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Samantha M Clark is the author of the middle-grade novel THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, published by Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster.

She loves stories about ordinary children doing extraordinary things. After all, if four ordinary brothers and sisters can find a magical world at the back of a wardrobe, why can’t she?

When she's not exploring wardrobes, she's writing about magical worlds, some more real than others. And when she's not spinning words, you'll probably find her reading, cooking or out in the garden. She lives in the land of the weird with her husband and two kooky dogs.

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Samantha M. Clark Hey Allison,
Congratulations on writing your book! It's a lot of work and can be frustrating at times, but so fun and rewarding.
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Hey Allison,
Congratulations on writing your book! It's a lot of work and can be frustrating at times, but so fun and rewarding.
My agent found my publisher, and finding both my agent and my publisher involved many books, years and rejections. THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST is the third novel I wrote, I wrote the first draft in 2010, signed with my agent in 2015 and it sold in January 2017. But in between I wrote other novels, revised a lot, and was rejected by more than 50 agents. When my agent sent it out to editors, it was rejected by around 11 editors and didn't sell until I did a big revision. After that it got two offers within 3 weeks, so that revision really did the trick, and the book then found its home.
There are multiple ways to find an agent, including querying, submitting through conferences, Twitter pitches, etc., but it all comes down to that manuscript. If the manuscript isn't the best, it won't find an agent of publisher. So while it's important to know the business side, while you're writing, have fun with that. Learn lots about the craft, get into critique groups, and use their feedback to make your work even better. And read! Read lots, because that'll help your writing too. (Of course, since you're on Goodreads, I'm guess you already do that. :) )
When your manuscript is ready, there are places online where you can research agents, like AgentQuery.com, and you'll want to follow each agent's submission guidelines well.
Are you a member of SCBWI? If you're writing books for kids, I highly recommend it. It's a non-profit and the fees are super low -- plus there are lots of resources they offer to non-members too. You can find so much information, encouragement and support through their programming and resources. SCBWI helped my career enormously.
Hope this helped, and good luck with your book! It's so exciting.(less)
Samantha M. Clark Living within the stories I create.

When I was little, I wanted to be an actress so I could act as other people living different lives. But as I got…more
Living within the stories I create.

When I was little, I wanted to be an actress so I could act as other people living different lives. But as I got older, I realized that writing stories was even better. I didn't get to just be one character in a play; I got to play all the characters and make up the world. I got to live in this place as it grew up around me and get to know the characters like I did my favorite friends.

When I was writing THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, the world grew and changed with each new draft, getting deeper and more detailed. Now that the book is in its final stages of preparation for release, I'm excited for readers to live in the world and get to know the characters as I have, but I'm also sad that I won't be playing there anymore.

Luckily, I've got plenty of other stories to tell, with new characters and worlds I want to meet.(less)
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  This month, I’m participating in a wonderful giveaway geared around the idea of home. The #HomeToMe Middle Grade Mega Classroom Giveaway features 16 books that all explore home in different ways, including my book, THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST. Home is one of the central themes of my book. In fact, getting…
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