Blog Tour and Giveaway: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Posted November 21, 2013 by Kara in blog tour, Kara / 24 Comments

We’re super happy we got picked to be a part of the blog tour for These Broken Stars. I (Kara) just finished this book not that long ago and loved so many things about it. You can see my review here. My favorite elements of the books were Lilac and Tarver’s relationship. No instalove there! It developed from the first meeting to the conclusion with a slow burn to make the reader swoon. Oh, and Lilac was my favorite. If an author can make me love a character that I absolutely hated in the beginning by the time the book ends, well that is talent, my friends. Like I said in my review, her character arc is one to behold.

Because Lyn and I co-blog, Wendy at The Midnight Garden picked a guest post about writing as a team. Its called Co-Authoring Books, and we are happy to share it with you. It’s a pretty interesting read. After that, there is a giveaway, but don’t skip over the post because it’s so much fun!

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 Co-authoring and Critique: What does it look like?

Anyone who’s critiqued for a writer before knows that however you do it—with a red pen, sticky notes or using comments and tracked changes—you end up scribbling all over the page. You make notes about word choices, clarity, pacing and all kinds of things.

We do this as well when we’re writing. Usually one of us will write a chapter, and then send it across. The other will critique that chapter and then write a new one, before sending it back.

Author #1 then addresses the critique (sometimes simply by fixing, other times by coming up with some suggestions and leaving them for discussion), critiques the new chapter, and writes the third. And so on, and so forth.

What this means in practical terms is that often we’ve got conversations going on in comment bubbles in just about every chapter of the book, so that our first hour of work for the day might be spent addressing these conversations, before we get to writing in our second.

Our responses vary—we might agree, disagree, or say ‘oh, I see the problem, this is what I meant to do—can you see a way to do it more clearly?’ or suggest some possible fixes, leaving that for comment if we’re not sure which to use.

To be honest, we also leave each other jokes, chatter, compliments about great lines we love, and all kinds of things. Here, for your education and entertainment, is a very silly example of what our critique conversations might look like! As you can see, our comments often end up longer than the text being critiqued!

Giveaway:
Thanks to Disney Hyperion, Meagan, and Amie we have 5 hardcover copies and 1 Grand Prize of an autographed/annotated These Broken Stars galley, along with a limited edition necklace and TBS swag for giveaway! 
 
Open to US and Canadian residents aged 18 and up, or 13 and up with parental permission. See entry form for complete details. Good luck!

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About the Authors:

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are longtime friends and sometime flatmates who have traveled the world (but not yet the galaxy), covering every continent between them. They are sure outer space is only a matter of time. Meagan, who is also the author of the Skylark trilogy, currently lives in Asheville, NC, while Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia. Although they currently live apart, they are united by their love of space opera, road trips, and second breakfasts.

Visit the These Broken Stars website for the latest news on the series and follow the authors on Twitter at @AmieKaufman and @MeaganSpooner. You may also sign up for their newsletter as well! These Broken Stars will be available in North America on December 10, 2013.

Tour Schedule:
Monday, 11/11 The Midnight Garden
World-Building for the Future
Tuesday, 11/12 Love is Not a Triangle
Author Interview
Wednesday, 11/13 The Perpetual Page-Turner
Using Technology to Write with a Partner
Thursday, 11/14 Good Books and Good Wine
Audiobook Sample + Narrator Interview
Friday, 11/15 The Starry-Eyed Revue
Character Interview with Tarver
Monday, 11/18 Cuddlebuggery
Author Interview
Tuesday, 11/19 Books With Bite
Amie & Meg’s Favorite Things
Wednesday, 11/20 Xpresso Reads
Establishing Characters with Role-Playing
Thursday, 11/21 Great Imaginations
Co-Authoring Books
Friday, 11/22 Nawanda Files
Lilac’s Gorgeous Dress: A Look at These Broken Stars’ Cover Art

24 responses to “Blog Tour and Giveaway: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

  1. That’s a pretty neat – and handy – way to edit it a book. I bet it would make it easier when they go through to edit it as a whole that it’s already been partially edited. I also like that they took turns writing a new chapter, while editing the previous one. I haven’t read a co-authored book before, but this is sounded like a pretty good one to start with 🙂

  2. Ohh what software is that?? I haven’t read many co-authored books, but this one seems like it was brought to life by two people who work very well together. 🙂

    • Hi Ashley! It’s actually just Microsoft Word. On the “review” tab (depending on your version) there are options for leaving comments and tracking changes, and that’s what we use!

  3. Holy Cow! I’d be so lost keeping up with all this once it got a ways into the story. My hat goes off to you ladies for putting together a wonderful book by this method.

  4. I don’t think I’ve really read any other co-authored books, but I was super surprised at how much I didn’t notice it in These Broken Stars! They must’ve worked really, really well together.

  5. This has been one of my favorite co-authored books, but man those notes! It made my head swim a little bit, I can’t imagine trying to keep up with all that 🙂

    Thanks for participating!

  6. I read Blood Gospel, which is coauthored by people in two different countries, like this book. However, theirs is not so easily divided as this one with separate voices for two characters. I also read one recently that starts a series where each book is written by a different author (I think of 3, not infinitely new authors!) Probably has to be an interesting writing challenge!

  7. I read a couple of co-authored books for example Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate. This book was well written and let the characters develop more since the author only had one character to focus on.

  8. Co-authored books are so popular right now! I think it’s cool because it usually means the authors have time for other projects. And I love Amie & Meagan’s process, although I’d switch out another name for Jill instead of changing the boy’s name because I quite like the name Jack.

  9. I’ve read a few co-author books before (: Some i’ve enjoyed and not so much. It really is a team effort and I think these ladies have it down. Hahaha loved the editing of jack and jill[;

  10. This will be my very first co-authored book read if I don’t get to others first, but I honestly am looking forward to it. Coauthoring sounds so much more difficult because you have to work alongside someone to make sure everything flows and comes out the way you want it to

  11. This isn’t my first co-authored, and it won’t be my last. I truly love the thought of two different minds creating a story and bringing it to life in their own different ways…. and making it work in a huge way!

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