Saturday, August 1, 2009

Introducing Katie Hines

The VBT - Writers on the Move August rotation starts today, August 1. 4RV Publishing has several authors who take part: Linda Asato, Lea Schizas, Crystalee Calderwood, Katie Hines, and me, Vivian Zabel.

Today I get to combine hosting a VBT member and introducing one of the 4RV authors. I will be giving more information about her book August 3.

Several months ago, Katie Hines submitted a manuscript to 4RV Publishing, a fantasy. Now, I read some fantasies, but I’m not a fanatic fan of the genre. However, I like good writing. Guardian made a good first read, but I hadn’t made a final decision. I didn’t know how teens would react to the story, how much editing would be needed, none of the details involved in accepting a manuscript.

At the time the company was extremely busy, and manuscripts were piling up faster than any of the editors could thoroughly go through them and decide what we wanted to accept. One of my grandsons, an avid and very exacting reader, found Guardian and read it.

He brought it to me and informed me that we needed to accept the book. He said it needed some work, but it would be worth it.

Ahh, he’s not a babe, so I can’t use the quote “from the mouths of babes” exactly, but he knew what he was talking about.

One of our excellent illustrators prepared a cover. One of our best editors is working with Katie. When the final revisions are finished, Guardian will be one of the best books in the fantasy genre, all due to a talented author -- Katie Hines.

Monday I will discuss the book more and show the cover.



mandja said...

I cannot wait to hear more!

Nancy Famolari said...

Great story! I'm anxious to learn more about Katie's book!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You're all going to have so much fun!
Go Katie!

L. Diane Wolfe

kathy stemke said...

Sounds like my granddaughter would like Katie's book. She's a fantasy freak and an upcoming author herself.

I hope your grandson will like my Picture book when I send it in for possible publishing. LOL

Vivian Zabel said...

Katie does have a good grasp of writing for youngsters.

Donna M. McDine said...

Looking forward to hearing more about Katie's road to publication.

Children’s Author
Write What Inspires You Blog
Donna M. McDine’s Website

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Wow, that's a so interesting how Katie's book came to be part of 4RV Publishing. I'll be on the lookout for it. Vivian, it's a good thing your grandson took notice of it!


Helena Harper said...

You've wet my appetite, Vivian - look forward to hearing more about the book! Will it be Katie's first published book?


Vivian Zabel said...

Yes, this is Katie's first book.

I was hoping she would drop by and visit today, but maybe she's not home.

Liana said...

I am looking forward to learning more! Liana

Crystalee said...

I can't wait to hear more about the book. You're such a tease, Viv. Great story about Katie though.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Katie, I've become a fan just following you on the Net. I make a point of paying attention to 4RVPublishing's books. One can count on them to find interesting reading for the rest of us.
Tweeting @frugalbookpromo

Morgan Mandel said...

That's great to already have a fan even before the book comes out!
I can hardly wait to see that cover.

Morgan Mandel

unwriter said...

I'm not a fan of fantasy although I can review it fairly. I am, however, a fan of 4RVpublishing and Katie. I've read many pieces on her blog and like her style.

Dorothy Massey said...

What a fabulous story. Perhaps you should get your grandson to join 4RV publishing. It sounds like he's a great talent scout! Dorothy Massey

Vivian Zabel said...

Shane is one of our first readers for certain genre.

He has several manuscripts right now that he's reading and will give his opinion within a month or so.