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Summer of Books contest winners and links (plus cute Something, Maybe wallpaper!)

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Here are the winners of the Summer of Books contest--thanks to all who entered!

Twenty (yep, TWENTY) book winner: Meghan

$25 bookstore gift card winners: Alex, Ally, Callie, Carmen, Donna, Emily, Hailey, Jennifer, Josie, Karen, Laura, Lisa, Lucy, Macy, Mya, Nevaeh, Polly, Rebeka, Reece, and Viv

Thanks also for all your lovely comments about The Unwritten Rule cover--I confess, I LOVE it and think the designer did an amazing job.

I also have some links:

Justine Larbalestier on why agent websites don't matter all that much -- "When you have an agent you don’t care about their website or how clear their submission guidelines are or whether they take electronic submissions. You care about how fast they get back to you about your problems and how good the deals they make for you are."

Agent Rachelle Gardner blogs about writing what's hot

Agent Nathan Bransford's guest blogger, Eric, who works as a sales assistant for a publisher, talks about how publishers sell books, and determine which ones get co-op (displays, front of store placement, etc.) -- this is a great post to read if you've ever wondered how authors end up on the big tables whenever you walk into a store or get displays, etc. Loads of comments, including some from Eric explaining more about his job, etc.

Lauren Barnholdt on the myth of the "dream agent" -- "But here’s the thing: Deciding who your dream agent is before you’ve even worked with them? Is like deciding you want to marry someone based on their match.com profile. Think about it. One way, you’re saying, “This agent seems really nice on their blog, and they just sold a six-figure deal and they rep YA, which is what I write and OMG, THAT PERSON IS MY DREAM AGENT and look at their picture how cute!” It really is kind of the same as saying, “OMG, look at this person’s profile, they like soccer and have a dog like me and they seem really nice and I AM GOING TO MARRY THEM and look at their picture how cute!” An online presence does not a marriage make. Unfortunately, the only way to know who your dream agent is… is to actually, um, start working with them. I know this because I am on my third agent."

Simon Pulse has created an adorable wallpaper for Something, Maybe

In other news, the dog goes in for an x-ray on Thursday as a follow-up check. I've got my fingers crossed!!


Blogger Thao said...

Cute wallpaper *saves and sets as desktop background* I wish they would do the same thing with other covers :)

July 07, 2009 11:51 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I'm not gonna lie, I'm totally jealous of Meghan right now haha. What a beyond amazing prize. Congrats to all the winners!

And I don't think I've ever mentioned this before but I'm an aspiring author and the links you post on your blog are always very helpful and insightful. So thanks a bunch for sharing them. =D

July 07, 2009 12:24 PM  
Blogger E. M. Reads said...

Awesome! Will you email the winners? I say that because, well... I'm Emily, but there are a lot of Emilys out there and winner might not be me, this Emily.


July 07, 2009 3:41 PM  

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