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Thursday, April 18, 2013

AGENT NEWS!

Yes, you read that right! I'm beyond thrilled to announce that I'm now represented by the amazing Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary & Media!!!!! Seriously, this has been me for the past week:






So you may want to know how all of this happened. I have to give a huge thanks to the organizers of Writeoncon! I put my query letter for THE EDGE OF FOREVER up at Writeoncon last year, hoping for some feedback. Now I wasn't finished with the manuscript yet, and I noted that in the query letter, but I couldn't miss such a fantastic opportunity to have my query critiqued by so many wonderful writers and possibly ninja agents. Well, I got lucky and received a full request from one of those ninjas, who turned out to be Suzie. I promised to send the manuscript as soon as I finished, thinking it would take another month or so. *cue maniacal laughter* 

Anyway, to make a long story short, I didn't have it completely polished until the end of February this year. I sent my first query letters off at the very end of February/beginning of March, along with the manuscript to Suzie, and settled back because I'd been warned that there would be A LOT of waiting. Like months and months of waiting. Then a few weeks later, I received an email from Suzie. I was terrified to open it because I was sure it was a rejection. But I was stunned to find out that she was loving my book and just wanted the synopsis. Sure. No big deal, right? I sent it off, trying to be all cool and such, but I probably looked more like this:


And then after a little more waiting, I got another email. She loved it and wanted to talk. And after we talked and she officially offered to represent me, I probably looked a little crazy for a while and did a lot of squeeing and stuff like this:



I was really nervous to talk to Suzie, but she was so nice! She made me feel at ease and answered every question I had, and I feel so lucky to be one of her clients now. I look forward to many years of working with her!!! 



Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The New Adult Craze

So unless you're living under a rock or something, there's this whole new category of books called New Adult that's really popular now. I know of several authors who have self-published New Adult books, and they are doing very well. I've also seen numerous book deals in the past six months on Publisher's Marketplace in which previously self-published NA books have been sold to traditional publishers in some pretty sweet deals.

Now I'm not going to lie - I've thought about writing one of those books, but I've held off. Why? Because right now New Adult is really doing well for contemporary themes and my brain doesn't want to come up with straight contemporary plots. I naturally gravitate to strange and weird ideas, things that aren't found in the real world. Does that mean I'll never write a contemporary book? No...it just means I haven't found the right idea yet. Because I do love reading contemporary stories. In fact some of my favorite recent reads have been contemporary. Easy by Tammara Webber, Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas, Losing It by Cora Carmack, and If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch are just a few. Out of those titles, three of them are New Adult.

What I'm really wondering (and hoping) is that New Adult's popularity will expand to encompass other areas such as science fiction, fantasy, and historical. I'm critiquing a FANTASTIC New Adult historical book right now that's set during the prohibition era and I'd love to find more books like that.

So what do you think about New Adult? Have you read any of those books? And if you have, what are some titles you would recommend?