Monday, June 28, 2010
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Monday, June 21, 2010
Here it is:
I read her kick-ass MG manuscript last week and loved it. In case you wanna know what it's about, click here to read her query (and to see why lit agent Mandy Hubbard loved it!). This is a pretty rockin' example of a query, so if any of you are struggling with yours, go take a look.
Friday, June 18, 2010
This week's trend question is: Do you like literary mashups?
Confession: I haven't read any mashup books yet, but I'm dying to. According to what I've read around the blogosphere, some people love them, others don't.
Just like with every other published book.
So tell me: where do you stand? Love 'em or hate 'em?
Thursday, June 17, 2010
2) Share 7 things about yourself.
3) Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason! (In no particular order...)
4) Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
If you ARE one of those sick of vampires, leave before your eyes burn!!!
Why? 'Cause I've got a vamp book recommendation for ya!
Trust me, I wouldn't pimp something I'm not willing to read.
Here's the blurb:
First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.
As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.
Friday, June 11, 2010
So here's my first question for Fess Up Friday:
Are YOU sick of vampires?
My answer? No.
Don't think I ever will be. As long as the premise takes me somewhere I've never been before, and the characters speak to me, I'll still be a fan of the undead. I don't know where it started, maybe Buffy's to blame, but I love my vampires. Sorry, saturated market!
Now it's your turn to fess up!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
This post is all about you, so I won't waste any time speaking my mind today.
Does an unlikeable main character make you put the book down?
If so, what is it about said character that makes you break away? If you're the type of reader that doesn't lose interest because of the character, what is it about them that makes you stick around?
Here are some examples of books with unlikeable main characters that have received a lot of buzz.
In the adult genre:
In the YA genre:
Confession: I haven't read either of these books. However, I've read several reviews and comments from readers who struggle with the main characters' actions.
I'm pretty curious: whaddaya think? Love 'em or leave 'em?
Sunday, June 6, 2010
The one I went to see at the cineplex disappointed me. Why?
Too many freakin' loose ends.
I spent 30 minutes after the movie was over wondering WTF had happened to several subplots. They seemed to have been forgotten by the screenwriter/director/producers/actors. The audience, however, noticed a couple things were MIA.
How many times has this happened after you've finished reading a book?
How about after you finish writing one?
I've been fortunate enough to read books that tie up a lot of loose ends. As for writing them? Not so much. But I don't call it quits until I wrap everything up. That's when I feel like I'm actually talented--when things are all over the place and I get to organize them. I usually go about it in sections, depending on the significance of the subplot. Little ones go first, then the big kahunas get my full attention later on. After I've finished, I read the whole manuscript again to see if I missed something. If I didn't, I sing all of Madonna's hits around a campfire while playing the ukulele.
Well... That doesn't really happen, but you get the picture...
Here's the deal: you can make the MC lovable, the antagonist swoonworthy, and the plot action-packed, but that pesky brat of a denouement will keep honking your horn until every plot hole's been covered. Oh, the joys of writing...
So tell me, what's your game plan when that loose end keeps screaming 'Tie me up, baby!'?
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I tend to favor parents who make sense in the particular story. If the main character is a teen who breaks curfew and flips off everyone that pisses them off, I like to see: a) parents who lay down the law, if the MC goes through a drastic change at the end of the story because of their teachings; b) parents who suck at parenting, if the MC goes through a drastic change on their own and learns through trial and error.
Bottom line? Characters should fit the story you're trying to tell.
To that end, I've been thinking about who would I choose as my parents if I were in a YA novel.
Not surprisingly, I chose two writers.
Screenwriters, that is.
My dad? Joss Whedon. JOSS. FREAKIN'. WHEDON.
Why? Buffy the Vampire Slayer. That's why.
Oh, and Dollhouse. And the Runaways graphic novels. That's also why.
My mom? Diablo Cody.
Why? Juno. Her sarcasm. Her perseverance.
And her hair.
So tell me, who would YOU choose as your YA novel parents?