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I am updating this to say that I'm now represented by Holly Root at Waxman*.
The reason I'm posting is because I get quite a few people on the blog trying to find my agent by clicking on the agent tag and so here you go.
Agent: The fabulous Holly Root.
*Holly is my second agent, not my first.
To have a little fun, we've got a Round Robin story going on this week at the YA Rebels. I love it because we all have such different methods of storytelling. Here's my part below, and you can find Tuesday's, which precedes it, below:
Please ignore the fact I wrote this around midnight after a VERY long day, a week with too little sleep, and an impending final exam this morning.
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And now, your lesson for the day: When all else fails, trust in the simple act of writing to relieve the weight.
I've been REALLY stressed lately. If you follow me, well, ANYWHERE online you probably noticed. And the frustration/exasperation/temper was getting worse and worse and I couldn't figure out what I needed to do to relieve it. And then I sat down, and wrote. And just like that, the stress began to bleed away. It's the simplest reminder that this is what I'm meant to do. This is what I'm made to do. It's so easy to forget that all this stuff that surrounds writing, the industry, the (mostly awesome) people, what it all comes down to, what's at its absolute center, is WRITING.
So, you might have noticed, I don't actually talk about books often on here.
I talk about my TBR pile, but almost NEVER review. There's a reason. I am the Russian judge of the book world. I am so super picky, and anything from bad writing to a familiar plot will turn me off a book. A lacking ending is the worst offense, but poor craft is pretty darn close. The number of books I love is small (but man when I love a book I will shout it from the rooftops).
So let's talk about three books I love, one's been out for almost 15 years, one just came out this year, and one isn't out yet.
NEVERWHERE. Neil Gaiman.
So I'm a little behind. This came out in 1996 and I just finished listening to it driving to and from classes. Oh. My. So, my love of Gaiman is nothing new, and just a few months back I talked about how THE GRAVEYARD BOOK was one of my all-time favorites. This book had me similarly in awe. Perhaps it's because I've been in edits and am thus hyper-attentive to the writing/craft and the world-building/rules, but I found this book to be SPECTACULAR, from the amazingly horrific bad guys down to little details. One of my favorite elements was a major plot element, established in only TWO sentences. It was so cleanly done, I might have paused the CD to marvel. Love love love abounds from my corner for this master.
BEFORE I FALL. Lauren Oliver.
I was so, so happy to see this book have SUCH a strong debut, since I had read an ARC and been amazed by the depth and complexity of the characters. The only way I can describe them is REAL. The most real I have ever found fictional people to be. Beautiful craft and compelling narrative make this one of those books I hock on street corners and in YA aisles of bookstores.
INFINITE DAYS. Rebecca Maizel.
Wow. Okay, so this book comes out this summer. It's a vampire book, and yet it is SO incredibly refreshing. Once again, beautiful language, engrossing plot, and a wonderful attention to detail made this book a DELIGHT. I am actually considering re-reading (and I almost NEVER re-read, no time, but that's how much I loved it). Put this one on your lists, people. LOVED.
*takes a deep breath*
I CANNOT KEEP UP WITH LIFE.
Sorry, had to get that out of my system.
How are we, LJ?
I'm feeling a bit frayed. Frazzled. Again, you say? So soon, you say? Alas, alack, tis true. I seem to have a paper or test EVERY day, and piles of reading, and commuting, and that pesky thing called life where people expect you to be present or at least make an occasion appearance...
But let's focus on the positive, and there is positive to be had!
1. This song. This song is a positive in my life right now.
2. I'm doing my final tweaks and OMG LJ, they are so light!!! SO CLOSE. Down to only a couple little tweaks per page, and GOODNESS ME, even some positive remarks from ZE EDITRIX, even some *gasp* EXCLAMATION POINTS. I wish I could convey to you how those make my heart flutter.
3. I had a major revelation about ZE NEW BOOK (I do sometimes wonder why some phrases require ze accent), and oh how that major revelation made me happy. It lit this little spark in me and I simply cannot wait to work on ze book now. All I can say is: FALLOW and TYNE. What do these words mean? Nothing to you, but to me, OH SO MUCH.
That is all I have right now. And now I must go finish a paper, study for a vocab test, prepare for a BIG poetry test and a short story quiz, and plot out this chapter...
This week on the YA Rebels we're talking ADVICE. Of the good AND the bad variety.
I also polled the interwebs to see what they had to say, too.
Deb Harkness: Best: write every day. Worst: write every day. Sad, but true! Sometimes, the words are just stuck and it's better to take a walk!
Paul Greci: Best advice: Never give up. Worst advice: Don't even start.
Shelley Watters: Best: From Colleen Lindsay a month is like a minute in publishing. Worst: Publishing is luck and who you know, not how well you can write.
Maria Sweet: Worst: worst advice EVER I've been given regarding writing/publishing was to query before I finished a MS and to query even if what I have is only one chapter.
Sara Winters: BEST: To listen to the characters and not worry about everything so much. Let the first draft write itself.
Christopher Morris: Best: Write drunk, Edit sober- Hemingway.
Angela Cerrito: Best: From Markus Zusak "put something unexpected on every page", From Kathleen Duey "keep going, don't stop, be true to your story"...
Kristi Cook: I think the very best advice I've ever gotten is that the very best thing you can do for your career is to simply write more--rather than driving yourself nuts and wasting all your energy trying to promote a book, you're better served concentrating on writing the *next* book, and the next, and the next. Good writing is the best "promotion" there is.
Kirsten Hubbard: Best advice I've ever gotten was to write than next book. too many aspiring authors sit back and wait while they're querying. plus, nothing cures rejection blues like having a new project you're excited about. a little more complicated advice is this gem from my college screenwriting professor: give them what they want, not what they expect.
Randy Russell: BEST ADVICE: "Write what you don't know." From Stanley Elkin, R.I.P.
Bettina Restrepo: Best advice came from my mother when I was 16.... and desperately wanted an expensive purse. "If you get everything you want now... what will there be to look forward to later."
THIS IS AN ONGOING LIST...