You know, in case you were wondering…
How did you get a literary agent?
The old fashioned way: querying. I’ve actually worked with two literary agents. The first offered representation while I was querying my third completed manuscript; she turned out to be a bad match. I signed with my second literary agent, Victoria Marini, a few years ago, and she’s fantastic. You can read more about my experience querying and signing with her HERE.
How do you write a successful query letter?
Query letters are not my strength, but I can point you toward a few excellent resources: YA Highway, author Susan Dennard, Writer’s Digest, publishing guru Jane Friedman, Query Shark, and author Nathan Bransford.
How did your book deal with Swoon Reads come about?
You can read the specifics about why I decided to submit to Swoon Reads HERE, but the short answer is this: I wrote and revised a swoonworthy YA story. Later, I heard a tidbit about Swoon Reads via social media. I researched their inception, business model, editors, and marketing plans before coming to the conclusion that my story, Kissing Max Holden, would be a great fit for the Macmillan imprint. You can read about my publishing journey leading up to the submission of Kissing Max Holden to Swoon Reads HERE.
Can you tell me more about Swoon Reads?
Um… It’s awesome? 🙂 I suggest you check out their About page to get a feel for the Swoon Staffers, as well as their FAQ page, which is a wealth of information. You can also get an idea of the sort of books Swoon Reads publishes by perusing their Selected Books. Interested in submitting your original and complete manuscript to Swoon Reads? Check out the guest blog post I originally wrote for the YA Buccaneers: 8 Lessons I Learned from Submitting My YA Romance to Swoon Reads.
When can I buy/borrow Kissing Max Holden?
It’s in stores and libraries now! There are links to many online retailers on my “Books” page, if you’re interested. You can get a feel for Kissing Max Holden by checking out its Pinterest board HERE.
When can I buy/borrow The Impossibility of Us?
My sophomore novel releases July 31, 2018. I know what you’re thinking: That’s such a long time from now! It is, isn’t it? But publishing is notoriously slow, and there’s a lot that must happen to a story between its initial acquisition and its publication. If you just can’t wait to meet Elise and Mati, you can read a brief excerpt from the book HERE, or visit its Pinterest board HERE.
Is The Impossibility of Us a sequel to Kissing Max Holden?
No, both books are stand-alone novels with different characters and settings. Cookies factor heavily into both stories, though. 😉
Why do you write for young adults?
I’ve never attempted to write anything but young adult fiction! I’m fascinated by the teenage experience, and perhaps more significantly, I adore romance. Stories for young adults are perfect for exploring the many complicated feelings that come with first love.
What are you working on now?
A slew of WiPs in various stages that I’m still holding close…
What are your favorite YA books?
There are so many I love! If I have to pick a few… How to Love by Katie Cotugno, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry, The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, Stolen by Lucy Christopher, the To All the Boys trilogy by Jenny Han, and the Graceling Realm Trilogy by Kristin Cashore. There are many more listed on my Goodreads “Favorites” shelf, too.
What’s your review policy?
As I’m a writer, not a book blogger, I don’t have an official review policy, other than to shout about the books I love. I like to think of my reviews more as recommendations because I believe all stories have an audience. Even when I read a novel that ends up not for me, I can still discern its strengths, and I always choose to emphasize those when I chat about books on my blog.
How long have you been blogging?
Eight+ years… It’s a lot of work, but I enjoy it.
Why do you move so often?
Haha… My husband’s job. We stay in any one place for as briefly as eight months, or for as long as three years. So far, we’ve lived in Washington, Arizona, Tennessee, Arizona (again), Washington (again), California, Florida, and we’re currently in Northern Virginia. This life is an adventure, that’s for sure.
Will you provide feedback on my query/synopsis/manuscript?
I’d love to, but unfortunately my time is limited. I already have a group of savvy critique partners who I trade work with, and my relationships with them are invaluable. I highly recommend finding a similar writing group. Try: Maggie Stiefvater’s Critique Partner Love Connection, How About We CP, Susan Dennard’s CP/Buddy Match-Up, You’re the One That I Want: 2016 Critique Partner Matchmaking, or any number of online writing forums.
Will you provide a blurb for my soon-to-be-published book?
Maybe! Time is an obvious factor, and I only choose to blurb books I genuinely love, but you can certainly email me to inquire.
Will you do an interview for my blog/visit my school/speak on a panel/participate in the event I’m organizing/Skype with my book club/etc?
Thank you for thinking of me! I am open to all publicity opportunities, barring availability. Please email me so we can discuss your proposal.
Where else can I find you online?
Here I am on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr. My Goodreads author page is HERE. You can mark Kissing Max Holden “To Read” HERE, and The Impossibility of Us “To Read” HERE. Kissing Max Holden‘s Swoon Reads page is HERE, and The Impossibility of Us‘s Swoon Reads page is HERE. My Swoon Reads author profile is HERE. You can also find me (and many other 2017 debut authors) at The 2017 Debuts.
Got a question?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll do my best to answer.