May 8, 2013

Yearbook Meeting #1: The Lit Mag

Hey, Misfiteers! Welcome to our new monthly feature in which you can get to know the girls behind the argyle a little better by attending one of our "Yearbook Meetings!" This month's meeting is The Lit Mag, and here's what we're discussing:

What are you working on right now in your writer life?

I'm actually revising three (!) manuscripts, one NA and two YA. Sometimes a few things just converge at once and get a little crazy. My newest, JUST VISITING, just came back from CPs, and I'm really excited about it. It's probably the manuscript I've worked the hardest on, but I think it has the potential to be totally worth it. I also just sold my debut, BEHIND THE SCENES, so whenever that edit letter comes, it definitely takes precedence over everything! - Dahlia

I am revising BETWEEN after receiving my very first editorial letter, which was oddly exciting and not nearly as terrifying as I expected it to be. As soon as I turn these revisions in, I have a YA contemporary in the plotting stage that I'm really hoping to spend some time with, and I need to start plotting BETWEEN book two! - Megan

Sometime in the near future I'll be back in revisions for ASK AGAIN LATER, but for now I have this strange little sci-fi/contemporary story (weird? yes.) out with a few CPs, and I'm passing the time by drafting its companion novel. (Okay, but truthfully: I'm working on ALL THE THINGS. And finishing nothing. As usual.) - Chessie

Now that TEACH ME TO FORGET my YA contemporary is in the hands of my lovely agent, I'm ready to revise my new YA Contemporary IT WAS ALWAYS YOU. I've had one CP read this one and she had some great insight so I'm excited to get back to it. I've had a couple of ideas come up in my small break between MS's that I can't wait to write too ;o)  - Erica

I recently picked back up a YA Sci-Fi novel I'd drafted a few years ago. I got halfway through it and ran out of steam, but I couldn't stop thinking about it, even years later. So here I am reworking the plot, and I am actually thinking about aging it up to be an NA Sci-Fi. It's been pretty fun, and seems to be making all the difference. I'm also dabbling with an epic fantasy idea just for fun. - Jamie

I have about 4 different ideas that I'm trying to flesh out - one romance, one angsty romance, a psychological thriller, and one that I'm not quite sure how to classify. But I'm doing all this in between long distance house hunting, working full time, and getting ready for a baby, so things are a bit hectic! - Gina

I'm working on pounding my contemporary YA in shape. This story wasn't easy to write at all, but these characters just wouldn't let me go. I'm so excited to see it turn into what I wanted it to be! At the same time, I'm plotting my spy fantasy and flirting with Secret SciFi... and maybe that MG ms of mine. - Marieke

I think the better question is what am I not working on! Besides pre-pub stuff for EYRE HOUSE, I've got a YA Urban Fantasy I'm working on, that I'm really in love with. There's also an NA Sci-Fi/Space Opera, and a YA Contemporary redux of Northanger Abbey that I'd like to get back to. Moving houses has kind of backed everything up, but I'm hoping to get settled soon! - Cait

I'm outlining a new novel for a ghostwriting project I'm part of, and I'm getting ready to work on a final edit for TWO (the sequel to my debut, ONE.) And, of course, ONE comes out in just four weeks, so I'm having tons of fun writing blog tour posts and working with my street team to spread the word in tons of other ways! - Leigh Ann

I am currently deep in edits for The-Book-Formerly-Known-as-THE-ELITE. My editor's notes were amazing, and helped me understand exactly what I want this book to be…which has meant some pretty extensive revisions. But it's good! It's really good! Once I turn this round of edits in, I have a couple projects I'm messing around with, and also need to start plotting Book 2. Oh, and I'm maybe-definitely going to be doing some traveling soon, which maybe-probably-almost-definitely is going to involve a BOOK RESEARCH side-trip! So that is a whole lot of exciting, too! - Maggie

My YA contemp romance THE EXTRAORDINARY ART OF FALLING is part of The Writer's Voice competition, so I'll be working on tweaking my first page and query. I'm (still) revising my YA contemporary fantasy SIGNAL HILL and I just started outlining/writing a shiny new idea for a supernatural mystery. The fun part of my SNI is that it's in first person present. I've never written in first before, so it's a fun challenge! - Jenny

I have a few SNIs floating about in my head but for the most part, I'm still trying to figure out the plot of a project I started a few months ago. Planning for me usually takes several months while the actual writing takes several weeks so I'm trying to make sure I got everything figured out before I start writing again in the summer! -Lyla

What are you working on, Misfiteers?


tawney13 said...

I am working on revising two NA books, paranormal and fantasy, with my sister. I an working on my draft of my first ever YA Contemporary. Plus trying to outine two new WIPs, one YA dystopian and the other a YA mystery. I have too many ideas!!

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