Middle Grade Author Sarah Allen and A Decade of Querying and Failing

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Summary: <p>Middle Grade Author Sarah Allen joins Queries, Qualms, &amp; Quirks this week to discuss coming up in the time of author blogs, being over eager, hundreds of rejections, being scared to write the book you want, leaving an agent, learning to be bolder, and balancing the boldness with kindness.</p> <p>Sarah Allen is a poet and author of books for young readers. Her upcoming middle grade horror, THE NIGHTMARE HOUSE, releases in August of 2023. Her first book, WHAT STARS ARE MADE OF, was an ALA Notable Book of 2020 and Whitney Award Winner, and her second, BREATHING UNDERWATER, was a Jr. Library Guild Selection for 2021. Born and raised in Utah, she received an MFA in creative writing from Brigham Young University, and now lives in the midwest. She spends her non-writing time watching David Attenborough documentaries and singing show-tunes too loudly, and she’s a lover of leather jackets, grizzly bears, and Colin Firth.</p> <p>Sarah: <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vYmdoxJ9wFm2KQAxgj2dLepCyWHYkaMn8so_NhVSRjo/edit?usp=sharing"><u>Query</u></a> | <a href="https://www.sarahallenbooks.com/"><u>Website</u></a> | <a href="https://www.facebook.com/SarahAllenBooks/"><u>Facebook</u></a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/SarahAllenBooks"><u>Twitter</u></a> | <a href="https://www.instagram.com/sarahallenbooks/"><u>Instagram</u></a> | <a href="https://www.tiktok.com/@sarahallenbooks"><u>TikTok</u></a> | <a href="https://amzn.to/3YBpQvs"><u>Amazon</u></a> | <a href="https://bookshop.org/a/1209/9781250763297"><u>Bookshop</u></a> | <a href="https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250821034?aff=72724"><u>IndieBound</u></a> | <a href="https://libro.fm/referral?isbn=%209781705078839&amp;rf_code=lfm164099"><u>Libro FM</u></a></p> <p><a href="https://sarahnicolas.com/queries-qualms-quirks/"><u>QQQ Home Base</u></a> |<a href="https://www.patreon.com/sarahnicolas"><u> Support on Patreon</u></a></p> <p><a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ElvB6MFXpKupEojKGi152420_MAujHoV/edit?usp=sharing&amp;ouid=117960902139688351428&amp;rtpof=true&amp;sd=true"><u>Read the full transcript.</u></a></p> <p>If links aren't clickable, find them here: <a href="https://bit.ly/qqqsarahallen"><u>https://bit.ly/qqqsarahallen</u></a></p> <p>This page includes affiliate links. Please use them if you’d like to support the show.</p>