In episode 48 of Working Title podcast, I chat with author Kat Spears, who writes for teen readers, and who shares her do’s and don’ts for engaging this age group.Continue reading “Interview with Author Kat Spears”
Reading author Gabriel Marquez was recommended to me by an agent I had met at a recent writing show.
Reading author Gabriel Marquez was recommended to me by an agent I had met at a recent writing show. For future reference, when sending out query letters, I had asked her about what terms to use to best capture the genre of my novel. For example, paranormal versus magical realism? (I’m thinking the latter, if either.) The book One Hundred Years of Solitude came up as a possible answer. I have not heard of the novel, despite it having won the Nobel prize, but certainly look forward to reading it.
(I need to read faster as the pile of to-read books grows every month.)
When the world ends, it is up to 16-year-old Macy to keep her family together. In total oblivion: more or less, the Palmers witness their Minnesota town break down — no phone, no cable, and soon no government.
When the world ends, it is up to 16-year-old Macy to keep her family together. In total oblivion: more or less, the Palmers witness their Minnesota town break down — no phone, no cable, and soon no government. Along with a wasp-borne plague, horsemen from another reality sweep across America, forcing Macy, her parents and siblings to relocate to a refugee camp. Escape may be down the Mississippi, but it holds its own peculiar dangers.
While author Alan DeNiro unfolds a dreamscape, one where the very land and rivers reshape themselves, the family drama is grounded in the familiar. Kin can be maddening and endearing from one moment to the next; they say something they don’t mean but is hurtful nonetheless, then redeem themselves with a kindness that is unexpected.
The novel was surreal and original. Macy really does double-duty — holding her family and the story together. She does both amply well.
Have you read it? What do you think?
We know getting your novel published is an arduous journey with the chance of success just shy of nil. But it can happen (perhaps enough to tease).
We know getting your novel published is an arduous journey with the chance of success just shy of nil. But it can happen (perhaps enough to tease). April’s Writing Show, “From Random Thought to Random House,” tells of one who overcame the odds. For Michele Young-Stone, lightning has struck her twice — once as a bolt through her body as a young girl, then as a streak of luck that got her novel to print.
The local author shared her inspiring story with the audience. Joining her was her agent, Michelle Brower and her editor, Sarah Knight. They chatted with moderator Virginia Pye about Young-Stone’s debut novel, The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors.
Perseverance does pay. Brower initially turned down the manuscript. Instead of dismissing the rejection, Young-Stone made significant revisions to her work and got another agent to represent her. But this arrangement didn’t work out and Young-Stone resubmitted her work to Brower who agreed to represent her. Then Knight entered the picture, telling the audience that by this point the novel was so well polished there was little for her to do other than convince the publishers to make the right decision.
Brower said that at any given time she has 500 email queries. Discouraging indeed. But what can help get you noticed is a great title, as was Young-Stone’s case, a compelling premise and an engaging voice.
Found an author’s account of her novel’s journey to publication.
Found an author’s account of her novel’s journey to publication. Sarah Hoyt recounts the setbacks and successes she had had while trying to break into print and get her sci-fi novel, Darkship Thieves, onto bookshelves. Lots of agents in the mix.
How are you coming along in your writing journey?