Tales of a Writing Teen

When you think of teenagers, do you think of lazy, punk, kids, who are spoiled brats and do nothing? I want to change your idea of teens. We're determined. We're motivated. We're busier than ever. We have dreams. Mine is to be a writer, and I'm working toward it.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Titles

I don't know if I mentioned it here, but I received a rejection on my partial by Kathryn Green. Bummer. She didn't get caught up in the character's voices, which made me doubt the character's likability. Thankfully, a friend at Absolute Write read my first chapter and seemed to enjoy it, which gave me a self confidence boost.

Now onto the main event of this post, tiles. My novel, NORMALITY, INDIVIDUALITY, AND PERFECTION, is a book for YA, and the title isn't really YA friendly. I've received much negative feedback on it, so I finally brainstormed and came up with some titles. Comment and tell me your favorite. Tell me which catches your eye and intrigues you, which would be best for the YA market, etc. If I send out more queries, it will be with the new title.

1. NORMALITY, INDIVIDUALITY, AND PERFECTION (CURRENT TITLE)
2. GEEK TRIO
3. TRIO OF GEEKS
4. THREE GEEKS, ONE WILD YEAR
5. GEEKS WITH GOALS
6. GIFTED, SUPPOSEDLY
7. WE'RE GIFTED, SUPPOSEDLY
8. SMARTIES
9. FASCINATING: THE LIVES OF NERDS
10. EIGHTH GRADE THROUGH GEEK COLORED GLASSES
11. GEEKS VS. MIDDLE SCHOOL
12. GEEKS TAKE ON THE WORLD
13. MY ASPIRATION, MY FASCINATION, MY AWESOME EIGHTH GRADE YEAR

Thanks for your feedback.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Birthday Yesterday

Yesterday was my birthday. Pretty good overall, yummy cake, good presents, standard birthday stuff. It was hectic though. My brother was getting his stuff ready for college, I had to clean the fishbowl, had to jet to improv class downtown, and then had an orientation. Craziness!

On the agent front, I received a rejection. What a stinger, a rejection on your birthday. It was a cold one too, your standard form rejection, not even with my name inserted. It was a generic, "Dear Writer," letter. However, I find these query rejections don't hurt that much anymore. What hurts is when you send out a partial to an agent and then they reject you, because you have some hope that maybe they'll just want your full manuscript.

I've hardly done any work on my new novel. I'm excited about the idea though. I think I'll go and write now.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Welcome

Hello! Welcome to my blog. I was hanging out on Absolute Write's Watercooler, and saw how many writers had blogs. Also, many literary agents have blogs. I thought I might as well jump on the blogging bandwagon and talk about my life as a writer.

If you want to know a bit about me, I'm Megan. I'm fourteen years old. I wrote a novel about three gifted best friends, their eighth grade year, and the goals they are trying to achieve. It really is much more interesting than that, but I don't want to go into a longwinded description. At the moment, I'm querying agents about it. I have partials out with Michelle Andelman and Kathy Green, oh, and Michelle Wolfson. I forgot I sent it to her. I have a full out with Michael Bourret, but it was the full pre-rewrite, and it really did have some problems. I doubt he'll want to represent me. Anyway, that's a little bit about me.

Currently, I'm on the first draft of a YA novel. Not going to go into too much detail about the plot, but there's romance, tragedy, and it covers issues such as popularity, stereotypes, etc. I started it out in 3rd person, but I switched it over to 1st person, since that seems to work better for me.

Ok, well, I'm going to go back, waiting on replies from agent. I'm seriously not just going to wait around for them, or if I was, I wouldn't admit that, since it would sound quite pathetic.