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Monday, September 24, 2007

The book signing was fabulous! The Regulator staff was very kind to clearly-out-of-town-and-awfully-nervous me, and Melissa Walker is super sweet AND does a kick-ass reading. (How kick-ass? Well, let's put it this way--the store sold out of every copy of Violet on the Runway about five seconds after she finished. And hey, if you haven't gotten a copy of the book yet, you should!)

Also, I have to thank everyone who came to the reading and said nice things afterward, which they so didn't have to because let me tell you, it was very obvious that I was *terrified* when I started. I'd practiced, but what I hadn't realized is there's a big difference between sitting on your living room floor reading to your sleeping dog and standing up on a stage (!) looking out at people. Who are looking back at you! And not sleeping!

But I got through it without passing out, which was my biggest worry, and now I can say I've done an actual bookstore reading/signing. And I'd never done one before! (Also, I am now 110% sure that a job involving lots of public speaking is so not for me)

Before I share some links, I want to say congrats to Beth, Sarah, Sammi, and Ruth, who all won books in last week's contest!

Links:

Maureen Johnson on the challenges of sitting

Gossip Girl is the show teens are most excited about watching--at least according to one survey. Did anyone see the premiere? What did you think? I wasn't super keen on it, but I'll keep watching for a while, as I hear later episodes are pretty good. (If you want to read more about my take on the premiere, I did a tiny piece on it for Popnography)

The Guardian (UK papers=AWESOME!) takes a look at writer's writing rooms--gorgeous and fascinating.

Holly Black is answering questions about publishing

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Michael Cera! Jason Bateman! Together! In a movie! Arrested Development fans, you must check this out now.

Seriously, go!

Other stuff worth checking out:

A bookseller discusses the changes he's seen in publishing over the last twenty years

Holly Black on when writers should quit their day jobs

The Wall Street Journal has a great article on publishing, taking a look at a Viking/Penguin title in "How A Blockbuster Was Born"

Tess Gerritsen, who has a new book out that I'm buying because I love her blog so much, talks about how nerve-wracking the first day/week of a book's release can be.

Finally, fans of the US version of The Office--check this out. I'm not usually a fan-video person, but this one is brilliant.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Okay, everyone who told me to watch Hot Fuzz? You were 150% right, and I should have watched it sooner because it's one of the funniest movies I've ever seen.

Also! I've realized I've mentioned this week's booksigning a bunch, but haven't actually said where it is. Figures!

Here are the details:

This Friday, September 21st, I'll be doing a booksigning/reading with Melissa Walker, author of the fabulous Violet on the Runway, at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, NC. The fun starts at 7 PM, and if you live in the area, please stop by and say hi!

On a related note, if you've read Bloom, I'd love to know what *you* think would be a good bit to read from it. And if you haven't read the book, what author would you love to see appear at your local bookstore?

You can either comment here, or over at myspace or facebook. You can also send me an email (elizabeth at elizabethwrites dot com)

I'll take comments/emails through midnight EST this Thursday, September 20th, and then I'll draw four names at random and send each of those four people a book! Though you can only reply once, you can reply no matter where you live (I will ship books overseas), or if you've won something from me in the past.

I'll be giving away the following: Violet on the Runway Melissa Walker, Burned by Ellen Hopkins, Vampire Academy by Rachel Mead, and A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson.

And now I'm going to watch a bit of Hot Fuzz again before I get back to work...

Monday, September 17, 2007

I know I wasn't around much last week, but that's because I'm getting ready for my first-ever bookstore signing/reading, but also because my husband was attacked by a dog.

First--he's okay. He was bitten, but not too severely, and we're still waiting for the quarantine period to pass before we'll find out if he has to get rabies shots or not. (They did manage to catch the dog, and I'm glad about that, and not just because my husband doesn't automatiacally have to undergo the rabies shot series--I'm thankful no one else will be bitten)

Having all this happen has made both of us feel all the more strongly about one thing, and that's this:

If you're going to get a pet of any kind, dog, cat, whatever--for God's sake, treat it with kindness. The dog that bit my husband had been left behind by its owners, who had moved away and LEFT THE DOG TO DIE.

That's right. The dog that bit my husband was starving and scared, and escaped from the yard it had been left in with no food or water, no shelter. Nothing. It had just been left to die a slow, painful death.

I try to keep this blog pretty low-key, but I'm appalled by how some people treat animals. Pets aren't accesssories or 'dumb animals' that don't matter.

All living things matter. Period.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The Humane Society of the United States

Save A Pet.com

Monday, September 10, 2007

Like seemingly everyone else in blogworld, I also watched the VMAs last night. Or at least, I tried to. I got so embarrassed for Britney--the awkward dancing, the way off lip-syncing, the way she looked like she wanted everything to be over already--that I had to stop watching after about a minute. Normally I enjoy celebrity meltdowns as much as the next person (okay, maybe even more), but there's something about everything that's gone on with Britney--perhaps the way things always seem to get worse and worse and then go to a new level of train wreck bad? I don't know--that just makes me cringe.

And speaking of embarrassing, I've been practicing reading a bit of Bloom out loud, because I'm going to be doing a reading and book signing in North Carolina next week with Melissa Walker, whose fabulous novel, Violet on the Runway is in stores now, and, in the part I've picked, there's a bit where I have to say three words that start with th in a row, and I get them mixed up *every single time.* I'm thinking I'll be skipping that passage and reading from another part of the novel.

Or maybe I could do interpretative dance instead of reading?

Kidding! I dance like I do pottery, and I'm pretty sure I told all of you how I was asked to leave pottery class because I sucked so bad.

So before I get back to practicing my reading, I have some links to share. But first, want to say congrats to Sanjay, Briana, and Sarah, who won the Change Tuesday! contest I ran last week.

Links:

The New York Times on a fascinating collection of rejection letters from Alfred A. Knopf Inc. that run from the 1940-1970s and were sent to many (MANY!) famous authors. Among the books turned down: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and George Orwell's Animal Farm.

A blog entry at Writer Unboxed about starting new projects, and possibly switching genres

Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency answers questions about what agents do (Related note: Nephele Tempest, also of the Knight Agency, is taking query letters (this week ONLY) at her journal for *completed* YA novels. Be sure to read the whole entry before you post your query letter, and remember it's for finished YA novels only!)

I'm pretty sure I've linked to this one before, but I think it's worth mentioning again. Robin Friedman writes about getting published. And then not getting published. Check out On Publishing Purgatory

Finally, novelist Cherie Priest writes about "Things I've Learned Since My First Book Got Published." Some of these things--okay, *a lot* of these things--aren't applicable in my case. In particular, no one's offered me anything that will give me "street cred," (I think it's pretty clear I'll never EVER have that!) and my relatives aren't calling me for grammar advice (which, let's face it, they shouldn't! They so shouldn't!) Still, Priest's list is an interesting read.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

I finished Before I Die at the doctor's office this morning and *wow,* what a brilliant book. It's gorgeously written and very moving. And, best of all, it's going to be available in the US at the end of the month. If you're looking for a truly extraordinary young adult novel to read, I don't think you can go wrong with this one.

And now I have lots of links to share:

From Sarah Monette, whose short story collection I'm eagerly awaiting (the release date keeps getting pushed back--waaah!): Five Things I Know About World-Building


Jennifer Lynn Barnes (whose latest novel, Platinum, is out soon!) on her writing process and revision

Lots of great stuff from Editorial Anonymous tackling marketing, editor woes, and questions that are never asked but should be

Tess Gerritsen talks about agents

An excellent blog entry on line editing-- and I do mean excellent. I like it so much I've printed it out, and have added it to my stash of writing articles I consider indispensable.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

You know what? Today has always been "THAT Tuesday" to me--the start of school or the beginning of total madness at work--whatever it is, this particular day has always been a day that's crazed for me. And I vote for changing that.

So, in honor of making this Tuesday into a regular Tuesday, I figure I'll give away some books.

One person will get a copy of Jaclyn Moriarty's latest, The Spell Book of Listen Taylor

One person will get a copy of Stephanie Hale's Revenge of the Homecoming Queen and Robyn Schneider's The Social Climber's Guide to High School

One person will get Kate Cann's Diving In, In The Deep End, and Sink or Swim.

If you're interested in winning, just leave a comment here (make sure you leave me a way to contact you--if you have your Blogger registration set to private with no blog, I've got no way to contact you!) or you can email me at elizabeth at elizabethwrites dot com I'll take entries through this Thursday, pick three names at random on this Friday, the 7th, and send the winners their books!