Friday, July 22, 2011

No Longer Nameless

So my Untitled Fairy Tale Dystopian Novel is such a mouthful and mostly a placeholder name. I hate working on a novel without a title because it doesn't feel official and it doesn't have the right feel. (The novel is nowhere near done at all, not even a quarter yet!) So today, I was thinking of adjectives that might work for this novel.

I love Melissa Marr's titles that have words that appear to oppose each other but they form a beautiful image when they're together. Wicked Lovely. Fragile Eternity. Radiant Shadows. Darkest Mercy.


I love Lesley Livingston's titles as well. Wondrous Strange. Darklight.


My dystopian novel is a retelling of "Beauty and the Beast," and the words "beauty" and "beast" oppose each other. I want to have adjectives that relate to that title. In the well-known fairy tale, Belle is the beautiful one and the Beast is the ugly one, but in my novel, there's a gray area for both of my characters.

Anyway, I was thinking of adjectives for "beautiful" and "beast." I used the thesaurus. I googled. I couldn't find words I liked of "beautiful." Then I decided I wanted to keep it simple. At first, I thought of the title "Beautiful and Wild," but it looked so plain. And it didn't stick out. But when I took away "and" and added a slash, I fell in love.

Beautiful/Wild

It reminds me of the movie Crazy/Beautiful which is a eye-catching title.

Maybe my new title will catch an agent's eye when I'm done writing the book!

Okay, now that I have my title, I should work on Beautiful/Wild!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mandy Hubbard's Contest at Her Site

Mandy Hubbard's RIPPLE is out today! Congrats to her! And it's her first book in hardcover! 




To celebrate, Mandy is holding a contest over at http://mandyhubbard.livejournal.com/253857.html. There will be 12 winners! I repeat, 12 winners! 5 on Twitter and 5 on her blog will win critiques (queries or 1st pages). And 1 on Twitter and 1 on her blog will win either RIPPLE or BUT I LOVE HIM! Sounds awesome, right? Even though it would be awesome to win one of her books, I could buy them, but critiques, well, I can't buy critiques! Check out the contest soon because it ends at midnight PST!

Friday, July 8, 2011

An Elevator Pitch Contest Over at YAtopia

Over at http://yatopia.blogspot.com/2011/07/elevator-pitch-competition-with-agent.html, you can give an elevator pitch to Bree Ogden from Martin Literary Management! It's a chance for an agent to see your work if your elevator pitch catches her attention :)

What's an elevator pitch? Well, you'll just have to check out the interview YAtopia did with Bree Ogden here: http://yatopia.blogspot.com/2011/06/going-up-ding-with-guest-bree-ogden.html.

Here's Bree's photo in case you want to see a visual :P

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer of Second Chances in the Top 5

So yeah, Summer of Second Chances is in the Top 5 on Inkpop. If we go into the specifics, it's number 3 which is still unbelievable! I never expected this sequel to go far in the rankings. I have the best readers! Now that it's in the top 5, I will keep it there. And if it stays there by the end of the month, then a HarperCollins editor will critique it.

The problem is that it won't be complete :(

I only have a quarter of the book written. I know it's impossible to write the rest by the end of July. But I'll try to write as much as possible! I hope it's half done, at least.

Because of this, I can't work on my Untitled Fairy Tale Dystopia until SoSC is done. This makes me sad since I wanted to go back and forth between the two. SoSC should be my top priority though.

Wish me luck in the writing venture!