Thursday, April 19, 2007

Robin McKinley writes again!

I may die of utter shock. In fact, I think I've already died of utter shock and am writing this from behind the grave... meet the ghostly incarnation of me. =)

Robin McKinley, who I adore as an author, has written a new book.

A new book.

A new Robin McKinley book!

Life rocks.

(And now, I shall exit, stage left, to allow my ghostly incarnation to get some sleep. =)


Jodi Meadows said...

Yay! I want it! I want it now! Give it, Putnam! Hurry! I must have it!


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Cara King said...

Ooh, that's great!!! I love her books. Just wish she wrote more!


Scott said...

That's so cool!

I'm just about to finish "The Hero and the Crown," and am totally enchanted with her writing. The thing I really enjoy is how well she writes from deep within Aerin's head, showing the events of the story through her thoughts without (as it does when too many other writers do it) sounding like she's navel gazing.

It's the first time I've read it with a writer's eyes, and it's amazing. If you want to learn how to tell a story from a character's perceptions, read this book.

I'm bothered occasionally by her slipping into other heads, especially when she slides into three characters, including the horse, within a single paragraph. But, to be honest, I think that reaction's a matter of too much training. I've read too often not to do that. She does it well, and I probably wouldn't notice as much if I hadn't been taught not to do it.

It's been a while since I learned so much from a book. I think I pick something from up from just about everything I read, but this is different. It's a detailed lesson wrapped up in a brilliant story.

Anonymous said...


Robin McKinley is one of my top five favorite authors of all time! I love her stuff and now I can't wait! In fact, you posting this makes me want to go re-read Sunshine and Deerskin, my two faves.

-Rachel Dryden

Anonymous said...

Hi Jenny, and it's good to hear that McKinley is writing again!

I do have an unrelated question, however, and since my computer isn't allowing me to access my email client, I guess I will just write it here on the blog. Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

I'm writing a fantasy trilogy and I'm practicing writing a query for it, but I'm somewhat confused. When writing a query for a trilogy, should I just address the first book, or the entire plot concept of the trilogy? I know agents say "one project per query" so does a full trilogy count as one project or does each different book count as a project by itself?When I say "the manuscript is X words long" should I put the number of words for each different book, the whole trilogy altogether or just the first book...? I don't want to do the wrong thing and end up sounding like a moron to the agent who's reading it.

I'm surprised by the lack of information I could find online about query writing for trilogies, I feel like there's some big obvious piece of information I've overlooked somewhere.

Thanks a lot for the help!