AUPQ: What Has Path2pub Meant To You?

So we made an announcement a few days ago about Path2pub taking a temporary (albeit indefinite) hiatus from the start of January 2023. And so for this group post, we’ll be sharing not just what our favorite features of Path2pub have been as asked by Garlow Mark, but also what Path2pub has meant to us in this past year.

We hope you readers also join us in participating in this group post as you’re as much a part of Path2pub as we are 🙂


I can’t believe a year has flown by. I mean in other aspects of my life, the year seemed sufficiently long, but with Path2pub I feel like it was only just yesterday I was excitedly setting up the site. Now it’s already been a year with numerous Contributors and information brimming on every page.

Firstly, my favorite features on Path2pub are the Ask Us Pub Questions. I love seeing our collective and different outlooks on the publishing landscape. Then behind the scenes, I’ve also really loved putting together Roadside Cafes. It’s a lot of time and effort, but it’s also really fun gathering data from across the internet and staying updated with juicy twitter drama hehe. And the fascinating conversations that break out in the comments? Those are my absolute rewards for the effort.

For what Path2pub has meant to me—phew, it’s meant so much. Honestly this hiatus is bittersweet because while I know it’s needed, taking a break from this site might require some getting used to. Path2pub brought me out of my comfort zone and made me not just an onlooker of the processes around me, but someone who actively influenced those processes. So many people have reached out over the year to tell me how much I’ve inspired them, not just with my posts but with stepping forward (out of almost nowhere lol) to start up something that became helpful and important to people. It was also a highlight of a year that was rough most of the time. When many things felt unbalanced around me, opening the site to get to work made me feel grounded. I’m also thankful for the Contributors (both present and gone) who have taken leaps with this site, and given so much dedication to making it thrive. They never miss posting days, they always make group posts, and specials even when they’re sudden, and put their hearts into it. I still wonder how I was lucky enough to find them. Lastly, for you readers I’m thankful. We could not have had a site or the confidence to keep sharing our experiences if it wasn’t for your enthusiastic engagements! So Cheers to you all and a memorable year 🥂

—Lucia, the Fantasy Writer!

A year ago, I had no idea that I would be joining a group of talented and wonderful ladies to create something that would grow and would be valued by other writers during 2022. I remember it was almost New Year when I received Lucia’s invitation to come aboard Path2pub. Her passion and vision for the blog captured me, so of course I said yes! and I’m very thankful for this opportunity.

Being part of Path to Publication has been an honor, a pleasure, and a growth experience for me. This is the first time that I’ve participated in a blog, and so in the beginning, I was a bit nervous about finding my voice and putting me “out there” with my experiences and opinions. Thankfully we’ve had an amazing group of contributors and readers whose support along these months, has inspired me to share about me and my journey with my debut. I’m forever grateful for the kind and encouraging comments we always received in our posts. This is actually one of my favorite things about Path2pub, our interactions with our readers, whom I thank for sharing your thoughts, your questions (another favorite of mine) and your experiences. Your participation really made the blog more special and I always felt that what we shared here mattered and made a difference in others. I’m very grateful for that.

Getting to learn from the other contributors has been a true gift too. These ladies have taught me a lot with their own dreams, successes, and struggles. I admire them very much and I’m looking forward to stay in touch and to see how far they’ll go in their own journeys to publication. I wish you ladies all the best and I hope to hear the news of your book deals/agents in 2023.

Although we all know this hiatus is needed for Path2Pub, I hope that we can still be connected with our readers through social media. I’m definitely going to miss these @path2pub days and I hope that when the time is right, the blog will come back and will continue to make a difference among writers. Cheers 🥂 and all the best for this holiday season and 2023!

-Mariana, PB Writer

Wow time really flies! It honestly doesn’t feel like it’s already been a year of Path2Pub, and I’m so thankful that I’ve had this opportunity to be part of this effort to contribute towards the writing community! Shoutout to Lucia for coming up with the idea and being so dedicated and organised about everything – it’s so hard to maintain a site like this and manage so many contributors, but she did it 😀

To me, Path2Pub has been a perfect avenue for me to serve the community, to give back in return for all the generosity that I’ve been shown by fellow members of the writing community since I first ventured into booktwt in 2019. Information about traditional publishing is out there, but it’s difficult to navigate your way around when you’re completely new and clueless. Been there, done that. In the early days when I had just joined booktwt and was desperately trying to figure out how exactly I was supposed to go about getting my book published, I met some of the loveliest people who were so willing to share their knowledge and experiences with me. Without them, I don’t think I would have eventually ended up as an agented author. Path2Pub has been an opportunity for me to do the same, and hopefully sharing my experiences with all our readers has helped in some little way to shed light on this sometimes lonely publishing journey.

I’m also grateful that I got the chance to meet the lovely ladies of Path2pub, all of whom are so talented and such a joy to work with. I’ve learned so much from them, and also from the comments left by all our readers. I’m sure this will not be the last you’re hearing from us, but till next time – happy holidays and wishing everyone a wonderful start to the new year!

Amber, YA/NA SFF!

I seriously cannot believe a year on the site has come and gone. I started reading the site when it first launched and then in the spring I came on as a contributor. In that time I have:

  • Shelved a book I was querying (rip)
  • Stopped writing a historical fiction book
  • Had the idea for The Finley Case
  • Started drafting The Finley Case
  • Moved back to America
  • Finished drafting The Finley Case
  • Started revisions for The Finley Case
  • Read a few books
  • Wrote many posts on here

One of my favorite features on the site has to be Ask Us Pub Questions. There is so much gatekeeping within the community and it bothers me a lot because some people have no idea where to start. Even though we will be archiving the site on our hiatus, I hope that people will be able to come back and see our responses and learn something.

As for what it has meant for me, this site has helped me grow in confidence as a writer. I plan on re-entering the trenches in the New Year and I am hopeful that I will be more successful this round. Being on this site has helped me realize that I am not alone in the writing community either. I joined it a year ago in December officially and I have gained so many friendships over that year.

I hope 2023 is a good year for not just the contributors on the site, but also our readers. Manifesting good vibes only.

Briana, The Mystery Writer

Path2Pub has been such an incredible experience for me. Not only have I learned helpful tips about writing & querying, but I’ve also been introduced to an incredible community. My fellow contributors have been so welcoming, supportive, & encouraging to me. I’m so thankful for you guys! Thank you for your continual support! A small shoutout to Lucia too, who has put in soooo much extra work & organizing incredible posts. I appreciate you, Lucia! Your vision for this blog & serving other writers is truly inspiring, & I’m so thankful to have been part of it for a short time.

Furthermore, I’ve also interacted with some of our incredible readers & followers. You guys are fantastic! Its been a huge honor to be a part of Path2Pub. Thank YOU for your comments, likes, & interactions. We appreciate you all, & I am so grateful to have had the chance to be part of this community & engage with you all, too! I hope the next few months go well for you whether you are writing, editing, querying, or on sub. I’m rooting for you!

-Demri, The Horror Writer

Better late than never! Path2pub has meant so much to me. It helped me interact with amazing writers and as my fellow contributors mentioned I not only learned helpful tips and the publishing industry, I made friends! I honestly didn’t know what to expect when Path2pub started, but I cannot thank Lucia enough for inviting me to join as a contributor ☺️

As a reader and a follower the site helped me improve as a writer and a querying author. Thank you all for the kind comments and words! I can’t believe a year has passed, I will miss the scheduled content but I’m looking forward to see what the new year will bring!

-Alex, Romance Writer

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Our Christmas Wishes: A Path2pub Special

Merry Christmas everyone! We hope you’re having a wonderful holiday with your loved ones today. For our Christmas special, we’ll be sharing our wishes, sending them out into the world and to the birthday boy. We hope you join us in the comments!

This Christmas, my wish is for everyone to get a restful break doing what you love, because self-care is the best type of care! And may everyone get good publishing news in the new year ahead so that we can be blessed with another good year of books and fun 🙂 Stay happy and healthy everyone!

Amber, YA/NA SFF!

My Christmas wish is for an agent that will be a perfect representative and a book deal that will make the journey so far super worth it! I also wish for the same for writers in the community, especially those who’ve been at it for awhile. May 2023 be a celebratory year 🙂

—Lucia, the Fantasy Writer!

My wish this Christmas is to have a wonderful time with my loved ones, to be healthy and happy so that I’m able to start a new year with a positive energy and attitude, being ready to take on the challenges that may come my way. I hope 2023 will bring creativity, new books in the making and exciting publishing news, not just for me but also for all my writing friends and Path2Pub readers. Cheers!

-Mariana, PB Writer

My Christmas wish is to find that perfect agent to represent my books! I’m wishing this for all of us in the querying trenches as we enter into the New Year. Additionally, I wish for all the positivity, light, & inspiration to surround us in The Writing Community as we work on our books. Keep going, my friends! I’m rooting for you all. I hope you all enjoy the holiday season!

Demri, The Horror Writer!

My Christmas wish this year is to finish reading a few books, survive working the rest of the year before a trip in a few weeks, and finish revisions on my book. I hope that in 2023 so many of us get good news on the query front, submission front, and everything in between. I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday season!

Briana, The Mystery Writer

My Christmas wish is to have peace and rest during the holidays. I hope that in 2023 many of my writer friends find the perfect agent and get book deals! As I embark my self publishing journey I hope I reach as many readers that want to be swoon with romance stories. Have a great holiday season!

-Alex, Romance Writer

What are your Christmas wishes?


Weekend Roadside Cafe

The road to publication can be exhausting sometimes. Here’s a roadside cafe serving all things writing/publishing to relieve you: information sodas, entertainment burgers, amusement chips… we’ve got it. It’s Alright to take a break; check out the menu!

Info Burgers 🍔

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Tweet Chips 🍟

Links to tweets from the writing community we hope interest you! Interesting discourses have been breaking out in the community and we want to ensure our readers stay updated on the changes and happenings these recent weeks.

Informative Tweets

Relatable Tweets


Got any awesome writerly links or quotes to share with us? From your blog or another’s? Leave in the comments and we’ll add it next time!

A Different Side to the Holidays

Thank you, Lucia for passing me the Christmas wreath!

I’m a little unsure how to go about this post, because Christmas is a difficult holiday for me. However, I’m a big believer in transparency, so I’ll be as honest as I can & still attempt some Christmas cheer. Christmas is hard for me & my family. There are many holes in our hearts during this time, but I try to appreciate who I am with, & who is still here with me. Whether your holes are loved ones no longer here with us, or being alone & unable to see family during the holidays, or no longer talking to your family… you are not alone! I’m there with you, & I’m sending you all the love, because Christmas is not an easy time for many people in different scenarios. I hope you can find some semblance of joy & peace during this holiday season, whatever that means for you.

Now onto my attempt at Christmas cheer… I’m not a big fan of Christmas music, but I do love Kacey Musgraves Christmas album (A Very Kacey Christmas) & Jimmy Buffet’s Christmas Island. Definitely check them out if thats your style! Unfortunately, I don’t read Christmas books nor do I watch many Christmas movies at all, but there are special traditions that mean a lot.

First, our day of decorating is always accompanied by Elf with Will Ferrell. We have watched it every year of my life no fail, so I’m a chronic quoter during this movie.

My family & I love National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, too. Now my favorite tradition is Christmas Eve, when my family & I watch A Christmas Story.

We exchange ornaments that represent our year’s accomplishments or interests, & we have a mini feast full of yummy hor d’oeuvre & drinks while we watch the movie. Come Christmas morning, we always get up early to exchange presents, make a delicious breakfast, then make our dinner feast! These traditions are so special to me.

Through the years, I have truly learned how to exist & “be” in the moment. I appreciate every single moment I have with my family.

Sadly in this world, we don’t know what each day may bring to our lives or how much time we have left, but if there’s anything I’ve learned in my life… it’s to be thankful. Thankful that my disabilities haven’t stopped me yet. Thankful for the memories made with loved ones before they were taken away. Thankful for every single memory I have with my family NOW & each moment we get. So my dear friends, whether this holiday brings you tremendous joy or heart wrenching sorrow, I hope you know you’re not alone. Happy Holidays to all who celebrate! I send SO much love to you all!

Well, that wraps up our “Christmas wreath” series. I hope you enjoyed reading all of the contributor’s favorite ways to celebrate the holidays. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noël, Happy Hanukkah, & Happy Holidays to you all! 🖤

Demri, The Horror Writer

Weekend Roadside Cafe

The road to publication can be exhausting sometimes. Here’s a roadside cafe serving all things writing/publishing to relieve you: information sodas, entertainment burgers, amusement chips… we’ve got it. It’s Alright to take a break; check out the menu!

Info Burgers 🍔

Tweet Chips 🍟

Links to tweets from the writing community we hope interest you!

Informative Tweets

Relatable Tweets

Recent Twitter Discourse

This discourse is important to help guide writers to agents to query/that they want representing them. Your agent is your representative to the world, and their internet carriage—and treatment of others in the community—will also reflect on you!


Got any awesome writerly links or quotes to share with us? From your blog or another’s? Leave in the comments and we’ll add it next time!

Dear Writers, You Are Wonderful

Post by L.O. Nobi

Music for post: Pentatonix – Love Came On Christmas Day


So I got the Path2pub Christmas wreath. Thanks, Mariana!

In case the current setup of the site hasn’t made it clear, this is my absolute favorite season and time of the year! Apparently, it has been revealed that Path2pub has both Grinches and Santa babies haha. And of course, I’m a Santa baby.

I love the colors of Christmas and how my family comes together at this time. (I’m very big on family cause I have the best one hehe). I love the colder weather—even though we don’t have snow over here—and the food. I adore the carols, the sleigh bells, and Christmas movies. We had our church’s Christmas carol recently and I was in the choir for ‘Oh Holy Night’. I’ve always wanted to do that as it is one of my favorite Christmas songs, and it felt magical to perform it in a choir. I can be a homebody sometimes, but Christmastime is when I will always get out of my nest to explore, and this December there are lights and trees everywhere! It’s the season of my absolute heart.

For writers on the path to publication, however, writers who have been querying or been on submissions since the beginning of this year, the end of the year might not feel very exciting. It could only be a reminder of what you haven’t achieved so far. You might feel like you’ve failed or like you aren’t good enough, especially if everywhere you look your friends are announcing full requests, representation, and book deals.

This December, I want to remind you that you are awesome. Passes to your manuscript do not define you as a writer. Rather, what does is your writing. Your perseverance. Your passion.

Please, do not look at all you didn’t achieve at the end of 2022. Look at all the things that you did achieve this year!

  • You are writing. This is fantastic! Writing is many things to many people. It’s a source of entertainment, it’s a means of expression, it’s a source of healing, of distraction etc. This year has been a whirl of natural disasters, wars in the world, and shaky economies, and if despite all the challenges, you still find the passion and will to create something beautiful? Then you’re definitely winning.
  • You’ve learned more about writing and publication. With every word we write and edit, we’re honing our craft. So that you are a much better writer than you were last year is something to celebrate! And I’m not just saying this. Pick up a piece you wrote last year and compare it to your latest work—the difference will make you even prouder of yourself.
  • If you’re seeing this post, then you’ve definitely stepped into the writing community through some means. So if this year you participated in writing community activities such as pitch events and discussions, it’s something to celebrate! If you’ve made friends through these, then that’s a bigger bonus. Writing in itself can sometimes be a solitary and unique process, that we writers need friends to share the shareable parts with. And in the long run these friends will be more valuable than anything else.

So you see, there are MANY ways that you’ve succeeded as a writer this year. Don’t forget that. Don’t mourn during this season, but celebrate all that you have achieved. And please, don’t give up on writing no matter how the year ends. Writing for you will always keep your mind and heart free. It will give you solace when life feels unsteady, it will spark your excitement when the world seems too glum. It will allow you express yourself in situations you can’t directly influence, and provide you an avenue to learn about the things that matter to you. So don’t let publishing be the determinant of whether you write or not. Rather, let the ideas and words flow as they come and teach yourself to find happiness in the stories you’re creating.

Merry Christmas, readers! It’s been an awesome year with you all and I’m looking forward to Path2pub’s return! In the meanwhile, I’m a blogger at heart so my blog is still super active with all my publishy adventures and opinions.

Share with me in the comments some achievements you’ve made this year.

– My December Reads

I’m finding this book a bit slow, but am also curious to see how it ends!
I’ll be buddy reading this book with my friend, Maddie, as our new Christmas tradition. Super excited for it!

– The music albums I’m obsessed with this December

I’m passing the Christmas wreath to Demri!


L.O. Nobi is an avid writer, with numerous novels constantly blinking at her on her laptop. She’s a lover of words, reading, and Disney. You can find her tweeting here, or visit her personal blog here.

The Most Wonderful Time…

December is finally here and I have to say that I’m enjoying it a lot already. I’m so happy that on this month the Path2Pub post gets to be about Christmas. I’m excited to share why I love this season so much (unlike Alex, haha). 🎄🎅🏻

To start, I have to say music is a big thing for me in Christmas. I don’t know about you, but in my family we’ve been listening to Christmas music on the radio since November 1st. Why? Because carols make us happy, and I love how the kids sing along in the car as we go to our different activities. Additionally, my children take piano lessons and for this part of the year all they play is Christmas songs; so I really like listening to them practice because our home gets filled with an even more cheerful atmosphere.

My favorite Christmas songs are: It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas, Winter Wonderland, and All I want for Christmas (Yay! Amber). I particularly like Michael Bublé’s Christmas album (Yay! Bri) and I was just recently gifted the Backstreet Boys – A very Backstreet Christmas album, which I’ve really enjoyed so far (my husband knows I’m a fan!).

Besides music, Christmas time also brings a lot of merriness to our house in the form of decorations and lights. We normally decorate our home after Thanksgiving. You have no idea how excited I get putting up the tree and hanging our stockings and wreaths. We also like getting out our nativity scene and countdown calendar. The truth is, I’ve always loved Christmas, but Christmases as a mom are uniquely special. Seeing my kids all happy makes my heart warm.

This season is the perfect time for having fun with friends and family. I love participating in Secret Santa gift exchanges. We have one with my siblings in Mexico and I have another one with my writing critique partners (we exchange picture books). Look at my Secret Santa book for this year! Aren’t those dino ornaments the cutest? I asked my Secret Santa for a Christmas book or a book with cats, and I got: The Bookstore Cat. Loved it! We had our zoom call to open and read our books, it was such a nice time and I like that we are keeping this tradition alive.

Gathering with family and friends to celebrate these special days is something we look forward to. For example, my book club friends have a pajama reunion each year, and with another group of friends we always go out to dinner and exchange gifts. Even though we live far away from our family in Mexico, we always try to stay connected during the holidays, so we have zoom meetings with them to open gifts and toast on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I’m so thankful that technology has allowed us to stay “close” even when we are in different countries.

With kids, Christmas time is merrier but busier with their activities. In the two weeks before Christmas we’ll get a dance recital, an orchestra concert, school’s sing alongs and Christmas parties, gymnastic presentations, a tour downtown to see the lights, and a visit to Santa.

Regarding food, as Amber mentioned, hot cocoa is also a favorite in our house (I use my Merry Christmas cup). We also like decorating cookies and occasionally a ginger bread house.

Considering movies, I really enjoy watching Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, and to be honest, sometimes I even watch them through the year. I have a friend who loves them too, and so we like getting together to watch them and we don’t care if it’s May, haha. However, watching Christmas movies in December is way more special (with hot cocoa and cookies even more!). I also like watching Christmas classics with the children like Santa Clause, The Grinch, Mickey’s Christmas, Christmas Chronicles and did you know there’s an animated movie about All I want for Christmas with Mariah Carey as a cartoon? My daughter loves it!

As for books, I don’t have a lot of time to read during the holidays, however, I do have this one in my radar which I’m hoping to enjoy: Just like Magic by Sarah Hogle.

The holidays were never her thing, until she accidentally conjures the Holiday Spirit…before her very eyes”.

In spite of all the decorations and fun, Christmas is a season of giving. We like participating in a program in our church called the Angel Tree. So, we pick up two paper angels from the Christmas trees at church. Each angel represents a child, who has a Christmas wish (toy, clothes), so we get to make them true for the holidays. Besides, we also like visiting our local animal shelter and bringing donations for dogs and cats (since our doggie was adopted too). I hope to continue these traditions and that my children carry them on when they grow up.

Before I wrap up this post, I want to take some time to express my gratitude for this magical year I shared here in Path2pub with our readers and contributors. I’m so glad that I had this opportunity and I’m very thankful for all the lessons and growth I experienced; and also for the support and encouragement I always received. THANK YOU! I hope that in a way, I was also able to give back through everything I shared here. Path2pub will always have a special place in my heart and I hope to see it come back and keep on giving to the writing community. Meanwhile, I’d love it if we stay in touch through social media. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2023 has in store for all of us. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

So…what about your Christmas traditions?

What do you like the most about this season?

Passing the Path2Pub Christmas wreath to… Lucia!

Mariana Ríos Ramírez is a Mexican picture book author living in South Carolina. She was a high school teacher and co-owned an online business before becoming a writer. Her debut book, Santiago’s Dinosaurios, will be published by Albert Whitman & Co. in October 2022. Her second book, Abuelita’s Gift, will be published by Knopf in Fall 2024. Besides writing, Mariana enjoys photography, traveling, Chai Lattes, and k-dramas.

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Christmas Joy or Grinch Grouchiness?

I was so excited about this post, because let me start with saying I’m super joyful on some Christmas traditions, in others…I’m the Grinch.

Just like Bri, I don’t really read a lot of Holiday Christmas books, but I also don’t even watch Hallmark or Netflix Christmas movies. (Please don’t come at me!)

I tend to lean for dark humor when it comes to Christmas and even my parents have told me I’m the Grinch. 

I was going to start with things that make me the Grinch and finish off with things I absolutely love about Christmas.

The Grinch section.

Songs.

The only song I can stomach for longer than ten minutes is Mariah Carey’s song, ‘All I want for Christmas is you.’

Hear me out.

When I was a kid, my school would always do Christmas plays and dances, and the students had to participate.

I don’t dance…and when I say that, I mean it. I’m a menace on the dance floor, so much, the probability of me ending with a twisted ankle and taking down someone with me is 90%. It has happened 😭. 

So, there I was with a frowny face the entire time, listening to Christmas songs on repeat.

Not to mention my family is like Whoville and the day after Thanksgiving, my mom, sisters and brother would wake up to decorate the house while playing the same Christmas songs over and over.

Romance Christmas movies.

Nope. Nope. Nope. I’m a romance author but I love some of my movies especially when it comes to romance to be realistic. I cannot stomach insta-love in a movie and the timeframe is too quick for me. (Curiously I sometimes love this in a book—I think it has to do with reading what goes through the character’s mind).

But with that being said during Christmas the only Holiday movies I can watch and love are:

Love Actually (the only romance movie and Bridget Jones’s Diary that I love), The Grinch, The nightmare before Christmas, Home Alone, Jingle all the way, A Christmas story and A Christmas Carol.

The Christmas Joy!

Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels.com

The Lights

There is something about how magical everything feels when there are lights around the city. I think it is because it brings hope and is a reminder that new year is just around the corner and no matter how bleak some times are, you could always turn the page around.

The Christmas decorations and food.

I think the Christmas decorations, as well as the tree go hand in hand with the lights. I think it is also a break from the day to day things that make this even more magical. 

Food. Oh my god, food. I always prepare myself with elastic waistband pants for that day. I’m a baker, so every Christmas Eve and day, I bake cookies and cakes. 

I come from Mexico so our tradition is to eat pozole and tamales and let me tell you it is delicious!!

Being together

Honestly, the biggest thing that I love on Christmas day is being with my family and loved ones.

Before I pass on the wreath, let me just say thank you to all the readers that followed and read our posts. I have made the decision to self-publish next year, depending on the queries I have out right now. This decision came with a lot of thought and care and I can’t wait to start my journey as an indie author. I updated my website and I will be posting more updates there!

See you soon!

I pass the wreath to… Mariana!

I couldn’t go without leaving a quote 😊

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.” Charles Dickens.


Alexandra Garcia is a Romance author. She currently lives in Texas with her 2 pups: Jett and Maggie. She is currently editing one of her many WIP (Work in Progress) and just like all her novels she is a constant work in progress.

You can follow her here: Instagram , Twitter, TikTok and her website. You can sign up to her newsletter here: Alex’s Books Corner Newsletter!

The Christmas Post

I absolutely adore Christmas! It literally is my favorite time of the year. Traditionally the day after Thanksgiving in my family, my family puts up our Christmas decorations and the house is all Christmasy. There snow usually on the ground and around Christmas Day my mom makes Christmas cookies (however this year I will have to find a different recipe because allergies). I have spent the last 6 Christmases in South Korea, where it is more of a date day instead of a family gathering. So, to say I am excited for Christmas this year is an understatement.

Our theme this month is about Christmas so I will be contributing with my favorite movies, TV shows, and albums. I am actually not much of a Christmas book reader. This is not a full list but there are many lists out there to look at. These are just my own personal favorites.

Movies/Holiday Specials

  • Die Hard
  • Little Women (yes both 1994 and the 2019 adaptations)
  • Eloise at Christmastime
  • The Ultimate Christmas Present
  • To Grandmother’s House We Go
  • The Holiday
  • The Santa Clause
  • Let It Snow
  • The Netflix Christmas Movie Universe but mainly The Christmas Prince and The Princess Switch Trilogies
  • Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (originally known as Anne of Avonlea. These are from Sullivan and are technically episodes for a miniseries but everyone just calls it a movie. They are not like Anne with an E. While both come from the same source material, both adaptations are very different.)
  • Hallmark Movies!!! There are so many to pick from.
  • The Rankin/Bass Christmas specials, especially Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman
  • The Man Who Invented Christmas (the story of Charles Dickens and how he created A Christmas Carol, which in part was part of the birth of Christmas into the world as a major holiday. Victorian History is a wild wide.)
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Honestly, any adaptation of A Christmas Carol
  • Elf

TV Shows

  • Dash & Lily (I mourn the loss of this show so much)
  • Anne with an E (especially the Christmas episode where Anne and Gilbert basically exchange gifts and I swear my heart stopped.)
  • The Downton Abbey Christmas Special that happened after season 2 (the other Christmas specials were PAINFUL. But the one after season 2 ended perfectly.)
  • The Doctor Who Christmas specials, but especially “The Christmas Invasion” and “The Runaway Bride” because 1.) TEN!!! and 2.) DONNA NOBLE! But all of them are usually pretty good. Eleven’s last one destroyed me however because it was a regeneration episode. The BBC: bringing holiday cheer with holiday tears.
  • The OC’s Chrismukkuh episodes, but mainly the first one from season 1
  • The Gossip Girl Christmas episodes (but we all know the Thanksgiving episodes are superb)
  • The Gilmore Girls Christmas episodes
  • Ted Lasso’s Christmas episode
  • Community’s season 2 Christmas episode which was stop motion and ART
  • Glee’s “A Very Glee Christmas” aka the episode that fed Klainers for months

Actually, here’s a list from Wikipedia about this exact topic.

Music

  • The Glee Christmas Albums (but mainly the first one)
  • Harry. Connick. Jr.
  • Josh Groban
  • Michael Bublé

You know what? Here’s a very good list as well.

And there you have it everyone! My list of personal Christmas favorites. On a side note, it has been lovely posting on this site and I hope everyone has a good rest of 2022 and a wonderful 2023.

As for who I should pass the wreath to that will be…Alex!

Briana Michelle Meyer lived in South Korea for six years teaching English before moving back to the states. She is currently revising her newest book with hopes to query it in the New Year. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, subscribe to her newsletter, and also start following her writing adventures on her author site, launching next year.

Agent Interview: Bethany Jett

A surefire way to determine an agent is the best fit for your manuscript/writing career is by learning everything you can about them. Such information is great when choosing who to query and deciding who you’d love to work long term with. As a site dedicated to guiding writers through the publication journey, we’ve put together awesome agent interviews for you!

Today we’re introducing Bethany Jett of the C.Y.L.E. Agency!


– Path2pub: How did you become an agent?

It’s been a ten-year journey from my first writers conference to becoming an agent! I got my first book traditionally published in 2013 and I’ve written several over the years, with the latest book releasing just this past month, and a future book releasing in 2024.

I fell in love with the marketing side of this business and went to school to get my masters degree in Communications where I got to focus on marketing and public relations. For the past few years, I’ve freelanced as a book proposal specialist and marketing strategist. When I had clients that had a great idea or platform, I’d refer them to agents. This summer, I knew I wanted to see the projects all the way through instead of acting as the referral, so I called my agent and said, “I think I’m ready to move to this side of the industry,” and he took me under his wing.


– Path2pub: What genres do you represent and why did you decide ‘these are what I want to help bring to the world’?


I started out with a broader list of genres, mainly based on what I loved to read, which spans the spectrum. While I’m still a new agent, I quickly realized that I was getting excited about certain genres and not others, so I started streamlining my list.
I’m mostly open to books in the children’s market; the only adult fiction genre I acquire is cozy mysteries.

For YA & MG, I’m in love with magical realism / low fantasy and retellings. Kierra Cass and Victoria Schwab have been a key inspirations for me. I’m open to almost all MG except fantasy (with the exception of magical realism) and horror. And I love picture books. For nonfiction, I’m open to almost everything but I’m really excited about cookbooks and lifestyle/home decor and organization.

Honestly, I surprised myself by how much I fell in love with the children’s market as a whole. I think back to the books that made the most impact in my life and it’s the ones I read as a young girl: Christy, The Bridge to Terabithia, all of the Ramona books…and I want to bring to life books that will inspire a life-long love of reading for other children (and adults like me who get lost in those worlds).


– Path2pub: What instantly catches your eye in a query letter/manuscript?

Great comparison titles (comps). Professionalism balanced with personality. I like to see why the writer is inspired by this story, or for nonfiction, why the writer is the best person to write this book and why it is needed in the market right now.


– Path2pub: What is that element that makes you know at once that a story is not for you?

I’m not a fan of a lot of vulgarity or sex scenes “on the page.” Those are turn-offs for me, personally.


– Path2pub: How hands-on are you editorially?

I’m strongest in the developmental edit, so I go through the manuscript with my clients before it goes out on submission. I’m really hands-on with the proposal, especially with the marketing section, because I want them to have the best chance for success.


– Path2pub: Do you have goals for how many clients you want to acquire in a year?

I feel like over the last several months, I’ve established a solid “foundation” of clients. While I don’t have a set number for how many I want to acquire, I want to always make sure that my current clients are being prioritized and that I have the bandwidth to onboard a new client. For me, each genre (fiction, nonfiction, and picture books) have a slightly different process for me, so I have space opening in each genre at different times, and that’s how I’m making decisions on when I’m ready to sign a new client.


– Path2pub: What is your favorite trope?

I’m a bit partial to dystopian worlds and “reluctant royalty.”

– Path2pub: Great tropes! What are some books you think everyone should read?

How many can I list?! V.E. Schwab’s City of Ghosts is a wonderfully beautiful MG read. I absolutely love it. Shelby Mahurin’s Serpent & Dove is a book I recommend a lot because of the way she ties in the hero’s internal struggle with spirituality. And if you’ve seen the movie but never read the book, a MUST-read, trust me, is The Princess Bride. Order it now.

– Path2pub: If a writer could write a book specifically for you, what would you want it to be about?

It would be a cross between Kierra Cass’s The Selection series and a YA version of V.E. Scwab’s City of Ghosts.

– Path2pub: Oh fantastic! What advice do you have for querying writers?

Professionalism sets you apart. Don’t worry over a simple typo and try not to stress too much over the rejections. It’s hard, I know, but the right agent is better than the no agent. I believe that finding your perfect match, your champion, is worth waiting for.

– Path2pub: Great advice! What are your non-publishing related hobbies?

I love introvert-y activities, like reading, binge-watching shows while playing a game. Actually, I just got back into cross-stitch after one of my clients was posting all of her projects! Ultimately, though, I’m a planner addict. The Happy Planning community is sort of a cross between scrapbooking and memory-keeping with actual planning and organization. It’s a happy medium for me and is great for mental wellness.


Bethany Jett is a literary agent, author, and marketing strategist who earned top honors in her master’s program, where she earned her MFA in Communications focusing on Marketing and PR. Her motto is “Teach as you go,” which she lives out as the co-owner of Serious Writer, a company that teaches and empowers writers and authors.

Bethany is married to her college sweetheart, and together they’re raising 2 teen and 1-pre-teen! boys. She loves to post on Instagram about #MarketingAndMomLife, and her two fluffy Pomeranians. Connect with her at BethanyJett.com.