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First Readers, Revising, & Publication

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who not only won NaNoWriMo but who made ANY progress this month. I finished with 32,000 new words, and I’m really proud of that progress! New words are always better than no words at all. 😉

To wrap up NaNoWriMo and to help all of you forge onward with your new manuscripts, I wanted to share all the posts I’ve ever written about revising a novel, finding a literary agent, and getting traditionally published.
 

FirstReaders

 

Revising Your Novel

 
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First Readers

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How to Get Published

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Finding Literary Agents

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Writing is hard…

…so don’t give up. I don’t really have anything else to say today other than that. I’m in the middle of book 3 revisions, renovating my house, preparing lesson plans for the YAGB tour, and revising other books that have not yet sold. It all seems pretty overwhelming and insurmountable.

But it isn’t. It never is.

The thing is: you can’t stop working. And you can’t give up.

Writing is really hard. Revising is really hard too. And it doesn’t get easier just because you’re published or agented or have finished X-number of books or sold in 45 territories. More often than not, the writing just gets harder.

But don’t give up. You’ll get where you need to be; we all do.

And now, here’s some music to send you off to work by. It’s my current writing fave, and I hope you find it as uplifting as I do.

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How to Get Traditionally Published, Part 3

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ALL RIGHT. This is the last post on this–I swear.

My usual disclaimer applies here–this is the journey to traditional publication as I know it. I’m basing this on my personal experience and the experience of other published authors I know. 🙂

Also, FYI, the usual time between getting a book deal and your book hitting shelves (at least in traditional YA publishing) is 18 months to 2 years. There’s a LOT that has to happen, and your publisher needs every second.

Now, let’s finally wrap up this multi-year journey. We left off last week with getting our contract from the publisher… (Read more…)

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How to Get Traditionally Published, Part 2

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So, in case you missed Part 1, I am trying to lay out the very SIMPLE BASICS to getting published…

I emphasize “simple” and “basics” here because every author’s journey is different and because, although things seem clear-cut on the surface, they are actually kinda complicated underneath.

Overall, though, the moral of last Friday’s post was that getting an agent requires four main things:

a polished manuscript + a stellar query letter + tons of industry research + perfect timing

And sadly, today’s moral ain’t gonna be that different. That “perfect timing” component is such a bi***–and pretty much makes or breaks absolutely every author out there. (Read more…)

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How to Get Traditionally Published, Part 1

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Recently, an email landed in my inbox that asked the basic question of, “How do I get published?”

I get asked this a lot, and every time, I write out an answer. Inefficient much, Sooz? I’d say it’s about time to lay down the basic (and I mean VERY basic) framework for getting published traditionally–so not self-publishing, but with a traditional publishing house.

Now, for those of you who didn’t already know all the steps involved, PLEASE don’t freak out. Getting published isn’t easy; it isn’t simple; and it isn’t quick. But if I can do it, then so can you.

Also, please remember there is no “magic” way to get a book deal or some “perfect premise” that will let you skip all the steps. Most people spend years trying to get published (heck, I spent years writing before I even got the guts to try!), and that’s just the way it is. If you want it badly enough, then a few years shouldn’t bother you. 🙂 (Read more…)

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Determination no matter what

Nothing could apply more to publishing. We are down to the final days of NaNoWriMo, and I bet some of you are facing a lack motivation to reach the end…or maybe you’re facing the daunting task of what’s next (revisions! Uh, yay…?).

You’re not alone.

Writing is never, EVER an easy process.

There are easy days, but most days are hard. (Read more…)

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Updates and Giveaways

It has been a WHOLE MONTH since SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY released! Where does the time go?! Well, happy birthday to my little book.

It has also been quite a while since I last posted, and I’m dreadfully ashamed. In my defense, a lot has been going on and I was without internet access for most of it. So much stuff has been happening, in fact, that I’m just going have to do an old fashioned list post here to catch you all up…

1. Today is a day of GIVEAWAYS on Twitter! To celebrate the book’s 1 month birthday. 🙂 All you have to do is RT my tweets to be eligible to win. Some of the items I’m giving away today include:

  • Limited edition Aim for the Knees t-shirt (starts at 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM
  • Signed copies of Something Strange and Deadly (starts at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM)
  • Limited edition Aim for the Knees necklace (starts at 2:00 PM)

2. Events, events, EVENTS. There are so many on the horizon, I don’t know what to do with myself. The first up is next Anderson’s in Chicago on Thursday, Aug. 30th. I’ll be signing with Veronica Roth (DIVERGENT), Erica O’Rourke (TORN), Dan Krokos (FALSE MEMORY), and Leigh Bardugo (SHADOW & BONE). There is some exclusive content action going on for this event, and you can learn more about it all here.

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Publishing Industry Lowdown (June 25-June 29)

It’s that day again–time for Sooz’s YA and MG Publishing Industry Lowdown. The general idea is that I share all the deals I know 0f in the young adult and middle grade publishing world each Friday.

My source for deal news is Publishers Marketplace, which requires a paid subscription. As such I’m only sharing part of the information here–basically, just author names and pitches. If you want to know deal sizes (e.g. advances), editors, publishers, and agents, I highly recommend you sign up for PM–it’s totally worth the cost!

So, this week was busier than last week, but still SUPER quiet. Ah, the beauty of publishing’s summer schedule…

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Publishing Industry Lowdown (June 18-June 22)

It’s that day again–time for Sooz’s YA and MG Publishing Industry Lowdown. The general idea is that I share all the deals I know 0f in the young adult and middle grade publishing world each Friday.

My source for deal news is Publishers Marketplace, which requires a paid subscription. As such I’m only sharing part of the information here–basically, just author names and pitches. If you want to know deal sizes (e.g. advances), editors, publishers, and agents, I highly recommend you sign up for PM–it’s totally worth the cost!

So, this week might win the record for the least deals ever posted. I mean, it is summer, which means the schedules are different, but…w0w. I’ll admit I’m a little stunned.

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Pub(lishing) Crawl: Self-promotion: an author’s perspective and guide

As my fellow Pub Crawler, Joanna Volpe, so eloquently put it a few weeks back:

Most of your publicity and outreach to the general market is up to you.

We all have giant dreams of a publisher who does everything for us, and I have a few friends who are in this very enviable position. But I have more friends in a position like mine–a position that leaves the majority of the publicity grunt work on our fragile writer shoulders.*

Of course, as a shy introvert, accepting that I’m going to have to set up my signings and I’m going to have to do the schmoozing was a very, VERY difficult thing.

But them’s the facts, and as I’ve preached before, the only thing an author (or person, really) can do when faced with a less-than-desirable future is Let It Go and Move On. Then, once you’ve let the stress melt away, it’s time to make your marketing plan–and I’m gonna help you do it exactly the same way my agent helped me. (Read more…)

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