Elle Cosimano

Where I’ve Been Wednesday

Nevada SCBWI Mentor Retreat
Virginia City, NV
October 12-14, 2012

This might be the worst picture ever taken of me, but it’s the only photo I have of me with Holly Freaking Black!!! Therefore, it is the Best. Pic. EVER! (Left to right: Tessa Elwood – my amazing crit partner/web designer extraordinaire, Kathleen Duey, Holly Black, and yours truly in front of the St. Mary’s Art & Retreat Center.)

Working with Ellen Hopkins and Holly was a transformative experience. Ellen really made me think more deeply into my characters, and helped me to realize the impact of POV and tense choices when telling their stories. And Holly is the plot whisperer. Seriously. Her technique for plot mapping has completely changed the way I think about structuring a story. The Nevada SCBWI Mentor Retreat for Agented/Published Authors was the educational highlight of my career so far, and I can’t recommend it highly enough!


Charleston, SC
November 12, 2012

What is it?  44 authors, a full day of panels, and thousands of books! Best excuse ever for a road trip to meet up with two of my Greenhouse sisters.  (Left to right: Megan Miranda, me, and Ashley Elston.) I have the best crit partners EVER! It’s been three months and my face STILL hurts from laughing!

If you’re ever in Charleston, SC with a group of creepy thriller writers, then you should totally tour a haunted jail. And then get pie. Lots of pie. (Left to right: me, Megan Miranda, SR Johannes, Kimberly Derting, and Ashley Elston.)


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
November, 2012

I promised my kids that if I ever sold my book, I would take them to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. This is me, making good. And these are my colors.


In The Blogosphere

Catch my recent post at Ink & Angst about learning styles and finding your inner Yoda.

Check out my interview at OneFour KidLit, a blog for YA and MG authors debuting in 2014.

We’re spilling fresh blood at Sleuths, Spies and Alibis, and guess who’s the newest Sleuth! My first post goes live on January 22. Drop by to find out why I write mysteries and thrillers.


Good Things Come…

To those of you patiently awaiting more “Welcome Back Kotter” clips, I extend my apologies. It’s been a very busy week.

I am giddy. I am exhausted. I have an agent.

Thanks to the power of The Query Letter, I am now represented by the extraordinary Sarah Davies of The Greenhouse Literary Agency, and officially promoted from struggling, starving writer to squealing, starving author.

Nearly’s finally found a home. She needs a little work (I’m not gonna lie) and I will be buried for the next several months under a mountain of revision notes. In the spirit of Daniel Day Lewis, I’ll stay alive no matter what occurs, but promise to come find me. And bring me Swedish Fish. All writer survival kits should come properly equipped.

For those following and waiting, Nearly’s book will also undergo a name change. Apropos (for those who already know her story). But fear not, no hotties will be killed in the re-making of the story.

All good things.

So thanks for being here. For helping me heft my bucket. I couldn’t have realized this dream without you.