Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Right now our family is fighting the flu. I pitched my children's book to an agent this week. This book is for middle school age kids.

Here's the pitch and what the agent said:


Two Ice Age kids are orphaned and left to survive alone in the wild after their parents are killed in a bear attack. Tusk and his sister, Flint, discover ancient cave paintings with a secret warning and how to survive the deadly meteor. Tusk is a natural born leader and believes only he can warn others and lead the clans to the land bridge and the new world. Flint has secrets of her own and a plan to unite with the animal kingdom and save them all from extinction.

AGENT - I'm just not in love with the pre-historical fiction ideas. They're not right for me. Thanks though!

So...I'll pitch elsewhere and look elsewhere. I have another young adult novel as well...a fantasy for middle school kids. I actually sold that book but had to pull it from publication due to "creative differences" with my editor.

Hmm...I'm thinking maybe I should stick to writing adult fiction? But what if I can do both? I'm always reaching for more.

Ah well...I'm going to go have some more chicken soup and ponder my future before I suffer the same fate as the poor sad snowman. I think I'll go outside and talk him out of it. Maybe I'll go write a hot love scene instead.

What's going on in your little neck of the woods?



mamabear said...

Oh Alisha...the book sounds good! Find someone else to publish it! You know I am in love with the First American series books by W. Michael and Kathleen Oneal Gear...this sounds like it would fit right in with those!
Don't give up on writing the books for the younger group...you CAN do both! You are very talented! Don't let this person steal your joy with writing these books!


J.A. Saare said...

I agree with Cathy!! Hope you feel better soon!!

ddurance said...

The books sounds cute, Alisha!

I'm sorry you guys are feeling blah and fighting the flu. Right about now is when the winter doldrums are the worst.

Feel better soon!

Love ya,

Regina Carlysle said...

Ummm. I wonder about the pitch for Clan of the Cave Bear. Think an agent said...no, prehistoric stuff doesn't do it for me?

I think you can do BOTH? Why not?

Alisha Paige said...

Thank you, Cathy, Jaime, Deidre and Regina! You are my WONDERFUL support system and I adore all of you!

Reg...ha ha...yeah, Clan of the Cave Bear...see...prehistoric is not unheard of!!! Hopefully another agent will be interested or another publisher or editor. Have fun with Avery this weekend. I love and miss you! ~Alisha