Brenda is Awesome
I’m thrilled to be able to share the cover of my amazing BFF Brenda Drake’s TOUCHING FATE coming from Entangled Teen Crave! I’m so excited for her because she has two books coming out in less than 6 months and no one deserves it more than she does. So… let’s get to it, shall we?
… HERE WE GO!!!
by Brenda Drake
Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City
Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn’t. Aster
discovers she has a veryunscientific gift—with a simple touch of the
cards, she can change a person’s fate.
Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs
in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth
birthday—and Reese’s is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself
from his inevitable death…only to find the one person who can save him.
doesn’t know that the hot Dutch guy she’s just met needs her help–or that he’s
about to die.
worst of all…she doesn’t know that her new gift comes with dark, dark
consequences that can harm everyone she loves.
About the Author Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at schooluntil her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of hereccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was onlyfitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward thefantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
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Hi Everyone! I’m so excited cause today I get to help reveal my bestie Brenda Drake’s cover for LIBRARY JUMPERS (along with some awesome other people and thanks to YA Bound Book Tours). I remember the first time I read LJ, it was a few years ago and I adored it. To see it become a real book is such an amazing moment. I’m proud and honored to call Brenda my friend and I’m thrilled for the world to read her beautiful words ;o) So let’s get to it!!!
Here we go!!
YAY!! HERE IT IS!!!
(Isn’t it GORGEOUS?)
by Brenda Drake
Release Date: 01/05/16
Summary from Goodreads:
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.
Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.
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It’s Pitch Wars! WHOOO!!! This year I’ll be taking YA only!
It’s that time again where Brenda Drake and crew fill our email boxes with amazing words. I had so much fun with my mentees last year. They were amazing and I got to have kind of a two-in-one deal. I chose their MS because it was the one that haunted me, the one that if I didn’t pick it, I would regret it. It had me so captivated. And you know what? I had no idea I wanted it until I saw it. It wasn’t in a sub-genre that I was particularly looking for. It’s SO hard to know what you want until you see it. So just because a mentor says what they want, does NOT mean that if you don’t fit that taste mold that they won’t love yours.
So a little about me. I’ve been writing for over 8 years in total–3 years in pursuit of publication. My writing is represented by the amazing Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis (check out the new website!). I began in publishing as an intern for the incredible Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. Louise taught me (and continues to teach me) a lot of what I know about the industry and writing/editing. I was also an associate editor at Entangled Publishing where I had the opportunity to work with some amazing authors and edit with the talented Liz Pelletier and Stacy Abrams. I’ve learned a lot over the years about publishing, queries, voice, and most recently, story structure that I’m eager to share with my mentee(s). I’m a blog contributor for the YA Misfits and All the Write Notes. I love Lions and University of Michigan football, alternative music, going to concerts, singing, reading, good movies, and playing my guitar (when I can). I’m starting to think my spirit animal is a sloth. And I’m okay with that.
Now for the fun stuff.
I was asked a few questions on twitter. So here are my answers. I like chips over chocolate. I’m definitely #TeamLogan and #TeamPacey. I like character-driven stories over plot-driven. I think that covers the questions I received. Keep ’em coming!
What I’d love to see… in the YA category
This is always the hardest part for me. The truth is… I don’t know. I know what my tastes are like. I love YA contemporaries, lyrical writing like Maggie Stiefvater. I love stories about football, music, love interests who antagonize each other then fall for each other. Specifically, DIVERSITY – Multicultural, LGBT, disabilities – physical or mental (I have a few myself), whatever you got. There has to be TENSION and STAKES, CONFLICT. There needs to be a romance. I’d like to say I can hang with any story even without some type of romance but I’d be lying. I need it. YA needs it. Don’t scrimp on that. That doesn’t mean have them kiss on page 14. Have them almost kiss a few times then kiss somewhere around 60% or so, then tear them apart [insert evil laugh]. I want to stay up late reading your story. Torture me. Make me angry at you for not giving me what I want right away. Make me CARE about your characters. MAKE ME LAUGH. I love laughing so if your MC is funny AND has emotional baggage that’s a total win for me. Please no verse or lots of world building. And keep the info dumps in those beautiful brains of yours. Nothing really scares me off except people eating people. Horror – yes, Thriller- yes. Fantasy – yes, Sci-Fi – yes. I do love Dystopian but agents are shying away from it right now, so… unless it breaks the mold completely, I would submit something else. Same for paranormal romance. As I say every year, GREAT WRITING trumps anything I write in this bio.
What do we want?! VOICE. When do we want it?! ALWAYS!
My ideal love interest – Stiles Stilinski from Teen Wolf (if you’re not watching it, you’re missing out) – Why do I love him? Stiles is goofy, funny, sweet, loyal, smart. He’s kind of the whole package, folks. He makes you love him. Also, throw in some Mr. Darcy and you’ve got a dangerous combo.
My mentoring style
I’m pretty blunt when it comes to editing. I will say exactly what I think is missing and what I believe will help, even if it’s something that seems ridiculous (like changing your love interest – it happened, ask Linda). This does not mean you need to change anything. Feel free to tell me no. If I strongly believe something will help your story, I will push you to try to think differently. That’s our role–to guide you through this process. Many have pushed me to explore other opportunities in my stories. Sometimes I listened, sometimes I didn’t. Sometimes I was wrong and ended up changing it later. I will mostly point out big picture stuff; motivations, plot holes, structure issues, character arcs. As I say every year I do Pitch Wars, this will be a partnership. I want to work with you to make your story the best it can be.
QUERIES – Read your query and pages out loud. Read it as a reader would on the back of the book. Would you want to read your story? What is it about your story that you like best? Use that.
- Make sure to infuse your voice in your query (as hard as that is), that is what makes them stand out.
- White space is your friend. Push that return button to emphasize an important line or phrase.
- Pay attention to the structure. Don’t forget to tell us what will happen if the MC doesn’t reach their goal! Less is more.
- The only purpose of a query is to get us to READ MORE. That’s it. It’s a sales pitch for your book. You don’t need the kitchen sink.
PAGES – Your first line should introduce your voice as well as the tone of the MS. Make sure you snag us right away. Don’t bog us down in description and info dumps; it’s okay if we don’t know your MC yet, we shouldn’t! Just make them interesting and unique enough that we keep reading.
- Pay attention to the rhythm of the words too. Do they flow? Are there any awkward phrases? Look for sentences that are trying too hard, or repeat the same thing as the line before (I do this a lot).
- Check your dialogue. Does it sound authentic? Do they sound like real people/creatures/robots etc.? Read the lines out loud too.
- Make sure the actions you write are really possible. If you have your MC performing some crazy, flip-turn combo, make sure it’s something they can realistically do–in your world, of course.
- Most of all, don’t censor yourself or think about someone reading it yet. That’s where a lot of writers get hung up. Just let your voice shine.
That’s all I got for now, feel free to find me on twitter @ericamchapman if you have anything specific to ask. I’m thrilled to join the Pitch Wars team for the third time! Be sure to check out the awesome agents and my amazing fellow mentors to see what they’re looking for! GOOD LUCK!!!
For submission guidelines, please go to www.brenda-drake.com!
Stay cool, rockers!
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I’m SO excited cause my bestie Brenda Drake’s birthday is today!! Oh, wait. Something else is happening. We get to see her cover for LIBRARY JUMPERS too!!
AND it’s Friday!!
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Mar22, 2012 |
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I hope you are all doing well! It’s feelin’ like July out there!! I’m not complaining…
So. I got some amazing news tonight. After a conversation full of “No way’s?” and “I’m so excited’s,” I am now an intern for Awesome Agent, Louise Fury at L. Perkins Agency!! Our story is one of mutual loves (Divergent & deep dish pizza) and thanks to my friend, the uber cool, Brenda Drake, Ms. Fury and I connected and *poof* An Intern was born.
I sure hope I can live up to that picture over there.
I’m THRILLED to have this opportunity. I keep wondering if someone is playing a trick on me. *looks under the chair*
So after a lengthy, informative and downright awesome conversation with Ms. Fury, I learned a TON! And I’ll mention, that Giordanos’ Chicago deep dish pizza came into the conversation and one of us ordered it online and is having it delivered tomorrow! LOL. It’s not me, sadly. ‘Cause I had to look up how to spell it and it totally made me hungry for one. Also, I called it Ghirardelli (which in a strange coincidence I also had to google how to spell) on the phone with her. You know, the chocolates? Whoops. AND now I want chocolate.
Okay. So before I get too off topic – it’s been known to happen… HA.
10 things I’ve learned about being a lit agent intern for 10 minutes…
1. Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t gain something from social media. From meeting Brenda in 2010 to DM’ing with Ms. Fury, it all happened online.
2. Louise Fury knows her stuff.
3. Agents have just as hard of a time waiting as we do. Who knew? Makes sense if you think about it.
4. If an agent asks for your manuscript, send it as soon as possible. Agents may not have the same amount of time to read it as they did when they first asked. (Does that make sense? I had to read that sentence twice.)
5. Agents are people, like you and me. I felt SO comfortable talking to her. She is so nice and thoughtful.
6. She told me my writing will improve by reading for her. So, if you see writers’ work in workshops or blogs, like the After the Madness Workshop or Miss Snark’s First Victim Blog it may help YOU as much as them ;o)
7. Clients come first. But, every writer is important.
8. There are a lot of people paying someone to query for them??? WHY?
9. Certain things about your query will stand out. I remember titles more than the writing, but she remembers certain phrases and if someone has a unique of writing something.
10. There ARE people that will help you. There ARE people who want to see you succeed.
I’m seriously SQUEEING about this opportunity and I will share what I learn along the way! She’s actually encouraging me to, which is totally cool. I think this goes without saying, but I feel the need to say it. I won’t share any specifics about manuscripts. Or really anything about them. My posts will be about my journey into the world of interning and other stuff. I can’t wait!
What do you think? Anything you can add about how you feel about the industry? Have you interned before? I could probably add some more, but 10 and 10 had a nice ring to it ;o)
What’s coming up…
Staring Monday March we’ll be having some guests in our mosh pit! Two different writers each day next week (maybe longer) will share their work with us. I’ve been asked to critique their first 250 words and you can too! Awesome bloggers, Shelley Watters, Brenda Drake & YAtopia are participating too! So check back on Monday to see what happens ;o)
Wow. That post was like a journey. Seriously, all the links and the googling of words I can’t spell. Whew! Are you as tired as I am? I know, I’m lame. People blog every day and have more links than me. It could have something to do with the American Idol in the background… Go Phillip Phillips & Colton!!
Have a great rest of the week. We’ll see you on Monday!
pic credit http://www.culpwrit.com/2012/02/16/intern-search-season-begins-early/