Moving on

Monday, September 3, 2012


On this fascinating sojourn to find a publisher for CRAZY, my Young Adult novel written in verse, I find myself launching into new territory.  Backing up a bit, I have worked with an agent for the past year and-a-half to no avail.  While she loves my book and has found a publisher who also claims to love my book, no contract offer has been made, and the hope of one coming in any time soon is fast waning. The tight state of the writers' market these days, particularly for Young Adult fiction, is a whole topic for another day's discussion.  

But getting back to the here and now, my agent has become a friend and advocate who has agreed to look over any contract offers I might land on my own and to help with foreign rights should this book ever make it to the shelves.  So I find myself once again polishing up the queries and cranking out the submission lists, something I mistakenly thought I could abandon forever once I landed that agent.  

My intention here is not to invite you to a pity party, but to join me in a new venture which is the exploration of e-publishing and alternative markets.  As luck would have it, one of the first days out on this new trail I snagged the interest of Tod Davies,, publisher of Exterminating Angel Press and its e-magazine by the same name.  And no, neither she nor her site is about eliminating heavenly beings, and I'll leave it up to you to discover the origins of this unique name.  She has invited me to share some of my work from CRAZY. If you will go to and click on EAP: The Magazine at the top, my piece called "Beth's Opinion" is listed in the column on the right.  It wouldn't hurt my feelings if you "liked" it and I will love to receive comments here, since that option is not open on the site.

Thanks for joining me on this arduous but ever-fascinating journey!  


  1. The poem is wonderful. Even if I have read it several times already and even if I am one of your biggest fans--your ability to capture emotions, and actions, and EVERYTHING in such sparse language and all in a WHOOSH!--well, color me impressed. And so proud of you. And Crazy Mad over editors who have yet to see your genius!!!

  2. Thanks, Carol. With friends like you, how can I go wrong?

  3. Hey, Linda--I'm an SCBWI/C member living in Chapel Hill. Saw your note on the listserve and went to EAP site. Loved your excerpt! I've even tried to tweet about it and mention it on my facebook page. (I'm new at all this e-pub/ e-promotion stuff, too, but am determined to figure it out!)

    Check out Darcy Pattison's RANDOM ACTS OF PUBLICITY blog. I'm going to try to give you a thumbs up on that if I can figure out how.

    Good Luck!

  4. Julie,

    Thanks so much for this acknowledgement and very kind words. I am so new at this that I was just sitting here this morning thinking like screaming "Helloooooo, is anyone out there?" I will definitely check out your blog and Darcy Pattison's and I will look forward to meeting you within SCBWI events some time. Good luck on your own endeavors, too!