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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Just a reminder that, as part of my first readergirlz videoblog, there's a free book contest going on--and if you want to enter, there's still time.

Also! Anything you'd all like me to talk about next month? Best suggestion gets a copy of Lauren Kate's New York Times Bestseller Fallen (and did you see the all ads for it on the CW last week during The Vampire Diaries??? Wow!)

(Edited to add: and now, not only will you get a copy of Fallen, but you'll also get to pick two published YA novels you want--and get them too!)

Anyway, for your chance to win the copy of Fallen, just leave your suggestion for what my next redergirlz blog should be by--well, since this is Thursday, let's say you've got until midnight EST on Sunday, January 31st, and the suggestion I like most gets the book. (And yes, the contest is open to everyone, even non-US residents)

I know I've already said this, but I do want to thank all of you once more for all your support about the whole piracy thing. I really appreciate it, and yes, I meant every word I said! (Especially about how you are all the BEST!) Oh, and again, for those of you overseas who can't find my books--I highly suggest you check out The Book Depository (http://www.bookdepository.com/) -- not only are their prices great, they have free shipping everywhere, which makes it an amazing deal and a great way to get books you can't find elsewhere. (I'm currently waiting for two UK YAs: Sarra Manning's latest, Nobody's Girl, and Saci Lloyd's The Carbon Diaries 2017, to come)

And now we move on to the links:

The first is a repost of one I put up on Monday, but forgot to actually include the link (thanks, Ben, for the heads up!)--a guest blog over at Nathan Bransford's about trying to get published (again)--and yes, it is depressing, but I think very much worth reading.

I found this absolutely fascinating: An interview with someone who not only downloads books illegally, but who also scans in and uploads books for other people to steal--check out Confessions of A Book Pirate

Author Lilith Saintcrow points out that editors aren't your enemies--"I see a lot of new writers (and a lot of unpublished writers) operating under the unconscious assumption that the editor is an enemy at worst, a suspect ally at best, and someone to be on guard against. I’ve had one or two nasty revenge-editors, but those are the exceptions. The overwhelming rule is that editors are your friend. They believe in your book. They fight for it in acquisition meetings, they twist arms to get marketing money, they work and agonize over polishing it until it’s as good as it can be. The editor wants what you want: a successful book that earns money. Their energies are concentrated to that end. You are a fool if you don’t realize that and make it as easy as possible for them to be your advocate."

Jessica Faust has a great post on agent response time

Over at the Amazon book blog, Omnivoracious, there's a list of their top eight YA authors of the last decade. (Make sure to check out author number 2, and see who is listed under "paved the way for"---talk about an honor!!)

Maybe writer's block isn't such a bad thing...

Pimp My Novel on PSA, or Per Store Average--yet another great look into an very seldom discussed aspect of publishing. Also, there's a good--but scary--post about the future of Borders

Agent and soon-to-be-author Nathan Bransford wants to know how you got the idea for what you're working on now --There's loads of comments, of course, and interesting stuff about inspiration and how it works, not just for Nathan, but for others too.

Finally, I'm so glad to see that this so-rarely addressed subject has gotten some more attention: Agent Rachelle Gardner writes about what you need to do if you want to work in publishing She also has a post about becoming an agent as well.

Don't forget get to visit readergirlz for your chance to win a free book, and don't forget to let me know what you'd like my next blog for them to be about--that copy of Fallen could be yours....


Blogger barbrafl said...

You should do your blog on planning and how you write your books. What do you do first? Do you use an outline? Do you character plan? Time lines? How do you gather information? Where do you store that information? We saw how you right your first drafts, but how do you get to that point?

Another fun topic would be the young Elizabeth Scott. What were you like as a child? What did you do? What did you like/dislike? How was school? Your teenage years? Did young romance bloom? Gossip, tell us everything :)

Thanks for this!
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January 28, 2010 5:49 PM  
Blogger donnas said...

I think hearing about things that inspire you to write. Where the characters come from. How you come up with your names. And what did you do when you first found out your books were going to be published.


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January 28, 2010 9:45 PM  
Blogger Llehn said...

I'd love to know what are the books that affected you profoundly when you were growing up and made you the writer you are today. Is there one book that you can single out that made you want to be a writer? Also what are some of the books written by other authors that you wished you had written and why?


January 28, 2010 11:09 PM  
OpenID x-memoirs said...

I find this fitting, so here's something for ya.

You should blog about your opinion on the whole paranormal craze going on. Whether it be in YA or even in more adult-ish books. It seems like everyone is getting their name into the paranormal world. I'm glad you've stayed the same, some authors shouldn't be crossing over. Although, I'm sure you'd do well if you tried, but... it would be weird, lol.

Favorite restaurant and what you like to order?!

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P.S.! For some reason, I am not getting your blogs or any type of updates from you via email. I signed up for your mailing list. I am getting them through Good Reads, and sometimes they're a little tardy, late and wrong. Please add me, I love your updates, :)

January 29, 2010 12:39 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I would love if you blogged about your favorite young adult books of 2009, and as others have stated, your thoughts on the current paranormal trend. I'd love it the most if you could divulge a little information about your new book (GRACE) though, but only if you can and are willing! :D

PS. I don't imagine I'd win the copy of Fallen with my suggestions, but just in case, please exclude me because I already own a copy :)

January 29, 2010 2:41 AM  
Blogger Laura C. said...

I would love to know what books you read as a child. What books did you read as a young adult? And what is your favorite book of all time?

p.s. I loved The Unwritten Rule

January 29, 2010 1:44 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

As an adult reader (and lover) of YA, I'm curious to know what it is about modern YA that you think transcends the age barrier, what you think about adult readers of YA, and, as an adult writer, what draws you to write YA novels.


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January 29, 2010 7:42 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I would LOVE for you to blog about whats your inspiration to continue writing a story. I've been writing up a book myself (rough draft of course ;]) and I know this may sound SUPER BAD, but I fall in and out of love with my story sometimes. I wish I could become more consistent about it, but sometimes, my mind cant help but go blank (the last thing I writers mind should do ;]). If you could give us the tour of how your inspiration and commitment runs inside your head, words will never describe how much I'd appreciate that :)
Also, as a YA writer, how do you know you'll have an instant connection between yourself as the writer and your character as the main focus?
Thank you Elizabeth!

January 29, 2010 8:32 PM  
Blogger pepsivanilla said...

I would like to hear about movies that you like, now or when you were little, doesn't matter, maybe both! Ooh, or favorite couples from YA books or from any movies :)


January 29, 2010 9:04 PM  
Blogger Haley said...

I was wondering which character (or characters) of yours is your favorite, and which one of your books you are most proud of and happy with. =)


January 29, 2010 10:51 PM  
Blogger robby (once upon a book blog/fourteen years) said...

Food. Music. Movies. Loves. Hates. Your favorite things about life. The best part about being an author. Who are you as a person, besides being a wonderful writer? How the world is changing, how you're adapting.

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January 29, 2010 11:32 PM  
Blogger Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I think it would be awesome if you let us know what you think about your book covers. I know authors have little or no say in their book covers, so it would be cool to see how you feel about your book covers.

And to expand upon that, are there some book covers out there that you absolutely adore? There have been so many gorgeous book covers lately and I'd like to know which ones you're loving.


January 30, 2010 2:42 AM  
Blogger Sylvia said...

I would love to that know what you want to tell the readers through your book, the "hidden" purpose, why the stories. I think it's really interesting how the writers want the readers to understand their work, I know it's subjective but I would love to know from the author's point of view!:)


January 30, 2010 9:13 AM  
Blogger Haleyknitz said...

one thing that i loved in your other interview was the thing about the writing pants. i'd like to know what gets you in the mood to write? or do you force yourself to sit down each day? do you wait for inspiration to hit? or do you try to think up a new plot? how do you come up with your plots?

how 'bout your reading. what's your favorite genre to read, and is it different than the genre that you write? why do you think that is? do certain books or genres or characters influence your writing, and is it negative or positive?

sigh. i could come up with questions all day, i guess... I just have so many! we all want to know more about you!!


January 30, 2010 9:46 AM  

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