I hope you read the title of this post with the appropriate intonation. Sure, I could have gone with the Kirk Douglas classic, but frankly this image works better for me. Speaking of which, if you haven’t seen That Thing You Do, you’re missing out, and you should probably get on that if we’re going to be friends.
So if you’ve visited my site before, you might realize it looks a little different. Thanks to Amazing Web Designer of Wonder, Tessa Elwood, at ipopcolor.com, my header now includes my NOT AT ALL SEEKRIT pen name, Ellie Cahill.
Ellie Cahill? you ask. Yes, that’s right, I now contain multitudes!! I bet you have questions. Allow me to direct your attention to the FAQ below…
Q: Who’s Ellie Cahill?
A: Me! Also, the author of PIECES OF ME, a New Adult book I wrote.
Q: What’s New Adult?
A: It’s a relatively new category fiction (notice I said category, not genre). New Adult books feature characters who are between the ages of 18-25 who are going through the early stages of independence. Stories tend to focus on college, or the years right after college when you’re getting your first grown-up job, and the stakes in relationships are higher than ever before. Just like Young Adult is a category that encompasses all genres (sci-fi, paranormal, contemporary, historical, etc.), New Adult stories can be any genre.
Q: So, what’s PIECES OF ME?
A: You can learn more about it on my NA books page. It’s coming out February 24, 2015 from Ballantine. Here’s the Publisher’s Marketplace announcement from back in February:
Q: Why a new name?
A: There are a lot of reasons writers use pen names. Sometimes it has to do with keeping young readers for stumbling onto books that aren’t appropriate for them. Sometimes it’s to “fit in” better with the genre, because your publisher wants a different identity than the one other publishers use, or because your real name is impossible to spell or pronounce…ahem.
Q: Hey, I loved ASK AGAIN LATER, will I like PIECES OF ME?
A: If you like my YA books because they stop at the smoochy-smooching level, probably not. But if you’re an over 18 type person who likes a little more smexy in your reading, then you probably will.
Q: I’m a grown-up type person, can my teenager read your New Adult book?
A: That is totally up to you and your teenager to decide! When in doubt, I always suggest you read a book yourself before you make up your mind.
Q: Does this mean you’re not going to write any new Liz Czukas books?
A: Heck no! I want to write ALL THE THINGS ALL THE TIME! I’m just excited to have the chance to write more!
Q: Do I come here for Ellie Cahill news/information?
A: You bet. Even if you type elliecahill.com into your browser, you’ll end up here.
Q: Where can I get the new book?
A: Nowhere yet. It will be available as an ebook and a trade paperback in February of next year. I’ll keep you updated on where to get it as I get more details. In the meantime, you can add it to your Goodreads list. You can also sign up for newsletter in the sidebar and get all the info dropped right into your very own inbox. Or check back here, on Twitter, or Facebook. (Did you notice my pretty social media buttons up top? How awesome is Tessa?)
And don’t forget TOP TEN CLUES YOU’RE CLUELESS will be out on December 11, 2014!
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Today is the day! I’ve been waiting for this for so long!!
You can finally see the cover to ASK AGAIN LATER over at YA Highway! Many many thanks to the ladies over there for being such excellent hostesses and generally excellent people.
Now get over there and gaze, people! Gaze!!
Happy Memorial Day, Blogiverse!
I’ve again returned from an arduous journey tramping through the wilds of the Internet Jungle, collecting rare specimens to display here in my own little corner of the world. I bring you…Link-a-Palooza!
First, in case you missed it, agent Mandy Hubbard took herself a little trip to New York and had a sit-down with dozens of editors. What did she ask them? The same question we’d all like to ask them: What are you looking for? And then she went and put it all in the Epic Post on YA/MG Trends. Read, memorize, and go forth informed. But remember–DON’T CHASE TRENDS. This is just to help you know where to market your current projects. Chasing trends will only end in heartbreak.
Next, agent Natalie Fischer (a.k.a. Princess Unicorn CEO) has some great revision suggestions with even more links to other revision posts on her blog. Read it and weep. Then do what she says even though you want to cry, because she’s right.
The Intern continues to impress me with her thoughtful posts from the safety of anonymity. Her Thoughts on Universals will make you think long and hard about what you’re writing. And you will be grateful.
If you don’t already know Hannah Moskowitz, you obviously haven’t been reading my blog very long. But even if you’re old pals with Hannah, you should read her post on creating the playlist for her latest book, Invincible Summer. She has a particular fondness for covers in her book playlists and I found the greatest site for finding those amazing covers that just may inspire a new scene, book, or who knows what. The Site of Awesomeness Covered in Awesome-Sauce is Cover Me where you can find the most unusual covers you’ll ever here. Just be warned: You may lose a lot of hours to browsing this site.
And finally, your moment of zen. Watch it to the end. Trust me.
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May23, 2011 |
Filed in:bragging,Florida,inspiration,internet stalking,links to other blogs,process,publication,writing,Young Adult
This weekend, I got the only news I can think of that might excite me more than getting a publishing contract of my very own:
My awesome crit partner, best-friend-I-never-met, future-superstar, natural redhead, and all-around cool person Jessica Souders sold her amazing book RENEGADE to Tor Teen!!!
Seriously, I could not be more excited for her if she was chosen to be the Princess of Florida (that’s a thing, right?). And I could not be more excited that soon all you people are going to get to read her story. This thing is going to blow your mind.
Here’s the announcement from Publisher’s Marketplace:
Jessica Souders’s RENEGADE, about a female assassin in an underwater Utopia who realizes her memories have been altered and her mind and body aren’t under her own control, to Melissa Frain at Tor, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, by Natalie Fischer at Bradford Literary Agency (World English). Translation:
Are you in? You’re so in.
So now, your job is to go fan up. Trust me, you’re going to want in on this when this story hits the shelves. You’re going to want in on it early so you can make like a hispter and say you totally heard about it before anyone else.
How was your weekend?
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**Many apologies to any of you who already came to this half-finished meme which posted automatically without my knowledge! I would never be such a jerk, I swear it!
Writers love How I Got My Agent stories as much as 20-somethings love proposal stories. And far be it from me to keep you all in suspense, so here is my story.
I started querying my latest project back on November 1, 2010 (I was hoping to slip into a lighter querying period while NaNoWriMo was going on). I started small, with 5 or so queries, and tried ever so hard to be patient. The responses were good! Of course, I got the expected rejections, but I was also getting requests. I was sending out partial and fulls with every appendage crossed and checking my email like I was getting paid by the ‘Refresh.’
Finally, on a Friday in January, I got The E-mail. It was from a lovely agent who wanted to schedule a phone call with me for the following Tuesday. I read it, closed it, went back to what I was doing for a few minutes, came back, read it again and went on like that until I’d read the message about 4 times. Then, I was finally able to respond (with minimum exclamation points, I might add) and we set up a call for the following week.
I spent the weekend tied in knots trying to tell myself it could be a revise & resubmit call, but knowing in my heart it wasn’t. We talked, and it went well. Very well, in fact. I was excited and dizzy when I got off the phone.
Like a good little writer who spends all her time reading blogs and Twitter, I knew my next move was to notify everyone who still had a manuscript. There were nine notifications in all, and they all promised to get back to me by my one week deadline (I couldn’t stomach waiting for two. I would have imploded). A couple of them made me promise not to accept an offer before they could respond. And one, it turned out, had already read my partial just days before and was waiting for her second reader to finish it before asking for the full. She wanted the full ASAP.
On Friday of that week, I got my second call (from the agent who had read the partial and asked for the full). She’d stayed up to an ungodly hour finishing my manuscript and her second reader did the same the next day. Although my heart was slightly lower than my throat this time, I was still as nervous as they come as we talked. It was another great call, and that meant I had a very tough decision to make. I also had a few days to go until my deadline.
The day of my deadline was actually one of the best days I’ve had as a writer. Because although most of the remaining agents decided to step aside, they sent me some of the most complimentary and encouraging rejections I’ve ever received.
Ultimately, I had to base my decision on gut instinct. Who “got” my work better? Who had a more compelling vision of my future career as a writer? Who had more confidence she could sell my project?
It wasn’t easy. Both agents who offered representation were great. The decision was a matter of degrees, and a certainly “feeling” I got during out phone call. Sending a message to the other agent declining her offer was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.
So, it pleases me something fierce to announce that I have signed with Laura Bradford of The Bradford Literary Agency. Laura is amazing! (And you should totally follow her on Twitter if you don’t already). She’s funny, excited about my work and ready to dig into the submission process as soon as we can get everything ready. I am so happy to be working with her I could just burst!
Please wish me luck as I head into the next phase of my writing life!
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Last night, I noticed a few comments on Twitter that were part of a larger #querychat. I don’t know how it came up, or what the other commenters had to say, but literary agent Jill Corcoran made her case for not reviewing books on-line.
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Sure, you can find endless blog posts from Agents, Publishers, Writers both Published and Unpublished on how to query. What makes a good query letter? How do I know which agents to query? What not to do with your query letter. It’s all been covered. Maybe someday I’ll amass you all a nice omnibus list of great query resources.
But, as I have recently become a querying machine, I have a few more practical tips. Things you might not think of when you’re starting out writing your letters. Things that will make your life easier.
THINGS I LEARNED THE HARD WAY
1. Create a Draft Query: No matter what e-mail program you use (I use G-mail) there should be a place to save a draft. Put your query letter in that spot without anyone in the To: field. Why? Because e-mail programs sometimes do some quirky formatting stuff, and if you get it all right the first time, you can copy and paste it into a new message whenever you’re ready.
2. File Names: Save your completed manuscript with a properly formatted cover page (in Word 97/2000 format, please–a.k.a. .doc NEVER EVER EVER .docx). In the header, put your e-mail address on the left side. On the right side of the header put TITLE / PAGE NUMBER. I personally put my last name on the right side as well, but to each his own. Just make sure you’ve got contact information available all the time. Name the file LastName_ManuscriptTitle_Full Manuscript
3. Other Essential Files: From the completed manuscript, create a new document for each of the following:
- The first 3 chapters
- The first chapter
- The first 50 pages
- The first 5 pages
- The first 10 pages
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Oct06, 2010 |
Filed in:blogging,contest,interesting,links to other blogs,nerds,process,publication
It’s been a while, so I thought I’d give you all a round-up of some of the great stuff I’ve stumbled onto through Twitter and my own procrastinating. Them interwebs is the greatest thing to EVAH happen to procrastination.
Blogs to read:
Ten Commandments for Working with Your Agent from Steven Laub’s blog.
250 Chances from the Storyflip blog. A fine piece on the importance of the first 250 words of your story, and how to screw it up.
The Dictionary of Jack: Literally in which Jack discusses the abuses of the word literally in the English language.
And speaking of abusing language–here’s Hank Green’s STOP EMBARRASSING YOURSELF on the vlogbrother’s vlog. If you haven’t already discovered the wonder of the vlogbrothers, now would be a great time to start!
And then, for a dose of fun: Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake do A History of Rap backed up by The Roots and just plain tickle the hell out of me. Go enjoy! (You’ll want speakers)
Find anything good lately? Share it in the comments!
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Jun25, 2010 |
Filed in:critique,editing,patience,process,publication,revisions,The Sorbet Guy,writing
The key to revisions is feedback. Without it, you can only see so much. In the case of THE SORBET GUY, I got lots of wonderful, cheerleading feedback from readers who loved the story. But, I knew it was too short, and I knew there was a reason it wasn’t grabbing the interest of any agents. Luckily, one agent gave me major editorial notes on the complete manuscript. Of course, that hurt, but he had a lot of good ideas.
With all of that information in mind, and having let the manuscript get some distance and maturity in an oak barrel (or, I didn’t touch it for well over six months while I wrote another novel, revised a second, and started a third) I went back to it ready for some neutral assessment and adjustment.
Over the next few blogs, I’m going to discuss each stage of the process that I went through. For today, I’ll just give you the rough outline.
2. I did rewrites and sent each chapter to two designated beta readers as I went along. One was a fabulous detail reader, who always took me to task on failure to show emotion and action. The other is unbeatable for big picture stuff.
3. If my betas found any issues that would affect the progress of the manuscript from that point, I paused to revise. Most of their suggestions, however, were stuffed back into that oak barrel to wait for my final draft.
5. Finally, I started back at beginning to do final draft.
So, we’ve got our work cut out for us as I go through this series. And when we’re done, I’ll talk about the querying process. Because I sincerely hope to be well into that stage by the time I finish telling all of you about this.
Hope you get something out of it!