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Teen Author Carnival yay!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Many thanks to the Five Awesome YA Fans--Devyn, Korianne, Mitali, Genvieve, and Adam--for setting up the Teen Author Carnival! It was amazing to meet so many young adult bloggers and authors and I had so much fun!

You can learn more about Five Awesome YA Fans via their YouTube channel or over at ning

I know there was live video of the event, but I haven't seen it yet. If you did, or saw any photos--or were there live--I think we'd all love a report!

And tomorrow this is where I"ll be...

come see me! plus links and contest winners

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I'm going to be in New York soon (yay!) and if you live in the area, I'll be around...

NYC Teen Author Carnival
May 28, 2009 4-6 PM at the Jefferson Market Branch Library (425 Avenue of the Americas at 10th St)
First, it's hosted by teen bloggers which is AWESOME, so you know I'll be there! There are going to be loads of other authors appearing as well *plus* there are going to be giveaways and games. What's not to love, right? You can read more about the event and see a list of all the authors who are attending at NYC Teen Author Carnival website

Elizabeth Public Library Author Appearance
June 1, 2009, starts at 4:30 PM (you can get directions to the Elizabeth Public Library here) I'll be talking a little bit about my books, answering questions, and maybe giving away a few books...

Teen Author Reading Night
June 3, 2009, starts at 6:00PM, and just like the Teen Author Carnival, this one is also held at the Jefferson Market Branch Library. I'll be reading from my new novel, Love You Hate You Miss You

I'll also be signing copies of Something, Maybe during BEA, so if you're there on Sunday, May 31st, come by booth 4052 from 12:00-12:30 and get a free, signed copy!

And...congrats go to Jessica, Kathleen Elizabeth, Madison, Ashley, and Meredith--who each won a free book in yesterday's book wish contest!

Finally, I have a great link to share:

Beth Bernobich on critiquing other writers--please, please, please read this if you're a writer or want to write. It's one of the most thoughtful posts about talking to other writers about their writing I've ever read. "Figure out, as best as you can, where that writer is on their journey. Hit them as hard as they can handle. Ultimately, it hurts you worse than it hurts them."

Love You Hate You Miss You and bookwish contest (today ONLY!)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I saw Love You Hate You Miss You in a few more bookstores this weekend, and even got some pictures of it elsewhere (special thanks to Amber for her *awesome* photo of the book at her local Barnes and Noble)--so I think it's safe say to say that Love You Hate You Miss You is out in the world!

Here's the beginning of it (for feeds that strip links out, you can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgnksqSAk60)



It's very exciting and a little sad for me to have the book come out--exciting because I sold the book in 2005 (!) and it's finally really here (yay!) and a little sad because I wrote it when my life changed in a lot of ways and although some of them are amazing (I never thought I'd be published, EVER!), some of them are more bittersweet.

But then, I think that's how life is--a mix of good and bad, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

All right, I'd have more cake added. But hey, who doesn't like the idea of life with more cake???

One last thing--since it is release day, I feel like I need to celebrate a bit, so tell me what currently published young adult novel you'd like to read--and why--and you could win that book! As I'm getting ready to go to New York, this is going to be a short contest, so tell me about the published young adult novel you'd like to read by midnight TONIGHT (the 26th) and then I'll pick five names at random and each of those people will get the book they want.

And that's it! Can't wait to read what you all are anxious to read, and I hope you enjoy the start of Love You Hate You Miss You

ARC winner, links, and something that surprised the heck out of me!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Congrats to pepsivanilla, whose 99 word comment about Along For The Ride won her the ARC!

I've also got some links to share:

Beth Fantaskey, who was one of the authors I signed with at Books of Wonder, and who wrote Jessica's Guide to Dating On The Dark Side, is running a really fun contest! The winner not only gets a signed copy of her book, but lots of other things, including a tin of Vampire Repelling Garlic Mints *and* a first-ever sneak peek at her next book, Jekel Loves Hyde.

Editorial Ass explains everything you'd ever want to know about how advances, royalties, and foreign rights sales--and even includes scenarios to show how it all works! If you're at all interested in knowing how the money end of things for authors work, you should read this.

Agent Nathan Bransford on requerying--he covers just about everything I think is possible regarding this!

And finally, I ran into my local Borders yesterday to pick up a book and what did I see but this:



Talk about a shock! (For the record, it still looks like the book won't be showing up in most bookstores until June 2nd, but clearly some Borders do, in fact, have Love You Hate You Miss You now (!) )

And since the I saw the book was out, I grabbed a copy and so if you're one of the *fabulous* people who joined or might join the Elizabeth Scott Fans Facebook group ---well, if you're a member and leave a comment by midnight tonight on the discussion topic involving winning certain things, let's just say you'll be getting two signed books instead of an ARC plus a book...

picture contest winners! and dough.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Okay, I know I've vented about dough before, but seriously--how can the simple combo of yeast, water, flour, oil, and sugar be so dratted HARD? Last week I made dough that turned out rather rock-like after measuring everything perfectly and making sure that the place I put the dough to rise was nice and warm (but not too warm) and then this morning, more than half-asleep, I make at batch by chucking things in and what have I produced? Gorgeous, perfectly risen dough. It looks so pretty I want to take a picture. (Seriously. The only reason I'm not is because I don't think I need to go down the road of taking *pictures* of stuff I make. I figure babbling about it is enough)

Maybe the trick is to not worry. Or to be half asleep. Or maybe it's just luck. Either way, this week I'll be making pizza crust that won't resemble petrified wood. Whoo!!!

I also have the winning photos from the Something, Maybe photo contest I ran last week:

This is Melanie's photo, and she tagged it "Because everyone needs a little comfort" which I loved!


This is Alex's photo, and it shows her cat all curled up with Something, Maybe!


This is Jillian's photo, and she's got Something,Maybe hanging out on a swing, which is something I can totally see Hannah doing (with a certain boy, of course!)


This is Joanna's photo, and she says her dog (who I think is totally adorable!) gives it two paws up!


Yhis is Denise's photo, and I love that she took a picture of the book while looking *just like* the cover--very impressive!


And don't forget *today* is the last day to enter the Along For The Ride ARC contest and if you're interested in joining the Elizabeth Scott Fans Facebook Group I'd obviously love it (and adore you for it!) *plus* if you join by this Friday, the 22nd, and leave a comment on a certain discussion topic (involving free books!) you've might win a little something...

events plus must-read link

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I've got a bunch of upcoming events in the New York City area and I finally wrote them all down last night so I'd know what was happening when and where and realized it might be a good idea to, you know, share them because I'd love to see YOU at any (or all!) of these! So, here are my New York area events:

NYC Teen Author Carnival
May 28, 2009 4-6 PM at the Jefferson Market Branch Library (425 Avenue of the Americas at 10th St)
First, it's hosted by teen bloggers which is AWESOME, so you know I'll be there! There are going to be loads of other authors appearing as well *plus* there are going to be giveaways and games. What's not to love, right? You can read more about the event and see a list of all the authors who are attending at NYC Teen Author Carnival website

Elizabeth Public Library Author Appearance
June 1, 2009, starts at 4:30 PM (you can get directions to the Elizabeth Public Library here) I'll be talking a little bit about my books, answering questions, and maybe giving away a few books...

Teen Author Reading Night
June 3, 2009, starts at 6:00PM, and just like the Teen Author Carnival, this one is also held at the Jefferson Market Branch Library. I'll be reading from my new novel, Love You Hate You Miss You

Finally, I'll be signing copies of Something, Maybe during BEA, so if you're there on Sunday, May 31st, come by booth 4052 from 12:00-12:30 and get a free, signed copy!

I also have one really interesting link to share. It's about where teens go online, etc--it's fun reading and I was really interested to see the "most read books" and what teens are passionate about.

photo winners, links, and...Sarah Desssen ARC!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I keep thinking today is Monday even though I know it's Tuesday--what's up with that? I think I'm still suffering brain drain from this weekend, which was very fun, but ended with me saying, "Wait, wait, wait. It's Sunday? Really? NOOOOOO!" Also, I'm working on copy edits, and they tend to make me a little brain fogged. (All right, fine. More brain fogged than usual! :-) )

Anyway, on to the important stuff, like the photo contest winners! Congrats go out to-- Melanie, Joanna, Denise, Jill, and Alex! (I'm waiting for permission to share their photos and if they give me the go ahead, they'll be up later this week)

Links:

Author Alison Kent on when to let go of a story

Author Courtney Summers has a great blog entry up about what she's learned from being edited -- it's a really great post, with lots of insight into what the editorial process (including editorial letters!) is like.

Interested in knowing how I got published? Then check out my pub story over at the fabtastic Reviewer X

Someone totally awesome created a facebook group for my books! If you're interested, check out Elizabeth Scott Fans -- and be sure to check out the discussion board because, you know, there might be a contest for group members going on....

Finally, I managed to get a hold of an ARC of one of this year's most anticipated books--Sarah Dessen's Along for the Ride--and I'd like to give it to one of YOU!

For your chance to win the ARC of Along For The Ride, please leave a comment here telling me--in exactly 99 words!*--why you want to read Along For The Ride. Leave your 99 word comment by midnight EST this **Thursday**, May 21st, and then I'll pick the one I like best and that person will win the ARC. (Please note that this contest is only open to US residents)

*Why 99 words? It just sounded fun :-)

want to win a free book and gift card?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Today is your last chance to send me a picture of you with your copy of Something, Maybe for a chance to win free books and bookstore gift cards!

Send your photos to me at elizabethscottcontest@gmail.com

I'll take photos through midnight tonight, and then I'll pick five winners and they'll each get a free book *plus* a $10 gift card to the bookstore of their choice!

Remember, all you need is a photo of you and your copy of Something, Maybe and--well, that's it!

two things (plus an easy photo contest for free books and gift cards!)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Looks like I'm going to be attending the NYC Teen Author Carnival on May 28th, which will be held from 4-6 PM at the Jefferson Market Branch of the NYPL. YAY! For more info, and a list of all the other awesome authors that will be attending, just head over to http://teenauthorcarnival.blogspot.com

Also! Naomi made this amazing book trailer for Love You Hate You Miss You--check it out! (And, btw, it provides even more proof that librarians ROCK!)

Okay, one last thing. I've heard from a bunch of you who weren't able to get your receipts in by the deadline for the Something, Maybe Out Of This World contest, so I've decided to do another little contest for it. And I choose...hmmmm--okay!

Photo Contest!!

Send me a picture of you with your copy of Something, Maybe or, if you're shy, take a picture of your copy of Something, Maybe out and about--hanging out outside, inspecting supermarket shelves, checking out your school locker, taking a ride in a car--the crazier, the better!

Send your photos to me at elizabethscottcontest@gmail.com

I'll take photos through midnight this coming Monday, May 17th, and then I'll pick five winners at random and they'll each get a free book plus a $10 gift card to the bookstore of their choice! Books I'll be giving away include: an ARC of Lauren Conrad's L.A. Candy (yep, for real!!), Heartbreak River by Tricia Mills, Boy Crazy by Hailey Abbott, Ghosthuntress: The Awakening by Marley Gibson and Fake Boyfriend by Kate Brian.

Remember, all you need is a photo of you and your copy of Something, Maybe or a photo of your copy of Something, Maybe doing something other than sitting on a desk/a floor--have some fun with this!

Can't wait to see what you all come up with.....

ARC winner and links

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I wasn't expecting so many entries for the Love You Hate You Miss You ARC contest and WOW! You all are amazing, and it was very hard to pick a winner. (So hard, in fact, that I ended up walking around the house talking to myself this morning about it!)

But I did pick a winner, and it's Summer, who won for her "The Real, True Story about Why I Want an ARC of Love You Hate You Miss You"

I also have some links to share:

Author Maggie Stiefvater on keeping faith in yourself, why you should avoid jealousy, and dealing with the unexpected things life throws at us--there's a lot of stuff covered here, and all in a really smart way

Mashable offers a list of the 100+ of the Best Authors on Twitter -- Great list but hello, where's Kathleen Duey who is writing a novel on twitter??? (And for those of you who might check out twitter once in a while but don't use it--like yours truly--you can read all of Duey's novel, Russet, as it's written here. I actually find it easier to read on the blogspot site because on twitter you have to go back, find where you stopped reading, and then read up)

Finally, Agent Jennifer Jackson offers a link to loads of other agent's blog posts (on topics like quitting your day job, questions to ask an agent when you're offered representation, how to deal with all the various "rules" that seem to be out there regarding queries (and everything else!) --and then asks for your thoughts on all of it

your questions answered! (plus win an ARC of Love You Hate You Miss You)

Monday, May 11, 2009




Cookie recipe into cake update: tried it in a round eight inch cake tin. Turned out amazing! So, so yummy. Husband reports it tastes like salted caramels, and it does have nice sweet yet slightly salty thing going on. (which I love!)

Also!!

My agent also found an ARC of Love You Hate You Miss You and sent it to me--and I'd like to send it to one of you! Let's see...oh! I know!

For your chance to win it, leave a comment telling me why you'd like an ARC of Love You Hate You Miss You--and the comment has to use *every* letter in the alphabet. (I know, I'm positively fiendish today!!) I'll take comments through tomorrow at midnight EST, May 12th, and then I'll pick the comment I like best (and don't forget, you have to use every letter!) and send that person the ARC. (You can enter if you live overseas and/or if you've won something from me before.)

Friday links

Friday, May 08, 2009

I'm totally doing the vlog of your AWESOME questions and it will be up early next week. Also, those of you who joined a certain group are getting a super secret sneak peek at one of my 2010 books next week...

And now on to the links:

Ally Carter on book piracy, and how it can actually end up hurting others in more ways than you might think

Nathan Bransford on claiming writing as your identity

Allison Brennan, who was one of the published authors featured in Nathan Bransford's Agent for a Day experience, has a very thoughtful post up about marketability

Check out this Horn Book interview with Sarah Dessen-- People have strong feelings about their high school years. They either really liked high school, or really hated it. You rarely find people who have no opinion whatsoever.

Kristin Nelson on the importance of knowing where--and who--your work has been submitted

Lynn Viehl on publishing stats, the importance of seeing them--and of keeping going--I love this part: "I’m out here every day, challenging those statistics. I’ve already stomped them, many times over. I defy them to define me, my career or my industry. Because when it comes down to it, they’re only numbers. They can’t think, or innovate, or improve themselves. They really can’t do anything but look scary. But you and me? We can do so much more than that."

how NOT to bake a cake

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Okay, last night I attempted to turn my new favorite cookie recipe into a cake. Everything went well at first--when I took it out of the oven, it looked gorgeous, but then I turned it over and put it on a cooling rack (I'd baked it in bundt pan*) the middle fell out.

Yep, that's right. I lost half my cake JUST BY TURNING IT OVER. Not one of my better attempts. Still, I salvaged what I could, baked it a while longer, and then took out what was left (and it came out in pieces) and put it in a pan. My husband came into "help" and once I managed to get him to stop eating, I had a piece myself and you know what? Disaster that it is--and it really isn't a cake, it's just a collection of cake pieces in a cake pan--it's really REALLY good. Next time I'm going to try baking it in cake tins, so hopefully it will cook more evenly.

(*No, I don't know why I did this either. If you're turning a cookie into a cake, wouldn't you want to try baking it in something nice and flat? At least this wasn't anywhere near as bad as the first time I made bread, where I followed the instructions and ended up with....a rock of dough. Seriously, that thing could have been a door stopper.)

Other things:

I admit, I have always, ALWAYS wanted someone to create a facebook/goodreads/myspace/etc group for my books. It's--well, okay, it's amazingly flattering and also I love seeing people get together on groups/communities/etc for other authors and talking about their books. And so imagine my surprise (and the happy squeaking noises I made) when I saw that the fabtastic Katy had created the goodreads Elizabeth Scott Fans group. In a admittedly shameless attempt to get people to join, if membership hits 25 people by the beginning of next week (and it's so easy to join--you just have to click here!), I will totally post something totally top secret and just for the group. (I said it was shameless! But for real, I will do it. So if you want a sneak peak at one of my 2010 books, you should join....)


The Sarah Dessen Diarist is having a month long celebration of Sarah Dessen, her books, and her birthday! Loads of YA bloggers and authors are participating, and the very first entry is up here. So go, and celebrate the works and general awesomeness of Sarah Dessen!

A really interesting article about one of James Patterson's collaborators--I admit, I haven't read anything by James Patterson, but if he's earning royalties on one out of every fifteen hardcovers published in the United States, um, WOW.

Tess Gerritsen on not taking advice--be sure to check out the comments too--lots of thoughts about her post (which I think is dead on--persistence is good and necessary, but you also have to realize that "even though writing may be a solitary profession, the business of publishing is not. ")

And don't forget that you have until midnight est tonight to ask me a question--and maybe win one of ten free books! (And yes, you can enter if you live overseas)

questions?

Monday, May 04, 2009

First, congrats to Jenna, who won the copy of Susane Colasanti's Waiting for You!

Second, I feel like it's time for another contest, one that's open to *everyone* no matter where you live! Plus I've been getting a lot of emails asking me about my books and writing and stuff like that--so here's your chance!

If you have anything you want to ask me about any of my books, or writing, or--I don't know, my allergies(?), now is the time to do it!

I'll take questions through midnight EST this Wednesday, May 6th, and then I'll pick the ten questions I like best and answer them--AND each of those ten people will win a free book! I'll be giving away books like Willow by Julia Hoban, Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, Forever Princess by Meg Cabot, Nightworld: Dark Angel, The Chosen, and Soulmate by L.J. Smith, and more!

So remember, ask a question by midnight EST this Wednesday--and you could win a free book!