Last year, I was querying a YA fantasy. It's the third story I've ever queried (and the second I've queried seriously), and it was going more or less like the last one had: a small handful of full requests that ultimately resulted in passes. And then I got a revise and resubmit. It was awesome! … Continue reading My Revise and Resubmit Adventure
The Contradictory World of Querying Agents
It's fun to complain, isn't it? Let's complain about querying! Querying is complicated! Querying is messy! And every time I query, I am simultaneously delighted that I seem to be doing OK and terrified that I'm doing everything wrong. And both might be true! Nothing makes sense. Everything is anxiety-inducing. This post has no point! … Continue reading The Contradictory World of Querying Agents
Fun With QueryTracker: How to Spend Too Much Time with the Data Explorer
As I mentioned in my last post, I'm back in the query trenches. And that means I'm spending way too much time thinking about querying. So let's talk about one of my favorite QueryTracker tools: the Data Explorer! What is the Data Explorer? The Data Explorer shows every time a QueryTracker user has submitted a … Continue reading Fun With QueryTracker: How to Spend Too Much Time with the Data Explorer
Finding Agents to Query
I'm officially back in the query trenches! I've got a brand-spanking-new YA fantasy ready to go, and I'd dearly like to get a literary agent for it. It's harrowing! It's nerve-wracking! I'm anxious! And, well, that's a lot of emotional energy. I just sent out my first batch, and... hey, it looks like most could … Continue reading Finding Agents to Query
On Writing a Fiction Series–and How Agents and Publishers Make for Fluid Plans
I attended the New England SCBWI writing conference back in April, and one of the most intriguing panels I attended--and the one that's stayed with me the best--was called "And Then There Were More: The Art of Writing a Series with Agent Ammi-Joan Paquette." I'm a fantasy author, so--be it for better or for worse--series … Continue reading On Writing a Fiction Series–and How Agents and Publishers Make for Fluid Plans
What I’ve Learned from Querying
I've been querying my YA fantasy novel since September 2014, and oh man, it's been a journey. I'm not quite done, so I can't talk about stats yet, but I can definitely talk about the random things I've learned. Lesson #1: I hate competitions. I really, really, really hate competitions. I've participated in PitMad, Pitch … Continue reading What I’ve Learned from Querying
Reasons Why Your Manuscript Could Be Rejected… In the First Paragraphs
OK, so. A few weeks ago, I was terribly worried about book reviews. But then I finished Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman, and discovered that she still very honestly reviews YA books. So there you have it. It probably doesn't matter that much if you review books. So let's move on to something that actually … Continue reading Reasons Why Your Manuscript Could Be Rejected… In the First Paragraphs
Should Writers Write Book Reviews?
Here's a question I don't have an answer to: Should a writer also write book reviews? Unsurprisingly, opinions differ. (Here's a recent thread from Absolute Write.) (EDIT: Eep! It just occurred to me that this isn't clear. I'd never argue that a writer who doesn't review books should start. I'm asking from the other angle: … Continue reading Should Writers Write Book Reviews?
New Leaf Literary and Media on agents and “It’s good, it’s just not for me.”
I'm querying! That means I glom onto absolutely everything I find online that is related to the process of querying. In fact, I am currently I'm sitting on a treasure trove of agent-related links, none of which I have actually bothered to post here. So it's time. I am actually going to start posting these … Continue reading New Leaf Literary and Media on agents and “It’s good, it’s just not for me.”
Writing for Modern Teens, Or: Hey, Want to Feel Super Old?
It's a busy week! So instead of a proper post, here's a link I found fascinating. This is from agent Sarah LaPolla, and it discusses what to keep in mind (and to not get too hung up on) when writing for the teens of the 21st century. And if that doesn't make you feel old, … Continue reading Writing for Modern Teens, Or: Hey, Want to Feel Super Old?