Where Can I Preorder The Quiet You Carry?
Will you have a book signing in my area?
I will update my events page with upcoming events soon, but I will definitely be having events in multiple cities and states.
Can you appear at my school or event?
It depends on my schedule and a few other factors. Please email me with more information, and I’ll let you know!
Can I interview you for my blog?
I’d love to be on your blog, and I will try to depending on my schedule. Please email me so we can discuss.
How did you get a book deal?
The short answer is that I wrote a book and then revised and revised and revised. I queried agents and though I received positive responses to my writing, my book was rejected time and time again. Eventually, one of my now agents read some of my work and then offered to represent me. Yay! A book deal was right around the corner, right? WRONG! With my agent’s help, I revised this book more and more and she eventually took it on submission. And then came more rejections! Finally, we decided to shelve that book (a YA dystopian/sci fi), and put our efforts toward what later became THE QUIET YOU CARRY (I initially titled it UNWANTED). I kept revising. I was lucky enough to get the help of another agent at the literary agency that represents me, so now I had two agents, and eventually they sold my book to Flux. Woohoo!
How do I become an author?
Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. What I would recommend is to read a ton, write a lot, and research literary agents to query to represent your work. Read books on writing. I recommend On Writing by Stephen King; Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott; and Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder. I also found What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing to be a fascinating read.
The route to publishing can be a long one. I started writing my first book (a memoir that’ll never see the light of day) ten years ago. And then came my first YA, the shelved YA dystopian, before I started writing my book that finally sold, The Quiet You Carry. I started writing Quiet about four years before it sold to a publisher. So the lesson is never give up!
I recommend getting to know other writers. Join a critique group of some kind to improve your writing and make friends. Also, it’s a good idea to look into conferences, workshops and the like to help you improve your craft. There are many great organizations out there, and if you want to write for kids, I highly recommend joining the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Can you refer me to your agents?
I don’t refer people to my agents unless I’ve read their manuscript and think it would be a great fit for them. Unfortunately, I can’t do that for everyone who would like me to, otherwise I would have no time to write, or play with my dog, or see friends or family. But there are many great resources online that can help you find great agents to query.
Below are a few websites that you may find helpful in learning more about publishing and finding agents to query.
Have a different question?
If you have any other questions, please feel free to send me an email.
I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
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