Thursday, July 19, 2007

t.r.i.logy: the prologue

Dear Authors of Teen Lit.,

Tomorrow, we’ll debut a series of posts that you might find interesting and informative. At the very least, it'll be a whole lotta fun to read! Like many of you, we’ve been attending writing workshops and conferences for years. Established authors have shared tips with us to help improve our writing. Agents and editors have told us (often cryptically) what they’re most interested in acquiring. But there’s one group we’ve never heard from, and it happens to be the most important group of all.

The readers!

What do they want? What don’t they want? What do they think of this? How about that?

Wanna find out what they said? (Trust us, you most definitely do!)

See ya tomorrow,
The Disco Mermaids

P.S. When we say this is a series of posts, we don’t mean in a row. It’s more like whenever we get around to it. Because in a row would've required a lot more planning up front.


cynjay said...

Oooh sounds promising. It's fun when you have a buit-in critic in the house - a very readerly 10 year old.

His requests (just to add to the ones you have): No more boarding schools or moving to new schools. No more dead parents. Less stories involving magic and more stories involving sports. More stories involving armadillos. Okay, that last one was mine ;)

Emily Jiang said...

Are you doing anything multicultural? That's what I've been reading recently for the Crossing Cultural Borders at Shen's Blog. So many books, so little time!

Colorado Writer said...

Sounds like fun!

Anonymous said...

Great idea!


Disco Mermaids said...

This time around, we sort of let them lead us. But they were so open and honest (and hilarious!), it made our job extremely easy.

In the future, we'll ask more specific questions, such as about multicultural issues...and armadillos.

- Jay

Anonymous said...

this will be great. sometimes I think because I am such a child I already know what an actual child would want to read. (no child would mistake me as a child. Dogs do. But no actual below 18 year-olds. Although I did get carded the other day. By someone younger than me.)
- Christine S.

Emily Jiang said...

Thanks, Jay! Since I'm originally from Texas, I would love to know more about the multicultural slant AND armadillos!