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Thursday, November 12, 2009

I can't remember the last time I was glad to get up, as normally I will lie in bed until I absolutely have to get up, but this morning, I could not *wait* to get out of bed. Why? Million dollar check on my lawn? I wish! A shower of free books on my doorstep? Alas, no. (But wouldn't that be lovely?)

Rather, I gladly got up this morning because I had the weirdest thing happens last night. I had a nightmare, and it woke me up. I did the usual things--you shake off the dream, you look around, you think "Good! A dream!" and then go back to sleep.

But then the nightmare started again. And it would. not. stop. I woke up every single hour from it until I couldn't stand it, and then I just hopped out of bed and read for a while to try and clear my head.

I feel better now, but it was just... strange. I technically got plenty of sleep, but when you have the same nightmare in a non-stop, never-ending arc for over three hours (minus the times where you wake up and go "What? Why is this still happening?"), does any of that time count as sleep?

Has anyone else had a nightmare that just would not go away? And if you have, any tricks you know of to make it go away?

Anyway! In an effort to cheer myself up, I'm going to do one of the things I love most, and that's give away a free book! Today, it's Melissa De La Cruz's latest Blue Bloods novel, the outstanding The Van Alen Legacy.

For your chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me what you'd rather see from an author right before/as a book comes out: a book trailer or a virtual signing party? Just leave your comment before midnight EST tomorrow, November 13th, and then I'll pick one name at random and that person will get The Van Alen Legacy!

And, of course, the links:

Agent Jessica Faust on why agents turn down queries -- "I think the biggest reason I reject something is that it just doesn’t excite me."

Pimp My Novel on movie tie-in novels

Interesting post from Genreality about what to do when you're stuck on a writing project -- Some great tips, but I think my favorite it this: "Move Forward.

John Scalzi talks about writers and financial woes -- as he wisely points out--and in a neat list of 10--writers aren't the only people suffering in the current economy, but he also goes on to offer his thoughts as to why some writers may be suffering a bit more (starting with 3 and running through 10.)

Agent Kirstin Nelson on sales thresholds for Out Of Print status in contracts--one of the things I think every writer should do is learn as much as they can about the industry, and this is one of those things that doesn't get discussed a lot but that you need to know about.

Agent Jessica Faust on putting your credentials in your query letter

The Intern has more inspired revision tips

A solid list of ten tips for aspiring writers

If you read only one of the links I post today, make it this one--Agent Rachelle Gardner talks about how much it really costs a publisher to buy your book

One last thing...don't forget to let me know what you'd rather see right when a book is supposed to come out--a trailer or a virtual book signing!


Blogger Cari said...

I would say a book trailer. They are so exciting and visual. I really liked The Van Alen Legacy trailer because it had a lot of good lines from the book.

November 12, 2009 11:19 AM  
Blogger Galena said...

I prefer book trailers. Virtual book signings can be difficult and are still limited, while everyone can view the trailer.

November 12, 2009 11:22 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

I don't usually watch book trailers - they don't interest me. So I would vote for a virtual signing... they sound intriguing!

November 12, 2009 11:51 AM  
Blogger Letter Garden said...

I love watching book trailers but I've never seen a virtual book signing, so I vote for this. :D

November 12, 2009 12:28 PM  
Blogger haylee elizabeth said...

I say trailer.. the van alen legacy one was so well done :)

November 12, 2009 12:40 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

I like book trailers better!


November 12, 2009 1:33 PM  
Blogger californiameaghan said...

book trailers always seem kind of silly to me, bu ti don't watch many so maybe i've only seen a poor representation. a virtual book signing is intriguing though.

November 12, 2009 1:54 PM  
OpenID echolynn4 said...

I would prefer a trailer, as I've seen many fan ones made for Harry Potter Fan Fiction... they would be AWSOME if they were for real books by the actual author! *HUGS* Echo

November 12, 2009 1:57 PM  
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November 12, 2009 2:07 PM  
Blogger Adria said...

Ooh, definitely book trailer! Because I'll be excited by the upcoming book(!!) that anything like a trailer(yes oh LOVE & am SO thankful for TVAL's) indeed will fulfill my...hunger/thirst/desperation/what do you call it? ;)

November 12, 2009 2:11 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

I say book trailer.

November 12, 2009 2:35 PM  
Blogger GamezD5 said...

i agree with the book trailer options... but i gotta admit, a virtual bbok signing sounds pretty damn neat!

November 12, 2009 3:29 PM  
Blogger Addicted Book Reader said...

I would say book trailer because they're pretty cool to watch.

November 12, 2009 4:01 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Cunha said...

Never seen either of them but I'd have to go with book trailer.
Virtual book signings seem so rare.

November 12, 2009 5:56 PM  
Blogger DeNiSe MaDnEsS said...

Trailers beacuse it make the anticapation greater and it adds imagination to it :)


November 12, 2009 5:58 PM  
Blogger Llehn said...

I love virtual signing parties! I attended one and I loved the interaction between the author and her groupies! It gives us a sense of vested interest in the book.

November 12, 2009 7:43 PM  
Blogger mariska said...

I'm not so into book trailers.
And since i've never seen any Virtual Book signings, i'm gonna choose virtual book signings

November 12, 2009 7:54 PM  
Blogger donnas said...

Book trailers are cool. But I think you find out more though the virtual signing. So I prefer the signing.

November 12, 2009 10:10 PM  
Blogger dreaming days away said...

i'm gonna say trailer, simply because i'm not sure what a virtual book signing is?

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November 12, 2009 11:59 PM  
Blogger Alessandra said...

I love book trailers very, very much, so my vote goes to them :)

November 13, 2009 6:55 AM  
Blogger Jennie said...

I vote for a virtual book signing. Book trailers are okay, but if they aren't don't right, they just look so generic and blah

November 13, 2009 2:32 PM  
Blogger Jennie said...

forgot to add email: jenniester at gmail dot com

November 13, 2009 2:33 PM  
Blogger Laura C. said...

A trailer is much better. Have you seen the Luxe trailers? In these trailers they show the photo shoot for picking out the gown for the cover of the book. It's a lot of fun to watch and you can watch it when ever you like.
Also you get a little look at what the writing is going to look and feel like.

November 13, 2009 3:47 PM  
Blogger Laura C. said...

why do i always forget email addresses? laurapage07@yahoo.com

November 13, 2009 3:48 PM  
Blogger Megg said...

Book Trailors are fun :)
The only negative is that sometimes they won't work on my computer or are too slow.... I just have an old computer though :)

November 13, 2009 3:56 PM  
Blogger Megg said...


I think my email is on my profile.. but who knows?

November 13, 2009 4:33 PM  

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