15 4 / 2014

amyspalding:

elockhartbooks:

wordbookstores:

rachelfershleiser:

"That was when I decided to take seriously the person I actually am rather than try to be a person whom others define as serious. Leaving academia to write fiction for children and teenagers was a return to that person I had been — the one who laughed easily, who liked makeup and baking and dance. I stopped being afraid of being thought silly or weak and instead pushed myself to be more than competent at the things I loved best to do. I am true now to what brings me joy and to what I do well — and most of the time, to hell with the rest."
(via E. Lockhart on embracing the young adult inside her - latimes.com)

More reasons to love E. Lockhart. 

Thanks for posting, Rachel. This was from the LA Times, and I wrote it for the Book Festival paper.

I love this piece by E. Lockhart because I used to try so hard to be a serious writer. I thought to write a novel it had to be A Novel. I thought if it wasn’t The Great American Novel, I might as well not bother.
And then I read authors including E. Lockhart who made me realize I wasn’t actually a serious person. I wanted to write girlie books. I wanted to write about boys and kissing and clothes and I still wanted to imbue my work with feminism and joy and love and other big ideas I care a lot about.
Blah blah blah once I did that I finished a book and got an agent. Blah blah blah now those two books that came out of my decision to just be myself are in stores. Blah blah blah just be yourself. You are a great you.

I always say, write the book you have to write, not what anyone tells you you should write.

amyspalding:

elockhartbooks:

wordbookstores:

rachelfershleiser:

"That was when I decided to take seriously the person I actually am rather than try to be a person whom others define as serious. Leaving academia to write fiction for children and teenagers was a return to that person I had been — the one who laughed easily, who liked makeup and baking and dance. I stopped being afraid of being thought silly or weak and instead pushed myself to be more than competent at the things I loved best to do. I am true now to what brings me joy and to what I do well — and most of the time, to hell with the rest."

(via E. Lockhart on embracing the young adult inside her - latimes.com)

More reasons to love E. Lockhart

Thanks for posting, Rachel. This was from the LA Times, and I wrote it for the Book Festival paper.

I love this piece by E. Lockhart because I used to try so hard to be a serious writer. I thought to write a novel it had to be A Novel. I thought if it wasn’t The Great American Novel, I might as well not bother.

And then I read authors including E. Lockhart who made me realize I wasn’t actually a serious person. I wanted to write girlie books. I wanted to write about boys and kissing and clothes and I still wanted to imbue my work with feminism and joy and love and other big ideas I care a lot about.

Blah blah blah once I did that I finished a book and got an agent. Blah blah blah now those two books that came out of my decision to just be myself are in stores. Blah blah blah just be yourself. You are a great you.

I always say, write the book you have to write, not what anyone tells you you should write.

14 4 / 2014

If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you on Saturday at WonderCon in Anaheim! I’ll be appearing on an “Ask An Agent” panel with fellow literary agents Holly Root and Michael Bourret, and we’d love to see you. Saturday at 5:30 in room 208, on the second level of the convention center. I’ll be the one loaded down with new superhero gear for my babies!

12 4 / 2014

naturallysteph:

Los Angeles! 

If you’d like an ANNA/LOLA/ISLA tote bag (one of these), here’s how to get one THIS SUNDAY APRIL 13th at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books:

(1) Print the above image. Not the one with my cat. The other one.

(2) Fill out your name and email address.

(3) Hand it to me at the festival.

If you’re one of the first ten people to hand it to me, you’ll get a tote bag! Right there and then!

If you aren’t … no worries. You’ll still have a chance to win one. I’ll place the remaining entries into a new giveaway—a drawing—and I’ll randomly select two winners. I’ll email the winners next week.

Where to find me at the festival:

• Walking around. Of course!

• 1 PM: Signing (with Rachel Hawkins) at the Penguin/Pages booth #707. This is your best bet. Please wait in the signing line and hand me your entry when you reach the front.

• 3 PM: Panel on the YA Stage with Emery Lord, Joanna Philbin, and Amy Spalding. Please do not approach me while the panel is in session, but feel free to approach me before or after.

Hope to see you soon!

11 4 / 2014

Being my friend has its perks. Or something.

  • 1: *reads friend's forthcoming novel*
  • 1: So I'm fantasy casting a CW show based on your book . . .
  • 2: Oo-okay.
  • 1: I'm picturing the love interest as Actress X. Here's a link.
  • 2: Yep. Done.
  • 1: And the hero . . . maybe Actor Y?
  • 2: That could work.
  • 2: Are you making a list?
  • 1: Of course I'm making a list.
  • 2: Someone might actually ask me this at some point.
  • 1: Yes! Now you have an answer when someone asks 'Who would you cast?'!
  • 2: I always thought I'd say 'I have no idea, I've never looked.'
  • 1: Well, that was BEFORE YOU KNEW ME.
  • 2: YES. Now I can be like, 'Oh my friend Kate has a LIST.'

01 4 / 2014

Click through to Steph’s blog to win a signed copy of the amazing SALVAGE!

31 3 / 2014

lazybookreviews:

“I met that girl today,” I told my aunt-mom later that afternoon. “She’s real.” My aunt-mom sighed. “I guess it’s time we finally told you the truth.” She finally told me the truth, and I had to spend some time accepting it. It changed everything I thought I knew. Who could I even trust now?

“The locket I’ve had ever since I was a baby?” I said, wearing my favorite pair of beat-up Converse sneakers. “But what does that have to do with the prophecy?” It turns out, pretty much everything.

“But I don’t have any cousins,” I said. My dad, who I thought had just given up on life after my mom died but it turns out was actually protecting me from a terrible secret, shook his head. “You have more cousins than you could possibly have imagined, and they’re all terrible. You come from a long line of terrible, magical people.”

“But I’m just a regular teen,” I cried. “My room is messy and I like cereal.”

Hahahahahahahahahaha! *sighs, cries* Every other query…

31 3 / 2014

maureenjohnsonbooks:

Let me get this started WAY UP TOP here with the headline. THE SHADOW CABINET, the third book in the Shades of London series, is now coming out on MARCH 5, 2015. That’s in the United States. Dates in other countries will follow, and I’ll post them as soon as I get them.

News and promises of even more news soon!

29 3 / 2014

Check me out quoted in Publishers Weekly!

Kate Schafer Testerman of KT Literary spoke to the locality of what different international publishers are looking for, saying that “what’s working in your market is different than what’s working somewhere else.” But she also recognized an overall trend toward realism over fantasy and dystopia, as well as a resurgent interest in middle-grade during the past two or three Bologna fairs.

However, a declining interest in dystopia doesn’t mean that all futuristic books are out. Testerman was talking up Alexandra Duncan’s Salvage, out in April from Greenwillow, which she described as a “feminist, multicultural, kickass adventure.” The book has a futuristic setting, but it isn’t dystopia, and Testerman believes that makes a difference. “What people are tired of is the collapse of society,” she said. “This is near-future that’s taking technology to the next level.” Polish rights have sold, and she’s in talks for German and British rights.

29 3 / 2014

Check out the latest About My Query post!

28 3 / 2014