This fantastic blog post provides insight into a journey of great interest to writers of middle grade and young adult fiction–the path to individuation, and even better, that path as it relates to women and girls.
The post refers to many classic and recent books for writers for further investigation. I’m bookmarking this one, and you might like to as well. Click on the link below to check it out.
Here’s an interview with a top literary agent about the first five pages of your novel. Amy Boggs is currently open to queries. See her preferences on the Donald Maass Literary Agency site. (Also, be sure to read The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass. It’s amazing!)
From an editor, here’s a well-thought-out post on the pros and cons of prologues from a contemporary point of view. It starts with the pros. which, if you have used one, you already know. Keep reading. You may need yours, but you do need to know why they are less common in contemporary fiction than in works written 30, 40, 0r 50 years ago.
I am writing a contemporary middle grade fantasy that includes many very realistic elements, including a real-world contemporary problem that is resolved in the end. The following blog post addresses a different sort of fantasy/reality mix.
Take a look at this inspiring and practical advice by clicking on the link below.
If you are interested in finding an agent, first realize that the field is highly competitive and it may take a while.
In 2012 I attended a number of writer’s conferences and focused on the presentations of agents. I haven’t queried any of them yet, because my current novel wasn’t quite ready, but I gathered information, and even read for one in a session at Pike’s Peak. Pitch sessions, one-on-one critiques and group readings are all good ways to meet agents at conferences. So are casual conversations at parties and even meals at those big round tables.
You don’t have to attend a conference to find out more about an agent that interests you, though. More and more of the ones who are interested in finding new talent are sharing tips and submission instructions through their blogs.
Here is a blog I came across this morning from a suggestion on my Twitter page.