Sunday, February 22, 2015

Rejected But Hopeful + Portraits for Shea

I really, truly missed writing to you all, and I especially missed reading updates and posts from some of my favorite bloggers. I removed blogging completely off my plate because editing and polishing Snow Dolls along with my demanding work schedule has taken up all of my focus. The queries have been submitted and I am patiently waiting to hear back! 

I got feedback from one of my favorite agents regarding my query. She said, "Thank you so much for thinking of me for your project! I thought your query well-written with a strong concept but not quite what I’m looking for at the moment. Because I’m careful to keep my client list manageable, I’m being really selective about what I request. However, I think another agent is going to be intrigued enough to ask for sample pages." 

Despite the rejection, I think I'm on the right track. It's early yet, so I'm crossing my fingers for the remaining agents!

Can I just say, that I am so thrilled for this book to come out? I'm doing all I can to continue to polish it. I've read it so many times that my eyes go bleary the moment I pull it up on my laptop. So I'm desperate; reading it on my iPad, my iPhone, in hardcopy--anything to keep it somewhat fresh so that I can catch those pesky grammatical errors and sentences that could use some tightening. 

I learned a really, really big lesson self-publishing Violet Storm. In fact, let me address the awful secret that still torments me: The first 100 copies of VS (in print and in digital) was  riddled with errors. And when I realized this, it felt as if the ground beneath my feet would never be steady again. How could this happen? 

I cried to my friends asking if I could I please, please just find a dark hole to hide in forever, and are you sure that time machines don't exist? 

It has since been fixed. :) So for those of you reading this thinking, "I didn't see any (or very few) errors." It's because you purchased the second version, and for that I am thankful. 

But that experience has left me forever uncertain of the gut feeling telling me that Snow Dolls is now perfect and ready. No really. It is. Until this happens: I read it again, find some small error, cry all night, drink heavily, and reread it three more times. 


I'm starting to think more about Crimson Earth, Book II of the Modi Series. Yep. Finally, right? I picked out a beautiful new journal to begin outlining and plotting. It's a ritual of mine, selecting a very special notebook to keep all my creatures, beasts, and worlds bound in a pretty cage of sorts. I am so excited to reunite with Aeva, Karth, and Ruven!! Thank you to all the new readers, for your phenomenal reviews, and for your continued support! 

The red fox journal will be for Crimson Earth, and the deer will be for Snow Dolls Book II. Love them!

In other news: 

My good friend and photographer, Anthony Lew, is working on a project creating a photo book titled Portraits for Shea to raise money and awareness for Shea Shaw of Los Gatos, CA. 

Shea Shaw was a victim of a hit and run accident when she was crossing the street January 8th, 2011. Shea was left with a traumatic brain injury(TBI). After the accident, Shea required round the clock care for the rest of her life. 

Anthony has a passion for portrait photography. He was inspired initially by a book called,"The Beauty Book For Brain Cancer" to do a portrait book for himself initially. But after reading Shea's story, he wanted to help out in some way other than donating money and decided to make a portrait book for Shea. 

The project will be a portrait book of photographs that Anthony will take of his friends and family and anyone else who wants to be a part of the project. Once the book is complete, all the money from the books sold will go straight to Shea and Shea's family to help with finances for Shea. 

For more information about Shea's story please visit

I am so thrilled for this project! 
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If you're curious about the query I received feedback on, here it is in full: 

Dear Ms. [AGENT]:

I am seeking representation for my YA fantasy novel, SNOW DOLLS. Because you represent [NOTEWORTHY LIST], I thought it might be a good fit for your list.

In a kingdom where every woman over the age of sixteen is a doll or a surrogate, Enna is neither. On the day of her Purification, cowardice won over duty, convincing Enna to steal her doll-markings, and attempt the most scandalous ruse Illumera has ever seen. Seoryl is the General’s son. His fortune offers him the privilege of owning an exclusive doll, a Snow Doll—secret dolls that go against everything Purification stands for. But an unfortunate thing happens when Seoryl meets his special stringless: he falls in love with her. A perilous entanglement that could expose the well-kept secret of the underworld lying quietly beneath Illumera. Prince Sin is the first in line to the throne. On the most important day of his royal life, he stumbles upon a peculiar doll who forces him to come face-to-face with the soul-shattering truth about the world he thought he knew.

Follow the journey of these extraordinary young people as they expose the dark truth about Illumera and the sordid past that led to a world where dolls exist.

SNOW DOLLS is complete at 109,000 words and is the first in a planned series. The revised manuscript benefited from the three-day Big Sur Writers Workshop, hosted by the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, focusing on middle-grade and YA fiction. It is currently being queried to multiple agents. I would be thrilled if you would consider my novel for representation.

Anna Soliveres