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Monday, December 12, 2011

Indie Writers Zone: Indie Insider - Carolyn Chambers Clark

Indie Writers Zone: Indie Insider - Carolyn Chambers Clark: What is the best way to create tension? I think the best way to create tension is to have a character with conflicting emotions/goals or ...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Another giveaway, and this one's really great!

go to http://www.hippiesbeautyandbooksohmy.com/2011/11/1000-followers-beyond-giveaway.html

and start filling information to qualify for big prizes!

Free copy of THAT BOY, YA romance...

Enter to win an ebook copy of That Boy by @JillianDodd! http://bit.ly/tewU54 #JustContemporary

Friday, November 25, 2011

Win a FREE $50 Amazon Gift Card

Win a FREE $50 Amazon Gift Card by Adopting an Indie. Details at http://adoptanindie.com/referral-competition/

Go there now and sign up for your free #50 gift!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Free Giveaway of YA book!

Free Giveaway of Jennifer Castle's new book...THE BEGINNING OF AFTER!

go to https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#inbox/133b4dc9aae947c2 for particulars...

Sixteen-year-old Laurel’s world changes instantly when her parents and brother are killed in a terrible car accident. Behind the wheel is the father of her bad-boy neighbor, David Kaufman, whose mother is also killed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Laurel navigates a new reality in which she and her best friend grow apart, boys may or may not be approaching her out of pity, overpowering memories lurk everywhere, and Mr. Kaufman is comatose but still very much alive. Through it all, there is David, who swoops in and out of Laurel’s life and to whom she finds herself attracted against her better judgment. She will forever be connected to him by their mutual loss, a connection that will change them both in unexpected ways.

Fans of emotionally true and heartfelt stories, such as Sarah Dessen’s “The Truth About Forever” and “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman, will fall in love with Jennifer Castle’s incandescent debut novel…a heart wrenching, surprisingly witty testament to how drastically life can change in the span of a single moment.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Great Giveaway for YA Writers

Giveaway on YA Confidential!
Just FYI: There's a great giveaway going on right now over at YA Confidential. You could win critiques from agents or ARCs of YA books!

Check it out: http://yaconfidential.blogspot.com/2011/09/launch-celebration-win-crit-from-agent.html

Yes, of course, I entered. What a great idea! I want that 5-page critique! I wouldn't mind an ARC or two, either. How about you?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


People sometimes ask me how I get ideas for my books. Here's what I tell them..."I have too many ideas and not enough time to write all the stories."

As a result, I'm sometimes working on two or three stories at the same time. "Don't you get them mixed up?" People say.

"No, they're like my children. I can tell them apart."

Do you get ideas for stories? Do you write them down, or stick with what you're working on at the moment?

What is your creative process like? Even if you're not writing books, you have a creative process. What is it?

Keep reading, writing and thinking. It's what sets us apart from other creatures...or is that because we watch TV?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New contest and chance to win free copy of Keplinger's newest book

Do you love young adult stories? Did you adore Kody Keplinger's The D.U.F.F?

Well, her latest is coming out in a few days, but you can be ahead of the pack if you enter the contest over at Noveltee(n)

Click on http://novelteenagers.blogspot.com/2011/08/novelteen-kody-keplinger-and-shut-out.html

Good Luck!

Friday, July 15, 2011

New inexpensive e-books in fiction and nonfiction

Check out the links to your right for inexpensive Kindle and other e-books. Each book includes not only the one you choose, but sample chapters from other books we've published, and a group discussion guide for fiction. In case you find a book or two that interest(s) you, you'll find links to how to purchase them and read more about the book(s).

Pssst...pass it along.

Keep reading...


Friday, July 8, 2011


Get your YA novel elevator pitch ready and mosey on over to YAtopia at http://tinyurl.com/3g9w8kp for more specifics. It's not hard and super-agent Bree Ogden is judging the contest. You might even get to send your manuscript to her if she likes your pitch!

Good luck, everybody!

Keep writing and reading...


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New Contest! at (www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog)

Do you write upmarket women's fiction or know someone who does?

What is upmarket women's fiction, you say?

According to @chucksambuchino,who's in charge of the competition, it means "any high-quality fiction that is written for women and/or written for book clubs and/or is women-centric; may be general women's fiction (Jodi Picoult or Nicholas Sparks), women-focused suspense (Laura Lippman), etc. This does include any category romances and romantic suspense, so please do not send those."

This contest is for you.

Sponsored by Writers' Digest, it just requires a couple hundred words of a completed manuscript as your ticket to being critiqued by awesome judge, Weronika Janczuk, a literary agent at Lynn C. Franklin Associates and get a one-year-s subscription to Writer's Market (%50 value)

So, get over there by June 26th to be considered!

Keep writing!


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Major Trends in MG and YA Books - What do Editors Want?

Hi There,

What do editors at the major NY publishing houses say they want? Translation: if you write these kinds of books and do it well, they'll probably be snatched up by publishers. If you want to read these kinds of books, you're in luck because they'll probably get published.

Bear in mind, this is one agent's survey. You can find responses from the editors in more depth over on Mandy Hubbard's livejournal.com blog.

Editors want graphic novels, humor, magical realism, big books for middle grade kids. Think Homeward Bound and any kind of animal stories. I belong to a critique group and just critiqued a dog story take off on Star Trek. Not my cup of tea, but I bet it'll get published.

For young adult books, for girls (most teen boys don't read, I'm told), ghost stories, especially creepy and gothic, psychological thrillers, blended genres (maybe urban fantasy and ghosts?) fantasy, but not epic fantasy, and contemporary stories like Anna and the French Kiss and Perfect Chemistry. Editors are still looking for paranormal romance, but only if it's kick-ass. History is a tough sell for either middle grade or young adult.

Boy young adult is tough unless it also appeals to girls. I guess that means throw in one chapter written by a boy and the next by a girl and alternate them. That might help get your book sold/read.

Here's a shocker, at least for me, ALL THE EDITORS like Chime by Frannie Billingsley. I think it starts out with something like "I should be hanged." and then goes on for pages to tell why she should be hanged.

Again, I don't get it, but then, my writing runs to the humorous.

Other titles All editors liked include Boyfriend List, White Car, and Jellicoe Road.

So that's your trends list for this year.

Let me know which of these you read or write and let's start our own trends list.

For Books...


Saturday, January 22, 2011

8th "Dear Lucky Agent" Contest: Literary Fiction

Send the first 150-200 words of your unpublished, book-length work of literary fiction. You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name. Also, submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with your entry.

To be eligible you must

To learn more, click on the blog link to your right for Guide to Literary Agents or go to www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog.

Good luck!

P.S. Hurry up! The contest ends January 23rd.