Please help me welcome Camille Picott, author of SulanShe’s here today as part of her Virtual Author Blog Tour to discuss the art of letting go when collaborating with other artists. See her post below, then be sure to enter for a chance to win an ebook copy of Sulan!

Sulan by Camille PicottSixteen-year-old Sulan Hom can’t remember life before the Default—the day the United States government declared bankruptcy. As a math prodigy, she leads a protected life, kept safe from the hunger and crime plaguing the streets of America. She attends the corporate-sponsored Virtual High School, an academy in Vex (Virtual Experience) for gifted children.

Beyond the security of Sulan’s high-tech world, the Anti-American League wages a guerrilla war against the United States. Their leader, Imugi, is dedicated to undermining the nation’s reconstruction attempts. He attacks anything considered a national resource, including corporations, food storage facilities—and schools. When Sulan witnesses the public execution of a teenage student and the bombing of a college dorm, she panics.

Her mother, a retired mercenary, refuses to teach her how to defend herself. Sulan takes matters into her own hands. With the help of her hacker best friend, Hank, Sulan acquires Touch—an illegal Vex technology that allows her to share the physical experience of her avatar. With Touch, Sulan defies her mother and trains herself to fight.

When Imugi unleashes a new attack on the United States, Sulan finds herself caught in his net. Will her Vex training be enough to help her survive and escape?

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Artistic Collaboration & the Art of Letting Go

By Camille Picott

Collaboration, in my own personal experience, can be one of the most challenging things for a writer. There are lots of ways for a writer to collaborate—with an illustrator (for covers and interior pictures), with a movie director (someday!), with another writer, or even with a voice actor for an audio book.

Here’s the tough part about collaboration: no piece of art produced by someone else is going to exactly replicate the way something exists in your own head. The best part about collaboration: many times, the artistic work produced by someone else is better than you ever imagined.

I’ve had the good fortune to collaborate with both an illustrator and a voice actor.

My first published book, a middle grade fantasy entitled Raggedy Chan – The Illustrated Edition, contains 40 full-color illustrations. I collaborated with illustrator Joey Manfre. I gave Joey a simple sentence to describe what I wanted from the illustration. Example: Drought Fury attacks Raggedy Chan, or Torch Dragon materializes in front of Ragged Chan. (Click here if you’d like to take a peek at actual illustrations in Raggedy Chan.) The result of this collaboration? The illustrations did not at all resemble what I imagined in my head—they looked a thousand times better than anything I had imagined.

With Sulan, Episode 1: The League, I joined ACX (which is owned by Amazon) and partnered with voice actor Karen Savage to produce my very first audio book. ACX prompts you to give some very basic instructions to a voice actor—age and gender of main character, plus a basic “attitude” of the main character, such as deadpan, sarcastic, anxious, etc. With these basic parameters, the voice actor then puts his or her own spin on the characters in the novel. Once again, even though the character voices did not match the voices in my head (yes, I have voices in my head—way too many of them) they all sounded great. I was quite tickled with the way Karen interpreted Billy. His voice sounds like a cross between a surfer and a drug dealer, which totally fit his personality.

What I learned from both of these experiences is that I had to relinquish a certain amount of control in order for the collaboration to be successful. (I’m a bit of a control freak, so this isn’t very easy for me to do.) If you partner with a professional and give him or her the opportunity to apply their craft, you’re likely to be very pleased with the results.

Camille PicottAbout the author:  Camille Picott has been writing books since the age of twelve. She specializes in science fiction and fantasy stories with Asian-inspired settings and Asian main characters. She is the author of two middle grade fantasy books, Raggedy Chan and Nine-Tail Fox.

In her spare time, Camille loves to read books and write reviews. Her reviews are written from a writer’s perspective, highlighting various aspects of craft found in the books she reads.

To visit Camille, and to read her book reviews, go to

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Many thanks to Camille for stopping by to discuss artistic collaboration, and for offering an ebook copy to give away! Readers, enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win an ebook copy of Sulan for yourself.

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6 Responses to Blog Tour & Giveaway: Sulan by Camille Picott

  1. kimbacaffeinate
    Twitter: kimbacaffeinate

    I completely get this, “….no piece of art produced by someone else is going to exactly replicate the way something exists in your own head.” As a reader, often the cover images do not match the character as I see them in my mind and often the movies version of a book have me protesting, that’s not what he looked like or acted. LOL fantastic post.
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  2. Thanks so much for particiaping in the Sulan blog tour! I really appreciate it!

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  4. Teddy Rose says:

    Thanks so much for taking part in the tour!

  5. Jackie Hauver says:

    I love dystopian stories. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. bn100 says:

    The book sounds intriguing. Nice post.

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