From book deal to bookshelf – lessons

Well, I’ve added the 20,000 words to Not Urban Bite – some backstory, some fleshing out and some foreshadowing for book two.  Oddly enough I enjoyed the heck out of adding to the story.

I spent some time on the phone with my agent yesterday discussing my other five books.  I learned something, too.  The stories she likes best are the ones I wrote for the heck of it.  Just for fun – just for me.  Not the ones I wrote with the publishing industry in mind.  Hmmm.

Also, I have two young adult books  (YA) that aren’t truly YA.  They’re adult books masquerading as young adult.  (And apparently not hiding very well).  This point was driven home the other day at Costco.  I was walking out the door, waiting for the lady to check my cart and give me the coveted yellow highlighted slash across my receipt, when two teens ahead of me had a conversation.  It went like this:




And I thought ‘WTF?’  Are they actually using texting acronyms to have a conversation?  It took every ounce of control I had not to bash their heads together to see if a complete word would pop out.  So, maybe I should stick to adult writing for now…

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4 thoughts on “From book deal to bookshelf – lessons”

  1. saydegrace says:

    Ok, so what does that say about me, that I find myself doing the text talk in real conversations sometimes??? Other than I should stay in bama, way away from you so you don’t bash my head to see if I can talk normal 🙂

    1. Rebecca Zanetti says:

      Yeah, where do you think I learned what LOL, OMG and ROFLMAO meant? Thanks for that, BTW. 🙂

  2. Tonya says:

    Congrats on the 20k. I am sure it’s easier because your muse is still soooo pumped about the sale!

    Sevral people tell me to write a YA. I have three teenagers, I can’t put myself in their shoes. I would literally go crazy!!

  3. Lynn Rush says:

    LOL. This is hysterical! Nice job on the 20K. Can’t wait to see your writing on the shelves!!