Okay, so you guys were all at WriteOnCon last night for the live chat, right?
You didn't stay glued to your laptop/desktop the ENTIRE time?! Your husband/wife/kids/dog/bathroom break made you look away?! Don't worry, we're here to help. Today, we're each bringing you two things we learned from the live agent/publisher chat at http://writeoncon.com/ last night. (oh, yeah, and they leave it up forever, so if you missed the whole thing, follow the link and watch it at your leisure)
Two things Erica learned:
1. As you get to know Erica, you will realize I (sorry about the change in POV) mentioned a sequel right away. I soon found out that was a huge no-no. Imagine my surprise tonight. Roseanne says to mention it. Just don't pitch it. (this I can do)
2. Contemporary YA, anyone? Everyone on the panel said contemporary has the ability to take over the YA scene in the next 2-5 years. BTW: It takes about 2 years to get a book published. SO SEND CONTEMPORARY YA NOW. Nope, that's not a call for submissions. But I (Erica) sent mine. Have you sent yours?
Two things Christy learned:
1. Well, since we get along so perfectly as blogging partners, it's no surprise our thoughts were in sync last night. Just to add, it was interesting to "read" the differences in opinions between the panelists when the topic of sequels arose. What I took from it was this: it's a very subjective business. And we just have to find the right agent and pitch our book to the right one with the right query. I know I've heard that over and over...but somehow "seeing" it in action tonight was a little, well, comforting. And, since I should find at least one thing different from you, I'll add this here also. I was excited to find that contemporary YA was up and coming (according to the panelists) since my WIP is just that. I'll take motivation in any way/shape/form...keep it comin'.
2. Other items discussed were also interesting because I assumed there were just cut and dry answers for the questions. For example, age groupings for YA, MG, crossovers, and New Adult were delineated, yet opinions varied among the responders. There was also a discussion about literary, commercial, and contemporary fiction, and of course, the panelists "wish to see" lists. Their answers? The usual: show them a hook. Show them a great story. Show them great characters. Oh, and possibly a dystopian or a contemporary w/o the romantic focus. And a plot where there are great stakes for the protagonist. (And one last thing. Make sure your teen sounds like a teen. Not like an adult trying to sound teen. Be careful of hip language that might not be hip tomorrow. I KNOW you know that. I'm just telling you what they said in case you missed that part.)
Got it? Go write. Write, write, write!
Except I'm going to bed. I mean work. (Stayed up too late last night.) *yawns*
So, what did you learn? Or, is there a question you wanted to ask, but couldn't? Leave it in the comments and we'll see what we can do to help!