February 21, 2016 by Kiersi
Hot dang, it has been a wild week around here.
I’ll be posting tomorrow or the next day about what’s going on in QUARTZ CREEK RANCH land, but today, I have a super special announcement to make:
I’m going to have TWO Young Adult novels published by Carolrhoda Lab!
Here’s the deal announcement in Publisher’s Weekly:
So a little background on these two books, because they both have a story.
HONOR CODE has some pretty deep roots in my feminist heart, even though the subject was originally Alix’s brainchild. The novel takes place at a private boarding school on the east coast—an elite institution that’s been educating and refining the rich and powerful for over a century. (more…)
Category Author News, Literary Agents, Publishing | Tags: agents,announcement,book of the heart,Carolrhoda Lab,feminism,Game of Thrones,Gossip Girl,high fantasy,Lord of the Rings,private school,privilege,young adult | 5 Comments
July 3, 2013 by Kiersi
So, two weeks ago I started blogging with a great group of authors on a fabulous book blog called YA Stands. Today my second post with them goes up, so I figured my relationship there is cemented enough that I can announce it here!
You can read my first post, 5 Query Tips You Would Never Have Guessed Actually Work, by clicking here.
Determine the end point of your query. The “end point” of your query is very different from the end point of your novel. A common pitfall in a query is trying to tell the whole story in three short paragraphs (including the ending)–but the point of a query is not to tell the whole story. The point of the query is to capture the agent’s interest so they request a partial or a full portion of your manuscript.
I also just put up a post today about critiquing: The Ten Commandments of Critique. I hope you’ll stop by and bookmark this great resource!
Select a partner that respects you as a person and a writer. Be clear up front about the category, genre, length and style of your manuscript. Ask point blank if your potential partner enjoys similar work–I try to select comparable titles (published work that’s like mine) and see if my partner has read or enjoyed them.
The next part is important, but hard to quantify: select a critique partner that understands your vision for your work, and is willing to help you achieve that vision.
Category Blogging, How-to | Tags: agents,blogging,critique,query tips,querying,YA Stands | 4 Comments
April 9, 2013 by Kiersi
The Night Circus
As I move into the critique stage of my current novel, and my August book release finishes up with the editor over at Rain Town, it has become clearer and clearer to me that no single person is responsible for the great books we read and love.
Today I read a fabulous post, “On Writing and Publishing Paths,” by Erin Morgenstern–author of the seriously delightful, magical, spectacle of a novel The Night Circus. And the takeaway is one that I hope every aspiring writer takes to heart: a manuscript rarely emerges from a writer’s mind a finished product.
I’ve been on the receiving end of query rejections, form letters and personalized responses alike. “They don’t get it,” is something we’re tempted to think. “They’re blind to my potential.”
As Erin writes:
…I got my manuscript to the point where I didn’t know what else it needed and it seemed like the right point to start sending it out. I did. It got requests because I had a query letter that made it sound like it had a plot when it really didn’t. It also got a lot of rejections. (more…)
Category How-to, Literary Agents | Tags: agents,editors,Erin Morgenstern,publishing,queries,rejections,The Night Circus | 15 Comments