Tasting Cider Book Launch Party – Erin James

My husband Alex and I had the best time at Erin James’ Tasting Cider book launch party at The Woods in Seattle. We did a tasting of some of the most delicious, autumnal ciders from The Seattle Cider Co.

I forgot how amazing craft cider can be. Especially compared to the makes-my-teeth-feel-grimey sugariness of Angry Orchard.

Tasting Cider: The Cider Craft Guide is out now, represented by my colleague Clelia Gore.

Green Burial Guidebook – Preorder NOW!

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The Green Burial Guidebook by Elizabeth Fournier

Release Date: March 15, 2018

Publisher: New World Library

Despite the widespread attention garnered by Jessica Mitford’s 1963 exposé of the funeral industry, The American Way of Death, the American way of death still includes average funeral expenses of between $8,000 and $12,000. What’s more, every year conventional burials in the U.S. bury 800,000 gallons of embalming fluid, containing carcinogenic formaldehyde; hundreds of thousands of tons of wood, steel, copper, and bronze caskets; and millions of tons of concrete vaults. There is a better way and Fournier, affectionately dubbed the “Green Reaper,” walks readers through it, step-by-step. With green burial and home funeral basics to legal how and what’s; choices in practices (at home, at sea, etc.); and even detours into examples of celebrity green burials; this is comprehensive and compassionate guidance. The idea of a “good death” has been much discussed. Fournier points the way to good post-deaths, ones that consider the environmental well-being of the planet and the economic well-being of loved ones.

Preorder this fascinating book on Amazon now!

 

Meet my new intern!

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Martin Literary’s newest editorial intern joined us yesterday for her training day. I met Madi at the Seattle Writing Workshop and was instantly impressed by her smarts and go-getter attitude. I’m so happy to have her on board for this school year.

Madi will be helping me respond to submissions, evaluate manuscripts, edit actual client manuscripts, research, and so forth.

She’s pictured here, double-fisting my two kittens, Maple and Mulberry.

You can follow her on Twitter at @madeline_seaman

Mission Statement

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I look for books that delight readers, that help inspire wonder and imagination, that foster deep empathy and compassion for our fellow human beings, that provide rich character representation of marginalized people groups, that explore issues of faith and how to apply Christ’s teachings to our own life, that celebrate women and the female experience, that ask nitty gritty questions and don’t settle for easy answers, that make readers pee their pants laughing, that make people disappointed when they have to close the book and go to bed, and books that add a touch of magic to readers’ lives.

Conferences, Workshops & Events

2017 Conferences, Workshops & Events:

  • SCBWI Western Washington Spring Conference. Roundtable critiques. Redmond, WA.  May 2017.
  • Seattle Writing Workshop 2017. Took pitch sessions, sat on panel. Seattle, WA. May 2017.
  • Book Expo of America. Took meetings. New York, NY. June 2017.
  • SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference. Took meetings, taught picture book workshops, sat on panel. La Mirada, CA. June 2017.

My submission policy

Adria accepts queries for picture books, middle grade, young adult, as well as Lifestyle books, quirky gift books, Christian Living titles, devotionals, and everything else under the Christian umbrella.

Please send your queries to Adria@MartinLiteraryManagement.com

I am looking for work featuring diverse characters, nontraditional family structures, and character-driven narratives.

I am looking for Lifestyle books that feature accessible recipes, craft tutorials, gardening basics, with quirky lists or other interactive elements.

For fiction queries, please include a query letter and the text of the first ten pages of your manuscript pasted in the body of your email. Also, please include a link to your Twitter account, if you have one.

For nonfiction queries, such as Lifestyle or Christian Living titles, please include a query letter and the proposal attached as a PDF or Word doc to the email.

Why dream scenes don’t work

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I went on a mini-rant on Twitter about how much I dislike reading dream scenes.

I understand that dream scenes are supposed to give you insight into the character’s psyche, but they read as heavy-handed and make the writing feel lazy.

If a character has a fear of their father, for example, I don’t want to read about a dream the character has in which their father is represented by a giant stomping around their neighborhood, yelling in a booming voice and then transforming into a herd of spiders. Okay, in hindsight that actually sounds kind of awesome, but I still would much rather read about a childhood memory that shows why the character is afraid of their father.

Show me a moment from the protagonist’s childhood– that moment in the grocery store where the father kicked a display of cereal boxes and caused the entire mountain of boxes to come toppling down on top of the protagonist. Describe to me the sharp edges of the cereal boxes digging into your character’s arm. Tell me about the grocery store manager trying to calm the father down. Show me something like that.

Dream scenes are almost never enjoyable to read, anyway. They’re confusing and weird and it’s not much different from your spouse or your coworker telling you about the dream they had last night. Dreams are interesting when you experience them, but so boring to hear about.

Cut the dream scene out of your manuscript. Don’t take the easy way out. Your story will thank you, your characters will thank you, and your future readers will thank you.

What I’m looking for

My wish list…

PICTURE BOOKS:

  1. PB feat. a foster family, adoption, or any sort of blended, non-traditional family structure
  2. PB feat. a Muslim child/family
  3. PB feat. a refugee family
  4. PB about a lesser-known Christian tradition from a non-western country/culture
  5. PB dealing with a mental health issue
  6. PB about a glow worm
  7. PB biography of a lesser-known woman in history (particularly a WOC)
  8. PB about a lesser-known woman in the Bible
  9. PB about a young black girl navigating a natural hair routine—maybe a mother + daughter story
  10. PB that tells a story from history’s footnotes
  11. PB feat. donuts!
  12. PB with a cute + creepy edge to it. (See Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett for reference)
  13. PB about a lesser-known holiday or cultural tradition
  14. PB feat. cooking a family recipe
  15. PB with a magical feel without actually including magic (See The Night Gardener or The Bear and the Piano for reference.)

YOUNG ADULT:

  1. YA novel about a teenager with a personal project or mission
  2. YA novel about a teenager passionate about social justice
  3. Christian YA novel feat. teenage girl wrestling with the discrepancies between what she reads in the Bible + what she hears preached from the pulpit
  4. YA horror/supernatural
  5. YA creepy stuff
  6. YA contemporary realistic fiction

LIFESTYLE:

  1. Guidebook for how to live a fair trade lifestyle
  2. Guidebook/workbook for self-care
  3. Quirky gift books
  4. Adult coloring book

CHRISTIAN LIVING/DEVOTIONALS:

  1. Christian Living book with a social justice focus
  2. Christian Living book that unpacks the goat + lamb parable in Matthew 25:31-46.
  3. Devotional for dating couples
  4. Devotional for women
  5. Devotional for creatives
  6. Devotional for someone with anxiety + depression (Important to note I see these as mental health issues, not sin issues.)
  7. Devotional with a social justice focus
  8. Devotional coloring book

NOT QUITE MY CUP OF TEA:

  1. Memoirs
  2. Sports stuff
  3. Adult Romance
  4. Erotica