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Thursday, November 29, 2007

I'm in the middle of revisions right now, so my brain is mush and I find myself thinking things like "You know, I've never cleaned out the hall closet! Maybe I should go do that!" because I desperately want to not have to read what I've written. Justine Larbalestier has a great blog post that sums up what I'm feeling right now, actually, and it is--naturally--far more eloquent about the whole thing than yours truly can ever hope to be.

Other links:

An interview with an editor about reader reports

Lyda Morehouse on reading the kind of books you write, and if it's okay--or if it's weird--to do something like send a "wow, your book is amazing!" email once you've been published. (Commenters seem to think it's okay to say you liked something...and cue a big sigh of relief from me, fangurlus dorkus)

Agent Jennifer Jackson answers some questions about query letters

Through the Toolbooth
is new livejournal community that offers up interviews with YA, middle grade, and children's authors, as well as posts about writing, creativity, and etc.

Melissa Marr is wondering how you write a novel. Her process, as well as the responses to her question, is fascinating reading.

Agent Nathan Bransford wants to know when you think e-books will take over the world

Sarah Monette on genre conventions

Monday, November 26, 2007

New York was great! Not only did I get to meet a lot of amazing teachers and librarians at NCTE and during the ALAN conference, I also met Robin Wasserman, Kate Brian, and Susane Colasanti! I admit I turned into a complete fangurl when I met Susane (I think by now we all know how much I love WHEN IT HAPPENS), but she was totally gracious about it and I can't wait for May 15th to get here so I can get my copy of TAKE ME THERE!

I also got to see the fantabulous Melissa Walker again (yay!), and she's so funny and charming and kind that she didn't even laugh at me when I managed to walk right by the place where we were supposed to meet not once, but TWICE. That's right--give me an exact set of directions, a cab that takes me exactly where I'm supposed to go. And I can still get lost!

I have to say, though, that the real highlight of the trip was getting to see my nephew on his first birthday. Remember how when I first saw him last year, I was afraid to hold him because he was so small? Well, things have changed...



Okay, I might look a little scared there, but that's because someone who I won't name (my HUSBAND) took the picture and he's a master at doing things like saying "Hey, over here!" and then blammo! Picture time! Also, I feel compelled to note that I really do have eyebrows. Really, I do! I'm just pretty much a uniform shade of pale.

Links:

Agent Nathan Bransford on the importance of putting in your book's ending when an agent asks for a synopsis

Maureen Johnson offers up yet another great blog entry, as always--but my favorite part is where she addresses covers (As the very kind Keris, of Trashionista fame, has noted, I've really lucked out in that department--all my covers have been gorgeous, and you know who is to thank for them? The designers. They did it all! I just said "OOOOOH!" when I saw them.)

A reader (someone who reads books for publishers and offers their opinion as to whether or not the book is worth pursuing for publication) discusses the highs--and lows--of the job

Finally, author Jay Lake explains why you should *always* photocopy a copyedited manuscript (CEM) before you return it to the publisher. I'm actually a proponent of photocopying everything that you think might be remotely important when it comes to a book, but that's because my last job taught me to keep copies of everything, because if something could get misplaced/lost, it would.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

All hail Tamiflu!

I started taking it on Monday, and--as you may have guessed from yesterday's entry--was still not feeling much better. In fact, yesterday I could be heard muttering things like "Tamiflu! Bosh!"*

But today! Today I feel human! And I'm also no longer contagious, so I will go forth and spread sunshine and cheer! Or, you know, go to the store and buy things like food.


*Yes, I really did say "Bosh!" See, I once had a job where I wasn't allowed to curse. At all. Now, I know running around dropping the f-bomb isn't a good thing, but let me tell you, once you're told "no cursing!"--well, any time something even remotely curseworthy happens, your first instinct (if you're me) is to say "$@#%! And @!%-!%$% too!" So I had to come up with words I could use since I couldn't use the other ones. Some of my faves were: Motherplucker! Fragnabit! Crappitydodah! and, of course, Bosh! And, naturally, I never forgot them, so while I can't remember the name of my fourth grade teacher--or, at the moment, where my car keys are-- I can still say Motherplucker! when needed.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Ugh.
I feel like crud.

And now you know why I don't write poetry.

The worst part is that I *can't* be sick now. I'm supposed to be in New York on Friday! Being sick is unacceptable!

And do you know how I found out? In true 'it could only happen to you, Elizabeth, you big dork' fashion, I found out because the doctor told me. I woke up yesterday feeling like dirt, but attributed it to the fact that I had to go to the doctor, an activity I find about as enjoyable as washing my car (which I have never done and can now never do, because I'm afraid that dirt is all that's keeping my car together)

Anyway. So I haul myself to the doctor, and when I go back to get weighed and have my temperature taken, the nurse tells me, "Do you know you have a temperature of a 102?"

"That can't be right," I say stupidly (I know, adverb, but it applies here, trust me), because although I don't feel good, it's just because I'm at the doctor's office, which always makes me feel rather apprehensive. (What's THAT for? You need HOW much blood? etc.)

So the nurse takes my temperature again. What do you know? 102. And my doctor visit ends up being about thirty seconds long because the doctor takes one look at me, and says, "You've got the-three-letter-word-I, Elizabeth-don't-want-to-say-here-because-I'm-still-clinging-to-the-notion-that-it-can't be-because-hello, New York!"

Have some links while I go lie down and tell myself I feel fine. Really, I do! Just as long as I don't move! Or blink!

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books has published their 2007 Guide to Gift Books -- The Bulletin has said some lovely things about Bloom, and I'm thrilled to say it's on their list!

Yet another reason to love Meg Cabot--she doesn't like reading her own books either! (I would rather go to the doctor than read my own stuff, which--well, it says it all, doesn't it?)

Becky's Book Reviews interviews yours truly

Holly Black wants to know what makes a writing project come alive for you

The Boston Globe has a fascinating piece on how coming out in high school has changed over the years

J.A. Konrath on how to write fast

The always insightful Tess Gerritsen on what's she's learned from being an author for twenty years --if you read only one of these links, make it this one.

Stealing Heaven cover!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Just wanted to share the Stealing Heaven cover with you....



SO PRETTY!

(If you want to see a larger version, click here)

Also, Perfect You finally has its own page--it's hard to believe March is only a few months away!

Links:

From Gawker: How NOT to Get Your Book Published

Agent Jane Dystel takes on the option clause

Melissa de la Cruz is working on the third Blue Bloods book (yay!) and has also posted deleted scenes--with author commentary!--from the first book

It's not Ovarian Cancer awareness month anymore, but that doesn't mean you can't still make a difference

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Just a little bit of news before I share some links....

Perfect You has been available for pre-order on Amazon and Books-A-Million for a while now (yay!), but now Stealing Heaven is available for pre-order on Amazon as well! And, in addition to Amazon's usual discount, right now they're offering an extra 5% off on all pre-orders, which means that if you order Stealing Heaven now, you can get it for (hold on, I have to figure this out...)

$10.97

I think that's a pretty good price for a hardcover. (Although, in the interest of fairness, I'm a little (okay, a lot) biased. Which is probably obvious, but still!)

Also! I'm going to be signing books at the NCTE Annual Convention on November 18th, starting at 9 AM at the Simon & Schuster booth. If you're there, please stop by and say hi!

Finally, congrats to Holly, Jhenne' and Emilly, who were last week's contest winners!

Links:

Agent Ginger Clark guest blogs on agent Nathan Bransford's blog and talks about what to do--and what not to do--when an agent offers representation

The Rejecter has an eye-opening post on agent's salaries

Thursday, November 01, 2007

My husband is never allowed to buy Halloween candy again. EVER. He got home late--which okay, wasn't his fault, as there's nothing you can do about traffic, but since he was late, I had to dip into his chocolate stash because what else was I going to give out, eggs? Jam? Pasta salad? Anyway, the first few trick or treaters that arrived got those tiny Scharfeen Berger bars. Then I ran out of those and started giving out Huckleberry Truffle Bars. They weren't a huge hit, probably because there was a moose on the bar wrapper. And also because no one--including myself--was actually sure what a Huckleberry was. So I greeted my husband with much enthusiasm when he finally arrived:

Him: Hey, I'm home. I--(lurches to the side as I yank the plastic bag he's carrying out of his hand and start rummaging through it)

Me: Good. Now you get to keep the dog from going insane the next time someone rings the doorbell while I hand out the--wait. What is this?

Him: Um.

Me: Mary Janes?? We can't hand this out--it's evil in a wrapper!*

Him: Why is our freezer open? Where's my chocolate?

Me: Um. I love you!

*Okay, I know Mary Janes aren't really evil in a wrapper. They just taste like it.**

**If you love Mary Janes, I salute you. I also wish you'd been with me when I went trick-or-treating as a kid because I received approximately half the world's supply then, and would have gladly given them to you. I suspect some of them are still in a closet at my parent's house, snug in their original wrappers.***

***That is one cool thing about Mary Janes. They seem to be indestructible. I know this because many of the ones I received as a child seemed to be pulled from bags that had originally been purchased in the 1950s.

And now, some links:

Cheryl Klein, an editor at Scholastic, discusses dealing with submissions. Fascinating reading, and a great reminder of how hard editors work.

Query letters--Over at the livejournal community Fangs, Fur, & Fey, several authors have posted the query letters that led to them landing agents and/or book deals. There's even more then the ones I've linked--be sure to check out all the entries from October 24th-27th as well.

The Rejecter looks at what happens when an agent requests a partial (For those not familiar with what a partial is, there's a great explanation here, as well as tips on what to do when you send one in, although obviously page/chapter number requests for partials do vary.)