Amy Boggs joined Donald Maas Literary Agency in 2009. She keeps a twitter account where she shares how much she loves science fiction YA. Amy Boggs is looking for novels (not just science fiction–she wants other genres as well) that include diverse characters–not just in terms of race, but religion, gender, sexuality, and disability as well.
Querying Song of the Day: “Is it Scary?” by Michael Jackson
2. report of horrifying experience: a true account of something very unpleasant or shocking
Go here for some interesting horror writing tips (the site brags that it’s only for the “serious horror writer”, so it must be good).
Querying Song of the Day: “Somewhere Out There” from An American Tale
So, what the heck is a fractured fairy tale?
According to Marilyn Kinsella a fractured fairy tale is “…a fairy or other folk tale that has been modified in such a way as to make us laugh at an unexpected characterization, plot development or contrary point of view.”
Go here to have fun making your own fractured fairy tale!!!
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**DISCLAIMER** We are BY NO MEANS telling anyone to follow trends or try to hurry and write novels based on these features. This is for people who have written, or have been thinking about writing, on the topic presented.
Querying Song of the Day: “A-Punk” by Vampire Weekend
What Agents Want is a new series in which we will research what trends/topics agents are looking for right now. We’ll give you information on the trend/topic and the agent that is looking for this specific type of project. The better to query with, my dears.
This week, we are gonna discuss a topic in YA that is picking up steam…pun intended. Yes, we’re delving into steampunk. A few of our bloggy pals have already discussed this topic, helping me and Pam to better understand it. Holly broke down exactly what the steampunk genre is all about here. She explains that steampunk is generally novels that are set around the nineteenth century and Victorian-era Britain where technology and fictional or magical elements are incorporated. And Alicia took us inside a steampunk museum here. She got to see a steampunk pinball machine AND she gives some good steampunk music suggestions.
There are several agents that are looking for steampunk novels. Amongst them is Kathleen Ortiz of Lowenstein Associates. It even says on their website that steampunk is one of the genres that Kathleen is desperately seeking.
- It meshes science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction
- It involves an era where steam is still used (as a source of energy)
- Usually set in the 19th century and Victorian era Britain
- Science fiction and fantasy are prominent features
- It is influenced by Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Mark Twain, and Mary Shelly
- Usually features technology and innovations in the style that Victorians would have seen them
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare
Kathleen Ortiz was an editorial assistant and interactive media designer for the young adult section at Ballinger Publishing before becoming a literary agent with Lowenstein Associates. At Lowenstein, Kathleen represents Middle Grade (MG), Young Adult (YA), and adult novels as well as being the Foreign Rights Manager. Some of Kathleen’s clients (according to QueryTracker.net and Kathleen’s blog) include: Jamie Reed (Kathleen just sold her YA Paranormal Soul Impulse!!!), Dawn Rae Miller, Jennifer Walkup, and Sarah Fine.
So…if you have already written and polished your steampunk novel, OR if you are planning to write one (and you swear to polish, polish, polish it) then query Ms. Ortiz. How? Send an e-query to: firstname.lastname@example.org . Include the word QUERY and the title of your novel in the subject line. Address the query to Ms. Ortiz and paste the first ten pages into the body of the e-mail. DO NOT ATTACH your pages. The agency responds to all queries and usually does so in two to four weeks. For more detailed information on submissions, go here.
Did you know about steampunk before reading this post? Or better yet, have you already started a WIP in this genre???
3.) They are a form of shapeshifters (they can be either male or female)