On writing to YA market trends

I’ve written about writing to trend before, but as I’ve waded through query trenches and gotten an agent and now am looking forward to the submission process, I’ve observed some things and seen the issue of market trends come up over and over again....

On boy books and girl books

There’s been a lot of hoopla lately on gender divides in YA, particularly boy books vs. girl books. And I want to throw my hat into the ring, though the issue is so complex and difficult to boil down to an essence that is both realistic and constructive, that I...

How to: write a stellar query

I am throwing my hat into the ring of “how to write a great query” advice. After a lot of research, working on my own query and helping others edit theirs, the below is the way to the most concise, smart way to market your book. Because that’s what a...

Finding the right critique partners

Critique partners come in all shapes and sizes, and the types of critique partners we need can vary depending on the author’s strengths and weaknesses, and even the specific manuscript in question. I’ve seen many people seeking CPs but not necessarily...

Learning to kill your darlings

While I am not a perfect writer, nor a perfect editor, I do think there is one thing I have learned to do relatively well: kill my darlings. As writers, we must be the advocates and fans of our own work; confidence is key to success. However, when a writer is so in...

How to enter agent contests (and stay sane)

Contests. They have become the bread and butter of the social media savvy writer-agent circle. Querying is still an important rite of passage, but increasingly contests are one of the best ways to get your work in front of an agent—and have a decently high chance of...