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With seventh grade behind him, Jed jumps at the opportunity to spend the summer in Mexico with his dad. But there’s just one catch: Luke and Tread get to tag along.
In Mexico, fitting inmight be easier than Jed imagined, with Holidays such as Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Here, a rising 8th grade zombie boy and his zombie dog won’t draw that much attention.
But then Tread unwittingly sets off Mexico’s Chupacabra Defense Network and Jed accidentally collides with a bus. So much for blending in. The unusual pair catch the eye of a professional wrestler, who challenges Jed to a fight!
Their antics manage to capture the attention of a doctor whose knowledge of the undead causes Jed to question his very existence. Is this the answer Jed’s been hoping for since his parents sat him down for the “you’re a zombie” talk? Jed may have finally found a way to be normal, but at what cost?
Dead Jed: Return of the Jed is book 3 in Scott Craven’s humorous and heartwarming series about surviving middle school, fitting in, and embracing one’s differences – even if you are a zombie.
10 Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before
10. Writing a bestseller is like winning the lottery. And not the scratch-off game where you win a free ticket. The odds are against you. So?
9. There are way cooler things about being a writer than having your name on a bestseller. I have a letter from a young man named Jack, who wrote to tell me “Dead Jed” was the best book he ever read. It won’t buy me a new car, because it’s priceless.
8. Writing a book can be as difficult as climbing Mt. Everest. Well, maybe not Everest. Mt. Shasta in California. And writing is a lot warmer.
7. A really good editor will anger you by pointing out a ton of stuff that needs work. You will hate a really good editor.
6. A really good editor will make your book so much better. You will love a really good editor.
5. Your sense of accomplishment likely will diminish at each step. At first you’re overjoyed you wrote a book, but then you want to find an agent. When you do, you’re not happy until you find a publisher. When you do, you’re not happy until the book is printed. When that happens, you’re not happy with sales. If it does sell, you’re not happy until it winds up on someone’s bestseller list.
4. You will cherish lucid moments when you realize, “Holy crap, I wrote a book!”
3. When you meet people and tell them you wrote a book, their enthusiasm usually is genuine, their promise to buy your book usually is not.
2. It helps to be as good at marketing and promotion as you are at writing. You can write an amazing novel, but it is not going to sell itself. You will be expected to do the heavy lifting, from scheduling appearances (paying your own way) to supplying promotional material. Unless you’re already a noted author. And if you are, you’re not reading a list like this one.
1. You will be shocked how cool it feels when someone says they are a fan of your work. And when they ask for an autograph, you will have a moment you wish you could bottle and put on a shelf.
About the Author
Proud graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, have one son who will turn 18 in March 2013, now a features writer for The Arizona Republic.