As you may or may not know, I have been querying agents with several writing projects. It has been a roller coaster of a ride. As of right now, I have a full out and a second revision request on project 1, a full out on project 2, and a full and partial out on project 3. Despite the random crazy success stories, finding an agent and landing a publishing deal can take years….if it ever happens. I started querying last January. Over the past months, I have stumbled around some great resources for aspiring writers, and I will spend Wednesdays sharing some of them with you.
One of the most important things an aspiring writer needs is a great and honest (especially the honest part) writing community. YALITCHAT.ORG is one of the best communities out there for writers of YA lit. The site offers everything from places to perfect your query, crit groups for your first pages, submission and contest opportunities, and Agent Inbox (where if your if query is polished it will be sent to one of the many agents on the panel. Granted it appeals to what the panel agents are currently looking for). I currently have a partial out as a result of my participation with Agent Inbox.
YALITCHAT.ORG also offer great contests! Currently, they are running a query contest. Novel Novice visitors can actually participate in this contest by visiting the voting site and voting for the queries they feel sound interesting and are well-written. In fact, I wouldn’t horribly mind if you went and voted for BEFORE / DURING / AFTER…it might just be mine. You can find it on page 4. (I have no shame).
Many of the community’s resources and groups are free, but all services are open to members who pay the yearly subscription fee of $30.00. I can promise you it is well worth it.