Friday, August 05, 2005

Jennifer Echols on "The Call"

Recently, Nephele Tempest sold Jennifer Echols's first book, the YA novel QUEEN GEEK to Simon Pulse. Here she tells all about "the call."

Read on about this author's first sale experience.

Deidre

12 Comments:

Blogger Jenny Barnhart said...

Wow! Good luck and I can't wait to read Queen Geek. I'm a YA writer myself and love seeing what's new in the feild. Good luck and I'll be looking for your work.

Saturday, August 6, 2005 at 7:54:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Jennifer Echols said...

Jenny, thanks so much! What are your YAs like?

Saturday, August 6, 2005 at 8:39:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jenny Barnhart said...

I write YA fantasy. I'm still on my Great Agent search though. :) I'm hoping the Knight Agency will be interested. I sent out a query to them a couple days ago. Hehe

My story in my opinion is fun, romantic, and fast-paced. Of course, I'm biased, but shouldn't we all be?

Queen Geek is a wonderful title and it says so much. I'm never very good with titles and I end up calling them by my lead character's name. How do you hit on a great title?

Saturday, August 6, 2005 at 9:04:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Marley Gibson said...

Love "The Call" story, Jenn! Congrats on your sale and you know I'll be one of the first to buy the book.

Marley = )

Saturday, August 6, 2005 at 10:38:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

~sigh~
Wonders if there would be a market for an "older woman" heroine who is still desirable in the romantic tradition....

Sunday, August 7, 2005 at 9:02:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous jennifer echols said...

Jenny, good luck with TKA! My first job after college was writing headlines for the Montgomery newspaper. Usually I brainstorm, making a long list and moving the words around until they jump out at me. With QG, though, I had the heroine call herself "queen geek" in the book, and I liked all the eeee's.

Marley, thanks buddy. :)

Anonymous, I have not investigated in detail, but I believe Harlequin has a new line called Next that features heroines after the kids are grown and gone. YA is hot right now, but it's definitely not the only thing going!

Sunday, August 7, 2005 at 9:54:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you and sincerest congratulations.

Sunday, August 7, 2005 at 11:05:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Jenny Barnhart said...

Thanks, Jennifer.
I'll try the brainstorming. See what strikes me. Good luck to you.

Sunday, August 7, 2005 at 2:27:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i read that you had an auction for your sale. who all was involved? i think that's great and i wish you good luck and will definately read your book.

Lisa Mays

Sunday, August 7, 2005 at 7:32:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous jennifer echols said...

Anonymous and Jenny, thank you. Please let me know when you get The Call! :)

Lisa, Queen Geek and a second, untitled, unwritten (eek!) book were purchased by Simon Pulse, the YA line for Simon & Schuster. The other bidder was another well-known publisher with a very cool YA line. Nephele and I were thrilled with the auction and felt that it was a win-win situation for us. We couldn't be happier with my placement at Simon Pulse!

Monday, August 8, 2005 at 9:35:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Jana J. Hanson said...

I love your website(s), Jennifer!!! And I cannot wait to read your books (being a former band geek myself)!

Friday, August 12, 2005 at 9:38:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous jennifer echols said...

Jana, LOL! Nephele and I have wondered whether there's a latent band geek market out there! I'm with you--if I heard about a band novel, I'd snap it up! But QG focuses on the relationships among friends, so non-band non-geeks can enjoy it too.

I'm about a third of the way through writing my second novel for Simon Pulse. It's another YA romantic comedy, but it's completely unrelated to QG or to band. I hope to return to the band series at some point.

Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 9:45:00 AM EDT  

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