First, you all = THE BEST EVER! Thank you so much for all your emails about The Unwritten Rule--I'm glad you're excited about it (I am too!)
I don't have Simon Pulse's copy for the book yet, but I can tell you this:
The Unwritten Rule is a story about a girl, Sarah, who falls for her best friend's boyfriend. As you can probably guess, things get really complicated really fast and The Unwritten Rule is about friendship and family and love and the agony of breaking that unwritten rule about falling for your friends' boyfriends (especially you best friend's boyfriend!) (and of course, now you know how I got the title too!)
The Unwritten Rule will be in stores on April 6th, and there *will* be an excerpt from it in the paperback edition of Something, Maybe
, which comes out on March 9th.
And because I had it up before, but took it down when the cover
came up (because the cover is so pretty, and a HUGE thank you to Simon Pulse for creating something so lovely), here's a little bit from the book:I liked him first, but it doesn't matter.
I still like him.
That doesn't matter either.
Or at least, it's not supposed to.
And now moving on to links:
Pimp My Novel's Twelve Easy Steps--a breakdown of what to do and what may happen once you finish your novel
--I think the most important step of all is the last one, which is to start work on your next novel as soon as you can. I wrote three novels before I started looking for representation and it really paid off because I was lucky enough to sell all three and I ended up with a fairly large chunk of time (a couple of years, in fact!) to write more books.
Agent Jessica Faust on the reality of royalties
-- make sure you read the comments too, because there is some great stuff there.
Although the Twilight series hasn't sold more books than the Harry Potter series, it's now been on the bestseller list longer
Over at Nathan Bransford's blog, author Lauren Baratz-Logsted guest blogs about blurbs
--great information about why blurbs are important (they might not matter too much to book buyers, but they do to publishers, who can use a good blurb to help sell your book to stores)
Editorial Ass on the reality of print runs
-- Basically, 99% of the time when you see something like, "100,000 copy first print run!" take that number and divide it in half. Why does this happen? Because listing a large first print run indicates that the publisher thinks the book in question is going to be HUGE. (For best-selling authors, the noted print runs are usually correct--it's the enormous ones for a first-time author or potential break-out author that are usually inflated as a way of saying "This book is really important to us and we think it's going to be a best-seller!")
Agent Jenny Bent on contracts and option/next work clauses
Agent Rachelle Gardner on the importance of craft *and* story
Author John Scalzi on the other stuff
--or the things writers have to do besides write and how he tries to fit it in. "In any event, the point is, yes, as time goes on, “the other stuff” of writing does end up taking a fair amount of your time. It’s important to recognize that if unchecked, it’ll go ahead and eat up all your time, leaving you very little time to do, you know, writing. So be prepared to deal with it."
I think the title of T. A. Pratt's blog post says it all What To Do When The Sky Is Falling
-- I think it's very easy to assume that once you're published, you'll find it easy to sell more books and ta da! you're set for life. That's really not the case at all. Every author I know worries about something writing/publishing related, and just about every author I know has written something and had it turned down *after* they were published.
Finally, the fabulous Cynthia Leitich Smith interviews me about Something, Maybe
and Love You Hate You Miss You
over at Cynsasations.
-- I was thrilled to be interviewed by her last year and am honored that she wanted to do so again.