inkpop Fundamentals: March 31, 2011
Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on March 31, 2011
★ Teen queen Meg Cabot to publish new YA fantasy trilogy! With YA series such as The Princess Diaries, All-American Girl, and Airhead, author Meg Cabot staked her claim in the publishing world as the queen of teen fiction. Now she is returning to the paranormal roots she displayed in series such as 1-800-WHERE-R-U and The Mediator with her latest fantasy trilogy…Abandon. The new series follows the story of “The wildly rich and beautiful Pierce Oliviera [who] died and came back to life—‘I was flatline for over an hour.’ Ever since, her life has been exceedingly complicated. Two years after Pierce’s near-death experience, the 17-year-old has been expelled from her posh Connecticut girls’ school; her mother has moved them to the South Florida island of Isla Huesos; and Pierce must cope both with being the new girl and with a dark, handsome guy, who she met while she was dead and who won’t leave her alone.” Though Abandon doesn’t hit bookstores until April 26, 2011; you can read Chapter 1 here. Publisher’s Weekly.
★ YA author Cara Chow shares her tips on finding an agent YA author Cara Chow was just like many aspiring writers a few years ago. The author of debut novel Bitter Melon – which was released in December of 2010 – was hunting for an agent, and figuring out the writing and re-writing process that everyone who wants to see their name in print goes through. Now Chow is sharing her tips and tricks with you. In a recent interview, Chow discusses how she found her agent, landing a book deal, and much more. Check it out here. GalleyCat.
★ Author Holly Black talks noir Though Holly Black’s The Spiderwick Chronicles and Modern Faerie Tales series are evident that she is, first and foremost, a fantasy author; her Curse Workers novels – the second of which, Red Glove, hits bookstores on Tuesday – would have you think otherwise. The YA series, which is said to be a mix of magic and romance, is infused with noir seen in detective movies from the 40s. One of Black’s favorite topics. “One of the things I really love about noir is it is an immensely romantic genre…The hard-boiled detective [stories] are very romantic! There’s a guy who’s come back from the war or some other hard time, and he thinks that he has lost his innocence. He’s living a hardscrabble life, often as a private detective, and a lady walks in… She represents somehow his lost innocence, so he believes in her, even though he knows he shouldn’t. He does whatever fool thing it is she wants him to do, and then she betrays him. In the process, he loses everything for that hope of love, which he usually doesn’t get.” Hollywood Crush.
Over to you…what do you think of Abandon? Will you be picking up a copy when it is released on April 26, 2011? If you’ve attempted to find an agent in the past, what tips do you have for others? Have you read Bitter Melon? Have you read Holly’s Black’s Curse Workers series? Are you a fan of 1940s detective noir?
Share your thoughts in the comments section!
Erika (aka inkpoperika)