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Erin L. Schneider is native to the Pacific Northwest, attended college in Honolulu - and although Hawaiian - should never be allowed on a surfboard. With more than twenty years in corporate merchandising, she’s now a full-time writer living in Seattle with her husband, Neal; their baby boy, Kellan; a rowdy German shepherd named Ronin; and two crazy cats, Ono and Poke. She’s a member of both the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SCBWI, and is also co-founder of the YA Buccaneers.

SUMMER OF SLOANE is her debut novel, out May 3, 2016 from Disney-Hyperion.

Erin is represented by literary agent Lisa Grubka of Fletcher & Company.

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Wednesday
May282014

The Best 4-Letter Word Ev-ver: SOLD!!!!

Super Agent Lisa Grubka and I went out on submission for my YA Contemporary, WHERE THE WATER FALLS, on May 1st / my birthday -- believing this would bring all the good publishing ju-ju in the world. And you know what? It didn't fail because...

MY BOOK SOLD!!! MY BOOK SOLD!!!!!!!!!!

And if that didn't make it official, here's the announcement in Publishers Marketplace:

May 27, 2014
Children's: Young Adult

Erin Schneider's debut WHERE THE WATER FALLS, about a girl who discovers her boyfriend and best friend's ultimate betrayal just before leaving to spend the summer in Hawaii; while nursing a broken heart, she meets a boy who is equally troubled, but just might be the key to learning how to forgive - and live, to Lisa Yoskowitz at Disney-Hyperion, for publication in Spring 2016, by Lisa Grubka at Fletcher & Company (World English).

I can't tell you how excited I am right now!!! Like three exclamation points to end every single sentence excited!!!

Because Super Agent Lisa sold my book to Disney-Hyperion!!!

Disney-Hyperion, PEOPLE!!!

Everything happened so fast - 17 days from start to finish - I think my head is still spinning!!! And can I tell you how hard it was to sit on this news for the past week? Because really, they shouldn't do that to debut authors!!! They really shouldn't!!!

And now I get to work with Awesome Editor Lisa Yoskowitz, Senior Editor with Disney-Hyperion!!! I've seen Lisa's name in the acknowledgments of some of my absolute favorite novels: IF I STAY by Gayle Forman, Ally Carter's PERFECT SCOUNDRELS, and John Green's PAPER TOWNS -- not to mention, she also happens to be the amazing editor of Tess Sharpe's debut, FAR FROM YOU!!!

How cool is it that I don't have just one a-mazing Lisa in my publishing corner, but now I have TWO!!!!! Ever since I signed with my agent, I dubbed her Super Agent Lisa -- and now I have Awesome Editor Lisa on the team as well!!! You'd think I'd be running out of adjectives here, but really, there's no possible way

I am so happy to get to share this news. I'm so thankful to Super Agent Lisa for being the BEST AGENT EV-VER. I'm thrilled that Awesome Editor Lisa - along with her amazing assistant, Julie Moody (who just so happens to be from Hawaii and went to the H.S. that's in my novel!!!) along with everyone else at Disney-Hyperion - took the time to read my story and fall in love with it...and then buy it!!! 

Wow. Just, wow. After six long years of dreaming, I finally get to say my book will be out in book stores in Spring 2016. And there's just no amount of exclamation points that could be added to that to really do it justice. 

Monday
Mar102014

Spring Writing Bootcamp: Check-In #1

As part of the YA Buccaneers Spring Writing Bootcamp, I posted my goals here the other day!

Today is the very first Monday check-in and I'm happy to announce:

I've already completed my goal for March!

I know, I know...it's only the 10th of March and I still have 2/3 of the month to go! But, I swear I didn't cheat. Pinky promise I didn't set a lame goal. Because I set this one late last month when I was neck deep in agent / CP revisions and was thinking it would take a lot longer. It's just that everything kind of came together over the past couple of weeks and I was able to push through much faster than expected. I tied up a few loose ends this past week, re-read my MS in it's entirety, and was able to hit send to my agent on Saturday. And man does it feel great!

I won't hear back from her for a couple of weeks, as she has a ton of reading that came in just before mine - but I think I'm okay with that...and I could definitely use the time to maybe relax just a little. Or, yanno, start in on my April goal?

Aside from that, I'm super excited to also share that we've announced the Accountability Teams for our Spring Writing Bootcamp -- and can I just say, I have THE. BEST. TEAM. EV-VER!!!!!! 

TEAM 2 

Yep, we're Team #2, and we're otherwise known as:

I know I may be biased, but I have no doubt in my mind that this team is going to BRING IT. We've got some lofty goals (okay, some more so than others) and by the time this three months is up, there is going to be some amazing writing by all. I'm already so proud of this team for stepping up to take the challenge, so I know that's only a glimpse into what's to come.

So to all those "other" teams out there...I hope you've got your hiking boots laced up tight -- because you're in for a hike!

Friday
Mar072014

Spring Writing Bootcamp!!!

Over at the YA Buccaneers, we're getting our writing in shape this spring!

For the next three months, we're challenging YOU to set writing goals and actually stick to them. And to help you out, we're putting together accountability teams, inspiring and informative blog posts on writing and revising, annnnnd PRIZES to help keep you motivated!

Check out this post for all the details to learn how you too can get motivated to write, set goals, and sign up to be on a bootcamp team! 

And what are my goals for the next three months?

March:

I finished my revisions on WHERE THE WATER FALLS (my YA Contemp you can read more about here), sent it out to my CP's for a final read through, and am now making last minute changes based on their feedback. I will have these revisions done this weekend, so I can finally get it back to Super Agent Lisa no later than next week.

April:

If Lisa has changes she'd like to see, then I'll be working on those this month. Otherwise, I have a SNI I've been itching to write - working title: NAME OF THE GAME

May:

NAME OF THE GAME writing goal: minimum of 10,000 words.

So what are your writing goals this Spring? Need some extra incentive to get it done? All you have to do is join us, we'll make sure you're in tip top shape come June. I dare you.

And I promise, it will be fun - here's what you need to do:

1. Post your Spring Writing Bootcamp Goals on your blog.
2. Add your blog link
3. Join a support team if you want and/or support others on twitter and social media. Check out the YA Buccaneers Post for more details and info on prizes, etc.!!

Friday
Oct252013

Finding An Agent: My Road Less Traveled

Oh what a year this has been.

2013 started off with so many unfortunate events. At first it was one thing, then another, and then another -- so many craptastic things just in the month of January, I actually had to laugh. And then after all of that, I parted ways with Mr. Agent Man in February after working with him exclusively for almost two years.

Oh, but it gets better. Because in March, I was laid off from my job after six years of service (along with 150 others). Seriously. What a grand year, right? I was afraid to even ask what more could happen.

It took months for me to realize that getting laid off was a huge blessing in disguise. I was so unhappy with some of the turns I'd taken in my career and even more saddened by a job that slowly stopped being the amazing creative adventure it once was. But when I sat back and looked at it for all it was worth, I realized I finally had the time to write. Hours every day, be it two in the afternoon or two in the morning...my time was finally mine

So I wrote. I picked back up on WHERE THE WATER FALLS after putting it on the back burner in 2010, when I started working with Mr. Agent Man on THE LUCKY FEW. It only had four chapters under it's belt, but it kept pecking at the back of my mind to get in there and finish it. And so I did.

It took a couple of months to complete, revise, and send out to all of my wonderful CP's -- only to start the revision process all over again, once I'd received their feedback. When I finally felt it was in a good place, I took a break away from it all around the beginning of August...and then I started to query -- the first one went out on August 29th and I heard back within a few hours, with a request for the full.

I was beyond ecstatic. Beyond

Because my journey - while not nearly finished - has been an incredibly long road. After all, I sent out my very first query on September 27, 2009 -- yep, that's over four years ago. And since then, I've wrote three more novels and started in on sequels for a few of them. But it was WTWF that snagged Super Agent Lisa, thanks to something on Twitter called #MSWL.

But let's back up to September: After the first request, I received three more for full's right off the bat, which was AWESOME. But then I received three rejections in one day, from big agents I'd queried and had my fingers crossed on. Then a fourth one came in. And then a fifth. And then I started to think maybe this pattern was indicative of what was to come.

I even emailed a few of my CP's letting them know I was considering throwing in the towel -- you can bet all of them told me I was nuts and most of them threatened me with the dull end of a spoon if I ever thought that way again. But it was all so exhausting, like querying usually is...and the sudden slew of negative responses was getting the better of me. Especially after four years of it.

I decided instead to take another query class from Writers Digest with agents Kate McKean and Jim McCarthy. I rewrote my query based on their feedback -- and sent it out. And then I jumped on Twitter and realized it was #MSWL day. For those not in the know, #MSWL stands for manuscript wish list: a day when literary agents Tweet their wish lists for manuscripts they hope will find a way into their slush pile. It happens only a few times a year and was started by Agent Jessica Sinsheimer and on 9/24 it was lighting up the Twitter feeds. 

A few agents were looking for YA Contemporary, so I queried them. And received four new requests within a day -- one of them was from Lisa. Then another request came in based off my new query letter prior to #MSWL. Then another. And soon I had submissions out with FIFTEEN agents and TWO smaller publishers.

Holy shit. Best querying EV-VER.

And then I leave for Mazatlan, Mexico on 10/3, to celebrate my 8th anniversary with my husband. No phone reception, no internet connectivity, no nothing but sunshine, pool time, the beach, and plenty of mai tais. Of course being the person I am, I have the hardest time unplugging...so when we were walking by the small deli on our hotel grounds - the only place with free wi-fi - I connected my phone for a few minutes, just to see.

And low and behold not only was there a letter of intent from one agent, but I also received an email from another agent a few hours later, with AN OFFER OF REPRESENATION!

Me. An offer. !#$%!#!!#%@#$!

But of course I'm in Mexico...and the connection is reminescant of the old AOL dial-up days, if that. And my internet goes down. And then I get it back up again, but for some reason I can't reply to any emails. And the deli is getting ready to close for the night. OMG, by this point, I'm just slightly freaking out. I have 1.5 agents interested and I can't respond to ANYONE. How is this happening? 

It's too late to go in to town and find an internet cafe, so we go back to our room and I literally cannot contain myself. I spend the rest of the night sending I-don't-even-want-to-know-how-expensive text messages to my CP's (because for some reason I can text, but can't call or email...WTF??!?!) and writing out in my notebook what I'll email back to both of these agents, should I ever gain access to the internet again. Okay, a little overly dramatic, but seriously: NO INTERNET + AGENT OFFERS = NOT GOOD.

Around 7am the next morning as soon as the little deli opened, I was waiting at the door like that woman in the old Mervyn's commercial saying "open, open, open!" with my iPad in hand and $250 in pesos, just in case I needed to buy my way to a computer. And I finally connect. It was like the clouds had parted. OMFG, I love internet connectivity. LOVE.

I replied to the offering agent letting her know I was thrilled to get her offer, that I was down in Mexico for the week, and that I'd love to chat when I returned. Then I promptly emailed the other agent and let her know I'd received an offer. 

I spent an hour that day, emailing all of the agents that currently had my MS to let them know I'd received an offer - but they would have plenty of time to read / make their decision, since I was out of the country. I also emailed all of the agents I'd queried in the last two weeks. In the end, I heard back from all agents with my MS, letting me know they'd read and get back to me -- along with two new requests from those I'd queried the week before.

Over the next week another agent offered - Lisa, actually!!! - then an editor...and several politely declined. But let me tell you that while there were many great agents in that mix of R's, I now had TWO offers of rep from TWO outstanding agents and one from an editor -- and I just couldn't find it in me to feel bad about those R's!

In the end, after speaking with Lisa on the phone, I knew she was the one. She loved my story and my characters. She had notes - a couple of pages worth - that could make WTWF even stronger. And I loved every edit we talked about. It didn't feel like she was ripping apart my story. Instead it felt like she had this great vision of where she could see it going...and I was so there with her. And when I spoke to two of her current clients and they RAVED about her, it became clear. While one of the hardest decisions I've ever made, it was also one of the easiest.

I couldn't be more happy with where I've landed. And even through all the chaos of crappy internet connections, all the YEARS of querying, and everything else it's taken to get to this point, right here, I'm thrilled Lisa will champion my work. And I'm grateful for things like #MSWL that brought us together.

Final stats for WTWF:

First query sent: 8.29.13
Total queries sent: 25
Total rejections received: 6
Total requests received: 19 (16 fulls and 3 partials)
Total offers received: 4 
Lisa's offer accepted: 10.23.13 

I can't believe I finally get to say, I have an agent. 

I have an agent.

Wow, it doesn't get any less exciting the more I say it.

Thursday
Oct242013

Wherein I Get To Write THAT POST!

Last week I mentioned what a crazy year this has been and that hopefully soon I'd get to share some exciting news...

Well, I finally get to share that news because...

I'VE OFFICIALLY SIGNED WITH AN AGENT!!!

And that Super Agent is:

Lisa Grubka of Fletcher & Company

A little bit about Lisa direct from the agency's website:

Lisa Grubka spent a decade first at the William Morris Agency and then Foundry Literary + Media, before joining Fletcher and Co. in 2012.

Lisa works with a broad variety of authors, from debut novelists to Food Network stars, and has represented several New York Times bestsellers. She represents and is looking for both fiction (literary, upmarket women’s, and young adult) and non-fiction (narrative, food, science, and more). She takes a very hands-on approach in working with her authors, and is a thorough editor, ensuring the best possible proposal or manuscript. She works closely with her authors every step of the way, and takes pleasure in matchmaking her authors with the right publishing home.

She began her career at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

I'm THRILLED to be working with her and can't wait to see where this road leads for the both of us!

I'll be sharing the full story on how I signed with my agent, tomorrow -- so stop by again! But now, I'm off to go celebrate...dinner with my husband this weekend, some shopping, and who knows what else!