Monday, October 1, 2012

What's Up in the Bathtub?

Happy October!
  1. It just occurred to me today that I've been enjoying my critique partners' books more than the books I've been getting at the library. Is that weird? This must be a reason to celebrate!
  2. Emily King and I are keeping each other accountable for writing through the month of October. My goal is to write 50,000 words over the next thirty days, which divides into 1,666 words a day. (I'm giving myself one day off since there are 31 days in October.) And this is why I love the blogging community. I mean, Emily and I don't know each other that well (yet), but we're going to do this because we're at the same place in our manuscripts and have the same goal. I'm so excited!
  3. And some sad news ... I've parted ways with my agent. I'm not going into detail here on the blog, but I'll just say I'd like to find someone who loves middle grade verse. (If you know of any agents who have a soft spot for verse novels, let me know!) So now I'm gathering up confidence to start querying again. *deep breath*
What's going on in your part of the bathtub?  

Photo courtesy of Morguefile by jdurham


  1. That's cool what you and Emily are doing. I don't have any critique partners, only betas. But it'd be hard for me to commit to something like that, my writing is erratic.

    Sorry to hear about your agent. Since I'm hoping to query soon, I'm looking over a lot of agent websites, so I'll let you know if I see something about middle grade verse.

    This isn't verse necessarily, but yesterday I read Jennifer Laughran's post that she's got enough YA is really wants MG. Maybe check her out if you haven't.

  2. Thinking of you, Amy.

    And I must say our bathtub is probably dirty. I'm not much of a cleaner.

    I do enjoy splashing around lots. :D
    ~ Wendy

  3. Being held accountable is so important. Good luck with the writing! I think I would die trying to write 50,000 words in one month. I remember Caroline Starr Rose doing a verse novel month on her blog last April. Maybe there is some sleuthing to be done there :)

  4. Good luck with drafting and finding a new agent! Sounds like everything's been busy over at the bathtub. Have a wonderful October!

  5. That's great you're enjoying those reads! Can't wait for those books to get published.

    Sorry to hear you've parted ways with your agent. I need to start querying again. I put it aside for a while but it's time to start again.
    Good luck and God bless!

  6. Oh yeah, you'll know me better by the end of this. YAY for new writing friends!

    I'm sorry to hear about your agent, but it's important to find one who LOVES your writing. You'll find one who adores you, I know you will!

  7. What? No green stuff ... that bath looks very good, indeed. Yay for accountability. I'm sorry about the agent-break up, but now that I'm in queryland, I am beginning to realize how important it is to have the right fit. I trust you will find an agent who loves ALL your work eventually.

  8. Go you! 50k in a month? Just, wow.

    And you already know I'm rooting for you in the search. I'll def keep my eyes peeled! :)

    Oh. And I'd rather not mention my bathtub. ;)

  9. Oh, Amy ((hugs)) you know I went through the same thing over the summer. It's so hard and really like a divorce almost. Craziness!

    Anyway, I feel your pain.

    And I need to set your goal for writing. I've GOT to get Book 2 written, and challenges like that are the best way to do it!

    Happy reading, and love you, girl! :o) ((hugs))

  10. Go for it! You're doing NaNoWriMo early this year, eh? It's NEXT month already which means you're ahead of the game.
    Do you have a QueryTracker subscription yet? If not, I'll do some sleuthing on MG verse and send you a list.

  11. Accountability (and a little healthy competition) is always good!! Go, Emily and Amy!! I wish I was in the same spot, and I'd join in. :) But I'm so deep into edits of my current MS. Sigh.

    I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for agents looking for middle grade verse for sure. I know I've seen lots of agents practically begging for more middle grade to come their way.

    Hang in there, Amy! My dad and I were just talking about doors closing and windows opening last night.

  12. Sorry to hear about your parting of the ways, but I guess sometimes it's for the best. Good luck with the querying!

  13. Check our Sara Davis I think that is how you spell it. She was on Write On Con. Her agency is in Washington and England.

    Amy, I am almost finished with my mg novel. Want to trade???