Jackie Collins

Posted by Jocelyn on June 10th, 2008

Jackie Collins and Jocelyn Kelley

Jackie Collins is a one-woman dynamo! Her 26th novel, MARRIED LOVERS, is hitting the shelves just in time for summer. As Al Roker said, “If it’s summer, it means a new Jackie Collins novel is coming out!” All of Jackie’s books have been New York Times bestsellers and none of them have ever been out of print. This woman is a marvel. You can also find a picture of us on her site, as well.

Write With a Hook

Posted by Jocelyn on June 5th, 2008

We often see that the most successful publicity campaigns are for books that have a news hook embedded in the plot. Jodi Picoult is a great example of an author who writes with a news hook, from school shootings to suicide pacts, she covers them all. New York Times best selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard also writes with a hook, her newest YA book, ALL WE KNOW OF HEAVEN, beautifully explores the tragic circumstances surrounding an accident and a case of mistaken identity. The story is similar to the recent case involving Laura Van Ryn and Whitney Cerak: one buried under the wrong name, one in a coma and being cared for by the wrong family.

The greatest strength an author can have is a compelling, news worthy story and flawless writing. These authors do just that. Another great example of an author using an interesting story angle to propel the story forward is Lisa Gardner. Lisa has said before that she is a fan of true crime stories and she uses this passion to infuse her suspense novels with a “ripped from the headlines” aspect. Her newest release is SAY GOODBYE. We were able to chat with Lisa at Book Expo America where she was signing copies of SAY GOODBYE. Check out her latest, you will not be disappointed!

SAY GOODBYE by Lisa Gardner

SAY GOODBYE by Lisa Gardner

This Blog…

Posted by Jocelyn on June 4th, 2008

We want to use this blog as a way to create an open conversation and information source for writers. We also want it to be a place where anyone can come to find book industry news. (If another newspaper cuts its book review section, trust us, we will write about it.) We also want to provide some insight into the mysterious and ever-changing world of book publishing, book publicity and the media.

Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or would like us to cover any particular topic.

We are excited about bringing all of you along on this exciting journey.

-The Kelley & Hall Team

Book Expo America 2008

Posted by Jocelyn on June 4th, 2008

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

(Megan Hall, Brunonia Barry and Jocelyn Kelley)

We are just back from our exciting adventures in sunny California! Book Expo America ran this past weekend, from May 28 – June 1, at the Los Angeles Convention center. It was a fun-filled weekend packed with author signings, book releases, seminars and parties. It was great to visit with some of our clients and catch up with friends.

It was an especially exciting time for one of our clients, Brunonia Barry, who was there to celebrate the upcoming release of her debut novel, THE LACE READER (William Morrow, August 2008). We are so thrilled for her and all of the exciting adventures she has ahead of her.