Vlog Day: What It Feels Like to be on Submissions

20 Apr

by Sarah J. Maas and Savannah J. Foley


Note: This vlog was recorded before Sarah signed with Bloomsbury for her debut novel QUEEN OF GLASS. We chose not to post it until after the deal was finalized, but we felt it was important to share with you our emotional states waiting on that final ‘yes.’ Savannah is still out on submissions but now with a super cute haircut 😛


We’ve been making some incremental changes to LTWF, and we’re open to suggestion for features you’d like to see from us. Let us know in the comments!


Sarah J. Maas is the author of several novels, including QUEEN OF GLASS, a YA fantasy retelling of Cinderella that will be published by Bloomsbury in late 2011. Sarah resides with her fiancé in Los Angeles. You can visit her blog here.


Savannah J. Foley is the author of the Antebellum (originally known as Woman’s World) series on Fictionpress. She has written five novels, owns her own freelance writing company, and is signed with the Bradford Literary Agency. Antebellum is currently out on submissions. Her website is www.savannahjfoley.com, but she updates more frequently on her livejournal.

11 Responses to “Vlog Day: What It Feels Like to be on Submissions”

  1. Samantha W April 20, 2010 at 12:42 AM #

    What I’ve learned from this Vlog

    1)Learn the art of “Failing better” and
    2)Keep carrot sticks around instead of cookies while on submissions. (this will be tough)

    • svonnah April 20, 2010 at 8:00 AM #

      Haha, failing better is such an awesome concept. I take full responsibility for that one 😛

    • Sarah J. Maas April 20, 2010 at 10:53 AM #

      Hahaha, definitely keep carrots around!!! I ate EVERY sweet, chocolate-y thing in the house.

  2. Mac_V April 20, 2010 at 12:58 AM #

    I haven’t watched any of the duel vlog’s yet and this was a lot of fun. 🙂

    You guys have a lot of great tips and even though I haven’t quite gotten around to actually querying or anything yet, I’m learning so much from this site!

    I also love how much fun you both have in helping us. It’s really great to be able to see you both so encouraging even while you’re going through tough times.

    Thank you so much for all of your wonderful help!


    P.S. I’ll be stocking up now on those sweets so I can keep them away while I’m on submissions. Nice tip, but how many will be able to execute it? ;p

    • svonnah April 20, 2010 at 8:00 AM #

      Aww, we’re so glad that we’re being helpful!

  3. Victoria Dixon April 20, 2010 at 3:34 PM #

    Ouch. I’m still agent-hunting and I’ve already gained ten pounds. Sigh.

    • Vanessa April 20, 2010 at 8:35 PM #

      It’s the stress! And the worry! I think anything that gets us emotionally involved makes us gain weight! (note to self: only eat apples. no brownies, or donuts, or ice cream… just… fruit and veggies)… I’m terrible. I eat whenever I’m worried or anxious or stressed or bored!

  4. Kat Zhang April 20, 2010 at 6:23 PM #

    Sarah, your face at the beginning was cute and hilarious, lol.

    I’m trying not to even think about subs right now. One thing at a time, right? Agent first.

    Your comments about “good rejections” is uplifting, but I can see how it would be frustrating as well!

    • Kat Zhang April 20, 2010 at 6:32 PM #

      *”the face you made”, not “your face” haha

      • Sarah J. Maas April 20, 2010 at 7:34 PM #

        lol! 🙂 It’s really all about how you choose to view these rejections–if you only see them as bad stuff, then you’ll be miserable. But if you make an effort to turn it into a positive thing, then you’ll definitely learn a lot more…and be a lot happier.

  5. Sarah J. Maas April 20, 2010 at 7:33 PM #

    Next time, let’s add a counter to keep track of how many times I say “Like” over the course of 10 minutes. 😛

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