Claribel A. Ortega

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Claribel Ortega got her start editing student’s often times hilarious ads and ramblings on the back page of SUNY Purchase’s Independent Newspaper. From there, she became a small town reporter, where she enjoyed going to board of education meetings and texting the town mayors about the line at Starbucks. Today she’s busy turning her obsession with eighties pop culture, magic and video games into books. Her debut middle grade novel GHOST SQUAD is forthcoming from Scholastic in 2019. She lives in New York with her motorcycle-riding poet boyfriend & her suspiciously intelligent yorkie, Pancho Villa. She is represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary.

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Claribel A. Ortega I think my favorite thing is that it pulls not only from my Dominican heritage but also from my childhood game of catching fireflies with my older…moreI think my favorite thing is that it pulls not only from my Dominican heritage but also from my childhood game of catching fireflies with my older brother. It's deeply personal to me and it feels amazing (and scary) that I'll be able to share it with readers next year :) (less)
Claribel A. Ortega Yes! When I was a kid, I would catch fireflies with my older brother who passed from cancer a few years ago. In Dominican culture we say that family…moreYes! When I was a kid, I would catch fireflies with my older brother who passed from cancer a few years ago. In Dominican culture we say that family members who pass away reincarnate as fireflies and watch over you. I wanted to write a book that not only had this beautiful folklore at the center but also payed tribute to my brother and our childhood. Ty for the question! <3 (less)
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Imagine working for years on a book, revising,  getting feedback, revising again and then finally sending out to agents only to get rejections, all because of one page. That’s what can happen when you don’t work on your query and I’ve found that seeing examples of queries that work can help, so today I’m sharing mine! I wrote a few versions of my query letter over the course of a...

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