Usually I get up pretty early, but today--oh, today!
My husband and I alternate nighttime dog patrol, and last night started my turn. The dog usually wakes up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom (she's almost 12, so no wonder) and she did, and I took downstairs, managing to neither trip nor to knock anything over, which is pretty good for me.
So I send her outside and prop myself up by the door and sort of half-snooze. Then I bring her back in and it's back to bed for everyone and all is well. Right?
HA! I bring the dog in, I take her back upstairs, and it's like suddenly she's a puppy again. She wants to run up and down the hall. It's 4 in the morning, okay? 4 A.M.
I put her in her dog bed. She proceeds to whimper so loudly that she wakes my husband up. So I take her out into the hall and let her run around. I blearily read New York Magazine while she does this (the issue I'm reading is the Fall apartment design one and every time they run one of those it always fills me with an urge to pack up everything and move to New York RIGHT NOW, never mind that we can't afford to live there) and as I'm finishing the restaurant reviews (oooh, no stars to on place!) she decides she's done.
Finally, bedtime! Or back to bedtime, rather. The dog, of course, falls asleep right away and I lie there thinking about falling asleep but not actually falling asleep, which is the worst. (I did finally fall back asleep though, thank goodness, but let me tell you, tonight the dog is on her own if she decides she wants to play. She knows where she sleeps, she can walk back there on her own!)
Moving on, congrats to last week's contest winner, Jessica, who replied that Bit o' Honey was her least fave Halloween candy--and wow, you all do NOT like candy corn. (It's actually the second year in the row where it's prove to be the least fave candy)
And you know I have links to share:
Agent Kristin Nelson talks more about royalty statements
Interesting article on book marketing
, which is mostly about things you can't control, like your cover and getting co-op at Barnes and Noble (my not-so-secret dream!) and your book getting into Wal-Mart, but it's interesting to see how much of what matters is beyond your control. Having Wal-Mart pick up Something, Maybe
was amazing, but all credit for that goes to Wal-Mart for deciding to take a chance on me and to all the amazing people at Simon Pulse who worked so hard for that chance! (And who design extremely awesome covers as well!)
Editorial Anonymous on authors sharing far too much personal information during public events
One of the many amazing things about the KidLitosphere Conference
was that someone from the FTC came and spoke about the new book review blogging guidelines--great write-up of the entire session
over at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy
Fantastic blog post about something you don't see that often (as a matter of fact, I'm not sure I've ever seen another post addressing those who wish to edit, even on editor blogs!) --tips for those who want to become book editors
. The tips are from Kit Whitfield, a UK author, but they are applicable to those in the US who want to be editors as well.