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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I thought I'd pass along some links for you to check out---and, of course, wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving!

Fantastic interview with Chuck Adams, also known as "The AWESOME Genius at Algonquin Books" (at least in my house--my husband and I are both huge fans, as Algonquin has published some mind-blowingly awesome books) -- he's been in the industry a long time, and has great insights into it.

BookEnds Literary Agency discusses selling statistics--it's interesting of course, as any industry peek is, but I think this is especially important: One of the things I did notice was how much persistence played into it.

Finally, the Rejecter is back and talking about manuscript formatting

I'm thankful for YOU! But not turnips.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Well, since it's Thanksgiving here in the States this week, I've been thinking about what I'm most thankful for--and that's YOU!

So I'm giving away some books (of course!) but this time--some of the books aren't even out yet, so you could get a sneak peek!!

The books I'm giving away are: Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway, Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, Crowned by Julie Linker (this is an ARC of a book that's coming out this week!), and Pure by Terra Elan McVoy, another ARC of a book which won't be in stores until next April!!

For your chance to win, all you have to do is this:

Tell me about your LEAST favorite holiday food. I know you have one, and I've been thinking about mine because I don't want to see it this year!

My least favorite holiday food is mashed turnips. Especially when they're served in place of mashed potatoes. Turnips are not potatoes, and mashed turnips--well, let's just say if you ate them thinking they were mashed potatoes--you might not be super thrilled. As I was, one holiday meal long ago...

Anyway! Tell me all about your LEAST favorite holiday food by midnight this Friday, November 28th. I'll then pick four winners at random and each of those four people will get a book! You can only enter once, but you can enter regardless of where you live (I will send books overseas), of if you've won something from me before.

Also! Congrats to last week's winners: Mitzy, Carolina, Danielle, and Meredith!

new cover!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I've got a couple of things to share today...

The first is the cover for Love You Hate You Miss You, which should be in stores early next June:


And check this out: Amanda made a video about Living Dead Girl! I've never had anyone do something like this before, so it's very flattering. You can check it out here

Finally, there's an interview up with me over at Becky's Book Reviews -- if you've ever wondered I don't talk about what music matches the characters in my books, this will tell you why...

Buy A Book, Save The World contest!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

This week's contest is totally gacked from Megan Crane's awesome one:

I think Megan herself says it best: "So many fantastic books out there, and I want to read them all. I am a book addict. And I think we should all celebrate that, and this industry, the best way we can: by buying more books. So I'm running this contest. (Other bloggers, feel free to do the same!)

Here are the rules:

Tell me what young adult novel you want me to buy you - and *why.* It has to be available new in print at Amazon.com, and it has to be under $20. You must be in the United States so I can use Amazon Prime free shipping.

Remember, be sure and tell me *why* you want the book!

I'll take comments through this Friday, November 21st, and then four winners will be picked--and get the book they want!


Monday, November 17, 2008

Sorry to have been gone so much last week, but it was just one of those crazy things that just got crazier as the week went along!

But now--hopefully--things will be a little calmer, and besides, I have a ton of stuff to share!

First, I want to say congrats to Tammy, who won last week's contest!

And next, well, let's just say there's a ton of awesome stuff out there, and move on to the link salad!

April Henry on current pop culture references in novels wonders--do they date today's books?

So you're doing NaNoWriMo (a big WOW! if you are)--and maybe you need a little motivation. Something to really push you. Well, check this out

Every wondered what teens really want in young adult novels? Well, Publishers Weekly had an actual teen weigh in-- My favorite part: "Another giant, oily blemish on the face of teenage literature (that was entirely intentional) is whatever urge compels writers to clumsily smash morals about fairness or honor or other cornball crap onto otherwise fine stories. Do you not think we get enough of that in our parents' and teachers' constant attempts to shove the importance of justice and integrity down our throats? We get it. I assure you, it makes no difference in our behavior at all. And we will not become ax murderers because volume 120 of Otherworld: The Generica Chronicles didn't smother us in morals that would make a Care Bear cringe.

Elizabeth Bear writes about writing novels, and how deadlines don't work for her -- be sure to check out the comments to, especially this exchange between Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette, who have written a book together, but yet clearly write in very different ways. Both are especially articulate about what works and what doesn't for them, and offers great insight into how writers work. There's also this gem from the comments: "you have to find the system that works for you, just as you have to learn what lies to tell yourself in order to do your best work." I love that.

Nathan Bransford wants to know what *you* think that the publishing industry should do to get through this grim economic period--as you can guess, lots and lots of comments on this one.

Sherwood Smith about the trouble writing a series can bring--I admit, I'd never thought about this, but it's an interesting topic.

NYT Bestselling Author Allison Winn Scotch on what she's learned about being a best-selling author-- honest and charming.

Sarah Monette on failure--and perfection. If you read just one of these links, make it this one. "But my point is, if you don't fail, or don't allow yourself to fail, you don't become a better person...failing--or coming short of what you're aiming for--or just making a mistake--totally sucks. But that's not because it means you are a bad person or a stupid person or a useless person. It sucks because it hurts and it's hard and because it leaves you vulnerable. But I still have to believe it's better than the alternative. I used to have a sign taped to my monitor (before I got the sleek new flat panel) that said Perfection is death, and maybe I should find somewhere to post that again.)

Meg Cabot talks about the books she started and never finished--vintage Meg Cabot, both fascinating and hilarious

Barbara Ferrer on what she's learned from NaNoWriMo--just a lovely piece about finding joy in writing from one of the most honest writing bloggers out there.

Win a copy of Take Me There!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

I'm going to be out of town a fair amount this week, but I had to let you all know about this:

I've got a *signed* copy of Susane Colasanti's awesome novel, Take Me There, to give away! When I met up with Susane, we talked about the book, and she said:

"The idea for Rhiannon and James to be best friends and then suddenly find themselves as more than that actually came from a dream. I woke up and knew it was meant to be the main plot of Take Me There. The title reflects what it feels like to be in that moment, to finally be taken to a place you've been searching for, and to know you've found the person who feels like home to you."

How amazing is that? So, for your chance to win this signed copy of Take Me There, just leave a comment telling me if you've ever been inspired by a dream. (I sure have!)

I'll take comments through this Friday, November 14th, and then I'll pick one winner at random and that person will receive a signed copy of Take Me There (plus a little bonus to boot!)

And, because I'm me, you know I've got some other stuff to share...

Jennifer Lynn Barnes has decided to pick the difficult puppy for NaNoWriMo. I've read all her books, and I have no doubts that Jen's going to kick butt and takes names, like she always does!

Sara Bennett-Wealer has an awesome post about "overnight success" -- if you want to write for a living, you need to read this!

Maureen Johnson on surviving NaNoWriMo -- a sample: WEEK 3: THESE NEW POST-ITS WILL SOLVE EVERYTHING...WEEK 3.3: THESE POST-IT NOTES ARE GOING TO KILL ME (If Mauren Johnson doesn't have a fan club, she needs one asap because--well, just look at her books! And her journal!)

A lot of things happened in the publishing world in October, and Editorial Ass has a concise summary of all of them--it's a long post, but well worth reading, especially if you want to understand the publishing industry. And if you want to be published, you *need* to.

Finally, I'm thrilled to announce that both Stealing Heaven and Living Dead Girl are on the consideration list for the TAYSHAS, which is a lovely surprise--thank you Texas librarians!

Hi, I was robbed by a Luddite. Or maybe someone who wants me to buy an iPod.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

This is very odd--but someone stole the cd player out of my car.

And I'm not talking an actual mounted-in-the-car cd player. I mean one of those really old portable ones. The kind you have to connect to the car stereo using a thingy for the tape player. (yes! my car is *that* old!)(and yes! I am a master of highly technical terms like "thingy!")

I can't figure out why anyone would want an eight-year old cd player. Especially since whoever took it left all the car connection stuff and the player itself was....well, it was held together by duct tape because I dropped it when I was getting something out of the car last year.

Anyway, should someone come up to you and offer you a really sweet deal on an ancient cd player that only works if you kind of wiggle the duct-taped part of it around....

Wait, no one's going to want that.

Weirdest theft EVER.

last week's reading, and VOTE!

Monday, November 03, 2008

I was *terrified* before last week's reading, but I am pleased to report that I managed to get through it okay. I was really scared I might faint, or get up there, look down at the book, and have all the words rearrange themselves into things like ZORKTG! RRIIBRTGH? but neither of those things happened, which was very good indeed.

Of course, the big thing about today is what's happening tomorrow, and since it looks like there's going to be record high voter turnout (which, hello, YAY!), if you want to double check and make sure your polling place hasn't changed, all you have to do is go here -- http://maps.google.com/vote -- put in your addy, and ta da! Instant check.