Hoodoo Query Letter

Do you want to see the pitch that got me an agent and a book deal?

Sure you do.

Check it out here.

Creating a book cover

I was lucky enough to have an awesome illustrator do the cover for Hoodoo.
His name is Sebastian Skrobol and he lives in Poland.

The designer was Lisa Vega at Clarion HMH Books.

Check out this post on how the Hoodoo cover came to be:

Box full of Hoodoo!

Wow! Check it out.


That I wrote.

In a box.

Booklist review

Another great review for Hoodoo from Booklist. I'm really excited by this one, but I'll have to edit it for spoilers!

Smith’s debut novel introduces readers to Hoodoo, a 12-year-old African American boy living in Alabama in the 1930s. Hoodoo got his name because of the heart-shaped birthmark under his eye, believed to be a mark of his family’s talent at folk magic. Unfortunately, Hoodoo is incapable of casting a spell. But that doesn’t stop him from being drawn into the supernatural world of talking crows, traveling souls, and the Stranger, who comes into town looking for him specifically.

                                         SPOILER!!! RUN AWAY!!! RUN AWAY!!!

Hoodoo’s first-person narrative, which flows beautifully, has an appealing natural cadence.
Through his protagonist, Smith demonstrates an eye for detail and a knack for evocative imagery as well as for telling a riveting story with a dollop of southern gothic appeal.

Kirkus Review

The esteemed editors at Kirkus Reviews gave Hoodoo a positive review!

Kirkus is one of the oldest and most well-regarded book review publications. Read the whole review here.

Hoodoo a Junior Library Guild Selection

My editor emailed to let me know that the Junior Library Guild, an organization that picks books for schools and libraries, has chosen Hoodoo as one of their 2015 selections!
Pretty cool, and quite an honor, as over 3,000 books are submitted each year but only a handful are chosen. Find more on them here.

Shutting the door

 If anyone ever comes by here they can plainly see that Ye Olde Blog hasn't been updated in a while. Didn't have a whole lot to blog about, and I was also tinkering around with a new website.

So I'll be closing this one down.

It's funny to look at how long this blog has been up. Since 2007. Wow.

I want to keep this blog so I can come back and look at my old posts sometime. It may also provide some inspiration to someone in the trenches trying to get an agent and a book deal.

If anybody stops by, thanks for being a part of my writing journey.

You can now find me here:

So onward!