Bad Weather Report

cli-fi, hypercanes and other end times stuff

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comicgeekery asked: How did you keep going when trying to publish Pantomime? I've got a book that I'm trying to get published and it's just so frustrating with the number of people I never hear back from. I want to be a published author more than anything, but I can't even get people to tell me what they didn't like about my story!


Well, I’ll be the first to say that I had a comparatively easy time of it. Pantomime sold to the first publisher to see it, even if I had to wait nearly a year for the answer.

But in my first round of queries to agents, I got a whole lot of nothing. That was mostly because my query was really bad (for those who’ve read the book, the query letter had a whole paragraph about Mr. Illari. WHY—he’s barely in it! Sigh, past self). So if you’re not getting bites, that could be one reason. Or, publishing people are so overworked that they don’t have time for constructive criticism, which is where awesome beta readers come in, to give you honest yet constructive feedback.

Pretty much all writers have had that struggle at the beginning of their career. Maybe it won’t be your first book that gets picked up. And that sucks. But your second book will probably be better because you’ll have learned more. Or your third. Some writers sell their fifth manuscripts. Some their first. Everyone is different.

But you keep trying because good books will find homes. At the end of the day, you can’t control a lot about this industry. All you can do is keep writing in believe in yourself because sometimes, at the beginning, it’ll seem like you’re the only one who does. Everyone who’s been published didn’t give up. They kept writing.

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Here’s a selection of some of the new YA novels hitting the shelves this week (October 21 - 27). For more on new releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our biweekly newsletter!

Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: October 21st
When Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the swamp, a girl named Lenora May returns in his place, and now Sterling is the only person who remembers her brother ever existed.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: October 21st
Blue Sargent has found friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers. The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Famous In Love (Famous In Love #1) by Rebecca Serle
Publisher: Poppy
Release date: October 21st
When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Caught between two co-stars, Paige must figure out who she is while the whole world watches.

Follow Me Through Darkness (The Boundless Trilogy #1) by Danielle Ellison
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release date: October 21st
Less than a year ago, Neely Ambrose believed she could trust the Elders. Sixty days ago, she discovered what they had planned for everyone she loved—and that all of it centered around her. Now she’s on the run through a wasteland.

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
Publisher: Henry Holt
Release date: October 21st
When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white. In the aftermath of Tariq’s death, everyone has something to say.

The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release date: October 21st
To Adara it seemed the ice dragon had always been there. On a calm day, fiery dragons from the North swooped down upon Adara’s home. And only a winter child—and the ice dragon who loved her—could save her world from destruction.

In Her Head, In Her Eyes by Yukimi Ogawa
Publisher: Book Smugglers Publishing
Release date: October 21st
Pot Head, they called her. In a noble house, Island-born Hase is an outcast, ridiculed by her fellow servants and employers because of the sphere that covers her head. Little does the household know that Hase has a mission and a purpose.

Loop (Loop #1) by Karen Akins
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: October 21st
At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, Bree botches a midterm and discovers that a rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers.

The Sorcerer Heir (The Heir Chronicles #5) by Cinda Williams Chima
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: October 21st
The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely. Emma and Jonah are at the center of it all.

Time’s Edge (The CHRONOS Files #2) by Rysa Walker
Publisher: Skyscape
Release date: October 21st
To stop her sadistic grandfather, Saul, and his time travelers from rewriting history and jeopardizing the future of millions of innocent people, Kate must race to retrieve the CHRONOS keys before they fall into the Cyrists’ hands.

(via fuckyeahyoungadultlit)

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Interview-- Trusting your writing instincts, and the science behind The Unhappening of Genesis Lee


There’s a Gate Crashers interview up on Ink & Angst today where you can learn a bit about how I drew on real science to make it possible to store memories in external objects through touch! (Note: when I say “possible,” obviously I mean “fictionally possible.”)

Also, you can find some writing tips for trusting your instincts and not rushing through your writing.