November 26

Back in School: ECE to Write, Books to Read

A lot has happened since my last blog post. I did make my goal and I emailed several agents about my book. So far, I’ve received nothing but rejections, though some did ask that I query them for my next project if I don’t get anything with this one. I’m going to let the book sit for a while before I do anything more with it. Maybe when I look at it again, whenever that’ll be, I’ll have a better idea of how to make it more appealing to agents/editors even in this saturated market.

I have a lot to focus on now. As some of you know, I just returned from my school residency. I learned a ton and if I remember, or if someone gives me a nudge, I’ll post some of what I learned on here. I have a list of major things that all successful novels have in them, information about libraries and publicity, etc. I’d love to share it, but those are something that would need their own blogs.

Since residency is over, my independent study has begun and that means I have an ECE to write. The ECE needs to be twenty to thirty pages long and the rough draft is due on December 17. I already feel like I’m scrambling.  I’m writing about LGBTQIA characters in Young Adult literature and any statistics, papers or articles on the topic are welcome.

My due dates are as follows:
December 17
January 24
February 16
March 14
April 4

Along with the 20 to 30 page essay, I’ll need to read 10 books, as is tradition, for the semester.

Books to Read:
Ask the Passengers by AS King
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
The Art of Fiction by John Garner
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell, Bill Moyers
Huntress by Malinda Lo
Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
Ash by Malinda Lo
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
Write your novel from the middle by James Scott Bell

Now if I can’t find a book, or I simply can’t get into the book, I can switch a book out for another with my mentor’s approval. However, I tend to stay close to my original reading list.  My mentor this semester is Susan Campbell Bartoletti.

I should have plenty to post over the next few months.