You may or may not know that I am part of a fun writing competition where participants submit completed manuscripts in the categories of Picture Book, Middle Grade, YA, NA, and Adult in all genres. The theme this year is World Tour, but this DOES NOT effect what genres can be submitted or the agent round.
I am personally the leader of one of 3 NA teams ("Team Israel," but your stories don't have to include Israel to be considered). I'm very excited for this opportunity and this post is about introducing me in my role, my 2 Team Members Vanessa Rodriguez and Edith Lalonde, and what all 3 of us would like to see in the submissions that come our way.
We will be choosing "three (3) finalist manuscripts and one (1) alternate manuscript to advance to the Agent Round." (details of the contest)
Zara Hoffman is a college student and has been writing since she was eight years old. She spends most of her time doing homework and writing new stories because if she didn't, her head would likely explode. She writes YA multi-genre fiction to share the crazy products of her imagination with the world and hopes that you find them as entertaining as she does. Her books are for young adults or the young at heart. After all, growing up is overrated. When she isn't wrapped up in projects, Zara listens to music or hangs out with friends.
She loves musical theater, is a Sherlockian, a Tribute, a Divergent, a bookworm, and fangirl through and through! As an avid reader, Zara loves writing book reviews for her favorite books (click on Book Reviews category in the sidebar).
New Adult Wishlist:
When it comes to New Adult (romance) fiction, the market is FILLED with Contemporary Romances, but I want something more unique. Send me some fantasy and sci-fi! I will say I prefer those genres in this category to have romance, but I'm okay with it not being the main plot. I'll also consider mysteries, thrillers and suspense. If it's a good story that keeps me guessing, you're golden! I believe that NA isn't always "the college plot" but the feel of NA-aged characters struggling with transitioning into adulthood, no matter what culture (or world) they're inhabiting. Give me relatable, well-rounded characters (note that I didn't say "likeable") and engaging plots. I love characters who are snarky, but not so much that every word they say is sarcastic. I'm diverse characters as long as it lends itself to the story. Love Cora Carmack and Elle Kennedy (in addition to the 2 authors I list below).
Favorite New Adult read(s):
I loved Edwin in The Art of Sinning, and I was so glad to see him get his own happy ending in this book. But, like any good story, it's not easy sailing. A lot of the sources of conflict in romances are super flimsy, especially in historical romances, but Clarrissa's stalker and Edwin's secret really did pose a challenge to the lover's union.
Some of you may know that it was my birthday yesterday. I'm now 19 years old, if you were wondering. And I normally don't make any fanfare about the day, but I had a particularly low-key day (not even a celebration) because I am home recovering from a virus that won't seem to quit (I've had it for 3 weeks).
In that time, I've finished the latest draft of The Belgrave Legacy and picked up writing The Matchmakers draft again (you can read the first 8 chapters on Wattpad now). It's in the top 500 of the SciFi category - happy birthday to me!
As you can tell from the title, I have finished the latest draft of The Belgrave Legacy by utilizing the comprehensive notes of Jessi Elliott (who is my fabulous Critique Partner who I found online). I finished 4 days earlier than I expected. I am relieved to be ahead of schedule not only because I can pat myself on the back for finishing yet another draft and being one step closer to being ready to publish this novel, but also because I need to write a 5-page story for school and now I won't have to multi-task.
I don't want to go into detail over what changed from the last draft to this one, but you may remember when I tweeted the original draft of this story as a single book rather than a trilogy (starting at a measley 31,226 words). And then, without any feedback, I immediately jumped back in to expand and embellish the story to be more engaging and immersive. I ended up with 50,343 words, but I still knew I needed more work. Which is where Jessi came in and I now end up at the glorious 60,075 words of Draft 3.
I am now looking for another CP to help me revise this story one more time before I submit it to my editor. If you're interested, comment below with your email.
I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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