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by maybegenius
July 22nd, 2011, 8:12 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Agent impersonator scamming self-pub authors
Replies: 4
Views: 1385

Agent impersonator scamming self-pub authors

In case you haven't heard, the internet went BOOM yesterday after a self-published author posted a blog claiming a VERY BIG agent had contacted her and sold her manuscript literally overnight. Many people believed it -- we hear "overnight" success stories all the time. But it turns out that this aut...
by maybegenius
July 22nd, 2011, 2:37 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Is there a synonym for f**k?
Replies: 11
Views: 2379

Re: Is there a synonym for f**k?

I've never been a big fan of the implication that certain words dictate a "lack of imagination." I don't find it to be accurate. I've read many books that use profanity to great effect. It's not about the specific word used, it's about the context in which it's being used. As several others in this ...
by maybegenius
July 19th, 2011, 4:54 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: YA vs. Adult
Replies: 8
Views: 2542

Re: YA vs. Adult

There's one semi-hard "rule" for YA literature, and that's that it must be relateable for pre-teens/teenagers. If the content doesn't speak to the intended audience on some level, then it won't work as YA. There are many other factors that go into the majority of YA novels, but the category has grow...
by maybegenius
July 18th, 2011, 12:11 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Can I share some good news with you?
Replies: 15
Views: 2520

Re: Can I share some good news with you?

Congratulations! That's a very big deal. I'm thrilled for you :)
by maybegenius
July 18th, 2011, 12:10 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Oh Crap Breast Cancer
Replies: 82
Views: 13858

Re: Oh Crap Breast Cancer

Many well wishes. Take care of yourself, bcomet.
by maybegenius
July 18th, 2011, 12:09 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Google+
Replies: 32
Views: 7337

Re: Google+

I'm enjoying it a lot so far, but I'm definitely still feeling it out. Like Sommer, I want to watch the privacy stuff and see how that goes. I do really like the idea of Circles, though. They integrated some of the usability of Twitter with the "feel" of Facebook.
by maybegenius
July 17th, 2011, 12:44 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Your Social Media Presence - Share!
Replies: 22
Views: 6033

Re: Your Social Media Presence - Share!

Blog: http://maybegenius.blogspot.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/maybegenius Google+: http://gplus.to/maybegenius GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3136149-stephanie YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/sesinkhorn Tumblr: http://yaflash.tumblr.com LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/ste...
by maybegenius
July 15th, 2011, 11:10 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Strategic title
Replies: 6
Views: 1555

Re: Strategic title

Personally, I'd keep the subtitle out. It may imply to some agents that this is a distinctly American story. Also, I've heard (and I agree) that it's generally best not to get too deep into telling a perspective agent about the themes/intent of your novel. It's usually best just to tell them the plo...
by maybegenius
July 12th, 2011, 1:06 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Mermaids
Replies: 14
Views: 2278

Re: Mermaids

I've noticed a trend within the trend also. There's no books where the person starts out a mermaid. Its mostly 'they felt the call of the sea and the land tearing them apart' type stuff. I may have to write one where the whole thing takes place underwater. :P CV Jackson Pearce (author of Sisters Re...
by maybegenius
July 11th, 2011, 12:16 am
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Marked - New Adult Dystopian -- First Chapter
Replies: 3
Views: 1349

Re: Marked - New Adult Dystopian -- First Chapter

There are some really intriguing elements here -- I really like the marking/color signifying future career -- and some fairly strong writing. It sounds like a great start and potentially interesting premise. I did get hung up on the opening sentences and a few other elements because they felt very s...
by maybegenius
June 29th, 2011, 9:22 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Light YA recommendations
Replies: 11
Views: 3480

Re: Light YA recommendations

Great suggestions by Sommer and Cookie! Here are a few more:

Sea by Heidi R. Kling
Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman
Ash by Malinda Lo (this is a lesbian retelling of Cinderella)
by maybegenius
June 28th, 2011, 4:57 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: #YASaves, Twitter Response to WSJ Article
Replies: 16
Views: 4999

Re: #YASaves, Twitter Response to WSJ Article

I think what really irks me is: 1.) The assumption that in order for a teenager to "go through hell," they have to be an extreme outlier case, like a severely abused child. A teen can go through hell by a million small cuts a day. It doesn't have to be some momentous, tortuous incident. Sometimes it...
by maybegenius
June 28th, 2011, 1:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: YA writing: is a lower standard conscionable?
Replies: 12
Views: 1831

Re: YA writing: is a lower standard conscionable?

In the general writing world, particularly in the literary writing world, kidlit as a whole is generally regarded as "fluff" by other writers. As in, something that kids can read to pass the time until they're old enough for "real" books. Article after article has come out in which "adult" authors c...
by maybegenius
June 28th, 2011, 1:00 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: #YASaves, Twitter Response to WSJ Article
Replies: 16
Views: 4999

Re: #YASaves, Twitter Response to WSJ Article

Ms. Gurdon wrote a rebuttal to the reaction to her original piece. It pretty much says, "I'm still right."

New article: http://dft.ba/-AWY
by maybegenius
June 26th, 2011, 3:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Reading as writers
Replies: 20
Views: 5178

Re: Reading as writers

Yeah, I think reading frequently and widely is a requirement of being a writer. It expands your literary repertoire, gives you a sense of what's currently selling in your genre, and can help you learn the ins and outs of successful (and unsuccessful) plotting/characterization/tropes/etc. I can't rem...