My reading list grows exponentially. Everytime I read a book, it'll mention three other books I feel I have to read. It's like a particularly relentless series of pop-up ads.
-A.J. Jacobs

Thursday, July 1, 2010


This whole No-Goal-Setting thing is all sorts of awesomesauce. That is, if you noticed (or even care) this is blog post #3, three days in a row. Whoa. Epic.

Aaaaand, I've been on a Super-Critting streak (record breaking - just ask Tina, Kristen, and Melissa) AND most importantly, I've been writing. Like, writing real words that are worth keeping around.
No more goals for me, NOPE, never again. So, please remind me of this when I get a wild hair up my rear end that tells me to make goals and I'm stupid enough to post them for the whole world to see and laugh at! :)

On to the real reason I'm posting. I was thinking earlier today (I know...that's a big one) about how close I am to the query stage of my MG ms, Post-It Bandits. Woot! I love the story, the characters, well, everything about it.

My concern: If I (by some crazy sort of luck) get this sucker an agent, will I then be an MG writer? Do I need to stick to that genre, that age? Because honestly, I love YA just as much, if not more than MG. Don't get me wrong, I love middle grade because I feel like that is the age to hook a reader and make them life long readers. It's also the age that I teach, and I love the idea of my students one day getting to read my very own book.

But my first ms was a Paranormal YA and I'm also in the process of writing a YA Dystopian and mapping out a co-authored YA Realistic Thriller with my oh-so-awesome critter, Kristen.

Can I be a MG writer and a YA one? What are your thoughts on this? And are any of you writers/lovers of more than one genre?

(Wow. It's good to be back!)

And, for those of you interested in the animal also known as a monkey-pig from my Bickering Blogfest post yesterday, I will leave you today with two equally disturbing pictures of one:

8 brilliant remarks:

Jen said...

Disturbing. That's a good word for it. I was scrolling through my blog feed just now and when I saw that picture, my first thought was, "what in the name of chocolate IS THAT THING?!?" So, I read YOUR blog first in order to find out. Posting similar images might be a good way to increase my own traffic. Hmmm... :-)

Summer said...

Dude, creeeeepy!!! What the hell?!

But congratulations on the MG book's next stage approaching. And I have no answer for you. :-)

Jemi Fraser said...

Totally creepy pic!

From what I've read most agents & publishers want you to continue to write in the same genre/age range for at least a couple of books to establish your name.

However, MG to YA isn't too much of a stretch - I don't think it would be a big issue.

~Jamie said...

I got an agent with YA... emailed her yesterday and said "What about a MG?"

Her response: Just be awesome, that's why I signed you. I can't wait to read your MG!

So... just be awesome girl!

Olivia Herrell said...

That is definitely a face only a mother could love. But is the mother a pig? A monkey? A punky? Hmm...


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Staci said...

Nice Picture! Yikes!!!!

Solvang Sherrie said...

WTH? Is that a real animal? No. That has to be the work of Photoshop...isn't it?