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3 AM now means morning. SIGH.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Our neighborhood is one of those "hey, we built some houses and they sold--so let's build some more!" kind of things, so we have neighbors all around us. In fact, if you cross through our patch of "back yard" and through the "grassy area" (translation: the small space that had to be left in its natural state so cable wires, etc. could be run) you'll find yourself smack in another backyard.

Normally I don't notice the houses around us much unless the police visit or something but our backyard neighbor three doors down (not to be confused with our next door neighbors, or across the way neighbors (!)) has installed a new back porch light. And not just any back porch light.

No, this back porch light is clearly the REPEL THE DARK special. They turned it on a few nights ago and--well, let's just say we noticed. (It was hard not to. I'm sure it Icould be seen from space.)

We've tried an extra set of curtains, but it hasn't been working. So my husband and I have told ourselves it's like having a reading light. Which was sort of fun at first, but then not so much at 3 in the morning and it's the third night in a row you've woken up to find yourself thinking "Oh! The sun's already up! I'd better get up--wait a minute. It's...3 AM?? It's supposed to be dark out! Why isn't it dark? Oh yeah. THE LIGHT."

So I am all discombobulated and sleepy. But pretty soon I will be in New York, and then I will get a break from the light! I will be doing a book signing on Sunday, April 5th at 1 PM at Books of Wonder with not one, but TWO, New York Times Bestselling authors--Cassandra Clare and Lisa McMann--and you should totally come if you live anywhere near New York.

I mean, it's Cassandra Clare! And Lisa McMann! Also, I will have presents.

I have links too:

Most Girl Scout cookie sales are over, but if you're dying for some, check out these recipes for Samoa Bars and Thin Minties -- and get your fix any time! (I found these because I stumbled across a link for this, which my husband now wants. Oh, the UK, home to so many candy bars he adores!)

Closing out this sweet entry (har har!), a re-share of one of my husband's faves--a quick and easy adaptation of a Nigel Slater brownie recipe

links and countdown contest/video blog update

Sunday, March 29, 2009

I've got some links to share with you!

Writing the second novel, or the pressure of writing the next book once the first has come out/is about to be released.

A look at how the cover for the new book, Columbine, was created -- as it's a stunning cover and I just got the book, I had to link to it. Cover design is a really fascinating process.

A list of all the young adult authors currently on Twitter

Why You Should Listen to Bad Reviews
--I don't agree with everything that's said, and I also can't and won't read unsolicited work sent to me, but there is some interesting stuff here. Bad reviews can be harsh, but they often point things out things that, if corrected, could make your work better.

Agent Jessica Faust on What Authors Can Do To Sell Books -- Simple and practical. The truth is that the best thing you can do is write the best book of your life and follow it up with an even better book. The rest, the Web site, the blog, the pens, the postcards . . . should only be done if they are fun for you.

The last countdown to Something, Maybe contest winner was The Green Bean Teen Queen, Jo won Does This Book Make Me Look Fat? and Bunny won Bones of Faerie from the video blog contest I did last week.

And speaking of contests, don't forget to enter the Out Of This World Contest!

books! free books!--plus the scoop on the Out Of This World Contest!

Thursday, March 26, 2009




If you're reading this through a feed, the video may not show up. If it doesn't, you can see it here or here. (And for those feeds which strip out links, here's one you can cut and paste: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ1LFGoECQ0 )

Also! I've heard rumors the commentary track for Twilight is v. funny. True? Not true???

Something, Maybe is here...and the Out Of This World Contest

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Something, Maybe is now officially here and available for purchase at your favorite local bookstore--YAY!!!!!

To celebrate, I'm doing what I love best, and that's having a contest! More specifically, the Out Of This World contest!

Here's what you need to do to enter the Out Of This World contest:

1. Buy a copy of Something, Maybe and save the receipt.

2. Take a picture of the receipt and then send the picture to me at elizabethscottcontest@gmail.com

3. Once I get the picture of your receipt, you'll be entered into the Out Of This World contest!

Here are the prizes:

First Prize: A star (Yes, for real! If you read the book, you'll know why this is the first prize, and not only will you get your very own star--you'll even get to name it, and it is your star FOREVER!)

Second Prize: Two people will each get a $25 gift certificate to the bookstore of their choice

Third Prize: Three people will a signed copy of any of my current novels--including the upcoming Love You Hate You Miss You

Again, all you have to do to enter is buy Something, Maybe and send a picture of your receipt to elizabethscottcontest@gmail.com

The contest will run through April 26th, and I'll announce the winners here on April 28th.

1 Day to Something, Maybe!

Monday, March 23, 2009

I can't believe today is it--the last day before Something, Maybe is officially in stores, although I'm extremely thrilled to say that it already appears to be in them! (WHOOO!)

One day to go and I have one last thing to share about Something, Maybe--and all books, really--and that's blurbs.

Getting a blurb is a big deal because--well, who doesn't want to have a famous author say something nice about their book? Plus they're very important when you're a new author because a good blurb can make bookstores really take notice!

I've been very fortunate when it comes to blurbs, but Something, Maybe will always have a special place in my heart because Sarah Dessen blurbed it, and you all know how much I adore her books! (And yes, that entry is really from 2006--and I still remember being first in line to get her autograph at BEA!)

So today, in honor of Sarah's lovely blurb, I'm giving one lucky person copies of Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, and This Lullaby!

For your chance to win, tell me how you feel about blurbs because...well, to be honest, I've always wondered how everyone else feels about them! Are they something you notice when you pick up a book or you're thinking about getting it?

Tell me what you think about blurbs by midnight tonight and then one lucky person will win all those books! (And congrats to yesterday's winner, Ann Diana Dinh (check your spam folder for my message to you because hotmail hates me!))

Today's the last day of the countdown and I want to thank all of you for being part of it--I've had so much fun, and I hope you have too.

Also! If you happen to pick up a copy of Something, Maybe, be sure to hold on to your receipt and stay tuned...Out-Of-This-World contest details tomorrow!!!

I found Something, Maybe!!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

I went looking for-- and found Something, Maybe -- it's definitely here!! (Don't worry though, the countdown will still go on--check out today's Two Days!)



Surprised at Store #1!

Happy and Surprised at Store #2!

Giddy at Store #3!

Showing my mature side to the husband at Store #4!

Shocked and so SO happy at Store #5! (!!)

I was going to save this till tomorrow, but since it's pretty clear the book is out (YAY!), I'll just say that if you get it, make sure to save your receipt. You'll need it for this Out-Of-This-World contest!

2 Days to Something, Maybe!

Something, Maybe is really and truly almost here--I'm going to scout bookstores today to see if I can find a copy. (I'll keep you posted!)

With only two days left, I want to talk about something Polo Pony asked, which was if I had a favorite scene in Something, Maybe. And as those of you who've watched the vlogs know, I most definitely *do* have a favorite scene!

It involves a window, kissing....and a geode. A tease:

"I wanted to talk to you. Wait, what are you holding?"

"A geode.


Yep, there really is a geode in my favorite scene, and I won't say more--or give away a geode--but I will give away a copy of Alyson Noel's Evermore AND a copy of Tina Ferraro's The ABCs of Kissing Boys if you tell me *your* favorite scene from a recent read by midnight tonight. Congrats to yesterday's winner, Kate, and I can't wait to read about your favorite scenes!

Only TWO days!!!!!

3 Days to Something, Maybe!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

You asked, and so here's my attempt to tell you more about me--and how I write:



If you can't see the video because of a feed, you can watch it here or here. Also, for those of you who wanted to know more about what I'm reading, come visit me over at goodreads

Moving on...

With three days left, I wanted to let you know how grateful I am for you and all your support! (And ideas too--be sure to check those Something, Maybe websites come Tuesday to see what you inspired...)

Now you know what I'm grateful for--what/who are you grateful for? Let me know by midnight tonight and you could win a copy of Meg Cabot's Forever Princess!

OH! Yesterday's winner was The Voter *and* we have confirmed book sightings--YAY! (thanks Renee, Reyna, and RM!):







THREE DAYS!

4 Days to Something, Maybe!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Congrats to yesterday's winner, Andrea, and today, with four days left (!!)--well, today it's all about chemistry--and not the kind that involves the periodic table!

In Something, Maybe, Hannah works with two guys, Josh and Finn. She likes Josh a lot but there's something about Finn too...

Here's a little peek at Josh and Hannah:

Josh says, "Hannah?"

I look at him and he says, "Can we talk? Later, I mean."

Oh. OH.

I nod.

And then I wait, nervous and impatient--and actually a little scared--for our shift to end. When it finally does, Josh pulls me aside.

"Hey, about before, I just...I wanted to say that I think...well, I think you're pretty special," he says, kind of stumbling over the words, like he's hesitant to say them, and I wish he'd hug me again. And then kiss me.



And here's a little bit about Finn and Hannah:

I follow, a little cautiously, but catch up quickly when Finn stops at the vending machines. He buys two bags of chips, a granola bar, an orange juice, and a bag of animal crackers.

"Here," he says, and hands me a bag of chips, the granola bar, and the orange juice.

"Oh," I say. "Thanks, but I really can't take--"

"Yeah, you can. I saw you in the cafeteria with one of those so-called burgers. You won't make it through an hour of work on that. And I'm not taking all your orders."

"You saw me at lunch?"

"Yep, we share something besides Goverment," he says. "I gotta get those flyers out of my locker and into my car so Coach Landon won't explode. Eat, okay? You're useless to me otherwise."

I sort of want to hug him. A lot. It's strange--but nice--and I smile at him. "How come I didn't get the animal crackers?"

"Greedy," he says, and hands them over, looking at my mouth. Then he blushes and says, "See you later."

I can't say anything because I'm too busy being stunned that Finn looked at my mouth. And that I definitely noticed him looking.


So, what makes *you* notice someone? What do you think causes chemistry? Let me know by midnight tonight and you could win a copy of Simone Elkeles' Perfect Chemistry (with what we're talking about, I *had* to give this book away today!)

5 Days to Something, Maybe! (and your questions...answered!)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

You all asked some great questions:




Just in case the video doesn't show up for you, you can see it here or here

Yesterday's winner was Becky, and today you could win a copy of Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth!

For your chance to win, just leave me a comment by midnight tonight telling me either--

a. what you'd like to see during one of the last four (!) days of the countdown (I've got three days pretty well mapped out, but would love to know what *you'd* like to see!)

or

b. what you'd like to see on this blog in general

5 Days!!!

6 Days to Something, Maybe!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I'm hearing reports that Something, Maybe is starting to show up in stores--YAY!

If you happen to see it, I'd love to see a picture! In fact, if you do see it, and send me a photo (please send it to: elizabeth at elizabethwrites dot com) by this Friday, March 20th at midnight, I'll post the photo *and* send you a $10 gift card to the bookstore of your choice! (Also, if you end up buying the book, make sure you save your receipt because I'm going to be running a contest with all sorts of prizes--including something from out of this world!--once the book comes out)

Also, congrats to yesterday's winner, Cecila, and thanks for so many great questions! I'll be answering a bunch of them tomorrow...

But now for today!

In Something, Maybe, Hannah's parents are *constantly* embarrassing her. Have your parents ever embarrassed you? (My mother used to have a pair of pants with frogs printed on them (yes, for real!) and I used to do my best to pretend I didn't know her when she wore them. Thankfully, they "disappeared" when I was in middle school, but the fact that I still remember seeing her in them--and having my friends see her in them--when I was in fifth grade is, I think, the truest testimony to the fact that pants with a frog print? Never a good idea!)

Tell me about your embarrassing parent moment by midnight tonight and you could win a copy of the Twilight Director's Notebook: How We Made the Movie by Catherine Hardwicke!


(Since I seem to have gained some new readers (Hi!), here are my usual contest rules: one entry per person, please make sure you leave a way for me to contact you if you win, the winner is picked by a random number generator, and yes, I will ship books overseas. I also announce winners right away--usually the next day)

7 Days to Something, Maybe! (SEVEN!)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

One week left(!) till Something, Maybe comes out and you know what? I want to know what *YOU* want to know about the book--that's right, today you get to question me!

So....what would you like to know about Something, Maybe? Ask me by midnight tonight and you could win an ARC of Kim Harrison's Once Dead, Twice Shy! I'll pick one winner at random and that person will get the ARC. I'll also do my best to answer every question I get!

And while you're thinking about what you'd like to ask, here are some links worth checking out:

A fabulous, surprisingly funny essay about living with food allergies--which, of course, I can totally relate to! When Don't Kill The Birthday Girl comes out, I'm so buying it.

The always fabulous Tess Gerritsen offers I Want to Be A Novelist. Advice, Please.

Beth Bernobich has a gorgeous poem about writing -- it captures what it is so well. If you only click on one link, make it this one.

Justine Larbalestier on the myth of the "suffering artist and on what you, as a writer, can do when you're worried--and this is truly GREAT ADVICE:

"You can only control the book you write.

You can’t control whether you sell it. You can’t control how big the advance is if you sell it. You can’t control how much is spent promoting it. You can’t control how many copies Barnes & Noble takes or whether they take it at all. You can’t control whether punters buy it when it finally appears on the shelves. You can’t control the reviews. You can’t control the award committees.

Spending time and energy angsting about any of that stuff will only do your head in.

All you can do is write the very best book you can.
"

Hard to follow but so, so true.

The manager of marketing for Dorchester talks about ways to promote your book--be sure to check the comments too, as she talks more about promotion there as well

Guess what the second-most-popular-page on Facebook is. Give up? Coca-Cola--but the catch is, it's not a page run by the company. It's a fan page

This is just so cool--a mini-challenge for my books!

Congrats to yesterday's winner, Senfaye, can't wait for your questions, and one week to go!!

8 Days to Something, Maybe! (and another video! plus Wings!)

Monday, March 16, 2009

I actually had a lot of fun doing that first video blog, so I thought I'd try it again. It's another clip of me reading from Something, Maybe:



If the clip isn't showing up for you--I'm not sure if it'll translate through feeds, etc. you can view it here or here

And of course I'm still keeping the countdown going by giving something away--and today it's an ARC of the book everyone's talking about: Aprilynne Pike's Wings!

For your chance to win, please leave a comment telling me what Finn says about the candy Hannah got by midnight tonight (hint: it's in the video!) and then I'll pick one name at random and that person will win the ARC of Wings.

Congrats to yesterday's winner, paperback.pixie and EIGHT days till Something, Maybe!!!

9 Days to Something, Maybe!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Yesterday's winner was Michelle--but thank you ALL for your suggestions.

Today--well, today we're into single digits, and it's all starting to feel real to me. (It'll become real when I see the book in a bookstore--walking in and seeing my book on the shelf is such a thrill! I thought it might get less over time but it hasn't. It amazes me *every single time.*)

The weirdest thing of all is that writing and being published was a dream I didn't even know I had, but having it come true has been one of the best things to ever happen to me. And that leads me to today's contest, which is about dreams.

In Something, Maybe, Hannah's friend Teagan went to design school in New York to study fashion, but is now back in Slaterville. And it's clear that she misses school and New York...

"Have you asked them how much longer they want you to stay? I know you must miss New York and stuff. School."

She's silent as I stop at the end of her driveway.

"Teagan, you should tell them you think they'll be okay on their own. Then you can go, you know?"

"I will."

"When?"

"Soon."

"Tonight?"

"Soon," she says, and gets out of the truck...


Teagan has had to put her dream on hold--has that ever happened to you or someone you know? If it has, tell me about it by midnight tonight and you might win a copy of Janette Rallison's Just One Wish OR a signed copy of Stealing Heaven (by me!)--your choice!

NINE days!!

10 Days to Something, Maybe!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Wow, ten days to go till Something, Maybe!

TEN! YAY!

Today, I hope this entry shows up on everyone's feeds--yesterday's (which was about the cover) didn't, and so I've got my fingers crossed....

I also want to do a little looking back. Let's see:

I've talked about the book reading and signing I'll be doing and given you a url that you can use to spread the word (http://elizabethwrites.com/blog/2009/03/something-maybe-mini-tourand-more.php), posted the first two chapters, which you can read here or here, talked about Hannah's job (which is an actual job!), shared a little more about Josh and Finn, Hannah's co-workers, and how there's more to Finn than Hannah thinks, listed five facts about Candy, Hannah's mom (including a few things that didn't make it into the book!), talked about how Jackson finally gets in touch with Hannah, posted my first ever video blog, wrote about why I wrote the book (and how I had to rewrite it!), shared a little bit from the book about Hannah's trip to see Jackson, asked for your help with websites, and shared how the cover came to be--and it's been so much fun!

There's also been twelve winners so far: Deltay, Erika Lynn, Lisa, Avni, Anatole, Jenn, Brittany, purdypirate, Adele, Naima, thatsnotmyname (who needs to check her/his spam folder because I suspect that's where my messages have gone--hotmail hates me!), and yesterday's winner, Genevieve.

And today's winner--well, you know what I was going to say!

For your chance to win a copy of Michele Jaffe's Kitty Kitty, all you have to do is tell me what prize you'd like to see me give away in these last few days of the countdown by midnight tonight.

Hope you're having a great Saturday, and here are a few links for you to check out while you're deciding what prize you'd like to see me give away:

Tess Gerritsen has a mind-blowing (and kind of of scary!) entry about reality being much stranger than fiction

Agent Nathan Bransford wants to know how writers deal with rejection and frustration--loads of interesting comments for both entries.

And finally, Editorial Anonymous explains something I never really understood (but do now--thanks EA!)-- Sell-In and Sell-Through (EA also has a great post about strippable books)

11 Days to Something, Maybe!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Yesterday's winner was thatsnotmyname, who was the first person to suggest quizzes about the book, which I feel like I can handle doing. All of your suggestions were great though, and I do think I'm going to try and put in some other things as well. I'll keep you posted! :-)

There are 11 days left until Something, Maybe is in stores but I'm hearing rumblings that it's already shipping from certain online bookstores! (If you see it in your local bookstore this weekend, let me know! ooh, and if you want to post a picture or send one to me picture if you do find it, that would be amazing)

Back to the countdown, and today I'm going to talk about the cover for Something, Maybe

When it comes to my Simon Pulse covers, what usually happens is my awesome editor shows me a bunch of pictures and then we talk about them. If you'd like to see the contenders for the cover of Something, Maybe--which we started discussing back when the title was still Live! Nude! Mom. click here.

I wish I could pull them all out as individual images, but I have no idea how to do that with a pdf file, plus I think it's kind of cool to see all of them at once.

The second picture was--obviously--the one that caught my eye--and my editor's as well--but there was a problem. The girl's hair wasn't blond and Hannah is! But, as it turns out, that's easy enough to fix, and we got to this:



Getting closer, but something wasn't quite right--there was still something kind of flat about the cover. Also, the title had changed.** And so we ended up with this***:



And that's how the cover came to be!

But wait, doesn't it seem like I'm forgetting something?

I haven't, and today I'm giving away a copy of Laura Whitcomb's A Certain Slant of Light? For your chance to win all you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what your weekend plans. (I'll be rewriting!) Leave your comment by midnight tonight and then I'll pick one name at random and that person will win the book!

**The title was changed pretty late, after copies of Perfect You had gone out with the excerpt from Something, Maybe in it, which is why you can find copies out there that say the book will be Live! Nude! Mom. I still get asked about that, actually, and yep, Live! Nude! Mom. = Something, Maybe.

***For me, the best part of the cover? What Sarah Dessen was kind enough to say. Because hello, SARAH DESSEN! I am a total fangurl and the blurb was a dream come true. (I actually screamed when my editor told me.)


(Because of blog feed problems, this post was deleted and then reposted)

12 Days to Something, Maybe! (and you could win two brand new books, plus one more!)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

In Something, Maybe, I do something I haven't done in any of my other books--and that's mention specific websites.

In order to to that, I had to find websites that hadn't been used--which, let me tell you, is harder than you'd think! (For instance, when I set up this website way back when, I couldn't use my name because someone else was already using it. So that's how elizabethwrites.com came to be)

Anyway! After making sure all the potential websites I was writing about didn't already exist, I bought all the domain names for those websites. Two of them are mentioned in the excerpt (which you can read here or here) and today I want to know this:

What are one of those two websites, where does it go now, and is there somewhere else you think it should go--for instance, should I set up a separate page for the book that all those links go to, and if so, what should be on it?

Let me know your thoughts by midnight tonight and then the winner with the best suggestion will get a copy of *two* brand-new novels: Jennifer Lynn Barnes' Fate and Rachel Hawthorne's Moonlight *plus* an autographed copy of any one of my novels. And obviously, I'll do my best to follow the winning suggestion!

12 Days YAY! (And congrats to yesterday's winner, Naima)

13 Days to Something, Maybe! (and travel)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Less than two weeks till Something, Maybe!

In the book, Hannah does end up seeing her father, Jackson, in New York City. Here's a little bit about that:

I've always known Slaterville is one of those places you pass on the highway that looks like everywhere else, that there's nothing special about it, but I hadn't realized how slow it is. Everyone in the train station, with the exception of people like me, moves like they have somewhere to be, and they have to be there now.

And Jackson isn't here.

I try to ignore the small but miserable voice that starts howling inside me, one that's wailing at the unfairness of it all, of Jackson letting me down again. Of Jackson not loving me. I try to push away what's left of the little girl who once thought she was a princess, but it's hard.

Five years, and I still haven't managed to get rid of her.

And then I see an enormous guy, so tall he doesn't even seem human, holding a sign that says HANNAH.

I walk over to him slowly, and when I'm halfway there he says, "Hannah?"

"That's me," I say. "I guess Jackson sent you. One of his girlfriends' breasts spring a leak or something?"

The guy doesn't even crack a smile. "Mr. James is outside," he says. "Come with me, please."


There's more, of course, but now let's talk about you!

New York is one of my favorite places to visit--what's yours? Tell me your favorite place to go--or where you wish you could--by midnight tonight and you could win a copy of Suzanne Supplee's Artichoke's Heart! The usual rules apply: the winner will be picked at random, please remember to leave a way for me to contact you, only one entry per person, and yep, you can enter if you live overseas and/or if you've won something me from me before. Also, congrats to yesterday's winner, Adele!

And because I really miss sharing links, here's a few worth checking out:

Agent Nathan Bransford offers Ten Commandments for the Happy Writer

Great article about a great book, Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, and the success it's found

And not at all about writing or publishing, but I can't not share this one: a fabulous article about--imo--*the* best couple on television--The Office's Jim and Pam and how the show has managed to make them even better now that they're together

14 Days to Something, Maybe!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Thanks for being so nice about my first ever attempt at video blogging! And congrats to Purdypirate, who won the ARC of Fragile Eternity.

I don't normally talk about my own writing here, but with two weeks (!!) to go until Something, Maybe is in stores, I thought it might be interesting. (Please feel free to tell me otherwise!)

Anyway.

When I wrote Something, Maybe, I'd finished writing Perfect You and another book which is under contract and I desperately wanted to write a love story. I mean, we're talking me walking around the house muttering, "Love story! I just want to write a love story! Something sweet! Something fun!"**

But all my ideas weren't working. At all.

And then for some reason, I thought: Live! Nude! Mom. (and for real, no idea why it popped into my head, but I'm so glad it did) and all of a sudden, bam! Hannah was there and then Candy and Jackson and Teagan showed up, with Josh and Finn appearing soon after. I scribbled down everything I thought of and then started to write.

And when I was done, I had to rewrite the whole thing. Twice. That's right--the whole book. (And this was before it even got to my editor, where even more rewriting occurred!)

I admit, I'm not a huge fan of the rewrite. I do it all the time--okay, I've done it with every. single. book.--and it's certainly necessary, but if I could get a story right on the first try, I would *love* that. But rewriting is a enormous and necessary part of writing, and rewriting Something, Maybe showed me that even when you undo everything, you can put it back together again.

So in honor of all that undoing, today I'm giving away a copy of Undone by Brooke Taylor. For your chance to win, just leave a comment telling me about a time you've had to do something over again by midnight tonight and then I'll pick one name at random and that person will win the book!

**Of course, after writing my sweet love story, what happened next? Living Dead Girl.

15 Days to Something, Maybe! (and my first ever attempt at video blogging)

Monday, March 09, 2009

First off, thanks for such a great first week of the countdown--I'm so excited about Something, Maybe and it's been fun talking about it with you!--and congrats to yesterday's winner, Brittany.

Today I thought I'd try something different, and so, for the first time ever, I've done a video blog. It's just a short clip of me reading from--yep, you guessed it--Something, Maybe



If the movie isn't showing up for you--I'm not sure if it'll translate through feeds, etc. you can view it here or here

And of course you know I'm giving away something--and today it's an ARC of Melissa Marr's upcoming Fragile Eternity!

For your chance to win, leave a comment telling me what kind of coffee Josh wishes he had by midnight tonight, and then I'll pick one name at random and that person will win the ARC of Fragile Eternity.

15 Days!!

16 Days to Something, Maybe!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Today, let me introduce you to Teagan, Hannah's best--and only--friend.

I met Teagan last spring. I'd seen her around before she went to college, of course, but she was a senior who wore amazing clothes and talked about going to New York all the time. And was--and did--none of those things.

But last spring, I was sitting outside one night while Mom was working, trying to pretend I didn't care that the Howards were looking at me out their windows every five seconds like I was about to start writhing around on the grass or something, and Teagan walked by.

"Hey," she said, and I was so surprised that she was back home--and all right, that she'd spoken to me--that I said "Hey" back.


In honor of Teagan, today I'm giving away The Season by Sarah MacLean, a book she'd most definitely approve of because there are no jeans in it. (Teagan *hates* jeans, but there's a reason for it....)

For a chance to win a copy of The Season, leave me a comment telling me how you met your best friend by midnight tonight and then I'll pick one name at random and that person will win the book! You can enter if you live overseas, of if you've won something from me before. All I ask is that you leave a way for me to contact you, so I can let you know if you win :-)

And to cap of this first week of the Countdown Celebration, here's what's been going on, plus a list of the winners!

So far, I've talked about the book reading and signing I'll be doing and this contest and given you a url that you can use to spread the word (http://elizabethwrites.com/blog/2009/03/something-maybe-mini-tourand-more.php), posted the first two chapters, which you can read here or here, talked about Hannah's job (which is an actual job!), shared a little more about Josh and Finn, Hannah's co-workers, and how there's more to Finn than Hannah thinks, listed five facts about Candy, Hannah's mom (including a few things that didn't make it into the book!), and talked about Jackson, Hannah's dad--and how he finally gets in touch with her

And there have been six winners so far: Deltay, Erika Lynn, Lisa, Avni, Anatole, and Jenn (who won yesterday's copy of Gone)--with plenty more to come!

Tomorrow, I'll be doing something on this blog that I've never done before--and continuing the celebration, of course!

17 Days to Something, Maybe! (and also, Happy Saturday!)

Saturday, March 07, 2009

I don't usually blog on the weekends, but hey, there are only 17 days left till Something, Maybe shows up in stores---plus I'm having a lot of fun with this Countdown Celebration!

In Something, Maybe, Hannah hasn't spoken to her father, Jackson, in years. And then, out of the blue, he calls her...

"Here," she says, turning to me and holding out the phone. "It's Jackson."

"Jackson?"

Mom nods.

I take the phone, suddenly feeling shaky. I haven't spoken to Jackson since I was twelve.

Why is he calling now?


Trust me, you do find out why he calls. And because Jackson has been out of Hannah's life for such a long time, today I'm going to give away Michael Grant's Gone, because the title seems very fitting!

Just leave a comment (that's it because hey, it's the weekend!) by midnight tonight, and then I'll pick one winner at random, etc. etc.

Yesterday's winner was Anatole, today's winner...well, you know. It could be YOU!

Also, if you're interested in coming to the book signing in New York City on April 5th at Books of Wonder from 1-3 PM (you'll get to see Cassandra Clare AND Lisa McMann--TWO New York Times Bestselling Authors!!), feel free to drop me a note with your addy using the contact page and I'll send you a postcard with all the signing info. Or you can just click here

18 Days to Something, Maybe!

Friday, March 06, 2009

Just a brief countdown break--I found out that Living Dead Girl is part of the 2009 New York Public Library's Stuff for the Teen Age. WHOOO! (And thank you, NYPL!)

Okay, now back to Something, Maybe. Yesterday's winner was Avni, and today's winner--well, you know the drill!

Today I thought I'd talk a little about Candy, Hannah's mom. If you've read the first couple of chapters (which you can here or here), you've met her, and she's definitely not your average mom! But there is more to her than meets the eye, and so I thought I'd share five things about her:

--She was nineteen when she met Jackson, Hannah's father, at his birthday party, and twenty-one when he kicked her out of his house--and life. She was also pregnant with Hannah.

-- She and Hannah lived in Queens for a while, and that was the happiest time of Candy's entire life.

--She can cook exactly two things: boxed mac and cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches.

--The sitcom Candy was on, Cowboy Dad, ran for eighteen episodes. Twenty-two were filmed, and the whole show was eventually released on DVD. It's become something of a cult favorite, mostly due to the "outfit" Candy wore in each episode. (Bonus feature (!): The sitcom is mentioned in the book, but the number of episodes, why it became a cult favorite, and how Candy felt about the main character's catch phrase of "Yee-haw!" (she *hated* it) is something I wrote about very early on and then cut.)

--Here's how--and why--Candy decided she and Hannah would live where they do:

We drove straight down the East Coast until one night on the interstate we passed a man in a tow truck talking to a woman whose car had broken down on the side of the road.

"We're here," Mom said, and got off at the next exit.

That's how we ended up in Slaterville. Not because Mom wanted to be here, but because for just a moment, she saw something that reminded her of Jose, that reminded her of the life she'd had.


Candy also wrote an autobiography, which is mentioned in the book, but as it's fictional I can't give that away! Instead, I'll be giving away a copy of Jake Coburn's Lovesick -- just leave a comment by midnight tonight with the title of Candy's autobiography. (Hint: it's mentioned in the excerpt that's been posted!)

18 Days!!

19 Days to Something, Maybe!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Yesterday's winner was Lisa and today's winner--well, that could be YOU!

When I wrote Something, Maybe, I really wanted to write a flat-out love story, and a lot of the book is about Hannah and her feelings for Josh, her co-worker, who, as Hannah says is, "smart, kind, and best of all, isn't a complete dog like every other guy in the whole world. "

The book also is about Hannah and Finn, her other co-worker. Hannah puts up with Finn--barely--"he's your average 17-year-old Slaterville male, and they can be described in one word. Bleagh."

But it turns out there's more to Finn than Hannah thinks, and she starts to see that. Here's a little bit from later on in the book:

I pick the break room, where I can sit alone without anyone possibly seeing me sitting alone. Like, say, Josh when he gets to work. Plus since I haven't actually started work yet, I won't lose any pay, and...well, that's about all sitting in here has got going for it. The room itself is as depressing as ever, cinderblock walls, beat-up chair, hideous fuzzy orange sofa with Finn--

With Finn lying on it, reading a thick book with one of those "I'm a classic!" covers. (You know the ones I mean--they've all got dark backgrounds with a picture of an old woman or flowers or something. Never anything good.)

"Are you reading?" I say. It's not that I don't think Finn can read or anything, but it's just---well, not what I expected to see. I figured Finn spent his spare time doing whatever it is guys who aren't Josh do when they aren't in school. Burping, or something.


There's more to the scene, and if you leave a comment by midnight tonight, you could win a signed copy of a draft of this scene, complete with my scribblings about things that needed to be changed! Or, if you don't want that, you can have a copy of Angela Morrison's Taken By Storm.

Remember, just leave a comment (although I wouldn't mind hearing what you think of this little bit of a scene I've shared!) by midnight, and then I'll draw one person's name at random and that person will win a signed draft page of this scene! (Or the book--winner's choice!) And, as always, all the other usual rules apply.

It's really starting to hit me that the book is going to be here soon--19 Days YAY!!!

20 Days to Something, Maybe!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Today...hmm.

You know what? Today, I'm going to talk about Hannah's job.

When I started writing Something, Maybe, I knew money was going to be tight for Hannah and her mom, and I knew Hannah would have a job. And I wondered what it would be, and then I remembered something I'd read.

Years ago, I read an article about a certain fast-food restaurant experimenting with centralizing all their order-taking in one location, and the idea that you could be placing an order for a burger and be talking to someone hundreds of miles away fascinated me. So I saved the article, not knowing if I'd ever use it.

Turns out I did, and that's how Hannah ended up with her unusual--but very real--job of taking burger orders for customers she never ever sees! (And of course, I decided to mix things up by giving her two very cute co-workers, but I'll talk about them later.)

So for today's contest--what's the strangest job you've ever heard of someone having, or the strangest job you've ever had? Let me know by midnight tonight and you could win a copy of She's So Money by Cherry Cheva. The usual rules apply--winner chosen at random, yes, you can enter if you live overseas--and don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you if you win!

Congrats to yesterday's winner, Erika Lynn....and 20 days to go!!

21 Days to Something, Maybe!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Congrats to yesterday's winner, Deltay, and now on to today--which is ALL free stuff!

First up, I've got part of the book for you to read--that's right, you can check out the first two chapters simply by clicking here. And if that doesn't work for you, you can check it out over at Scribd

And then all you need to do is tell me this:

What's the main character's first name? (I know, this one is really easy, but hey, I heart you all!!)

Just leave me that first name by midnight tonight and you could win a copy of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side! I'll pick one person at random and that person will win the book--and yes, you can enter if you live overseas or if you've won something from me before. Just make sure you leave a way for me to contact you :-)

21 Days!!!!!!!!!!

22 Days to Something, Maybe!!!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Before we get down to business (aka the FREE STUFF),I've got some links to share:

Holly Black on Crazy Writing Theories--make sure to check out the comments too!

Editorial Anoymous talks about Bookscan, which is what the publishing industry uses to look at sales numbers--even though, as EA points out, it's not always correct

Agent Janet Reid has a list of things to skip in your query letter

Also! I'm pleased to announce the Pulse Spring Fling! contest winners: McKenna (first prize), Olivia (second prize), and Megan (third prize) -- and a huge THANK YOU to everyone who entered!

Last week's contest winner was Andrea--so congrats to her, and another thank you to everyone who shared their moments/the people who matter most. You all sure know how to get me teary!

Now, on to the main event!

There are 22 days till Something, Maybe is in stores (YAY!) and to kick things off right I'm giving away a copy of Lisa McMann's awesomtastic FADE, the NYT bestseller that everyone is talking about!

Want a chance to win it? Just mention Something, Maybe and this 22 Day Countdown Celebration (here's a url you can use to link to: http://elizabethwrites.com/blog/2009/03/something-maybe-mini-tourand-more.php) on your blog or facebook or on your favorite book message board/goodreads group--it's up to you! You just need to post the link to your post/message/etc. for me to see by midnight tonight and then I'll pick one person at random and that person will get FADE!

And here's a little bit about Something, Maybe...

Although Something, Maybe is coming out after Living Dead Girl, part of it is in the back of Perfect You, where it's listed as my next book--and Perfect You came out way before Living Dead Girl. So how did *that* happen?

Well, what happened was I'd written and sold Something, Maybe to Simon Pulse when I sold them Perfect You, and they put a little part of it in Perfect You since it was going to be my next book.

And then I wrote Living Dead Girl. Things really snowballed with that, and it ended up coming out superfast, which is why I had three books out last year instead of two.

So every time I read that Something, Maybe is a follow-up to Living Dead Girl, I smile because it is coming out after it. But I wrote it before Living Dead Girl was even an idea.

Tomorrow, I'll be sharing an excerpt of the book -- and, of course, more free stuff!

Something, Maybe mini-tour...and more!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

I've loved hearing from all of you who are excited about Something, Maybe -- it's hard to believe it's been almost a year since an excerpt of it appeared in Perfect You, and I'm so happy it's going to be out soon!

So, as of tomorrow, I'll be starting a countdown celebration till Something, Maybe is in stores by (you know me!) giving away free books and maybe a few other things, like gift cards or a signed page from a draft of the novel (Would you all be interested in that?)

The catch is, this time I'll be doing it EVERY DAY until the book comes out!

And once Something, Maybe is out, I'll be heading up to New York for a mini-tour (okay, I totally made that term up, but I like it!)

I'll be reading from the book on Wednesday, April 1st, at the Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library with loads of other amazing authors from 6-7:30 PM. And then on Sunday, April 5th, from 1-3 PM, I'll be at Books of Wonder, doing a signing with NYT Bestselling Authors Cassandra Clare and Lisa McMann! (!!!)

If you live in the NYC area and want a reminder card/more info for the reading or signing (or both!) just drop me a line using the contact form. Make sure to include your full name and mailing addy--and then I'll get a card out to you!