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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I got the most amazing email from my editor at Simon Pulse last night, telling me to go to http://authors.simonandschuster.com/. So I do, and next to the rotating set of pictures at the top of the page are a bunch of tabs--links to a tribute to E. Lynn Harris, info about Jodi Picoult, a poem by Ellen Hopkins, and the very last tab, Author Voices, says:

"An exclusive essay by Elizabeth Scott"


To be featured like this?? Well, I think the !!!! says it all.

Anyway, my essay is about my favorite teacher. (And no, it's not either one of my parents! Sorry, Mom and Dad!)

If you'd like to read it, just go here and click on Author Voices

Moving on, I've got a couple of books to give away this week and for your chance to win one, all you have to do is tell me what upcoming young adult book (or books!) you're most looking forward to reading. (Yes, really, that's it!)

Tell me what not-out-yet young adult novel or novels you're most looking forward to reading, and you could win one of these four books: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading by Charity Tahmaser and Darcy Vance, She's So Money by Cherry Cheva, or Artichoke's Heart by Suzanne Supplee.

I'll take comments about what young adult novels you're most looking forward to through this Friday, September 25th, at midnight EST, and then I'll pick four names at random and each of those four people will get one of the books listed above!

I've also got some links to share:

Pimp My Novel has a nice overview about the ongoing Google Books brouhaha

Agent Kristin Nelson blogs about the size of advances and success -- "Quite simply, no amount of money can force a public to want and buy a book. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn’t. If the publishers knew what created that ground swell to catapult a title onto bestseller lists and a million copy sell-thru, they’d do it for every book."

Agent and author Evan Marshall offers seven of his favorite tips for writing a book faster -- I should note that most of these seemed aimed at writers who use outlines

The Rejectionist, who doesn't pull any punches, on having a "quirky" book, how the number of clients per agent differs, the odds of a query landing you an agent, and how you should talk about royalty escalation clauses before you ever sign a contract

Agent Nathan Bransford on how you shouldn't ever say "this has never been done before!" in a query because it usually has -- "It isn't important that you write a novel that has never even remotely been done before. What's important is that you write it well."


Blogger Rachel said...

I'd have to say I am looking forward to finally reading Catching Fire. I am a librarian and pretty new to the YA area so I have a lot of catching up to do. I really enjoy reading the young adult books however and am excited to begin the journey. Thanks!

September 23, 2009 11:12 AM  
OpenID moonkeygirl101 said...

i'm looking forward to getting to read the next book in the blue bloods series, and the next book in the gallagher girl series


September 23, 2009 1:12 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

I'm really looking forward to the new book by Courtney Summers, Some Girls Are.

September 23, 2009 1:37 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

I'm looking forward to Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It sounds great, and it will hopefully be a great start to a wonderful series!

September 23, 2009 1:42 PM  
Blogger katie said...

I'm looking forward to The Van Alen Legacy. It is almost out and I can't wait to read it. I love the Blue Bloods series and I just know this one is going to be great. =]


September 23, 2009 1:57 PM  
Blogger randomlybree said...

I can't wait for Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti.
I love all of her other books and I LOVE the cover for this one! It's cute.

And congrats on your essay! Reading it reminded me of my favorite teacher. :)



September 23, 2009 2:08 PM  
Blogger SarahChristine said...

ahhh so many books im looking forward to reading.
but one im really looking forward to reading is the 4th book in the gallagher girls series by ally carter.


September 23, 2009 2:23 PM  
Blogger iamliterate said...

I'm pretty excited for Perfect Chemistry next week. It doesn't seem like something I would usually read, but I've heard really good things about. I'm super-excited for your next book too. Oh, and Fire comes out next month. I've already read it, but it was amazing.

September 23, 2009 2:26 PM  
Blogger Lexie said...

I think I'm most looking forward to Fire (by Kristin Cashore) or Night World: Strange Fate (by LJ Smith)!

Well those and about fifty other YAs XD

And thank you for the links--I had two of them on my Google Reader, but the others were completely new to me!


September 23, 2009 2:30 PM  
Blogger award said...

I am looking forward to reading The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Such good buzz!

September 23, 2009 2:39 PM  
OpenID librarylizreads said...

Actually, I am also looking forward to reading The Hunger Games & Catching Fire(still waiting on the library's hold list). The book I have been waiting for since reading The Off Season is Front & Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch. I can't wait to see what happens next DJ Schwenk. So sad that it is the last one!
And, you know, of course, there's this book coming out in April. Maybe you've heard of it - The Unwritten Rule, by Elizabeth-Something...I hear she's good. ;)

September 23, 2009 4:07 PM  
Blogger Bianca said...

I'm looking forward to Beautiful Creatures!!!

infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com

September 23, 2009 4:50 PM  
Blogger Eliz S. said...

Congrats on the essay!!
I have a lot of books I'm looking forward to this year and next year but I definitely can't wait to read Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, Fallen by Lauren Kate, Captivate by Carrie Jones, The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong, Firespell by Chloe Neill, Gone by Lisa McMann, The Dark Divine by Bree Despain, The Unwritten Rule and oops! I think I'm getting carried away here... There's so many good books coming out!!

September 23, 2009 5:01 PM  
Blogger Kelsey said...

Wow great contest! I'm really looking forward to a ton of books.

Sept: Duplikate by Cherry Cheva
Oct: Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr
Nov: Deadly Little Lies by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Dec: The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz
Jan: Heartless by Sara Shepard
Feb: Possessed by Kate Cann
March: Hourglass by Claudia Gray
April: The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott (I mean who isn't looking forward to this?!)
May: The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
June: Sea by Heidi R. Kling

Wow, that's a lot of books and that's not even close to all the books I'm excited for(:

kelseythebookscout at gmail dot com

September 23, 2009 5:01 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

I'm really looking forward to Sphinx's Princess by Esther Friesner. Oooh! Also, the newest Once Upon a Time books: Winter's Child by Cameron Dokey and Violet Eyes by: Debbie Viguie.

~Meredith F.
rosesaremyfavorite at hotmail dot com

September 23, 2009 5:40 PM  
Blogger Addicted Book Reader said...

I really want to read Crashed by Robin Wasserman (came out just a couple weeks ago), the Van Allen Legacy by Melissa De La Cruz (Oct.), and Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (Oct.)! Thanks, Adrienne : D
adrienne2093 at comcast dot net

September 23, 2009 6:13 PM  
Blogger Diana Dang said...

What I Wore to Save the World by Maryrose Wood. I AM ABSOLUTELY DYING FOR THIS ONE!!

faked_sugartone at hotmail

September 23, 2009 8:13 PM  
Blogger Haleyknitz said...

I'm looking forward to reading "City of Fallen Angels" which isn't nearly out yet, but i really want to read it!!

haleymathiot at yahoo dot com

September 23, 2009 8:54 PM  
Blogger Cari said...

I am most looking forward to:
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (which may be out by now...),
Going Bovine by Libba Bray (which came out today or yesterday),
Ash by Malinda Lo,
Hate List by Jennifer Brown,
Fat Cat by Robin Brande, and
Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines.

I hate waiting, but I love books! :)

neohippy10 hotmail

September 23, 2009 9:42 PM  
Blogger Morgan said...

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain...I can't wait until this one comes out. I'm so excited.

September 23, 2009 10:47 PM  
Blogger loreleimarsh said...

I am really looking forward to the final installment in the Luxe series (Splendor 10/27) and to Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Go Elizabeth!

September 23, 2009 11:09 PM  
Blogger Llehn said...

I'm most looking forward to Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia.


September 23, 2009 11:49 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

I'm really looking forward to Sara Zarr's "Once Was Lost."

hersforthereading gmail

September 24, 2009 11:15 AM  
Blogger So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Is this international? If it is...

So, so many amazing books are being released soon. It's such a hard decision! I think I'm most looking forward to Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead and the final Hunger Games book.


September 24, 2009 11:59 AM  
Blogger Reverie said...

I am looking forward to White Cat by Holly Black and Cassie Clare's new series. NOW, plz! OKthxbai

September 24, 2009 12:11 PM  
Blogger ExtremeReader said...

I am looking forward to so many!! Here are a few: The Van Alan Legacy(Blue Bloods), Fire by K.Cashore, Leviathan by S. Westerfeld, Hush,Hush by B. Fitzpatrick, Darklight by L.Livingston and Shadowland by A. Noel.


September 24, 2009 1:34 PM  
Blogger Kat Werner said...

Of course I am looking forward to your next book. I also can't wait for Beautiful Creatures to be out, I do have an ARC but I can't wait to get it for my library for my teens to read it!

Also looking forward to Leviathan and The next in the Blue Blood series.

September 24, 2009 2:00 PM  
Blogger austenfan said...

I'm not sure if this is open worldwide, but I'm most looking forward to The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz. :)


September 24, 2009 2:25 PM  
Blogger Adriana said...

I'm reading Beautiful Creatures right now, so I'm glad I got my hands on that early....I'm also looking forward to Fire (Cashore), Splendor (Godbersen), and of course the Unwritten Rule. :)

September 24, 2009 5:15 PM  
Blogger books-a-lishious said...

i'm really looking forward to reading the van allen legacy! I love that series and I def can't wait to read the new book!


September 24, 2009 6:34 PM  
Blogger Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

I really want to read Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia. Also Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr. I envy anyone who gets an ARC! Oh! And Courtney Summer's Some Girls Are. (I have a feeling it's going to be amazing!)


September 24, 2009 6:44 PM  
Blogger barbrafl said...

THE MAZE RUNNER. I'm dying to read that book. After reading the reviews it has gotten so far, I can't wait to pick it up. The book sounds so different from everything else out there, and I can't wait.

What else? OH OH OH. THE DYING BREATH, part of the CHRISTOPHER KILLER series. I read the first chapter online and am freaking out at the cliffhanger ending. I NEED MORE.

How about TEMPTED, the House of Night book? That too I can't wait for. Oh, so many books, so little time!

Love these contests!
barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

September 24, 2009 10:32 PM  
Blogger Brittani said...

The book I can't wait to be released is between two: The Unwritten Rule by: well, YOU! haha!! And The Dead-Tossed Waves by: Carrie Ryan. I want these two books more than any sooooooo bad!! =D

Awesome essay, btw.

- Brittani

September 25, 2009 2:06 AM  
OpenID harmonybookreviews said...

I'm really looking forward to The Unwritten Rule (seriously. not just saying that!!) and All Unquiet Things!

September 25, 2009 10:04 AM  
Blogger watersc said...

Fire, by Kristen Cashore; Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld; whatever the third installment of the Hunger Games trilogy is (going to be an agonizing wait).

September 25, 2009 10:49 AM  
Blogger Brandi said...

I am definitely looking forward to Archenemy by Frank Beddor, the third book in The Looking Glass Wars series. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is also high on my list. bookwench118@yahoo.com

September 25, 2009 11:22 AM  
Blogger michelle said...

I can't wait for the next book in The Luxe series to come out!


September 25, 2009 2:39 PM  
Blogger Megg said...

Im looking forward to the next VA book... the 4th one just came it so I have to wait till May '10. Ew.

Also, I really am excited for a familey friends new book. I'm in it too... well she named the dog after me anyway.

September 25, 2009 5:24 PM  
Blogger Paradox said...

I can't wait for:

- Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld!!!
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner
- Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
- Other by Karen Kincy
- Skin and Bones by Dawn Metcalf
- and many more...

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

September 25, 2009 8:56 PM  
Blogger purplg8r said...

I can't wait to read Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver!


September 25, 2009 9:49 PM  
Blogger WordVore Prod said...

I'm most looking forward to The Espressologist by Kristina Springer:)

September 26, 2009 12:27 PM  
Blogger I Heart Book Gossip said...

I'm looking forward to Covet by J.R. Ward.

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

September 26, 2009 9:01 PM  
Blogger mahesh said...

Im lookin foward to reading Tempted by Pc and Kristen Cast. and the next book in the Intertwined series by Gena Showalter

September 27, 2009 7:49 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Elizabeth said...

I'm super excited for Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. I love John Green's books so freaking much!

September 27, 2009 3:51 PM  
OpenID swimmerX94 said...

Definitely the next Immortal Series book by Alyson Noel -- I'm so hooked!

September 27, 2009 8:43 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Really looking forward to "Leviathan" as well as "The Van Alen Legacy" ... not sure about the others - thankfully a lot of the books I was looking forward to came out this summer.

September 28, 2009 11:17 AM  

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