Sunday, May 30, 2010

Number 7!!!

Hey all, I just checked and now that we've surpassed 300 followers on Networked Blogs, I have currently moved up to NUMBER 7 on the Top 50 Blogs in Publishing on the Networked Blogs list!!!  I doubt I've cracked the Writers Top 50, but that's alright, all in due time!  I have no one to thank but all the lovely people who chose to follow me.  I promise there will be big things coming down the road so please stay tuned!  And thanks again!  Many thanks also to the growing number of people following me through Blogger!  All of you make my day!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

At the Bookstore

I happened to be at my local Barnes and Noble the other day and noticed that in creating their new floor layout, they included an actual, separate, stand-alone section for Teen Fiction.  Usually, most of the B & Ns I visit have the teen section has been an afterthought, just slapped on the outer wall of the children's section.  I was super impressed to see the Teen Fiction section, yet at the same time, it made me realize how small it was.  Once separated, it looked like there were actually very few teen books.  Funnier yet was the fact that there are so many books, series, etc. by the same authors, that I realized how few YA authors there really are out there.  I know there are tons of us eager to break into the YA fiction market, and yet from browsing the bookshelves, you'd think there were only a handful of authors that write YA.  So are we all really that bad at writing or are the publishers still playing catch- up with the demand for YA books?  Perhaps what is slowing us down isn't so much lack of story or talent, but lack of money being spent publishing books.

In some info out of the BEA conference relayed to me by the awesome Michelle Sussman was pretty sobering.  Apparently, 7% of books published make up 87% of book sales.  93% of all published books sell less than 1,000 copies.  I would be curious to see how much of the 7% is YA.  Come on people, time to pony up and buy some more books!!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Shout out to YA Highway!

 www.yahighway.com is turning 1 and having an awesome contest in honor of their anniversary.  They have TONS of great books that they're giving away!  Be sure to check it out!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Latest Strategy...

Just in case anyone is wondering, I'm going to take (at least) this week off from #Fridayflash.  And maybe next week too.  I've been a bit overwhelmed lately and want to make sure I give my full attention to finishing my Editing class strongly.  I love the class, and while I'm not the world's best editor yet, I really feel like I will do a better job on my next pieces.  For our final project, we have to create a book of essays, which I'm happy to report is going very well.  Luckily, we don't have to write the essays, just collect them and write a lovely intro, which I hope to work on this weekend.


Once the class is finished, it's on to the summer, where I plan to pick back up on #Fridayflash, get those numbers jumping on the New Orleans WIP (targeting to finish at the end of August), revise The Green and query until my fingers fall off, work on Super-Secret Project with Michelle Sussman (I promise, you will be excited), and blog blog blog all about it!  So I apologize if I seem a little absent the next couple weeks, but I promise, there are great things on the horizon and I hope you'll share them with me!

Great links this week...

Here are a few great articles I've come across this week.  Even though the thought of getting published is thrilling, one still has to keep that excitement in check and remember that this is a business, and a tough business at that.  My goal is to someday get published and I hope to be an author for a long time.  I am also aware that unless my initials are J.K. or my last name is Meyer, I will most likely not get to quit the day job because my books won't pay the bills.  Which is fine.  My day job is fine and provides a lot of story ideas AND pays the mortgage!  Not too shabby!  It also gives me some vacation time (June, July, and August) in which to really focus on writing.  Not that I don't write during the other times of year, but the summer is when I feel like I'm a full time writer.  Because I am!!!

In any case, enjoy these pieces of wisdom!

Your Reality Check from kidlit.com

The Odds of Getting Published Stink - And Why You Shouldn't Care
from the Purple Crayon Bookstore blog

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Michelle Sussman is Having a Contest!!!

I'd like to congratulate my friend Michelle Sussman on her 100th post and celebrate with her by sharing a contest she's having on her blog, Reading & Writing by Candlelight.  Be sure to check it out!

She also honored me with a very awesome award, seen here.  There are some rules regarding it's acceptance, which I fully promise to honor next week, along with the last award she bestowed upon me last February.  It's a crazy week, lots going on as the school year winds down and weekend parties pick up as the weather improves!  Plus, I still have Editing class to attend!  If anybody has a few extra hours lying around, I'd be happy to take them off your hands!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Advice from Mandy Hubbard -YA Trends

My good friend Michelle Sussman posted this over on her blog and I felt it was such a good article I had to pass it on.  I follow Author/Agent Mandy Hubbard as well, and I feel like her motto says it all...'A published author is an amateur who didn't quit.  Don't quit.'  I love it!  In any case, I've posted a few articles on the latest trends in YA and Mandy did a nice job summing up her views.

 On Chasing Trends...and why you should just write the book you want to write...

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Oh, rejections!

I got a bit of bad news this week; the Lovely Agent who was reviewing my full manuscript decided to pass.  While I understand the process and what little time they had, I was a little frustrated by the 90% form letter I received with it.  LA did say some nice things about me as a writer, but I guess it wasn't enough this time around.  That's okay, this is the nature of the business.

So where to go from here?  Well, I am lucky in the sense that I'll be off work in a couple of weeks (teacher - will be on summer break) and I have some time to contemplate the situation.  My approach for this novel was to send out about 10 queries and then reevaluate the MS before querying again.  I did some nice revisions before sending it off to LA, but perhaps I'll give it another read before querying again.  It did have some good stats for the first 10 subs, 1 partial and 1 partial/full request.  The positive things that were said included that LA 'liked the concept' and that I was a 'solid writer - very commercial.'  The only complaint was that LA didn't connect with the MC the whole way through.  So maybe if I read it again I can see why.  I also had some great notes from my critique partners, most of which I implemented during the revisions.  There were 2 major things I had considered changing, so I will have to make the decision on whether or not I want to do a full rewrite.  I'll post later on when I decide what I plan to do!

Don't ever let rejections get you down.  Try to use the process to help you and your writing improve.  I've heard that persistence will pay off!  Fingers crossed!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

A few great links...

See what Agent Kristin Nelson says ruins a story in her article  Starting a Story in the Wrong Place.

Agent Jessica Faust's reality check regarding ebooks/selfpublishing: The Fate of Self-Published Works.

Agent Rachelle Gardner tells just what is in that publishing contract.

And one final pick me up article in case you're dealing with rejection...If at First You Don't Succeed...

Hope you find these articles as interesting as I did!