May 23rd, 2008

Intriguingly, I’ve recently received a number of queries sent in response to my strong stated interest in literary fiction, to which I say… huh? Sure, on my submissions page, I mention I’m looking for “brilliant, funny, original middle grade and young adult fiction, both literary and commercial” but this is all in one bullet point, and thus, I think pretty clear that the word “literary” here refers to “middle grade and young adult fiction.” Does anyone still remember how to diagram sentences?

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Something “Mysterious”

May 22nd, 2008

Most agents, if you know them well enough (or get them drunk) can tell you about the “book that got away”: the manuscript in their to-read pile they didn’t read before another agent snapped it up, the project they passed on that was sold by a colleague for big bucks, the super-duper mega-bestseller they thought sounded like a retrend of everything they’d ever read before with nothing original about it. And then, in a different category of books that got away, there’s the one they maybe sold or worked on in a previous incarnation — as an editor, perhaps, before they hung out their own shingle, or the Times bestseller whose royalties are all going straight to their former agency after they set out on their own.

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Something to aspire to

May 22nd, 2008

We’re not up there yet, but I’m definitely looking at Writer’s Digest list of the 101 Best Sites for Writers as something to aim for in the future.

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Parlez-vous Francais?

May 22nd, 2008
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Parlez-vous Francais? If so, then click on over to Amazon.fr to pick up the French edition of Alyson Noel’s FLY ME TO THE MOON, published by Fleuve Noir. C’est tres jolie!!

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Getting caught up

May 21st, 2008

Back from the beach, with a pile of emails and posts to get all caught up on, more reading still to do (although I got through ALL the books I brought with me to read).

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