I'm spending most of my writing time lately revising. I love revisiong, so let me just preface with that.
and there is a but...
It's really important to remember to write. The more we write, the better we get--there's no substitution for getting those words on the page.
Added by Jamie on December 30, 2009 at 6:03pm —
Does your YA novel touch the heart, does it bring tears to the eyes of the reader? Does the plot and the characters, or even the voice stay with the reader long after the pages have been put down? Then this agent is looking for you!
Agent Michelle Brower of Wend Sherman Associates, Inc says;
"Please Make Me Cry!
I've been working on a lot of thrillers and mysteries lately, which can be a great thing- recently I've been privy to taxidermy-obsessed serial killers, zombies who… Continue
Added by Jessica Milar on December 30, 2009 at 12:00pm —
Agent Mary Kole of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency recently gave an in-depth interview. Here's what you can write to catch her eye on a query:
"Make me care. A lot of queries don't tell me what's important to the character, what's at stake, how things go from bad to worse for them. People read to bond with people. Even if you've got a blockbuster plot, the character is still important because....
SEE THE REST OF THIS INTERVIEW AT AGENT INSIDER
Added by Jessica Milar on December 29, 2009 at 4:30pm —
You know those stories that just stick with you? The ones that, while maybe not the absolute best book in the entire world that you want to read over and over, you can't seem to stop thinking about? (Have you had enough with the rhetorical questions?) CANDOR by Pam Bachorz is now one of those books for me.
I finished it in one sitting, curled up in my bed yesterday, and I haven't stopped thinking about it. It even invaded my dreams. Okay, I did read it right before bed but still. It… Continue
Added by Mary Brebner on December 29, 2009 at 12:30pm —
So two authors I very much enjoy, Lisa McMann and Maureen Johnson, are giving away free downloads this month! I just had to share this with my #yalitchat pals in case you hadn't seen this!
Lisa McMann is giving 30 days access to Wake, her debut novel. I read Wake in one sitting and went out and bought book 2, Fade, the next day. LOVE this book. It's about a girl who gets sucked into people's dreams, including those of a very hot, mysterious boy at school. You can download Wake… Continue
Added by Jessica Capelle on December 29, 2009 at 3:22am —
Class of 2k10 Book… Continue
Added by Georgia McBride on December 27, 2009 at 6:32pm —
The Tenners Are Coming: a 2010 Book Odyssey!…
Added by Georgia McBride on December 27, 2009 at 6:00pm —
New editor-at-large to acquire and edit YA and middle-grade fiction
By Lynn Andriani -- Publishers Weekly, 12/22/2009 2:32:00 PM
Around this time last year, Melanie Kroupa, who had had her own imprint at FSG Books for Young Readers since 2000, was let go as part of Macmillan’s reorganization of its children’s division. But news came late yesterday that Kroupa will be joining Marshall Cavendish Children's Books as an editor-at-large on January 1, reporting to publisher… Continue
Added by Georgia McBride on December 24, 2009 at 9:30pm —
Before your submit to Agent Inbox
, be sure to check out AGENT INSIDER.
We've got the inside scoop on the Agents who review queries in Agent Inbox
And check out AGENT INSIDER
for info on other agents who may be a perfect match for your manuscript.
READ ALL ABOUT IT IN AGENT INSIDER
Added by Jessica Milar on December 23, 2009 at 9:30am —
Katie Grimm of Don Congdon Associates, Inc. is actively seeking YA, as well as other genres. She says, "I am much more open to fantasy and sci-fi in YA and MG, but I have somehow escaped the pull of the vampire or vampire spin-offs, so no dragon slaying angel faeries for me!"
Read all about it in AGENT INSIDER
Added by Jessica Milar on December 21, 2009 at 9:00pm —
From Write It Sideways Blog
How to Write a First Chapter that Rocks
by suzannah on November 23, 2009
When I go to the library to find new reading material, the first thing I do is read the opening paragraph and skim through the first few pages of each selection.
If I don’t like what I see, the book goes back on the shelf.
Imagine literary agents and editors doing the same thing when they read your manuscript. If the first pages are no good,… Continue
Added by Georgia McBride on December 21, 2009 at 1:09pm —
You've heard of ask a Ninja? Well this discussion thread is for anyone to ask anything regarding publishing, and I'll try to find the answer (preferably from a blog or interview of an agent or editor, or even a publisher, or even a YALITCHAT board member has the answer). Hopefully this will make the Agent Insider Group more interactive.
No question is too big or too small, have no fear, you're among friends at YALITCHAT.
Fire Away over at AGENT INSIDER!!
Added by Jessica Milar on December 20, 2009 at 1:04pm —
Literary Agent Joanna- Stampel Vogel of Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation details what goes into a pitch in AGENT INSIDER
. A brief excerpt:
The pitch needs to convey three things: the plot, the genre and the tone of the story. And it needs to convey these things in one concise sentence. It doesn’t need dialogue, it doesn’t need a cast list, it doesn’t necessarily need the title and it definitely doesn’t need the word count—and before you snicker at this advice,… Continue
Added by Jessica Milar on December 20, 2009 at 1:30am —
I love what Rachelle Gardner discussed on her blog earlier this week. She gave excellent advice on verifying the source of information and getting it from trusted sources.
I found it a great reminder.
Added by Michelle Witte on December 20, 2009 at 1:22am —
(according to Alan Rinzer)
From The Book Deal Blog
Publishers desperately seeking insanely great debut novelists
“Everybody’s looking for the next big thing — a work of great literary fiction from an unknown writer who’s never been published.”
That’s according to Jay Schaefer, an editor-at-large at Workman Publishers in New York City and its subsidiary, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Schaefer, a… Continue
Added by Georgia McBride on December 19, 2009 at 11:45pm —
From Galley Cat
American Idol and Literary Advances
By Jason Boog on Dec 18, 2009 04:23 PM
In a blog post, veteran editor Alan Rinzler (pictured) tried to find out why a few first-time novelists had landed large advances recently--citing a $600,000 and two six-figure advances for untested authors.
He debated the topic with Algonquin Books and Workman Publishers editor-at-large Jay Schaefer. When asked why these first time advances had went so high,… Continue
Added by Georgia McBride on December 19, 2009 at 11:30pm —
From Alan Rinzer
The Book Deal Blog
9 Tips For Successful Author Readings
Readers are fans. They love author appearances!
What’s more, a successful author reading can spark sales and help build a following for a new book.
Publishers know this, but unfortunately, the days of big budgets for glamorous book tours and star-spangled author events are now largely behind us.
Author readings still a hot… Continue
Added by Georgia McBride on December 19, 2009 at 11:30pm —
By Nicola Crossley is custom publishing administrator at the Orion Publishing Group (UK) , and social secretary for the Society of Young Publishers (UK) -- From Bookseller.com
Just what is a young adult novel? Surely the answer is simple: a work of fiction that is aimed directly at, and relates to, teenagers. Controversy over age ranging on books raises the all-important question—does teenage fiction actually exist, is it possible to… Continue
Added by Georgia McBride on December 19, 2009 at 8:22pm —
Literary début advances fall as low as £500
17.12.09 Benedicte Page
Advances for some literary fiction débuts have dropped to as little as £500, according to agents and publishers.
Advances of £1,000 or £2,000 are becoming increasingly common although other débuts still command good figures. Rebecca Hunt’s Mr Chartwell was sold to Fig Tree at auction last month as part of a two-book deal worth more than £100,000.
Jonathan Cape… Continue
Added by Georgia McBride on December 19, 2009 at 8:14pm —
From Publishers Marketplace: December 17, 2009
President and publisher of Putnam Children's for the last 15 years Nancy Paulsen will launch an eponymous imprint, Nancy Paulsen Books in 2011. She plans to publish 12 to 15 picture books, middle grade and young adult novels
a year. Paulsen will keep her current position until a replacement is named, with a search underway now.
Paulsen says in the announcement, "I am thrilled with the opportunity to return to my true… Continue
Added by Georgia McBride on December 17, 2009 at 4:41pm —