Oct 8, 2022Liked by Jennifer Udden

I read articles about Alex Aster, because some publications were claiming her to be some kind of pioneer for being discovered via TikTok, and...that isn't what happened? She may have got more attention, but she'd already had agents and had traditionally published a middle-grade novel, so she didn't come out of TikTok alone. (Also, I think her sister has nothing to do with her being signed up.) Haven't been able to determine if Aster already had an agent for her YA novel and publishers weren't biting, or if she was between agents.

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Yeah, I'm not sure either! Regardless, it's kind of a wild situation--really easy to see how social media distorts stories. She seems to be a clear case of "Every overnight success takes at least ten years." Or five, in her case, since she's so young!

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