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Monday, March 31, 2008

So, late last week, I'm at the post office, using one of their awesome automated machines to send some copies of Perfect You to librarians when I think "Hey, the line isn't very long--why don't I run one over and mail it the old-fashioned way, to celebrate the fact that I don't ever have to do it again!"

You can probably guess what's coming.

Apparently, all the books I'd just gotten ready--and dropped in the mailing bin--using the automated kiosk, had been labeled as packages instead of parcels (apparently there's something like a quarter-inch difference between them in terms of height (!)) and so I actually needed to spend an extra 33 cents on postage for each one.

Yes, that's right. So I had to ask someone to come out, open the mailing bin, pull out all the books I'd just so happily put postage on--and then wait in line to add 33 cents worth of postage to each one.

I'm not sure who was more upset*: the people in line behind me, who had to watch as I purchased---and then had to apply 33 cents worth of stamps to EVERY package so the person working behind the counter could hand cancel them, the postal worker who had to do this, or me, who has now learned a very valuable lesson.

When one is mailing items through the post office always, always, pick the parcel option when mailing books. Not package. Parcel.

In other news, congrats to Lisa McMann, whose awesome novel Wake just made the NYT bestseller list. YAY!!!!!

Oh! And over the weekend, I totally found--and got--what's going to be the big prize in the Stealing Heaven contest. I wanted to do something different, and so this contest won't be like the one I'm running for Perfect You--it's going to have a different format altogether. Anyway! Here's what I found--I think it's perfect because a. it's silver. b. it totally represents something from the end of the book (IMO) and c. it also represents two characters. Plus, it's so pretty!!!! (Also, they really know how to package something so it looks AWESOME at Tiffany--tissue paper and pretty boxes and bows--I so want to open it, but I can't, because it's not for me, it's for one of you! Though I may end up buying one for myself because I really do love it)

And, of course, I have some links:

Writing Tips from Dutton's Children's Books -- make sure you check out "Questions Every Aspiring Author Should Ask"

Sarah Monette writes yet another fascinating essay--this time, about her writing process

Two authors weigh in on art and craft in writing -- Different viewpoints, and both are fascinating reading.

Agent in the Middle on why some published authors can't find agents

I know I'm always talking about the Melissa Michaels essay that I think everyone should read--and now I have another one for you. Alma Alexander writes about the midlist blues


(*I suspect the people in line behind me win the 'who was more upset' contest, because there I was, with postage-ready packages....only they weren't postage ready!)

4 Comments:

Blogger Em said...

Wow, that necklace is awesome! Lately I've been feeling guilty about entering contest because a) I get a lot of free books and b) I actually have a job so I should be able to afford things like books and ipods. But I think I might have to enter this one because that necklace is gorgeous. :-)

March 31, 2008 7:59 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I am one of the fortunate librarians who received a copy of Perfect You. (thanks) I have not started it yet but intend to read it this weekend. However, it is your next book, Stealing Home, that really caught my attention. Not sure why I am so interested in reading about a girl who has been stealing things for as long as she can remember. Anyway, thanks again for the book.

April 02, 2008 4:33 PM  
Blogger softindierocker said...

Aw, it sounds like you were having one of those days! Actually, yesterday I was pretty out of it too. At lunch I grabbed two knives, as opposed to a fork and knife. Then when I told my friend, I got my words jumbled up and said that I was going to get a 'knife', even though I meant a fork. Then at dinner I forgot to get a plate and put a roast potato onto my tray, before I realised my mistake. And then I dropped an apple on the way to my room. (But thankfully I got two!)

Haha, I'm not sure why all those events were food-related either! Am I a food klutz? I’m getting totally off topic!

What I wanted to say was, I sympathize with your post office problems! And I think that necklace is so prettyful! (It’s a word in the urban dictionary) :)

Hope you have a great day,
~Lucy D =)

April 03, 2008 5:11 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

Em, it is a gorgeous necklace, isn't it? I'm still trying to decide if I want to buy one for myself, because I love it that much!

Lisa, hope you enjoy Perfect You, and glad Stealing Heaven caught your eye!

Lucy, thanks letting me know that I'm not the only one who has "one of those days" and prettyful? AWESOME!

April 03, 2008 1:25 PM  

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