First Edition of BookPod News Hot Off The Presses!

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In celebration of the amazing writerly accomplishments always being announced on BookPod, the authors group that I created, I bring you the first edition of BookPod News! A big round of applause to all these amazing folks making their dreams come true.

And as a side note, we are ALWAYS accepting new members. We have well over 300 writers and counting! Click here for info on how to join.

Hello, Bookpodders!

Here’s to all of you. What an inspiring lot of good news!

We read each of these as if they were flash-nonfiction pieces, great stories in and of themselves, knowing all the hard work that’s gone before to create such results.

Have a look, and congratulations to everyone.

Here we go:

Liz Alexander‘s Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Guide to Building Trust, Inspiring Respect, and Creating Long-Lasting Business Relationships (Wiley, 2015) has been spangled with recent awards and stars from the International Book Awards and Kirkus. And Liz’s expertise in the field of diplomatic relations, which led her to write the book in the first place, has landed her a job with one of Australasia’s biggest communication firms, SenateSHJ.

Michal Lemberger‘s Amazon New Release #1 Bestseller, After Abel and Other Stories (Prospect Park Books) came out in May, and has had terrific reviews from everyone from Publisher’s Weekly to the Jewish Book Council. (SOME of us were lucky enough to listen to Michal read from it recently at Vermin on the Mount, and now have it in our hot little paws to read.)

What IS the problem with ‘cool’ single women, anyway? Sara Eckel penned an essay for Dame exploring this very problem in light of Katie Bolick’s recent book SPINSTER, but it gained a life of its own over at Salon, where thousands of folks read it and now have a better understanding of why some of us choose to be single.

Spies Lie, and David Spiselman knows it well. Book six of his series, Baksheesh, is available on June 28 at Amazon. David writes as DS Kane, and his Amazon author’s page is here. It takes a lot of work to keep these series going, and we’re amazed by David’s constant inspiration and work!

“My childhood won a Golden Globe award.” Sarah Bibel’s wonderful essay about her own father’s transition to a woman was published at What a lovely, heartfelt work.

Liz Donatelli, book publicist extraordinaire, is hosting Book’d in Burbank’s summer lit event July 16. Here’s the information and the URL: Book’d in Burbank: The Ultimate Bibliophiles’ Night Out hosts its summer literary event on July 16th at Theatre Banshee in Los Angeles. Festivities will include mystery, romance, women’s fiction and YA author readings; bookish giveaways and a catered mingling reception. Visit for event details and ticket information.

Our own BookPod hostess, Jennifer Brody, signed a 3-book series to Turner Publishing. Her debut, The 13th Continuum, will be published in Spring 2016. And even better, Jen’s also signed with Curtis Brown for the UK and foreign rights, plus the trilogy is being packaged as a feature film! Meanwhile, she’s off to Tin House next month to workshop with Victor LaValle (Portland or bust!).

Stefan Slater is making a foray into the hard-to-crack world of short fiction. “Backpack” is up at Betwixt magazine right now. Who doesn’t love a little bite-sized fiction?

Father’s Day may have come and gone, but Susan Mihalik‘s vivid, moving memories of her father, who died when she was five, should be read regardless of the day. It’s up at Broadside.

Scott Andrew Selby‘s book, The Axmann Conspiracy, has been optioned to Sony Pictures. This is the second film option for Scott; previously, his book A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin was optioned to Mythology. (With all this good film news, maybe we need to do a Bookpod movie night!)

Sarah Talltower, writing as Tien Starling, takes to the skies in the three most recent issues of Dell’s Horoscope magazine, with articles on summer activities, star-inspired life aspirations, and more. (Get your subscription here.) Sarah also attended the Big Sur writing workshop, hosted by Andrea Brown Literary Agency, in March. “When I got there, the trees nourished my soul and the feedback inspired deeper, more focused writing,” she told us. Very nice!

There are so many difficult things happening in our world right now. We struggle to explain it to each other, but Stephanie Hepburn took on the even more daunting task of helping us all to explain the twisted, scary world of human trafficking to the next generation. Conversations with My Daughter is at Amazon now.

We want to extend a very special congratulations to BookPodder Kevin McDevitt, who was diagnosed in October with PNH and Aplastic Anemia, rare and life-threatening bone-marrow disease disorders. Kevin, a filmmaker and writer, got a bone marrow transplant from his sister Megan, and, on June 19th, passed the critical 100-day post-transplant mark. You can read all about Kevin’s journey from diagnosis to treatment to transplant at his blog. Kevin’s blog is proof positive: Writing shit down really does help.

The always fantastic Katie Delahanty announces the publication of the second novel in her modern fairytale LA-centric Brightside series. Blushing is out! Get your copy today. The third book in the series, Believe, is slated for release in January 2016. For someone who never thought she would be a writer, she sure is out there kicking ass & taking names!

Last, but certainly not least, here’s a little plug for UPOD Academy, an offering of BookPod’s mothership, the UPOD group. Upod Academy comes to Boston on August 1 and 2, 2015. The writing workshop lets you focus on book-writing, magazine features or just getting out of a freelance rut. Jennifer Senior, contributing editor at New York magazine, is one of the guest speakers. Early bird discount until July 1 by applying the code “earlybird” on Eventbrite. Details and sign up are at

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My Book Deal Featured in THE FLOYD PRESS!! (Thanks Mom & Dad)

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Sometimes your mother is your best publicist… right?

My book deal was featured in THE FLOYD PRESS (along with news of my Dad getting sworn in as a substitute judge—go Pops!).

I love the hometown LOVE!

Books only take on their own life with the support of others. I’m hoping this is a great sign for the journey ahead!

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“Meet the Author” Email from Turner Publishing… and More Book News!


So much cool stuff is happening on the book front!

Deep breath… in… out… in… out…

I love my publisher. We did a call with them last week, and they’re totally behind my book series and have exciting plans in the works for marketing it. In fact, they’ve already started! They sent out a great email last week featuring me and my books. It matters so much to have a great team behind launching these books. It warms my writerly heart.


From the email:

Jennifer Brody’s debut novel, THE 13TH CONTINUUM, sold to Turner Publishing in a three book deal and is being packaged into a feature film! The book is the first in a trilogy and will come out in Spring 2016.

It also features a nifty photo of me, a description of my book, and a bio. Wow! What a great way to start the month. Meanwhile, I’m working hard to finish up Book 2 in the series (it’s turned out so good!). And get ready for Tin House Summer Workshop next month. I just booked my plane ticket to Portland. Stay tuned for more updates!

Ok, back to work… :-)

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Announcing My THREE Book Deal… the Press Release Just Came Out!

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So… the journey continues & so many exciting things are HAPPENING!

The press release just came out about my book deal with Turner Publishing. It’s super nifty with lots of cool bio details and a blurb on the book. It also includes a nice shout-out to BookPod, the social media group for authors that I run with over 300 members!

From the Press Release:

Jennifer Brody lives and writes in Los Angeles. Her debut novel—THE 13TH CONTINUUM—sold to Turner Publishing in a three book deal and is being packaged into a feature film. The book is the first in a trilogy and will come out in Spring 2016.

About the Book:

A post-apocalyptic dystopian young adult trilogy where, as life on Earth ended, humans built thirteen pods to fill with hand-chosen survivors and dispersed them into space, inside mountains and into the deep ocean; when a young woman in the ocean colony learns that she has only eight months of oxygen left, she begins searching for an ancient and forbidden device from Before Doom that’s supposed to lead them back to the Surface

If you download it, there’s also a cool photo my mom snapped… of me and a tree…

And well… isn’t this just the coolest thing ever??

You can view the Press Release by clicking here and there’s a link to download the official document, which includes the picture.

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Sirenland Reunion & Book Reading! Plus… My Debut Novel Coming in Spring 2016!

Today I delivered the manuscript for my debut novel—THE 13TH CONTINUUM: BOOK ONE OF THE CONTINUUM TRILOGY—to my publisher!

You can read about my book deal here. It’s been a crazy, long journey to get here, and I promised to write more about that in the coming weeks, as soon as I come up for air. So many exciting developments are HAPPENING. They make my writerly heart leap for joy. I love these books and I’m so thrilled to have a fantastic partner on board to bring them to the market. You can read more about Turner Publishing here.

The book should come out in Spring 2016… more on that soon!

I’ve also signed with Curtis Brown for UK and foreign rights (thrilled about that). And I’m working with a great team of producers on the film pitch. Whew!

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a West Coast reunion for the Sirenland Writers Conference (I attended the conference in Italy last year & workshopped with the brilliant Meg Wolitzer). The reason for the celebration was Robin Mclean‘s book tour for her short story collection, REPTILE HOUSE. Several of us budding writers got to read. It’s only the second time I’ve ever read in front of actual human beings… and it went well! Check out the fabulous pictures (taken by my mother-in-law Shelley Brody).

Now back to writing…

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