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Via [livejournal.com profile] sdn on facebook: Medallion to Publish YA Titles by YA Writers

They define 'YA' as 13-18. So if I revised this novel in the next two-or-so weeks and sent it in, I might be able to squeak by on a technicality. Maybe.

...unless anyone has a deeply compelling reason for why I should do that, I'm thinking I might pass on this one.

(I'm not eligible for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards any more, either. There's still the Dell Award, though! If I don't forget about it like I did last year.)

Sheesh. I have to be teenaged for another year, but apparently I don't get any of the benefits. Maybe I should write some angsty poetry before my birthday just in case 19-year-olds don't get a pass on that either. The world isn't fair, no one understands me?

I mean, I haven't seriously thought "I should get a novel published and then everyone will love me because I am young and brilliant (and I will be very rich)!" for, um, quite a while, but--I don't know, this summer makes me feel trapped and in stasis.

I want to be moving, doing something, accomplishing something[1]. I just don't know what, or how to do it.

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[1] Other than "writing a novel" and "revising the novel I wrote last summer". Those don't count. Clearly. (Allow me my moment of self-pity, okay?)

Date: 2010-07-10 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cloudscudding.livejournal.com
So why again are you not doing this? Take every advantage you can get.

Date: 2010-07-10 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aamcnamara.livejournal.com
Because all I have at the moment is the first roughest draft of a novel, and I am not wholly certain that revising it At Light Speed would produce anything worth anybody's time. Even if they did accept it, I'm not sure I would necessarily want it out there as an example of my work.

And if they published it, I'd likely have to do a whole ton of marketing stuff if I wanted to sell out my advance, etc., which I'm not sure I want to do right now/on a novel I might not fully believe in (as it was revised At Light Speed).

(But I am, as I have told a couple of people, Conflicted. It is an opportunity, and the kind of thing I would have leapt for not such a long time ago. But--on the other hand--but, but, but.)

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