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September 11, 2019

PITCH WARS 2019 is finally here!! Welcome to #TeamValkyrie’s wishlist! If you’ve written a YA Fantasy, you’ve come to the right page! We’re so excited to have you stop by and see how stoked we are to fight for our future mentee’s brilliant manuscript.

[Valkyrie walking like a boss with a sword in her right hand, her blue cape and hair blowing in the wind, and fireworks fro...

September 22, 2018

It has been a long minute, hi

My last writerly posts centred around having secured representation with the fabulous Taylor Haggerty in July, dual pov query letters, and a dip in the shallowest end of the World Building Pool. My excuse?

Edits.

I received them in August, a few weeks after The Chat with Taylor, and the day I landed from a family reunion/holiday in Jamaica. I ex...

August 8, 2018

*Whew*

World Building and I have a love/hate relationship.

The Book that landed me my Agent has the most world building I've ever included in anything I've written, and I suspect it'll grow as I work through my agent's notes.

When I first started writing, I didn't think I could write a book like it - I ran from writing books like it! I didn't think my imagination was bi...

July 25, 2018

Confession.

I use Query letters as a form of procrastination.

Yep.

If you didn't question my sanity before, you're definitely doing it now, I'm sure!

In the quest to become an agented author, bleeding thousands of words and calling it an ms isn't enough, most typical cases also require you to write a Query Letter. In the UK, I've seen them referred to as book proposals or cov...

July 19, 2018

Guys.

GUYS.

How do I even begin to describe what this series means to me?

A couple of years ago, it had been a while since I'd read any YA. In the middle of an MG ms, I was used to reading younger to maintain voice.

Then I read Throne of Glass.

As for the rest of the series, how could I not finish?! There was only one exception - I promised myself I wouldn't read Empire of Sto...

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I'm Ciannon

(pronounced like Shannon. Parents.)

My YA debut WITCHES STEEPED IN GOLD is coming Winter 2021 from HarperTeen US, and HotKey Books UK

You can add it on GoodReads!

I write about girls with smart mouths who wield spears, and the boys who love them - eventually , and cheeky kids embarking on grand adventures.

 

Will drive the long way home to listen to a good song more than once. 

 

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Ciannon Smart

 YA Author

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WITCHES STEEPED IN GOLD