Tip of the Day: There's been a lot of talk this week amongst YA authors on to blog or not to blog (aka-- what kind of things should we blog about? Only the good? The bad too?) so I thought I'd share my philosophy with the world. As an author, when you don't know what to share and what not to share online-- think WWMCD (What would Meg Cabot do?) If Meg wouldn't blog xyz then you shouldn't either! :-)
Em's query sharing this week got me thinking about my first query. My first book was a sort of journal format (a notebook passed between four best friends at school). I queried the heck out of this book let me tell you and it did get me my agent (though we did not end up submitting that book to editors). While I was querying for agents (and stacking up loads of rejections) some of the responses I got were that the journal format was dated, not "fresh" etc. I think I just accepted that must be the case. This week, however, I picked up this book from the library:
OH MY GOD!! I'm LOVING it! It's the journal of a 16-year old girl watching the world basically fall apart. It starts with everyone chattering and being excited about an asteroid about to hit the moon. Teachers are assigning essays on the moon and people are planning parties to watch the asteroid hit (reminds me of when there was a solar eclipse and people got the boxes to watch it). The asteroid hits and it's bigger than anyone could have expected. The moon has shifted (now HUGE in the sky) and it's causing all kinds of catastrophes-- tsunamis, earthquakes, volcano eruptions etc. Entire states are being wiped out and families that are more inland (this MC is in Pennsylvania) are struggling to survive. Gas prices soar, grocery stores close, and electricity is almost non-existent. The book seriously gripped me from the very beginning and I'm only halfway through so I'm dying to know how it ends of course.
Okay, but back to the topic of journal formats. I LOVE how the author used the format to tell this story. It is so not dated! Well, maybe I'm just so swayed by the concept of the book. What do you think? Are there journal formatted books you love? Is the journal format dead or alive?Kristina, Miss Delighted to Debut