I had an agent request for my full manuscript. She ultimately passed, saying that the subject matter was more fit for middle grade, but the tone was young adult.
I've never seen a good differentiation between middle grade and young adult. What, would you say, is the difference?
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Well, the agent said no. She said she enjoyed a lot of elements in the plot, and she was drawn into the story (and was even "dying to know" some plot elements at the end), but ultimately felt it was a middle grade novel, not a young adult one, and that issue couldn't be fixed just by aging my main c...
Never. I remain eternally convinced of my own genius, and any paean that can't grasp this is clearly addled in the head. Nah, it happens to me. A lot. A lot a lot. Sometimes I'll be writing and think, "Ugh, this is the most disgusting sentence ever set down in the English language." Then I'll go bac...
Thank you, Evelyn, if I have any questions I'll know who I can ask :) As for how I found the guts to send out my full manuscript... I dunno, I just sort of did it. I'm not trying to write something that can be stuck on the shelf of great literature next to Shakespeare and Milton, I just wanted to wr...
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Ahaha, don't worry, I don't put off schoolwork. I gave up all of my extracurricular activities this semester so I could focus on my homework and my writing. I enjoy my homework (most of the time), anyway; I'm one of those unfortunate nerd-types.
I got the most exciting email of my life two weeks ago today, when an agent (whom I'd forgotten that I'd even queried) asked to read my full manuscript. Hooray, first request for a full! I did a quick reread of everything and emailed my beast off to her on Thursday. She responded promptly with, "Tha...
I always walk by the fancy notebooks at the bookstore and think how nice it would be to whip one of those out and go, "Why yes, I wrote my third novel in this. Italian leather, you know." But every time I sit down and try to write by hand, I barely get anywhere. I start off writing exclusively by ha...
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- December 11th, 2009, 2:43 pm
- Forum: Writing
- Topic: How do you know your writing is good enough?
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I don't know if my writing is good enough or not. I do know when I've written something that doesn't satisfy me personally. If I don't like it, I'm not going to put it out there. Only when I've written something that I can be proud of do I turn it over to the fearsome masses. Satisfying yourself is ...
- December 11th, 2009, 2:34 pm
- Forum: Writing
- Topic: Male Protagonists in Young Adult Fiction
- Replies: 9
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She said that publishers presume boys won't read and don't publish for them. Boys have nothing published for them and so don't read. And the cycle never ends... When I was younger, that frustrated me to no end. If didn't have the time to go read lengthy "adult" books, or if I was just in the mood f...
- December 9th, 2009, 6:30 pm
- Forum: Books
- Topic: What author would you have dinner with/what would you ask?
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Does Thomas Jefferson count? Writing was obviously amongst his many, many talents. Very few people can give me chills when I read their work, but he manages to do that frequently. Though I think if I were sitting down to dinner with him, I'd be too nervous to say anything and would spill my drink al...
- December 9th, 2009, 12:16 pm
- Forum: Writing
- Topic: Outline or Out of the Mist?
- Replies: 50
- Views: 10746
I try very desperately to not be an Out of the Mister. I sit down and write outlines that map the story I have in mind very precisely. I think, "Oh, how clever I am, look at this brilliant story arc that I'm going to wedge in between Chapters 14 and 37!" And I get very smug for a while. And then I s...