Monday, January 28, 2008
NOVEL IN VERSE
Let me take a moment to give a little shout-out to Lisa Schroeder whose lovely novel in verse was just released by Simon Pulse.
One of the great things about novels in verse is that they are a quick read, especially good for time-pressed folks and reluctant kid readers. And hey, poetry rocks! Especially when the subject is big bad love. But these books are a hard sell: Lisa's been trying for a while to sell a mid-grade novel in verse with no luck. And when I first approached my agent with a novel in verse, she passed on it, saying she couldn't sell it. So I went back to the drawing board and wrote a new novel in prose, which landed me the agent AND the book contract. So, as much as I love the novel in verse, clearly not everyone does.
Check out Lisa's book. And for the best in the genre, try Newbery winner Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse.
"It's like fireworks
in your heart
all the time."
- Lisa Schroeder, I Heart You, You Haunt Me