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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Last night was the readergirlz chat, and it was amazing! I had so much fun, and thank you to everyone who asked questions or came by--the hour just flew by--and of course, a huge thank you to the readergirlz for letting me be part of their Teen Read Week chats!

The chat be going on for the rest of this week at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST, and they are loads of fun, so be sure to stop by if you can!

Also, just a reminder that if you are interested in an ARC of The Unwritten Rule, just drop by here.

One last thing before I move on to the links: PAYA, which is working to raise money to support Pennsylvania’s libraries, which are under the budget gun, are holding auctions on their livejournal community--there's lots of great stuff to bid on, and it's for a great cause!

And yes, I have contributed something---if you're interested in a signed --and full of notes copy of Something, Maybe plus some bonus books I'll throw in for the winner, you can bid here or go to http://community.livejournal.com/ya2pa/2717.html. (The notes in Something, Maybe are from when I marked up the book for readings at the the New York Public Library and elsewhere, so if you've ever wondered how authors get ready for readings, this will definitely show you how I do it!)

Okay, now we're on to links:

Great overview of the publishing process from Writer's Digest

The Rejectionist posts a list of book ideas that apparently were actually sent in as queries.

The Intern has some advice for authors about what to put (and what not to put!) on their websites

Agent Kirstin Nelson is still tackling royalty statements here and here

Agent Jessica Faust answers questions -- topics range from query letters to how to get a job at a literary agency.

Justine Musk has an outstanding blog post about why writers must read--if there is only one link you click on today, make it this one. Justine is an amazing writer, and this post is just...wow. Seriously.

Agent Nathan Bransford talks about writers and sensitivity

Interesting interview with Laura Anne Gilman about changing gears--or switching genres

From Australia, home to many amazing authors and bloggers!--musings about writing and day jobs

Nicola Morgan talks about a letter she got from a struggling author -- it's not an easy read, but I do think it's very much worth reading. As Nicola herself says, Why have I revealed the terrible heartache of the long-distance writer? Because you need to know. You need to know how good you have to be, how much you have to want it, and how even when you get it it may not be enough. In fact, if you're any good and if you want it so much, it probably won't be enough. Wanting more, being hungry, being greedy for success, being grasping and dementedly desperate are the things that will screw you up and carry you through. They will bring you heartsong and success and they will hurt you in the process. That's the horrible paradox of writing.


Blogger holly cupala said...

We loved having you at readergirlz, Elizabeth! Thank you again.

October 23, 2009 11:57 PM  

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