Hey all, Victoria here! All of us at the Alley are so very excited this week. Why? Because we are celebrating NA Alley's one year anniversary! *squeals* We have some amazing treats planned this week. We'll be speaking to some huge peeps in the NA industry. I'm talking agents, editors, and New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors! You'll want to stop by to see what they all have to say about NA AND make sure not to miss all the amazing opportunities at some NA swag this week. Dozens of authors have donated ebooks and other goodies for you to enjoy throughout the week!
Official NA Alley Blogiversary Schedule:
Monday - Agents on NA
Tuesday - Editors on NA
Wednesday - Authors on NA
Thursday* - Twitter Party
Friday* - NA on the Shelves + More Giveaways
* Denotes giveaway day
As you can see we have an awesome week planned, so make sure to stop by and check out all the events!
Today is Agent Day! Some awesome agents--who all accept NA manuscripts of course :D--have dropped by to let everyone know what they're looking for when thumbing through that slush pile!
Check it out!
Agent Sara Megibow
of Nelson Literary Agency, LLC
Great question! Congratulations to NA Alley on your one year anniversary - I've been a happy reader for much of that time.
In New Adult manuscript submissions, I am looking for a great hero and heroine with tons of chemistry. The NA books I love best tend to dive into topics involving independence, identity and our first explorations into adulthood and self actualization. So, there may be quite a lot of internal conflict in these stories and perhaps less external conflict (this is my way of saying I'm looking for great character stories instead of epic adventure or high-action stories). Christina Lee's debut ALL OF YOU releases in mid September, and that book is exactly what I'm looking for! ALL OF YOU has smoking hot sexual chemistry and rock-solid, authentic character motivation between a hero and heroine I can't stop thinking about. And as with everything, I top it all off by saying I'm looking for amazing writing and a unique story.
Agent Jill Corcoran
of Herman Agency
What makes a NA query and 1st five/ten pages stand out?
In the query I am looking for a great hook, a clear concept with something unique that sets my imagination on fire and makes me want to travel the pages of your manuscript with your characters.
In the first 5/10 pages I want a pace that does not let me stop reading and leaves me begging for more, characters I want to fall in love with, exceptional writing, and in those first 5/10 pages I want to know where I am going in this story. I want to feel, not just know, why I need to request the full manuscript.
Jill Corcoran on the Web:
Agent Suzi Townsend
of New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc
In terms of the query, the concept has to feel fresh. Something that fits within the genre but doesn't seem like it's already been done. Having great comparable titles is helpful too, because it shows that the writer reads new adult and knows what's working in that genre. In terms of the first five pages, for me, no matter the genre or age group, the voice is always what hooks me in. I will follow good characters anywhere, and if the voice is engaging, by the end of those pages, I'll be dying to read more and find out what happens.
Suzi Townsend on the Web:
We want to thank all the agents for stopping by today, and thank you readers for sticking with us through our first year! Make sure to check out the rest of the week for all things NA!