Maybe that title is misleading. I did sort of lose my mind a little while querying. But simply from the nerves and anxieties of the process. Otherwise, I was very organized, confident in who I was reaching out to, and happy with my process. So I’m going to share how I tackled this monstrous step towards gaining representation. This is what worked for me. It might not be right for everyone, but I do think a few key things are important no matter who you are. Everything else aside though, you should have your MS in tip-top shape, and a rock-solid query drafted before you go sending it off to agents… » Research This, I hope, is self-explanatory. You cannot expect success while querying without first researching agents. You may have written the most amazing book in the history of humanity, but if you send it to the wrong agents, your book’s awesomeness won’t matter. Take the time to research agents who represent your genre. Get a subscription to Publishers... Read More
Most Mondays I feel like Peter in Office Space and can hear that secretary woman running around in my head sputtering, “Sounds like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays!” But today’s Monday is perhaps the most exciting day that I have had in my career as a writer. Today’s Monday I can share some exciting news that has been building and building over the last few days… As of today, I have an agent! *dancing* My first offer came ten days ago and I beamed and squirmed and wanted to tell the world but I bit my tongue and let other agents who still had my query/partial/full weigh in. In the end, I had multiple offers on my MS (*faints*) and a huge decision ahead. I spoke with many wonderful, helpful, talented agents and everyone was so gracious to answer my questions and share with my their vision for my book. My heart rate was through the roof and my brain racing at a mile a minute. I was excited and stressed and anxious and ecstatic all at the same... Read More
They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it’s difficult not to. I recently picked up Brenna Yovanoff’s The Replacement at the library solely because of the cover. It wasn’t that the inside jacket didn’t read well – it does – but the cover caught my eye and I couldn’t not take the book home with me after seeing it. I mean, look at this cover. The old pram, the dissipating fog, the terribly eerie instruments hanging over said carriage. It’s amazing. (And to be fair, I’m about 50 pages into this book, and so far it is living up to its marvelous cover, which is a very nice thing indeed). Anyway, this made me think about all the books I’ve picked up in recent years based on cover art alone. It is true that there are some amazing stories that take place behind some not-so-nice covers, but my personal buying/borrowing habits seem to be so impacted on covers that I’ve started to think a catchy title and some... Read More
I’d heard lots of amazing things about this book. It was about time I picked it up. Summary from the inside jacket: This is a story about love. It’s also a story about hate, which is why I left New York in the first place. You don’t fly halfway across the world to live with a bunch of people you never met, just for a laugh. I guess if I’d known where it was all going to lead, I might have thought twice about stepping onto that plane. I might have worried a little more about Edmond being my cousin. And me being fifteen. But I didn’t. And in the end, those things didn’t matter as much as you think they would. In the end, the world has bigger things to worry about than us. While this inside jacket is captivating, it does little to sum up the plot line, so I’ll do so here. Daisy is fifteen. She flies off to England to stay with her cousins in the remote countryside. While she is there and her aunt is traveling, a war breaks out. The story... Read More
Another John Green book. What can I say, I’m an addict, I guess. It’s not my favorite by John Green. But it’s still pretty fabulous. Summary from the inside jacket: Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life – dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge – he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues – and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew. Like always, Green manages to take a typical teenage struggle and write it with such grace and effectiveness. Oh, the ever-present conflict of seeing people as you think they are, versus seeing them AS they are. Such is high-school. So many... Read More
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