I need your help! For my bookstore, a distributer sent me a list of children's and young adult books they suggest I carry to start out with. the problem is that I know there are a lot of excellent…Continue
You're a writer, and I can tell it's been your dream to write stories for teens and children, probably for a very long time. I want to write books for teens as well. But I realized that if there…Continue
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In the relatively short time I've been an agent, I've noticed something that makes me smile and sigh at the same time: the paralyzing fear some writers experience when they query agents. To them (and you) I say: Relax. It's okay if you make a small mistake. It won't ruin your career if you accidentally query an agent twice. Or if you get their name wrong. Or if you found a typo on page three that you were sure hadn't been there before you sent your sample pages. Don't let the anxiety of the…Continue
I've been noticing something disturbing with quite a few of the beautiful paranormal romances currently shimmering on bookstore shelves, and I'm not talking about the paranormal aspects. In too many of them, the controlling and violent behavior of the "bad boy" becomes fodder for a romantic fantasy where the sweet, innocent girl tames the dark and sexy beast.
By itself, instalove is a harmless dream pinned on the idea that destiny will send a girl her one true…Continue
After the somewhat recent hullabaloo that was #yamafia, I've been thinking a lot about how I approach book reviews. I love reading and then sharing my thoughts on books, not just with friends, but with pretty much everyone. I've been known to hand sell books at the library and bookstores I frequent. It's not that I'm going to shut up about books, but as a part of the larger kid lit community, I'm evaluating my place as a reader, editor, writer, and reviewer.
Even though YA paranormal romances have shifted from vampires to werewolves to angels to every creature imaginable, many of the same themes present themselves in the various iterations. In an effort to take a lighthearted poke at the cliches that inhabit this genre*, I present the Rules for Heroines of Paranormal Romances:
1. Aim to be normal in every way. Paranormal guys are really attracted to this.
2. Being uncoordinated, a bad singer, or lacking in other artistic…