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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Big thanks to everyone who wrote/commented at fb/tweeted about the holiday celebration yesterday--thank you! I'm really excited about it, and I hope you are too--I mean, you buy a copy of Something, Maybe, and you get my other new 2009 book--for free!

More details here, or for those link-stripping feeds, just go here: http://elizabethwrites.com/blog/2009/12/holiday-gift.php

Moving on, I have loads of links to share today...

Hey, did you know St. Martin's Press has a new line coming out aimed at older teens and twenty-somethings? Me neither, but agent Kristin Nelson got the scoop

Editorial Ass on what to expect if an editor requests your book at a conference -- lots of great stuff, and be sure to check the comments for the entry as well to see others in the industry share their thoughts

Yes, people *do* judge books by their covers. (I know we've talked about this before, but it's so, so true!) But as it turns out, even people who work in the publishing industry do it

Editorial Anonymous on form rejections--and why they are called form rejections

Agent Jessica Faust on likeable characters and on the need for respect between agents and clients

Justine Musk on building an author platform--part one and part two -- why should you read this? As usual, Justine says it far better than I ever could: "In the old days of publishing (which now seem as long-gone as the dinosaurs), publishers gave you the space and patience for that to happen. If they published you in hardcover, your first readers had a year to get the word out about you and jumpstart the second life your book experienced when it came out in paperback.If you were published in original paperback, publishers would nurture you along for four or five books while you steadily accumulated a readerbase.

Not that any of this was guaranteed — or easy — but you had that fighting chance, and it enabled someone like Dean Koontz to survive as an obscure midlist writer (under various pseudonyms) for twenty years before breaking through to the bestselling lists (again under different pseudonyms, which indicates that maybe, just maybe, personal talent, skill and effort can mean as much if not more than luck).

Things are different now.

Writers are so focused on the Holy Grail of that first book contract, which (usually) takes ten or more years of serious writing practice to attain, that they often don’t realize that the second (and third and fourth) contracts can be as challenging. Publishers can’t afford — and are not willing — to carry you anymore. They want numbers. As in sales numbers. They want you to burst out of the gate like the sleekest of racehorses. If you don’t, they drop you, and you face the challenge of starting all over again...

Not at all publishing related, but--well, how could I resist sharing this link for cream cheese-stuffed chocolate chip cookies?