publishing industry, ranting

A post in which Kel tries not to be bitter, but can’t quite help it


I was doing my daily perusal of agent’s blogs and learned–on PubRants–that children’s editors are looking for:

–voice and character driven fiction (isn’t that what all editors want?*)

–a family-oriented story with complicated relationship between main character and parents or main character and siblings etc.

–gritty fiction

–novels where the reader watches as the main female protagonist making bad choices or learning to survive

If only I’d thought to make Waiting For Spring a YA novel, it’d probably be in bookstores as we speak.

*parenthetical question is in the original quoted post, not a snarky addition by me.

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6 thoughts on “A post in which Kel tries not to be bitter, but can’t quite help it”

  1. I can’t even cope with this “fill in the blank with trite concept of book that we want this week” situation.

    I’m just doing my thing. If I ever build up enough of a reader base or sell enough copies of anything, then I’ll worry about whether or not I should mess with mainstream publishing.

    As it stands though, I’m not impressed with most of their business practices, and I’m just not stressing over this.

  2. It’s so incredibly dumb. Especially since my kids only want to read about sorcerers, magic, ninjas or secret agents. I’ve never heard them long for more character driven fiction.

  3. Yeah, I saw that, too. If it were true, I would’ve gotten more interest in Steal Tomorrow than I did, since it has at least five of the eleven “criteria” and depending on what constitutes a “Meg Cabot” or “hip” story line, could be as many as seven.

    Of course, I didn’t try very hard to pitch ST, either. Maybe I just didn’t query any of Kristin Nelson’s friends!

    Still, I know too much about the publishing business to put much into pursuing traditional publication before retirement. Querying is a time-suck and doing all the things a published author has to do is even more so. It’s incompatible with a full-time job that pays a lot better than being a mid-list author would.

    I’ll do a token pitch of my current WIP when it’s done and I’ll be curious to see what happens, since it has paranormals in it. I doubt I’ll get much interest, though, since I play the paranormal thing for laughs rather than dark erotic appeal.

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