Inkpop Blog

Write, Read, Connect

Archive for the ‘The Carrier of the Mark’ Category

Finding an Agent

Posted by inkpopbecki on March 2, 2011

Agents! They’re a popular topic on inkpop and indeed in most writing communities. What are they? What do they do? Do you need them to get published? And most importantly how do you get one? Well join us today for a live chat in the inkpop forum events to speak with Agent Tina Wexler and the first author discovered on inkpop, Leigh Fallon.  In the mean time, we caught up with Tina and Leigh to hear about how agents find authors and how authors find agents.

How do I find clients?
My clients have come to me by way of conferences, contests, and pitch slams, as referrals from existing clients, and as referrals from editors and other agents. Some of my clients were people I discovered online and approached myself.  And, of course, I find clients by reading through my query letters.
For those writers who don’t have an ‘in,’ a well-written query can still open doors. I read and respond to all of my queries (the ones that aren’t eaten up by ICM’s SPAM filters, that is) and I have found many gems that way.
The queries that are most apt to catch my eye are those that demonstrate a familiarity with what I’m looking to represent—primarily middle grade and YA fiction and adult non-fiction—and that summarize the work in 3-4 concise yet engaging lines.  And if, say, your manuscript has shot up the ranks on inkpop within weeks of being posted, well, that’s always good to include too.

Finding an Agent

The woes of trying to get an agent! You won’t believe it until you start trying.  When I finished The Carrier of the Mark I stumbled blindly into querying.   I bought myself a copy of The Writers Handbook and started looking for agents who would be a match for me.  I reached out to a few in Ireland with no luck.  Then I tried my hand at a select few from the UK and the US, but to no avail.  I’m not surprised.  Neither my book nor I were ready to be on submission, and my query letter totally sucked too!
inkpop changed all of that.  After I uploaded my work and got critique advice, my manuscript seriously improved.  And through reading the forums I learned a lot about submitting to agents.  When HarperCollins first contacted me, I decided to take action once again in securing an agent.  I was very picky this time. I researched in detail and found four agents who I felt were a match for me; I liked their work, style, and ethic.  Tina Wexler’s name kept popping up during my searches.  She’d done many interviews with bloggers and I just felt from the start that she was ‘the one’.
Tina was the first to respond to my query, she was very pleasant and helpful.  She gave me advice and was very upfront and honest.  When I received an offer from HarperCollins, I contacted Tina again.  She requested my full manuscript and said she’d get back to me once she’d read it.  The next day Tina and ICM offered to represent me. Instead of waiting for my manuscript, Tina read what she could on inkpop, and was convinced we’d make a good team.  I withdrew my queries with the other agents and signed on the dotted line with ICM.
In the time honored tradition of clichés… the rest, as they say, is history.

Posted in Inside the Mind, The Carrier of the Mark | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

HarperCollins Publishing inkpop Book: Author Video

Posted by inkpopbecki on February 2, 2011

She was an inkie just like you. Working hard, she got her book into the Top Five. Now she is a HarperCollins author. Want to hear more about how HarperCollins discovered its first book on Join our live chat to night with author Leigh Fallon tonight at 5 p.m. EST in the inkpop Forum Events. In the mean time check out Leigh’s first author video.

Posted in HarperCollins Writing Site to Publish Book, inkpop Interviews, The Carrier of the Mark, Top Picks | 3 Comments »

HarperCollins Publishing inkpop Book

Posted by inkpopbecki on January 28, 2011

As you all have heard by now, HarperCollins has announced that it will be publishing a project found on inkpop. This is the first, but certainly not the last!

Check out the The New York Times article about this acquisition as well as our official announcement!

Web Book Moves to Print

The New York Times
HarperCollins will publish a young-adult book that was originally submitted on Inkpop, its Web site for teenage writing.The book, a debut novel by Leigh Fallon, a South African living in Ireland, is scheduled for release in the fall, the publisher said on Thursday. Ms. Fallon first contacted literary agents about her novel, “The Carrier of the Mark,” a paranormal romance, but was unsuccessful in getting it published. She submitted it on Inkpop in December 2009, and it was quickly voted one of the top five manuscripts on the site. HarperCollins followed up a few months later with an offer of a book contract — its first for a work published on the site. Susan Katz, the president and publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books, called the novel “an outstanding project.”

New York, NY (January 28, 2011) —HarperCollins Publishers announced today the first acquisition from inkpop (, its interactive website for teen writing. Slated for Fall 2011, THE CARRIER OF THE MARK, by debut author Leigh Fallon, is a fresh and thrilling paranormal romance linking two teens to a supernatural destiny.

Fallon, a native of Cork, Ireland, tried to get her manuscript published through conventional channels. She started by contacting agents and eventually took a less traditional route. She heard about inkpop through a writing group and decided to upload her manuscript. Within weeks her manuscript was voted into the coveted “Top Five” by the inkpop community and was reviewed by an editor at HarperCollins. A few emails later, she signed her first book deal with HarperCollins for World English rights.

“For many people the rise to ‘Top Five’ on inkpop is a long process, but for Leigh, THE CARRIER OF THE MARK shot to the top of the list. This was one of our first key indications that it was an outstanding project,” said Susan Katz, President and Publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Inkpop combines community publishing, user-generated content, and social networking to connect rising stars in teen literature with talent-spotting readers and publishing professionals. In just over a year, inkpop traffic has grown by nearly 500%. With over 60,000 projects uploaded, the highly engaged members spend an average of over 20 minutes per visit on the site.

Katz added, “The opinions of our readers matter to us. Inkpop is HarperCollins Children’s Books’ first site (and not the last) to really put the users’ voice and ideas in the forefront. Social media is incredibly empowering if used correctly, and HarperCollins recognizes this and is gearing up to make social media the cornerstone of all of its digital endeavors.”

In the coming months, inkpop will be announcing more acquisitions. Budding writers will have more opportunities to get their ideas in front of editors at HarperCollins Children’s Books and will be offered more ways to get published. In addition, inkpop will partner with some of the hottest up-and-coming brands in entertainment and products:

This week, the multimedia platform BFF.TV sponsored on inkpop an exclusive live chat with Sara Shepard, author of the New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars. Together, BFF.TV and inkpop will continue to provide users with unique content and exclusive interviews, with talent from the worlds of film, TV, music, and books.

Dylan Lauren, CEO and founder of Dylan’s Candy Bar, and inkpop will team up to help inkpop members unwrap their “sweet” lives. During this month-long promotion, inkpop will host a one-hour live chat with Dylan to discuss her passions and how she made her dreams of creating a candy emporium come true. Inkpop will also host Dylan’s Candy Bar’s first interactive writing contest, where users will be asked to discuss their own sweet dreams. Winners of the Dylan’s Candy Bar Writing Contest will receive a scrumptious prize package, including an exclusive invitation to a Dylan’s Candy Bar party to be hosted at the flagship store in New York City.

Posted in HarperCollins Writing Site to Publish Book, The Carrier of the Mark | Tagged: , , , , | 15 Comments »