Today, we are proud to be a part of one of our favorite events of the year: the Debut Author Bash that is hosted by YA Reads.
Nichole and the team have a gift of not only finding great debut authors, but pairing them with bloggers who are genuinely interested in learning/sharing more!
We have Rebecca Podos on the blog today, to talk about what she's learned throughout her publication journey + a giveaway!
A guest post from Rebecca Podos:
Author of The Mystery of Hollow Places
Balzer + Bray
Rebecca, as both a popular writer and an agent to several popular authors, could you share one expectation that you had about the publishing process before embarking on your career(s), that has changed since you've moved further down that road?
Before I was a literary agent, I was a grad student in the Writing and Publishing program at Emerson College, and I had at least a few ideas about the industry. I was a little foggy on the actual job description of an agent (who isn’t?) but I learned from teachers, guest speakers and peers already in the business that it was a long, fabulous, frustrating road.
Here’s one thing I didn’t know, not about being an agent, or about being an author: it takes the whole damn village to make a book.
I got that agents sold rights, that editors went through novels with a careful red pen. In fact, my agent has been my first reader, my cheerleader, my therapist, my editor when there was barely a book to edit. And my editor? He’s been more gracious with his time and support and brilliant in his creative vision than I’d hoped.
But I didn’t fully understand the army roaming the halls within each publisher; those who work in production, design, sales, publicity, and marketing, who don’t always get the glory, but are nonetheless indispensable. I hadn’t factored in how tirelessly booksellers, librarians and teachers work with authors to put together programs, to gather crowds for their readings and promote their books online, by word of mouth and in classrooms.
And I definitely underestimated the writing community. Since the sale of HOLLOW PLACES, I’ve learned so much from the very authors who pretty much built the young adult industry. I’ve been inspired by my fellow debuts who kick ass out there in the world, then going home and sequester themselves with a strong beverage and a draft of their next books. Spaces like Twitter have given me the opportunity to listen to writers with far different experiences than me, so I can better serve and support them as both a writer and an agent. It’s a big, beautiful, diverse, endlessly passionate community, and it demands respect.
So that’s the biggest thing I’ve learned in both careers: It is, in fact, a long, fabulous, frustrating road, but as much as it feels like it at times, we are never on that road alone.
About the book:
Now Imogene is seventeen, and her father, a famous author of medical mysteries, has struck out in the middle of the night and hasn’t come back. Neither Imogene’s stepmother nor the police know where he could’ve gone, but Imogene is convinced he’s looking for her mother. And she decides it’s up to her to put to use the skills she’s gleaned from a lifetime of reading her father’s books to track down a woman she’s only known in stories in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she’s carried with her for her entire life.
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