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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!)

PERFECT YOU contest is here!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Today Perfect You is officially in stores, and so I'm going to start the PERFECT YOU contest.

It's super simple to enter.

All you have to do is:

1. Buy a copy of PERFECT YOU and save the receipt.

2. Take a photo of the receipt with your cell phone, digital camera, etc., and then send the picture to me at elizabethscottcontest@gmail.com

Please make sure to include your name, as well as the email address it's best to contact you at.

3. Once I get the picture of your receipt, you'll be entered into the PERFECT YOU contest drawing.

Here are the prizes:

One person will receive an iPod nano OR a $200 gift certificate to the bookstore of their choice

Twenty people (yep, TWENTY) will each receive a $20 gift certificate to the bookstore of their choice

So, there's actually a total of twenty-one prizes (!) to be given away, and again, all you have to do to enter is buy Perfect You, and send a picture of your receipt to elizabethscottcontest@gmail.com

The contest will run through May 2nd, and I'll announce the winners here on May 5th.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Okay, this did show up on the news page first (yes, I do post there! and sometimes I give away stuff too...) but anyway:



It's here! Perfect You is here!

YAY!!!

In other news:

Check out this very informative post about what's happening at Borders -- and then read this one

Great interview with Neil Nyren (Senior VP, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Putnam) over here

I'm interviewed about Perfect You over at Teenreads

Confession: I've always wanted to be mentioned on Cynsations, one of the most influential children's and young adult book blogs around...and now I
have
!

Also, congrats to the book wish contest winners: Sarah, Sofia, Jennifer, and Meghan!

That's it for now, but I'll be posting about the PERFECT YOU contest tomorrow...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Has anyone read ridiculous/hilarious/terrible/cool? I finished it last night, and really liked it a lot.

Other things I'm liking: the (non)butter crumb cake I made last night, which turned out well *and* was super easy to make. Also! There's this absolutely fantastic news. (Thank you Jess for the heads up about that, and if you don't understand why this news is so fab, rent/buy this. Then you'll see!)

Other things:

I'll be taking part in the Readergirlz Operation Teen Book Drop on April 17th, so watch out DC area residents--you could stumble across a copy of Perfect You or Bloom!

If you're interested, you can read more about Perfect You, me, my writing hang-ups, er, I mean habits, and why I never wanted to be a teacher over at Em's Bookshelf

And don't forget there's still a couple of days left to enter the book wish contest--and get ready for the Perfect You contest, which starts next week. (!!!!)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Perfect You is going to be out NEXT WEEK (!!!) and since I’m gearing up for the big PERFECT YOU contest (which is going to have over TWENTY prizes), I thought that this week I’d do a contest that all of you seem to love--the book wish contest!

Just tell me what young adult novel out there you wish you had a copy of, or that you’ve been wanting to buy but haven’t, and you could get that book for free! Comment (or email me at elizabeth at elizabethwrites dot com) with the title and author of the young adult novel you wish for (it just has to be in print, and under $20 US) by midnight EST on Friday, March 21st, and then I’ll draw four names at random, and each of those four people will get the book they wished for! 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.

And if you’re looking for a sneak peek at Perfect You, you can download the first two chapters--plus a bonus chapter!--here

Finally, congrats to last week’s winners: Brent, Hannah, Sarah, and Karly!

PS: Don't forget to check out

Thursday, March 13, 2008

I'm in total agreement with all of you that have mentioned Juno re: recent movies--I liked it a lot, and love, love LOVE that the Ellen Page/Michael Cera duet is on the soundtrack.

Also, about the latest contest, please make sure that you leave a way for me to contact you when you enter, because if there's no email listed on your Blogger profile or in your comment, I've got no way to get in touch with you if you win!

Moving on to 'news I can't quite believe but sure am happy about!' -- Stealing Heaven will be a featured summer book pick in Teen Magazine!!

And, of course, I've got some links to share:

Why No Bookseller Can Read Everything -- I knew lots of galleys get sent out, but I truly had no idea of how many booksellers see. Take a look at the second photo if you don't believe me. (And that's for ONE MONTH!!)

The always wise Justine Larbalestier has some thoughts on advances

I know I've mentioned this about a hundred times, but it deserves one more plug--if you're a writer in grades 7-12, and have written a novel, please do yourself a favor and enter the 2008 PUSH Novel Contest--entries have to be postmarked by tomorrow, so this is your last chance!

Agent Nathan Bransford wants to know how you revise

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I'm still thinking about movies, and so, for this week's contest, I want to know:

What's the best movie you've seen recently?

I'll take comments through midnight EST on Friday, March 14th, and then I'll draw four names at random and each of those four people will get a free 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.

Books I'll be giving away this week are: Fly on the Wall by E. Lockhart, Violet by Design by Melissa Walker, The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray, and My Life: The Musical by Maryrose Wood.

And congrats to last week's winners: Tasha, Bohae, Lucy, and Anidori-Isilee!

Monday, March 10, 2008

I saw Penelope recently and...well, despite what various movie reviewers have said, I loved it. Yes, LOVED. I thought it was sweet and romantic, and I also liked what it had to say about believing in--and liking--yourself. Has anyone else seen it? What did you think? (Feel free to say how much you hated it if you did--goodness knows, you seem to be in the majority)

And now for some links...

Agent Jennifer Jackson on how royalties work

Agent Nathan Bransford on how long it takes to sell a novel

A nice, long interview with Little, Brown editor Pat Strachan

The always interesting Justine Larbalestier on luck and how published authors get rejected too

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Okay, everyone who commented or emailed to tell me I should check out the first two seasons of How I Met Your Mother?

You ROCK!

I love, love, LOVE the show. It's funny and sweet, but not sweet in an annoying, cloying way. It's truly sweet, with real heart, and naturally, now the show is in possible danger of being canceled (that is, CBS has announced some pick-ups for next year, and HIMYM isn't one of them). What is it with me and tv shows? Why does me liking them=their being canceled? WHY?

Anyway, here's hoping that the show does come back for another season. (please, please, please let this happen! I'll even not watch and wait for the dvds if necessary!)

Also! Thanks to everyone who commented on the living dead girl cover -- I've been so lucky with the covers I've gotten, and believe me, I'm very (VERY) grateful.

Also, don't forget to drop by my earlier entry and tell me what songs I should pick up at iTunes--you could win some books if you do...

yay!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

It's up at Amazon now, so I figure I can share it...

Monday, March 03, 2008

I can't believe it's March already--and Perfect You will be in stores in about three weeks! (!!!)

To celebrate, I'm giving away some books (I know, the surprise!)--and this time, I'm featuring two authors I adore: Melissa de la Cruz and Susane Colasanti. Not only are Melissa and Susane fantabulous writers, they're also both amazingly sweet and kind.

So! If you'd like to win a copy of Susane's When It Happens and Melissa's Blue Bloods and Fresh Off the Boat, all you have to do is leave a comment. Oh! And if you want to tell me about any songs I should pick up at iTunes, that would be great, because I have a gift card--and have no idea what to get! I'll be taking comments (and song suggestions) through midnight EST this Friday, March 7th, and then I'll pick four names at random and each of those four people will win not one, not two, but all three of the books I've listed!

Also! The first two chapters--and a bonus!--of Perfect You are available for download here