I want to know if the cleaner side of YA is coming back. Are we getting away from the edgy stuff (please say yes!) I don't mind reading the edgy stuff, but I am not that kind of a writer... so I am hoping we start to see more campy cute stuff!
Found your blog this week and so far I'm impressed. I'm going to add it to the list we keep on AgentQuery in the SF/F/YA forum. Some possible ideas would be:a) What is a typical day like for you?b) What are some story elements you'd love to see but haven't been coming through the query-vine in awhile?c) How do you feel about going electronic for everything from queries to actual manuscripts?d) Conventions 101. Do's and don'ts for writers.e) With YA, how important is voice and what kinds of voices grab your attention?I'm sure I could think up more but I don't want to hog too much space. =)
I'm curious about genres that appear to be spilling over with writers trying to break in. Like say, YA fantasy/paranormal. (Geesh, I almost had a heart attack when I saw the amount of writers who are working in that very genre right now on Nathan Bransford's blog today.)I write YA fantasy because it's what I live and breathe. It's my top choice when I read and the thing that I'm called to write. Even if it wasn't what was super hot right now I'd still be writing it. But it seems to be both a good and bad time to be looking for representation because of how many others out there are doing the same thing. I promise I have an actual question here.I've heard of writers testing out a new genre (the next big trend or something not so popular) to allow themselves more room to break into the industry. Is this a good or bad idea? I have ideas for YA books that contain no fantasy elements, which is all fine and good but they are on the very bottom of my list because I adore fantasy. So I pretty much can't imagine debuting with a book that didn't truly represent me, but could I be hurting myself by being so focused?Woops, sorry this question ended up being so long!
I found your blog via Guide to Literary Agent's blog and I'm so glad I did. I love it here! :)My question is: As an agent, how long do you expect it to take a professional writer to write a book.And before you say it varies... I mean, your average expectation as you're setting up a two or three book deal, assuming you aren't agenting Thomas Pynchon or JK Rowling here. ;)Thanks!
Is there something that has surprised you about the industry this week?Do you have any suggestions on how to find out how publishing cases are resolved? I'm thinking specifically of the recent case of a black author suing for discrimination because the publishing house allegedly (essentially) forced her to make her book "more black" and would only put it in the African-American market/shelves.
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