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Kra Leigh, Queen Bee

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Late Monday

From our WIFYR Newsletter

Everyone is invited to attend a NaNo reward party on Saturday, Dec 3 at 4pm. The address is 11192 South Automall Dr. Sandy, Utah. There will be treats. Come whether you win or not. (And, BTW, you still have time to get some words!)

The WIFYR Website will be up and running in December. Drop by and see the awesome faculty we have for 2017.

Our WIFYR Launch Party will be Friday, Jan 20, 2017 from 7-8:30pm at the Provo Library. More information on how to get your free tickets coming soon.

Agent Erin Harris at Folio will be giving a writing workshop on Feb 22-25. More details to come!

Agents and Editors for WIFYR 2017

Ben Grange Agent

Ben has been the assistant at JABberwocky since September 2015. In April 2015, he graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English literature, and emphases in Shakespeare and creative writing. Four months later, he picked up and moved from Utah to New York, where he interned at at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management for three weeks before starting at JABberwocky. Before working at JABberwocky, Ben did internships at Dystel & Goderich, the Bent Agency, A+B Works Literary Agency, and Shadow Mountain  Publishing, where he gained a range of experience in the publishing industry.

Amy Jameson Agent

Amy Jameson began her career in publishing working with renowned literary agent Lynn Nesbit. During her seven years at Janklow & Nesbit Associates, Amy had the privilege of working with acclaimed authors such as Michael Crichton, President Jimmy Carter, Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal, Joan Didion, Jeffrey Eugenides, and many others. She also sold audio and first serial rights for several years at J&N while building her own select client list. In 2004, she left Janklow and partnered with her husband Brandon to form A+B Works. Amy has always had a passion for young adult and middle grade fiction.

Emily Feinberg Editor

Children’s book editor at Roaring Brook Press, a Broadway music lover, and a dog fanatic. She works on mostly picture book, chapter book, and middle grade titles, though she would never turn down a chance to look at a humorous, realistic young adult novel. Feinburg is looking for quirky, voice-driven picture books and middle grade and nonfiction for young readers. Young adult fantasy is not her thing. Her recent titles are upcoming nonfiction picture books Coyote Moon and Highway Hawks by Maria Gianferrari. She also recently acquired Marina Cohen’s The Inn Between, a supremely creepy middle grade story about a haunted Nevada inn with a strong emotional hook.

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Kyra Leigh, Queen Bee

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting lately.
Things have gotten crazy in the writing world for me.
Revisions of my latest novel are never-ending. Been making goals to get it sent to my agent, and never reaching those goals.
Then there are revisions for Reaper. HOPING THAT BOOK IS FINALLY DONE.
And of course, been working on my Nano novel. But lately I haven’t been successful. {I blame the election. And also my work schedule}

So yeah.

I know I keep saying this, but I do plan on getting some interviews up on the blog within the next few weeks with some Awesome Authors. I have a couple in mind that I think would make for an interesting interview or two.

How is NaNo going for everyone else?
Is anyone taking off their writing for the Holiday?

Also!

I’ve been actively using Instagram and trying to promote my book and Fellow Authors’ books. {If you’d like to follow me on IG my user name is KyraZLeigh}

I’d like to get my write nights up and running again. Would that be something people would be interested in participating in? Just get together and write our little hearts out? Me and fellow author Kate Coursey used to get together to write every few weeks, and it was very inspiring. {Partly because she’s such a fantastic writer and partly because she’s one of the smarter people I know!}

Anyway….

I guess that’s all I have to say for today.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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This is how I’m doing NaNo

I call it the “be kind to myself”approach. It’s a little bit like this  or this when things don’t go my way.

Here are my rules:

  1. Try to write every day.
  2. Try to write more than I think I can.
  3. Try not to start a new book when things get hard.
  4. Try to stay focused rather than rummaging through the cupboards or cleaning out my closets.
  5. Being okay with messes both in my book and in my life.

So far so good!

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Monday, Rainy Monday

Three Things to Help You if You’re Staggering Along with NaNoWriMo.

I’m behind, but I’m writing. Trying to every day unless something comes up (like last week’s headache).  Here are a few somethings that might help you as you try to keep writing this crazy number of words. All this brainstorming can be counted in your words for the day.

  1. We’ve done this exercise before. It’s a good one. Set your timer for, say, thirty minutes. In that time, write EVERYTHING that could happen to your character. EVERYTHING. He blows up. He dies. He changes into an alligator. He fights his best friend. His best friend wins the fight. He kisses his best friend’s girlfriend. He kisses his best friend. As you’re writing anything and everything, think about what’s happened so far in the book. What crazy things could go along with that? Write out of that box of This Must Be and go for things you didn’t expect. Think of moving the story forward with plot or dialog.
  2. Write a list of all the scenes that you know must come still. Add these things two things to your notes–sense of place and emotion. You don’t need to go in depth, but how do you feel as you’re writing? What emotions are stirred up? Put those on the page. Who will be in these scenes? Write their names down. Write these ideas a little more slowly and, if you feel like it, complete the scene. Scenes will make your novel.
  3. Skip one hour of TV, of using your phone, of being online–whatever. Give that up every day for just one hour and write as fast as you can during those moments. What’s your word count now? Was it worth missing Grey’s Anatomy? Of course! You’re closer to that 50,000 words! Woot!

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NaNoWhoMeMo

Have you written?

I haven’t. But I have eaten Skittles. And Reeses Pieces. And a very small Heath bar.

Yesterday I put a water bottle in my hair and I felt very amazing. But I didn’t write.

But I am going to write today because it’s a new day.

And then I’m going to write tomorrow.

And even the next day.

I’m going to write every day in November (except Sunday Funday) and if I finish a novel, I’m going to buy myself something very fancy. Like tapioca pudding. And I might go to a movie. I might sneak tapioca pudding into a movie. And eat it.

What will you do if you finish a novel?

Dessert and the cinema?

One thing to remember: You can do this. It’s up to you and only you.

Another thing to remember: It’s okay if it’s bad.

And a final thing to remember: Writing every day on the same project, even if you think it’s bad and not going anywhere, will make you better. It will make you think hard, it will help you create good habits, it will teach you things you didn’t know you needed to know, and most of all, it will show you that can do something really really hard.

And you’ll get tapioca at the end. The best food that my mom used to make which I haven’t eaten for years and which I hope to eat in 30 days.

 

 

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Three Thing Thursday on Friday. Again.

CHERYL SAYS: I remember the story of a speaker at a conference I attended. She related the tale of a man who had married an incredibly beautiful woman. A few months into the marriage, he came to his mother, feeling like he was at his wit’s end.
“She doesn’t work, she doesn’t cook, she doesn’t clean, she doesn’t do anything, Mom. What should I do?”
His mother responded, “You married her for her looks. Go home and look at her.”
Do you have sentences and paragraphs like this beautiful wife? If they aren’t pulling their weight, you have to cut them loose. Every sentence needs to move the story forward. Never, ever, alter your story to make your prose fit. The story is king. Everything supports the story, or it has to go.
For me, it’s easier to save these little darlings in another folder, telling myself that someday I’ll find a home for them. Maybe I will. Maybe I won’t. But I know that my story is stronger for having dumped them.
I think part of the reason that it’s so hard to cut these sections stems from fear. What if I never write anything this beautiful again? What if this is the best sentence in the entire novel? What if I’ve already peaked?
Get rid of these thoughts. Every time you write, you become better. You are stronger, you are wiser, and your words will reflect that. Not only will you write something as good as the lost prose, you’ll write something better.
CAROL SAYS: So that idea of planning for NaNo? For sure, I am a pantser. (WordPress wants me to be a panther. My girls want me to be a cougar. But I am a lowly writer who never plans.) It’s hard to plan out what I’m going to write. I just don’t want to. The thought of deciding what goes in chapter one and being smart like Caitlin Shirts?
So here’s what I am doing. A Carol Plan. Easy and not restrictive.
I’m jotting down every idea of what COULD happen in my books.
Everything.
Night before last I couldn’t sleep.
Wrote thought after thought of what could happen to my Wrasseling Gals. The more I thought about it, the more possibilities came to me.
The truth is, I know I won’t make it in NaNo without forethought.
We’ll see if this helps.
AND:
Martine Leavitt‘s YA novel CALVIN has won the Governor General’s Literary Award of Canada in the category of literature for young people.

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