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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Books covers reimagined--Worth clicking just to see the "cover" of The Road

Tess Gerritsen on what you shouldn't write about, how being an author is about more than writing, and when a series is over

Cory Doctorow has some thoughts on how to write while dealing with distraction--especially the urge to Google, chat, or check your mail. (My solution: I write without any net connection at all)

Robin Wasserman writes about her best writing class--sweet and inspiring

Apparently, some teens think being hit by the person you're dating is okay--I don't want this story to be true, because it's terrifying. It's never okay for someone to hit you. NEVER EVER. I don't care how much they say they love you.

Agent Janet Reid on agents, rejections, and finding the right agent

Nathan Brandsford talks about book revenue and how to summarize your work--two must reads!

I'm thrilled to announced that both Living Dead Girl and Stealing Heaven are nominated for the Michigan Thumbs Up! award--thank you Michigan librarians and readers!

Also! congrats to last week's contest winners: Paradox, Jenny, Donna, and Reverie--and don't forget that you could win a necklace...

holding moments, or yes, I really am giving away something that isn't books!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I suspect a lot of you have heard of I Heart Daily, which talks about fashion and music and makeup and even jewelry--which leads me to this week's contest.

A while back, I Heart Daily talked about some necklaces, and I followed one of the links and stumbled across this:

How cute is this? And it's even got a compartment inside where you can put a picture or a little note or well--a secret. And I love that! So I thought I'd get one, and then give it to one of you!

So, for a chance to win this necklace, which not only is completely adorable, but can carry something close to your heart, just leave me a comment telling me about a moment or a person that matters to you. (One moment I always carry with me is the day my husband proposed to me. He was so nervous he could barely get the words out--and I'd gone with him to pick out the ring! It was adorable and amazing and it's truly a moment I treasure.)

Leave your comment (and make sure I've got a way to contact you) by midnight EST this Friday, February 27th, and then I'll pick one winner at random and that person will get the necklace! You can only enter once, but you can enter if you live overseas and/if you've won something from me before. (And if you want to see more pictures of the necklace, or check out others made by the designer, just go here)

Jane Austen, perfect hair, and I forgot where I put my links.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Yesterday I met Bennett Madison, who is smart and funny and has an amazing book, The Blonde of the Joke, coming out this fall.

Also, he has perfect hair. Which I was--and am!--very envious of, seeing as how my hair usually looks like something exploded inside it.

And I've just lost all the links I was going to share. GRARGH! Oh well. Let's see if I can find them again. Hold on.


The Read Carpet has its second episode up--and Bloom is mentioned!! YAY! (And thank you!)

From Genreality: Proposal Discussion, the importance of "breathing time" (a nice reminder that you don't--and shouldn't work ALL THE TIME), and my personal favorite, know yourself, which is all about figuring out why *you* write. I think it's really easy to get caught up in the idea of being a writer but really--why do you want to be one?

Ten Publishing Myths--Aside from the radio thing (does anyone even listen to radio anymore?) these are all very solid.

Oh! And one really interesting thing from the now-closed Pulse Spring Fling contest...

The most popular couple was Bella and Edward, from Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. No surprise there. However, the second most popular couple?

Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

lyrical dreams (and yes, free books!)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I've been working on questions for an interview, and one of them asks if I'd ever be interested in writing a fantasy novel or a paranormal one.

The short answer: Yes, I would!

The longer answer is still Yes, I would! but the question got me thinking about something else I'd love to write but know I'll never be able to. And that's poetry. I like reading poetry but the ability to write something like Mary Jo Bang's*:

You were. You are
The brightest thing in the shop window
And the most beautiful seldom I ever saw.

Well, let's just say that if I could, I would.

Anyway, all this thinking about poetry gave me an idea for this week's contest, and it's pretty simple. Tell me the title and author of one poem you like--and if you do it by midnight EST this Friday, February 20th, you could win a free book! One entry per person (and don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you!) but you can enter if you live overseas and/or if you've won something from me before.

The books--two are verse, and two have a very lyrical feel that make me think of poetry--are:

Far From You by Lisa Schroeder
Everything is Fine by Ann Dee Ellis
Kissing Annabel by Steven Herrick
Headlong by Kathe Koja

*From Mary Jo Bang's "You Were You Are Elegy" in Elegy

Oh! And congrats to Leslie, who won a copy of The Hunger Games for emailing me about William Henry Harrison--"famous" for the shortest presidency...and the longest inaugural address.

William Henry Harrison, or it's Presidents Day!

Monday, February 16, 2009

How Successful Writers Keep Up Their Confidence

Agent Richard Curtis and the Ten Commandments of Courtesy for Authors, Part One and Part Two--Although we tend to lose sight of the fact, writing is still a profession. Behave professionally.

Also, congrats to Amy, winner of last week's contest--and she'd like us all to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Wanna win a copy of Amy's rec? Email me at elizabeth at elizabethwrites dot com with what two things President William Henry Harrison is "famous" for by 5 PM EST today and I'll pick one winner at random and send that person a copy of The Hunger Games.

links, links, links. And Stringer Bell.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Rejecter on the never-ending commercial vs. literary go-round

Yes, everyone has linked to this but you know what? Worth reading again. A Dirty Little Secret: Self-Censorship

Sara Zarr on self-doubt--I especially like her thoughts on "comparison disease."

Allison Winn Scotch writes about agents: how do you know if you have a bad manuscript or a bad agent?, what to do when you feel like your agent doesn't believe in you, and leaving an agent -- the last post, in particular, is very good.

Kristin Nelson on co-op, or yes, there is a reason certain books are on display in your local bookstore and yes, the publisher has to pay for it. (most of the time.)

Do you have to know someone in order to get published?

Guess what, fans of The Wire and The Office? Stringer Bell is coming to Dunder Mifflin! (All right, Stringer isn't, but Idris Elba is. Woot!)

Finally, Living Dead Girl has made the 2009 Amelia Bloomer List --the list is compiled by the Feminist Task Force of the American Library Association, and is made up of books that celebrate the strengths of girls and women. This is a real honor, and I'm grateful to every librarian who has supported Living Dead Girl and to all the teens who have written to me about it. Please check out the list and read what the project is about.

wanna win 4 books? also, tell everyone what to read!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I read a lot of blogs (mostly about books) and see a lot of book recommendations, but after the entry I did where I talked about Facebook, etc, I realized that for every book blog I read, there's probably 20 (50? 100? more?) people out there who are reading books and not blogging about them.

So, I figure why not ask you--yes, you, all quiet over there--what YOU think everyone should be reading?

And to motivate you to speak up, I'm giving away not one, not two, but *four* books--one of which isn't even in stores yet!

So, if you'd like to win:
Kissed by Angel Trilogy by Elizabeth Chandler
Revealers by Amanda Marrone
Raven by Allison Van Diepen
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (ARC)

all you have to do is leave a comment telling me about one book you think everyone should read (and please, *please* make sure you leave a way for me to contact you) by midnight this Friday, February 13th.

I'll pick one winner at random and that winner will get all the books, plus I'll put their book rec up when I do my usual "congrats" thing.

Now come on, tell us what book we should be reading!!

I'm not sick! Well, okay, I don't want to be sick! (and also, a question for teens)

Thursday, February 05, 2009

I feel awful--headache, sore throat, chills. All the fun stuff! The one good thing is that I don't have a fever, so it can't be the flu. (Although my husband just said, "Yet. You don't have a fever yet." Very reassuring there (!))

Anyway, I just wanted to share a couple of things.

First--there are less than 10 days left to enter the Pulse Spring Fling Contest--so what are you waiting for??? Enter! You could win autographed books, a box full of books, and more!

And I need to announce the winners of last week's contest. Congrats to Jorkie, Katlin, Patricia, and Cecilia!

Before I go back to bed (without a fever, thank you!), I have some links to share:

Author Jay Lake on the power of persistence

The average Facebook user is older than you think--After reading this, plus after reading that teens aren't using twitter (there's a link to an article about that week in last week's entries), and having heard myspace is no longer very popular, I've got a question.

For those of you reading this blog who are under eighteen, what sites do you visit most often? Do you use "social networking" sites like Facebook/MySpace/Twitter? Do you have a blog? How do you keep up with your friends online?

why I love my husband, part 25456436649883

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Just now my husband and I were talking and the Foreigner song "Hot Blooded" came up as someone in his office was singing it.

Him: "Great, now I've got that stuck in my head." (muttering) "I'm hot blooded, chicken at sea, I got a fever--"

Me: What?

Him: You know that song, I know you do! Everyone knows it.

Me: Yeah,I know it. But, um, it's "check it and see." Why would there be a chicken at sea?

Him: Hey, I was six when it was popular! It makes total sense when you're six.

Me: Sure. You're hot blooded, there's a chicken floating in the sea--

Him: And you've got a fever of a hundred and three. See? Total. sense.