Fun at the Willamette Writers Conference 2016!

posted Aug 15, 2016, 11:17 AM by Jared Agard   [ updated Aug 15, 2016, 11:55 AM ]


It's almost like a crazy dream now that it's all over. The Willamette Writers Conference was such a blast this year! I went to some classes that really were helpful. I am especially excited to rework my action scenes after the incredible advice of Fonda Lee, author of Zero Boxer, on how to infuse action scenes with emotion to avoid the play-by-play feel.

I also pitched to two really wonderful agents who made the pitching process feel like a pleasant conversation about my projects. Thanks Jennifer Azantian and Emily Keyes! You were both fantastic!

And, of course, there was the thrill of being able to teach my own class. The Building a Middle-Grade Villain Workshop was so fun to teach. The attendees were excited and ready to engage, even right after lunch when the body's energies are usually less focused on processing thought and most focused on digestion. Ain't nobody got time fo dat! Time flew by and, before I knew it, time ran out. 

I still want to see your villainous creations! Post them in the comment section of my brand new blog. Click Here!

Thanks again to all of my attendees, the agents, and the incredible teachers. 

New Project

posted Jun 14, 2016, 12:21 AM by Jared Agard

My newest book is in the works and it's been super-fun to write so far. A kid who is just about to start middle school finds an alien with a superiority complex in his backpack. As if his life isn't going to be awkward enough. The alien tells him that he's being tested. If he fails the tests, KA-BOOM! Say goodbye to the whole earth and life as we know it.

I've got chapter 1 completed and have started work on chapter 2 as well as done some sketches for characters. I should be able to get it done this summer. Let me know if you'd like to be a beta-reader.


posted May 9, 2016, 7:44 PM by Jared Agard   [ updated ]

New Web Site!

posted Jun 30, 2015, 12:45 AM by Jared Agard

I hope you all love the new site. I made a cover for Rust 42 just for it. I'm working on a cover for Scourge of Happenstance now as well, but I'm not happy with it so far. :(
Thanks for checking in with me. I'll actually put together an article or two about writing soon. Check back. We'll have some fun!


posted Jun 30, 2015, 12:39 AM by Jared Agard   [ updated ]


posted Apr 10, 2015, 3:23 PM by Jared Agard   [ updated ]

Latest Book Projects!

posted Jul 28, 2014, 6:19 PM by Jared Agard   [ updated Jul 28, 2014, 6:23 PM ]

Hi All,
Right now I'm working on two new projects. The first is a revamp of a book I wrote a while ago called The Scourge of Happenstance. It's a modern fantasy novel where a very average fourteen year old named Jeremy Hart gets dumped by his girlfriend. After that, he goes on a field trip to Alcatraz. After that, he finds an old man disintegrating into dust. The man sends Jeremy, his best friend Roger, Jeremy's ex-girlfriend, Olivia, her new butt-head boyfriend Dan, and Carolynn Santori, the snottiest girl in school, on a trip to a hidden kingdom full of humans and creatures with abnormal abilities. 

I'm going to need alpha and beta readers, so let me know if you're interested.

Project 2 is a book called Rust-42. It's about a 12 year old boy and his bot. Ian McCall wants desperately to get into Robotics Academy to avenge his brother's death at the hand of renegade bots, but his dad can't afford the base model that he needs to get in. Ian's Dad gives him an antique bot, an RST-42, which Ian knows is only enough to get him into the academy. If he wants to stay in, he will need to repair the bot to be able to compete with the other students at the school. When Ian heads into the forbidden zone in search of bot parts, he finds a bot component that will change his life forever.                              
                                                                                                                 I'm having lots of fun in these new worlds. I love summer!             


posted Nov 2, 2013, 10:06 PM by Jared Agard   [ updated ]

Announcements/ Contact Me

posted Jul 29, 2013, 11:26 PM by Jared Agard   [ updated Jul 30, 2013, 10:18 AM ]


 Contact Me:                                                      

 I'd love to hear from you. My email address is Drop me a line anytime!


 I'll be at the Willamette Writer's Conference this Friday (August 2nd, 2013). Excited to learn more and pitch to an editor. Wish me luck!

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