YA Highway hereby declares this the decade of the teens-- as in Young Adult!
How is 2010 treating you so far? Last week we linked to our resolutions, and this week Rachelle Gardner reminded us that it's just a list unless your resolutions include joy.
Speaking of joy, Betsy Lerner asks an interesting question: Who's your creative soul mate?
Is one of your resolutions to finally get your book published? Start with the basics:
- Decide who to query: There are lots of websites where you can research agents, or go the less techincal route to figure out who reps what books.
- Write the query: The Rejectionist puts out some Guidelines for 2010, which include the following salient points:
"Certainly you may buck the conventions of the query letter if your work is too amazing/revolutionary/brilliant to be summarized. Why don't you also try applying for jobs without a résumé, using only your psychic powers. Let us know how that works out for you."
"Don't write your query letter from the point of view of your main character. Just don't. It never works. Especially if your main character is a SERIAL KILLER CONFIDENTIAL TO THAT DUDE IF YOU EVER EMAIL US AGAIN WE ARE SENDING YOUR HOME ADDRESS TO THE POLICE."
- Most importantly: Polish that manuscript until it shines. Kathleen Temean posts the Top Ten Questions Dutton Editors Ask Themselves When Looking At A Manuscript (via Janet Reid)
News from here and there:
All year we heard "zomg publishing is dying the sky is falling we...." wait. Numbers for 2009-- not that bad, akshuly.
Colleen Mondor at Chasing Ray posted a really interesting article about diversity in publishing.
Our friend Jamie is officially agented AND a finalist in Nathan Bransford's Teen Diary Contest!
You can also head over to Kirsten's blog and give her suggestions for blog posts, drop by Kristin's for some tasty Millionaire Bars, and check out Michelle's hilarious follow up to this week's Road Trip Wednesday topic. You've also got one more day to vote in Kate's first line contest, and visit Leila's blog for some beautiful pictures of New Zealand.
Finally, please remember: Everything you do on the internet can and probably will affect your future career. It might be in a great way-- maybe Molly O'Neill will find your talent on Etsy. You can use real participation in your blog, now and in the future, to bolster your book sales. But Elana Johnson reminds us: no one wants to read your blog if it's only about how awesome you are, and Agent Jennifer Laughran says it is "just good karma" to be nice-- and don't query her if you're a whiner.