How To Get Published -or- In Response to 40% of the Emails I Receive

So you’ve made the decision to try your hand at getting published! Please, allow me to offer you simultaneous congratulations and sympathies. This is not an easy business to enter, but it is, at times, immeasurably fun. If you’re reading this, odds are you’ve already cleared an enormous hurdle by making the decision to learn more about how publishing works. I’ll see if I can answer some of the more common questions I’m asked here. I hope it helps!

How much does it cost to get my book published?

Whoa! Slow down there, chief. First off, it costs you nothing to be published by commercial publishers: the non-vanity, non-subsidy, non-self-publishing publishers (more on these here, thanks to SFWA). In fact, you should be getting at least a little money in your pocket from this experience. But you’re getting way ahead of yourself here. First off, once your work is polished to the extreme, you need to find representation. You need a literary agent.

What’s a literary agent?

A literary agent is someone who represents you and your work, who acts as a go-between and uses their business connections to get your manuscript in front of the right editors. Once an editor is interested in making an offer, your agent negotiates on your behalf. Your agent will also vet contracts, get your check to you, handle disputes, and give you insight to potential problems with your writing. They are your personal champion in the publishing world.

Okay, so how do I get one?

First off, you research. Find out who represents authors that you admire, who has made recent sales in your genre. Be sure to check out Agent Query, Writer’s Market, Jeff Herman’s Guide, and Publisher’s Marketplace. You can also seek out advice on writers forums, but there is a lot of misinformation out there, so I recommend you check out Backspace.

Once you have a list of reputable agents (remember: reputable agents charge no fees. For more info on how to spot a scam agent, check out Writer Beware’s list of abusive practices by these…for lack of a better word…people.), you’ll need to write a query letter to send to the agents on your list.

What’s a query letter?

A query letter is a letter of introduction that a writer sends to a literary agent in order to introduce themselves and the book that they’re interested in garnering representation for. You should spend as much time on this as you do on your actual manuscript, because this letter is your foot in the door, and if you screw it up, you might not get an agent’s attention (however, please note that pink paper or that swirly-girly font you’ve been eyeing will only get you the wrong kind of attention). You can always Google for examples of successful query letters, but I’ll post mine here for inspiration. A query letter should be professional, intriguing, and descriptive without being over the top. Here’s mine:

Dear Mr. Agentman,

If you thought eighth grade was tough, try it with fangs and a fear of garlic.

Junior high school really sucks for fourteen-year-old Vladimir Tod, and not in the good slurp-up-the-blood kind of way. A gang of bullies harasses him daily, the principal is dogging his every move, and the girl he really likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has to hide the fact that he’s a vampire.

When the one teacher he really connects with mysteriously vanishes, Vlad is determined to find him. But then Vlad finds an unsettling note scribbled across his essay: “I know your secret.”

Vlad must locate his missing teacher, dodge the principal, resist the bullies’ tempting invitations to Bite me!, and get a date for the dance–all before he is exposed for the teen vampire he is.

EIGHTH GRADE BITES is complete at around 39,000 words. It is the first book of a series, THE CHRONICLES OF VLADIMIR TOD. My short fiction appears in Darkmoon Rising, Descending Darkness and is scheduled to appear in two separate issues of Morbid Outlook. I’m also a contributing member of Backspace writers’ organization.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,

Heather Brewer

Looking at it now, it most definitely has room for improvement, but of the eleven agents I queried with it, nine responded with requests to read (six fulls, three partials), and one wanted an exclusive, so it couldn’t have been that bad (and yeah, the book is now much longer…and Vlad is now thirteen…but you get the point, right?).

Will you write my query letter for me?

Nice try. No.

Okay, so is there any more advice you can give me about query letters?

Absolutely! Use crisp white paper, a new printer cartridge, Times New Roman 12pt font, and always include a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) for their reply (as well as your phone number and email address). And be PATIENT! Sometimes it takes three months or more to hear back. Agents are very busy people.

Also, develop a thick skin. You will get rejected–we all do. And whatever you do, don’t fire of a “you’ll be sorry” email. It’ll only hurt you in the end. Remember, professionalism is the key to success.

What happens if an agent requests pages or offers me representation?

You send the pages UNSTAPLED (rubber band is okay) and you send them out right away (but don’t bother to FedEx overnight unless asked, it makes you look like an amateur), along with a polite cover letter reminding them of who you are and what you’re sending. If you get an offer, sit tight, ask questions about how the agent plans to grow your career, what their commission rate is, and take a few days to really think about it before signing on the dotted line. When you feel a hundred percent right in your choice, go for it! (and don’t forget to contact the other agents you’ve queried to let them know you’re already taken)

Is that all I need to know?

Nope, but it’s a good start. In a few weeks, I’ll write a What Happens After I Get an Agent? blog entry. I hope this helped!

256 Responses to "How To Get Published -or- In Response to 40% of the Emails I Receive"

  1. Angel

    Your advice is helping me sooooo much, Heather! I can’t wait for the next advice blog. :D

  2. Evelyn

    Thanks kindly. Still confused about all this, but it’s good to at least get a heads-up. :)

    Hopefully I’ll be able to do something with your advice once I get started into my writing.

    You’re grand. Hope to see more.

  3. Rev. CMOT TMPV

    Rather useful posting, Ms. Brewer. Thanks for sharing. (And again thanks for writing your book!)

  4. pjlyon

    Excellent advice, and I loved the snipped posted from your novel. Will be keeping you bookmarked to hear more :)

  5. Pashon

    Love the advice, and the letter. I think I’ll have to read Eight Grade Bites — catchy title as well. Can’t wait for that next blog. Oh yeah, and great list of authors you have as well. I love sites that are not only great to read, but resourceful — because that’s what we all need right…resources that work..Thanks Heather.

  6. Mia

    I have a question:
    I am writing a novel that is about 85% non fiction and the rest is fiction. I have changed the names & embelleshed some scenarios in order to avoid the whole legalities of fact checking & so forth for shopping it as non-fiction. Although it is based on my own personal journey, I am marketing the book as “fiction”.

    I have been advised to mention somewhere in the query or in “about the author” that this book is insired by personal events; I have also been advised to put this in a cover letter.
    I feel if the agents knew this was based on my personal events they would be more intrigued in my novel.

    My question is this: How can I include this information in my query without coming off as unprofessional or inexperienced.
    Any suggestions?

    Much Appreciated,
    Mia

  7. Eiko

    Thank you so much for putting this information up – how kind of you. Much appreciated!

  8. Jamie

    Wow, thank you so much this has actually helped me alot more than the countless hours I have spent on Yahoo!Answers trying to find out the first steps on trying to get a book published. And the great thing is about this blog is that you don’t make it sound too complicated. On other things I looked up I had no idea what people were saying. Thank Auntie Heather!

  9. Anonymous

    I wonder what would happen if one crossed a vampire with a dragon.

    Your page has helped me considerably.

  10. Kara

    I had seen the parts of a letter, but you don’t actually get it until you SEE one. THANK YOU for this information and example!

  11. Tony P

    This is a tremendous help. Many thanks!

  12. Anonymous

    I was wondering what your ideas for young writers, around the 14-17 age group, was. I am in the area myself and I am very interested in attempting to get a literary agent; I have been told of the ‘parent okay!’ before doing anything and what not.-But…I am not sure if my age will come as a negative against me, what do you think?

  13. Anonymous

    first of all, this information was very helpful and i would like to say thanks for taking the time to post it up and all. i have a question though, and I’m just looking for any kind of advice .. I am considerably young to be researching query letters and inquiring agents. I was just hoping that, besides the professional appearance of the query letter and “serious” or businesslike tone I will try my best to set, do you happen to have any other advice that will have anyone taking me seriously or actually considering to take a chance with my novel?

    a reply would be very much appreciated, thanks so much.

  14. Anonymous

    Ms. Heather, your advice is amazing. I know your blog is helping me tons on getting the courage to start my first query, but I’m scared I might be too young and my age may effect my publishing possiblities. I’m a few years under eighteen. Any advice on what to do when it comes to publishing a book with an agent and young age?
    It would help greatly if you reply back.
    Again, thanks for the amazing advice you give:)

  15. Heather Brewer

    Minions, please don’t worry about your age. In publishing, age is irrelevant. Just write the best book you can!

  16. Anonymous

    Heather, I came across this blog on query letters as I was writing one for an agent I met. Then, coincidentally, after I sent the query, I saw you on this agent’s list of forthcoming titles. Thanks for offering these tips to us newbies. I hope to get this agent!

  17. Jamey

    This ROCKED! I will wright a book if I can, and put you in the acknowledgements.

    Do I need to use a fake name if I am under 18?

  18. Heather Brewer

    You can use any name you want, Jamey. Age is not an issue. Good luck!

  19. Vladslays13

    Thank you heather this has really inspired me to keep pushing towards my goal. Also do you think you will also right a different series about perhaps, a teenage alien or something, not saying a vampire is not cool cause i honestly love these series and look forward to the next book.

    Thanks again,
    Your minion

  20. Jasmine

    Thanks! That’s very helpful information!

    Thanks again.
    you’re books we’re vamptastic!

    your minion.

  21. vampman

    Hey Heather! I totally loved the first book. I’ve been trying to become a writer and have had only a few ideas. But i think I can only go the way of the vampire with this, and thanks for the advice on getting a book published, it really helped me out alot.

  22. Anonymous

    Hey Heather! Thank you so so much for the advice on the query letter. I’m trying to publish a book and was going crazy because I had absolutely no idea what a query was. Again, thank you and I loved the first book.

  23. Keli

    Hey heather. I’m writing a story/novel and it has been going great. My only problem is, if it’s a novel, how short can it be? Average on pages, words? Sure, it will probably be fairly long but just in case, could you tell me…Please???

  24. Heather Brewer

    That depends on what you’re writing, Keli. Technically, my Vlad Tod series falls under both Middle Grade and Young Adult. I sold the first book at 40,000 words. So between 40,000 and 60,000 is a good range there.

  25. Alta S

    Great advice Heather! I have a question, however, how do I let the publishers know if I want to use a Psyseunodem?
    Thanks again!

    ~Alta S.

  26. Keli

    hey heather thanks for the info on how many words…my book might meet or exceed what you said so that really helps. Thanks again.

  27. Caroline

    Thx for the advice! I’m so gonna try and get my book published now!!!

  28. Mehvish Rehman

    Hi, I was just wondering whether there’s a specific age you need a writer to be in order for you to be their agent. Doesn’t getting a story published depend entirely on the story, the written words plot etc. Or will I be turned down, depending if the agent thinks I am too young? Please reply…
    Thanks!

  29. Heather Brewer

    Mehvish – age doesn’t matter. Only the quality of your work matters. :)

  30. Caroline

    When you send a query letter do you want to send it out to multiple agents at once or wait to get a reply before moving on to the next? A little confused here! Please respond if you can! Thanks!

  31. Ryukinn

    uhm hi, if the books became like a best seller,

    what do you get back ?

  32. Heather Brewer

    Hi Caroline – It’s probably wise to send them out in groups of ten, giving 8 weeks or so between groups.

    Hi Ryukinn – Hitting a bestseller list means more exposure and more slaes, which is always good.

  33. CAroline

    Ok, thanks Heather!

  34. Keli

    hey heather, keli again. i was just wondering if you ever got any help from someone else than your editor? A teacher or a friend? and what happens if that person editd your story to their (and your) liking, but the actual readers didn’t like it. would you edit it more so they might like it or give up and right a new book?

  35. Heather Brewer

    Hi Keli -

    Jackie Kessler is my fabulous critique partner – we exchange manuscripts and critique one another’s work. That being said, neither of us listens to 100% of the advice the other offers, as you need to stay true to your vision.

  36. Keli

    thanks heather! is jackie kessler a writer too? does she have any good books

  37. Heather Brewer

    Oh yes, Jackie is an amazing writer. She has several fabulous books out now for adults, but is currently working on one of the best YA books I have ever seen. You can visit Jackie at http://www.jackiekessler.com :)=

  38. Tessa

    Thank you so much for your advice. Can you post the link for the, “What Happens after I get an Agent” blog please. Thanks!

  39. fullmoon163

    PLEASE, post the link for the “What Happens After I get An Agent” Blog. I want to be a writer, and this will really help me.

    REALLY help me.

  40. njue

    great advice, but tell me; very large novels, above 400pgs A4 size, what are the chances there?

  41. Gmenezes

    I have been reading up on how to write a query letter, and I am finding that the 3rd paragraph should consist of the writers bio. What if you are brand new to writing?

    I have never had anything published, and I don’t have any formal training or schooling to speak of…

    Any suggestions?

  42. njue

    gmenezes,

    the best place for you would be absolutewrite.com there’s everything you need to know there. see you there.

  43. Anonymous

    Oh, gee. I have a 200,000 word story that I have already written. This will help me so much… I can just feel it. Thanks so much, Heather! I was almost discouraged to write this story because of my age – 13. But your encouragement has kept me going!

    P.S. If you hear of a book called Lapis, it’s me! Go Todd!

  44. Anonymous

    Hi Heather. I am writting a query letter and I was wondering if I should tell the Agents that I have no exprience or not. With SASE do you put it inside the other envelope with their adress on or what. Will they not except me because I am only 11? Could you please answer these questions.

    Thank You!

  45. Anonymous

    Thanks for the advice! Hopefully one day I will get the book I am writting published.

    When you were first starting out were you nervouse about what people might think about your books?

  46. Anonymous

    When you said that your book was 39,000 I was like “what? . . .” bcuz that is a novella, not even a novel! haha.

  47. Anonymous

    Thanks for the info. This is going to help a lot when I try to get a book published. Love the series, btw. ^-^

  48. Anonymous

    Thanks so much!
    This advice really helps :)
    I know you said age doesn’t matter but..I’m only 12 years old, so will is STILL not matter?
    Mary

  49. CptTyrene

    Your blog has been very helpful. Do you have any suggestions or recommendations on finding an agent for a screenplay? Thanks for the information. I will take it to heart.

  50. Anonymous

    i think your awsome! my friend elizabeth does too!
    from: sanite

  51. CAroline

    Hey Heather, I’ve been working on writing a book for a while now and I was wondering what a good size and font is for a novel like yours. Please tell!

    P.S. I love you books, go Vlad!

  52. Ilyssa N. B.

    Hey Heather i wanted to tell u how much i love ur books! they rock i just finished 9th grade slays and i have to tell u how freakin good that book was! I fell in love with Vlad haha u made an even more awesome version of Edward!!!! XD my kinda edward! Oh um i have a question i'm 14 and i have been writing sice i was like 8 yrs old well people tell me i could become the nxt stephaie myer lol ya rite but the thing is i can't stick to one story i have just started one of my best works so far called alternate worlds bout a goth girl named Levana and the popular jock Trevor…well there both the like leaders of thier kind and they fall in love even though they've been enimies since forever and i was wondering if maybe i could email u the like intro to my story it wuld be sooo amazing if u could just read it and get back to me on it plz i would totally apreciate it!!!! but i know ur busy so i would understand if u said ur to busy so i'm just askin plz reply!

  53. Myranda

    So this was very helpful. All i've got written is 3 spiral notebooks full…not a lick on the computer but i've posted some on your forum, I'm pumped, but I've got alot of editing i gotta do, I LOVE YOU AUNTIE!! thanks!!

  54. Madi

    Thanks Auntie Heather!!!

    This helped alot concidering the fact that I am absolutly determined to become and author, just like you. I look up to you! You, are my insperation, to write.

    Anyways, thanks a bunch!

    Yours In Eternity,
    Madi

  55. KkBrandyxloveKk((SV))

    Thanks for teh help!
    I’m still working on the thick skin!

  56. alyssa

    hey heater =] ur advice helped alot. nd i us wanna say dat i really want 2 become an author. nd im also really into vampires nd gothic things. i love all ur boooks out vlad. readin ur boooks made me want 2 be a vampire even more!

    YOURS IN ETERNITY,
    lala

  57. Well. Hey…uhm..Auntie Heather…I take immense interest in your books. And am very interested in the writing business…I really appreciate your kindness as a bestselling author to make a very generous site! I was just working on a fanfic when I decided to double check If there was a third book to your sequal…and I found it! You actually ruined my plot for my fanfic by just looking at the cover of your now known third book…I forgive you though..I put an intense tomboy in my fanfic that I jus started writing right now…and decided she would be a vampire from a different planet with wings…

    Anyway…I hope to post a letter for your approval later this week…don’t know I’d you’ll repond, but it is worth a try.
    Your is eternity,
    “matt” (the tomboy in the story”

  58. Hello?

  59. Heather Brewer

    Hey Matt – “letter for approval”? There was no letter to speak of. My agent called me on the phone. We spoke. I emailed him a few days later to say that I wanted to work with him. He emailed back to say he was happy to work with me. That’s it. Simple, huh? :)

  60. Hey Auntie Heather I love writing and my dream is to see a book i wrote (such as Attack On Tikuihe or Atlantis Ice) on a book stores shelf. I just kinda felt like telling you that :) You advice really helped a lot. The Vlad books rock!! I cant wait for the rest!

    Your #1 Minion
    Danny L

  61. Hey, Heathyy! Couple questions. What are some good publishing companies I should look into? Will all of this publishing stuff interfere with school? Can a publisher publish your book if you’re a minor, or do you have to be 18? Or, do you have to have your parents signature/permission? What program(s) did you use to type Vladimir Tod?

    Is it cool with you if I draw you a cover for one of your next books? :D

  62. Maya

    I was working on a book all through 9th grade, and absolutly everyone loved it ad i had edited it all the time, then this year(10th going to 11th), (i hadnt finshed it and actully misplaced it), and i looked back at it and it still seems really good, but ive lost intrest in it(it’s about vampires btw). I am now working on 2 different ones at the same time now along with reading your books and playing sims 3 to keep myself busy and interested. but ive also had all these questions about getting at least one published(hopefully by the time im 17). and im not sure if it would be possible. please email me.

  63. Hey Heather… :}
    Its been a while (A long while…lol), I was roaming around the net and decided to stop by your site….you’ve been a busy lady!! What a trip….I remember when we met at the shop; you were anxiously waiting for your first book to hit the shelves!! Still have your signed copy at the shop and tell people they should check out Vlad..Local Author and all that good stuff!! How exciting….Keep up the awewome work!! Carmie

  64. Brandi

    Hi Heather!

    I saw the first book of the Vladimir Tod series and loved it. The fangs drew me in to one of the best books about teenage vampires I have ever read. You’re amazing work has inspired me to try to publish a story I’ve been drawing as a comic. It’s also about a teenage vampire, except it’s a girl. Thanks so much for listening to me ramble and I hope to pick up the second and third Vladimir Tod books soon!! :mrgreen:

  65. Alejandra Ruiz

    U know, I can’t find anything as helpful as this using google… lol. Thanks a million for posting this! U have no idea how helpful it is to me! And you’ve written an awesome book series! Please, keep on writting!!!! :mrgreen:

  66. Dude, how did you manage to write your books so elegantly? You made Vladimir Tod the new Twilight, man! You can’t go wrong!

  67. auntie heather i work on books and i get ideas but then i don’t think of any more in the middle of the book :oops: where do you get your ideas if your stuck? i can’t trust my best friend with ideas for my stories or she’ll turn em into something with magical flying goldfish and talkin’ penguins when its about something totally dfferent! :evil: or i’ll start to not like it. what d you suggest?

    ur crazie :mrgreen: minion,
    allison <3

  68. Alek

    Help me! I’m drowning Auntie Heather! (please respond)

    I’ve been working on a couple of stories that I wanted to make into a book, but school catches up with me and I cant work on it. Then I lose intrest or forget what I was going to do with it. Plus, most of my friends end up being no help at all and turn it into something stupid. Any advice?

  69. victoria

    I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I have written poems, stories etc. I was wondering though, how long did it take you to become recongized as an author and not just another wanna-be writer? And, if I may ask, How long does it take you to write a book? How do you conjure up new ideas? Thanks for your advice though its better than I expected because now I have an idea on agents (I never understood how to get one of those “minions”). LOL.

  70. Hey, Heather! This really helped me! I’ll try this when I get my book finished! I’ll have to do a LOT of research so I get the rigth person! I’ll have my friend read this too! We both are writing books! And I was wondering if it matters how old you are? I’m not that old, just a teenager, and I was wondering if people accept people so young? Or if it’s harder to get something out there?
    You rock!
    ~Lauren :grin:

  71. So far I am really impressed with your site. The quality of your content and nice design makes it a real winner!

  72. Hillary Bowling

    Hey Auntie.
    I have a problem. What you said up there didn’t really make any sense to me. Also, it sorta sounds like your explaining to adults. I don’t know about anyone else, but I know I’m not grown up. I just had my 14th birthday yesterday for gods sake! Sorry, it’s really late and I’m tired so I’ll leave you be… BYE!

  73. Jessica

    I just started my first serious book last night.

    Last year i wrote a book about vamps in school with a few other people. (word of advice: if you create a story line with characters you love it’s a bad idea to be nice and let people who asked write with you) ;-)

  74. Vlad crazy Neopet

    I wonder If they will publish a book of horror poems and short stories. Cause I’ve got a bunch of them! :?:

  75. Stacey

    hi, this page helped out so much :) i (like many other people) are writing a book. Im just a crazy little 13 year girl who was told by her teachers that she has an ounce of talent, and I am very niave in this business, so I’d like to thank you for this information.

  76. Raven Crow

    I have a problem. I have a swell plot for my story and I’ve already started writing it. When I looked back on it, however, I realized that it sounds exactly like Vladimir Tod with a couple twists here and there. If I e-mail you my story’s synopsis privately, would you be able to determine if it IS like Vladimir Tod? I don’t want to seem like a copy cat or anything.

    xoxo,
    Raven Crow: That’s ironic!

  77. Sarah Nicole

    Hi Auntie Heather! Well, I’m twelve and i’ve decided that the idea for a book that i’ve had in my head for over *counts fingers* three years! My best friend is going to be my editor along with other kids my age. I absolutely love your books, and thanks for the advice!

    Yours in eternity,
    Sarah Nicole

  78. Kuryu

    Hey Heather! I just started readin your books and I love ‘em(read the first in a day)!I love writing, but have trouble getting ideas, then sticking with them… I usually write fanfictions(right now I’m writing one for your seires)and my friends say their really good. Although one of my friends annoys me with random lines containing my odd use of adjectives… I actually got an honorable mention in a state-wide writing contest for my story about a huskey running in a race for the first time(I absolutly HATE word limits…). Anyways…Just wondering how you got started and where you found that magical land where they keep all the good ideas…

    Yours in Eternity,

    Kuryu Aya Mitsu
    (P.s-your books made me want to be a vamp…hehe)

  79. becca

    Hi Auntie Heather!
    I am one of your biggest fans, and I LOVE to write! :razz: Vlad is my favorite caracter in any book ever. I write short stories, (mostly about vampires) and I think that your advice will help get me published!
    Thanks!!!!! :grin:
    Becca ;-)

  80. angel

    that helps alot but like somepeople that replyed will they rlly publish our books if they like them with us being teens?? :?:

  81. Alek

    you’ve never replied to my earlier comment or email. o.0

  82. sam

    THANX FOR THE ADVICE IM WRITING A SERIES AND IM WRITING DA 1ST BOOK…ITS BOUT VAMPIRS OF COURSE…THANX FOR ALL UR ADVIE..

  83. AVL!_VLAD_LOVER!

    Yay! I know this will help ALOT

  84. kelsey

    I LOVE VLADIMIR TOD BEST BOOKS EVER :!: :!: :!: :grin:

  85. plz come out with a new vampire book :cry:.hey is d’ablo ever going to freaking give up.dont worry this is the last question.i have asked alot of questions srry.is vlad really the pravus

  86. David

    What happened to the rest????

  87. ren anne

    I HAVE A PROBLEM!
    i am absolutely going to be a writer i have many, many, MANY, ideas the problem is staying interested in it (i have the attention span of a goldfish(like two seconds) :mrgreen:) pleas tell me you have advice! :sad: :sad: :sad:

  88. Cecily Lillian

    Have you ever gotten a lot of writers block but you know what you want to happen and you just cant find how to get there and write it down. If you have how did you get over it? I have tried useing friends to bounce ideas off of but that sometimes doesn’t work.

  89. Kat Jenning

    This really really helps me!!! I’m so coming back here after I finish the novel I’m writing. Thank you sooooo much!!! :grin: I love you! You rock, Auntie Heather!! :cool:

  90. Katy

    thx Auntie Heather. im writing a book about a greek girl who has to save her freind from the Underworld. shes a 7th grader
    love,
    katy

  91. VladimirTod

    Hey Heather! Awesome job on “The Chronicles Of Vladimir Tod” Series! I just finished ‘Tenth Grade Bleeds’ and I can’t wait for ‘Eleventh Grade Burns’ to come out in Feburary! Im a HUGE fan of the Series! But what I really wonder is how the series is going to end? I read something on your Blog, saying you’ve been ‘uber’ working on ‘Twelfth Grade Kills’, So I really can’t wait! I wonder if D’ablo will every stop bothering Vlad, I thought he was going to die in the Third Book, but he got away…, again! But anyways, keep up the Awesome work! :D

  92. jacqueline homs

    lad to is the BEST BOOK EVER :shock: cant wait till more

  93. Ellen

    hey auntie heather i LOVE your books(well iv only read the 1st one but it makes me want to read all of them) im totally into the vampires/ gothic stuff an it makes me feel like im actually in the book. i read it in like 3 hours it waz ssssoooo good.
    hope the next one comes out soon!!!!! :mrgreen: :razz:

  94. LovesRazor

    Okay well I have gotten into a book that everyone has said is very good, my mom has been helping me talk about what college I want to go to and what job I am going to have while I write. But I was thinking…I can finish this soon. Why should I wait to go to college? Why can’t I publish this now? I have had my teachers edit and read it and they are very confident in me. The only thing is is that I am only thirteen. Would a publishing agency take me seriously? Would a publisher want? If you don’t write back I understand, but I would really appreicieat it. Thanks a bunches!

    Love you Auntie!!
    (And since everyone else said it and I don’t want to feel left out because Otis is da bomb)
    Yours in Eternity,
    Shelby

  95. Heather I love you so much. I love Vadimir tod. He reminds me of someone special to me. I just instantly connected with him. Your work is so amazing. And the advice you’re giving our to your fans is amazing. I love how you get involved with us. Reading this blog just gets me excited about getting published. I can’t wait for the next chapter in Vlad’s life! XOXO.

  96. April

    i want to get my story published….

  97. TellerofWays

    Aunty Heather first off; your a talented talented writer who writes AWESOMELY, I mean seriously your talent is the kind a teen can truly admire. I though am a amateur writer who is on the second part(roughly 20,000) of a hope to be novel that’s about Sulfur smelling Demons, High strunged Angels and Michevous-and deadly beings called simply the Fae. Though I’m totally lost of how to publish it plus dont even know if anyone WOULD read it, I mean a got like a short summary you find on the back of a Book but Idk if it even would spark a interest-
    “Nathan Gale seems to be a normal teenage outcast with the ability to see ghosts and read people; well that and he lives with his Grandfather. Though once he moves with his Grandfather back near New Haven, the place where his parents seem to have disappeared, he starts having dreams. Ones of a girl he’s never even met- that and she’s a Vampyre. Though once they meet, the Vampyre in human disguised, Christine, only gets him into trouble, BIG trouble. That which includes of facing foul odored Demon Wolves, Lunatic Vampyre Elders, Mischievous Elves, Luring on-fire Sirens and all while preparing for the School’s Play. Not to mention having to find out the Myths are all real(Well minus Norse ones, they just twisted the first known ones very messed uply.) and that he is a half blood said to save the world. Read his story in the first installment of the Lost Legend Series, Radiant Destiny.

    Oh and wow i think im the only guy whos writing to you, man that sorta sucks.

    Power to the Guy fans though I did not see-

    -Teller of Ways

  98. Vlad

    I need some help, would be this something alright? Im making a Story(First Story) a Series called ‘Total Drama Series’ Like the show, Total Drama Island, Action, ECT. Except, in my story theres 17 Teenagers(contestants) Willing to do Anything they can to win the Big $Million! (relationships, alliences, ECT.)Slowly voting eachother off, untill someone eventually wins the challenge! And ANYBODY whos in the Final Five Contestants Will make it to the Next Story! So far, I let my brother read my story of what I have done, and he said it was pretty good!
    So I was wondering if this is something people would be Intrested in.

  99. I’m writing a book fight now, and I was wondering if you know the chances of getting it actually published and sold were.

  100. What are some suggestions for writing a book and getting it published? I think I need some major help! Is it hard publishing your first book? What were some roadblocks you hit? How did you get though them?

    Yours in eternity,
    Kiara

  101. Emily (|/|||)|

    I was just wondering how to make a book popular. I TOTALLY understand what you said but how does it become popular.

  102. @ emily: you must captivate the readers attention to continue to read the story. sooner or later people will recommend it and damn you have yourself a seller!

  103. Raven

    Cool. Thank you Auntie Heather! :grin:

  104. i want to make a book and alredy started and i have no idea what you meant so how ecacttly do you
    get published oh and your books are best :twisted: :smile: :mrgreen: :cool: :razz:

  105. Nicole

    Hey Heather,I just love Vlad tod he is one of my favorite chacters in a book(my other favorite is Maximum Ride) And iwass just wondering if you had ever thought that maybe you didn’t want to share your books with people you did know…

    Thanks so much,
    Yours in Eternety,
    Nicole

  106. Riven Harkness

    Dear Miss Heather,
    I do believe that I am brand new to the blogging front. Every night since I’ve read the third book of yours, I drempt of scenes of the book as if it were a movie. If the series turns into an actual movie, can you please inform me about character tryouts? Movies should include the little people, not always the spoiled rich actors.

  107. Riven Harkness

    Stay scared, Riven

  108. luna

    Im in the middle of writing my own book. It started out as a dream. It was so vivid, i had to write it down… FYI, it is called… Of The Darkness. Just in case it gets published… :lol: :oops: I hope it does. I would be so upset. Im spending soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much of my time on it. I let my la teacher read it. She said it was a great start and i should never give up. Word of advice from your sister Luna… Never give up and write down any mysterious dreams. Oh, fyi, Stephanie meyer dreamed about the meadow and edward talking to bella. And auntie dreams of vlad (she said so herself…) Good luck to every writer reading this. :razz: ;-) :!: :!: :cool: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
    – Luna

  109. luna

    Does no one read this any more? No new comments… I love this page!!! It is so helpful!!! :mrgreen: :cool: :grin: :!:

  110. Ran

    Auntie Heather,

    This is definately very helpful and informative. I’m in the middle of writing a book called Taste No Evil and hope to one day get it published. I hope you give out more advice in the future.

    Your Minion In Eternity,
    (|//)

  111. chico

    :) that gives me some hope! thanks!

    minions forever,
    (-/-)

  112. IYANNA!!!!!

    1. of all AWSOME 2. of all YOUR AWSOME!! 3. OF ALL HOLY **** WTF IS GONNA HAPPEN TO VLAD!!! GAHHH!!!!!!! im dying i neeed to know!!! I EVEN ORDERED 11th grade burns EARLY!!! OKII I AM EXCITED AND if i don’t find a new BOOK too read SOON I’m GOING TO DIE!!! LIKE MY MIND WILL DRIVE ME MAD!!!! and vlad is liek the guy of my damn dreams- i already have that guy but still!!! AND WHY SNOW WHY!!!! I LOVED HERRR she was like so awsome!!!!!!! oki i really need to start reading another book SOO C-YAH!!

  113. QuothTheRaven

    Very helpful! I bow to your awesomesauceness Auntie Heather :mrgreen:

    P.s. If my book gets published I’m thanking you in the dedication page along with Darren Shan and my family! Lol :grin:

  114. luna

    YAYYSSS!! This page is so helpfull!!!!

  115. Haley

    Yay!!! Thank you Heather because of you I can write a good and believeable vampire character for my book :razz: I hope you can read it for yourself soon I have about 39 pages done and me 2 friends are helping me edit it and I was wondering if you could email me and give me advice for writing a book…. thks :mrgreen:

  116. luna

    First of all, great haley!!! I will so read it!!! And a good idea is to pay attention to any weird, unforgetable dreams… This can help you get ideas!! :mrgreen: Hope you find this helpful,
    LUNA :twisted: :razz: :cool:

  117. Thanks Auntie Heather! :grin: I really hope you read my book when it gets published. it’s going to be bloody alsome! :mrgreen:

  118. sooo fake, Mac Maschmeyer

  119. Justine

    I love all the book I’ve read!~ -has only read Tenth Grade Bleeds- All of my friends who have ready the book think it should be made into a movie~ But not the same person who did twilight…. Maybe someone really awesome like Tim Burton~ He’s my hero in all things movies~ And you’re my hero in all things books~ I have a story of my own but it’s a twist off of wonderland. I’ve been writing it for a while. Here’s the first little part thingy, http://demon-tool-777.deviantart.com/art/Dark-Wonderland-143517574 And here’s the first chapter, http://demon-tool-777.deviantart.com/art/Dark-Wonderland-CH-1-Escape-143601954 Hope you like~ ^-^ And tell me if there’s anything wrong with it. -is working on paragraphing-

    ~Justine D.

  120. katie

    This summer my dad is going to help me publish a book, hopefully.
    Wolf Change
    My heart throbbed. My muscles tensed. My bones crunched. I’m changing, changing into a wolf. I am smarter, stronger, faster and larger than a regular wolf. My teeth clenched and my brows furrowed as new life draws near. My silky, wavy brown and silver hair shortened and went black as night. I grew claws. My teeth scraped against my gums as they grew longer and sharper. My mouth deformed and reformed into a snout. I would soon be a beautiful wolf. I would run with the night stars. Under the cool, glowing, orange, full harvest moon. I would run beside the rushing sparkling galloping stream. I would sing my sing my sweet song toward my sister moon. Ah! Finally the sweet sensational pain is over. I am now a wolf. I’m as beautiful as the blue red pink purple and black roses I grow and experiment with. My fur was black, except for my white paws, my white underbelly, and white ears. One eye was brown, blue and grey. The other was brown green and grey. My snout was long. My teeth were sharp and even. My fur was fluffy and smooth at the same time. My senses were keen and my heart happy and full. I will run with the cool night wind now, it catching my dust. The smell of choke cherries, honeysuckle, fresh hunt, flowers, family, urine and more overwhelming smells filled the air. I am a teenage wolf girl. Sixteen years of age. I was finally free. Free to be me.

  121. sarah d

    dude your books are the best. i made this shirt with all the littles vamp smiley faces and its realy poular. my favorite character is vlad (of course) and i think that if vlad survives the elisian councel, slayer society, and anything or any one thats after him that he should go out with snow (if she will take him back that is.

    your in eternity,

    (–)

  122. sarah d

    i wrote my name wrong in elisian code sorry (- -)

  123. katie

    My keyboard can’t write mine. :cry:

  124. luna

    Same here, Katie :x :cry:

  125. luna

    Katie, that story was beautiful. Do u mind if i post some advice for u and other writers? Id love to help :mrgreen: Just blog the word :cool: :roll: :razz: ;-)

  126. wierd but I come across this blog looking for small other things. Probably that this page has visibility for a word that I’m sure doesn’t seem to be appropriate to the subject you are writing about in your blog

  127. katie

    March 13, 2010 at 2:42 pm
    Katie, that story was beautiful. Do u mind if i post some advice for u and other writers? Id love to help Just blog the word

    i don’t mind

  128. katie

    thanks though i wrote it in 6th grade

  129. katie

    Anonymous says:
    June 10, 2008 at 12:05 am
    I wonder what would happen if one crossed a vampire with a dragon.

    Your page has helped me considerably.

    a dragon is normally reptilian isn’t it and vampires are mammals

  130. katie

    Anonymous says:
    July 12, 2008 at 11:17 am
    I was wondering what your ideas for young writers, around the 14-17 age group, was. I am in the area myself and I am very interested in attempting to get a literary agent; I have been told of the ‘parent okay!’ before doing anything and what not.-But…I am not sure if my age will come as a negative against me, what do you think?

    me too no agent please just dad

  131. katie

    Anonymous says:
    July 12, 2008 at 11:17 am
    I was wondering what your ideas for young writers, around the 14-17 age group, was. I am in the area myself and I am very interested in attempting to get a literary agent; I have been told of the ‘parent okay!’ before doing anything and what not.-But…I am not sure if my age will come as a negative against me, what do you think?

    me too no agent please just dad

  132. Delilahx

    That guy who wrote Eragon was only 15 and look at him now! You can write at any age and it wount matter to anyone, they don’t judge you, they judge the book (in a good way)

  133. luna

    YAY!!! I thought that maybe it could make the reader continue to read by adding the detail and that would lead clues to the fact that they are a werewolf. I loved it! so beautiful!! thanku!
    LuNa :mrgreen:

  134. luna

    U ALL ROCK!!! :mrgreen:

  135. KellyAnn

    okay well, i’m in the middle of writing a story.. My Literature teacher is actually helping me and supporting me.. oh and katie, that was awesome!! :mrgreen: thanks for all the tips, Auntie, and everybody else :]

  136. Dusk Ellis

    I’m writing a book too. It’s about vampires, of course… (LOL) Well, the vampires haven’t come in yet, but they’re going to be totally AWESOME!!!
    They all have silver eyes. OMG, I can’t think of a name for all of the vampires. Any suggestions, please? HELP!!!

    Sincerely,
    (-)
    P.S., my name isn’t really Dusk, in case you were wondering.

  137. Dusk Ellis

    My mom won’t let me sleep in a coffin! Curse Her!
    (And my Dad!)

  138. Dusk Ellis

    I love typing in random things! Vlad Tod is HOT!!!

  139. Alex (Fangs Alot)

    Thanks Heather now I’m clear. Can’t wait for your next brilliant pieces! :mrgreen: :oops: :shock:

  140. marlene

    I jus love your books. Me and my friend are writing a book. This blog really helped me out i did not know what to do when we finsh the book and to who to send it to. i can’t wait for your next book. :smile:

  141. You prepared a number fine points there. I did a good solid research for this particular issue and found out generally people will definitely agree with your website. Thanks.

  142. your books are da best im writing a story similiar to yours i’ll see if i could send you a copy wen its finished i also feel like im in the books wen i read them me and my friends are making a book club one of my friends have,eighth grade bites, and,ninth grade slays, i have everything but eleventh grade burns i have and my other friend has ,tenth grade bleeds, ur books r genuis i mean it. :smile:

  143. luna

    Dusk ellis,
    I AGREE!!!! vlad is a total hottie!!! u want random??? my thumb hurts

  144. Mahlenki Dyavol (Jessica)

    I love your books Heather! Their amazing! I’m so excited about Twelfth Grade Kills, I might explode! Your an amazing author Auntie Heather!

    I’m writing a fiction story with a friend, and we need some advice. I’m writing the whole thing out, but its a team effort, and we are going to write our letter to the agents soon, but we have no idea what to write! We’ve read yours so any times, but no ideas come to our minds! Help!

    Yours in eternity,
    Jessica (-/)

  145. Mahlenki Dyavol (Jessica)

    P.S. Vlad is amazingly hot! Great choice for looks on him Auntie Heather!

  146. Hey!I love your books and this has helped me soo much with my book,Dead Girls High!
    My death,my hope,my prom,my life.Why?This only happens to me!Only.Sarah.Death by a picture of Jhonson and Ashelie my friends I’ll never see agian.This is olivia’s falt.I hate her.Timera calms me.Becca get’s her Goth cup full of Rc cola,(The dead drink if you didn’t know.)and tells me I’ll be fine
    ;-)

  147. @Dusk try names that might not be real.Like in my writing I used Bosie.Don’t use that though try Gothetta,Legosie,Mahaudinie,or Ashili.They’re great names too!But Gothetta,Ashili(Ashley),Legosie they’ll work.

  148. shalimar mendoza

    Dear, HEATHER BREWER I JUST LOVE YOUR BOOKS AND I LOVE THAT YOU ENJOY DANCING UNDER THE MOONLIGHT I LDO THAT TO IM IN LOVE WITH TWO VAMPIRES AND A WEREWOLF EDWARD CULLEN JACOB BLACK FROM THE TWLIGHT SAGA AND ONE OTHER VAMPIRE NAME STEFEN SALVATORE FROM THE VAMPIRE DIRIES AND OF VLADAMIRE TOD TO I DONT KNOW WAY IM IN LOVE WITH THEM EDWARD CULLEN IS THE ONLY VAMPIRE I EVER LOVED LIKE A BOYFRIEND AND I WAS WOUNDERING IF YOU THINK IT IS WERID TO WATCH TH MOON AT NIGHT MY FAMILY THINKS ITS WERED AND I FEEL LIKE EDWARD IS THE ONLY ONE THERE FOR ME AND U AS WELL AND THE ANOTHER THING I WHATED TO ASK IS THE SYBLE ON YOUR BOOK WHAT DOES THAT MEAN I AM SO GLAD I GOT TO TALK TO HEATHER AND I HOPE I CAN TALK TO YU SOON P.S I WELL ALOSE LOVE VAMPIERS AND THAT IS WHO I AM

  149. Like I said I’m working on a book.I’m starting on a book called Killing The Night.Here’s some of it.”Carissa?”,Millie asked.”Carissa are you there?”.Nothing came after Millie asked.Then the pain started again.Millie knew a vampire was there.”Gathen,I know you’re here.”As she said Gathen was there.

  150. Taylor

    Auntie Heather, thanx for writing this little bit of info cuz im over here thinking ‘wat now?’ since im more then done, ready, started another (if another means 8 or 9 more) books, and ready to do somthing to get me rollin 2 the next step. ur recommended sites r highly appreciated especially when im staring at my own book and its screaming ‘do sumthin dummy im fading away!!!’…. u dont even no how crazy i am ;-) but anyway, i L-O-V-E ur books and thanx again 4 the help

  151. Sky

    OMG!!!I just had the craziest dream last night. You know im going to take Luna’s advice and try to right a book about it. It was so cool though. Dreams are so awesome. :grin:

  152. mindy

    Well, I had a dream about wizard(cuz I play wizard 101 and read harry potter)I going to write it it’s about Myha and how she is a life(good)wizard but cursed to be a death(bad)wizard.When she’s there she learns about Cartinie and Alexia the leaders of death wizards.But no one knows what they look like so eveyone thinks its the new head mistresses Cyndah and Myndah Halken.And one mistake Myha made makes everyone now thinks Myha,Mahaudinie,and Luna are the evil!
    So what do you all think of it?

  153. Awesome information about getting a literary agent. I ended up getting a contract with a publishing company with out one but I went in with my first book co-authoring with a already published author.

  154. @Mindy sounds cool I’d read it

  155. sounds difficult :evil:

  156. Kyo eats souls

    So far–

    “C’mon! Lemmie show you something!” I called to the other kids. I trotted up to he rose bushes that had wilted.
    Okay, can everyone see? I’m not gonna do this twice!” the group muttered their yeses, so I turned to the roses.
    I reached out and grazed the wrinkled petals, and I thought of babies, their tiny round heads and of their little pink fingers.
    At the places I touched it, the dead roses turned into the deepest black I’d ever seen, then, one by one in order of the roses I touched they fell like skyscrapers, toppleing and exploding into inky dust. In their wake were pebble-like seeds.

    Actually that’s not all but that’s all I’m giving you, at this part Iris (the main charactor) is 4, and the book will be called the Rebirthers or somthing else I’m gonna leave my address here and you can send me a different name. Basiclly, Iris lives at a christian orphanage and runs away because everyone thinks she’s a devil, she goes through allot of obsticals just to live and finds some very different people… But are they so different from her?

    kionapics@yahoo.com

    干彐 (//\//)

    :arrow:

  157. Kyo eats souls

    Oh yea and ILY Auntie!!!!!!!! «~|Kyo|~»
    (kyo is just a nickname)

  158. Isabel

    Wow, this really helped me a lot! I am somewhat ambitious, but not TOO much. Thanks a lot, Auntie Heather, for this information, and for your awesome books!
    -Your Minion/Vlad Fan

  159. Isabel

    Oh right, the sentence, “I am somewhat ambitious, but not TOO much.” doesn’t fit into that comment I previously posted. xD
    I was gonna say something about wanting to publish my manga and a book(See? I can dream, right? 8D). Ehe, so yeah. This comment was an awkward continuation of my previous one. Once again…
    -Your “Weirdy” Minion/Vlad Fan FOREVER Period.

  160. Debra

    I am trying to find an agent and have my first query letter completed. Can I have some feed back from anyone on my hook?
    When Cali Reynolds a willful yet naive seventeen year old moves to the family ranch, a place she never knew existed, learns her locket is more than just a family heirloom, she is thrown into an enchanted world of secrets and curses, as reality and dreams collide she must face her one fear, the dark.

  161. supernaturalbeings

    Thank you so much for this I’ve been writing ever since I could pick up a pencil and its been my dream to publish a book one day

  162. teen vamp

    @Debra: grammar, grammar, grammar. & less clunky.
    When Cali Reynolds, a willful yet naive seventeen year old moves to the family ranch, a place she never knew existed, (why?) she learns her locket is more than just a family heirloom, and, thrown into an enchanted world of secrets and curses (cliche phrase) where reality and dreams collide (more cliche), she must face her one fear: the dark (That’s it? Why isn’t she scared of all the things she’ll see without the naivette she’s sure to lose?).

  163. Phoenix

    I’ve been wanting to write this for a long time, but I don’t know if it’s any good or not, any feedback is appreciated.

    Thirteen year old Ray Ackley is just your typical outcast, he has no friends and bullies harass him daily. To kids at school he’s known as Vampire Boy, which is a well earned title because of his obsession with the bloodsucking creatures of the night. But when Sam Graystone moves into town, with her deadly secrets and dark past, Ray is thrown into a world of night, blood, and a war between two divided fractions of vampires. If he’s to survive with his newfound knowledge, he must join his new best friend Sam as a creature of the night or risk being hunted down by Diavol, the vengeful vampire who is out for blood.

  164. April Russell

    Woah! that just makes me rethink about things!! I was hoping to publish my book Captive, but I don’t know now… Oh I’m a great artist and so is my friend Brandon Dyer *your friend on twitter* and I was wandering if we *I use this term loosely* could make your Vladimir Todd series into a manga *it’s a book filled with pictures and words for those who can’t Imagine things* If you’d like to be able to see our work, just ask!

    :3
    April Russell
    Brandon Dyer :oops: :???: :lol:

  165. vampyriclover123

    I’m worried…yea a little too shy for my tastes…but this has helped me a lot in answering my questions. THANK YOU AUNTIE HEATHER!!! Here’s a preview of my book called Valkeria Chronicles; Reborn…

    I loved walking around at night, it always calmed me down after a stressful day. Even if the air was hot and sticky, like it was going to rain, I’d walk around at night…especially in black jeans, converse and a black long sleeve shirt. Some people around me thought I was insane because I wore these kinds of things all year long instead of just winder, but I never really paid attention to what they said. Right now, all I really cared about was me and my Ipod touch that held my vast collection of Hard Rock, Death Metal, Punk Rock, Grunge, New Rock, some Classic Rock and very little Rap; too much for me to list or even remember until I listened to them.
    At the moment I had my long dark brown hair tied up in a quick ponytail and no real destination in my evening walk so I just let my feet carry me while the music blasted in my ears as I walked the country/city roads. I lived somewhat in the country but we were so close to the city it was only a thirty minute walk. My mom doesn’t like me walking the streets so late at night cause that’s when all the gangs and drug dealers come out to play, along with all of the other night crawlers like me. She just doesn’t know that I also have a small marijuana factory in the basement underneath the concrete floor…I found it when I was in the basement and accidentally locked myself in the closet. The door is so well hidden on the back wall she wouldn’t even notice that the back wall was a door. My plants are in the early stages of maturing so I wasn’t ready to harvest any just yet let alone try any…I even had the audacity to grow two tobacco plants, saves money on cigarettes.

  166. Lizza

    I’m working on a book called “That Ugly Hot Girl”

    “Alyssa let me see!”cried my sister Sirenna.”No,It’s mine and who’s starting collage?”
    “Alyssa.”
    “And who brushes your hair EVERY morning?”
    “Alyssa.”
    “And who,cleans up your bed after you p-”
    “Alyssa,gee sis don’t tell the world,”Sirenna said.After her little fight after my make-up,I was working on packing for Cerinaty Hights.
    Sirenna wants to go but she never will.I mean she never will.It cost ten million dollars,and even I’m lucky I got in.

    That’s all I started on anyway it’s about Alyssa and how she helps a beast find its queen and Sirenna follows and happens to look just like her-the queen-and go into a massive misstake.And I want the minions to tell me what they think.So what do you all think?

  167. Lizza

    @ kyoeats souls
    I have an idea.Try “The Devil Child” or “The World of Evil”

  168. @Lizza you spelled mistake wrong.

  169. J

    I’ve written my first novel, edited it through 2 times and am finally finishing up my thrid time.

    Querying agents is so hard, let me tell you. I’ve gotten about ten rejections so far and while it is frustrating, you have to realize that its part of the business.

    I actually read this page before writing my letter, but don’t think I have it just right yet. Hopefully this summer will lead me to the right agent!!

    ;-)

  170. Luna

    Im not evil… :cry: jk. ur all amazing and keep up the good work :mrgreen:

  171. vampyriclover123

    I keep forgetting to ask this one question…Did Auntie Heather have to get permission to mention Teenagers from My Chemical Romance in her third book?

  172. vampyriclover123

    Oh and Valkeria Chronicles; Reborn only starts out in First Person for the first chapter, after that it’s Third Person. o-o Is that a good combination?

  173. Angel Alcantara

    I’ve been brainstorming on a saga with my friend and I for almost five years. Right now, we’re giving it our last try to complete the first book of the saga. We both moved to Florida to study Filmography, but he couldn’t continue studying because his loans were denied after the sixth month. Now, he’s putting all of his hopes on this story, same as me.

    Success is everywhere, in every shape and size. You just need to know where to look. For me, writing is the road to success. I love writing, and I love our story. We love our characters (And yes, our antagonists as well. No matter how cruel or dark-hearted they are, we still love them, as authors). And we want to share them with the world. We want others to know the story we’ve worked so hard on.

    Right now, he’s living with a friend, and he’s sleeping on an air bed in the living room. One day, he told me, while pointing at his bed messy bed “Look where I am right now. I just fail to believe that this is what God has in store for me. Angel, one day, I will call you, and I will tell you to sell everything you don’t need, and save up money, because that day, we’re heading to the airport, and travel. Just travel around the globe, with the manuscript in our hand, looking in every corner to get published.’

    That warmed my heart. We’re putting everything we have onto this story. I’m even trying to look for time in my tight college schedule to just work on this story. The day we finish this manuscript, we will celebrate. We will laugh and cry with joy. A finished manuscript is the most beautiful thing there is in literature. The endless possibilities that lie on that 300 page manuscript. I just know there’s someone out there that will love our story. We will complete this story, and we will make it into the industries

    My name is Angel Alcantara, and I’m an aspiring writer. If I finish this manuscript and get contracted before I graduate, I would drop my education and dedicate all my time to the story. We want to travel, we want to write, and we want to get published. And I know that some day soon, we will escape from the life we’re living, and start a new one. As authors.

    Love beyond words,

    Angel Alcantara.

  174. I must say that this was a very good blog! I have been painting concrete floors for a long time, but I learned a couple of things!

  175. vampyriclover123

    vampyriclover123 is now vampyrelover123…x.x

  176. Although I’m not too serious about writing, I also understand that comic artists have it hard as well: how hard can it be trying to sell a four-panel series to a newspaper or publisher? (example) I’M BETTING IT’S PRETTY DARN HARD.

    Good think I’m aspirating to be a lawyer, but I might considering writing/drawing every now and then for the heck of it (and getting it published…eh, figure that out later XD)

  177. Belle

    Hi, Heather!
    I’m so glad that I found your blog! Just got my first rejection letter today from an agent…argh! I’m hear reading your advice. :-)
    ~Belle

  178. Hai guys! Im an up and coming model and I want to make it on my own in the industry! I love messing around with cute guys and just having a good time you know?! I love my dogs, and just can’t get enough of them… and I like it when people show my kitten the same attention haha hahaha!

  179. Liv

    I’ve wanted to be an author since I was like 5 or 6. I’ve written a lot of stuff, but somehow when it gets to editing it or something I kind of fail out on that part.
    But I read this and then one of my best friends offered to help me write a book.
    Now we’re actually writing and editing a book.

  180. Hi, great article.

  181. Cassandra

    Thank you, Auntie Heather. You’ve provided ENDLESS amounts of inspiration. Usually, I don’t get very far when it comes to writing books. And I’ve actually come to a complete halt due to a severe case of writer’s block. Thanks to you, I’m restarting. All I’m hoping for is at least acknoledgement from the publisher this time. THANKS AGAIN!!!!
    -Cassandra

  182. hey, i just found your site and love your books. I’m currently working on a book, even though I’m only 12(a girl can dream :smile:) and its about vampires. Here’s a preveiw!(hope you don’t find it too long!)

    As I ran into the dark, humid night I knew that my memories from this place would fade, but I was happy. All the things they injected in me, it all hurt so baddy. Tears grazed my face. Finally, to be out of this hell on earth and forget all about it.
    But it would be a short lived victory if they captured me again. For the first time the night sky did not comfort me, as I the sick twisted monsters that kept me as a lab rat followed me into the thick forest. I heard the bullets grazed past me. I took the bomb out of my backpack, threw it back and hid behind a thick oak tree. It exploded and I heard screams. It felt good hurting them. The bomb had C4 explosives and rusted nails. That should give me time to climb up the tree, or so I thought. The bullets continued to slice the air around me. Than a bullet hit me smack in my left arm.
    Want to know the worst thing about having a quick reaction time? You register pain faster. I let out yell from the pain but there was no time to cry. I cradled my injured arm with my good one than decided to keep running. I was sure no nine-year-old had been through that.
    Than joy filled my heart. A road, but not just any road, a road with a car on it! So I got out a big metal rod I found and smashed the car window. I hopped in, got out my knife and started to hotwire the car when another bullet hit me in the same arm. I bit my lip but continued. I wasn’t sure if this was going to work, I only hoped. Than, to my amazement, the car roared to life. I hit the gas so hard that I had started to smell burnt rubber as the gage went to 80. I looked back and saw only white coats shaking fists at me. I giggled than turned back to the road. I’m going to loose my memory soon I remembered so I took off my chocker wrote a quick note, than put both in my right pocket.

  183. Melissa

    @Caroline It’s good to know there’s another twelve year old with the dream of writing a book. If it helps, i would TOTALLY buy your book. it sounds really good. :grin: :!: … probably better than the one i’m writing… at least in my opinion :oops: ;-) haha

  184. thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! :grin: :grin: :grin:
    it does really help

    im almost done with the second part of the first chapter (that last one was the first part)
    i’ll post it soon!!! :grin: :razz:

  185. here you go!! its really long

    The world had started to spin after about fifty miles. Damn it I thought. I’ve been shot, but why? In a snap, I realized that I was driving a Hummer in the middle of nowhere. In a panic, I drove the car into a tree. The front of the car was smashed and want to know the best part, the airbags didn’t deploy and my head went flying into the steering wheel. I managed to get out of the wreckage and pull my bag out but (of course) there was a splitting pain in my head. I started to sob as any little kid would. I looked down at my clothes. My baggy outfit was covered in blood (which only made me cry more). I look like a slave girl.
    Out of nowhere, a man appeared before me. “You look very healthy” he said “other than the fact that you’re bleeding”. He was wearing a navy blue T-shirt under his large brown coat and some jeans. His hair was ruffled under his red hat and he looked like he was in his late twenty’s. “But that doesn’t matter because I’m very hungry, you see” he continued “and you’re here wasting blood. Now that simply can not do”.
    That’s when I saw them, two perfect, sharpened pearl pillars hanging from the top of his mouth. I froze. Vampire. The words bolted through my mind. The things that can steal you blood and life. His deep brown eyes had turned into a scarlet red.
    “Don’t worry this is only going to hurt for a second” he said calmly with a fanged smile. Move! I have to move! Finally my body responded and I took off running. But it was no use. He was all ready in front of me. He grabbed me by my shoulders and held me tight. “Let go” the word stumbling out of my mouth. I was scared so no confidence entered my words. This is it; I’m going to die here without any memories. With that thought the man leaned in and in one swift motion his fangs pierced my thin skin along my neck. Almost immediately my legs gave in under me and he knelt down. So many emotions flowed in my head; fear that I would die, confusion, joy for some reason, and most of all shock. I felt so shocked and betrayed that my parent left me here by myself. Now I was going to die here, alone in the cold, unforgiving dark.
    Than the pain came back. I could hear his hungry gulps and with each one pain followed. The feeling, I couldn’t describe it yet, all I knew was it hurt like hell.
    But than out of nowhere he stopped abruptly. He slowly leaned away. His eyes faded back to brown as he cleaned his chin where a fountain of blood was leaking out. I looked him straight in the eye, my eyes wide with surprise. Why didn’t he just take my life? I put my hand up to the wound and felt the blood ooze out of two fine holes.
    “You poor thing,” he said, letting me go, putting his hand on my head “so many foreign liquids that your body isn’t use to”. With his thumb he wiped my tears. He stood up and looked down the road. “I can’t kill you” he sighed “you’ve been through too much already” The only thing I could do was stare up at him still in shock. “You must have managed to escape from that lab just over the hill. Come on and get up” he held his hand out to help me.
    I thought of my two options. Let’s see, I could die here bleeding to death or I could go with a vampire. I hate my life. I was reaching for his hand when a sudden wave of energy came over me. I could not control my actions from that point, I only saw myself grab his hand and throw him to the other side of the road.
    After that I could move myself to my will and the first thing I did was, no, not run, not scream, but say “Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry!” I went to go help him but he was much too heavy and he was lying on his back. He’s going to kill me now! He didn’t look angry though, only surprised. He grabbed my sleeve “How did you….” He read my petrified face like a book. “I see, you don’t know either” he said and stood up for the last time, brushed himself off and walked into the forest with out a word.
    I followed.

  186. Jase

    HEllo. I have written a book myself :) I am only 12 almost 13, but I tink I was pretty successful :mrgreen: I am still editing it… ya know checking spelling and adding some parts that i had left. The book I’m writing is about Vampires and it is about 50% different than most vampire books. I mean… most are about teenaged vampires, and such like that. Mine is a LOT different come ot think of it… Like wherever you were born dictates the way you look as a vampire. Like English Vampires which are the main vampires in my first book. But in the sequal -which I am working on now- will have Vampires form lots of different places like Rome, France, Italy, etc. Mine also has adults as the vampires since the way you become a vampire is almost completely different form other books. Like the characters are about 35-38 yrs old in the first book. I think the book i wrote would attract both adults for the concept that these people (and vampires) are about 40 years old, but still beautiful (physically and/or in their own way) and can still do all of the action/adventure ya know awesome stuff. :smile: But I think it would attract young adults (teens) too because of the concept of vampires. Now just because they are 35-40 years old doesn’t mean they can’t still have some pretty extroardinary times. Like in 2nd book they go on their own seperate adventures and the POV (1st person) switches off (Throughout each chapter and sometimes one whole chapter will be devoted to one character) between the two really MAIN characters now there are some other main characters but they’re like the sub-main characters. anyway…. Thank you Auntie Heather Brewer for the advice it was very helpful. :grin:
    P.S.- I also sometimes have a very dark (morbid) and violent (sometimes gory) mind, so sometime si even scare myself since when I write (or read fo rthat matter) I imagine everything in my head as if I AM that character so I was kind of linked with my character’s feelings. And so while writing my book I DID cry at the sad parts, I DID feel mad at the parts where the character was mad, and I COULD imagine the pain that the character was experiencing. I usually write my best when listening to my music or am in a dark room (or at least shadowed a bit in teh corners) with no noise to distract me -or give me aheadache…argh… :shock: – Or when I am completely relaxed. I mean like COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY RELAXED!!!! :cool: TY auntie heather

    Your Loyal Minion,
    Jase

  187. Lando

    My question is on the end of the query letter where most authors place their bios and accomplishments. If I have never written anything and have nothing to place there, other than the word count, what should I write there?

  188. Yisreala

    okay so i want to be an athour cuz i read so much and love to write heres a story i thought of.
    Chapter one
    The meeting

    One day on a deserted island a 15 year old girl was fishing on the beach. She was tan and athletic looking with blonde hair and bluish grey eyes. Her name was Krista or at least that’s what she called herself. Krista was special she had a gift, a gift she was born with. She could create change and destroy any gem.
    She didn’t know it yet because her power had yet to reveal itself. But it will come soon by the time she falls asleep her power started to grow inside her. Gems grew like crazy around her. When she woke up she was in a gem hut. Krista freaked out and the gems crumbled. “ I MUST be imagining this.“ said Krista “ because there’s No way this is happing.” then after days of thing like that aping Krista finally figured out that she was making it happen then she spent months mastering her powers.
    Days of trying and failing. Hours of hard work. One day she succeeded then she cheered and the gems grew so she calmed down and they shrank. “Finally” she thought then she said one simple word so they would crumble “leave”. She got pretty good at it but, she wanted to learn more. So she set out across the ocean making a gem path along the way. Little did she know she was not alone.
    At the same time on the other side of the world there was a 16 year old boy that called him self Jake. Jake looked like he hadn’t had a descent meal in days. He tall tan and muscular with light brown hair and silver eyes. He also had a gift he could create change or destroy any metal but, just like Krista he too has not yet gotten his power. He got his power wile he slept as well. When he awoke he was surrounded by metal he freaked and hit his hand on the metal. He flinched expecting it to hurt instead it felt as though he hit a pillow. He look with surprise that he had made a dent in the metal. Then he kicked the metal and got the same result. Then the metal disappeared. He too took a few days to figure out that he was the reason it was happening. Then after days of tries and fails he managed to succeed. He was much faster than Krista. Then he set out for a journey determined to help with his new found powers.
    Krista was walking by a tall black bank with very few windows but, lots of doors and the alarms were going off. She decided to check it out. Right when she decided to gems grew over her to form an outfit. Diamonds grew over her face, crystals grew on her arms down to her hands along her finger except the tip of her finger weren’t covered, emeralds grew over her legs, and sapphires grew over her feet. She ran inside amazed how light weight it was. As she went in the bank she noticed there were no hostages. “Good” she thought “That way if I mess up no one will get hurt.” then she spotted the bank robbers. “Weird they could be working here” she murmured. Then she jumped out and yelled “All right you’ve got ONE chance to give up before I take you down.” The robbers just looked at her and laughed. “What the best they can do send a little girl to stop us?” They said between laughs. “Oh, you think I’m just a little girl. Well this “little girl” has some tricks up her sleeve.” Then she raised her hands and rubies grew all around her they reflected the alarm light like fire. The robbers stopped laughing. “Woa. What happened? Did you do that?” “Yep that was me. So now are you scared?” “Well yea we would be stupid not to be.” Then one of the robbers did what was possibly the stupidest thing he ever did, he shot Krista
    Krista just froze. Time seemed to slow down the bullet was headed strait for her chest. She closed her eyes as it hit. Then to Krista’s surprise the bullet shattered. The robbers just stared in amazement. Then Krista understood and got pissed. The robbers saw and dropped their guns and ran but, Krista was faster. She caught the robbers and punched one in the stomach. He doubled over the other one covered his stomach but she just grabbed his wrist and flipped him. Then she ran because the police were there and she didn’t think they would be so kind to her as she ran she looked over her shoulder and said “ Call me diamond.” As she left so did the gems she made when she was there. When the cops saw the robbers on the floor they just stared. “What happened to you?” one asks as he brought them up. “There was this crazy gem girl that came in and attacked us.” “Yea right and I’m the tooth fairy.” he replied then it was all over the news how the robbers were found defeated and that they kept saying that a mysterious “gem girl” came and stopped them. They were called insane and maniacs, that is until Jake stopped a crime. It was a few weeks later and Jake had heard of Krista but was unsure of the story. Then he was walking by a small convenient store he heard a yell and looked up there were people on the floor and a guy had a gun pointed to the casher. Jake ran in and as he did metal seemed to fuse with his skin. When he was inside he didn’t even look human. The robber shifted the gun point from the casher to him. “Alright that’s enough drop the gun and no one gets hurt.” he said calmly. The robber quickly obliged. Iron was shocked “Why did you do it, I mean why did you listen to me?” “Well because you’re freaking me out.” Jake turned to the cashier “ call the cops I’ll make sure he doesn’t leave.” Then he simply raised his hands and steel bars grew around the robber. Iron turned to leave when the cashier yelled “Hey kid, wait, what’s your name?” Jake hesitated then smiled “Just call me Steel.” then he walked out. The cops came surprised by another story but were forced to believe this one to be true.
    By then Krista had heard of Steel (Jake) and Jake had heard of Krista. They wanted to meet desperately but had no idea how to. By complete chance they were both by the same bank it was very much like the bank Krista had stopped her very first crime and it was being robbed. They didn’t see one another amazingly. By the time they did see one another they both had there “costumes” on. At first they just stared then someone yelled. The robbers had hostages.

    ________________________________________________
    Chapter two the disappearance
    ________________________________________________

    Krista jumped in to action attacking the nearest robber. Jake soon followed her lead. She had grabbed his gun and twisted it out of his hand. Then flipped him and locked him on the ground. Jake had a different approach he punched the other robber in the stomach and kneed her in the nose. He left her curled on the floor. Then the police were there. “Great I’m going to have to explain.” Krista mumbled. “ I’ll stay right here with you if you want.” Iron said “Yea I’d like that.” Then the police where there staring at Krista then Jake then the robbers on the floor. “what happened here?” one of them asked. “We took care of it.” they said at the same time. Then they both laugh “ And what is your name miss?” “I’m Kr-Diamond my name is Diamond.” “ Hm Diamond. Well I guess that fits and we already know you your Steel right?” “Right my name is Steel. Um can we leave?” “ No I’m sorry but even if you did help you need to come with us.” When the police said that Krista freaked out.
    Gems grew all over the place the cops didn’t know what to do. They couldn’t see Krista running but Jake could and he ran after her. Krista knew she was being fallowed but didn’t look back. She finally stopped at a deserted beach. Then she turned to face her follower not knowing it was Jake. When she realized who it was she sighed and sat down. “ Man you can run fast.” He said sitting next to her. “ Thanks but its not without a price.” Right as she said that her stomach grumbled. They both laughed. “ I’ll build a fire if you can go fishing.” “yea I can fish I’ve spent my entire life on a beach.” So Krista went fishing and Jake made a fire they talked the entire time. They found they had more in common then they thought. Soon they were eating fish and laughing. “Wow so you really wrestled a shark?” “Yea its easier than you would think” Jake was thinking that he should show her what he really looked like. Krista was thinking the same thing and they were about to show each other when they heard alarms “We have to go help.” they said simultaneously. They both laughed then run straight where the alarms are coming from. They made it there before the cops and saw that the building was empty “ What the?” “I don’t know lets get out of here before the cops come.” But it was to late the police where there “ Alright we don’t want any trouble just come with us.” one said as he reached for Krista. Jake stepped in and grabbed the police officers wrist. “ I don’t think she wants to go with you sir.” “Yes, well it doesn’t matter what she wants to do now does it.” “well actually it does.” then Iron flipped him, “ RUN!” he yelled to Krista. She just stood there watching as Jake fought for her. “GO I’ll be fine.” then she snapped out of it and ran she ran faster than she ever did before. Then she heard foot steps she turned around ready to attack but it was just Jake. Then she ran and hugged him “Oh thank you sooo much for helping me.” “ Hey it was nothing I’m sure you would have done the same for me.” But Jake was blushing. “Here you sit down and I’ll make you something to eat you don’t even have to move.” Jake smiled “ Okay but you don’t have to.” “Oh come, on it’s the least I can do after you saved me.” Then Krista set to work making a fire and cooking food. Jake watched her run back and forth wanting to help but every time he tried she would just say “ No, no sit I’ve got everything under control.” So he just sat there watching her. Finally she finished and laid a flat stone in front of him with different kinds of fish on it Jake looked at Krista and smiled as he took a bite. “ Wow this is great here have some” He offered her a piece and she shook her head “no its okay I’ll eat something else that’s your food” Now that was when Jake insisted he stood up “No you can eat this you made it you should get to eat it too.” Krista just stared at him surprised then she sat down an looked at him and he slowly sat down and offered her some fish she took a piece and ate it. Then she smiled “ huh your right this is good.” then they both started laughing. After they were full and the food was eaten Krista thought it was a good idea to take turns on watch so Krista insisted first watch Jake had no choice but to agree. So Jake went to sleep as Krista sat by the fire looking around. Jake knew she could handle watch but he still couldn’t wait until she woke him up for his watch. Before he fell asleep the last thing he saw was Krista that night he dreamt that Krista turned evil and started robbing banks and she had black eyes but she didn’t want to but, she was forced to then he woke up and he was completely and utterly alone. He looks around wildly trying to find where Krista went then he starts screaming “KRISTA, KRISTA WHERE ARE YOU?” He ran this way and that looking for her. Always screaming her name. he ran from town to town looking for her ignoring the stares he got from people, the alarms going off, and the police sirens. That is till he reached the town where they first met and he hears the alarm of the bank where they first fought together. Then he ran to the bank and the police where already there. He turned to leave cursing when one of the officers spotted him and yelled “Wait steel come back we wont arrest you if you help us, this robber we can’t stop.” Jake turns around and walks towards the police “What who is he?” The police look around uncomfortably “what? Who is he?” He asked “well the robbers no a he more like she.” Jake then got mad “WHO IS SHE?” The cops look startled and then the chief said “Its diamond” Jakes head spins “What about diamond is she in there?” “Oh yea she’s in there alright.” “What do you mean is she okay?” “Yea she’s fine because she’s the robber” Jake couldn’t take it “ NO THAT’S NOT HER SHE’S GOOD.” “ Whoa there calm down we saw her unless she has an evil twin that can control gems that’s her in there.” Jake got to his peak “ LIARS I’LL SHOW YOU I’LL GO IN THERE AND PROVE YOUR WRONG.” Then with out another word he ran into the bank. It was very quiet in the bank and dark all the lights were out the window was broken and the door was locked. He slowly walked over by the window and he heard the glass crunching under his foot glad that the metal protected his foot. Then he heard a laugh and looked around and there she was Krista standing there with a bag full of money. “Diamond what are you doing” “ what does it look like? I’m robbing this bank its great huh?” “ what are you talking about? Your good you STOP robbers you aren’t one.” “well then why am I robbing this bank then” when she asked that she looked him in the eye and he realized that through the diamonds covering her eyes they are black and not bluish gray. “Wait your not Diamond you have black eyes.” Diamond laughed “sure I am if I wasn’t would I be able to do this?” Then she threw a diamond the size of her head at him so hard it knocked hem out the window and he crashed into a police car. The cops rushed around him “hey kid you okay?” But Jake couldn’t hear him his eyes slowly closed and the last thing he said was “Diamond where are you?”

    i haven’t thought of a name yet

  189. Yisreala

    okay so i want to be an athour cuz i read so much and love to write heres a story i thought of.
    Chapter one
    The meeting

    One day on a deserted island a 15 year old girl was fishing on the beach. She was tan and athletic looking with blonde hair and bluish grey eyes. Her name was Krista or at least that’s what she called herself. Krista was special she had a gift, a gift she was born with. She could create change and destroy any gem.
    She didn’t know it yet because her power had yet to reveal itself. But it will come soon by the time she falls asleep her power started to grow inside her. Gems grew like crazy around her. When she woke up she was in a gem hut. Krista freaked out and the gems crumbled. “ I MUST be imagining this.“ said Krista “ because there’s No way this is happing.” then after days of thing like that aping Krista finally figured out that she was making it happen then she spent months mastering her powers.
    Days of trying and failing. Hours of hard work. One day she succeeded then she cheered and the gems grew so she calmed down and they shrank. “Finally” she thought then she said one simple word so they would crumble “leave”. She got pretty good at it but, she wanted to learn more. So she set out across the ocean making a gem path along the way. Little did she know she was not alone.
    At the same time on the other side of the world there was a 16 year old boy that called him self Jake. Jake looked like he hadn’t had a descent meal in days. He tall tan and muscular with light brown hair and silver eyes. He also had a gift he could create change or destroy any metal but, just like Krista he too has not yet gotten his power. He got his power wile he slept as well. When he awoke he was surrounded by metal he freaked and hit his hand on the metal. He flinched expecting it to hurt instead it felt as though he hit a pillow. He look with surprise that he had made a dent in the metal. Then he kicked the metal and got the same result. Then the metal disappeared. He too took a few days to figure out that he was the reason it was happening. Then after days of tries and fails he managed to succeed. He was much faster than Krista. Then he set out for a journey determined to help with his new found powers.
    Krista was walking by a tall black bank with very few windows but, lots of doors and the alarms were going off. She decided to check it out. Right when she decided to gems grew over her to form an outfit. Diamonds grew over her face, crystals grew on her arms down to her hands along her finger except the tip of her finger weren’t covered, emeralds grew over her legs, and sapphires grew over her feet. She ran inside amazed how light weight it was. As she went in the bank she noticed there were no hostages. “Good” she thought “That way if I mess up no one will get hurt.” then she spotted the bank robbers. “Weird they could be working here” she murmured. Then she jumped out and yelled “All right you’ve got ONE chance to give up before I take you down.” The robbers just looked at her and laughed. “What the best they can do send a little girl to stop us?” They said between laughs. “Oh, you think I’m just a little girl. Well this “little girl” has some tricks up her sleeve.” Then she raised her hands and rubies grew all around her they reflected the alarm light like fire. The robbers stopped laughing. “Woa. What happened? Did you do that?” “Yep that was me. So now are you scared?” “Well yea we would be stupid not to be.” Then one of the robbers did what was possibly the stupidest thing he ever did, he shot Krista
    Krista just froze. Time seemed to slow down the bullet was headed strait for her chest. She closed her eyes as it hit. Then to Krista’s surprise the bullet shattered. The robbers just stared in amazement. Then Krista understood and got pissed. The robbers saw and dropped their guns and ran but, Krista was faster. She caught the robbers and punched one in the stomach. He doubled over the other one covered his stomach but she just grabbed his wrist and flipped him. Then she ran because the police were there and she didn’t think they would be so kind to her as she ran she looked over her shoulder and said “ Call me diamond.” As she left so did the gems she made when she was there. When the cops saw the robbers on the floor they just stared. “What happened to you?” one asks as he brought them up. “There was this crazy gem girl that came in and attacked us.” “Yea right and I’m the tooth fairy.” he replied then it was all over the news how the robbers were found defeated and that they kept saying that a mysterious “gem girl” came and stopped them. They were called insane and maniacs, that is until Jake stopped a crime. It was a few weeks later and Jake had heard of Krista but was unsure of the story. Then he was walking by a small convenient store he heard a yell and looked up there were people on the floor and a guy had a gun pointed to the casher. Jake ran in and as he did metal seemed to fuse with his skin. When he was inside he didn’t even look human. The robber shifted the gun point from the casher to him. “Alright that’s enough drop the gun and no one gets hurt.” he said calmly. The robber quickly obliged. Iron was shocked “Why did you do it, I mean why did you listen to me?” “Well because you’re freaking me out.” Jake turned to the cashier “ call the cops I’ll make sure he doesn’t leave.” Then he simply raised his hands and steel bars grew around the robber. Iron turned to leave when the cashier yelled “Hey kid, wait, what’s your name?” Jake hesitated then smiled “Just call me Steel.” then he walked out. The cops came surprised by another story but were forced to believe this one to be true.
    By then Krista had heard of Steel (Jake) and Jake had heard of Krista. They wanted to meet desperately but had no idea how to. By complete chance they were both by the same bank it was very much like the bank Krista had stopped her very first crime and it was being robbed. They didn’t see one another amazingly. By the time they did see one another they both had there “costumes” on. At first they just stared then someone yelled. The robbers had hostages.

    ________________________________________________
    Chapter two the disappearance
    ________________________________________________

    Krista jumped in to action attacking the nearest robber. Jake soon followed her lead. She had grabbed his gun and twisted it out of his hand. Then flipped him and locked him on the ground. Jake had a different approach he punched the other robber in the stomach and kneed her in the nose. He left her curled on the floor. Then the police were there. “Great I’m going to have to explain.” Krista mumbled. “ I’ll stay right here with you if you want.” Iron said “Yea I’d like that.” Then the police where there staring at Krista then Jake then the robbers on the floor. “what happened here?” one of them asked. “We took care of it.” they said at the same time. Then they both laugh “ And what is your name miss?” “I’m Kr-Diamond my name is Diamond.” “ Hm Diamond. Well I guess that fits and we already know you your Steel right?” “Right my name is Steel. Um can we leave?” “ No I’m sorry but even if you did help you need to come with us.” When the police said that Krista freaked out.
    Gems grew all over the place the cops didn’t know what to do. They couldn’t see Krista running but Jake could and he ran after her. Krista knew she was being fallowed but didn’t look back. She finally stopped at a deserted beach. Then she turned to face her follower not knowing it was Jake. When she realized who it was she sighed and sat down. “ Man you can run fast.” He said sitting next to her. “ Thanks but its not without a price.” Right as she said that her stomach grumbled. They both laughed. “ I’ll build a fire if you can go fishing.” “yea I can fish I’ve spent my entire life on a beach.” So Krista went fishing and Jake made a fire they talked the entire time. They found they had more in common then they thought. Soon they were eating fish and laughing. “Wow so you really wrestled a shark?” “Yea its easier than you would think” Jake was thinking that he should show her what he really looked like. Krista was thinking the same thing and they were about to show each other when they heard alarms “We have to go help.” they said simultaneously. They both laughed then run straight where the alarms are coming from. They made it there before the cops and saw that the building was empty “ What the?” “I don’t know lets get out of here before the cops come.” But it was to late the police where there “ Alright we don’t want any trouble just come with us.” one said as he reached for Krista. Jake stepped in and grabbed the police officers wrist. “ I don’t think she wants to go with you sir.” “Yes, well it doesn’t matter what she wants to do now does it.” “well actually it does.” then Iron flipped him, “ RUN!” he yelled to Krista. She just stood there watching as Jake fought for her. “GO I’ll be fine.” then she snapped out of it and ran she ran faster than she ever did before. Then she heard foot steps she turned around ready to attack but it was just Jake. Then she ran and hugged him “Oh thank you sooo much for helping me.” “ Hey it was nothing I’m sure you would have done the same for me.” But Jake was blushing. “Here you sit down and I’ll make you something to eat you don’t even have to move.” Jake smiled “ Okay but you don’t have to.” “Oh come, on it’s the least I can do after you saved me.” Then Krista set to work making a fire and cooking food. Jake watched her run back and forth wanting to help but every time he tried she would just say “ No, no sit I’ve got everything under control.” So he just sat there watching her. Finally she finished and laid a flat stone in front of him with different kinds of fish on it Jake looked at Krista and smiled as he took a bite. “ Wow this is great here have some” He offered her a piece and she shook her head “no its okay I’ll eat something else that’s your food” Now that was when Jake insisted he stood up “No you can eat this you made it you should get to eat it too.” Krista just stared at him surprised then she sat down an looked at him and he slowly sat down and offered her some fish she took a piece and ate it. Then she smiled “ huh your right this is good.” then they both started laughing. After they were full and the food was eaten Krista thought it was a good idea to take turns on watch so Krista insisted first watch Jake had no choice but to agree. So Jake went to sleep as Krista sat by the fire looking around. Jake knew she could handle watch but he still couldn’t wait until she woke him up for his watch. Before he fell asleep the last thing he saw was Krista that night he dreamt that Krista turned evil and started robbing banks and she had black eyes but she didn’t want to but, she was forced to then he woke up and he was completely and utterly alone. He looks around wildly trying to find where Krista went then he starts screaming “KRISTA, KRISTA WHERE ARE YOU?” He ran this way and that looking for her. Always screaming her name. he ran from town to town looking for her ignoring the stares he got from people, the alarms going off, and the police sirens. That is till he reached the town where they first met and he hears the alarm of the bank where they first fought together. Then he ran to the bank and the police where already there. He turned to leave cursing when one of the officers spotted him and yelled “Wait steel come back we wont arrest you if you help us, this robber we can’t stop.” Jake turns around and walks towards the police “What who is he?” The police look around uncomfortably “what? Who is he?” He asked “well the robbers no a he more like she.” Jake then got mad “WHO IS SHE?” The cops look startled and then the chief said “Its diamond” Jakes head spins “What about diamond is she in there?” “Oh yea she’s in there alright.” “What do you mean is she okay?” “Yea she’s fine because she’s the robber” Jake couldn’t take it “ NO THAT’S NOT HER SHE’S GOOD.” “ Whoa there calm down we saw her unless she has an evil twin that can control gems that’s her in there.” Jake got to his peak “ LIARS I’LL SHOW YOU I’LL GO IN THERE AND PROVE YOUR WRONG.” Then with out another word he ran into the bank. It was very quiet in the bank and dark all the lights were out the window was broken and the door was locked. He slowly walked over by the window and he heard the glass crunching under his foot glad that the metal protected his foot. Then he heard a laugh and looked around and there she was Krista standing there with a bag full of money. “Diamond what are you doing” “ what does it look like? I’m robbing this bank its great huh?” “ what are you talking about? Your good you STOP robbers you aren’t one.” “well then why am I robbing this bank then” when she asked that she looked him in the eye and he realized that through the diamonds covering her eyes they are black and not bluish gray. “Wait your not Diamond you have black eyes.” Diamond laughed “sure I am if I wasn’t would I be able to do this?” Then she threw a diamond the size of her head at him so hard it knocked hem out the window and he crashed into a police car. The cops rushed around him “hey kid you okay?” But Jake couldn’t hear him his eyes slowly closed and the last thing he said was “Diamond where are you?”
    i haven’t thought of a name yet please help me choose one

  190. Alainna

    Wow now I know you have to do more stuff, that just try to get published. I didn’t think you needed some sort of agent thing to go around and show off your work. I’m going to think this over, but I still want to be an author at the age of fifteen. :mrgreen:

  191. @ Yisreala, i think the story line is really good but you just have to slow down. Discribe the islands, the training, how they met, etc.
    If you what to skip to a curtin part then start the story when they meet and when they’re at the fire they can then go into much detail. All i’m saying is slow down and add lots of detail.

    but overall it’s amazing :mrgreen: :smile:
    looking foward to hear from you agian – Caroline

  192. exile

    i’m working on a book too oddly enough, mmaybe sometime i’ll post a few chapters if, i get the courage to do so.

  193. exile

    Sorry about the spelling and grammar errors, i forgot to proof read.

  194. Jenny

    Hello I’ve been working on this book that I want to write its called ” The Prophesy of Jenny Flores its actually a book about me of what I want to happen in my life some thing that I put in i are reall that I actually did.In my book I am the most powerful there is or ever will be. I am a very powerful psychic with telekenisis and pyrokenises the abilities to move things with ones mind and the other to start fires with ones mind. :|

  195. Fangtastic Mom

    @Caroline. I like your writing, ideas, characters. I read it slow and I could see what you were writing. There are a few questions I had. like the C4 and shrapnel? Where do you get that from the lab and on the run? Also ease up on the “out of nowhere” phrase. It kept pausing the reading flow. Flow is very important to me as a reader and whether ill buy the book or not. At this point, though, ill look forward to your complete book. That would be cool! Good luck.

  196. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the advice :mrgreen:! i really am taking it to my gut!
    Chapter 3 is 10 and a half pages so i can’t post it but mabye we can exchange emails sometime.
    But its about a boy kelly meets and he is a warlock. the whole chapter basicly shows you what they did to her at the lab those 5 years.
    anyway i will make the changes you sugested!
    :mrgreen: :grin: :lol:

  197. Fangtastic Mom

    @Caroline. I have 2 girls. Ages 15 & 13. My 13 is the Vlad fan who got me hooked on Auntie Heathers site and books. We hope to meet her on her tour.
    I read them your book and they love it too. Yes, we want to read more. I think the paragraph starting “you poor thing” really hooked us. Here is my email, eve7270@gmail.com
    Your beginning comment says your 12 so keep up the good work and yes a girl can dream… Big!

  198. thank and check your email ‘cus i got to go bye!!

  199. Fangtastic Mom

    @Caroline. Got it. Thank you for sending it.

  200. Lando

    @Caroline: For a 12 year old your writing is actually very good. A little bit of research could help you put together your ideas as to types of weapons used, if any. Reading best selling novels is another great way to learn how to put the ideas together. However your story telling is very in good. I would love to read more, so keep up the good work.

  201. I sorry but i can’t post anymore!! :cry: :oops: :cry:
    i’m afaid someone will take advantage of it!! :evil:
    But give it a year or so and Change (the name of the book)will be in stores :razz:

  202. Fangtastic Mom

    @Caroline. Way to go. It’s good you made that decision. The story does need to be kept a little private until complete. So just remember us fans and keep us posted as to when its published. Good luck!

  203. Lando

    You are absolutely right. You have a remarkable mind. You already have fans here so please keep us posted so we can look out for your book, because I’m sure you’ll be a published author soon. Best of luck!

  204. OMG, i feel ssooooo good knowing that i have this support already and that you have so much faith in me. i promise that before the “apocalipse” (December 21, 2012) i will be published. :razz: :grin:
    YOU HAVE JUST MADE MY YEAR!!(not day but year)

  205. Colin

    thanks so much for the advice!

  206. this is really nice and professional. I love it. Thanks and keep up the good work. Nice baby tips!

  207. Joey(-)

    I’m glad you posted this… Because I’m working on a novel myself, it’s going to be called “Conjuration” And YOU are my inspiration:)

    So if and fellow minions would like to know about my book, text or call me (863-808-3507)

    Write back Auntie Heather!

    Your loyal Minion, Joey(-)

  208. The Gothic Geek's Imaginary Friend

    Ha ha … and to think I used to growl at the thought of being someone’s minion! (My friend used to try and shanghai me into joining her collective group of minions. I resisted temptation as much as possible, but finally succumbed to being minionated. I AM NOW A VLAD MINION!!!)
    Honestly, though. This helps. Wow. I feel like such an amateur. Thanks for the advice!! :mrgreen:

  209. Cassie

    I was looking for something like this for awhile. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! (insert fanged smiley)

  210. jacobdessauer

    thx auntie heather!!!!! i would use this to get my book published but……… ummmm….. i think u might sue me lol….. it is a back story to the vladimir tod books, ummmmm…. sooooooo i think i will use this info for a different book not about vampires, or about vamps, idk yet lol KEEP UP THE AWESOME WORK!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  211. Kitana Edwards

    what font did you use to write the series, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod? No one knows.

  212. fangedminion

    My friend told me to check this out,and now i am more pumped to get my book published :idea:

  213. Kayla

    you inspired me to start writing and its the best thing to ever happen to me thank you so much.

  214. Yay! Thank you for this valuable info! I really need this because I have been writing a story for a really long time now (and yet I am still in the beginning of writing, thanks to re-writing too much, lol), but when I do finally finish my story (It will probably take me about ten to fifteen years because I’m still groggy on what my whole story will be about), I will totally publish! And thanks to you, I will know what to do! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :razz: :razz: :razz: :razz: :razz: :razz: :razz: :razz: :razz: :razz: :razz: :razz: :razz: :razz: :razz: ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o
    lol :onfire:
    I don’t know if this will work, because this face it from Deviantart, but I’m sure it will work.

  215. darn, it didn’t work.

  216. Ophelia :)

    thanks so much for posting a blog about this. i’ve been writing a book since apirl and never understood the process of getting an agent. 52,000 words and counting :)

  217. Kalika

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been trying to publish a book!!!! :smile: :smile: :smile: :smile: :lol: :grin: :grin: :razz: :razz:

  218. Kalika

    thanks! :razz:

  219. i’v really been wanting to publish a story i wrote,so thanks! :evil:

  220. melissaswilliamore13

    hope mine’s even good enough……………..

  221. vampie converse

    omg! thanks so much for the info it has helped!!! Im definetley the youngest author out of these commeters. I HAVE A QUESTION AUNTIE HEATHER!!! :mrgreen: Im really young how do i get an agent to take me seriously? anyone please contribute!! :mrgreen: :roll:

  222. I’m writing a book and i was wondering if you would like to read it when ever i gt it finished. I cant find it or think of what to write. I think I should write a different story. I’m going to dedacate it to you Heather. YOUR THE BEST AUTHOR EVER!! :D

  223. Wisam

    Just wondering why some people leave the title of their book to the last paragraph? In my query I put it in the first paragraph as I did not want it to be buried in query letter. Agent Query says put it first. A whole bunch of posts on Query Shark show the title in the last part of the query. I’m confused.

  224. Heather, I have a finished book and I’m about to have it printed. Is it inappropriate to send a finished book to an agent for consideration? I appreciate your insights!

    Kelly

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  228. Emma

    I’m scared they’ll think I’m crazy if I send in my book :sad: will wait a few years :lol:

  229. Taylah

    awsome! thats exactly what i needed to know!! :razz: :razz: :grin: :lol: :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  230. CrypticAngel

    This is great information! -remembers for future reference so I can add it to my favorites later- I’m working on two books actually. Keeps me from being bored. One’s about vampires and the other is about magic. You’ve inspire me, Auntie Heather and you continue to do so. :) You’re my favorite Author and I always refer to you as Auntie Heather unless I’m talking to a n00b :P I really hope I can finish them and get them published because when/if I do, Your name will be on the dedications page. :) I love you, Auntie Heather! <3

  231. I WILL WRITE A BOOK SOMEDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You will be mentioned in my career, too. :shock:

  232. hey im just starting to write a book and i dont realy know wat to do with it ya know?? please help me!!!!

  233. lori

    i would like to reply to all the minions who said they were too young to get published and i am here to tell you that that is complete bull if any of you have read the outsiders by S.E Hinton then you would know that she wrote it as a school paper and she got a D on it! and yet she still got published when she was 15 i am 13 and i am in the prosess of writing a book so just remember dont be scared! dont wait! and remember your vocabulary:)

  234. october

    OMFG thank you auntie heather!!!! i love you!!!!! i wiil get my book finished and published if its the last thing i do….. yay XD will you be my agent????

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  236. zach eudaly

    thanks so much this can help me on my task to publish a book that i hope will help all the children of the world understand a horrible issue :mrgreen:

  237. SamB

    I want to get my book published but i’m afraid either that i’ll screw it up horriably, or that my age will affect it.

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  243. Maggs

    Thanks for all the tips, Anutie Heather! I hope I can get that far with my story though. It’s a lng shot, but I’m willing to try!

    Minion Maggs

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  246. Dreamer16

    this is so helpful thanks! I’ve been looking everywhere for good information like this! Trying to write a query letter really isn’t as easy as it looks and i’m trying to get it out soon. Thanks again! :smile: :smile: :smile:

  247. Ricinium

    Thanks so much Auntie Heather, info like this is extraordinarily hard to come across. There’s allot of things I wasn’t aware of and I feel so much more confident about being an Author now that I know! Thanks so much, and I’m sure all you Minion/Writers agree! ~Ricinium the Reaper

  248. Hi, thanks a lot for a very worthwhile blog post, I do not usually post blog comments but really liked your blog post so thought I would personally say many thanks – Anna

  249. Cecilia Marie

    I may be young but I am very confident in my novel. Hoping to get a good reaction when I tell my parents I finished and never knew I started. Thanks Auntie for the Inspiration and Info. It feels absolutely amazing to know you’re finally doing things right.
    Sincerely,
    Cecilia Marie, 13 yrs. Old
    New York ;-)

  250. dark girl

    Thanks SOOOOOO much Auntie Heather. I’m writing a book an this answered alot of questions. *Big hug * :grin: ;-) :twisted: :smile: :mrgreen: :cool:

  251. Orin Enloe

    Hey would you take a fan request to write a book about vlad, Joss Henry and snow fighting a zombie outbreak created by an ancient vampire that existed outside of Elysia. And I mean a different species of vampire, one not of Malyhenki Davol’s species.

    I think that would be awesome :)

    Or what if the zombies were created by a vengeful drudge that had to watch her own family slaughtered. The woman would be a witch. Sounds legit :lol:

  252. Mrsmeow

    What is the typeset of Valdimir Tod? I thought it was a bit strange that you said which font you used in “The Slayer Chronicles” yet not your first novel series.

  253. Jim Carroll

    Great advice, and good to see a ‘real’ query letter rather than just advice on how to construct one. All I need do now is write the novel! ;)

  254. Jeff Osterhage

    Do you read query letters?
    I’d love for you to take a look at mine,
    cause I think it’s damn good,
    but all the query writing info I’ve read,
    makes me nervous.

  255. heather

    Hey, thank you so much for responding to my Facebook message. I love your books and your writing style it is awesome. I can’t wait to see your next book. :lol: Maybe when if I get my book published you could read it. It would be awesome to know what you thought of it

  256. donna

    There’s no need to copyright the material before sending it to an agent???

    What if someone attempts to claim my story as their own? :shock:

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