Etiquette & Espionage Special Extras (Finishing School)

Etiquette & Espionage released in

February of 2013

Here are some fun blog posts and resources that tie to this book, Gentle Reader. Research I conducted plus chattering and amusement on the subject of this series and moving into the world of YA.

This story features Sophronia who is recruited to a finishing school for spies located in a dirigible. There, young ladies of quality are taught to finish everything – and everyone – as needed.

The Japanese Translation (NOT a manga).

Etiquette & Espionage came out in 2013 and was a New York Times and Locus bestseller, was nominated for the Sakura Medal (Japan – 2015) and a Goodreads Choice Award (2013), made YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list (2014), the ALA’s Notable Books for Children List (2014), top 10 YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults List (2014), and won the Prix Elbakin Award (France- 2014).

Original advert

Writing Etiquette & Espionage

This is the first book I wrote intentionally for a Young Adult market. It is not, however, my first YA book. I have a number of others in my proverbial trunk, unpublished.

Here I talk about why I made the switch to YA, how I changed my writing style and approach, and other thoughts from the writer perspective.

Things Pertaining to This Book

Research & Other Fun Behind the Scenes Tidbits

Other Extras

Here’s a guide on what to do when you’re highjacked by flywaymen.

Read Along Questions!

  1. Who is your favorite character from these books?

  2. Who’s story arc do you enjoy the most?

  3. Who surprised you?

  4. What was the most shocking reveal from this first book?

  5. Any cross over characters surprises? Who were you shocked to see show up and who did you want to see but didn’t?

You can find a full series summation and discussion, plus Gail plays Would You Rather Finishing School style on the Fiction Hangover podcast. Prefer iTunes?

I hope you enjoyed this starter pack and if you are new to the Finishing School Series… WELCOME!

Yours in not-so-secret,

Miss Gail

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Merch from this book!

My editor, Kate, got her nails done to match my book during release

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“It’s reminiscent of seaweed, old ashtrays, used bandaids, and a head-butt. . . . Y’know, subtle.”

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One Response

  1. Karen said:

    I found your research on firing guns intriguing. I, too, am considering going to a firing range (if I can find one that has older guns) for my writing research. I’m in Australia, so guns aren’t common place here. I lived in a farm but we didn’t keep them. My farming cousins do but they are half a country away. Does your friends book, more
    Throwing Lead: A Writer’s Guide to Firearms (and the People Who Use Them), come in paperback? I can’t seem to find it in that format. I’ve found this book to be of use when it comes to ‘smells and bells ‘ of guns: Chemical Analysis of Ammunition, ans Gunshot Residue by James Smyth Wallace. (the scientist in me couldn’t resist)

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