Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Writers & Readers: Now Offering a Free Mini-Book on the Craft of Writing (and an upcoming exclusive excerpt)

When you pre-order a copy of HARRIET WOLF'S 7th BOOK OF WONDERS, we will send you a free electronic mini-book on the craft of writing. Plus, if you pre-order before Mother's Day, we'll also send an exclusive excerpt for you to share with a mom or favorite mother figure in your life! 

Bestselling, critically acclaimed novelist Julianna Baggott is the author of over twenty books and has given lectures all over the country on the craft of writing. In honor of her new novel, we are giving away letters allegedly written by the famed, reclusive novelist Harriet Wolf to once-upon-a-time fledgling fiction writer Flannery O'Connor.  These (meta-)letters offer real hard-hitting writing advice on craft and cover a lot of territory: shaping beginnings, endings, and epiphanies; inspiration, memory, motivation, and the muse; fiction, screenplays, and poetry; and rejection and resilience. They also include a full list of writing prompts. 


1. Pre-order HARRIET WOLF'S 7th BOOK OF WONDERS at a bookseller of your choice.

2. SEND AN EMAIL TO and tell us where you ordered the book. 

3.  WE WILL EMAIL you the 24-page craft-packed .pdf as an attachment. Please allow three days for delivery. 

FEEL FREE to buzz about this offer to all of the writers in your life! Tag Julianna in a tweet -- @jcbaggott -- or on Facebook, follow Julianna HERE.  

If you order before MOTHER'S DAY and you want to an exclusive excerpt from the book, let us know! We'll send one to you on Mother's Day so that you can share it with the mother-figure in your life! 


“Julianna Baggott’s devoted readers have long known that she is a genius who can do whatever she wants. But with Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders she has somehow outdone herself. This novel, about a woman who is stuck telling and living a family story that someone else has written and whose ending has been (maybe) lost forever, reminds me of the best work by the great Steven Millhauser: brainy, self-aware, tender, full of loss, but also full of grace and wonder. This is Julianna Baggott’s best book, which is one way of saying it’s one of the best books you’ll read this year, or any other.” — Brock Clarke, author of An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England and The Happiest People in the World.

“Julianna Baggott’s very winning Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders is only incidentally about a lost masterpiece, a marriage bound by string, and a lunatic literary family. Dig deeper and it’s about mothers and daughters and the conflicts and compromises that amount to love.”—Joshua Ferris, Man Booker Prize finalist for To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
“An utterly original tale told in four distinct voices, Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders is an exhilarating mélange of heartrending loss, hilarity, and enchantment. Julianna Baggott has indeed created a book of wonders.”—Mira Bartok, author of National Book Critics Circle Award winner and New York Times bestseller The Memory Palace
“‘All stories worth telling are love stories,’ a character says Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders. This novel about a famous writer’s lost manuscript, the complex legacy of family secrets, and—yes—a love story that unfolds across generations is inventive, playful, and deeply affecting.” —Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train
“Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of WondersJulianna Baggott’s most sweeping and mesmerizing novel yet, offers a profound meditation on motherhood and sisterhood, as well as on the central importance of stories. It is a novel that affords its characters that rare chance we all long for—the chance to reimagine the stories of our lives while there’s still time.” —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
“Julianna Baggott’s richly imagined new novel is filled with laughter and heartbreak, and–most wonderfully–the bright, pained release of stories, which somehow flutter from these pages like living birds.”  —Elizabeth Graver, bestselling author of The End of the Point.
Author of the ‘Pure’ trilogy, a bleak and gorgeously rendered dystopian tale, Baggott here does something arrestingly different. Reclusive author Harriet Wolf is long dead, but rumors of a final, revelatory book left unpublished are still very much alive. Harriet; her fiercely protective daughter, Eleanor; and Eleanor’s grown daughters, runaway rebel Ruth, and Tilton, now as reclusive as Harriet, share a narrative that delivers a powerful sense of the meaning of motherhood and the bonds between sisters.” — Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders will be published in August 2015.