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The Five

1) I've been having a blast this week fielding heated interest on one of my client's projects, including the first offer. Next week should be exciting, indeed. *throws confetti*

2) GLEE This week? Totally made up for the horrid episode last week.

3)  Fulls sent before May 4th and Queries sent prior to May 6th have all been answered. If you dont have a request/reject, shoot me an email.

4) I read FIVE FLAVORS OF DUMB by Antony John this week:

And OMG: AWESOME. I didnt expect it to be so emotional! Holy crap, I got choked up like, every other chapter.  Yet not in a depressing way at all-- in that hopeful, rooting for a character you love kind of way. I'll review it in full when it hits shelves this fall. 

5) We've been having a conversation over on twitter that I found rather interesting-- I asked everyone whether or not their high school actually had a queen bee, as is commonly found in YA. Even I am prone to throw a queen bee (possibly a mean queen bee) into my YA. 

The answer? Overwelmingly negative. Most people, like myself, went to schools which had a large clique of popular girls, with no single girl standing out as "miss perfect" or shoo-in for Homecoming Queen. 

Yet many said their Junior High DID have a mean girl or queen bee.

Interesting, eh? Food for thought while writing your next book! 


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May. 7th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
On getting choked up . . .
After reading that, it's my turn to get choked up. Thank you so much for the kind words. I'm thrilled you enjoyed DUMB.

And CONGRATS on the offer-fielding. I can't imagine what a thrill it must be to experience it from the other side of the fence. I'll bet you're even more nervous than when it's one of your own books. And probably feel more responsible too. And I'll stop there, before I give you a complex.

Thanks again, Mandy. You're the best!
May. 7th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
Thinking back, I realize that my high school definitely had a "most popular girl ever ohmygodwow," but she wasn't the mean Queen Bee. The mean QB was actually a not-quite-as-popular hanger on. Her meanness actually distracted you from the fact that she wasn't the most popular girl ever and really you had nothing to fear.

Lauren Elizabeth Morrill
May. 7th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
I agree with those that had mean girls in junior high rather than in high school. Interesting.
May. 7th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
That's funny, and true, because my school's never had a Queen Bee in junior OR high school. We've never, ever had the stereotypical cliques either; there are cliques, but they're not divided into Jock, Popular, Prep, Emo, etc. Everyone is friends with everyone, for the most part.

Then again, there are only about two hundred and fifty people in my grade, so... it might be a little bit different.
May. 7th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
I'm glad someone else thought Glee was horrid last week! I actually fast forwarded through parts ... and it hurt me to do it, even though I was bored to tears. We actually started the episode the day it aired, and I got so bored that I started playing around online, until I had no idea what was going on in the episode anymore and we had to turn it off. Too bad it wasn't any better the second go around. Seriously ... how many times do I need to hear about how a chair is just a chair? I mean, I appreciate the parts about body image, but I thought they'd try harder after the Madonna week!
May. 8th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
Totally interesting tidbit, Mandy!

Interestingly, my bully in HS was no queen bee--she was the very butch-looking captain of the tennis team, which I was also on.

Here's hoping the drone bees ate her alive in later life.


May. 9th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Weird you talk about this, because I touch on this in my own story.

Maybe I will query you! LOL
May. 9th, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
Ummm.. Yeah, you BETTER query me,, :-)
May. 9th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
Hey Mandy! I was curious why you wrote SHATTERED under a pen name. Is this something that authors usually do or is it personal for you?
May. 10th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
Hey! I get this question quite a lot, actually. It is somewhat unusual.

For me, it was a strategical choice. I write quickly, and would like to release two books per year. The average publisher prefers to do 1 book per year. Additionally, SHATTERED is a very dark, older-teen book, meant to be more literary, while P&P, YOU WISH, and my other Razorbill books are meant to be a little younger and more commercial.

basically, I write in two opposite ends of the spectrum, and since i write quickly, it makes life simpler to adopt two names (and thus two brands) and write both simluataneously.

So, yeah, it was very much a career strategy thing. :-)
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