Includes such gems as:
I went to a famous artist colony after I had sold my novel IMAGINARY GIRLS but before it had come out. When I arrived on my first night, I introduced myself in the common room before dinner as a YA writer. A male novelist said with disdain, “Vampires or werewolves?” and a bunch of other artists laughed. I blushed. (No one laughed, though, weeks later, when I did a reading from IMAGINARY GIRLS.)
— Nova Ren Suma, Imaginary Girls, 17 & Gone
After doing a workshop with other writers, one of them said to me, “it must be so freeing to write YA.” I gave her a look. She added, “Because, you know, your characters don’t have to deal with the emotional issues that come with adult fiction.”
— Lydia Kang, Control
A few years ago, I’d just gotten a call that CBS Films had signed on to make THE DUFF. My friend was like “Tell my mom your news!” So I did. She goes, “Ugh. I mean, that’s great for you, but I hated that book.” (By that book she meant MY book). She proceeded to tell me how she wouldn’t be seeing a movie based on it. To top it off, she follows this up by saying, “By the way, I want to write a cookbook. Does your agent represent those? Could you ask her?’”
— Kody Keplinger, The DUFF, The Swift Boys & Me, etc
The worst thing a person said to me was “You know you should really change all the oriental names in your book. They are way too difficult to deal with.” To which I responded “And yet you are a Lord of the rings fan, strange how you have no problem with that made up language shit.”
— Ellen Oh, Prophecy, Warrior, King
The day after my second book deal was announced my well meaning mother in law sent me a congratulatory email along with a list of local job openings.
— Julie Murphy, Side Effects May Vary
and many more! unfortunately.