Jennifer Pickrell

YA Writer

Not Giving Up

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Maybe it’s the summer heat, but it’s really easy to want to go “Blah…fuggedaboutit” when it comes to writing.  Especially when the rejections keep stacking up. 

So I was pleased to see a lot of “not giving up” blog posts recently:

Author/Agent Mandy Hubbard: On When to Give Up

Writer Unboxed: My Best Advice

I thought this was valuable info, from Agent Mary Kole, about when you may need to put your current project to the side: Being Too Close to a Manuscript. (I guess it’s essentially about when to quit, but it’s helpful, not a downer)

And this piece written by author Laura Munson made me feel a whole lot better – 14 unpublished novels and she didn’t give up.  She wrote an article for the New York Times’ website and 48 hours later she had a publishing contract for her memoirs.

Second book trailer for Sherry Ficklin’s YA novel Foresight, coming out this September.  I can’t wait to read the ARC later this summer!


La Femme Readers and punk writer kid are both giving away craploads of awesome stuff.  Awesome stuff is the best stuff on earth!

New Resource:

Poets and Writers just launched a new literary agents’ database.  Looks like it’s kinda small now, but I’m sure it’ll grow over time.

Now if the DC area can just experience a cold front, I’d be a happy camper.  Days of 90+ degrees and high humidity = ew.


Author: Jennifer Pickrell

I write YA contemporary filled w/ romance, angst & family drama. Things I like: cats, snacks, baseball, green tea, taking pictures of trees & movies so bad, they’re good.

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