A Psychology Lesson from Koala

So I was reading this picture book the other day.

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It is the story of a child and a terrible stuffed koala that WON’T. GO. AWAY. He tries everything he can to escape Koala. But he can’t.

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And as I watched and giggled and turned the pages, it hit me. This may be a book for kids, but there is a lot of writer-brain-psychology in here.

Koala is like our inner monologue. And a lot of the time, this inner monologue is negative. It tells us that we will never make it in the big, bad, publishing world. It is the voice that immediately starts yapping in our ear the moment we address that submission and hit send. It hangs around endlessly, staring at us with its bulgy eyes. For a writer, it can be the most terrible terrible.

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We write a new scene. It tells us it’s not good enough.

We finish a revision. It tells us we might as well start over.

We submit to an agent. It tells us not to bother.

We try to put it away, but it just keeps reappearing. We can’t escape.

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But then there are rare occasions when this inner monologue is our friend.

It tells us we’re not so bad.

It tells us we might have a chance.

It tells us to work harder, to get better.

And it is in those moments, when we hold Koala close instead of pushing him away, that we guard against the more terrible terrible…

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…doing nothing.

Because even more terrible than battling that negative voice, that ratty old Koala that won’t leave us alone, is the possibility of staying in the same place forever. Never taking action. Never growing. Writing, but never being brave enough to send it out into the world.

So embrace your Koala. Cuddle up, look him dead in those terrible eyes, and tell him you’re not afraid.

And then, one more time, push send.

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Have a Professional Email Address for Your Submissions

Professionalism. You want to be taken seriously when you submit your work (even if it’s humorous!) You are a professional asking another professional to consider working with you. One simple piece of the professionalism puzzle is your email address.

What sounds more professional: puppypants@woof.com or HeatherBurnell@gmail.com?

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Apparently someone actually makes puppy pants.

While I do get a good chuckle out of a funny email address, and maybe an agent or editor will too, that’s not what we should be going for when we choose the email address we’re using to submit our work. Publishing is a business. We need to put our best business face forward.

Don’t use something cutesy, a nickname, numbers, the title of your book (you’re writing more than one aren’t you?), or any of the bazillion other things you could use for an email address. Name recognition is a good thing.

Agents and editors get tons of emails. Your name is part of your submission package. It’s in your query letter sign off. It’s on your manuscript. Your name is important! Make it easy on those overworked agents and editors if they are trying to find your email. Have you ever done a search for a name in your email? If you haven’t, give it a try and see how it works.

So, be silly with your personal email address all you want, but have a business-like email address for sending out those submissions!

 

 

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September 2016 Contest Roundup

SIC Contest RoundupThere are some great new opportunities listed in this month’s Roundup but after reading through so many pitch contest guidelines I want to give a reminder: just because you get a request during a pitch day it does not mean that you have to submit. That’s right. YOU choose. If you get a request, research the agent/editor/publisher requesting and make sure it’s someone you are interested in working with. Pitching online is an open invitation which means anyone can jump in. Do yourself a favor and make sure they’re legit, alright? Good. Now, here are the contests in order of closing date:

September:

9/1: Madeline Milburn Agency Summer Writing CompetitionOpen to adult novels.  Unagented writers only. ‘Make Us Scared’ is the theme of this competition. Entries can be “anything from gritty crime and suspenseful thrillers to dark narratives, it’s completely open to your interpretation and can even cross genres”. Enter a cover letter, one-page synopsis, and full manuscript (or a minimum of 30,000 words if the novel is nearing completion). The top five entries will receive “comprehensive written feedback” from the agency.  One winner will receive a cash prize and an offer of representation.

9/2: #DVPit Critique Giveaways – Open to MG, YA, and Adult writers thinking of participating in #DVPit. Enter via Rafflecopter for a chance to win query and first page critiques.

9/7: Pitch SlamOpen to Adult, New Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade. Enter you title, pitch and first 250 words. See Rules for details on how to enter. The feedback and critique window opens on 9/7. You do not have to have participated in the first round to enter. The Team Pick window opens 9/17. Read the FAQ’s to figure things out.

9/8: #Pitmad – Open to any genre and category. Pitch your completed manuscript on Twitter using the #PitMad hashtag from 8am – 8pm EDT. Tweet 3 pitches per project for the day.

9/12: Son of a Pitch – Open to Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult, any genre. Email your query and first 250 words. Top 20 will move on to an editor/publisher round. Looks like it’s smaller publishers participating. Peruse the website for introduction posts. Non-mandatory preliminary rounds start on 9/5.

9/12: Harlequin’s Oh Canada! BlitzOpen to Romance featuring a Canadian romantic hero. Submit your first chapter plus a 3-7 page synopsis. Editors will respond to all submissions with feedback by 12/1/16. Submit via Submittable.

9/14 Pass or PagesOpen to YA Speculative Fiction. Enter your first 250 words including your word count and title via online form. See full rules here. 5 entries will be chosen to move on to an agent round where online feedback is given.

9/15: Harlequin’s #SexyBlitz – Open to sexy Contemporary Romance. Submit 3 chapters and a synopsis. All submissions will receive feedback by 9/30/16. Read the submission guidelines to see just what they’re looking for.

9/18: SaavyAuthors WriterCon PitchfestOpen to Adult and Young Adult, and New Adult. Agents and editors are taking pitches via the SavvyWriters blog. Pitch via comment on individial posts. See pitching rules for details.

9/19: Dear Lucky Agent Contest – Open to Middle Grade novels. Submit the first 150-250 words of your completed novel, title and logline. You must also mention the contest twice through social media. Winner to receive a 10-page critique from agent Marisa A. Corvisiero of  Corvisiero Literary Agency and a subscription to WritersMarket.com.

9/19: Pen/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship – Open to published authors of children’s or Young Adult fiction in financial need. Submit a work-in-progress along with other required documents. See lengthy rules and instructions for details. Chosen candidate will receive a $5000.00 Fellowship.

9/27: #SonofaPitch – Put your category and genre in you tweet pitch along with the #sonofapitch hashtag. They say to tweet as many manuscripts as you want once an hour. Not much information besides that to be found at this time.

9/29: The Sunday Times Short Story Award – Open to published authors who reside in the UK or Ireland. Enter your short story of 6,000 words or less. Any genre. Winner to receive a prize of £30,000. Five runners up to receive £1,000.

9/30: New Voices Award – “Open to writers of color who are residents of the United States and who have not previously had a children’s picture book published.” Enter your 1500 word or less fiction, nonfiction, or poetry manuscript for children ages 5-12. Winner receives a publication contract and $1000. Honor Award winner receives $500.

October:

10/5: #DVPitOpen to Children’s and Teen Fiction and Nonfiction about and especially by marginalized voices. Pitch your manuscript via Twitter using the #DVPit hashtag between 8am – 8pm EST.

10/6: #DVPitOpen to Adult Fiction and Nonfiction about and especially by marginalized voices. Pitch your manuscript via Twitter using the #DVPit hashtag between 8am – 8pm EST.

10/27: #PBPitch – Open to picture books. Writer/illustrators are welcome to add an accompanying illustration to their pitch. Use the #PBPitch hashtag to pitch to agents via Twitter from 8am to 8pm EST. Pitch up to 3 manuscripts 2x each maximum. Pitch each once before 2pm and once after (3 manuscripts x 2 pitches each.) See FAQ’s for more details.

10/31: Tu Books New Visions AwardOpen to Middle Grade and Young Adult manuscripts by writers of color. “Manuscripts should address the needs of children and teens of color by providing stories with which they can identify and relate, and which promote a greater understanding of one another.” Submit a cover letter, synopsis, plus the first 10,000 words. Graphic novels, include the equivalent of 24-30 scripted pages.Please note: “Manuscripts may not be submitted to other publishers, mentorship contests, writing contests, or to TU BOOKS general submissions while under consideration for this award.” Winner receives $1,000 and a standard publication contract. Honor Award winner to receive $500.

Upcoming:

11/1: My Real-Life Story Essay Contest – Enter your essay of 2,500 – 3,500 words. Every woman has a moment in life that changes everything. What’s that moment for you? We’d love to find out. Winner to receive $5,000, possible publication in Glamour magazine, and the opportunity to speak with a top New York literary agent. Do be sure to read the contest rules, especially #7.

12/1: #Pitmad – Open to all genres. Pitch your completed manuscript via Twitter using the #Pitmad hashtag betweet 8am and 8pm EDT. Three pitches per project.

2017:

4/1: Scholastic Graphix ContestOpen to Graphic Novels for kids. U.S. Residents only. Up to 5 winners will receive an offer to publish their work with Scholastic and a $15,000 advance.

Know of a great, no fee contest that I missed? Please link us up in the comments!

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The Postcard Post: Kary Lee

This month, Sub It Club welcomes an author/illustrator who I first met via a webinar and then was lucky enough to meet in real life at the SCBWI Summer Conference. Now I have the pleasure of introducing Kary Lee to you!

Kary Lee wrote and illustrated her first picture book the summer before third grade; an action-adventure/fantasy. When she wasn’t creating books she directed screenplays in her back yard. After college it was onto a career in graphic design. Upon a promotion to art director, she realized the illustrators were having all the fun and took a leap of faith, jumping to the other side of the desk. Receiving a portfolio showcase award at her first SCBWI LA conference set the stage for her transition. Kary got her break with Perfection Learning publishing a few educational readers followed by her first trade book, DIZZY, a Mom’s Choice award winner. Kary’s current project is a picture book dummy, ODD OTTO (a lonely orangutan afraid of heights) and pursuing an agent!

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“I made a friend!”

She lives in Washington State, sharing her studio with an old yellow lab, Sunny. Actively involved with SCBWI as the Illustrator Coordinator for Inland Northwest, she keeps connected with the publishing world and her creative tribe.

How do you choose the image(s) for a postcard?
It depends. If it’s my general marketing mailer, then I will use something from my current portfolio or new work that I have just finished.

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“The Chase” postcard front.

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“The Chase” postcard back.

If I am promoting a specific book or event, then the image will be directly related. For example, I have work hanging in an SCBWI exhibit at the Washington State Convention center. So my recent postcard promo was that illustration on the front with event and a call-to-action on the back.*
*Great way to get your postcard to multi-task!

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“The Window Girl” promotional postcard front.

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Promotional postcard back with a “call to action.”

Do you prefer text on the front of the postcard with the image or do you prefer all text on the back of the postcard?
I’ve done both, but my current strategy is to reserve the front for an image with my signature and copyright symbol. The only exception is my website address centered at the bottom (careful to not dominate the art).

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Postcard front with image and minimal graphics.

Do you create illustrations specifically for your self-promotion pieces?
In a perfect world, I would love to. But, there’s always too much going on. So I cheat, applying some of my advertising tactics. I have different backs that I can switch out depending on my goal. For example, the front image of the postcard showing “The Window Girl,” I re-used for my recent LA conference promo, switching out the back with general information.

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Alternate postcard back for “The Window Girl.”

In addition, “The Window Girl” image was featured on the front page of my portfolio at the conference. My strategy was to reach everyone on my mailing list three times with the same image creating continuity to strengthen my brand. And, I will send out a follow up of the same card, potentially a fourth hit. That reminds me, it’s time to get that one in the mail!*
*Your branding strategy is very interesting. We’re hearing more and more about taking concrete steps to create a brand.

Some illustrators create a series of postcards and send them out over time. Do you create a series or stand-alone images?
Mostly stand-alone images. But, if I am promoting a book or event, then I may do a separate marketing campaign where a series would go out over a tighter timeline for continuity.

How often do you send out postcards?
My plan is to send four postcards a year in a general mailing and others depending on events or a book launch. I think of it by seasons. And, if I’m organized enough I try to have a holiday theme in December. If I count my December mailer in this year’s group, I am on track. Full disclosure, no clue what I’m gonna send this fall yet.*
*Ha! Full disclosure aside, that’s pretty darn good!

Who do you target with your mailings?
For  general marketing, they go out to everyone simply promoting my online portfolio/website.

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“DIZZY”

If I am targeting a specific publisher or agent, then I will might send an individual card with a handwritten note, or even a self-addressed stamped postcard in an envelope with an easy check box call-to-action they can drop in the mail easily. And, I actually got responses!*
*Excellent! Your pro-active approach to marketing is inspiring.

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“Girls” promotional postcard.

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“Girls” with reply card (back).

How do you compile your mailing list? Any tips on keeping a list and sending out?
I set up my list in Outlook. I can separate by agent, art director, publisher, etc. if I want. But, I usually send to everyone. I try to hand address if I have the time, but getting it in the mail is most important. Also, don’t get so hung up on perfection that you miss your deadline. It’s a fine line. You don’t want to send out bad work, but at the same time you don’t want to be forgotten. That’s perhaps an interview for a different day,* but bottom line, you need to be seen. A day you lose in marketing potential can never be recovered!
*We need to schedule that! I think a lot of creatives struggle with perfectionism vs action.

Do you have any tips on the production process?
It helps to understand Photoshop or other equivalent software. But even more important is understanding how to prep and save your files for print. If you are a traditional illustrator, you also need to have a system to reproduce your work. I used to take photographs, or hire someone if it the work was large. But, Photoshop’s photomerge feature changed my life. Now I scan my illustration in pieces and photoshop ‘merges’ them seamlessly. It’s amazing! Once scanned, I save as a .jpeg at 600 dpi master file in RGB before creating a CMYK file at the resolution needed for the output I plan. It’s important that you understand CMYK vs RGB for color and PPI/DPI for resolution. With technology’s advances, much of this will be taken care of with your online vendor, but it’s always smart to understand these details as only you care enough to make sure it’s right before you pay.*
*So true!

Do you use any online services? What are your favorite places to get postcards printed?
Yes! I’ve used Moo.com. They’re great, but spendy. I’ve found VistaPrint to be my standard. They’re quality is reasonable and they have always made their deadlines. If you have a mailing list, you can even upload it to their site and they can mail for you. (A luxury I have yet to take advantage of, but oh wouldn’t that be nice!)

Thank you so much, Kary, for a great interview. So much info from graphics to marketing to tech and beyond!

More of Kary’s work is just a click away:
Website: www.karyleeillustration.com
Blog: www.karyleeillustration.blogspot.com
Twitter: @Karylee2
Facebook: https: www.facebook.com/KaryLeeIllustration/
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/karylee
Tumblr: karylamblee.tumblr.com

If you’re joining us for the first time at The Postcard Post, you can catch up with a general article on postcard mailings for illustrators and previous featured illustrators in the archive (there’s a tab above too). And you can see recent posts by clicking on The Postcard Post under CATEGORIES on the right sidebar of this blog.
See you next month.

 

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A Dual POV YA Contemporary Query Letter from Brandy Meinhardt

Brandy Meinhardt is one of our great Sub it Club members! She brings her own unique experience and insights into our submission support group. Brandy is so willing to help others that today she is here to share her query letter with us for her YA Contemporary, PERFECTLY IMPERFECT. But first, Brandy is going to give us a little background: 

12733619_10153276196752026_4888601204907452490_nWhen writing my query for PERFECTLY IMPERFECT, I struggled with how to show the stakes for both of my main characters since the book is told in dual POV. I wanted to be sure that it reflected both characters, but also flowed well. I took a webinar on querying with two top agents and the feedback was very helpful. I sent out about twenty-five, but with a batch of ten at a time. I ultimately had around five full requests and about four partial requests before landing an agent. I have since parted ways with that particular agent, but the process has been valuable in writing a query for my current novel. Writing my query also helped me to perfect my 140 character pitch for Twitter contests, which also gained quite a few favorites. However, most of my requests and offer of representation came from the slush pile! PERFECTLY IMPERFECT is my second novel. I decided my first novel was better suited as a “practice novel” and a great learning experience. It is a time travel romance and is currently on Wattpad titled TIME IRRELEVANT under the username IddyM1.

Here is Brandy’s query:

Dear Mr./Ms. Agent,

Seventeen-year-old Brody Jacobs thinks he’s a freak show. At least that’s what he’s convinced himself for the past two years since an accident left burns over sixty percent of his body. When Brody moves next door to Maris McKormick, he’s intent on avoiding her at all cost. He’ll soon discover that Maris may be the one who can break down the bitterness he’s locked inside — but only if he’ll let her. Doing so may mean getting hurt all over again.

Maris is at the top of the pyramid when it comes to the social hierarchy of high school. She has the perfect family, perfect friends, and the perfect boyfriend. But perfect girls don’t get pregnant at seventeen. Now she must make an impossible decision that will shatter her perfect image and destroy her reputation. Feeling isolated, she seeks comfort from the only person who could possibly understand what that’s like.

Each of them carries scars, but together they discover they just might have the power to heal each other.

PERFECTLY IMPERFECT is a YA contemporary written in alternating POV and is complete at 67,000 words. I feel this novel will appeal to readers who enjoyed Jennifer Niven’s ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES and Rainbow Rowell’s ELEANOR AND PARK.

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Thank you to Brandy for sharing her journey and query letter! As I hope you all can see, each writer’s journey is different and we have to take what happens, learn from it, and keep moving forward. I hope you will all take inspiration from Brandy and not let setbacks keep you from your goal of publication!

Brandy Meinhardt is a Navy wife currently stationed in Florida. When she’s not writing she’s usually preventing her three year old son from terrorizing the house, helping her nine year old daughter with homework and driving her to gymnastics lessons, or sitting on the back porch with her husband and a glass of wine. You can find Brandy on Twitter @MeinhardtBrandy and on Pinterest.

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Swap!

My daughter sang a solo in the school talent show this year. I was surprised, because lately, she doesn’t want to sing for us at all. Gone are the days of her belting out “Let it Go” for anyone who will listen. The preteen years have meant less living room performances, and more headphones and closed doors. So when she came to me with her music selected and a fire in her eyes about performing it, I was both proud and puzzled. Proud, because she is more brave than I will ever be. And puzzled, because how could singing in front of her entire school be an option, when singing in front of her family wasn’t?

If there’s one thing you’ve heard a million times at Sub It Club, it’s that putting our art out there for others to critique is difficult. And sometimes, I think it is easier for us to send our work out into the big, wide, publishing world, than it is to hand it to a friend and ask for feedback. Because out in that huge publishing abyss, we are (mostly) anonymous. If the work really stinks, then we get a form rejection or no response at all, and no one ever has to know. When we give our work to people we know, we are being vulnerable with folks we interact with on a regular basis. What if they decide I’m a terrible writer? What if they tell other people I’m a terrible writer? It’s scary. Singing in front of our family means the possibility of being hurt by the people we love the most.

But here’s the thing. Singing in front of our family is also full of wonderful possibility. The possibility of deepening relationship. The possibility of learning from others. The possibility of getting better! When we close ourselves off to exchanging manuscripts with others in the writing world, we close ourselves off to possibility. No matter how great a writer you are, we all have our blind spots. You might be great at description, but terrible at pacing. Or able to write a kick-ass beginning but your endings lack punch. By swapping manuscripts, we are able to both work on our weaknesses and build others up with our strengths.

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Steve Light is amazing, and his newest picture book, SWAP!, is no exception. The detail in his artwork is so fun to pore over, both for kids and adults. In SWAP!, a pirate is unable to head back out to sea because of a broken-down ship. With a little help from a crew-mate, the pirate is able to trade for all the things he needs to repair it. He trades a button for a couple of teacups, the teacups for some rope, and so on, until he has everything he needs to get his ship back out on the water.

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And the cool thing about it is, he starts with a button. A single button that has fallen off his coat. If he had stopped to think too hard about that button, he might not have done it. He might have told himself that surely a button was not enough. A button! No one will want a button! But someone did indeed want and need a button, enough to give him two teacups. He took the risk and it paid off.

Don’t we do this with our writing? We convince ourselves that it’s not good enough. No one will want what we have to offer. But if we don’t take the risk, we won’t gain the tools we need to rebuild our ship. It will never leave the dock. So, if you are not already getting feedback on your writing, (which you should be doing before you submit!) what do you need to do?

Get ready to SWAP!

  • First…figure out what you have to offer. What are your strengths? Maybe you are just beginning and all you have is a single button. That’s okay! I guarantee you, there is someone out there whose coat is in need of a button just that size.
  • Next…where do you need work? What are your weaknesses? If you need someplace to put your tea, you need to find someone with teacups to spare. Let me give you an example. For the first time this summer, I wrote a non-fiction picture book manuscript. And to top it off, it’s in verse. Two things I have never done before. I knew immediately I needed help, so I went to my friend who is gifted when it comes to poetry. I was asking her all these questions that felt silly, like, “Do all of the stanzas have to have the same number of lines?” Meeting with her was insanely helpful, and I wanted to return the favor. But when she gives me manuscripts in verse, I don’t feel like I can help her much with the poetry part. And she knows that. But what I can help her with is story structure, upping the tension, and creating endings that make a manuscript feel complete. So we swap, even though I often feel like a road-weary pirate, offering up a single button.
  • And last…don’t be afraid to sing in front of your family! Find someone here in this fabulous Sub It Club community to exchange manuscripts with. I promise you, even if you go a little off-key, we’ll still love you! And we’ll feel that much better about being vulnerable when it’s our turn to step up to the mic.

Now me hearties…GO FORTH AND SWAP!

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Yvonne Ventresca Shares her Query Letter for PANDEMIC

Yvonne Ventresca is one of our published Sub It Club members. We love having her in the group! She is kind enough to pop in and help others out when she can. Today Yvonne is letting us take a look at the query letter she sent to her publisher that led to the sale of for her award winning Young Adult novel, PANDEMIC.

Here’s Yvonne:

Yvonne Ventresca Author PhotoIn the helpful spirit of the Sub It Club, I’m happy to share the query letter for my YA novel Pandemic, which I sent to Julie Matysik at Sky Pony Press in 2013.

First, some fun facts:

  • Although Pandemic became my fiction debut, it was the fourth novel I had written.
  • I received 151 rejections along the way to publication (for all four novels).
  • My Dear Teen Me letter on Sky Pony’s blog explains how I came to query Julie, if you’re interested. (Note that she is now Editorial Director at Running Press Kids.)

My query letter approach was to explain why I wrote the story, what it was about, and how it could be marketed. (Marketing was specifically mentioned in Sky Pony’s submission guidelines back then, but their guidelines have since changed.) Reading this query now, three years later, there are a few things I would revise, but I hope you find the letter useful.

Dear Ms. Matysik,

            I believe [NAME] mentioned that I would be contacting you. I wrote freelance articles for [NAME] at [NAME] Magazine before I decided to focus on writing fiction for young adults.

            My novel, PANDEMIC, is like the movie Contagion from a teen point of view. I’ve always been fascinated with young adult survival stories (such as Life As We Knew It and Fever 1793). My goal was to create a damaged main character who manages to heal through tragedy.

In PANDEMIC, a deadly strain of bird flu creates chaos in Lilianna Snyder’s small New Jersey town. As the death toll mounts, schools and businesses close. Grocery shelves empty and remain unfilled. The disease leaves Lil’s father quarantined, her mother trapped abroad, and her best friend dead.

Lil is still reeling from an unwanted sexual encounter with a beloved teacher at her high school which has left her emotionally withdrawn. She attempts to isolate herself, but even staying home alone isn’t safe when the teacher repeatedly tries to contact her and dangerous looters steal her entire food supply.

Desperate and afraid, Lil reluctantly befriends another sophomore, Jay Martinez, who cares more about Lil than he admits. Love is the last thing she wants. Safety is the first thing she needs. To gain both, she must confront the sexual predator from her past and survive the harrowing present.

Relating to marketability, this April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. While the assault is not the main focus of my story, it gives teen victims a main character they can identify with. And I think with movies like Contagion and new adult nonfiction books like Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, the possibility of a pandemic will be of interest to young adults. While I’ve read historical YA fiction about the Spanish Influenza of 1918, I have not come across any contemporary YA influenza pandemic novels in my market research.

My book writing credits include two nonfiction books: Publishing (2005, about careers in the field) and Avril Lavigne (2007, a biography about the singer) both published by Lucent Books, a Gale subsidiary. I’ve also written a dozen articles for children, in addition to thirty articles for adults. I’ve been an active SCBWI member for ten years.

PANDEMIC is complete at 64,000 words. Please let me know if you would be interested in reading the manuscript.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Yvonne Ventresca’s latest young adult novel, BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES will be published by Sky Pony Press in October 2016. Her debut YA novel, PANDEMIC, won a 2015 Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and was recently released in paperback. Yvonne’s other works include the short story “Escape to Orange Blossom,” which was selected for the dystopian anthology PREP FOR DOOM, along with two nonfiction books, PUBLISHING (Careers for the 21st Century) and AVRIL LAVIGNE (People in the News). She is represented by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Agency. You can learn more about Yvonne and her books at YvonneVentresca.com. You can also connect with her on social media:

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