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Query Week: BIG ANNOUNCEMENT from Mandy Hubbard!

12 Feb

First things first…because of the success of Query Week, we’ve decided to extend Query Week into NEXT week…and we’ll be posting EVERY DAY! So, make sure to check back on Monday for more querying goodness!!!

Secondly, Mandy Hubbard was going to post today, BUT she just had some HUGE news, so she decided to hold off on her article until next week, and share the announcement with us today! From her LiveJournal:

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Today I get to share some exciting news!

I have joined forces with Bob Difiorio, (D4EO Literary), where I will be representing authors of middle-grade and young adult fiction. (And yes– since many have asked– I absolutely still intend to continue my writing!)

The official announcement– which you are all free to copy and share with your querying friends, is as follows:
Mandy Hubbard has joined the D4EO Literary Agency where she will concentrate on YA and Middle-Grade fiction.

Mandy began her career in publishing on the other side of the desk: as an author. Her debut novel, PRADA AND PREJUDICE, (Razorbill/Penguin– June 2009) is in its fifth printing.  She has four other books under contract, divided among Harlequin, Llewellyn Flux, and Razorbill/Penguin.

Mandy interned at The Bent Agency before joining D4EO Literary, where she is now building her list, focusing on YA and Middle-Grade fiction.

Mandy is interested in a broad range of YA/MG, whether they be contemporary or historical, fantasy/paranormal or realistic. She loves books with a heavy focus on romance, as well as “issue books” with a strong voice. If your book has a high concept or a big hook, she wants to see it.

If your story includes portals to fantasy worlds, wizards or dragons, it’s probably not for her. Please, no chapter books, pictures books, poetry, non-fiction, or books for the adult market.

To query mandy, send your query letter, along with the first five pages of your manuscript (both pasted into the body of an email) to  mandy@d4eo.com.

Website: http://www.mandyhubbard.com/ and Blog: http://mandyhubbard.livejournal.com/

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Congrats, Mandy!!! You are AWESOME!

Question of the Week: Is It Harder For Young Writers To Get Published?

15 Jan

A quick note before we answer our Question of the Week! When submitting your Book Trailer Contest entries, be sure to e-mail LetTheWordsFlowBlog@gmail.com! There was some confusion regarding the e-mail address, so we just want to clarify. A HUGE thank-you to everyone who has submitted so far! We’re totally blown away by how awesome your entries are! Keem ’em coming, guys!

So, our Question of the Week comes from Gabby, who asked us:

Is it more difficult for a teenage writer to get published than it is for an older writer?

Hope this helps, Gabby!

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I don’t know about older writers, but I do know that it’s difficult to be published when young because–before we are a writer, we are a student first. Here is the to-do list of a writer/student (me): Finish manuscript rewrite requested by agent, begin history research paper on Romanticism, research paper on Jane Austen’s Persuasion, essay paper on O’Conner’s work, study for psychology and sociology midterms…

Things would get MUCH more busier if my work got contracted by a publishing house. If you read Mandy’s article on the process to publication, editors will send you revision letters along with a deadline. And somehow a student would have to cram their school life somewhere in between…But I’m totally up for it. I think.

-The Writer Who Got Two Partial Requests

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Disclaimer: I’m not an expert on this subject, but I did read Miss Snark’s blog back in the day.  From what I understand, agents and publishers are looking for people who can write.  Period.  If you’re not old enough to sign a legal contract, then a parent or legal guardian has to sign for you, but that’s about
the only thing I can think of that would be different for teenager authors compared to anyone else.  In fact, I can think of some teen authors (*cough* Christopher Paolini) that were especially promoted because they wrote their books at such a young age.

The Writer Who is Writing Queries

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I think it is not harder to get published when you are young or when you are older. Agents and publishing houses are just looking for people who can write and write well. There are tons of young authors who have been published at ages like seventeen or eighteen. And then there are people who are older when they publish like in their fifties or whatnot. I believe that in order to get an agent, you should write the best story you can write. Then, edit it. Then if you feel you are ready, query. Get an agent. The point is to write the best story you can write and to not worry about your age. As they say, age is just a number!

The Writer Writing Her First Novel

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It is absolutely *NOT* harder to get published as a minor than as an adult. It doesn’t matter if you are 16 or 56, becuase the process is the same: you query agents. And there is no reason to mention your age (no matter what it is) in your query letter. Thus, if they don’t know you’re a teen, they aren’t going to treat you any different than anyone else.

Now, is it harder to be a really good writer when you’re 16? Yes, probably. Someone who is 56 might have spent the last 20 years writing. But it’s not impossible. The writing is what matters, not your age. I got my first agent when I was 23.

-The Writer With A Book Deal

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I pretty much second everything “The Writer With A Book Deal” just said. Couldn’t have phrased it better myself.

-The Writer Waiting on Submissions

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I would say it’s not more difficult for a teenage writer to get published than it is for an older writer simply because of age. By that I mean that if you start building up writing credits from a young age, it will be easier for you to be published in a magazine or by a publishing house, as opposed to a 30-year-old who has no writing credits. The most difficult obstacle facing teenagers trying to get published is very simple: Time. People aged 13-19 simply don’t have and haven’t had enough time! It takes many years of reading and practicing to develop the writing and creativity skills necessary for publishing. There’s a reason why there are very few teenaged authors… writing is tough! And some people need more time than others to get to a point in their lives where they are capable of writing good work. Even if you’re to the point where you can write well, you still have to actually write that novel, and it can take years!

Another problem is that the publishing process is SLOW. I signed with my literary agent when I was a teenager (not quite the goal I was hoping for, but close enough), and let’s just say that while waiting to be published I have exited my teens. Once I actually sign with a publishing house there will be an even longer wait while I go through edits, and then waiting for the book to come out.

In conclusion, I think the only real problem (though it is a definitely a huge problem, no doubt) facing teenagers is not having enough time to develop as a writer, actually write a book, get an agent, get a publisher, and have their book come out. You’re a teenager for only 7 years, and an adult for hopefully 60 or more, so the odds are on the side of adults to be published more.

There are teenaged exceptions of course, but you’ll find that these are extra-ordinary circumstances, or they cheated (*cough*Christopher Paolini*cough*).

-The Other Writer Waiting on Submissions

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Thanks for stopping by, everyone! And be sure to continue sending us your Book Trailer Contest entries! 🙂

The Call

2 Nov

By Mandy Hubbard

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Hello All! Welcome to the official launch of the Let the Words Flow blog!

I am oh-so-honored to be able to post the first official entry. And I decided to start things off with a bang, because this entry is all about getting THE CALL. What better way to start a blog about the journey to publication than to talk about the moment it all happens?

The Call is so important that it needs no other name. Just The Call. If you’ve ever dreamed of being published then you’ve probably dreamt of what it would be like to hear someone telling you they want to publish your book. For most people, this call comes from their agent. And the second you see your agent’s phone number pop up on caller ID, your heart will race.

A few things are guaranteed to happen: You’ll feel trembly (is that a word?) and short of breath and you will speak in incoherent babble. You won’t remember any of the questions you once planned to ask, and the most intelligent things you’ll say are: cool; uh-huh; awesome.  Your agent will tell you who is interested, how much they want to pay, and for how many books. The details don’t matter, because you’d sell your book for a Big Mac and a carwash token.  You may burst into tears, or those may come later, at some random point in time. Like driving your car to work the next day. (Ahem. That totally didn’t happen to me. That was just an example. NO really! I swear!)

Your agent, on the other hand, will be cool as ice, calmly explaining the details as if it’s a grocery list and not a book deal. She’ll promise to email you the details, because she’ll know you won’t remember any of them.

The Call is guaranteed to multiply into several calls: the one where you call your significant other, who will be very excited for you but who might not totally get how epic this is, and then the one to your critique partner(s) who will probably burst into tears with you because they really do get how epic this is, and the ones where you call your best friend, your mother, and your ex-boyfriend. (Wait, what? I swear I didn’t do that last one.)

In other words? The Call is totally worth everything that came before it—the rejection, the revision, the rewriting, the despair.

So, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed the first post, and we look forward to discussing all aspects of the publishing journey with you! We’ll be posting individual posts (like this one) twice a week, and a group question of the week (in which we’ll welcome questions from you guys too!) every Friday.

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Prada & Prejudice, a novel for teens, is now in stores!

www.mandyhubbard.com

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