On Operation Awesome, I talk about how happy I am with my small press book deal — even happier than those with bigger deals.
I’ve been writing and reading shorter works lately. I posted my thoughts on why short formats are hot lately and why I’m writing them, and listed a few current anthology calls for submissions.
Operation Awesome: Short Thoughts on Short Formats
In 2009, one of my MG novels went on agented submission. For commiseration (and lots of giddy anticipation), through the magic of the Internet I found a cohort of 10 or 15 other MG and YA writers who were also on agented sub. And guess what? Not one of us sold!
So long, giddy anticipation.
I remain convinced that those strange months at the end of 2009 and beginning of 2010 were a particularly horrendous time to go on sub. And the writers in that cohort have proved it through our progress and perseverance since that time. We’re all still writing. Some of us got new agents. Some of us didn’t. Some of us have sold books or self-published.
My friend R.H. Russell has done it all. She now has two ex-agents and a self-published YA series (The Venture Books) and MG book (Linked, writing as Lisa Alden). She recently capped it all off by negotiating her own two-book deal with Sourcebooks.
I’m so inspired by the way she has taken charge of her own career, and I asked her to guest post about it at Operation Awesome: