Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The brilliant creative minds at YA Highway have done it again! For their Road Trip Wednesday this week they asked us what our favorite fictional characters would submit to FMyLife. We are ELATED to participate in this topic- what's more fun than giving a voice to our fave fictional characters??? Here we go!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Hey there, aces. We hope you had a great weekend! This Monday, we are going to kick off the Songs for Scenes edition of Music Monday. What we'll do for this special edition is suggest songs that you should listen to to help you write certain scenes. You know, those scenes that you're trying to include in your WIP or edit from your completed manuscript. The ones that focus on love, fighting, intensity, somberness, action, and emotion.
Good Songs for Writing Love Scenes:
- In Your Eyes- Peter Gabriel
- I Just Can't Stop Loving You- Michael Jackson
- I'm Yours- Jason Mraz
- Overjoyed- Stevie Wonder
- Wonderwall- Oasis
- Unchained Melody- The Righteous Brothers
- Stellar- Incubus
- At Last- Etta James
- All My Life- K-Ci and Jojo
- I Caught Fire- The Used
Can you think of any good songs we left off of the list?
Friday, June 18, 2010
We are a little stressed with end of the school year crap- so it was a nice surprise to get an award from our long-lost sister, the lovely Blue Lipstick Samurai. YEAH!!!! Look at how cool this award is:
Now, in order to accept this award we have to do the following:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason! (In no particular order...)
4. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.
1.) Although we technically were born as cousins- we are in fact, the same person. Just so ya know!
2.) Pam can do the Stanky Legg, the Jerk, and she can crank that soulja boy!
3.) Quita can roll her stomach.
4.) We both have an affinity to stalking Hollywood actors/musicians.
5.) We can rap the entire theme song to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and remix it with the tune to the Golden Girls.
6.) We have a weakness for chocolate chip cookies, General Tsao chicken, lasagna, and pizza-YUMM!
7.) We are responsible for half of the revenue that Tropical Smoothie has made this year.
We pass this on to the following bad ass and intriguing bloggers:
Go check out their blogs now- we know you'll love them as much as we do :) We love awards! Woo hoo!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Okay, buddies. Let's nab you all another agent! This time around we're giving a shout out to Jessica Sinsheimer, an associate agent from the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. Ms. Sinsheimer attended Sarah Lawrence College and has "developed a reputation for fighting office members to see incoming manuscripts first." An agent willing to go head-to-head for a peek at your work? Sounds pretty cool! Here's more info:
Why I Heart Her: She believes that YA can be "more tender-more emotionally raw, and messy" than some adults works. That's exactly what I strive for in my own work--a warts and all approach to adolescence.
Why You'll Heart Her: She's going to be teaching a class at an upcoming conference on how to increase your odds of an agent loving your work. She's giving away a secret formula! If possible, I highly recommend you attend the DFW Writers' Conference next February.
Who She Represents: Ms. Sinsheimer is still relatively new in the agenting game, but I did see on Publishers Marketplace that she just negotiated a two-book deal for her client, Gwen Hayes, in March 2010 (her first novel is YA). Other clients represented by the agency include Linda Hogan, Laurel Holliday, and John Ash among many others.
What She's Looking For: She's on the look-out for literary fiction, YA, women's fiction, and nonfiction including memoirs, cookbooks, psychology, and parenting.
Notable Net Nuggets:
Guide to Literary Agents interview
Guest blog on Guide to Literary Agents
Absolute Write Water Cooler
Getting Past the Gatekeeper blog (Shh! Don't tell anyone this is Jessica!)
Agent Appreciation Day post by Gwen Hayes
How to Submit to Her: Send a query, preferably through e-mail, to Submissions@SarahJaneFreymann.com. She also doesn't mind seeing a few sample pages. For complete guidelines, please click here.
All comments about Ms. Sinsheimer is that she's a totally chill sweetheart. She also seems so eager about the publishing industry, and I think it's great to have someone with that much enthusiasm in your corner. Good luck!
Monday, June 14, 2010
Hey, aces! It's that time again- the start of a new work week and time for some MUSIC!!! Why are we so happy this Monday, you ask? We have six, count them, SIX, days left of work until we are free for some summer fun. Woot, woot!
This time we are discussing a character from Quita's completed manuscript, Chasing Manson. The manuscript came from a screenplay that we collaborated on. In our heads, we thought that the main character would look like Josh Hartnett (another one of Quita's husbands-to-be) take a moment to revel in all of his sexy handsomeness:
Moment up! The main character in CM is 18 yo Blue Hudson. Blue is a listless high school graduate who becomes obsessed with Charlie Manson and the Family. The novel is set in 1972, therefore musical research had to be done. Music from the late 60's and early 70's were used to help shape this character.
Blue loves music and narrates sometimes with song lyrics- also the chapter and section titles in CM are all named after popular songs during the 60/70's.
If Blue were to make a playlist it would look something like this:
- Yellow Submarine- The Beatles
- Somebody to Love- Jefferson Airplane
- Happiness is a Warm Gun- The Beatles
- Hit the Road Jack- Ray Charles
- Witchy Woman- The Eagles
- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction- The Rolling Stones
- Riders on the Storm- The Doors
- Never Learn Not to Love- The Beach Boys
- Bad Moon Rising- Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Come Together- The Beatles
** Feel free to scroll back up to look at that GORGEOUS HAWT Josh Hartnett one more time. Whoo!**
Friday, June 11, 2010
Writing song of the day: "We Are the Champions" by Queen (check it out below!)
Hey there :) Glad you could make it to our blog today. Are you having a good Friday so far? Good! We are too! Man, we have so much to do this weekend- write, go to a graduation, write some more, see a few movies...
Oh, are we forgetting something???
We had a contest? Are you sure?
Did we say we were gonna announce it TODAY?
Have we ever mentioned that we think we have adult ADHD? Well...ooh, there's a $2.00 tank top sell at Old Navy this weekend!
Oh, right. Contest! Are you ready to find out who won?
Are you sure?
Okay, before we expose the winners a quick word about how we chose them. First, we assigned each of the participants a number. There were a few ways to get extra numbers assigned to you:
- If you tweeted
- If you blogged or put our contest somewhere on your blog
- If your response to our question- which author would you like to collaborate with- was OUSTANDING.
Reminder of what you will win:
Third Place: $10 gift card to iTunes Second Place: $10 gift card to iTunes and $15 gift card to Amazon
First Place: $10 gift card to iTunes, $15 gift card to Amazon, and an Intro to YA Collection featuring these pinnacle books:
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- Crank by Ellen Hopkins
- Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott
- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
So, you're ready to know who won now, huh? Okay then! Scroll down- go!
One more thing!
If you are a winner, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the mailing address that you would like us to send your materials to. NOTE- iTunes and Amazon giftcards will be sent electronically.
Okay- enough wasting time. Here's what you came here for: THE WINNERS!!!!
3rd Place- Christa (thanks for tweeting!) for her take on collaborating with Meg Cabot!
2nd Place- The Blue Lipstick Samurai for her footwork (getting 3 EXTRA entries for tweeting etc.) and her unique idea to collaborate with William Shakespeare!
Drum roll please.....
BTW- We would LOVE to do this again for all of you who didn't win- sooo, how's about we get to 100 followers or so and see what other prizes we can pull out of our wallets :)