2
Sep

The Wishlists—-now with working links! 

gah! sorry—I fixed it!

Recently on tumblr someone asked me if the NL team had their wishlists somewhere online. I have mine on the blog and try to keep it current-ish, but I thought updating all of our wishlists and posting them would be a great way to kick off the fall.

So here they are—click on our names to be directed to the wishlist!

Mackenzie Brady

Kathleen Ortiz

Suzie Townsend

Joanna Volpe

Happy Fall!

2
Sep
sararaasch:

clairelegrand:

Fun news!
Sara Raasch and I are having an awesome double launch event for our YA debuts Winterspell and Snow Like Ashes! 
The launch is from 6pm - 8pm on Thursday 10/2 at Books of Wonder. Sara and I will interview each other, answer questions from the audience, and sign our books. Sara’s book doesn’t officially release until 10/14, so if you come to our launch, you’ll be able to buy a signed copy of her book a whole two weeks early! 
Also, there will be SNACKS.

COME. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.

If this event isn’t already marked on your calendars, rectify immediately, folks! This is a must-see. 
**EXCLUSIVE EARLY SIGNING! Copies of Snow Like Ashes will be available TWO WEEKS EARLY, only at this special event!**
Check out the rest of Sara Raasch’s book tour just announced by Hypable! 

sararaasch:

clairelegrand:

Fun news!

Sara Raasch and I are having an awesome double launch event for our YA debuts Winterspell and Snow Like Ashes!

The launch is from 6pm - 8pm on Thursday 10/2 at Books of Wonder. Sara and I will interview each other, answer questions from the audience, and sign our books. Sara’s book doesn’t officially release until 10/14, so if you come to our launch, you’ll be able to buy a signed copy of her book a whole two weeks early! 

Also, there will be SNACKS.

COME. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.

If this event isn’t already marked on your calendars, rectify immediately, folks! This is a must-see. 

**EXCLUSIVE EARLY SIGNING! Copies of Snow Like Ashes will be available TWO WEEKS EARLY, only at this special event!**

Check out the rest of Sara Raasch’s book tour just announced by Hypable! 

2
Sep

New Leaf Wishlists! 

Recently on tumblr someone asked me if the NL team had their wishlists somewhere online. I have mine on the blog and try to keep it current-ish, but I thought updating all of our wishlists and posting them would be a great way to kick off the fall.

So here they are—click on our names to be directed to the wishlist!

Mackenzie Brady

Kathleen Ortiz

Suzie Townsend

Joanna Volpe

Happy Fall!

1
Sep
The MS I am currently working on is a bit different, and I'm not sure how it would be received... Basically, it's an epic fantasy that follows two different characters in different countries, but both are connected by the same overall conflict. They won't meet in this first book (it's a stand-alone with series potential). I'm wondering if this is a no-go in writing (the two main characters never meeting and telling different stories)?
— Anonymous

If it’s done really well it could be awesome!

If not…well then it won’t be awesome. 

Get some opinions from your beta readers.

1
Sep
How are you ?
— Anonymous

Good! Just back from vacation!

1
Sep
My book is about secret UN agencies. But the issue is there's a lot of moral ambiguitiy in it. Are authors allowed to write about international government like that? I'm worried that I'd get in trouble ...
— Anonymous

As long as your book is fiction, I’m pretty sure you’re safe. 

1
Sep
How often do publishers want just single books nowadays vs wanting someone to do a series of books? For those of us who are creatively bankrupt!
— Anonymous

I can’t really answer this. If you’re writing literary fiction—single title is probably the norm. If you’re writing romance, probably a series. It depends on what you’re writing and where they see you as an author on their list. 

1
Sep
Hi! I have written several manuscripts, and have received many compliments on the last two from agents who have read them. But, at the end of the day, I get "It's not for me." After many years and as many books, should I assume they are just being polite? When they say "your writing is better than most," and "I loved the tension, pacing and world building," but then ultimately reject it because they are "not in love with it." Am I missing something?
— Anonymous

"I loved the tension, pacing and world building," does not sound like a form rejection to me. I would not say this unless it was true. 

If they aren’t in love with it, focus on your characters. Because really it’s the character that drives people to fall in love with a book or a series. It was Edward that made Twilight more than just a story about a girl who finds out vampires are real and into a phenomenon. 

1
Sep
Is it a conflict of interest for an author (newly agented no book deal yet) to apply for an entry level publishing job?
— Anonymous

Not necessarily but talk to your agent about it first. 

1
Sep
I'm writing a story that will take place some in a summer internship after high school-- probably still YA with a 17 or 18 year old protagonist?
— Anonymous

Sounds cool!

1
Sep
I read another seasoned agent's blog (clue: with shark teeth), that a writer SHOULD be writing that sequel or 3rd book --while advice here and elsewhere has been--writing something completely different. Could you clarify / explain / clear up? Thanks so much. (As those without agents or editorial advice, it's hard to know what to do when querying/waiting).
— Anonymous

I’m going to say that you should always be writing. When you query your first book, dive in and start writing something else. 

If your heart is set on the sequel, write it. If you have a sequel go ahead and plan it out at least. 

My personal advice would be to not write the sequel yet. But to focus on something else. 

Here’s why: a lot of first books don’t get an agent. A lot of books that get an agent might not sell. Especially in this crowded market.