When & Where Can I Get This LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US Book?

Millions of people keep asking when my book is coming out! Okay, not really that many people but my mom has a bad memory, so I am writing this quick post.

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LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US is not out yet. However, it can be PRE-ORDERED! You can do this right now online via Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and you can also check your local indie bookstore site. LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US can also be found on BookLikes and GoodReads…so you can add it to your TBR lists. Even though you can’t hold it yet, DO mark your calendar for MARCH 15, 2016 because that is when it releases! You will then get to read and dance around with my book. MARCH 2016 y’all!

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March is a great month. You’ll be able to buy it for your friends, lovers, frenemies, and family for St. Patrick’s Day, Spring, Promposal gifts (because this should be a thing!) and then all the other 2016 holidays.

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Also, you can find the boutonniere, perfect dress and/or lipstick to coordinate with the LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US cover for 2016’s prom season. Convenient, eh?

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And hey: special thanks to everyone who’s expressed interest and enthusiasm for my book this far. It’s so exciting and very humbling. (Eeeeeee!) I still can’t believe it. (Here’s my book deal story, in case you missed it).

I’ll be sure to update this post whenever I get more details! (Actual day! The cover! Buy Links!) Okay. That’s all.

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XOami

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2015 MG & YA Debuts To Watch For

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Please let me know via twitter or in the comments if a title or release date has changed or if *gasp* I’ve made a spelling error. Also FOR SURE let me know if you know of any other MG or YA debuts that I can add to this list!

WINTERish RELEASES

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JANUARY

13: Maggie Hall, THE CONSPIRACY OF US

13: Gail Nall, BREAKING THE ICE

20: Susan Adrian, TUNNEL VISION

27: Michelle Falkoff, PLAYLIST FOR THE DEAD

27: Dan Gemeinhart, THE HONEST TRUTH

27: Holly Smale, GEEK GIRL

FEBRUARY

3: Courtney Alameda, SHUTTER

3: Lee Kelly, CITY OF SAVAGES

3: Laurie McKay, VILLAIN KEEPER

3: A.L. Sonnichsen, RED BUTTERFLY

5: Eve Ainsworth, SEVEN DAYS

5: Maya Rock, SCRIPTED

5: Abbie Rushton, UNSPEAKABLE

10: Lisa Aldin, ONE OF THE GUYS

10: Victoria Aveyard, RED QUEEN

10: MarcyKate Connolly, MONSTROUS

10: Cindy L. Rodriguez, WHEN REASON BREAKS

10: Jasmine Warga, MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES

17: Kathryn Holmes, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND

24: Alison DeCamp, MY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES (98% TRUE!)

24: Catherine Doyle, VENDETTA

24: Melinda Salisbury, THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER

26: Abi Elphinstone, THE DREAMSNATCHER 

MARCH

3: David Arnold, MOSQUITOLAND

3: Bibi Belford, CANNED AND CRUSHED

3: Lisa Freeman, HONEY GIRL

3: Mary McCoy, DEAD TO ME

3: Becky Wallace, THE STORYSPINNER

10: Francesca Haig, THE FIRE SERMON

10: Kristy Shen & Bryce Leung, LITTLE MISS EVIL

17: Sheila Grau, DR. CRITCHLORE’S SCHOOL FOR MINIONS

17: Stacey Lee, UNDER A PAINTED SKY

17: Darci Manley & Shani Petroff, ASH

17: Moriah McStay, EVERYTHING THAT MAKES YOU

17: N. K. Traver, DUPLICITY

17: Jenn Marie Thorne, THE WRONG SIDE OF RIGHT

18: Melody Maysonet, A WORK OF ART

24: Aisha Saeed: WRITTEN IN THE STARS

24: Erin Estrada Kelly, BLACKBIRD FLY

24: Rhiannon Thomas, A WICKED THING

24: Tommy Wallach, WE ALL LOOKED UP

SPRINGish RELEASES

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APRIL

2: Tatum Flynn, THE D’EVIL DIARIES

7: Becky Albertalli, SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA

7: I. W. Gregorio, NONE OF THE ABOVE

7: Marie Jaskulka: THE LOST MARBLE NOTEBOOK OF FORGOTTEN GIRL & RANDOM BOY

8: Fonda Lee, ZEROBOXER

8: Stefanie Lyons, DATING DOWN

14: K. E. Ormsbee, THE WATER AND THE WILD

14: Lance Rubin, DENTON LITTLE’S DEATHDATE

14: Michelle Smith, PLAY ON

18: Rachel Shane, ALICE IN WONDERLAND HIGH

21: Lori Goldstein, BECOMING JINN

21: Amy McNulty, NOBODY’S GODDESS

28. Jen Brooks, IN A WORLD JUST RIGHT

28: Melissa Grey, THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT

28: Megan Morrison, GROUNDED: THE ADVENTURES OF RAPUNZEL

28. Sabaa Tahir, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES

MAY

5: Sarah Benwell, THE LAST LEAVES FALLING

5: Wendy Brotherlin, FREAKS OF NATURE

5: Elaine Dimopoulos, MATERIAL GIRLS

5: Jenny Martin, TRACKED

5: Miriam Spitzer Franklin, EXTRAORDINARY

5: Krista Van Dolzer, THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING

7: Meredith Moore, I AM HER REVENGE

12: Holly Bodger, 5 TO 1

12: Angelica R. Jackson, CROW’S REST

12: Kelly Jones, UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER

12: Maggie Lehrman, THE COST OF ALL THINGS

15: Valynn E. Maetani, INK AND ASHES

19: Francesca Zappia, MADE YOU UP

26: Sonia Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton TINY PRETTY THINGS

JUNE 2: Cassie Beasley, CIRCUS MIRANDUS

2: Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, BOOK SCAVENGER

2: Virginia Boecker, THE WITCH HUNTER

2: Melissa E. Hurst, THE EDGE OF FOREVER

2: Cordelia Jensen, SKYSCRAPING

8: Lynn Lindquist, SECRET OF THE SEVENS

9: Gina Ciocca, LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE

9: David Fulk, RAISING RUFUS

9: Stephanie Oakes, THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY

9: Katie M. Stout, HELLO, I LOVE YOU

9: Jen White, SURVIVAL STRATEGIES OF THE ALMOST BRAVE

16: Lauren Gibaldi, THE NIGHT WE SAID YES

16: Adam Silvera, MORE HAPPY THAN NOT

16: Christine Hayes, MOTHMAN’S CURSE

16: Sharon Huss Roat, BETWEEN THE NOTES

SUMMER RELEASES

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JULY

7: Kris Dinnison, YOU AND ME AND HIM

15: Randy Ribay, AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES

20: Valeria Tejeda, HOLLYWOOD WITCH HUNTER

21: Amanda Panitch, DAMAGE DONE

AUGUST

4: Anne Boles Levy, THE TEMPLE OF DOUBT

4: Michelle Levy, NOT AFTER EVERYTHING

4: Shannon Grogan, FROM WHERE I WATCH YOU

4: Kaitlin Ward, BLEEDING EARTH

6: Dawn Kurtagich, THE DEADHOUSE

18: Alexandra Sirowy, THE CREEPING

FALL RELEASES

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SEPTEMBER

1: Carol Riggs, THE BODY INSTITUTE

1: Natasha Sinel, THE FIX

1: Ronald L. Smith, HOODOO

1: Jackie Lea Sommers, TRUEST

1: Nicola Yoon, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING

2: Mandy Mikulencak, FACING FIRE

3: Lauren James, THE NEXT TOGETHER

8: Marci Curtis, THE ONE THING

15: Anne-Marie McLemore, THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS

15: Heather Petty, LOCK & MORI

19: Kelly Loy Gilbert, CONVICTION

22: Mikaela Everett, THE UNQUIET

22: Mike Grosso, I AM DRUMS

22: Mackenzi Lee, THIS MONSTROUS THING

29: Laurel Gale, DEAD BOY

29: Amy Lukavics, DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS

TBA: Isabel Bandeira, BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER

OCTOBER

6: Ann Jacobus, ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT

6: Sarah J. Schmitt, IT’S A WONDERFUL DEATH

7: Marcy Beller Paul, UNDERNEATH EVERYTHING

NOVEMBER

10: Charlotte Huang, FOR THE RECORD

24: Kate McGovern, RULES FOR 50/50 CHANCES

DECEMBER (so winter!)

8: Ryan Dalton, THE YEAR OF LIGHTNING

9: Sarah McGuire, VALIANT

16: Claire Kennedy, AFTER HOURS

MOVES FROM 2015 to 2016:

Jan 2016: Patrick Samphire, SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB

Feb 2016: Ami Allen-Vath, PROM BITCH

Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler is here!

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LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT by Dahlia Adler is out today! LWaT is Dahlia’s first New Adult book and it’s been on my GOTTA HAVE list since I first read about it. (For 411 on Dahlia’s YA Behind The Scenes and those upcoming go HERE).

I’m totally into a book that can combine feelsy, sexy and witty, and Last Will and Testament sounds like it hits all these marks. Read the blurb to see what I mean:

Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she’s acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she’ll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn’t exactly Lizzie’s biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you’re ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks… and that she’d like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he’s not the kind of guy who’d ever reciprocate.

Until he does.

Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.

Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left.

Sounds great right? Here’s an excerpt just in case you need proof that you want and need it:

“Did you mean what you said?” he asks. “About dropping?”

“I’m not sure yet.” No point in lying, especially to the one person who’s actually been helping me organize my thoughts. It’s not like I know I can get into another class this late, but I do know the idea of sitting in one with him is torture. And the truth is, it’s not just his class I’ve been thinking about leaving. The more of Tyler’s moodiness I observe, the more I wonder if Radleigh itself just isn’t the right place for us right now.

“You can’t make me the difference between staying and going,” he says tightly, bracing a hand on the back of kitchen chair. He doesn’t meet my eyes, but instead watches his own knuckles go white from his grip. “That’s not fair.”

I snort. “First of all, you’re talking to someone who lost her parents in an instant and became an eighteen-year-old mother of two, so if you want to compete about ‘fair,’ you’ve brought a fucking watergun to the Second Crusade.”

“That’s not—”

“Second of all, this isn’t a ‘boo hoo, the boy I like doesn’t like me back so I’m uprooting my life’ situation, okay? I need an A in all my classes this semester in order to keep my scholarship, which I need to stay here. Now my transcript is shot to hell. Honestly, it’d probably be better for both me and the boys if I stopped wasting money on my tuition altogether and got a full-time job instead. Maybe then I could actually afford to get the boys’ their own damn bedrooms.”

“But you’re getting an A in the class….”

“Maybe for now, but you think that’s gonna hold up without you tutoring me?” I all but growl, taking care to make sure the boys can’t hear me through the door. “You think I’m gonna be able to focus in class every day? Watching you hand out papers and remembering how those hands feel on my skin? I’m supposed to listen to you lecture and not think about how you said my name like I was a glass of water and you were dying of thirst?”

“Lizzie, stop.” His knuckles are so white now I swear I can see bone through the skin. But I don’t care. I’m not done.

“I can’t be around you. I’m sorry if that sounds crazy to you or whatever. But I need to focus, and I don’t see myself doing that when all I can think about when I see you is finishing what we started.”

Connor swallows hard. “Even now?”

“I threw myself at you earlier today, Connor. Just because your feelings go away with the snap of your fingers doesn’t mean mine do.” The humiliation of my admission burns in my face, and I gather up the remaining dishes with a clatter and stalk past him to drop them in the sink. When I turn back around, he’s standing in my face, so close I can feel body heat radiating from every inch of him.

“You don’t really think that’s what happened, do you?”

“I don’t know how else to explain it,” I counter, but all the fight’s gone out of my voice. He’s just too close. The heady scent of his aftershave is scrambling my brain cells.

“I told you—because I’m your TA. And everything you just said is exactly why they forbid us from getting involved.”

“Then why are you here?” I rasp.

“Because I can’t not be.” He takes the last step needed to close the space between us and slides his hands into my hair, pulling me into a starving, searching kiss. His tongue sweeps my mouth as if he doesn’t want to miss a spot, and pressed up against him as I am now, there’s no doubt he wants me every bit as much as he did last night, if not more. Even when he pulls away, panting.

Told you you want it. Win a copy by leaving a comment below or retweeting this tweet from my Twitter feed. If you don’t win or just can’t wait until tonight to see if you won a copy, here’s Last Will and Testament on GoodReads and all the links to find & buy your own: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Smashwords | Kobo

For your chance to win an eCopy of Last Will and Testament, leave a comment below with your name and –not necessary to win–your twitter handle, if you have one or you can retweet the LWaT tweet on my Twitter feed. Winner announced here and Twitter at 9 pm EST!

When One Of Your Most Wildest Dreams Is Coming True

Oh, hi guys! I have a super fun incredibly exciting post for you today.

Yo doooo? (on writing advice from non writers)

Yes, I do. And it’s awesome. I will try to make it quick. No, no I won’t.

When I was 12, my BFF Donna and I would trade books back and forth like they were the most delicious drug of your life. We were two book-loving kindred spirits and it was lovely.

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Anne of Green Gables, The BabySitter’s Club, Sweet Valley everything, Catcher In The Rye, Wuthering Heights. Basically, we were two badass kids living in an awful religious commune cult at the time and any decent book we could get our hands on was like…high inducing. I am not ashamed, WE WERE FREAKING CRAZY ABOUT THE BOOKS. (And also NKOTB bc duh!)

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So. I read Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes. I loved it. I was inspired. I went from creating mini magazine parodies and drawing cartoons to giving my first actual novel a go. I wanted to write a book with all the feels too. Maybe I wasn’t your average twelve year old: My book was about a girl who watches her depressed friend shoot herself. Donna was my first reader. She was probably freaked out.

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Lucky for her, it got tricky to write first person, present tense point-of-view and I gave up. I went back to making little magazines and improv-ing sketches on tape.

That was a long time ago. Since then, I’ve written hundreds of poems and songs, an unfinished screenplay, a short story. (You know, all the things that’ll never see the light of day). In 2008, I started a memoir-based novel. But I was also working a job that got kind of…

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Then long story short I quit that job & decided to get all up in my book writing. I pulled out my one writing book, notebook, files, checked out and bought more writing books, cruised the internet, and learned a lot. I also ditched the memoir-based novel because my writing partner in crime (one of my high school BFFs) Laura said, “Let’s start something new and fun and just write!” So I opened up a new file, and was inspired by high-school, first love, good times, bad times, and of course some 90210 drama.

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Wait. Not old school 90210, new 90210 with Matt Lanter.

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I titled the new document PROM BITCH and just started writing. I kept writing and sharing chapters with Laura and also sent them to my non-writerly but gracious, awesome & supportive BFF Jen. These two were so awesome during this time because that first draft was a hundred drafts ago, you guys and was shit so, so rough but Jen & Laura were always like YAY! GO! THIS IS LIKE A REAL STORY! I LOVE IT!

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And I queried and got an agent! Victoria Lowes believed in my book too. And then the revisions. I revised once more, then with Victoria, I revised two more times. And then I entered what most writers call “SUB HELL.” This is the time where it’s like querying, but instead of getting an agent to love your book enough to want to sell it, your agent pitches it to editors. Yes, it was hell, I suppose. But for me, it was also really, really exciting. Victoria really guided me with those revisions and I think we got a great book out there so the rejections were actually pretty easy to take. Also, it’s easy for me to say this now. I won’t even lie. Sometimes the process did feel like reliving my twenties. You know:

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No leg shaving

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and the Wait! What? Whyyyyyy?

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& treats to ease the pain:

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Ok Fine. Super Long Story. Wrapping it up. It wasn’t too long before Victoria emailed me with: CALL ME AS SOON AS YOU GET A CHANCE! : ) Right away I knew it was an offer. (because what kind of evil agent would email you something like that if it wasn’t right?!) So I started sweating. I was in Barnes & Noble. I bought my daughter a giant cookie and a toy, put her in her carseat and called Victoria from the parking lot.

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I was right. Victoria said we had an offer! I was very:

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So Victoria explained it. Someone wanted my book! An editor wanted it and then my book made it through the acquisitions process–YAY! So, after some OMG hurry up you guys! fun paperworky contract agent/publisher stuff and me having the worst time holding onto this secret…

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I’m super thrilled and excited to announce that I HAVE A BOOK DEAL!

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Kristin Kulsavage of SkyHorse Publishing/Sky Pony Press has bought PROM BITCH for release in Fall of 2015! Here’s the deal announcement in Publisher’s Marketplace:

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In case you can’t read it, it says: “Debut author Ami Allen-Vath’s PROM BITCH, about a high school senior navigating prom season amidst panic attacks, a new boyfriend, & a suicide letter from the class outcast, to Kristin Kulsavage at Sky Pony Press, in a nice deal, for publication Fall 2015, by Victoria Lowes of The Bent Agency.”

You guys! YOU GUYS. My book will be something we can buy and hold and kiss and oh crap…READ, I guess! In Fall of 2015!?!? *kind of faints*

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So huge thanks to everyone who has been with me so far. I am not going to name all the names yet bc how boring would the book’s acknowledgements be if you’d already read them here. But HUGE thank you to the guy who was like “Whoa you’re writing a book? We better go get you a real laptop.” and “You’re gonna ignore me on our anniversary vacation in Puerto Rico to finish writing a book called Prom Bitch? Sure!”

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Yes, that’d be Justin, my amazing husband! (Who totally used to be a cop and totally thinks all my moves rock). Thanks Justin and thank YOU, supportive Family & Friends and Future Readers of my book!

xoxoAMI

SUCKER LITERARY VOLUME 3 Cover Reveal, Y’all!

Sucker Literary Volume 3 will be out April 15, 2014 and now has an awesome suckerlicious cover and it’s very own book trailer!

Check out the blurb on the eleven stories in Volume 3 and then scroll down for the long anticipated cover and of course the book trailer too.

Bullied and alone, Ainsley seeks refuge in the arms of a strange boy. Time is slipping away for overachieving Sadie Lin, but reigniting an old flame might help. Scarred by a pressuring ex, Alexandra finally faces the rain. “Pasty and chubby” Charlotte makes a public play for the “Tan and Smooth” king. The beautiful girl in the black, lacy push-up bra says that it’s time for Brenn to stop lying . . . at least to herself. A halfway house is no home for Dawn—or is it? How will Dana survive knowing everyone at school thinks she’s a monster, when they just may be right? JJ and her crush finally get a moment alone—at his girlfriend’s hottest party of the year. Sixteen-year old Sarah prepares for her first day of school by chaining up her Mamí in her bedroom. Alyssa’s life is a well-rehearsed ballet until a tragedy sends her hurtling towards a fall. Loving a boy is as simple as chemistry . . . unless that boy is an unstable element.

Eleven stories that delve into the depths of our experience—driven by fierce and untouched love that makes us seek, lose, fear, desire, long, reflect, survive, steal, protect, fall, and confess.

And now, scroll down for the cover…

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Look! Here it is:

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If you haven’t seen it, you ABSOLUTELY MUST check out the awesome Book Trailer. Yes click that now–go watch it!

And now that you can’t wait to read SUCKER LITERARY VOLUME 3, mark your calendar for April 15 & Add it on Goodreads! 

More about Sucker Literary & Volume 3:

Sucker Literary is a platform for established and emerging, hugely intelligent writers who have the grit and talent to create compelling, authentic young adult literature that both adults and teens can enjoy. We are a literary enterprise dedicated to showcasing and promoting undiscovered and established writers who write for young adults (this is not to be mistaken for young adult writers). We are not affiliated with any writer’s organization or program and welcome writers at any stage of their writing career/ journey.Founding Editor: Hannah R. Goodman

Contributors:

The H8TE Lilliam Rivera

Valentine’s Day Claudia Classon 

Halfway From Shelli Cornelison

Her Tree Boy Blaze Lina Branter

How To Fall Kacey Vanderkarr 

If it Rains Kristina Wojtaszek

Black Lacy  Kimberly Kreines

Superpower Mary Malhotra 

The Chemistry of You and Me Evelyn Ehrlich

Just a Matter of Time Charity Tahmaseb

A Different Kind of Cute Hannah R. Goodman

Check Sucker out online: www.suckerliterary.com Twitter: @suckerlitmag

What’s On Your SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY Bucket List?

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I love list-making so it’s weird that creating a real bucket list has been the only item on my said bucket list. Since Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY releases on the 18th of March, I’ve decided to share some things I’ve had floating around in my head the last days, years or decades.

But before I throw down my bucket list, let’s talk “To Be Read” Lists. Lemme drop this awesome cover & blurb for one of the 2014 book releases I’ve been waiting for. You’ll want to add this to your own “To Be Read” list and grab one on Tuesday, okay?

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The Fault in Our Stars meets Sarah Dessen in this lyrical novel about a girl with cancer who creates a take-no-prisoners bucket list that sets off a war at school—only to discover she’s gone into remission.

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs. So she convinces her best friend to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge as it is about hope. But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission, and now she must face the consequences of all she’s said and done.

Contemporary realistic fiction fans who adore Susane Colasanti and Jenny Han and stories filled with romance and humor will find much to love in this incredible debut.

Sounds like an awesome read, right? 

BUY SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY:

IndieBound or Barnes & Noble or Amazon 

Find the author Julie Murphy online: via her website (www.juliemurphywrites.com), tumblr (www.andimjulie.tumblr.com), or twitter (www.twitter.com/andimjulie).

Without a big to-do or confetti and fanfare, here is my surprisingly humble list for now:

AMI’S BUCKET LIST

THE SIMPLE:

Go on a 4-8 day vacation by myself, somewhere warm where I’ll write and read and eat all the lovely things 

Re-read my favorite Judy Blume books, and some Nancy Drew and Christopher Pike books

Travel to: Switzerland, France, Italy, & Germany again as an adult

Go back to Aruba with the husband

Go on a family vacation via winnebago

THE DREAMS:

Walk into Barnes & Noble and pick up a book with my name (by Ami Allen-Vath) on the cover

Do a reading and autograph signing for a book I’ve written

EXTRAVAGANT:

Win an Oscar for being in an amazing movie but never having to deal with the whole being famous bit

Have a personal chef, masseuse, housekeeper, and driver

Not so much to ask for, right? So, what things are on your bucket list? I want to know–the simple things, the dreams, the extravagant? Let me know an item or a few in the comments below.

What To Expect When You’re Expecting To Get An Agent

(Spoiler: Don’t Expect The Same Results As Anyone Else.)

Hey Guys! If you know me in real life or in the writing community, you probably heard my big news. I HAVE AN AGENT! At the beginning of this month, I signed with Victoria Lowes of The Bent Agency.

In case you didn’t know, a literary agent is only the beginning, because now it’s time to get the book ready for submission to editors/publishing houses, HOWEVER it’s kind of a big milestone in the writing community. Heres what it means to me: It means that someone else loves and believes in my book and thinks she can sell it. And she can deal with the connections, contracts, negotiating, rights, etc–all the stuff I don’t have the expertise and time for–which leaves me with time to focus on writing.

I’m incredibly grateful for all the writerly support I’ve received along the way. Because, once I finished my novel, I really didn’t have a clue to the next steps, or all the fancy rules, secret handshakes and different paths to be taken. I started reading a lot and realized there were so many agencies and agents to be researched and also a lot of other opportunities to enter your book’s pitch or first pages into contests for exposure. SO MUCH KNOWLEDGE OUT THERE. And so many writers that offer support and giving back in the same journey. If you write and you’re not on twitter, you’re missing out. There’s a great community of writers and publishing industry professionals there that are full of support, links, advice, and opportunity. Who knew twitter wasn’t just for finding out Mad Men spoilers or what Kanye ate for lunch?

So, back to me and my agent story! Michelle Hauck’s blog, “Michelle For Laughs” has a great agent interview section, “Query Questions,” which is where I first saw the interview with literary agent Victoria Lowes. The lovely Michelle asked me to write up a post on my very own Getting an Agent experience. So please, go check it out: Getting The Call: Ami Allen-Vath. 

The title of this post is What To Expect When You’re Expecting To Get An Agent. I like a good plot twist, so, since everyone’s journey is different, here’s what NOT to expect:

Don’t expect the same results as someone or everyone else. One person’s manuscript may get an offer before they even query it. Another writer may shelve five books before an agent offers representation on book six.

Don’t expect an agent to give you feedback just because they requested your manuscript. Agents are busy. Or they may not have read enough to offer anything valuable. Feedback is something to aspire for, it’s not owed to you. But yes, we can all agree that a form rejection on a full suuuuucks hurts the ego a bit.

Don’t expect that the feedback you do get is going to be some magic cure-all that’ll make you change that one thing to get you even more requests and an agent on the next round of queries. I kept waiting for feedback that would fuel me into a magical revision of my ms or query. Yes, I got feedback that helped but never was there this one big rejection with ALL THE NOTES and ALL THE ANSWERS. If an agent has feedback that’ll be magical and “offer inspiring,” it’s probably going to be an R&R or an ACTUAL offer.

Don’t expect that every query you send out will get a response. I had 26 queries that didn’t get a response.

Don’t expect that this book is THE book. But don’t expect that it’s not. As soon as I started believing in my next manuscript and preparing a mental list of contests and agents for book two, I got offers for book one.

ONE DO:

DO EXPECT great things from YOU. Make goals, rake in the knowledge, push hard, and move forward and up with every NO.

ONE MORE DON”T:

Don’t give up.