Author Olivia Boler

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October 26th, 2012

Been There Done That: The Agent Search Revisited

I’m starting the quest for an agent again. Why would I do this to myself? Why would I endure this agony? This time, I’m looking for representation for a children’s chapter book I drafted over the summer. I won’t say too much about it (no jinxies, please), except that I think it has a shot, yet I can’t really say why. And that’s why—it’s been said, but I’ll say it again!—authors should not be relied upon to promote their own work!

Someone I know and respect in the biz read my query letter and said I need to point out what makes my book special. What makes it different from all the other children’s chapter books out there? At the same time, how is it similar? Why would kids want to read it, and why would a publisher want to buy it? What’s commercial about it?

This is the stuff that drives me crazy and makes me want to call it quits. I went for a walk/errand-run this afternoon, which is often how I work things out that are bugging me. But my brain is tired. I imagine what it would look like if I got an MRI. There would be this dark, dead zone where creativity and problem solving happen. I’m pretty sure of it.

I should try to end this post on a positive note, so I’ll put this out there: Maybe all I need is a nap.

Go, Giants!

October 12th, 2012

The Seeing Stone by Holly Black

The Seeing Stone (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #2)The Seeing Stone by Holly Black

A couple of nights ago, my daughter and I finally finished Book 2 in The Spiderwick Chronicles. It’s still a bit scary for my 7-year-old what with the eating of cats by goblins, etc. (We love cats. And dogs. In fact, our old dog Audrey just passed away last week. Sad.) This story and the maturity of the writing are probably a better fit for an 8 or 9-year-old. Still, she’s loving it the way some people love horror movies. So, it’s onward to Book 3! I’ll let you know how it goes.

And yes, I’ll admit—I want to read all of the books before we see the movie. My kid doesn’t even know there’s a movie yet, so this is strictly my bag.

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