Thursday, 25 July 2013

The Secret

Lately, I've been on a mission to improve my writing, build my success as an author, and further my learning on this wonderful craft.  And so I came across a DVD I've watched many times before, but which had fallen by the wayside recently.  That DVD is The Secret.

The Secret is based on the concept of the Law of Attraction, and it is something that can be used on a daily basis in your everyday life, and something that can be incorporated into the writing life.

When writing your novel, know exactly where it is you want to go with your story.  Understand and be sure of your vision.  Don't doubt your ability.  Know, 100%, in your heart that you will create the story that will be an accurate reflection of what is in your mind and heart.  This is the goal of all writing, and it is something that lifts the average everyday book up into the realms of a fantastic book.

If you haven't seen the The Secret DVD or read the book, go out now and buy it.  You won't be disappointed.  The Law of Attraction states that the energy vibration we send out is the same as the energy vibration that will come back to us.  So make sure that when you write, you are sending out the clearest vibration of thoughts that you can about the story that you want to tell.  It has been scientifically proved that thoughts have a vibration (frequency) and that like attracts like.  So if you want to succeed, be sure that you are focusing your thoughts on the right frequency.  Connect with your story on a deep level.  Be confident when you write that you are going to get your message out as clearly and as compellingly as possible.  Then...release it to the world.

However, your work doesn't stop there.  You need to keep positive.  No matter what happens, keep your positive hat on.  KNOW that you will succeed.  KNOW that your story will reach and touch people.  Failure is only failure if you give up.  The most successful people in the world failed many times before they succeeded.  Failure merely forms indicators of what you need to do next.

So...go and write that book.  Clutch to your vision as strongly as you can.  Then let your baby fly into the world and be 100% confident that it will matter what.  Keep the faith!

Friday, 12 July 2013

Literary Agents...the questions you didn't ask! Featuring - Michelle L. Johnson!

Well, we've hit upon quite the diamond here at the YA Bookcase, because agent Michelle L. Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency has been gracious enough to answer our Questions You Didn't Ask series, where we'll be connecting with different agents and gauging the responses we get!

 So without further ado, please give a warm welcome to Michelle!

Michelle L. Johnson is a literary agent, the founder of Inklings Literary Agency and has a business administration background in addition to a lifetime of working with books (sales, editing, and writing) and authors (marketing, promoting, event planning). She is also a script/story consultant for an independent film under production in Halifax, NS.

Before founding Inklings Literary Agency, she was with Corvisiero Literary Agency. She has spent many years in the editing field for private clients and multiple independent publishing houses.

She has also owned and operated a Writers' Center and Bookstore in Virginia Beach, organizing numerous special events for authors and artists alike.

To read more about Michelle and her submission guidelines, check out

Okay, now here's the low down on some questions you might not have thought to ask...

If a story holds you throughout but ends badly is that enough for you to give it a rejection, or would you request a revise and resubmit, or would you still be willing to offer representation?

This has actually happened to me, and the answer is that I would ask for a revise and resubmit. If I love the premise, and the characters, and the writing, it is always worth a story-line tweak.

How do you feel about anti-heroes in novels?

I am a BIG fan of anti-heroes. The greatest thing about them is that they are fully rounded characters with enough good in them to pull the reader in, and enough bad that the reader can’t help but watch – like a train wreck. I love characters who make readers like them despite their inherent badness, and leave readers questioning themselves.

What do you think are the most important things a writer can do when you have them on submission (I.e. social media, blog interviews, etc)?

It is important to be patient, above all else. Submission can be an emotional roller coaster and is full of long periods of time to wait for feedback. Write the next book while you’re waiting.

As far as social media goes, the one mistake I see a lot of authors making is that they look to connect on social media with other authors. That is great for support, but it isn’t other authors that will buy the books. Authors need to reach out and find their readers - read other books in their genre and chat with the people who have read them.

It is important NOT TO post on the internet about receiving requests and rejections from houses. Everything posted creates a digital timeline that never goes away. So if the author is on the second round of submissions, and an editor checks out their blog and sees that six months ago the manuscript was rejected, that editor might think ‘why am I the last one to see this?’ or ‘wow, nobody else wants this, maybe I don’t either...’

Would you turn down a fantastic novel if you didn't quite connect with a writer's personality? How important is this?

Yes. It is very important to me that I am able to get along with my authors. It is a professional relationship, but I intend to be working with them for years to come. If a writer comes off as pompous, or pushy, or frantic, or something else that I don’t think I want to work with (like melancholy), chances are very good I will decline their submission.

Similarly, if as an author I submit to an agent and they are crabby and unresponsive or even condescending, I would not sign with that agent.

What happens if a client's first book doesn't sell? Would you still consider other manuscripts from them, or would you cut that writer loose?

I would always consider other manuscripts from them. Even though we do tend to sign on a book by book basis, it is the full career that is our focus.

What is one book you loved? What about one book you hated?

A book I’ve loved? Only one? *brain explodes*

I’ve never hated a book. There have been books that I didn’t like the writing style and therefore only read a page and a half, but I didn’t hate it. The truth is, I probably wouldn’t pick up a book I wasn’t likely to enjoy.

Wait. Correct that. I truly loathed my grade ten algebra text book.

How involved do you think an agent should be in the editor/author relationship?

I like to be kept in the loop through the editing process, but I don’t have anything to do with it really. At that point of the manuscript’s life it is really between the author and the editor. If an author asked my advice on anything, of course I would be happy to help, but otherwise I stay out of it.

When attending conferences, what is your favourite way to be approached by an author (if at all!)?

Is there a favourite way? I just prefer everyone to be themselves. Come on over and say hi. I love talking to authors. There is not much better than talking to someone about the one thing that puts the sparkle in their eye. The excitement is contagious.

Off the top of your head, what five words describe a good novel?

Didn’t want it to end.

If you could meet any famous novelist (alive or dead), who would it be and why?

Stephen King. I grew up on his books and he has done so much for writers.

J.K. Rowling. Because she is amazing.

What? You didn’t say just one...

So there you have it folks...things you want to know, and the answers from the agent you want to hear it from.  Remember, books aren't just about great queries and opening need to keep it going right to the very last page,

Thanks so much Michelle for taking part in YA Bookcase interview...and we hope summer is treating you well!

P.s.  For those who don't might help...


Tuesday, 2 July 2013

The Apollo Academy - Cover reveal!

It seems like the good luck fairy is smiling down on the wonderful authors I know, because yet another fantastic writer has chosen the YA Bookcase to showcase their cover reveal...

Say hello to the..

The Apollo Academy by Kimberly P. Chase

releases 08/06/2013 in Paperback and eBook.
Cover Art by Cliff Nielsen

As the heiress to Titon Technologies, eighteen-year-old Aurora Titon can have whatever she wants—clothes, expensive gadgets, anything money can buy. All she really wants is to escape her pampered, paparazzi-prone life for the stars. Becoming the first female pilot to train as an astronaut for the Apollo Academy is exactly the chance for which she has been waiting. Everything would be perfect if it weren't for her unreciprocated crush on a fellow student, the sexy astronaut bent on making her life hell, and the fact that someone keeps trying to kill her. 

The first in a four book new adult science fiction series, The Apollo Academy, is an action packed story of love, discovery, and survival.

So *drum roll*  here is what you've all been waiting for...

The amazing new cover...








Early praise for The Apollo Academy:

"I am obsessed with this book! Suspenseful, sexy, and just a great read!" 

-Cora Carmack, New York Times Bestselling author of LOSING IT. 

Exquisite worldbuilding, thrilling suspense, and a sexy flight instructor! Chase’s exciting debut novel is one you don’t want to miss.” - K.A.Tucker, Author of Ten Tiny Breaths and One Tiny Lie

About the author:

Kimberly P. Chase holds a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, which basically means she's kind of a geek and loves flying airplanes. Naturally, her books tend to include aviation, hot flight instructors, aviator glasses, and—let's not forget—kissing! When Kimberly's not writing or reading, she's hanging out with her husband, four-year-old son, and two dogs.

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