December 31, 2012

2013 Goals and a Brief 2012 Review

2012 has been a heck of a year. It seems like it passed in the blink of an eye, but when I think back on the year, I realize just how much has happened, and then it doesn't feel so crazy fast :)

My resolution for 2012 was to write two novels. Did I achieve it? Sadly, no :( But I like to think I would have if I hadn't gotten pregnant. Convenient excuse, yes, except I honestly think it's true. That first trimester passed in a nauseous fog, and I got nothing done.

My 2013 resolution will be the same. Write two novels. I have one outlined, two at the idea stage, and one that still needs to be ripped apart and rewritten. So I have lots of options :)

Here are some 2012 highlights:

♥ Getting pregnant was, literally, the last thing I expected to happen this year. But I've made my peace, and I can't wait to meet this little guy!

I wrote a new book! I'm still bummed it's only one new book, but... let's stay positive lol. It's YA science fiction, and it's in the final editing stages. Well, "final" being relative because I'm sure it'll go through more revisions once my agent gets it. I also outlined a contemporary, something I never thought I'd write, and hopefully it'll be written... soon. *cough* And then it's back to fantasy, possibly something dark, because I hear its siren call and I must obey.

♥ I made some amazing new writer friends, many of whom I now wonder how I ever got through this writing thing without. I still wonder at how lucky I am. I love you guys!

♥ I'm trying my hand at something I've always wanted to do, which is professional editing. I even get to acquire books for the digital-first publisher who was crazy awesome enough to hire me. I'm a total nutcase in that I love editing until I have to actually do it, and then I hate it. But when I finish, I totally want to do it some more. Yeah, I'm weird.

But writing is and will always be my first priority.

♥ Exciting happenings that I can't talk about so let's pretend this bullet point doesn't exist.

♥ My CP Mindee sold her second series, and it's THE BESTEST THING EVER. So even though it isn't my accomplishment, it's still a 2012 highlight for me because IT'S THE BESTEST THING EVER DID I SAY THAT ALREADY?

♥ My other CP Lauren also had an AMAZING 2012 in terms of writing and publications. And you guys need to read her work, because she is a world building goddess. FOR REALS.

As I said last year, never give up on your dreams, whatever they may be. Pick yourself up and push on, push on, push on.


♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

December 19, 2012

YA Superlative Blogfest: Elements of Fiction

Day three! You guys still with me? :P Here are today's categories with my votes!

Most Formidable World: The dark city in Sanctum aka the place where you end up as a suicide. Bleak and terrifying and miserable.

Wanderlust-Inducing: Ravka in Shadow and Bone, barring the Shadowfold, which I would stay far, far away from lol.

Loveliest Prose: This is easy. Laini Taylor's Days of Blood and Starlight.That woman writes in gold and gossamer.

Most Dynamic Main Character: Karou from Days of Blood and Starlight.

Best Performance in a Supporting Role: Thomas from Girl of Nightmares. Everyone needs a Thomas. Cas wouldn't have gotten too far without him.

December 18, 2012

YA Superlative Blogfest: Popularity Contest

DAY TWO! :D Here are today's categories with my votes!

Most Likely to Become a Rock Star: Iko (Cinder). Iko rocks. This is my story, and I'm sticking to it >_>;

Mostly Likely to Start a Riot: Pia (Origin). Pia at the end of the book anyway. Or maybe Tris from Insurgent (and it probably wouldn't even be on purpose).

Biggest Flirt: Mal (Shadow and Bone). Alina all but said he'd tumbled a lot of girls. I can totally understand why. Rawr.

Fashion King and/or Queen: Carmel (Girl of Nightmares). Girl can rock her social status and go ghost hunting with Cas.

Girl You'd Most Want For Your BFF: Lela (Sanctum). She was willing to go to hell for her BFF. Can't beat that. Or Karou from DoSaB/DoBaS. Because hello? Karou is a BAMF.

Boy You Wish You'd Dated in High School: Four (Insurgent). Also Malachi (Sanctum). Boy's got SKILLZ.

Most Likely to Become President: The Darkling (Shadow and Bone). VOTE FOR HIM OR DIE. Okay, this category should actually be 'Most Likely to Become a Gorgeous Overlord.'

Quirkiest Character: Morpheus (Splintered, which isn't a 2012 release, but it comes out Jan 1, 2013 WHICH IS CLOSE ENOUGH). This guy is nuts. I love him.

Favorite Parental Figure: Brimstone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which also isn't a 2012 release, but I'm counting it b/c I read it this year, and he's at least mentioned in Days of Blood and Starlight, which counts, right?). I love Brimstone SO MUCH I WANT ONE FOR MY OWN.

Coolest Nerd: Kate Grable (Bad Hair Day). As if she's got any competition. PFFT.

December 17, 2012

YA Superlative Blogfest: Head of the Class

It's day one of the YA Superlative Blogfest. Woohoo!

These aren't all the categories, just the ones I was able to decide on. I am notoriously indecisive.

Favorite Dystopian:

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Admittedly, I didn't read many dystopians this year. But I did really enjoy this book and Four so I think it's earned the spot. Except for that ending which still has me scratching my head with questions, but I suppose that's why I must now have book three ASAP.

Favorite Science Fiction:

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

STILL CAN'T WAIT FOR SCARLET OMG WHEN WILL IT BE HERE? I thought the world was awesome, and I loved Cinder. Kai wasn't half bad either :P

Favorite Fantasy:

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

One word: DARKLING. That is all. Heeeey, Darkling, I'll be your Morozova's Collar if you know what I mean *coughcough* >_>;;;

Favorite Action/Adventure:

Sanctum by Sarah Fine

I don't know that this book fits this category exactly, but there's plenty of action and adventure in it. And there was just no way in hell I wasn't somehow mentioning this book so there you go XD

Favorite Comedy:

Bad Hair Day by Carrie Harris

I don't think it's possible to not love Kate Grable. She's brilliant and hilarious, and my review for this book is coming as soon as I find the time to write it.

Favorite Paranormal:

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Anna is a BAMF. But I'd rather not run into her in a dark house. Unless Cas is with me, in which case it's okay. Maybe. I kind of like Cas. I don't think that would endear me to Anna.

Yes, I was only able to decide definitively on six. I KNOW, I CAN'T BELIEVE ME EITHER.

Looking forward to seeing what your picks are though!

♥ Happy Monday!

December 14, 2012

YA Superlative Blogfest (Coming Soon)

The 2012 YA Superlative Blogfest starts next week! I skipped out on participating last year, but this year, I'm so in! The blogfest was created by Katy Upperman, Jessica Love, Alison Miller, and Tracey Neithercott, and you can read about what each of the categories are here :D

Happy Friday!

December 12, 2012

Pitch Wars: Team Announcement!

Teams have been announced!
(Click the above link to see the full list of teams.)

First, I want to give a sincere thank you to every writer who applied for me. I am so beyond grateful and humbled that you shared your work with me. Contests like these aren't easy, and the fact you put yourself out there is, itself, incredibly brave. So here's to you.

For Team Lori, I selected:

Sam the Shadowman by Leila

The premise was intriguing. The sample pages were well-written, and the voice was stellar. Leila's MC made me laugh, and then she creeped me out all within the first five pages. (Admittedly, I am easily creeped out, but I think there was genuine creep-factor here.) I'm super excited to read the full!

Yesterseer by Sophia
Those Who Can't Speak by Jani

Congrats, ladies!

December 5, 2012

WoW: PROPHECY by Ellen Oh

Prophecy by Ellen Oh

Book blurb (from goodreads):
The greatest warrior in all of the Seven Kingdoms… is a girl with yellow eyes.

Kira’s the only female in the king’s army, and the prince’s bodyguard. She’s a demon slayer and an outcast, hated by nearly everyone in her home city of Hansong. And, she’s their only hope…

Murdered kings and discovered traitors point to a demon invasion, sending Kira on the run with the young prince. He may be the savior predicted in the Dragon King Prophecy, but the missing treasure of myth may be the true key. With only the guidance of the cryptic prophecy, Kira must battle demon soldiers, evil shaman, and the Demon Lord himself to find what was once lost and raise a prince into a king.

Intrigue and mystery, ancient lore and action-packed fantasy come together in this heart-stopping first book in a trilogy.

Available January 2, 2013

Fantasy based on ancient Korea. What's not to love?! So ridiculously excited to read this book :)

Happy Wednesday, guys ♥

December 4, 2012

Pitch Wars: Agents!

Are you ready for this? We have 16 incredible agents vying for our Pitch Wars team manuscripts. We're so excited to see what pitches they fall in love with, and what teams will win the coveted Pitch Wars Most Requested Manuscript title.

And, in no particular order, here are the agents...

Louise Fury
L. Perkins Agency
Twitter: @louisefury

Louise is seeking teen Sci-Fi and Young Adult horror. She's also on the hunt for deep, dark contemporary YA and select Middle Grade fiction with a literary feel - it must be realistic and thought provoking and the characters must be authentic and original. Louise loves horror and romance, especially Regency and Victorian.

Jessica Sinsheimer
Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Twitter: @jsinsheim

Jessica is seeking Literary, Women's, Middle Grade, and Young Adult Fiction.

Natalie Fischer Lakosil
Bradford Literary Agency
Twitter: @Natalie_Lakosil

Natalie is looking for commercial fiction, with an emphasis in children’s literature (from picture book-teen), romance (contemporary, paranormal and historical), and upmarket women’s fiction. Specific likes include historical, multicultural, paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy, gritty, thrilling and darker contemporary novels, and middle grade with heart.

Pam van Hylckama Vlieg
Larsen Pomada Literary Agents
Twitter: @BookaliciousPam

Pam represents young adult and middle grade children’s book authors, and adult romance authors.

Jordy Albert
The Booker Albert Agency
Twitter: @bluedragonfly81

Jordy is on the look out for Romance (contemporary, historical/Regency, and paranormal). YA contemporary/historical or dystopian, sci-fi/fantasy with romance elements. She's also open to YA GLBT within those genres. She'd love to see unique, well-developed plots featuring time travel, competitions, or travel.

Andrea Somberg
Harvey Klinger Inc.
Twitter: @andreasomberg

Andrea's looking for the following categories: Fiction; literary, commercial, women's fiction, romance, thrillers, mystery, paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, young adult, middle grade.

Jennifer Mishler
Literary Counsel
Twitter: @literarycounsel

Jennifer is seeking Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Contemporary, Young Adult Literary, and Young Adult Historical.

Suzie Townsend
New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.
Twitter: @sztownsend81

Suzie represents adult and children's fiction. In adult, she's specifically looking for romance (historical and paranormal), and fantasy (urban fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, epic fantasy). In Children's she loves YA (all subgenres) and is dying to find great Middle Grade projects (especially something akin to the recent movie SUPER 8).

Victoria Marini
Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents, Inc.
Twitter: @LitAgentMarini

Victoria is looking for literary fiction, commercial fiction, pop-culture non-fiction, and young adult. She is very interested in acquiring engaging Literary fiction and mysteries/suspense, commercial women's fiction (romantic suspense, sci-fi, fantasy), and Young Adult (contemporary, sci-fi/fantasy, thriller and horror ).

Kerry Sparks
Levine Greenberg Literary Agency, Inc.
Twitter: @Kerry_Sparks

Kerry is looking for Young Adult and Middle-Grade fiction, both commercial and literary. She tends to shy away from werewolves, zombies, faeries, and the like, but she’ll read anything with a fresh voice and compelling characters. She is particularly keen on contemporary YA, quirky MG, books with a strong cinematic element.

Drea Cohane
The Rights Factory Literary Agents

Drea is currently seeking: fiction, memoir, crime, non-fiction and YA. Her roster consists of British, American, and Canadian clients. International talent is welcome.

Katie Shea
Donald Maass Literary Agency
Twitter: @AgentShea

Katie specializes in fiction and memoir, especially women’s fiction and commercial-scale literary fiction, and realistic YA. She is most interested in coming-of-age stories and stories of unique relationships.

Elise Capron
Dijkstra Literary Agency
Twitter: @EliseCapron

Elise is interested in serious character-driven literary fiction, well-written narrative nonfiction, and short story collections. (Note: She is not interested in Fantasy, young-adult/middle-grade, picture books, romance, and sci-fi.) She aims to work with writers who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience.

Jodell Sadler
Sadler-Caravette Children's Literary
Twitter: @picturebklunch

Jodell is interested in YA, MG (especially funny), fiction and nonfiction, book proposals, and picture books. She will also coach writers wanting to self publish. She simply loves a well-paced story that moves her between joy and tears.

Corvisiero Literary Agency

Brittany and Michelle are teaming up to look for Adult, YA, and MG manuscripts.

Michelle Johnson
Twitter: @MJsRetweet

Michelle's published one novel, The Footloose Killer, and edited several others for publishing houses and private clients. She also is a Script/Story consultant on an independent film in Halifax, NS, Canada, and enjoys working closely with writers to help them develop their voice and craft.

Brittany Howard
Twitter: @brittanydhoward

When reading, Brittany loves to be introduced to new and interesting people and places. She looks for strong voice, good storytelling, and fascinating relationships between characters—romantic or otherwise. More than anything, she loves when a book surprises her.

There's just one more day to get your applications in for Pitch Wars. Make sure to check out this post here to get all the details.


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