Hi everyone! On Thursdays between contests here at AYAP we’re starting a new series that will provide you with an overview of the entire writing journey—straight through from your initial idea to publication. The series will serve as a great resource for beginning writers, and those with more experience may learn a thing or two as well!
The first segment of the series will focus on the earlier stages of the writing process, up until just prior to submission to publishers. The second segment, coming at a later date, will cover the journey from submission to publication.
Segment One "From Concept to Query (and Beyond!)" entries will be as follows:
Can You Feel a Draft?
A look at different methods of drafting a book, including links to resources and a discussion of what it means to be a plotter or a pantser.
Revising: Why You Need to Find Your People
An exploration of the revision process, including why critique partners are worth their weight in gold and whether you should consider hiring a freelance editor.
To Query or Not to Query
Reasons you may want a literary agent, and reasons to pursue a different path.
The Dreaded Query: How to Nail Your Query Letter
Resources and suggestions for crafting a perfect query.
How to Spot a Shmagent
How to vet potential agents and build a great query submission list.
My Body is Ready: Starting the Querying Process
Your guide to surviving the slog that is the querying trenches.
I’ll Make You an Offer You Can’t Refuse
Navigating offers of representation: what to expect, what to ask, and how to handle multiple offers.
It Takes Two: Revising with Your Agent
Tips on working through agent-led revisions and keeping the lines of communication open.
Stay tuned for our look at the drafting process next week!
About the Author
Laura lives on the edge of the woods in western New York, along with her husband, two wild-hearted daughters, a spoiled cat, and an indeterminate number of chickens. Her YA fantasy debut, THE WEIGHT OF WORLDS, is forthcoming from HarperTeen in the fall of 2018.
You can follow Laura on Twitter and add her book on Goodreads.