My agent posted this Wall Street Journal online article on Facebook today. It’s fascinating. From the article:
Borders, the nation’s second largest bookstore chain by revenue, has also planted its teen flag on Facebook, where it has created a Borders Ink page in hopes of becoming a “source for info on all things teen lit and graphic novels.” One of the lead items posted on Monday featured the Scott Pilgrim series of graphic novels created by Canadian cartoonist Bryan Lee O’Malley.
As a young adult writer starting out, I find this info heartening! And I think it proves that teen lit has selling power. When I was a teen reading Sweet Valley High (Wakefield twins!), I couldn’t imagine that today there would be so many stories out there for young adults.
As the features editor of Rangefinder magazine, I get invited to different photography events. A few months ago, I went to Nigel Barker’s photography exhibit in Los Angeles that featured his work, A Sealed Fate, images of baby seals in Canada. Beautiful work and Nigel is bringing awareness to the fact that baby seals are still hunted for their fur. Very sad.
I got to meet him briefly and spoke to Ali, his PR manager, and set up an interview at the end of July to talk to him about his work, specifically A Sealed Fate. I’m so excited to speak to him and learn more about his photography and charities. And as a fan of America’s Next Top Model, I can’t help but be even more excited.
I went to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince last night at the The Grove. I’ve read and re-read the books several times but it’s been awhile so seeing the movie last night made it seem brand new to me.
I forgot how much I love the characters and the story. Harry all grown up; Ron & Hermoine liking each other; Dumbledore, poor, Dumbledore. And Alan Rickman as Snape is just perfect casting.
I’m also on Book 3 of the Twilight series and I have to say Edward Cullen is one of the best anti-heroes. Makes me fall in love with a vampire.
As I’m (re)writing my own YA book, I’m powerfully aware how challenging it is to create a world of characters. I have to say that these two series are so well done, it’s inspiring. Harry Potter and Edward Cullen are characters you can’t help but love.
Today I had a good chat with my agent Michelle on rewriting pages 1-50 of Sissy. We talked about cutting out one of the narrative voices and streamlining the story. Rewriting is always a bit of a challenge. I hate it and love it. I love it because I am totally comfortable starting over again. As a full-time magazine editor, cutting and rewriting is what I do on a daily basis. But I hate it because it means forcing myself to sit down and tackle the beast called “New Pages.”
Having just moved to the Valley (from a Jersey girl to a Valley girl!), I’ve been exploring the neighborhood with the hubby. Hanging out in Sherman Oaks we found a great shopping place called Handmade Galleries. It’s so cool. Crafty and artsy vendors have booths in the store selling their wares. Like a live Etsy.
I spent an hour wandering and bought a great necklace from Teri Lee Jewelry. I think it’s super cute and it’s nice to have the word “love” around my neck to remind me that I have a lot of love in my life.
Today I interviewed Deborah King, an etiquette expert, for an article I’m writing for a national magazine. This is what I’ve learned about place settings:
- Right = 5 letters. Knife, spoon, drink, and glass are 5 letter words.
- Left = 4 letters. Fork and roll are 4 letter words.
- Don’t move the bread plate. Leave it where it is.
- Think BMW. Bread, meal, water.
I’m pulling the article together tonight to turn in on Wednesday, July 15th. Let the writing gods give me grace under fire.
Links: Deborah King
I make jewelry as gifts. Made my bridesmaids rings and necklaces to wear on my wedding day. As a secret Santa, I made my coworker Shauna some earrings (she wears great earrings) and she said “You should really have a website.” That got me thinking.
So I’m going to start designing some jewelry pieces and other crafts for TypeCraft, my soon-to-be open Esty shop.
Any advice from current Etsy sellers is much appreciated!
I am currently working on a new draft of a young adult novel, Sissy, I wrote back in college. I started the story when I was 19 in a NYU short story class. 11 years ago, my roommate at the time was getting bizarre prank phone calls where a guy would confess strange secrets with her, including, “She used to call me sissy.” I loved that as an opening line. I combined that bit of dialogue with a person I knew in my dramatic writing classes—shy to the point of nonexistence. This guy and this bit of dialogue started Sissy.
I submitted it to the Delacorte Young Adult novel contest and was contacted by an associate editor to work on a rewrite for possible publication. I was 23, and way too overzealous and only spent 2 weeks or so on the rewrite. The manuscript went nowhere.
But it was a big lesson learned. I learned to be more patient as a writer and edit my work better.
11 years later, I signed with a wonderful literary agent a day before my birthday. Michelle Andelman of Lynn C. Franklin Associates.
The first half of the book has been rewritten and I’ve been loving the process every step of the way.