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Today is the day!!!

My FIRST BookTube video is now published! 

Obviously, I’m still figuring all this out, but I’m excited about being a part of the BookTube community and to talk about books.

Let’s do this!



My BookTube Channel Is Happening! | Morgan Vega |

It’s happening.

I’m doing a thing. I’m starting a BookTube channel. 🖤

I’ve literally wanted to do this for SO LONG. Plus, it’s another excuse to splurge on books. (Though I don’t really need one.)

BookTube is one of the highlights of my day. ☀️ BookTubers are my pretend friends. And I hope, by starting a channel, my videos can be the highlight of someone else’s day.

Really, though.

These videos make my day better. I watch (or rather, listen to) them on my way home from work. I watch them while I wash dishes. They relax me and put me in my happy place.

And some days, my happy place can be hard to find.

I want my channel to be a happy place. 😊

If you want to go ahead and subscribe to my channel Morgan Vega, you won’t miss my first video, which I plan to publish this upcoming Monday, March 12, 2018. A very important date in the history of my life, lol.

Here we go! 



Why I Decided to Write SLEEPING AROUND

Why I Decided to Write Sleeping Around | Morgan Vega |

A few weeks ago, I shared How I Came Up with Sleeping Around, and this week, I’m sharing why I decided to write the book at all.

Because, let’s be honest, writing a book is an massive, daunting amount of work.

Toni Morrison basically sums up my decision in a simple, beautiful quote:

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet,
then you must write it.”

SLEEPING AROUND is a book I want to read, especially a book I wish I read before or during college.


I decided to write SLEEPING AROUND because I wanted to read a young adult book with a college setting.

College-aged people are missing in publishing. There’s young adult (typically 18 or younger) and adult (18 and older). Young adult typically features high-school-aged protagonists, while adult typically features late-twenties-and-up protagonists.

New Adult books were a thing for a hot second, but then they turned more into erotica. Despite the title, SLEEPING AROUND is definitely not erotica.

Anyway, SLEEPING AROUND has a home within young adult.


I decided to write SLEEPING AROUND because I wanted to read a young adult book that featured the foster care system.

One day, I hope to be a foster parent.

You know how some people feel “called” to be a parent? I feel that way more so with fostering.

So I think another element missing from young adult is the voices and stories of those within the foster care system.

Though I was never a system kid, I spent hours upon hours and days upon days researching foster care and its history. I hired a sensitivity reader.

Hopefully, SLEEPING AROUND is an accurate depiction of foster care.


I decided to write SLEEPING AROUND because I wanted to read a young adult book that incorporated music.

If you checked out my Music page, you know that music is important to me. Music is another way of sharing your voice and your story.

In SLEEPING AROUND, my protagonist Cora plays the violin, and it means everything to her. It’s her future.

Cora is relatable. Because who doesn’t love music?


I decided to write SLEEPING AROUND because I wanted to read a young adult book that had the messy, confusing, complicated friendships and romances of college students.

Did anyone else have roller coaster college relationships?

College is all about figuring out who you are and who you want to be. When you and everyone around you are dealing with these existential, life-changing questions, tension can be high.

People can change their minds about statements they made five minutes ago.

SLEEPING AROUND shows these messy relationships and all their glory.


What do you think is missing from young adult books? Let me know in the comments!


My Book Pitch to Agents: Before and After

My Book Pitch to Agents: Before and After | Morgan Vega |

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I went to NYC this past summer to attend my first-ever writing conference and pitch my book to agents.

Basically, I willingly put myself through introvert hell for the sake of my book baby.

It was so worth it, and I learned so much—including how to pitch to agents. I thought I knew how. I read countless articles and researched other people’s pitches and queries. But going to a conference, hearing agents talk about the dos and the don’ts of pitches, and practicing and revising with fellow writers prepared me more than any online article.

There are some benefits to socializing, its seems.

Anyway, as promised, here is a before and after of my pitch. This transformation led me to get 4 requests and 1 referral!


After residence life effs up a lonely freshman’s room assignment, CORA LI learns college is like foster care. There’s incompetent adults, bitchy peers, and no place for her to call home.

My young adult contemporary SLEEPING AROUND is complete at 73k words.

Eighteen-year-old Cora has never belonged—not with her unknown parents in Taiwan or her past thirteen foster homes. But now that she’s been accepted to Borns College, she hopes she’s finally found her place. She’s supposed to live in Harmony Hall with the other freshman music majors, make good grades, and sit first chair violinist.

She’s not supposed to show up on move-in day without a room and rejected from the music program. So when Res Life shoves her in a temporary room, and her new roommate throws her out, Cora scrambles to keep hold of her dream to belong.

Her plummeting grades threaten to put her on academic probation. But despite her friendship fall-outs, a complicated romance, and roomlessness, Cora refuses to be another foster care statistic.

SLEEPING AROUND is Giles’ Girls Like Us meets Pitch Perfect via Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.


My young adult contemporary SLEEPING AROUND is about a foster-care escapee searching to belong. Eighteen-year-old freshman violinist CORA LI has never belonged—not with her unknown parents in Taiwan or at her past eleven foster homes. But she must belong at Borns College. Yet when reslife effs up her room assignment and shoves her into a temporary triple, one of her new roommates throws her out. Cora begins sleeping around campus—from air mattresses to drainage tunnels—waiting for an open room. Until then, her friendship fallouts, messy romances, and plummeting grades threaten to keep her from her dream to belong.

SLEEPING AROUND is 73k words. Fans of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before will connect with the youthful narrator in this Girls Like Us meets Pitch Perfect story. Does this sound like a novel you would represent?

Punchier, right? Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about writing a pitch or query! Do you like my “after” pitch better?


Pitching My Book to Agents: The Writer’s Digest Conference and Pitch Slam

Pitching My Book to Agents: The Writer's Digest Conference and Pitch Slam | Morgan Vega |

Last August I did something I’ve never done before: I got on a train and went to New York to pitch my novel SLEEPING AROUND to agents.

I attended the 2017 Writer’s Digest Conference and Pitch Slam.

The below are pictures of me and my amazing, talented, supportive (I could go on) writing friends after getting on and a bit after getting off the train to NY. In the photo on the right, we went to a fitting-for-the-occasion literary bar. (Also, I took all of these photos on Snapchat, so heads up, they’re not super aesthetic or anything.)


Though I went with the mission to pitch my book, I attended sessions at the conference all about bettering my writing and building my platform. I got to listen to accomplished writers who have published many, many books and learn from their setbacks and successes.


Anyway, back to the point of this post. Pitching my book to agents.

The writer friends I mentioned earlier were everything to me. We practiced together, they listened to revision after revision, and they kept me from breaking down with anxiety before meeting the agents.

(Check them and their work out over on Amazon: Tamara Shoemaker and Emily June Street!)

By the time they listened to my pitch a couple hundred times and gave me feedback, my pitch was shorter, cleaner, and punchier. (Follow my blog so you don’t miss my upcoming post of my pitch before and after!)

Here’s some pictures from the day I pitched to agents—minus the pictures of me hyperventilating.


The Pitch Slam, as it’s called, is broken up into sessions, and I registered for the first session. The session lasted one hour, and within that hour, I tried to make it to as many agents I could that were interested in books like mine.

I tried to be calm and be myself, despite inwardly worrying if I had lipstick on my teeth and obsessing over how nervous-sweaty I felt.

I ended up pitching to seven agents, and of the seven, four requested and one referred me to another agent at their literary agency.

I call that quite a successful day. *pats myself on the back*

Still, by the end of it, I had a killer headache and needed some ibuprofen and comfort food.


We also explored some of NY and visited Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House!


I can’t believe how many months has passed since the conference.

I can’t, for that matter, believe it’s 2018 and I still haven’t queried the agents who requested. It’s one of my resolutions, though! (Someone please tell me that waiting five months is okay and I should still submit my materials to them.)

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about my experience or pitching to agents!



How I Came Up with Sleeping Around | Morgan Vega |

My college experience was not like the movies.

I have a total of maybe two friends that I still keep up with from college, and I don’t look back on those times with many positive memories.

Still, those memories are what prompted me to write SLEEPING AROUND.

So I’m going to share with you how I came up with my story idea.

(If you haven’t checked out the synopsis, SLEEPING AROUND is about roomless freshman Cora Li trying to survive her shitty first semester despite no help from Residence Life.)

I was roomless my freshman year.

I moved in like every other freshman into my first dorm room, but unlike the rest, I was unceremoniously kicked out. One day, I went to wash my sheets, and when I came back, another girl had moved into my bed and shoved all my stuff into a corner. Very, very, very long story short, I ended up living on an air mattress in the basement for OVER a month. My RA knew. Hell, the Director of Residence Life knew. (More on that later.) But it took an almost-fist-fight and an officer before anyone helped me.

Because my first semester at college was complete hell, I wanted to write a story that showed how college rooming can go wrong.

My sister almost didn’t have a place to live on campus.

My sister transferred her junior year. Two weeks before she was supposed to move in, she got a call from Residence Life. They said they messed up her room assignment. The house they put her in was only for freshmen, so she couldn’t live there. When she asked what other options were available, they said there were none. There were no other rooms on campus.

It worked out for my sister—she lived with a sweet, 92-year-old lady near campus that always reminded her to wear a coat. But this stuff doesn’t just happen to me and my sister. This stuff happens to a lot of college students. And I would guess most college students don’t have kind strangers that offer their homes and save the day.

Residence Life couldn’t or wouldn’t help us.

Working in higher education myself, I know some of the pressures Residence Life faces, how it’s often a scramble to board students in hotels at the beginning of the school year from lack of rooms. And I’m sure most people working in Residence Life are compassionate and care about the students.

But Residence Life turned their shoulder on us.

This also inspired the premise of SLEEPING AROUND.

Yeah, college was shitty, but I’m living my best life now. Tell me about your shitty college experiences in the comments!



Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh | Morgan Vega |

You may already know from my Facebook page, but I have a goal of reading 36 books this year. From now to December, I need to average three books a month—in addition to grad school, writing, and, you know, trying to have a social life with my total of three friends and two pups.

(Look at my pretty bullet journal page in my planner.)

Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh | Morgan Vega |

Anyway, I just finished my second book of the year, The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

It’s about a fiery, witty girl seeking to revenge her best friend’s death at the hands of an icy boy-king, who marries girls just to murder them in the morning (at least, so the kingdom believes).

This book has been around, but I recently picked it up at a local book fair and it’s been high on my TBR list ever since.

So, I loved the story right away…

Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh | Morgan Vega |

It’s based on The Arabian Nights, but honestly, it made me think of Disney and if Jasmine and Belle shared the same fairytale.

There’s palaces + a magic carpet + a dark curse + a falcon + politics + a love triangle I can get behind + stories within the story + secrets + and so many other fantastical elements that have me craving the second book, The Rose & the Dagger.

My favorite quotes:

  • “A shared history does not entitle you to a future, my friend.” (My favorite.)
  • “Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.”
  • “She was a dangerous, dangerous girl. A plague. A Mountain of Adamant who tore the iron from ships, sinking them to their watery graves without a second thought. With a mere smile and a wrinkle of her nose.”
  • “The more a person pushes others away, the clearer it becomes he is in need of love the most.”
  • “For without a measure of arrogance, how can one attempt the impossible?”

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Which book should I read next?

Walk on Earth a Stranger or The Shadow Queen? Let me know in the comments!

Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh | Morgan Vega |