The Secret Life of Writers


In case you haven't heard about it yet, despite my rather annoying-excited-numerous tweets, I thought I'd better blog about this, well, blog. 

From the first post:

The Secret Life of Writers came together when the five of us realized what a big, daunting place publishing can be - even once you've "got your foot in the door" - and that it might be a little easier for us if we tackled it together.

Better still, we're hoping to make it a little easier for you by sharing all of our behind-the-scenes experiences, as much as possible, and shedding a little light on the road from fledgling writer to published author. We'll be focusing a lot on not just writing, but what happens after the slushpile, as we feel like that's an area that's still shrouded in too much mystery. There are a lot of blogs out there to help you shine up your query, with researching agents, and to prepare you for The Call... but then what? The anxiety of edit letters, of cover reveals, of first book events, of being the newbie whose book suddenly has to stand out among all the experienced brilliance that's already out there - all that and more is what we're all about. We're all agented, and/or we have books on their way to the shelves, but we're still all figuring this out as we go along, too.

Sounds like fun, right? Right. So be sure to follow us!

Just in case you kind of have no idea who we are, here are the bios of the four other writers that are a part of this project:

Heather Marie is a YA writer represented by Michelle Witte from Mansion Street Literary. She enjoys writing horror/supernatural stories that make you question that feeling of someone watching over your shoulder. Heather spends most of her days reading and writing and plotting her next idea. When she's not in her writing cave, she enjoys watching creepy TV shows with her husband and picking apart plot holes in movies.

Andrea Hannah is a YA writer represented by Victoria Marini of Gelfman Schneider. She writes stories about criminals, crazy people, and creatures that may or may not exist. When she's not writing, Andrea teaches special education, runs, spends time with her family, and tries to figure out a way to prevent her pug from opening the refrigerator (still unsuccessful). Oh, and she tweets a bajillion times a day, mostly about inappropriate things. 

Born and raised in northern Louisiana, Leah Rae Miller still lives there on a windy hill with her husband and kids. She loves comic books, lava lamps, fuzzy socks, and Cherry Coke. She spends most of her days reading things she likes and writing things she hopes other people will like. Her YA novel, THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD, releases Summer 2013 from Entangled Teen. 

Stefanie Gaither wrote her first "novel" at the age of nine, about a whale named Billy. It may or may not have been a total ripoff of a certain whale from a certain movie that rhymes with bee dilly. These days, she mostly writes YA novels about killer clones and spaceships, with the occasional romp with dragons and magic-users thrown in for good measure. Said writing is generally fueled by an obscene amount of coffee and chocolate, as well as the occasional tennis and/or soccer break. She's represented by Sara Megibow of Nelson Literary. 

Today is my turn for an introduction. I share some things about myself that no one knows yet, and there's also a chance to win a ten-page - along with your query - critique!