Now on Facebook!

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As of today I have an author page on Facebook! I decided to take the plunge and create one in the hopes that I can reach more readers through the platform. I also like to think it’ll keep me on-track and accountable. Plus, it means I HAVE to get my novel edits done, right!?

You can follow my Facebook page here.

And fellow authors: I’d love to follow along with your Facebook page! Feel free to leave links below.

Best,

Danielle

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Hear Me Read!

I’m such a huge fan of Breadcrumbs Mag, where writers are challenged to get inspired by any of the pieces on the site and let this inspiration fuel their own writing. I currently have three pieces on Breadcrumbs and I am so pleased to be a part of this awesome “trail.”

Today I’m happy to share that I’m featured on the ninth episode of the Breadcrumbs Podcast, and I’m reading my fiction piece that’s all about dead people, and kissing, and ravioli. It sounds weird. It kind of is.

Anyway, I’m so thankful that I got to read and present my work through this new medium! Please check out the episode here and listen to some great pieces by Kim Dietz and Bob Raymonda while you’re at it.

I Have An Agent!

Back in June I started sending agents query letters and excerpts of my YA novel in the hopes of finding someone to represent me. I got radio silence from a few agents, but I wasn’t deterred. I got a few full manuscript requests, which I sent out with fingers crossed.

“The websites say it could takes agents weeks – even months – to answer queries,” I said to myself (out loud) on more than one occasion, reduced to a bundle of nerves. And then, only a few days ago, I happened to see these two tweets that caught my eye:

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Honestly, I took a screenshot of them and sent them to my mom and boyfriend. “Do you think these are about my manuscript? See the movie slate?”

(My novel is set in Los Angeles and my main character is fixated on film and Hollywood culture)

And now, I am so happy to say, the writer of those tweets (Brent Taylor of TriadaUS) is my agent! Could you tell that this is where the story was going? Did the title of the post give me away?

After talking to Brent for the first time I was blown away by how much he seemed to understand and care about my main character and my novel. I can’t wait to dig into revisions and work with him to make the story the best that it can be!

So to all of you out there querying: Good luck! Keep at it. Don’t get discouraged. Also, take advantage of the awesome community that is Twitter, which helps connect agents, editors, and writers in new and interesting ways. I also highly recommend checking out Manuscript Wish List and the #MSWL hashtag to see the kinds of stories agents and editors are looking for! I hope you find your perfect match.

Review: The Yoga of Max’s Discontent

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yogaofmax I was given an e-copy of The Yoga of Max’s Discontent by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am so happy to have had this opportunity, because The Yoga of Max’s Discontent is a gem of a story.

Max Pzoras has achieved what many believe to be the American Dream: he has surpassed his impoverished upbringing and lives a life of luxury in New York City. He works a high-paying office job where many people consider him skilled at what he does. He lives in a beautiful apartment and wears fine clothes. He wants for nothing.

Except something in Max’s life is missing. After his mother passes away, Max has a chance encounter with a street cart vendor who, although barely dressed, does not so much as shiver in the cold. Through this man, Max learns about the yogis in India who have achieved Nirvana, and stories…

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Taking the Leap

I can’t believe I finally got here.

I’ve started querying agents concerning my YA novel, Another War Year. After working on this story in various forms for years, it finally feels complete.

And it all suddenly feels so much more real.

I’m thankful that during my time at undergrad as a creative writing major I had the opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of querying. I’ve also loved taking part in Twitter and web events like #PitMad and, today, #Pg70Pit. These events give agents and editors a chance to check out stories they might be interested in a new and exciting way.

You can learn about #PitMad on Brenda Drake’s site here.

And check out #Pg70Pit on Lara Willard’s site here.

I hope some of you other writers will take advantage of events like this! I’ve been having a lot of fun so far and I’ve had a few agents reach out for samples.

Now here’s hoping these agents like 90s nostalgia, movie trivia, and super conflicted protagonists!

BONUS: Please enjoy this photo of me sitting on The Iron Throne last week.

Day 285 - June 25, 2016

Life Lately: June

For the last few months I’ve been in a bit of a creative slump. I’ve been trying to sort out my feelings about blogging. I started BiblioSmiles after college as a creative outlet, when I was still searching for a full-time job. I had a lot of time to devote to reading, writing, and blogging. I’m so glad I created the site, and I am so thankful to my friends for being supportive and for submitting their own content! I’ve loved having a place where people can showcase their writing and reviews.

But working in publishing full-time takes up a lot of energy, and I realized when I did have free time to work on my creative writing endeavors, I felt compelled to write blog posts instead. I felt trapped in the schedule. 

So BiblioSmiles will stick around for when I have a review I want to share, or if any reader wants to get their work out there. I’m always happy to provide a place for that! But I decided in May to take a step back so I can focus on my writing, and I’m so happy I did.

My YA novel is all polished, and I’m thrilled with the results. Yesterday I took a new step:

I joined the #PitMad hashtag on Twitter and sent my query letter to two literary agents.

So scary, but so exciting! Querying an agent – formatting my submission and preparing an excerpt – made the whole idea of novel writing a lot more real in my mind. I feel like I’ve been woken up after sleeping for too long; I’m so eager to move forward! 

And even if I only get rejection, I welcome this step. I welcome any feedback I can get. I’m putting myself out there, and I have never been happier.

See You in June!

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Wow – April absolutely flew by! In general, I think this year is flying by. So many books, so little time!

Which brings me to today’s post. I’ve decided to put BiblioSmiles on a hiatus for the next month so I can focus on working on the second draft of my YA novel. Between working a full-time job and maintaining a blog (while also still trying to have a social life), I’ve let the project that’s most important to me fall by the wayside.

I encourage you to stick with BiblioSmiles for more great content starting in June, and I urge you to consider submitting a piece of your own! Whether you want to share a book review, an Anatomy of a Bookshelf post, or a personal essay, I’d love to have you on the team! I will be checking email at bibliosmiles@gmail.com during the month, so feel free to…

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