The Tombs Blog Tour – 5 Writing Tips from Deborah Schaumberg

Welcome to Day #9 of The Tombs Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of The Tombs on February 20th, blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Deborah Schaumberg and 10 chances to win a finished copy and a custom bookmark handmade by the author! We are excited to be part of this tour.  Thank you to Harper Teen & Deborah Schaumberg for including us on this tour and for providing the great guest post and giveaway.

5 Tips for Writers by Deborah Schaumberg

The road to publication has been a long and bumpy one for me, but now that THE TOMBS has finally released, I would like to share some tips for writers, that I picked up along the way.


1. Do your best to write every day or at least five days a week. I found that even if I only had one hour to write, it helped with the flow. On the days where I sat down to write and I had not spent any time writing the day before, I had to go back and re-read what I’d written, and my time was so much less efficient.

2. Join a professional writer’s organization. I joined SCBWI, The society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Not only did I learn a tremendous amount through the many events they organize, but I met my agent at one. I also found a critique group through the local chapter.

3. If you are writing historical fiction or, as in my case, historical fantasy, keep a running list of your sources. I bookmarked so many websites and read so many reference books that I ended up having to go back and decide which ones were most pertinent when I wanted to list them on my website.

4. Figure out which type of writing format works best for you. Some writers are “pantsers” – meaning they “fly by the seat of their pants.” And some writers work from a very detailed outline with chapters and scenes broken down. For me, somewhere in the middle of those two is the sweet spot. Too detailed an outline tends to stifle my creativity and writing without an outline at all slows me down because I don’t know what direction I’m headed.

I create a loose and flexible outline. I highlight key plot points and a general idea of the ending. I just learned that this is called “road-tripping”. Imagine you are going on a road trip – you have a starting point, you know where you want to end up, and you have an idea of some stops along the way. The most fun and memorable road trips aren’t planned down to the minute. They are spontaneous and flexible, if you see something that interests you, you head in a new direction, and you are open to new experiences and meeting new people, (or characters). Enjoy the journey.5. The most important tip I have is – whatever you do, don’t give up! Every writer I know has faced rejection over and over again. Often agents and editors will give you feedback with a rejection, which can be very helpful. My agent rejected my manuscript with a full page of reasons. I worked on the things he suggested and nine months later re-submitted it to him. At that point, he offered representation and I was so grateful I had not given up on my dream of publishing this book.


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New York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers.

Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn’t. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble. Other than secondhand tales of adventure from her best friend, Khan, an ex-slave, and caring for her falcon, Seraphine, Avery spends her days struggling to survive.

Like her mother’s, Avery’s powers refuse to be contained. When she causes a bizarre explosion at the factory, she has no choice but to run from her lies, straight into the darkest corners of the city. Avery must embrace her abilities and learn to wield their power–or join her mother in the cavernous horrors of the Tombs. And the Tombs has secrets of its own:  strange experiments are being performed on ‘patients’…and no one knows why.

Deborah Schaumberg’s gripping debut melds history and fantasy, taking readers on a breathless trip across a teeming turn-of-the-century New York, and asks the question: Where can you hide in a city that wants you buried?


About the Author: Deborah Schaumberg was born in Brooklyn, not far from where her novel The Tombs takes place. She grew up renovating dilapidated old houses with her family. She and her father would walk the rooms, floor by floor, making up stories about the inhabitants that were filled with dark secrets, monsters, and, of course, ghosts. Deborah is a writer and an artist whose work always has an element of fantasy to it, and since she also studied architecture, settings are equally important. It was on a trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary in Nepal that she imagined a girl with the ability to see energy, and the seed of The Tombs was planted. She collects old bottles, and her favorite holiday is, you guessed it, Halloween. Deborah lives with her family and two dogs in Maryland, just outside DC. Visit her at


Huge thank you to Harper Teen and Deborah Schaumberg for providing a SIGNED finished copy of The Tombs and a custom bookmark handmade by Deborah for us to giveaway. This giveaway is open to US addresses only, all of our other standard rules apply.  Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

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 Blog Tour Schedule:

February 19th — BookhoundsYA
February 20th — Good Choice Reading
February 21st — Book Briefs
February 22nd — Crossroad Reviews
February 23rd — Novel Novice

February 26th — A Dream Within A Dream
February 27th — Positively Book Crazy
February 28th —Reading Teen
March 1st — Page Turners
March 2nd — Mundie Moms

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