CONTEST OPPORTUNITY: Young adult/middle grade novels

Yet another contest? Yes, I’m entering it. I’m also posting a link here so that y’all might consider entering, if you have a YA/MG novel with a strong opening. What the hell . . . nothing to lose but our minds.

A bit of background on the contest: Sponsored by Mary Kole of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, this contest is for young adult/middle grade novels. Send up to the first 500 words. The catch: you must mention her contest and blog on writers’ forums or your blog and send her the links to your posts, among other things. But it’s little enough to ask in order to get your work seen by an agent without the uncertainty of the query wars!

I posted here, on the WRITING2 mailing list, and on the site of the NorthEast Texas Writers’ Organization (NETWO) to be run in the next e-newsletter.

I’m too wiped out from all the real-life events around here to consider taking up the query wars again, so I’m taking a little break. Publishing is changing. The predictions from insiders include more emphasis on blockbusters (as if that’s new!) and less emphasis on any kind of variety or diversity, and a hundredfold increase in self-publishing in all forms. They’re still trying to figure out what the appeal of zombies can possibly be, although they’re going full tilt on all new zombie material. *grin*

I only *LOOK* like a zombie. Promise.


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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