Thursday, August 24, 2017

Am I a Good Enough Writer or Should I Just Quit Now? #pitchwars

I wrote this twitter thread a while back, but now that the Pitch Wars mentee list has been announced, I thought it'd be a good time to Storify it and add it to my blog.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Win an eARC of BREAKING THE RULES OF REVENGE by Samantha Bohrman

My book Keeping Her Secret is part of the multi-author Endless Summer series from Entangled Teen. Today, I'm giving away two eARCs of the third book in the series (each book is entirely standalone and they don't need to be read in order), Breaking the Rules of Revenge by Samantha Bohrman, releasing September 11th!

Mallory Jones is tired of being the girl who stays home and practices French horn while her identical twin, Blake, is crowned homecoming queen. So when she has the opportunity to pretend to be Blake, she takes it. At Camp Pine Ridge, she will spread her wings and emerge a butterfly. Or at least someone who finally gets kissed by a cute guy. That is, until bad boy Ben Iron Cloud shows up, ready to get revenge on Blake—aka Mallory.

If it weren’t for that infuriating girl, Ben wouldn’t even be at camp. Luckily, he now has six weeks to soak up some rays and get even with his nemesis. But the more time he spends with Blake, the more he realizes she’s nothing like the girl he thought she was—she’s kind and innocent and suddenly way too tempting. And soon enough, revenge is the last thing on his mind. Unfortunately, the girl he’s falling for is keeping a major secret…

Disclaimer: This book contains a super-hot bad boy out for revenge, all sorts of camp hijinks, and a girl who realized she’s been a butterfly all along.

Read the first chapter at Samantha's blog!

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About the Author

Samantha Bohrman lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and three children. As a kid, she attended every summer camp imaginable—gymnastics camp, French camp, biology camp, architecture camp, debate camp, band camp, and the list goes on. Sadly, as a teen, Samantha was too shy to ever attend a camp dance. She is making up for it now with plenty of fictional summer camp smolder.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Word Counts for Children, MG, YA, and Adult books, by genre

I've been getting a lot of word count questions from Pitch Wars hopefuls, so I though I'd write everything out in a post for ease and convenience.

These ranges are generalizations and there are always outliers. If you have a book that is a little bit outside these ranges, it's an extra hurdle and your book needs to be really great for the agent/editor to take a chance on it. If you're a lot outside these ranges, it's going to be nearly impossible to get a publisher to commit to a book from a debut author. Established authors have more leeway.

Childrens Books

  • Picture Book: 0-800 words, preferably in 300-550 range
  • Early Reader: 100 - 2,500 words, depending on level
  • Chapter Book: 4,000-13,000, preferably 6-10k

Middle Grade


  • Contemporary: 25,000-60,000, preferably 30-45k
  • Fantasy/Sci-fi: 35,000-75,000, preferably 40-60k

Young Adult


  • Contemporary: 40,000-95,000, preferably 55-80k
  • Fantasy/Sci-fi: 50,000-140,000, preferably 65-90k

Adult


  • Contemporary: 75,000-110,000
  • Literary: 60,000-80,000
  • Fantasy/Sci-fi: 90,000-125,000, preferably ~100k
  • Women's Fiction: 80,000-120,000
  • Romance: 40,000-100,000
    • Category Romance: 45-60k
    • Romantic Suspense: ~70,000
    • Historical: 60-95k
    • Single Title Contemporary: 60-100k
    • Novellas: 20-45k
  • Mystery/Thriller: 65,000-95,000, preferably ~80k
  • Memoir: 65,000-100,000
  • Historical: 80,000-120,000, preferably <100k