Sarah can be found on Twitter as @SarahEJude and is one of the YA Scream Queens, a group blog featuring nine horror writers to watch in YA fiction. From time to time, Sarah will update this page with playlists and other links that catch her interest.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will you read my work?
I’m sorry, but I cannot. The only other authors whose work I read are the critique partners I have had for many years. I strongly urge you to find critique partners to vet your work, and the forums are QueryTracker are a good place for locating such other aspiring authors.
What about blurbs? Do you give blurbs for books that are going to be published?
A blurb is that little quote you see from another author usually on the front cover of a book telling you the reader why it’s so amazing and why you should all rush out to read it. Yes, I will on rare occasion blurb a book. While I prefer blurb requests to go through my agent, I will consider other requests, but it is not a guarantee that I can commit to reading a manuscript for comment.
Where are you from? Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am born and bred from the Midwest. I am from a small town on the border of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, and for the past fifteen years, I have lived in the St. Louis area. It takes about five minutes for me to be in farmland, about twenty minutes to find my way into the winding foothills of the Missouri Ozarks. I live with my husband, Tim, who I’ve been married to since I was a teenager, and our three young children. We have two rescue dogs, Penny and Bella, and guinea pig, Annabel Lee.
How did you get into writing and publishing?
Writing and publishing are two very different beasts. Writing is simply putting a story on paper. Publishing is the business side that involves querying to find an agent, and then having my agent submit my work to publishers and negotiate contracts. I knew by the time I was sixteen I wanted to be a published author. In college, I was an English major, and it was helpful, but I don’t think it’s a requirement in order to become an author. More than anything, the best tool in your writer’s kit is being well read. Contrary to what people will tell you, most authors, myself included, do not know someone in the industry who got their foot in the door for them. I found my agent by researching agent listings on the previously mentioned QueryTracker and knew by her client roster that she was a good fit for my work.
My agent is the amazing Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, and no, I can’t refer you to her because I haven’t read your work. If I refer someone to Miriam, which is super rare, it’s because I feel very passionately about that person’s writing and it’s still not a guarantee that it will be a good fit. That said, you are always free to check out the agency’s website and follow the submission guidelines if you think Miriam or one of the other agents may be a good fit.
If time permits, I will consider most requests. You can reach out to me through my contact page.Will you send me a copy of your book for review?
Please see my contact page regarding my review copy policy.
Will you visit my city, school, or library?
Book tours are great things…and they are usually reserved for really big authors, so unless you’re in the Midwest where I’m located, it’s probably not likely. That said, I am going to be working out a way to do Skype visits with schools and libraries that are not in the Midwest. Please, if you work for a bookstore, school, or library, visit my contact page.