A starred Kirkus review for OneFour Kidlit author Corinne Duyvis!
“Duyvis smoothly transitions between the two main characters’ thoughts and emotions while realistically conveying the individual alienation and terror of two very different people. Rich worldbuilding, convincing nonheteronormative relationships, balanced class issues, and nuanced, ethnically diverse characters add to the novel’s depth. The well-paced action builds toward an unexpected, thrilling conclusion that will leave readers eager for more from this promising new author. Original and compelling; a stunning debut.”
(via OTHERBOUND by Corinne Duyvis | Kirkus)
I’m specially looking forward to this one.
Mary Oliver, “In Blackwater Woods”
Hello! I adore your writing. I was curious about your initial foray into publishing-- did you get a literary agent, or submit your manuscript to a publishing house?
Aww, I love your writing, too!
I found a literary agent first, although that makes it sound easier than it actually is. I don’t think any of the big houses (Penguin, Harper, etc) accept un-agented manuscripts anymore, so that was my big starting point. I wrote a novel that didn’t really get anywhere, and so then I took everything I’d learned and wrote another one. This one actually had some agent interest and was how I got my first agent. And then, after two years, that book finally sold, and then it came out two years after THAT.
Agents are a great starting point, in my opinion, because so many of them are open to new writers, and find many of their clients through the slush pile. Plus, a good agent understands the business, knows the kinds of editors that will be perfect for your book, understand contracts and can explain them to you, and also know how to get you the best deal possible. Without an agent, oftentimes you have to take the initial deal that’s on the table, from my understanding. There’s not as much room for negotiation.
If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.
- Amy Tan (via observando)
Angela Lansbury officially becomes Dame
Be the person H.Y.D.R.A. would see as a threat.
- a thought i had this morning driving to school (via poseysposey)
Be in love with your life, every detail of it.
- Jack Kerouac (via psych-facts)
Hi, first and foremost thanks for the follow! I just wanted to let you know that I've read your book Witch Eyes a long time ago and I really did enjoy it! It was an awesome read and I've always pictured Braden as Dylan O'Brien from Teen Wolf. :D
That’s awesome. I think D’OB could play almost any YA boy and do a good job at it. Kid is talented!
So I've been wondering for a long time and I hope you don't mind answering this but...how do authors get paid? I'm not entirely convinced that you subsist solely on the feels of your readers. Like do you get a check every now and then whenever x amount of people by your book or something? Idk U^_^
Normally, a writer gets an advance once a book sells. The publisher decides that they think they can sell X copies of the book, and that means they can offer Y dollars. Since authors get paid a fraction of the book’s retail value, we then have to earn back that advance before we make any additional royalties off the book.
So yeah, mostly we live off of your feelings and tears. But mostly the tears.