September 21st, 2011

Alloy works its (very commercial) magic

The New York Times seems forever fascinated by Alloy, the company which packages YA like “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” The latest article looks at the TV series they’ve adapted from their books. into a prolific producer of television series adapted from the company’s books.

“One of the things we do really well as a company is identifying properties in our library that are right for our time,” said Mr. Morgenstein, who has overseen the revival of once-dormant book titles like "The Nine Lives of Chloe King" and “The Secret Circle” as new television series. As television shows, “Gossip Girl,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Pretty Little Liars” have captivated the elusive 12- to 34-year-old female demographic with a combination of mystery, high-stakes romance, luxe lifestyles and, often, a touch of the supernatural.

[Teen’s not into any of these - she’s kind of more of An Always Sunny in Philadelphia girl (And yes, I know it’s crude. But it is pretty funny.)]

Read more about Alloy here.

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Deep in the creative phase - plots!

You know that saying, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear"?

I feel like that lately. I have two books I need to plot, and one needs to be written quickly. The other book I could write without an outline by just shoveling more and more trouble in the character's way, but I thought that thinking about the plot first could help.

So I bought this book, Fill-in-the-Blank Plotting - A Guide to Outlining a Novel a while ago. It's short, it talks about the three-act structure (to be honest, I have written something like 13 books that are published or nearly published and never used a three-act structure) and about the hero's journey.

In other words, there really wasn't anything new in this book. But you know what? When I was reading it, it clicked. I started having tons of ideas for the two new books. And the plots, I think, will be better for it.

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