FAQ

Questions about the Books

1. How many books will be in the Chicagoland Vampires series?

There are thirteen (1-13) books under contract in the Chicagoland Vampires series.  I anticipate No. 13 will be the last book in the series.

2. How many books will be in the Dark Elite series? 

There are three books in the Dark Elite series (1-3). There are no plans for a fourth book at this time.

3. Tell me about your new series!

Okay! It’s paranormal romance/urban fantasy based in New Orleans. There will be at least three books, with the first — THE VEIL — being released in August 2015.  Here’s the summary:

Seven years ago, the Veil that separates us from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District.  Those who live there call it Devil’s Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…

You can learn more here.

4. I think the books would make a great { movie, graphic novel, TV series } Can you do one?

I wish! But those decisions aren’t up to me. Someone in the movie/TV/graphic novel industry would have to express interest in the books. If that happens, I’ll let you know.

5. Why are the books published in hardback, paperback or audiobook form? Why do the covers look like that? Who picks the actress who reads the audiobooks?

The publishers, in the US or otherwise, makes their own decisions about how and when the books are printed, what the covers look like, and who performs the audiobook readings.  I have no say in any such decisions.

6. Why is the book not published in my country? Why is it released days/weeks/months after the book in the US?

Publishers outside the US must purchase the rights to sell the book in their countries.  Those publishers decide which books to purchase (or not purchase), and when to publish them. I have no say in those decisions.

Visit the International Release page to see the books currently under contract around the world. If a country is not listed, there no plans to publish there at the present time.

7. Why do your books/ebooks cost so much?

My publisher (not me, or my agent, or my editor) and the companies who sell the books make all the decisions about pricing for ebooks and print books.  I have no say in those decisions.  Publishers and retailers must make pricing decisions just as you, as consumers, must make buying decisions. I appreciate your rights to do so.

8. I don’t have a Kindle/Nook/iPad. Does that mean I can’t read your e-books?

Nope. You don’t need one. Each bookseller provides free apps for reading ebooks on your phone or computer. Read here for information and links. 

9. Will you answer my questions about the books in an email or Facebook message?

I try to answer questions that aren’t already answered on this page.  So that I have more time to write about Merit’s adventures, please read these questions and answers below to see if your query is addressed here. This is a huge help to me, and is really appreciated!

10. How can I help support your books?

Several ways: Share the series with friends, families, coworkers, and online. Preorder the books when you can; they’re a huge help! (See the next question below). Attend booksignings and live events, or online events like Twitter and video chats.

11. Why do preorders matter? 

Because they’re lumped in together with first week sales.  That final number is a publisher’s first and primary indication of book success–which is how they evaluate the author and the series. Those initial sales also drive NYT and USA Today bestseller status.

 

Requests for Guest Blogs, Books, Bookmarks, Etc.

1. Can I please have bookmarks or swag?

Sure! Please click here for instructions. You can also purchase items from the official Chloe Neill store.

2. Can I get an ARC/Galley for review?

Please contact Alexis Nixon to request a review copy or NetGalley access.

3. How can I get a signed book?

If you’d like to purchase a signed copy of a book, please contact:

Marcia Jussel
Barnes & Noble (Oakview Mall)
Omaha, Nebraska
402-691-4557

4. Will you answer interview questions for my blog or send me items for a giveaway?

Due to my heavy writing schedule, I am only generally able to participate in giveaways and interviews which are part of my pre-scheduled blog tours.

Information on those tours–usually two or three a year–are announced on my web site, and usually are scheduled about 6 weeks before a book release.

Please contact Alexis Nixon for media inquiries.

 

Contest Rules

Winners are randomly selected from valid entries.

To be valid, entries must meet any and all rules set out in the contest description (i.e., they must be entered by a particular date, one entry per household, you have to enter the contest while standing on your head, whathaveyou).  Entries which do not meet the giveaway rules will be deemed ineligible.

If you’ve won a giveaway on chloeneill.com in the last 90 days, please abstain from entering so others have a chance to win. Entries received from individuals who have won a giveaway on chloeneill.com in the 90 days preceding the contest deadline will be deemed ineligible.

Unless otherwise specified in the contest rules, please don’t enter any individual contest more than once.

If a prize is not claimed within seven days, a new winner will be selected. Please allow two to four weeks to receive your prize.

 

Questions about Booksignings and Events

My current schedule is listed on the Events page, and updated frequently.

Many bookstores have cut back on booksignings, and they schedule signings as they are financially able to do so and as their store calendars permit. (I have very little say in that process.)

If you’re interested in a signing in your area, please talk to your local bookstore, tell them you’re interested, and ask them to contact Alexis Nixon.

 

Questions about Writing and Reading

1. How long have you been writing?

I started writing in 2005. I used to hate writing, but as I got more practice at it (in my dayjobs), I stopped fearing it. Here’s the story of how I began.

2. I want to be a writer. Should I take any special classes?

I’ve never taken a creative writing class, so I can’t really speak to that. I think the best ways to improve your writing are to read, and to write, in that order. Read as much as you can, in as many genres as you can stand. Write every day.

Getting published requires a great story AND execution. Your writing needs to be polished–and practice definitely helps. So does editing. Lots and lots of editing.

3. Should I get an agent?

That’s up to you. I have an agent (although I got my first contract without one), but I’m very glad I made the decision to invest.

Beware of any agent who requires you to pay up-front fees. Reputable agents make money only when you do.

4. How do I find a publisher? How do I submit a manuscript?

Don’t worry about publication until you’ve finished a manuscript. Then, and only then, should you think about publication in any form.

If you’re interested in traditional publishing (the only type in which I have experience), and you believe your project is complete, error-free, and ready for submission, research publishers in your genre to determine which are accepting submissions and which, if you don’t have an agent, accept “unagented” or “unsolicited” submissions.

Once you’ve identified appropriate publishers, research their submission guidelines and follow them to the letter. Skipping or ignoring rules won’t help your work stand out; publishers are looking for professionals.

5. How do you write your novels?

I’ve started a series on my blog describing my writing process from beginning to end. You can now read Part I (Brainstorming), Part II (Outlining), and Part III (Completing the Manuscript). Coming soon: Part IV (Editing). You can also read about how I plot my novels here.

6. Do you write everyday?

I typically write two novels per year. The rest of the time I’m at my day job or editing, marketing, etc.

When I’m writing, I typically use a per-day word count goal–typically between 500 and 1,500 words for weekdays, 3,000 words per day for weekends–depending on how close I am to my deadline.

7. What are your favorite series?

I love Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series, Kim Harrison’s Hollows series, and J.D. Robb’s In Death series.

 

Questions about the Web site

1. Why is there a delay between my posting a comment and it appearing on the website or Facebook?

Most comments are held for moderation to avoid spam. Comments should make it through the moderation process within twenty-four hours. I have a day  job, and I clear comments as soon as possible in the evenings.

If you’re commenting for a contest, all comments are moderated before a winner is picked. But the winner must still have met any other requirements for contest entry, which are posted.

2. Do you delete comments?

Very rarely. However, I reserve the right to delete any comments which are deemed inappropriate,  including those containing spam, those which are not courteous, those which are offensive, and those which include spoilers.


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