Thursday, December 31, 2015

Year End Finale of 2015 and Goals of 2016

Last year I wrote out a small recap of my year and made some goals; I like the tradition and I liked looking back at what I wrote, so here's my 2015 recap, and 2016 goals!

2015 was a whirlwind of life, and bookish events. Between finding and moving into a new apartment, getting a new job, going to book events, meeting awesome people at said book events, revising my manuscript, querying, and GETTING AN AGENT! This year has been...wow... Just wow.


Total Books Read in 2015:
40!
I had made a very modest goal of reading 25 books in 2015 because I knew I needed to crack down on writing and revising and querying. But there are just too many good books out and I had to read them!


Top Ten Books I read in 2015 (In no Particular order):
The Winner's Crime By Marie Rutkoski
Hidden Huntress By Daniel Jensen
Death Marked By Leah Cypess
Their Fractured Light By Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Drift & Dagger By Kendall Kuper
Six of Crows By Leigh Bardugo
The Orphan Queen By Jodi Meadows
An Ember in the Ashes By Sabaa Tahir
End of Days By Susan Ee
The Weight of Feathers By Ann-Marie McLemore

Accomplishments of 2015:
-I completed revisions, and queried my MS
-Moved into a new apartment
-Got a new job
-Did a bit of painting, and my workplace even has a staff show, so I could display mine!
-Started going to the gym/eating better
-I GOT AN AGENT!

Now...Goals for 2016! 
-Complete self and beta revisions on MS and send to agent
-Complete a new MS
-Keep up going to the gym/eating healthy
-Read 25 books (Again, a modest amount because revisions and writing)
-Do more art
-Go to more bookish events (Starting with ALAMW 2016! )
-Blog More/ be more social
-Finish co-writing Of Smoke and Stardust on Wattpad with Soumi.(This was a last year goal, but didn't get to it. whomp whomp)

Goals that aren't in my control (but a girl can dream!):
Get a publishing deal! :P




Thursday, November 5, 2015

I HAVE AN AGENT!

It's been a journey. That's for sure. I can't even fathom that I'm writing these words. "I have an agent!"
It doesn't feel REAL!  But it's true! And after years reading other author's "How I got my agent" stories, I'm finally...FINALLY writing my own!

I am so very pleased to announce, that I am now represented by the wonderful Christa Heschke at McIntosh & Otis Agency!!!

After years reading other author's "How I got my agent" stories, over thinking every agent's interview and wish list, and daydreaming about the time in which I'll be one of the cool kids from afar....

 I'm finally...FINALLY writing my own! (How many more times can I write "Finally"? We shall see!)

Let's begin, not in 2009, when I first started seriously writing, or last year, but instead when I began querying my current manuscript, THE WICKED AND THE DARK.
I put together a spreadsheet, did my research, stalked all the agents. For months, all I got back was nothing. Form rejections. Nothing. Form rejections.... Then in July... a miracle! Someone wanted my Full MS! Then another person! Then another! Then... nothing..... a Month later, a partial! Another full! Another partial! then.... nothing... 
Things tend to happen in waves. I would get five rejections all on the same day. Then weeks would go by with nothing. then three agents would request material, and then another three weeks I would get nothing. 
Then... suddenly... an Offer!!! I nudged all the outstanding fulls and waited... waited...waited... I got a lot of passing... some regretful notes that they would have offered an R&R is an offer wasn't already on the table... and then... another offer! I had TWO Offers!

I was really blown away by Christa's editorial view on my manuscript. She seemed to really understand what it needed and I loved how she was clearly fully behind it!

Now for some stats, because it made me feel not so alone when I was reading other author's stats.
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The Breakdown
Queries sent: 100
Full Requests: 13
Partial Requests: 4
No responses: 25
Offers: 2
Agents: 1
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I'm so excited to work with Christa on making my manuscript shine the brightest!
This is only the beginning to a long journey, but I'm so ready!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Boston Teen Author Festival

So Right after Mackenzi Lee's Launch party, the Cambridge Public Library had their full Boston Teen Author Festival!

It was a huge event, and I wasn't surprised with the line up of amazing Authors including: Becky Albertalli, David Arnold, Jen Brooks, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, Lori Goldstein, Trisha Leaver, Adam Silvera, Renee Ahdieh, Zoraida Cordova, Kody Keplinger, Mackenzi Lee, Kekla Magoon, Diana Renn, Cindy L. Rodriguez, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Leigh Bardugo, A.C. Gaughen, Melissa Grey, Kendall Kulper, Kim Liggett, Sara Raasch, Anna Banks, Jessica Brody, Emily Franklin, Stasia Kehoe, Jonathan David Kranz, Lance Rubin.

Isn't that a crazy awesome list?! I was especially excited about Renne Ahdieh, and Sara Raasch since they don't come by this way much. 

The doors opened at 10:00 and I was running a bit late, but still got there with Lauren B in time for the Meet the authors Panel. 
The authors were so funny, introducing themselves and giving an odd fact about themselves. Anna Banks had me cracking up, when she said her odd fact was that her leg hair grows so fast, she'd probably have a five'o'clock shadow soon. I've seen Anna Banks on tour before, and she is always so funny and witty. Especially when Paired up with Leigh Bardugo. 
We met up with Molly and Melissa in between the panels and they said the "Inspired by" panel was getting really full, so we headed there. It turns out that the Panel B room is incredibly small, and when we got in there, there was nothing but standing room. 
So lauren and I decided to split up. I stayed in the "Inspired By..." Panel, and she went to the "Author friendships and crit groups." 

You can see that there are people sitting on the floor in the middle too.
After a few minutes, my legs got tired and I decided to jump to Panel A for the "Author Friendships and crit groups." But before that, I bought a few books, including ICE LIKE FIRE! Porter Square books had it out early! It was so great. They also had a Six of Crows Preorder deal going on too.

The Author friendships and Crit group panel was so much fun (And roomier with seats!)
Adam was killing the questions people had, and was rocking some sweet rainbow socks. 

After the Panel, I met up with Molly, Melissa, Melissa G, Melody, and Adrienne for lunch, As we were leaving, we saw a group of Authors come in, and I almost felt star struck lol

But then when we got back and found a nice grassy tuft to eat on. And a while later, those same authors sat right across the way from us. We played it cool though.
Then it was back to the panels! 
The next panel we went to was "The craft". The authors were so funny, playing off each other and making jokes about like their Magic Soft or Hard hahaha  How they write their magic systems and where they get the inspiration for it as well. They also covered the hardest part of coming up wither thier magical rules, especially when writing a second book in the same world. 
After the panel, the signing lines began. Dun dun duuun. And Leigh Bardugo's line was seriously no joke though. I was lucky that I already had her books signed except Ruin and Rising. So I went over to get Ice like Fire and Drift and Dagger signed, then went outside into the hall to get The Wrath and the Dawn Signed. It was crazy crowded and busy, and I had a birthday thing o go to right after, so I made my way out to wait for my ride with Lauren. But since my ride was running late, we got some starbucks and waited in front of the library,where we met up with Melody again. We had split up during the crazy signings. 
Then to our surprise, Leigh Bardugo came out! I called out to her like I wasn't fan-girling inside, and she actually came over and chatted. Turns out she'd been left behind and she was waiting for an uber to bring her to the bookstore. We chatted about Disney world for a bit, until my ride showed up and I had to say good by. I found out later that Molly, Melissa and Melissa G had come by and given her a ride!  Small world :P

It was such a fun time. I loved meeting the authors and other writers/ bloggers, and people I've met on twitter. I hope Boston has more tours and events :) I wish I took more pictures, but it was such a whirlwind, I didn't even think of it!
(Me and my book haul.)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Mackenzi Lee's Launch Party!

So This is a week late, but Last Friday, September 25th, I went to local author, Mackenzi Lee's Book launch party of THIS MONSTROUS THING!


It was held at Porter Square Books, in Cambridge, and it was so much fun! She packed the place with readers and friends.

Mackenzi was a really great speaker. She told us all about her obsession with Mary Shelly and how THIS MONSTROUS THING had come to be.

She also had a super cute set up for delicious cookies and even hot punsch gluhwein!

After she read from her book, and chatted more about history and Mary Shelley, the signing line began. There was a picture booth corner, and coloring for people to have fun at while they waited--the line was LONG! 
 I was lucky enough to get in at the front and get my book signed right in the beginning. This gave me time play in the photo booth with Lauren B!

I also got to see some cool peeps like Molly, Nicole, Melissa, and Akshaya!




Friday, September 18, 2015

Ladies Living Dangerously Book Signing

So I know this is a bit late, but Saturday, September 5th I went to a Pre-show of The Boston Teen Author Fest: Ladies living dangerously, with Erin Bowman (Vengeance Road), Lauria Faria Stolarz, (Return to the Dark House), and Eva Darrows AKA Hillary Monahan, (The Awesome) Held at the Cambridge Public Library.

http://www.cambridgema.gov/cpl/calendarofevents/view.aspx?guid={8F0E949D-AE1F-423B-9036-8B88809FFC07}&start=20150905T130000&end=20150905T150000
The authors had a great panel, and answered a lot of really interesting questions, mainly about female roles in books, the evolving of YA and how it came to be, and feeling the need to include romance in their books.

 
There was deep conversations about feminism an what a "strong female character" entails. And then about violence, grey characters, and overcoming ones fear.
It was such a great panel! Seriously, I wish I recorded it!

 
I also got a picture with the lovely Erin Bowman!
Thanks Melissa Lee for taking the picture! :)

This event was actually a teaser/ pre show for the upcoming Boston Teen Author Fest coming up September 26th. I'm so excited to go. The line up is AMAZING, especially for a YA Fantasy fan like me. Twenty-eight Authors so far are confirmed to go.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Writer's Voice: Query and first 250

Yay! So excited to get into The Writers Voice! Below is my Query and First 250 of my YA Fantasy, The Wicked and the Dark!


Query:

Sixteen-year-old Caetlin Lovelell and her family are carefree socialites by day and ruthless tunnel guardians by night.

The luxurious city of Dorme is filled with lavish parties, sumptuous banquets, sprawling mansions, and is under constant attack from shadeu—flesh-eating shadow monsters that lurk in the tunnels below their city. It’s a steep price to pay, even to live in the city that promises wealth and prosperity to all its residents.

When the shadeu start to come out during the day and work together to kill off guardian leaders, something that wasn’t thought possible, the guardians of Dorme aren’t prepared. The Lovelells’ major rule is: If it doesn’t happen in their territory, it’s not their problem. But then Caetlin’s brother goes missing, and Caetlin and her sisters will do whatever it takes to find him, even if it means breaking all their rules and allying with the potentially dangerous (and attractive) lone guard to do it.


THE WICKED AND THE DARK is a 70,000 word YA Fantasy, with a diverse cast, and series potential. It will appeal to fans of kick-ass heroines and hidden identities such as Jodi Meadow's The Orphan Queen Duology and Leah Cypess’s Death Sworn Duology.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


First 250 Words:

Caetlin steadied her furiously beating heart as she rounded each corner, bracing herself for what would be there. It wasn’t like she wanted to find a body, but Jax had been missing after his patrol for far too long—even for him. 

A frown tugged at Caetlin’s mouth. Something was definitely wrong. Jax liked to play tricks on his sisters, and she didn’t want to jump to conclusions and scare Eloise and Peony, only to have their brother pop up later. But his pranks didn’t typically run this long, and he would never do anything that would leave their patrons unguarded…


Jax wasn’t just their older brother—he was their leader, the family’s first born, the strongest of them all. Caetlin refused to believe he could have been killed by a Shadeu or a rival guard.
"Damn you, Jax." Caetlin growled into the tunnel's dark crevices, the words muffled behind her face mask. 

Not a single Shadeu, the flesh eaters that lived below ground, or opposing cabal member had been spotted the whole time she’d been on watch. It wasn't rare, but it wasn’t common either. There were nights when she had killed ten Shadeu in a single section, and other nights when there were none in any sectors—at least ones under the Three Bells, her cabal's, protection.

Still; her instincts were going crazy and her heart refused to stop pumping a frantic rhythm against her ribs. The air felt electrified with lurking eyes, watching her as she crept through the stone underground corridors.





Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Cover Reveal and First 2 Chapters Launch for OF SMOKE AND STARDUST (On Wattpad)

Today is a big day for me and my CP-and-co-author Soumi Roy :D

If you've checked out my 'writing' page, you might have seen this YA Space opera listed there.
And perhaps you were maybe curious about it.....

WELL, be curious no more! For we're going to be posting it up on Wattpad!



Exciting!!! We've been keeping an eye on Wattpad and it's growth and we think it's the perfect place for a collab like ours :)

First off,  here's the summary :

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While investigating missing teens across the galaxy, Lieutenant Alya Nayer and her Galaxy Hawks crew get word of an illegal fighting arena. They head out to investigate, but what they find is far worse than prohibited boxing matches.

Parker has spent the last two years in a prison that forces the inmates to fight against each other -- not for freedom, but for the entertainment of the rich. When the Hawks show up asking questions, he sees an opportunity to escape and to find his missing brother.

When Alya and Parker have to team up, and work together, personalities clash, and sparks arise.

✧*:・゚✧ *:・゚✧ *:・゚✧ *:・゚✧ *:・゚✧ *:・゚✧ *:・゚✧ 

Does it sound exciting? I hope so!! 

And now... without further ado.......


THE COVER:

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http://www.wattpad.com/myworks/31290385-of-smoke-and-stardust


BAM!!! Isn't it beautiful???
Click the image to go to the Wattpad Page, add it to your read-list and read the FIRST TWO CHAPTERS!


I actually designed the cover myself and I'm really proud of it! Put that degree to use! Ha!

We'll be posting one chapter, bi-weekly, on Wednesdays until it's done!

We're so excited to be sharing this story, and we really hope you like reading it as much as we like writing it!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Year End Finale 2014 and Goals of 2015

 I figured I'd do a year end wrap up and a list of Goals for 2014!

Total Books read in 2014:
53  I reached and exceeded my Goodreads goal of 50! Hurraay

Top Ten  Books of 2014:
In no particular order
-The Winner's Curse By: Marie Rutkoski
-Gate of Thread and Stone By: Lori M Lee
-Stolen Songbird By: Danielle L Jensen
-Death Sworn By Leah Cypess
-Avalon By Mindee Arnett
-Blue Lily, Lily Blue By: Maggie Stiefvater
-This Shattered World By: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
-The Forever Song By: Julie Kagawa
-Ruin and Rising By: Leigh Bardugo
-Cress By: Marissa Meyer

Writing in 2014:
-I queried  MS (The Bound and the Cursed) before shelving it for now
-Completed and revised another MS(Tunnels of Darkness)!

Now for Goals of 2015!

-Get MS back from Betas, revise and revise again and then Query (I would put 'get an agent and a publishing deal,' but those are out of my control, so not proper goals, but dreams, and hopes :P )
-Write a new book, or re-write The Bound and the Cursed
-Complete Of Space and Stardust with my CP and Co-Author
-Read 50 books
-Do more art things

What I would LIKE to do, if I can, but is not a goal:
-Blog more
-Try out booktubing/vlogging

And that's it! Not too much, but I think it's doable.  It'll be fun to look back and see how I did next year :P