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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hunger Games Movie, Agent News, And More!

JUICY BOOK/MOVIE NEWS:
-The Hunger Games Movie Date Has Been Announced!!! For those of you who haven’t heard, The Hunger Games movie is schedule to be out March 23, 2012. If you haven’t read any books in the series, you’ve got about a year to get obsessed.

-The Perks of Being a Wallflower (author Stephen Chbosky)is being turned into a movie. In 2009, Chbosky’s book hit the #3 spot on the American Library Association’s top ten most frequently challenged books of 2009. Percy Jackson actor Logan Lerman will play the lead character, Charlie. Harry Potter actress Emma Watson will play one of his two best friends, Sam. Click HERE for more info.
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-Comic book lovers rejoice…or maybe not. A new comic book biography of Britney Spears is scheduled for release in March. Not sure if I’m joking? Click HERE, my friends.

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AGENT NEWS:
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Open to Queries Again- Awesome agent Laurie McLean of Larsen-Pomada took December and January off…yep, that means she’s open to queries again (she likes 10 pages and a 2-page synopsis pasted into email queries). Here’s a quote from her submissions page:
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“for the YA and middle-grade markets I am searching high and low for YA romance, anything post-apocalyptic or vampiric (don’t see that too often these days, so vampire novelists, take note!), dark fantasy (no sweet fairy tales), dark reality (dealing with contemporary issues) and anything interesting. YA is super hot right now and I love the teen voice!”
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Closed to Queries-Weronika Janczuk of D4EO Literary will be closed until March 8, 2011, and will update her submissions page/what she'll take when she returns (Mandy Hubbard from that agency takes MG/YA). Rachelle Gardner of WordServe Literary is closed the first quarter of 2011.
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AGENT ALERT:
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-Lora Rivera of Claire Gerus Literary Agency was featured in Guide to Literary Agents. Click HERE for the post. She's especially interested in reading guy-focused YA, fresh middle grade, and solid (not ironic) adult literary fiction. She likes fiction that subtly tackles important real-world subjects. QUERY ONLY- no sample pages pasted or attached unless requested.
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-D4EO Literary will be announcing a new agent later this month. Stay tuned for a new querying opportunity! UPDATE--YA Highway just made a little announcement...click HERE for an interview with Kristin Miller, the newest agent!!!.
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That’s all for today. My fifteen-year-old stumbled out of her room this morning to announce that the school just sent an email saying there was a snow day. "I SO need this," is a direct quote. Ahhh, the joys of youth. Can someone please send me an email giving me a snow day from the dishes, laundry, and diaper duty???
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See you Friday!
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PS~Hello to my new followers! Again, the heart of my blog is in the link lists on the side—some of them are lengthy, but please know this is like my own personal learning library (particularly the section on honing craft) and I add to the lists whenever I find something useful. The links I choose are ones that I consider to have longevity—you can return to them again and again for relevant writing tips.

22 comments:

  1. You know, at first I was stoked about the idea of a Hunger Games movie... and I love Petyfur for Peeta... but now I'm hearing rumors of Megan Fox being cast as Katniss and that's instant death for me... Unless someone, somewhere, can show me ONE movie where Fox gives a better acting performance than, say, Dakota Fanning or Hailee Steinfeld...

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  2. Miss Jess ~

    This is just a note informing you that due to inclement weather, we are issuing a SNOW DAY! All regular task and duties have been suspended for the day.

    HOA
    Home Makers of America)

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  3. WOW--- this is super helpful. Perks of being a wallflower is on my to read list. Now I have to read it before it becomes a movie.

    Thanks

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  4. Hard to believe I haven't read Hunger Games yet. I always work well with deadlines! And I'll have to add Perks of being a wallflower to my list. Sounds intriguing.

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  5. hee hee hee- your 15 year old!
    yet another super helpful post! i really need to read the perks of being a wallflower!
    now to the important part!
    kaya scodelario for katniss! :D
    ohman, i hope a.grey is wrong! megan fox would completely ruin it!

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  6. I wish for a snow day, too! That'd be great... :) And I love your links! Always so helpful, Jess. Thanks! And I hope the Hunger Games movie does justice to the books. They are sooo good - my daughter even loved them. In fact, she thinks she should be cast as Katniss. I told her Katniss is a brunette and she said she'd wear a wig... :)

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  7. I can't wait for The Hunger Games movie.

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  8. Thanks for the updates! You always have such good info. I'm looking forward to the Hunger Games movie too, but like A. Grey said, I'll be disappointed if its not someone good. Personally, I like it when they cast unknowns for movies like that. (Unknowns that can pull it off, that is.)

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  9. LOVE YOUR BLOG. It's like opening a resource treasure chest. Thank you.

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  10. Haven't read of the Hunger Games series but I keep hearing good things about it. Sounds like it would make an interesting film.
    Have you heard about the A to Z Challenge yet. Click below for details.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out and the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2011

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  11. Kaya would be great for Katniss. Megan Fox looks too twentysomething.
    Great post, thanks Jess!

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  12. Can't. Wait. For. Hunger Games! But if Megan Fox is Katniss??? She's gorgeous, but...

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  13. I can't WAIT for The Hunger Games movie!!! I'll be there opening night, you can bet. I'm such a nerd. :P

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  14. Thanks for the agent news. I like to hit them up after breaks, with the idea that they should be more caught up than usual.

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  15. I didn't know they already had a release date for The Hunger Games. Do they even have a cast or a script yet? Impressive. I hope it's good, but a lil' over a year doesn't seem like quite enough time.

    Anyway, I wanted to pop by and say hello to a fellow Crusader. It's a pleasure meeting you, and I look forward to reading more :)

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  16. This is exciting news about Hunger Games. I cannot wait!

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  17. I am so excited for the Hunger Games movie! Will be watching anxiously for the casting news.

    and I know what you mean about moms never getting a snow day off!

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