Mindee Arnett
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The Nightmare Affair is here!

That’s right! Finally after months and months of waiting, the day has officially arrived. The Nightmare Affair is out in stores and shipping from Amazon and other online retailers. I’ve even seen the book and held it in my hands, and I still can hardly believe it! Thank you so much to everyone who has read and reviewed it already. Readers are the best people. Absolutely.

There are a million other things I should probably say, but right now I’ve got to get ready for my TV appearance today at noon (egads, how is this even possible???) and then, of course, my book launch tonight at Books & Co at 7:00. It’s supposed to snow and sleet and rain and be overall completely yucky today. Go figure. But I still plan to enjoy it.

Happy reading!


Goodreads Giveaway, News, and Stuff

Yes, I know, I’m being very eloquent with that title, aren’t I? I guess with how busy I am at the moment, I’m saving all my eloquence for other things, like all the super cool guest blog posts and interviews I’m doing for my blog tour. Speaking of which, that starts February 18th. That’s only a month away! Rock on. Info on it here.

The Goodreads giveaway of The Nightmare Affair started today. There are 5 copies available. Enter here.

Speaking of giveaways, don’t forget my ARC giveaway contest is open until January 23rd. Details on entering here.

Let’s see what else? Oh, my website is getting a redesign very soon. I’ve seen early comps and they are fabulous. Can’t wait.

The Nightmare Affair is getting its own trailer! (How cool is that?)

I will also be going on tour for the release. There are not a whole lot of stops, but I’ll be doing a couple in Ohio (duh), one in Michigan, San Diego, and Portland. I’ll post details as I get them and as I’m allowed.

I am also working on some extra special content from The Nightmare Affair, sort of an alternate chapter from a different character’s point of view. Again, I’ll share details as I’m allowed.

Okay, that’s it for now, I think. Happy writing!

The Nightmare Affair Focus on You Giveaway

Okay people. This very well may be your last chance to win a physical ARC of The Nightmare Affair, assuming you care about that sort of thing, of course 🙂 I’m giving away TWO of them. The contest starts now and ends January 23 at midnight, open internationally.


I don’t know about you, but I’m a little unenthusiastic about holding another random generator type giveaway. To hell with luck. It’s so…so…random and generally unfair. So instead the winners of this contest will be determined by a panel of human judges. That’s right. Actual people. Me and two of my awesome critique partners Lori M. Lee and Cat York.

Now for the details.

STEP ONE: Interpret the term “Magickind” using a visual medium.

In case you didn’t already know, all the magical creatures in The Nightmare Affair are referred to as magickind; so nightmares, sirens, demons, fairies, werewolves, unicorns, you name it. Anything magical. This interpretation can be a drawing, a photograph, a sculpture, video, comic strip, anything that involves a visual medium. Be creative. Be entertaining. Show us something beautiful, amazing, scary, funny. I really want it to be a spotlight on YOU. Your creativity and personality. Show me what you got. This piece of art does not have to be new, either. If you drew an awesome picture in the 3rd grade that fits the theme, use it. Seriously, as long as the visual belongs to you, you’re good. No copy rights violations, please.

STEP 2: Post the art somewhere on the net.

Put is anywhere: your blog, Tmblr, Facebook, etc.

STEP 3: Mention The Nightmare Affair in the post.

Post a picture of the cover if you want. Or maybe a link to Goodreads–it’s up to you.

STEP 4: Leave a comment on my blog(s) that includes the link to your entry.

That’s it. Remember, there are TWO arcs available. And if there are a lot of entries, I’ll throw in a 3rd arc (my very last one). There will also be swag packs up for grabs as well.

Good luck!


Nightmare Affair Twitter Giveaway

I’ve randomly decided to give away one of my ARCs on The Nightmare Affair on Twitter. To enter, just tweet that you want to win using the hash tag #NightmareAffair. My handle is optional (@mindeearnett). Winner will be picked tomorrow evening, open Internationally.

Good luck!

Debut Debutante and Giveaway!

I’m so thrilled to say that I’m a debutante! Definitely the first that has ever come out of my mouth (or brain? or fingers? since this is a written thing…never mind). The event is being hosted by the spectacular Badass Bookie, and my introductory post is up right now. In it you’ll get to see my dream dress and learn 10 wacky, weird, and semi-fun things about me. And TOMORROW, you’ll want to check back for a sneak peek at The Nightmare Affair and a chance to win a preorder of the book. Check it out here!

Update – and the giveaway is live! Enter here. (Note: the giveaway is for a pre-order, not an ARC. But I will be giving away a couple of ARCs soon!)


A Preview and a New Blurb

Hey all! Just wanted to give you a quick update. Firstly, my guest post at Fiction Freak went up yesterday. It contains a small preview of a section of The Nightmare Affair. Check it out here.

I’m also blogging today over at the Lucky 13s about signs of a Super Star Agent (here’s a hint: Mine is one!)

And lastly, but definitely not leastly, I’ve been given the go ahead to share another blurb for The Nightmare Affair from the fabulous, New York TImes bestselling author Marissa Meyer, author of Cinder! I couldn’t be more thrilled with what she had to say.

And here it is:

The Nightmare Affair is brimming with wit and charm, along with plenty of mysteries that kept me guessing to the very end. Mindee Arnett has created a brand new school of magic to delight and enthrall us, and I’m sure I won’t be the only reader impatiently awaiting the next adventure at Arkwell Academy.”—Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of Cinder

Happy writing!


Query Letter Example and Tips

As part of my prep for my first writers conference as a presenter, I’ve decided to repost this old post below where I share my query letter and some general tips. Hope you find it useful.


So a couple of people have asked about the query letter for The Nightmare Affair, which helped me in my quest to sign with my agent of awesome, Suzie Townsend. (Note: I refuse to use the phrase “land an agent,” because Suzie totally isn’t a fish. Seriously, she’s more of a rockstar.)

Here it is folks, a copy of the email I sent to Suzie:

Dear Ms. Townsend:

16-year-old Dusty Everhart might make a regular habit of breaking into houses late at night, but she’s no criminal. She is a Nightmare, a magical being who must feed on the dreams of others, and in doing so experience those dreams, too. But when her latest dreamer, Eli Booker, the hot guy from her old high school, turns out to be dreaming about a murder which shortly comes true, she goes from non-criminal to reluctant crime fighter.

Dusty learns that together she and Eli posses the rare ability to predict the future through dreams. They are soon enlisted by the magickind government to help identify the person killing sutdents at Dusty’s high school, Arkwell Academy, a secret school for magickind. Now Dusty and Eli must follow the clues both within Eli’s dreams and out of them to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what they’re up to and marks them as the next target.

Complete at 76,400 words, The Nightmare Affair is a YA contemporary fantasy, which I like to think of as Veronica Mars meets Hex Hall. Per your submission guidelines, I have included the first 10 pages below.

My short stories have appeared in various semi-pro magazines, including Happy, and I have received an honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2008. I have a Masters of Arts in English Literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing. On a personal note, I follow both your blog and twitter account and thoroughly enjoy both. I think your First Page Shooter endeavor is invaluable.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you for your time and consideration


Mindee Arnett

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I hope this letter is self-explanatory, but as always, feel free to ask me questions. Also, here’s a list of some things I considered important in my agent submission process which you might find useful too:

  • Know and understand the invidual guidelines for EVERY agent you query.
  • Unless those guidelines say otherwise, put the pitch paragraphs first in the query. Agents are short are time. Don’t make them wade through the intro unless they specifically want to.
  • Send yourself test emails to make sure the formatting comes through properly. Be sure to view them on your iPhone or other device as this is how a lot of agents view them.
  • Add a personal note so long as it’s honest and relevant.
  • Follow the agents (twitter, blog, etc) you want to work with, and be sure to mention it. (Not long after Suzie had the full manuscript of Nightmare, she started following me on twitter, and WOW, was that a GREAT feeling.)
  • Keep the pitch short and precise. Trust me, there’s a whole lot more to Nightmare than what’s suggested in this pitch. But I resisted the tempation to try and tell the whole story in two paragraphs. Just razzle-dazzle them with as little as possible (i.e. the heart of the conflict and who it’s happening to).
  • Query in small increments. I sent out only 5 queries at 1 time. If every one gets rejected, take another look at the query.

(BONUS: Wanna see what happens after you sign with an agent and the book goes on submission? You can read the pitch here.)