Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.
"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
What Kind of Author are You?
So, we label ourselves, thinking that this is the way to find a niche.
This isn't the way for me. Or it was, and now it's not.
How wonderful to write my first novel without an audience in mind, just focusing on the characters and letting them develop the way they want to. The characters who happen to be teens.
Then came the querying and I eventually found my way to an agent who represents children and YA books. Score!
Then I landed a contract at FSG Books for Young Readers. Double score!
And then came my need to twist myself up in a pretzel to fit that label. Social media and marketing: Who am I? YA author.
And I may be just that.
I started writing with the goal to sell to a YA market. Edges was a "quiet" book, so I needed to write a teen book with more commercial appeal. Didn't I?
Three more novels, but no contracts yet.
Who is the one really pulling my strings?
I don't have to pigeon-hole myself as an artist, and neither do you. I am more.
I write stories, and that is that.
What kind of author are you?