Monday, September 3, 2012

MEET & GREET!

 
IDEAL HIGH
Contemporary YA--75,000 words
Complete manuscript available upon request
 
 
In another attempt to get my YA manuscript, IDEAL HIGH, "out there" I've jumped into a Blog Hop sponsored by Deana Barnhart of the self-titled blog, Deana Barnhart. Throughout the month of September, she is offering pitch-to-agents-and-small-publisher opportunities on her blog.

Today is the informal Meet & Greet, complete with get-to-know-you questions...so, welcome to visitors old and new!

Where do you write? Almost anywhere, even while driving, but the serious, save-able stuff happens at my desk in my office.

Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see? My orange "Page Up Original." If you don't know what that is and you are a writer, Google it. You'll wonder how you lived without it.

Favorite time to write? When everyone's gone to school & work & the house is quiet. Really though, my favorite time is whenever the creative juices are flowing and the story "works."

Drink of choice while writing? Ice water or nothing.

When writing, do you listen to music or do you need complete silence? I sometimes listen to music as I'm settling in to write. I have a playlist that gets me in the mood of my story, but while writing it can be distracting. Music leads to singing, which leads to dancing...

What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it? I started out trying to write a poem (never a good idea if you're not a poet) wherein I apologized to a girl from high school that no one ever spoke to. I don't think she was bullied, she was just "invisible." Around that time I noticed a short mention in the newspaper of an accident where high-schoolers were killed and those two elements inspired IDEAL HIGH.

What's your most valuable writing tip? When in doubt, take it out.

http://deanabarnhart.blogspot.com/2012/08/gutgaa-meet-and-greet-sign-ups-and.html

25 comments:

Michelle 4 Laughs said...

Stuck in the middle again. I say that because we are both in the middle of the blog hop list.

I also write YA, but mine are fantasy. I'll have to check out what this Page Up Original is all about.

Nicole Mc said...

I love YA Contemporary. (I also write it) Yours sounds fascinating! Good luck!

Kimberly Gabriel said...

I don't know what Page Up Original is....I must go Google this now! ;)

janealfalor said...

I love with the story just "works" wish it happened more often. Nice to meet you!

Unknown said...

Love that when in doubt, take it out! Excellent advice.

Alleged Author said...

That's wonderful that you wrote a poem for the poor girl. I'm your newest follower. Very nice to meet you!

AA
http://anallegedauthor.blogspot.com/

Kelley Lynn said...

Another attempt. Oh gosh, that sounds SO familiar! And the inspiration sounds like it brought on a cool story.

Hopefully this blogfest is the key for you this time! :)

Very nice to meet you!

Pk Hrezo said...

Interesting. Sounds like a cool story. I like your tip too. :)
Nice to meet you!

Tamara said...

I second that motion to take it out when in doubt! Love your blog Valerie!!

Mara Valderran said...

I third the motion to take it out when in doubt! I love that you noticed the invisible girl and how that can be hurtful too. Very cool. I'm a new follower, so it is nice to meet you and I look forward to more with GUTGAA!

Angie Sandro said...

I like the source of your inspiration. Totally intriguing.

Nicole said...

Nice to *meet* you. See you around for GUTGAA!

Jeannette said...

I googled Page Up Original - I have something similar staring at me right now and yes, I could not live without it. :) I like your story idea. I've written a few apology letters in my life (in my head), and not because I was a meanie, but because I was just too self-centered as a teenager to be that extra nice that I should have been. You know. Nice to meet you and good luck trying to hook an agent!

Laurie Dennison said...

Hi, nice to meet you! Your inspiration story really hooked me!
Best of luck in GUTGAA!

Jadzia Brandli said...

Hi, and nice answers. I love your writing tip too. Simple and to the point. Good luck with GUTGAA! New follow here. Check out my blog if you have the time.

jadziabrandli.blogspot.com

Tamara said...

Hi. Thanks for hopping over to my blog to say hi! I liked your writing tip and your book sounds intriguing. I googled Page up original and it just looked like a paper weight. Is that right or did I miss something? haha. Good luck with your story!

Valerie Ipson said...

The Page Up has a slit in it and holds up a piece (or several pieces)of paper. If you make edits on a printed manuscript or scribble plot points on notebook paper, then the Page Up holds it up so you can see it as you type.

I didn't know I wanted/needed one till I saw it in action at a writer's retreat.

Tamara said...

Oh. okay. I get it now. Thanks! :)

katherineamabel said...

Love your writing tip - but also can't go past writing poetry isn't a good idea if you're not a poet. :)
Have fun in GUTGAA.
Kat
http://beyondthehourglassbridge.blogspot.com.au/

Nicole Zoltack said...

I drink water too. Nice to meet you - new follower.

Eileen Rhoadarmer said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Indeed, I haven't gotten as many visitors, being at the bottom. I also joined late, so that didn't help. Good luck with finding representation!

Jadzia Brandli said...

VALERIE! I tagged you for The Next Big Thing. You'd better check out my blog--now. :O)

Nichole Giles said...

Hi Valerie! Good luck with getting an agent/publisher.

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