Today I have the very great honor of interviewing my editor, Brian Geffen of Philomel Books! Brian bought my upcoming YA Asian fantasy, FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS, in a three-book deal last June. It has been wonderful to work with such a brilliant, sharp-eyed editor and he has helped me turn this book into one I’m truly proud of! He kindly agreed to give us a sneak peek into the acquisitions process and answer some great […]
If you’re in the query trenches you’ve probably heard the words “editorial agent” floating around. These are agents who work with their clients to edit and revise a manuscript before submitting it to editors (who will then edit the manuscript even further if they end up acquiring it!) I am an editorial agent and believe strongly in sending out the most polished manuscript possible to editors. The market is competitive, and I think it’s vital […]
I spent all day writing my book and none of the day working on this post, so now I’m doing it at the last minute. (Ooops.) So, here’s some random writerly advice. 1. Take your time. I know that’s eye-roll worthy, since I just said I’m doing this at the last minute, but I do mean it. Take your time. Enjoy the process. Revel in your book. Publishing seems like it’s all rush rush rush, and […]
I recently participated in an awards committee for a niche category of children’s books that is often referred to as Hi-Lo or high interest/low vocabulary. The hi/lo category is exactly what it sounds like- they are books written at a lower reading level than the age it would appeal to. This is a great idea for students who struggle with reading or even reluctant readers. It provides them with age-appropriate material at a level that […]
This week Kelly and JJ talk about promotion and getting the word out about your book, including whether or not to put money into your own promotion, hiring a publicist, making swag, or putting out a newsletter. We also announce a brief hiatus for the month of March, but we’ll be back in April with our next Query Critique episode, so send us your queries!