Thursday, April 28, 2011

Agented!

Okay, so Emery's comment on Noveltee(n) prompted me to finally reveal my big news (although the title of this post is pretty self-explanatory). Two weeks ago I received an offer of representation from Edward Necarsulmer IV, head of the Children's Department at McIntosh and Otis. After jumping up and down and yelling for a few minutes I sent emails to the other agents who were reviewing the full manuscript. Responses have trickled in over the past twelve days, and as of Wednesday I had six offers, all from agents who I would've been thrilled to work with.

One thing that was important to me while querying was making sure agents judged me based on my writing, not on my age. Four of the six agents had no idea how old I was (the other two had either met me personally or received my work based on a referral). I've spent hours agonizing over this decision, trying to make an informed choice, and in the end I went with my gut and agreed to sign with Edward. He is excellent, and I can't wait to work with him! After his initial offer I just couldn't stop smiling. We'll be doing revisions over the next few months, and hopefully Aillea's Cards will eventually sell!

Anyways, yay! That's my news. I feel like this post should be longer, but I can't think of anything else to say so I'll just leave it at that.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Update on last post

Noveltee(n) has moved from wordpress to blogspot, due to a number of requests from potential users. I've updated the post below and here is the new link:

Noveltee(n)
Be sure to check out our AMAZING contests next week, at which point you should also head back to this blog, because I'll finally be able to share my writing news!!!



Btw, three posts in three days (although this one hardly counts)!!! Hahaha I feel so prolific...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Noveltee(n)

So guess what? Noveltee(n) launches next week!

What is Noveltee(n), you might ask? Well, it's a collaborative blog aimed at teens who are trying to make it in the world of publishing. Contributors include me, Taryn, Mads, and Constance, and we'll be holding a big round of contests to kick-start this project. If you get a chance, head on over and check it out! The first posts should be up Monday and it's a great opportunity for teen writers to meet one another.

Noveltee(n) Blog.

Doooo it. You know you want to.

(Also, did anyone notice I posted two days in a row? That's like a record! Go me!)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Being happy for other writers

I think this is so, so important, and it's something I've struggled with throughout my journey as a writer. When I first started out at age 10, I would read articles about teenagers who got published and immediately come up with all the reasons I deserved it as much as they did. When somebody signed a major three-book deal, I got insanely jealous. Why couldn't I get a three-book deal? What made those authors so special?

The more I explore the writing community in Utah, the more I come to realize how important it is to be happy for your fellow authors. We're all on the same side here; we all want (generally) the same things. I think it's natural to get a little jealous when someone lands a major deal, or signs with your dream agent, but in the end we have to support each other...after all, having writing friends is a major bonus during those long hours spent revising and tearing your hair out over first drafts. Writers are, by nature, solitary people, and it's essential for health and sanity to meet others who share your aspirations. For the past few years I've changed the way I think about other authors: instead of the competition, they are my teammates. When one person scores, the rest cheer him/her on. During someone else's moment of glory we push back our jealousy and just be glad that they have achieved their goals. Since I've established this mindset I've made so many great writer friends, and I will be absolutely thrilled if/when they sign with agents or land major deals with publishing houses.

Just this week I got some great news on the writing front. I'm not going to post it here until things are official, but I am so grateful for all my writing friends who were excited and happy for me. Jealousy isn't worth it - when we focus on comparing ourselves to others, there is no room for personal growth, and we end up alienating ourselves from potential friends and peers. We have to stick together here, and learn to be happy for other writers no matter how lame we feel in comparison :).