Monday, March 16, 2015

FROSH!! I have a book deal!!

Guys!! I'm SO excited to announce that I have a three-book deal! *squeee!*

FROSH, my NA trilogy will be published by The Studio, the digital imprint at Paper Lantern Lit created by editor Lexa Hillyer and bestselling author Lauren Oliver.
FROSH will be out by the end of this year (2015)! And I'll be working with the amazing Rhoda Belleza, a dream editor.

Wanna know what the book is about? 
FROSH is pitched as FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS meets Jennifer Armentrout's WAIT FOR YOU. It twists together the story of a quarterback with a life-altering secret, an unlikely couple, and an ambitious college reporter, whose decision to break the rules for one steamy night lands her in the middle of her university's biggest scandal. 

Oh, and I just added it on Goodreads

Here's the announcement--it looks so pretty, doesn't it? =)

I am incredibly grateful to Rhoda Belleza and my agent Lauren Macleod for making this possible, and to all of my amazing CPs and friends and betas who have been holding my hand all the way. (Yes! I'm looking at you, Bearded Ladies, and Stephanie, and Krista, and Susan, and Elizabeth and so many other friends who always make my day).

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Query tip! (Who to query)

Hey guys, so it’s been a while since I posted—it’s been summertime here, and it’s been hectic and fun! But I've missed my blog. =D Anyway! I have a few friends who are querying (or about to query) and one of them asked me if I had any advice on who to query.

One of the things I told her was: 

Spend a day or two reading old contest entries with many participating agents (like The Writer’s Voice, Pitch Wars, Baker’s Dozen, etc). And BEFORE going down to the comments to see which agents requested, ask yourself, “If I were an agent WOULD *I* REQUEST this entry?” Only THEN go down and look at the comments to see which agents have a similar taste. Do this over and over again. You’ll be surprised to find that some agents don’t have your same taste (even if their guidelines might imply otherwise). So of course, query agents who have a similar taste and I bet your request ratio will improve. This is particularly helpful when there are many agents in a single agency and you don’t know who to choose.

I did this when I was querying. And you know something that still blows my mind?? Whenever I go and take a look at the contests my agent is participating in, I almost always (like 99% of the times) LOVE the entries she requests. While there are other agents who usually don’t request the entries I love and instead request voices/premises/etc that aren’t up my alley.

Good luck with those queries!
And PS!! Looks like there will be a Writer’s Voice this year too! Stay tuned!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

If you’ve been considering my editorial services, you’re going to want to read this!

I’d been traveling for the past few weeks, and when I came back home (in Chile) I realized the U.S. dollar exchange rate has changed dramatically. A few months ago 1 dollar = 520 pesos. But now! 1 dollar = around 600 pesos.

So, since I earn in dollars but spend in pesos, it’s great for me. AND for you, too! That’s why, all this week and the next I’m going to give YOU all that benefit. And until Oct 12th 2014, my fees will be:

-First 30 Pages Edit: $95  $79
-Submission Package (query + first 10 pages): $65 $55
-Query Only: $25 $21
-Query + first 30 pages: $115 $97
-Full Manuscript: fees will vary depending on what the writer needs. (But obviously, with this exchange rate, it’s cheaper, too).
-Payments will be accepted via PayPal.

Also, if I happen to receive too many projects, I might have to pass at the opportunity. So hurry!
If you want more information about my editing services and read testimonials, go here.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

We have our THIRD #TeamMonicaFTW 2014 SUCCESS STORY!

Guess WHAT??? My team from The Writer's Voice 2014 has had a THIRD success story!! I'm so excited to announce that Claudia Arroyo has signed with RobinMizell of Robin Mizell Ltd! :) 

This is her story in her own words:  

"Hi Monica! Thanks for squeezing me in despite the frenzy surrounding #PitchWars. By the way, good luck to everyone participating. It’s a brave thing to publicly present our work. We face rejection, negative criticism, silent dismissals, and the meanness of our own minds; which personally felt like the most formidable hurdle on my journey toward ultimate representation.

I was nineteen when I started seriously writing. After spending half of university grappling with two okay-ish manuscripts and enumerable no’s, I finally wrote a book that felt special to me on my third year. The result was a self-deprecating boy with the means but unwillingness to be free. And he helped me land the representation of lovely Robin Mizell of Robin Mizell Ltd, who turned a blasé Monday neon pink when she said female readers would “adore” my male protagonist *still beaming.* But I’m going to go back to The Writer’s Voice 2014.

I got really excited when I read that I had made it past the raffle. I was so excited, in fact, that I made the mistake of trying TOO hard; believe me, there is such a thing. I bloated my query with as much fun/quirky/tragic detail as possible and ended up posting a tedious letter. But Monica was interested nonetheless. I spent the rest of the evening internally screaming. Monica, by the way, is the best mentor ever. We shared Spanglish exchanges, she made me laugh, and she was unflinchingly honest. Yes, my query sucked but she helped me polish and make it less dense. I had faith in me.

So how many requests did I get when the agents swooped in, hungrily seeking stellar premises and unique voices? Zip. I didn’t get a single request. For some reason, I wasn’t too heartbroken. The requests were flooding in for my teammates. It was, IS, an exciting experience. Besides, Monica saw something in my story that was worth her efforts. I promised I would keep querying even after Writer’s Voice confetti had been swept away.

I have an agent now. It’s the first step on an unpredictable road to publication but I am celebrating myself and Monica and everyone who believed I could write. It’s all about a good book and patience. I know from personal experience that waiting can drive a person crazy but it’s a graceful thing to finally succeed. We’re writers; we’re in the business of waiting, we create, we have the stories in our heads to keep us busy in the meantime. P.S. It feels so good to not have to refresh my email every thirty minutes."