A: Not even a little bit.

Blogger Questions

Q: How’d you apply to blog for Barnes & Noble? How can I?

A: I didn’t; I blogged and tweeted a lot about books, and then one day my now-editor contacted me and asked me to write for them. I did. They liked it and asked me to keep doing it. The best thing to do is follow the Twitter account (@BNTeens) and apply when they announce open calls. And no, I am not behind the Twitter account; I have no access to it.

Q: Can you reveal my cover on BN Teens?

A: Please see Blogging Policies.

Publishing Questions

Q: Do you have any advice on writing LGBTQ YA?

A: Yup! Check out this Goodreads response and this blog post.

Q: How can I/my son/my mom get published?

A: Every general question I get is answered in this blog somewhere. I took the time to write it; please take the time to use the Search function.

Q: Should I leave my agent, because—

A: Stop right there. I can’t make this call for you. You need to talk to your agent. Communication is key.

Q: Should I sign with this small press, because

A: Stop right there. I can’t make this call for you. If you have concerns about a small press, read Tiffany King’s great roundup of great posts on the subject and make your own decision: http://www.fictiffous.com/2013/08/the-small-press-debate.html

Miscellaneous

Q: Can you blurb my book?

A: Maybe! Which I say for a couple of reasons: 1) I can read your book for consideration, but I cannot/will not promise an actual blurb before I have read your book. 2) Sometimes I have time, and sometimes I do not. It’s also much harder for me to fit in time to read an e-book than a paperback, so if you can’t provide a bound manuscript, it’s unlikely I’ll be able to read it in a timely fashion. (#ShabbosProblems.) I do prefer being asked by an agent or editor to being asked personally, unless I know you very well.

Please note, though, that I am not the right person for your MG or SFF, and I am no longer blurbing books that publish prior to Fall 2017.

Q: Can you beta my manuscript?

A: Probably not. While I’ve enjoyed beta-ing so much over the past few years, it’s just not something I have the time to do anymore for writers other than my critique partners. Please know it’s not a reflection of my excitement for your work; even if it sounds ridiculously awesome, I just can’t promise time that isn’t there.

Q: Can you copy edit my manuscript?

A: Probably not. Right now, I’m primarily focusing on writing and blogging. I can, however, make recommendations for other CEs, if you like.

Q: Can you recommend me a book?

A: Sure! If it’s LGBTQIAP, the best way to ask for a rec is through the LGBTQReads Tumblr Ask Box. For anything else, feel free to email me.

Q: Can I interview you?

A: Sure, as long as it’s by email!

Got any questions I didn’t answer here? Feel free to email!

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