Another day of Blog Me Maybe, my friends, but what is different about today you may ask...  ME  *Grins*  My name is Victoria and this is my first featured post on NA Alley, so yeah!!!!

So today I'm supposed to tell you about me, but instead of gushing about how stellar I am (You can go to the NA Sisters section for that ;D)  I'm going to tell you about something I did recently that has to do with New Adult writing and how it relates to getting an agent!

Ah, yes, getting an agent.  Uber scary, right?  I know I was scared to death when I read about that little section of getting publishing and actually up until I went to the thing I'm about to tell you about I wasn't going to bother getting one.  Why you may ask?  Well, if you haven't noticed New Adult falls in between the categories of YA and Adult fiction.  And with that, makes it a darn hard sell.  No one knows where to put it so agents are fearful of touching it.  I was going to go straight to Indie publishing or go to an independent publisher for my work because I lost hope.  Well that was until I went to my first writer's conference.

I recently went to the Chicago North Spring Fling Writer's Conference.  I was looking forward to the free swag, I was looking forward to meeting new peeps to connect with, I was looking forward to finding an editor at an indie press and asking them questions about submitting to them, but what I was NOT looking forward to was hearing about how to obtain an agent.  You see, my friends, I lost hope as an NA writer and didn't want to pursue it...that was until I went to a presentation featuring an agent and my whole world changed for the better!


Sara Megibow (right)  and her client Tiffany Reisz (left)
I went to a presentation featuring agent Sara Megibow of the Nelson Literary Agency.  I got to choose between this presentation and How to Create the Perfect Villain seminar.  Well, I said, "Why not?"  It couldn't hurt to hear what she has to say.  And I'm soooo glad I did, because you see, Sara Megibow is actively seeking clients with New Adult manuscripts and actually represents author Allison Rushby who has just been contracted with the publisher St. Martin's Press (Yeah, those peeps that created the term New Adult) with a 6-episode historical e-serial that is set in 1920s London.  (Allison speaks about it here on this thread)

I pulled Sara Megibow aside after her presentation and she told me to go for it.  Submit, Submit, Submit those NA manuscripts, because she not only wants them, but she's selling them.  Publishers do want them and we shouldn't be scared to submit to her.  Well, after this bit of information I calmly stepped away from Ms. Megibow and went back to my hotel room and did a little bit of this...




So, after I composed myself I got a new-found hope!  There are agents out there who want our work and won't turn us down just because we fall between categories, so go out there with your head held high and you'll be surprised who you'll find ;)  To submit to Sara Megibow find here requirements here.

Later, Peeps!




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  1. I just laughed so hard at the Carlton dance. Excellent. That's great news to hear, for both writers and readers! It's a relief to hear that we can't be forced into changing our characters' ages (therefore the story, more than likely) and can actually be taken seriously. Huzzah!

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  2. This is awesome. I'm going to be querying very narrowly with my next MS, so I'm adding Sara to my list if she's specifically interested in NA. ;)

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  3. What a great post! So encouraging! -especially to those of us who live to rebel against the norm. hahaha. :D

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  4. This is super exciting news for a Tuesday morning!

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  5. Omng, you spoke with Sara Megibow! I love her! Now, I'm jealous lol

    To those querying or getting ready to query, I know agent Vickie Motter is also looking for New Adult.

    And hopefully we'll see more and more looking for NA soon ;)

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  6. There are publishers out there who want New Adult, too. Just can't give up.

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  7. That's great news! I'm sure you'll help Ms. Megibow get some great NA queries.

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  8. Hah! I love Carlton. :D Almost as much as I love Ms. Megibow. Great agent to highlight here!

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  9. Great post! Gives hope to us NA writers hoping to one day get representation.

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  10. @lizclong

    I know I was super excited! It's great to see that agents are really taking note of this category :)

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  11. @Melissa

    I know! I was so happy when I found out and thanks for the RT today :D

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  12. @D.G.

    Thanks! I was so happy to find out out about this and I'm glad to get everyone in on the loop so we can starting pushing out those queries to agents :)

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  13. @Juliana Haygert

    Ooh! I'm going to add Vickie to my list! Thanks for telling me and yeah Sara Megibow was super great :D

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  14. @L. Diane Wolfe

    Seems like the list is growing everyday! It's very exciting :)

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  15. @Carrie Butler

    Thanks! And yeah Carlton gives me joy. I think I use his gif too much, lol ;)

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  16. @authorheather

    Yes, it really does give us all a new hope. I can't wait to see where NA goes and see more and more agents really getting into it as well!

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  17. I am so very excited to find this site (via ForeverYA) because this is what I write!!! I have a full NA novel sitting on my laptop awaiting its fiftieth revision (and several other WIPs), but have been wondering if there is an audience for my stuff out there, since it isn't really YA and isn't really adult. My protagonists tend to be college-aged (18-25) and the stories have a lot to do with coming-of-age as an adult, growing into adult relationships and interests, etc. I've never even tried to publish b/c I wasn't sure where and if I fit.

    I look forward to regular visits to your site! (Perhaps I should work on revising though?)

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  18. As I said before, this is such great news!

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  19. I'm doing the happy dance! Sara Megibow likes New Adult and multicultural stories. I hope she likes a 24yo girl travelling to Central Europe and falling in love with a Gypsy.

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