Monday, August 12, 2013

Lucky Thirteen

I did a head count the other day and realized that I currently have thirteen authors' projects out on submission.  Thirteen!  That's a huge number!  Of course, one of the reasons that there are so many is because it's summer.  For example, Brianna's nonfiction series has been out for consideration pretty much since June, and because of people going away on vacation, Summer Fridays, etc. she is only now having editors take this project to their acquisitions meetings.

But the other reason, of course, is that I have been finding fantastic manuscripts left and right (ha, I originally wrote that as "write").  I don't know what the reason is, but a lot of these projects don't need that much revising done, so I have been able to send them out fairly quickly.

In celebration of all my authors and their work, I have decided to give you all little synopses of my thirteen submissions.  I think they are all great, but I'd be interested to know which ones appeal to you, too!

1. Sara Goodman's CHALKBOARD CONFIDENTIAL: Written in an expose/memoir-style, this work of fiction details the hilarious and scandalous exploits of a first-year teacher, Jane D, as she navigates teaching English and newspaper production to high-schoolers.  But when a mistake from her past puts her in the paper's headlines, she has the chance to see the kind of journalists she has shaped her students to become...and also to possibly to see herself in a new light.

2. Jane Ann McLachlan's IMPACT: Jane Ann's memoir tells of her struggle with PTSD after being in a car accident, and the way it profoundly affected both her and her family.  At times moving, at other hilarious, Jane's poignant writing perfectly showcases the pitfalls she endures and her eventual metamorphosis to being a strong, confident person again.

3. Jenni Larkin's LORELEI, ONCE: The first in Jenni's eerily beautiful YA fantasy series about a siren who is given the choice to become human again if she will lead a group of royals and bandits out of the magical forest where she lives.  Only one needs to survive for her to have her humanity restored, but when she becomes emotionally attached to all them, the bandits in particular, her quest to lead them to the edge of the forest turns into something much more.

4. Beth Ellyn Summer's THE INTERN DIARIES: A work of YA fiction about a teenaged YouTube makeup guru on the rise who, after landing a coveted position at a magazine, finds herself drawn to her best friend's internship at a late night talk show and to one of the interns there.  When both the horrible products she has to promote for the magazine and an engineered relationship with another YouTuber get in the way of romance and her life, she has to decide between fame and being true to herself.  

5. Sara Joiner's UNNATURAL SELECTION: This historical fiction middle grade introduces us to Charles Darwin-loving Katrien Courtlandt's world in the Dutch East Indies, and what happens after volcano Krakatoa erupts and the only person who will agree to her plan of following the animals deeper into the island's jungle is her prim-and-proper nemesis.

6. Esther Harder's THE OLD ONES AND THE GRAVES: A middle grade work of fiction, based on Esther's experiences working with children in Africa, that tells the story of three young children who are members of viciously warring tribes in Uganda.  One grows up to be a child soldier; the other two go to school in Kampala and fall in love (even though their tribes are at war with one another); and all of them have to determine if they will let the past and its bitterness dictate their lives moving forward.

7. Erin Peabody's A WEIRD AND WILD BEAUTY:  This middle grade non-fiction book details the history of the founding of Yellowstone park and the rough and sometimes perilous journey of the scientists who first explored it.

8. Brianna DuMont's CHANGED HISTORY series: A quirky middle-grade non-fiction series that introduces important historical figures, events, or things that you've never heard of that changed history in interesting ways.

9. Brianna DuMont's FORGOTTEN FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE FABULOUSLY FAMOUS: This standalone title is written in the same witty voice of Brianna's series proposal and profiles family members of famous individuals (i.e. Alexander the Great, Marie Antoinette) whose achievements were overshadowed by their more noteworthy relatives and who have been mostly forgotten by history.

10. Rachel Mork's ABOMINATION: A work of narrative non-fiction with a memoir-like angle, in this book Rachel shares her memories of being a member of the International Church of Christ and her experiences "counseling" gay church members before she became disgusted and left.  She also writes about the methods and therapies being used at Christian rehab centers of homosexuals today.

11. Lauren Call's THE SOUTH STAR: The first in a YA series, Lauren tells the story of Banner, the daughter of President Davis, who lives in a world where the South won the Civil War and is isolated from the rest of the world.  President Davis has mysteriously managed to stay alive for 150 years, and after she befriends a slave, Banner is whisked into a secret world of rebellion and magic and becomes determined to help bring down her father and the Confederacy.

12. Kristin Lenz's ON THE FRINGE: A YA novel about Dani, a teenaged girl living at a foster home after her mother's spiraling addiction issues land her in jail.  As she works to graduate high school and get into her dream college, she becomes involved in a love triangle with a rich, handsome boy named Cam, and a shy student named Todd.  But on the night that Cam convinces her to break the biggest rule at the group home, she must make some hard decisions.  Todd or Cam?  Her mother or herself?

13. Meghan Masterson's RED SKY IN THE MORNING: This swashbuckling historical fiction tells the story of Blackbeard, but not the one you might expect.  An intelligent, cunning man, Blackbeard has earned his reputation through guile, rather than by force.  After hearing about a royal pardon for pirates, he uses his wiles to get all the plunder he can before finally marrying the woman he loves and making himself an "honest man."


  1. That's quite a lot of projects out--good luck with them. While they all sound interesting, I'm not much for YA or MG. I'd say the two that most appeal to me are #1 and #9. I like the idea of 'overshadowed relatives.'

    1. Thanks JeffO! I had a lot of potential titles going into this but Forgotten Family Members was always one of my favorites too.

  2. It's really interesting to see them all listed like this, because it is a good snapshot of the variety of projects you represent. I am crossing my fingers for all of them! I always had them crossed for my own, obviously, but now I know where else to send good luck vibes!

  3. yes I second Meghan! I can't wait to read everyone's projects! Go lucky 13!

  4. Wow, what a fabulous list! I would read them all!

  5. Yes, so interesting to see such a diverse mix of titles. Fingers crossed for all of us - Go Team Carrie!

  6. Lucky 13 indeed! Feeling very fortunate that an editor decided to take a chance on a debut author. (See all the luck I threw in that sentence?) Here's to history, and to the best agent ever!
    I agree: Go Team Carrie!

  7. Did you pick up On the Fringe from backspace?? It sounds familiar. I'm wondering if I heard it pitched there in a small group?? :-)

    1. No, I actually found Kristin via a contest I hosted on the Love YA blog!