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Teen Wolf DIY: Lydia’s Notebook

Everyone knows Lydia’s study notes are awesome – so awesome that her math notebook is currently going for $150 on BidTeenWolf.com.

 

Lydia Notebook Auction

If you’re as poor as the entire town of Beacon Hills during season 4, don’t fret! You can make your very own stylish notebook. As for the notes, you don’t need them. You’re too smart for them!

Lydia Notebook Supplies

What you’ll need:

  • Notebook (lighter colors work best)
  • Mod Podge (glossy finish)
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors
  • Lydia Notebook Image

I replicated the design from Lydia’s notebook using freeform shapes in Microsoft Word. Here’s the front:

Lydia Notebook FRONT

And the back:

Lydia Notebook BACK

1. Measure your notebook and print the images above to the correct size.

2. Trim white space from your printed image with scissors.

3. Carefully peel back the sticker on the spine of your notebook.

4. Apply Mod Podge to the COVER of the notebook and to the BACK of the printed image. Press the printed image onto the book and smooth out any bubbles. Press the spine sticker back into position.

Lydia Notebook In Progress

5. Let dry 20 minutes. Pro tip: If you stand the notebook up on its pages, you can let the front and back cover dry at the same time.

6. Apply another coat of Mod Podge to seal the printed image.

7. Scribble your very own banshee predictions while you rock out to the Teen Wolf Soundtrack you bought with all the money you saved.

Lydia Notebook Finished

What’s your favorite Teen Wolf prop? Let me know in the comments, and I might make it next!

Ready for more Teen Wolf crafts? I’ve got you covered!

Beacon Hills Preserve Sign

Dread Doctors Book

Parrish’s Playing Cards

 

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Teen Wolf DIY: Dread Doctors Book

I love books. All kinds of books. Even tattered sci-fi/horror paperbacks detailing the horrific experiments of three steampunk doctors.

Apparently, a lot of people agree because The Dread Doctors by T.R. McCammon (nice try, Valek, we all know you wrote this rubbish!) is currently going for $175 on BidTeenWolf.com. Even a photo copy of this literary gem will cost you $70!

Dread Doctors Auction

That’s a lot of Kindle Daily Finds! But never fear. You can make your very own copy of The Dread Doctors for less than a drug store paperback!

Before I start on the DIY, I want to give a quick shout out to Spenser Hudson Riley over on Redbubble. She sells a Dread Doctors journal perfect for recording all of your deepest, darkest nightmares.

Dread Doctors Supplies

What you’ll need:

  • Book (the older and nastier the better)
  • Mod Podge (matte finish)
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors
  • Dread Doctors Book Art (Spenser’s done a better job with this than I ever could. Go check her out.)

1. If the book you chose is too new and pristine, use tea or watercolor to stain the edges.

2.Measure your book and print The Dread Doctors art to the correct size.

3. Cut out the printed image with scissors. Pro tip: You can print the image in one piece, but I find it’s easier to apply the front cover, back cover, and spine separately. Apply the spine piece last for the best result.

Dread Doctors In Progress

4. Apply Mod Podge to the COVER of the book and the BACK of the printed image. Press the printed image onto the book and smooth out any bubbles.

5. Let dry 20 minutes.

6. Optional: use sandpaper (a nail file works too), chalk pastels, or other art supplies to give the book a distressed look.

7. Apply another coat of Mod Podge to seal the printed image.

8. Read at your own risk!

Dread Doctors Finished

What’s your favorite Teen Wolf prop? Let me know in the comments, and I might make it next!

Ready for more Teen Wolf crafts? I’ve got you covered!

Beacon Hills Preserve Sign

Lydia’s Notebook

Parrish’s Playing Cards


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Teen Wolf DIY: Beacon Hills Preserve Sign

Ah, Beacon Hills Preserve… home to flora, fauna, crossbow-wielding hunters, firefly-spewing tree stumps, and dark druids seeking bloody revenge. Good times.

Needless to say, everyone wants a piece of this magical paradise. The sign used in episode 1×01 is currently going for a whopping $400 on BidTeenWolf.com and the alternate version used in season 3 isn’t doing too badly for itself either!

BH Preserve Auction

Now that the Benefactor’s whole Deadpool offer is off the table, most of us don’t have that kind of dough lying around. Thankfully, you can recreate EITHER of these beauties by following the steps below.

BH Preserve Supplies

What you’ll need:

  • Wood or thick cardboard (I used a sign from the Dollar Store)
  • Sandpaper (if using wood)
  • Mod Podge (matte finish)
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors
  • String/Chain (to hang the sign)
  • Hot glue (to attach the string or chain)
  • Beacon Hills Preserve sign image (below)

BH Preserve Sign Top - FINAL

BH Preserve Sign Bottom - FINAL

I replicated the Season 1 Beacon Hills Preserve design in Microsoft Photo Editor and MS Word using this screencap from episode 1×01. If you have professional photo editing software, you may want to take a crack at it yourself.

1. Cut wood or cardboard to the sizes desired. If using wood, sand cut edges to remove splinters. 

2. Measure the wood or cardboard and print the sign images to the correct size. 

3. Cut out the sign images with scissors. Pro tip: Print the image a little larger than your wood or cardboard. Wrap printed image around the edges of the wood or cardboard. Glue down with Mod Podge to hide exposed wood or cardboard. 

4. Apply Mod Podge to the FRONT of your wood or cardboard and to the BACK of the printed sign image. Press the printed image onto the wood or cardboard and smooth out any bubbles. 

5. Let dry 20 minutes. 

6. Apply another coat of Mod Podge to seal the printed image. 

7. If making the Season 1 sign, glue string or chain between the larger and smaller signs. For both signs, glue string or chain to the top so it can be hung on the wall. 

8. Use all the money you saved to preorder Teen Wolf: the Complete Series!

BH Preserve Finished 2

What’s your favorite Teen Wolf prop? Let me know in the comments, and I might make it next!

Ready for more Teen Wolf crafts? I’ve got you covered!

Dread Doctors Book

Lydia’s Notebook

Parrish’s Playing Cards


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Teen Wolf DIY: Parrish’s Playing Cards

We all knew Lydia was a queen, and Parrish’s playing cards from episode 5×04 proved it. The real cards Ryan Kelley used in this scene are currently going for $31 on BidTeenWolf.com.

Parrish Card Auction

Don’t have $30 lying around? No problem. You can recreate these bad boys at home – and STILL have enough money left over for the Teen Wolf Score.

Parrish Card Supplies

What you’ll need:

  • Playing cards (Parrish’s have blue backs)
  • Mod Podge (glossy finish)
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors
  • Lydia Queen Image (below)

Optional: black charcoal pastels to “burn” one of the cards. If you try this, I’d recommend printing a few extra Lydia queens and making several cards. This way, if you mess one up, you can keep trying until you achieve the effect you want.

Parrish Card DESIGN

I replicated the Lydia Queen card design in Microsoft Photo Editor and MS Word using this screencap from episode 5×04. If you have professional photo editing software, you may want to take a crack at it yourself.

1. Measure the playing cards and adjust the Lydia queen image to the correct size. 

2. Print the image. Hold the paper up to the light and slide the playing card BEHIND the image. Use the shadow of the playing card to determine where the card should be glued. Mark this location with a pencil ON THE NON-PRINTED side of the paper. 

3. Apply Mod Podge to the FRONT of the playing card and to the BACK of the printed image. Press the playing card into the outline you marked in pencil. Smooth out any bubbles and apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the entire back of the playing card and around the edges. 

4. Let dry 20 minutes. 

5. Cut around the playing card to remove excess paper from the printed image. Apply a second coat of Mod Podge over the FRONT of the printed image. 

6. If desired, use charcoal pastels to distress one of the cards. Apply another coat of Mod Podge to seal the charcoal pastels. BE VERY CAREFUL! I pressed too hard and the card ended up a little more “burned” than I intended. If this happens, no worries! There are 51 more cards in the deck.

Parrish Card Finished

What’s your favorite Teen Wolf prop? Let me know in the comments, and I might make it next!

Ready for more Teen Wolf crafts? I’ve got you covered!

Beacon Hills Preserve Sign

Dread Doctors Book

Lydia’s Notebook


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My Top 10 Favorite Teen Wolf Characters

With the Teen Wolf series finale quickly approaching, I’ve been reflecting on how exactly this show snuck into my heart. It had literally everything against it. I can’t handle gore, so I watch most of it through my fingers. I’m not super into romance, so the Scott/Allison storyline (while sweet) wasn’t what grabbed me and refused to let go.

Then it hit me. Teen Wolf does characters better than just about any show I’ve seen. It churns them out, season after season, and somehow forces me to make a little more room (or a lot more room) in my heart for new characters, even when they’re stepping into shoes that are 1,000% irreplaceable. Strong arguments can be made to include pretty much every Teen Wolf character ever on this list, so…

Before I get started, let me please emphasize: these are MY PERSONAL top 10 favorite Teen Wolf characters. I’m not saying they’re the objective, definitive best. I’m not even saying I won’t change my mind tomorrow. I’m just saying, as of this moment, these characters mean something especially special to me.

I should also probably explain: this was a quick list of my first gut reactions. It wasn’t until I got to the end that I realized a few very important characters had slipped through the cracks. Let me be clear: I absolutely ADORE Malia, Derek, and the Teen Wolf himself Scott McCall, so let me take a moment to ponder why other characters popped into my head first.

Malia

Malia

To be fair, Malia did pop into my head. Over and over. I kept telling myself, “Nah, I’ll put her higher on the list.” Then came the impossible decision. I realized it was time for Malia… or another character. This other character happened to be more relatable to me personally. After that, my top choices were so cemented that there just wasn’t any going back. Still. I ❤ Malia!

Derek

Derek

I can hear people storming out of this post already, and I agree! A strong argument can be made to put Derek in the top 5, the top 3, even the very top slot. He’s grown SO MUCH over the series. Unfortunately, I think since he’s been away the last couple of seasons he just didn’t pop until my mind until it was too late. I thought about giving him the Honorable Mention, but that felt even worse. Derek is a list to himself. That’s what I’m going with. He is too good for this list. Alpha OUT!

Scott

Scott

This one is the hardest for me. Scott McCall is the glue that holds this show together. He believes in people, brings out the best in them. He’s everything I could ever want in a series lead, but (like most leads) I think sometimes that makes him easier to take for granted. Seriously, though. Would Stiles be as funny if he didn’t have Scott? Would my sweet baby Liam exist? Would Allison’s death have ripped my heart out? No, No, and NO! (Okay, probably still yes to that last one) Like any leader, I think Scott can be judged by the quality of his people, so basically this whole list is his. He’s represented in every line of this entire post.

But enough assuaging of my guilty conscience. Let’s dive into this thing.

Honorable Mention: Corey Bryant

Corey

I’m not going to lie. I had to Google this dude’s last name. If I’d made this list last season, Corey wouldn’t have even blipped on my radar, but the strangest thing has happened over the first three episodes of 6B. Corey has become an actual character, not just Mason’s love interest or one of Theo’s minions. He’s a little insecure, not the best at school, and just the sweetest little oaf. He makes me laugh, and I like him.

I’ve given Corey the honorable mention because I feel this is tangible proof of what I’ve been saying all along: “Teen Wolf: the New Class” is not as awful as some people think. If Liam, Hayden, Corey, and Mason had been given as much screen time to breath and grow as Scott, Allison, Lydia, and Stiles (instead of directly competing against them), I think we’d all love them just as much. Now that they’ve been around a while, we’re starting to see the proof of it!

10. Braeden

Braeden

Braeden is another character whose last name I don’t know. Or maybe Braeden is her last name? Don’t care. When she first arrived and saved Isaac (for which I’m forever grateful), I was super excited to see what she’d bring to the show. Then she died, and I was bummed. Except she didn’t die! Not only did she not die, she turned out to be just as amazing as I’d hoped, AND she dated Derek without trying to kill him. Bonus points.

9 ¾ Coach Bobby Finstock (a.k.a. Cupcake)

Coach

Shortly after this list was originally published, I realized I’d made a grievous omission. Coach Finstock has always been one of the most consistently hilarious characters on Teen Wolf. Despite all the yelling and jokes at their expense, there’s also never been any doubt that he cared about his team. Deeply. I’m pretty sure that’s the only thing that’s kept him from fleeing Beacon Hills High School and its 98% teacher death rate. Even though he can’t always be bothered to remember Liam’s name, he didn’t hesitate to step between my sweet baby wolf and the angry, senseless mob wailing on him during last night’s double episode. For that alone, Coach will forever be MVP in my book.

9. Kira Yukimura

Kira

This is probably also going to be a polarizing choice, especially since this was almost Malia’s spot. The thing about Malia is she’s so confident and tough and says what she thinks the second she thinks it, whereas Kira is the nerdy awkward person who eats lunch with her dad. For me, that’s more relatable, only with a heaping pile of wish fulfillment on top (those sword skills, am I right?) Plus, I love Kira’s family, her culture and mythology, and her powers! If I’m being honest, she probably has some of the coolest abilities on the show (even if I’m still mad she didn’t electrify that Berserker chain back in Season 4).

8. Melissa McCall

Melissa

Even without superpowers this woman is one of the toughest people on Teen Wolf all of TV. Maybe it’s because I can’t handle blood or gore or bodily fluids of any kind, but this lady amazes me episode after episode. On top of this, she gives the best motivational speeches. “Be your own anchor.” Need I say more?

7. Isaac Lahey

Isaac

In his life, Isaac has shouldered a lot of loss and pain, so for me there’s one Isaac moment that really stands out: when he realized, as a werewolf, he could take away other people’s pain. Deep down, I think that’s all he ever wanted. To feel empowered enough to help. Even when he was hunting down Lydia as part of Derek’s pack, it came from a place of wanting to stop something big and scary from being the worst kind of bully. This thing murdered his father, so it could be argued vengeance drove him too – but, if so, he was seeking to avenge a man who terrified him. Despite his own pain, Isaac saw how broken his father was and forgave him. That’s a strength that goes beyond fangs and claws. When Isaac showed up at that lacrosse game, it wasn’t in spite of his fear. It was because of it. He knew what it was to be afraid, and he wasn’t going to leave someone else to deal with that alone.

6. Theo Raeken

Theo

EDIT: I’ve promoted Theo from #9 to #6 based on the first half of 6B, and I’m not even promising I won’t promote him again. It looks like he’s FINALLY turned things around and joined the Pack, and I am THERE FOR IT!

Oh boy, can I hear the outcry about this. “Derek didn’t make the list, but this little piece of garbage did??” I can’t disagree that Theo has done terrible, awful things. To characters I love. Characters on this list! But here’s the thing. There’s still so much we don’t know about him. For starters: is Theo even his real name?? I always got the impression he was just impersonating Scott’s childhood friend to gain the Pack’s trust (remember when he smashed that one guy’s hand for not being able to forge Theo’s dad’s signature?), so WHO EVEN IS THEO?

If he’s the real Theo, did the Dread Doctors kill his parents and kidnap he and his sister? Speaking of his sister, was he really responsible for her death? I mean, he was only nine (?) and not a Chimera yet, so how exactly did he overpower her? Did he trick her into going to the river and the Dread Doctors did the dirty work? If so, did he know what they had planned? And if all the Dread Doctors wanted was to make a successful Chimera, why not just pull a heart switcharoo and put Theo’s heart into his sister? That’s just math. There had to be SOMETHING else going on here.

More importantly, was Scott’s pack Theo’s first (possibly only?) experience in years with people who cared about him? For a decade of his formative years, did he go to sleep every night listening to people being tortured and killed (except for the nights HE was being tortured and experimented on?) Did he only want his own pack so he could defeat the Dread Doctors and stop them from doing to other people what they’d done to him? Did he feel like however many people he had to manipulate, hurt, and kill, he’d still be saving lives verses allowing the Dread Doctors to continue their experiments over the course of their (presumably) immortal lives? Or did he have a severe case of Stockholm syndrome, which he’s only just now starting to question?

The truth is we’ll probably never know, but the fact that I’m invested enough to ask these questions means Theo (if that’s his real name) has thoroughly earned his spot in my personal top 10.

5. Allison Argent

Allison

There’s a reason Scott, Lydia, and Jackson immediately liked Allison, and it wasn’t just TV necessity. Allison’s a year behind in school because her family moves around so much. You’d think, after leaving friends behind time and again, she’d wall up her heart and stick to herself. Instead, she bonds with Lydia and somehow manages to bring out the best in her. She falls for Scott and helps piece his post-werewolf-bite life back together. Her life gets blown up over and over, first when she discovers the supernatural, then when her sister-figure Kate dies, then her mom, but she doesn’t roll over. She learns to fight so she can protect the people she loves. When her grief drives her to uncharacteristic actions, she shows her father exactly how dangerous his family’s prejudices are. Together, they forge a new code: We protect those who cannot protect themselves. In the end, she was just as willing as her mom to give her life, but she did it like she did everything else. Her way.

4. Jordan Parrish

Parrish

When Parrish first showed up, I adored him. Absolutely adored. I adored him so much I worried he was too good to be true. I kept waiting for the other shoe to fall. Clearly, he had to be a serial killer “drawn” to Beacon Hills because, let’s be real, no one’s going to notice a few extra bodies in that town. Except… he wasn’t? Which duh. Obviously, he was working with Kate to infiltrate the Pack and kill them all. Wrong again? Hmm, okay, maybe he wasn’t evil. Maybe he’d have to nobly sacrifice himself to defeat the Beast of Gévaudan? The Ghost Riders? No??? Despite all odds, Parrish is still alive – and NOT EVIL! And I adore him more every time he shows up on screen.

3. Lydia Martin

Lydia

As far as character development goes, Lydia Martin is off the charts. I mean, could we really expect anything else? She’s got an IQ over 170, confidence for days, and the ability to smash skulls with her screams. But the thing that really sets her apart is, as Stiles notes, “somewhere inside that cold, lifeless exterior there’s an actual human soul.” She sets impossible standards for herself because settling for less means people get hurt. Sometimes, people still get hurt. And she gets hurt. A lot. But no matter how many times she gets knocked down, Lydia always stands back up and flashes that perfect-shade-of-lipstick smile. She’s such a survivor, and I’ll never stop rooting for her.

2. Stiles Stilinski

Stiles

I don’t even know where to start. Stiles may be one of the greatest characters in television history. Like Melissa, he doesn’t have superpowers. He doesn’t need them. He’s got his baseball bat, a detective’s brain, and a heart the size of that canyon Scott leaps across from time to time. He’s so irreplaceable the Wild Hunt couldn’t even erase him, and they’ve been at this for CENTURIES! Bottom line: don’t mess with Stiles, and definitely don’t mess with the people he cares about.

1. Liam Dunbar

Liam

This one is going to be controversial, so please remember: these are my first gut reactions, and nothing gets me on the edge of my seat faster than Liam in peril. When I first heard Scott was getting a beta, I was skeptical, which just goes to show how foolish it is to judge someone before meeting them. After the trauma of losing Allison, Liam reminded me why I fell in love with Season 1. This show puts characters in insane, impossible situations, and Liam was there to remind everyone just how crazy everything was. As a member of the audience, I might’ve gotten a little jaded… until Liam smacked me upside the head and reminded me, “THIS IS NOT NORMAL!” Unlike battle-tested Scott, Lydia, and Stiles, Liam is a scared, confused little rage monster, but who wasn’t as a teenager? Sometimes, he wimps out or falls into holes. Dude isn’t perfect. But he comes through in the end, and I love him for it.

Who are YOUR top 10 favorite Teen Wolf characters? Let me know in the comments!


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Talk Like a Pirate – or Walk the Plank, ye Scurvy Dog!

Ahoy there, mateys! It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and Krispy Kreme be givin’ away GOLD(en delicious glazed doughnuts)!

barbossa edited

Me parrot wishes to drop by, but me waistline be disinclined to acquiesce to his request. If the wind carry ye in that direction, ye scallywags must be doin’ a bit o’ extra plunderin’ for good ol’ Red-Handed Jayme, savvy?


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The Ridiculously Overdue Story of How I Got My Agent

First, a great big THANK YOU to Rach, Sara, and Chrissy for giving me permission to illustrate this post with their awesome GIFs. Because, really, who doesn’t like a GIF-tastic post?

Now, you guys may have noticed I’ve been putting off this post. Not because I’m not excited as heck about it. And certainly not as a reflection on the fantabulous Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary Services , a.k.a. MY AGENT!!! Let’s be real, just typing that still makes me feel like this:

brad alex dance

No, I’ve been putting it off because, not too long ago, I was on the other side of these posts, picking apart every word for hidden meaning. I was sure, mixed in with all those exclamation points, I’d find the secret handshake to Agentland. But here’s the thing. There is no secret handshake.

Don’t believe me? Here’s how it all went down:

I sent my very first query about four years ago. June 19, 2009, to be exact. The query itself was atrocious, and the manuscript was even worse. That’s right. Worse. Thankfully, my next manuscript was a little less horrible – and the one after that was almost good. It was so almost good I thought maybe it could be the ONE. Pretty much everyone who read it agreed. So I queried.

And got requests! Actual requests from actual agents! And I was all:

Austin & Ally Dance

Then the requests turned into rejections. Lots and lots of rejections. It was sort of like this:

sad kuzco

Which made me feel like this:

sad stitch

But only for a few minutes because then something really magical happened. One rejection came with feedback. Awesome feedback from an awesome agent (okay, agent’s assistant) who’d read the manuscript and believed in it enough to send something other than the dreaded form letter. It wasn’t an R&R – not by a long shot. But it was a start.

Needless to say, I went all Jillian Michaels on my manuscript. You know that scene in Close Encounters where the main dude attacks his mashed potatoes? Yeah. It was like that.

That’s when something else really magical happened. I entered Deana Barnhart’s Gearing up to Get an Agent contest. Not only did this put me in contact with lots of awesome writers, it also lit a fire under me to finally join Twitter. I’m not exaggerating when I say this was a game changer.

Did you hear that? Game. Changer.

I’ve learned so much by stalking – I mean, listening – to agents. Super casually, of course.

what the...

I’ve also met amazing writers I admire something fierce, including Brenda Drake, Krista Van Dolzer, Jen Malone, and Dee Romito. These ladies all deserve my eternal gratitude for their Pitch Wars feedback, especially Jen, who volunteered her sons as my first kid beta readers, and Dee, who taught me a new bad word… which I’d accidentally used as a character name.

awkward

Last but not least, I met a new critique partner named Brooks. That’s when things got really interesting. See, Brooks heard about Pitch a Partner, a contest run by the lovely Mindy McGinnis, R.C. Lewis , and MarcyKate Connolly .

The idea was simple: if you did a good enough job pitching your CP’s book, you got to pitch your own manuscript to actual agent-types. I hadn’t known Brooks that long, but I’d read his book and knew it was genius. So we entered.

Please note: I was still pretty new to contests, but I’d entered enough of them to know I was probably going to get silent rejections. A lot of them. So imagine my surprise when I oh-so-casually checked the blog comments for the (three-hundred and twenty-)first time only to discover I had a request! Then I got another one. And another. And I was all:

sue dance

By the end of the contest, I had four requests from rock star agents. My mind was pretty much blown. After that, I started stalking my email instead of the contest comments. Partial requests turned into full requests. And then one full request turned into a request for a phone call.

Confession time: I had no idea who Adriann was before I entered Pitch a Partner. Once she requested, I researched like crazy and realized she was essentially an agent ninja. Our phone call did nothing to challenge that assumption. Adriann’s editorial suggestions were spot on. She seemed to love my characters as much as I did. And, well, we just seemed to click. I know everyone says that, and it’s frustratingly vague. But there it is.

Let me be clear: even after all that, I didn’t realize this was THE call. I thought we were discussing an R&R – or that I was being Punk’d. In fact, I was so sure it wasn’t THE call that, when Adriann offered rep, my brain short circuited and I actually asked her to repeat it.

Yeah. That happened.

head desk

Thankfully, she didn’t rescind her offer, and I somehow managed to say I needed to be professional and contact the other agents with pages, blah, blah. But the little inside voice my head was already screaming:

i think you're in love

So I followed up with the other agents, which led to another epic staring contest with my inbox. During this time, Adriann sent a follow-up email that outlined her awesome vision for my book. I peppered her with questions (I don’t even want to admit how many emails this entailed). Most importantly, I spoke with her clients, who said things like, “She’s determined and professional and encouraging and smart,” “I couldn’t have landed a better agent,” and “SIGN WITH HER NOW, YOU FOOL!”

Okay, that last one might’ve been me. Needless to say, I accepted her offer, and I’ve been doing this ever since:

confetti leaves

So there it is. To everyone out there in the query trenches, if there’s any doubt in your mind, banish it! Four years ago, I knew diddly-squat about querying and contests and agents. I learned pretty much everything I know from falling on my face. Repeatedly.

ouch

When rejection makes you feel like quitting, you just gotta reply:

no can do

If I can do this, you can too! Never. Give. Up.

Whew! To anyone who’s made it this far, thanks for reading! Now go out there and show the world who’s boss!

way to go team