My Life as a YA Author: Starting Over

It began with a single, exclusive submission to a top agent on May 1 and a request for a full within 12 hours. Five months, two manuscripts and two revisions later, my dreams of a wonderful client/agent relationship ended on October 15 with this email:

“sorry but this story is still not working: it meanders and the plot loses tension..i am afraid it is time to bow out.”

WIth that I resubbed my revised, possibly meadering, MG back to a small publisher where it had been read in its original and been returned with an offer for a second look. And began looking for a home for my contemporary YA book and newest project, a contemporary MG adventure story.

By Lawrence Tabak

Lawrence Tabak is a widely published magazine writer who is currently focused on writing fiction for young adults. He is the father of two boys. He has worked as a tennis teaching professional, a executive at the United States Tennis Association, and in corporate communications postions in the financial services industry. His essays and feature stories have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the in-flight magazines for TWA, United, American and Continental; Fast Company, Tennis Magazine,, and The Atlantic Monthly.

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