Monday, September 04, 2006

My Book

Before I veer off into random entries (and I'm sure I will -- I know me, and I'm betting I won't last a week before I tell you about the Bricklebrit donkey or that dream I had where I was Cindy Brady's imaginary friend...), I probably should tell you what my book is about. Here's the blurb from Publishers Lunch (a listing of books sold) on June 28, 2006. Note that the title has since been changed to INTO THE WILD.

Children's: Middle grade
Sarah Beth Durst's RAPUNZEL'S DAUGHTER, the story of a 12-year-old who must fight wicked witches, avoid glass slippers, fly griffins, and outwit magicians in order to rescue her mom and save her town from becoming a fairy tale kingdom, to Liesa Abrams at Razorbill, by Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger (NA).

And if you want a little more detail, here's the description that I wrote for my website:

"'Let me put it this way,' Julie said, 'when your mom cooks, she doesn't have to close the doors to make sure the Gingerbread Men don't run outside.'"
Junior high is tough enough, even when your family is ordinary. And Julie Marchen's family is anything but ordinary: her brother is a talking cat, her grandmother is a bonafide witch, and her mother is Rapunzel. Yep, that Rapunzel -- long hair, tower, prince... 500 years ago, Rapunzel escaped the fairy tale with her fellow storybook characters to live incognito in our world. But now Julie's world, our world, is about to change -- the fairy tale wants its characters back.

OK, now you know what my book is about. Stay tuned for more about that Bricklebrit donkey...


At 10:16 AM, Blogger christina said...

Hi Sarah,
Your book sounds just like something I'd love to read-even though I'm 34 :}
My name is Christina Gonzalez and I'm the writer friend that Shelley told you about. She forwarded all of the information you gave her and it is quite helpful, thank you. I want so badly to be serious about getting published, but my four children and a need to make money NOW keeps me from being able to put much time and effort into marketing my writing... How, exactly, did you find your agent? I mean, you mention being in the right place at the right time, but what exactly happened? I have an "agent" if you want to call them that. They've had one of my stories since... gosh, it's been so long, it's hard to remember... at least 6 months anyway. They say they're still working on getting it published and I don't have many other options, so my heart is in their hands, so to speak. In the meantime, I take care of business at home and do a little writing from time to time.
How long did it take you to get your story ready to print? And did you have help with the finishing process? I guess I'm wondering if you worked with an editor. So far, I've only put out picture book texts and poems, so there isn't much to edit, but my agent never said that someone was going to edit my story or anything.
I'm 11 chapters into a YA suspense story and I'm wondering how things work when you submit something with more volume...
I could probably go on for ages asking you qusetions so I'll stop here.
I would like to say congratulations to you on your first novel. Reading the bits and pieces on your site and Blog, I'm not surprised that you have a book coming out. You have a great sense of humor that comes out beautifully through your writing. I can't wait to read your book and am quite sure that it will be well recieved. I hope you have another one in the works! ;}
Thank you again for the advice and I wish you all the best with your writing career.
Christina Gonzalez

At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like I said in my mail, Sarah, after reading your first ms., I knew anything you did would be good, but this sounds like it's going to seriously rock. I can't wait to read it!



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