Kasie West, just signed a two-book deal with HarperTeen. Can I get a HOLY CRAP, THAT'S SO WONDERFUL?
Because... it SO is! My examples for you are many. Please allow me to present them:
She's awesome (for being... herself... hello? have you met her? SHE ROCKS!). Her agent is awesome (for being a killer advocate). Her new editor is awesome (for recognizing genius when she sees it)... and yeah...
I think the whole thing is FREAKIN' FANTASTIC! Beyond all measurable amounts of FANTASTICNESS!!!
Now after all of these excited words, I understand you may doubt me. So I feel I have no choice but to provide you proof.
Kasie's Maddeningly Unhelpful Advice
Here are a few examples from her epic Monday posts. From Kasie, you can learn:
~ How to be extremely unproductive--warning plants and/or zombies may or may not be involved.
~ How to traumatize your children--no ducks were harmed (at least not mortally-wounded) in the making of this post.
~ How to clean your house--her rule on cleaning up toys = golden.
~ She leads the charge to ban the use of elbows--A brave and unexpected move. I choose to believe her that the lighting diminished the true carnage of the elbow bruise.
~ How to Quit Eating Chocolate-- of course, I don't think Junior Mints count, which is a massive relief
Kasie's Critique Partner Advice
Here are some words directly from her critiques. Bask in the genius:
~ "I think the paragraph I would eliminate is the one that starts with 'he held the pillow over her head...' " --This is always a good recommendation.
~ "What the???... Well, pooey and lots of ice cream... (Apparently my feelings hold no merit whatsoever) " -- in response to my e-mail about an agent rejection on a full from over a year ago... like I said, she's a genius.
~ "This is just my opinion. I like it better than the previous version, but I think you could take it one step further. Whatever you do, of course, stay true to your story and your gut. :) You're awesome." -- take notes. THIS is a good crit partner. Gives me her opinion, recognizes that it's my decision, and tells me the good with the bad.
~ "The words "Blah, blah, blah-di-blah-blah" are acceptable fill-ins for pretty much anything in a first draft."-- 'Nuff said.
Kasie's Helpful Moves
~ She gives me a list of reasons NOT to go to the gym.
~ How NOT to write a query.
~ How to move past cool and into... Coolio.
If you haven't figured it out yet... she's beyond hilarious. She can always make me laugh and just seeing her number on my caller ID makes me smile. More than anything though, she is a good person, an incredible friend, and I wouldn't be the writer I am today without her.
I love you, Kasie. You deserve this and so much more. I am so excited to know that the world will now get to read your incredible books.
Now... we party! :)