I’m Emily Ungar, writer and lover of middle grade and women’s fiction! I am represented by agent Kerry Sparks of Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency.
I’m really honored that you’ve joined me here to read a little more about me! I’ve been writing stories ever since I could hold a pen in my hand. As a child, I had many little Lisa Frank notebooks filled with Babysitter’s Club (BSC) fan fiction before fan fiction was even cool. My dad even helped me “publish” some of my stories in little fabric books. I also loved to read. I read everything–BSC, Sleepover Friends, the backs of cereal boxes. If it was written in English, I read it!
I’ve been working seriously on my craft for many years now and I take every opportunity I can to learn about the industry and my fellow writers.
I daylight as an editor and project manager and moonlight as a writer. My 24/7 job is the mother to identical twin preschool boys. Lately, I’ve completely embraced making new writer friends. I decided to start this blog to collect my thoughts about writing and the path to publishing and to connect with my writing peeps. Please feel free to comment on any of my posts. I love to connect!
I was pretty into self-publishing as a kid. Here’s how it worked: I would write or type the story, and then my dad would help me bind the book or use special fabric-covered hardboard books. Often, I would use his labelmaker to create the cover.
I wrote fan fiction for The Rescue Rangers and The Baby Sitters Club as well as original short stories. Themes included sleepovers, haunted attics, and rabbits.
I still have my diary from late elementary and early middle school, and when I read through it everything comes back to me. I consult it often when I write MG to keep those feelings of being that age incredibly fresh in my mind.
Here are just a few of my favorite middle grade books, in no particular order:
MATILDA by Roald Dahl
HARRIET THE SPY by Louise Fitzhugh
GETTING EVEN by Mavis Jukes
THE BABYSITTER’S CLUB series by Ann M. Martin
HOLES by Louis Sachar