I’ve read this book and I LOVED it!! Releases 3/18/14
In my TBR pile: UNDER THE EGG by Laure Marx Fitzgerald
#MGLit, love a fun mystery
Drawing on her art history degrees from Harvard and Cambridge Universities, Fitzgerald masterfully blends historical facts from the art world, the Renaissance, and World War II to create an enthralling mystery around one of the most monumental treasure hunts in history.
Kirkus Reviews says of the book, “If Dan Brown of The Da Vinci Code wrote middle-grade novels, this would be the one.”
Publishers Weekly said: “Fans of From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler will find this another delightful lesson in art history.” In the spirit of the bestselling novel Chasing Vermeer, UNDER THE EGG sweeps the reader up in an art-filled adventure for all ages.
The much anticipated movie, The Monuments Men, starring George Clooney and Matt Damon, focuses on the same incredible rescue mission that took place during World War II. With the movie releasing close to UNDER THE EGG’s publication, there is certain to be great interest in the subject this spring.
Grover and Lauren Graham work together to become authors!
(Their story is about a dill pickle.)
This is me, writing every day. Without the muppet, but still, very similar.
Happy Women’s History Month: Here are some great YA reads about strong feisty female characters!
New #yalit title from Scholastic
2 new horror titles
A new one from Kiersten White
Oh - and Sharks!
I’m always so surprised when I see one of my books in a tumblr post. Pleasantly surprised, of course.
More Young Adult Books Being Released in 2014!
No, legitimate agents will never ask for any fees from you upfront. If someone does want you to pay something before any work is sold, run the other way!
Agents earn their money by selling your project(s), negotiating contracts, and lots of other business kinds of things. The standard commission is 15% of the author’s earnings. Most authors and agents don’t meet in person before they form a partnership, and some may not meet for years afterwards. I’m in Oregon, my agent is in New York - I think we’ve met twice in the seven years we’ve been working together. There are generally e-mails and phone calls, however, once the agent has requested and read a manuscript and then offers representation. It’s important to ask lots of questions, to make sure you’re going to feel comfortable working with this person.
www.agentquery.net is a good web site that you can join to find names of agents, learn about the querying process, see which authors are represented by which agents, etc.
One last note of my own: make sure your manuscript is as good as it can be before you start querying agents. After all, you only have one shot at making a good first impression. Join a critique group, if you can, and get feedback. Organizations like www.SCBWI.org are good for this kind of thing.