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out of this world contest winners! and, of course, links

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Out Of This World Contest winners are: Melinda won the star, Denise and Amanda each won a $25 gift card to the bookstore of their choice and Perry, Christa, and Jill each one a signed copy of one of my books.

And now on to the links:

Agent Jessica Faust on query letters--and the two reasons why you may not be getting requests for your novel from one

Michelle Sagara/Michelle West on the benefits of having an agent--lots of great stuff here, but this is my favorite bit: "Publishing your book at all is not done for the benefit of the novelist. It's done because the publisher feels it can make money by doing so. It's not a charity, and it's not an act of kindness on their part.

Agenting you? Is, in fact, done for the benefit of the agent. It's done because the agent feels that over time, they will be able to make a living with you as part of their stable. It is also not an act of charity or an act of kindness.

HOWEVER.

It is an act of faith. People can confuse these two things. I don't think they should."


She also has a very thoughtful post on things first-time novelists can do to help find an agent

A Publishers Weekly blog post about how adults are reading young adult novels

Is an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) the same thing as the finished book? Nope.

Thoughts about ARCs and loads of links to the many discussions that took place about ARCs and book bloggers can be found here

Over at Bookshelves of Doom, you can place your order for the very first issue of TBR Tallboy--for five bucks, how can you pass it up?

Allergy update: Pollen! So Much Pollen! Yesterday I drove by a car dealership where they were frantically trying to hose all the cars down so they wouldn't have that lovely (har) bright yellow pollen coat, and you could see that the first ones to get washed were *already* getting coated again.

6 Comments:

Blogger Pissenlit said...

Congrats to the winners!

Great list of links, Elizabeth!

And yes, I think this year's allergy season is really bad. I've had puffy red eyes and a stuffy nose for the past couple of days in a row but today's all rainy so everything's a bit better. :)

April 28, 2009 10:59 AM  
Blogger Thao said...

Congrats to the winners and thanks a lot for the links Elizabeth!

Poor you. The allergy sounds really annoying. Get better soon!

April 28, 2009 11:35 AM  
OpenID Kate at Read This Book! said...

Congrats to the VERY LUCKY winners! =)

-Kate

April 28, 2009 11:50 AM  
Blogger Amee said...

I love the article about adults reading YA. I admit that even as a college student (still so close to the intended audience) that I get a little embarrassed admitting I read YA to fellow English majors. Sometimes they turn into book snobs. I'm glad there are others out there like me! :)

April 28, 2009 3:45 PM  
Blogger Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Congrats to the winners!

And nice article on adults reading YA. I use to get a little embrassed when I always went straight to the YA section in the bookstore since I'm in my 20's and no longer a teen. Now I look at it like that when I was a teen there wasn't hardly crap out there in the YA section and I was completley deprived of all these awesome books! Plus I don't think you're ever too old to read YA, a lot of things in life will always be like high school.

April 28, 2009 6:10 PM  
Blogger Brittani said...

Congrats to all the winners! =D

I know the pollen is nasty. My car keeps getting covered in it too. It's awful.

April 30, 2009 1:43 AM  

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