Traditionally Published YA author needs to get back at it!
I’ve published two YA contemporary novels for traditional publishers — BATTLE DRESS (HarperCollins) and AFTER (Penguin). But it’s been a while. Even my website is woefully outdated (don’t judge). You know, I was just focused on getting my 5 kids out the door and on their own life paths, and now that my youngest went off to college this year, I finally have no excuses left. It’s time to get back at it.
I’ve been in critique groups before with other writers — some traditionally published and others working toward it — so I’ve critiqued/edited MG and YA contemporary, fantasy, sci fi, dystopia, historical fiction genres. So, I’m comfortable in just about anything, and I enjoy contributing to others’ work. I also like getting feedback myself. Who I ideally am looking for in a CP is someone who has been published and is agented and is experienced with the whole process. I love mentoring new writers, but at this point with me getting back into it again, I think I need a CP who can reciprocate. I hope that makes sense!
I’m at the beginning stages of a WIP, a contemporary YA, my second wind debut (I hope).
Honestly, I like to read just about anything . . . if the first para grabs my attention, and I want to know what happens next.
I’m pretty open to just about anything. I guess if it’s a novel in verse — those aren’t my faves.
Here are some best practices for reaching out to a potential CP:
- Include the link to your own CP Match profile! You can find it on your Dashboard. Don't have one yet? What are you waiting for? Anyone with a WriteOnCon.org account can make one!
- Introduce yourself a little, and say what appealed to you about their listing.
- Respect what's listed here in their profile. They took the time to fill it out, and they've included this information for a reason. Don't send a message about a book they specifically say is a Hard No, for example.
- Offer to swap a small sample of your works, so you can see if you're really compatible. First chapters are a good starting place.
- If one party no longer wants to continue the interaction, it's nobody's fault. Sometimes finding the right CP takes time.
Happy writing and CPing!