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Posts Tagged ‘Ally Condie’

Editors Share Secrets for Aspiring Authors

scwbi304Hundreds of writers gathered at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Summer Conference in Los Angeles last weekend.

The annual “Editor’s Panel” featured a star-studded collection of editors, including Dutton Children’s Books publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel–she’s worked with Ally Condie, John Green and John Grisham, among many others. Strauss-Gabel snapped that photograph of her view from stage during the panel. GalleyCat was there, gathering advice for aspiring writers…

1. You need to send the manuscript to the right editor. Strauss-Gabel explained: “I’m very attentive to fit both the imprint and if it is a good manuscript for me. We mean it when we say ‘this is not the right manuscript for me.’ I know another editor could bring something to that manuscript that I couldn’t.” She advised writers to read an editor’s body of work and understand what kind of books they love.

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Help 15 Authors Finish a Short Story on Goodreads

Ever wish you could help your favorite novelist finish writing a story?

Over at Goodreads, a team of authors played a game of exquisite corpse and wrote part of a short story together. Participating authors included Charles Yu, Robin Sloan, Anne Lamott and Ally Condie. Now you can help them finish the story:

What’s the best way to celebrate May’s National Short Story Month? With a brand-new short story, of course! We’ve enlisted 15 brave and brilliant authors, starting with Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan, for a bout of Exquisite Corpse—the classic parlor game popularized by the Surrealists, wherein each participant continues a story based only on the previous person’s lines. All of the writers are seeing the full story for the first time with this post, but our Internet experiment isn’t over. Last up was the legendary Margaret Atwood, and now it’s your turn. Keep the game going in the comments section!

Ally Condie Lands Deal for Two New Novels

Matched trilogy author Ally Condie has inked a deal to publish two new novels with Dutton Children’s Books. The Penguin Young Readers Group imprint will release the first book in fall 2014.

Writers House agent Jodi Reamer  negotiated the deal for North American rights with publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel. Strauss-Gabel will  also edit the books. Here’s more about the book, from the release:

[The book] tells the story of Rio, who has waited her whole life for the opportunity to leave her safe, underwater city of Atlantia for life on the surface. But when her twin sister, Bay, shocks everyone and chooses Above first (only one family member may go), Rio is left with increasingly dangerous questions about the complex political and religious system constructed to govern the fragile divide between land and sea.

Ally Condie Fans Pose Inside Her Book Cover

To celebrate the final installment of the Matched trilogy, Penguin Group set up a photo booth at BookExpo America so fans could pose for a photograph inside a 3D life-size replica of Ally Condie’s book cover.

Fans could share their photographs online (we’ve embedded a sample above).

Ally Condie appeared at the Reached photo booth to check out the conference and do a little posing of her own. GalleyCat caught up with Condie and asked her what it was like to finish writing her first book series. Condie replied: “It’s kind of scary. It’s really exciting, but all the threads need to be tied together or not. Mostly I just want the readers to feel like this was satisfying.”

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Is Dystopian Lit Still Going Strong?

The New York Times recently profiled three young-adult dystopian titles: Bumped by Megan McCafferty, Crossed by Ally Condie, and Delirium by Lauren Oliver. All of these authors have published in the past, but fans of dystopian fiction can also expect some new novels from debut authors.

The video embedded above features the book trailer for Divergent, the first book in Veronica Roth‘s dystopian trilogy. Roth describes the book as being a story about “choice and identity.” According to Publishers Weekly, Roth’s agent Joanna Stampfel-Volpe pitched it as “The Hunger Games meets The Matrix.”

Lauren DeStefano‘s Wither kicks off The Chemical Garden trilogy; it features a world where people are bound to a limited lifespan and strict marriage guidelines. In June, Elana Johnson will publish Possession. The story stars Vi, a rebellious heroine hellbent on thinking for herself. Will dystopian lit continue to rule or will Greek myths dominate?

Five YA Authors in One Interview

How often can you meet authors who write about outer space, werewolves, dystopian societies, fairies, and reincarnation in the same event?

The Breathless Reads tour featured Beth Revis, Andrea Cremer, Ally Condie, Brenna Yovanoff, and Kirsten Miller.

We caught up with the five authors for advice on writing, getting published, and more. Highlights from the interview follows below.

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Find an Agent for Your YA Novel

Ally Condie (pictured, via) published several books before she came out with her recent New York Times bestseller, Matched.

We caught up with the author to find out how she landed an agent for her young adult manuscript–straight from the slush pile. We also found out what it takes to write dystopian fiction for a YA audience. Highlights from the interview follow below.

Q: How did you find your agent?
A: I sent out queries to agents who represented young adult fiction. I found their names online at agentquery.com and then researched them at Publishers’ Marketplace and online to make sure they would be a good fit (i.e., I wasn’t sending young adult fiction to those who didn’t represent it!). A friend clued me in to all of these websites—things had changed a bit since I originally queried my first book in 2004!

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