Hey Everyone!

30 Oct

Hi everyone!

I’m Sarah J. Maas, or S. J. Maas (creative, I know), if you want to go by my FictionPress name. First of all, let me just say how EXCITED I am to get Let the Words Flow off the ground! This site has been in the works for some time now, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be writing my very first post to you all!

Since I removed Queen of Glass from FictionPress, I’ve been super busy writing all sorts of new projects. But I’m getting ahead of myself. I took QoG off FictionPress in December of 2008, after six years of posting its (very) rough draft for an audience of thousands. Prior to that, I’d spent a year and a half rewriting and polishing the QoG series in anticipation of querying agents. After many rounds of revisions and countless hours of worrying, I researched agents, wrote my query letter (which itself was a huge ordeal), and queried sixteen agents in December of 2008.

Of the sixteen agents I queried, I received a lot of requests for partials and fulls. Even though agents were interested, just one agent offered representation. To my delight, she was one of my top choices! I practically hit the ceiling when she called to offer representation! I signed with her in January of 2009, but for the complete story of what happened next, check out my bio on the “Contributors” page!

Since completing Queen of Glass, I’ve written several other series. A Faraway Land, a novel that retells the legends surrounding the Fairy Godmother figure, started off as my senior thesis in college, and I continued (and completed) it after graduation (Side note, I queried AFL before QoG and received a lot of requests for the full—but no offers).

After AFL, I wrote Hades, a YA fantasy duology set in an alternate, ancient Graeco-Roman world. From October of 2008 to March of 2009, I wrote the two books that make up the Hades series. It was my first attempt at writing in first person, and remains one of my favorite projects. For more information, check out the synopsis I posted on my blog.

Once I finished Hades, I jumped into writing A Court of Thorns and Roses, a YA fantasy trilogy that retells and combines the legends of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Tam-Lin,” and “East of the Sun, West of the Moon.” I wrote the entire trilogy from April 2009 to September 2009—and plan to begin revising it sometime in the near future.

To keep the anxiety of submissions off my mind, three weeks ago, I began writing my current WIP. Info about it is top-secret right now, but I’m 39k words into the novel, and loving it so far! I look forward to sharing more updates with you all!

So, that’s about it—I try to write at least 1,000 words every day (Monday-Friday, that is!), and when I’m not writing, I’m usually swapping manuscripts with my incredible critique partners. Though I grew up in NYC, I currently live with my fiance in Los Angeles, California, where I take full advantage of the perfect weather and awesome beaches.

Great to meet you guys!

Sarah J. Maas

Currently Reading: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip

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6 Responses to “Hey Everyone!”

  1. Rebekah (Ravina) November 2, 2009 at 3:22 PM #

    That’s a lot of writing – I said it before on Twitter, but I have to repeat myself: It boggles my mind!

    Again, good luck!
    – Rebekah

  2. sarahjmaas November 2, 2009 at 3:25 PM #

    Haha, thanks! I’m sort of OCD about my writing (meaning, I have trouble falling asleep if I’ve left a scene unfinished), so I think that definitely helps explain why I’ve been able to write so much. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!!!

  3. Weihang (devils-fav-angel on fp) November 2, 2009 at 4:46 PM #

    When you are published and going on tour and starting in LA, can I get dibs on meeting you and getting my copy of Queen of Glass autographed?

  4. sarahjmaas November 2, 2009 at 4:47 PM #

    Hahaha, sure! I’d be honored. 🙂

  5. Rosie Gamble November 3, 2009 at 5:35 AM #

    Hey, thought i would come check out this blog, it looks awesome and i would so be checking out these authors if they were still on fp, but unfortunately it looks like i will have to wait until they are published hehe. It’s really interesting reading about all the authors you have found who are making the leap into the publishing world. However i noticed (please tell me if i am being stupid and missed one) there don’t appear to be any men publishing from fp, or at least none that are on here! Just wondered if this was intentional or if fp is a more female dominated world? Thanks for the link to this site anyway i will be watching closely for news 🙂

    Rosie x

  6. sarahjmaas November 3, 2009 at 12:26 PM #

    Hey Rosie! Thanks for stopping by!!!

    I think FP in general is very female-dominated, though I’ve had a few male reviewers/readers over the years. We’d LOVE to have a male contributor at LTWF–do let me know if you ever come across a male FP author who has made the transition to professional publishing! 🙂

    Hope this finds you well!

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