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Monday, December 21, 2009

We had our first snow of the year, and I guess Mother Nature wanted to make up for those 70 degree days we were having in November because WOW! We got about twenty inches in a day, which is (I think) a record-breaker. (And if nothing else, it looked beautiful)

I love snow, but today we're entering into the one part of snow I don't like, and that's the part where patches of it have turned to ice and you have to be extra super careful walking. As someone who is, shall we say, less than naturally graceful, I do not handle walking on slippery surfaces with ease. (Unless the ability to fall down A LOT counts as ease!)

So cross your fingers for me as I head out to take the dog to the vet today for a checkup, and I have some links to share:

The Intern on the weirdness that is book promotion

Nathan Bransford offers a look back at the year in publishing

Kristin Nelson does her yearly statistics roundup--For a look at her previous roundups, just check out my December archives for the past few years. (This year's numbers are, once again, just staggering--38,000 queries, and 6 new clients (!!))

A great post that suggests writers embrace use of "enthusiasm" rather than "disipline" when it comes to writing--"If you aren’t excited about what you’re writing how in the heck can you expect anyone else to be?...That isn’t to say being excited about your stories will mean you’ll never have another bad writing day. It doesn’t mean writing won’t ever be hard. I guarantee it will be. But at least you’ll be working hard because you want to be–not because discipline shamed you into it. Not because guilt told you to write or else. As writers, we understand the power of words. So why in the world do we constantly impose negative ones on this creative thing we’re supposed to love? Enough, I say. Starting today, focus on how to be more enthusiastic about your writing."

Editorial Anonymous with some sage advice on new vs. experienced agents

Justine Musk on procrastination -- The first one is my favorite. It sounds easy but it can actually be really, really hard.

A great little post about the unexpected perks of being an author

Confused by trends in books sales? Confused about sales of your own books? Don't worry, you aren't alone. No one seems to really know

I'm thrilled to say that both Something, Maybe (don't forget that you--yes, YOU!--get a free book for buying this!) and Love You Hate You Miss You are nominees for the Children's Book Council Award, and if you wanted to, you could vote for them, or any of the other amazing books, listed here

And! I was so surprised when I found out that Stealing Heaven is one of the nominees for the 2010-2011 Missouri Association of School Librarians Gateway Award, I actually wrote to the librarian who sent me the note about the nomination and told her I was sure she'd made a mistake. But I was wrong (no shock there, right?) and Stealing Heaven is a nominee--along with so many other WOW! books that I'm still surprised--and very honored) to be on the list. (Thank you, Missouri!!!)


Blogger Elie said...

Send some my way, I would love a White Christmas.

December 21, 2009 10:16 AM  
Blogger barbrafl said...

Yay, I love snow. We haven't gotten new snow since Friday, so it's all ice on the sidewalks and roads, but it still looks pretty in the yards :) Love the Holidays

December 21, 2009 11:56 AM  
Blogger GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

I like snow for about a day, when I don't have to leave the house, and then I'm sick of it.

I was the Gateway committee this year and I made sure I voted for Stealing Heaven! I'm looking forward to booktalking it to my teens next year. Congrats on the nomination!

December 21, 2009 6:43 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

Elie, I hope it snows for you!

Barbrafl--I love snow too :-)

GreenBeanTeenQuen--you are rockstar!!!!!

December 23, 2009 8:27 AM  
Blogger Clara said...

Congratulations on the nominations, rockstah!

December 23, 2009 5:56 PM  

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