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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I was so nervous about making the video blog yesterday that I forgot to say that it seems pretty clear that everyone wants a release day chat and YAY!

I'd so much rather talk to all of you when the book comes out than make a trailer and you know I'm going to run contests anyway so this way it's the best of both worlds! (Sneak chat peak: I'll be revealing not one, but TWO huge secrets, so it's going to be fun!!)

I have to edit the video blog (you all asked so many great questions that the video ended up being thirty minutes (!!) so I have to cut it down so it's, you know, not quite so long! But if there is interest--although half an hour of me is um, a lot!--let me know and I'll see what I can do about getting the whole thing up at some point later this year)

Before editing, a few links and one request:

It's time for Operation Teen Book Drop, which is sponsored by readergirlz, and will take place on April 15th. As usual, I'll be dropping some books around the DC area. If you have any places around DC/MD/VA where you'd like to find some young adult novels, let me know!

Outlining for Non-Outliners: An Outline
-- with a title like that, you know it's going to be funny, and it is, but be sure to check out 20. because I think it's so, so true.

Hey, how about some rules for writing for children...from 1954? Funny and actually kind of scary because um, wow--well, you'll see if you read.

Tess Geritsen talks about book piracy, or downloading a book for free -- Since it's Tess, it's obviously worth reading.

And now here's the request:

I went to the site Tess mentioned in her post and looked to see if any of my books were up there.

I'll be honest, I didn't think there would be.

But there were. There were a lot of them. And I appreciate that you all want to read my books and I know that hardcovers aren't cheap but look, here's the truth:

I'm not a bestseller. I don't hit the Times list, I don't hit any lists, and therefore, I don't have the kind of protection that those sort of sales provide.

To be blunt, if I don't sell books, my publishers won't buy more from me. I have to make them money. I HAVE to.

So when you download a free book, it's free for you and I get that you like free, I do. But if you want more books from me, downloading one of my books isn't the way to do it. Publishers want authors who make money. If I don't, that's it. No more Elizabeth Scott books ever. EVER.

So, please, before you download one of my books for free think about going to the library or write to me.

In short, I need your help, and I will help you if you need it, because I--well, this is my job on the line. And I like my job.

Thanks for reading this.


Blogger GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

The rules for writing for boys and girls made me cringe and laugh at the same time. I guess I have loose morals because I wear high heels. And I'll be sure to tell my husband he's puny the next time he wears long sleeves! I'm so glad we've moved past those rules!!

January 20, 2010 11:31 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

As someone who lost her music industry job due to budget problems brought about by illegal music downloading, I feel your pain. I don't understand it with books though--the library has FREE books! Still, I imagine things might get worse with the invent of the Kindle, etc. =(

January 20, 2010 12:42 PM  
Blogger barbrafl said...

It's horrible when people download books online for free. That's what libraries are for, people!

January 20, 2010 3:11 PM  
Blogger robby (once upon a book blog/fourteen years) said...

I really don't understand why you'd download a book. I don't really like ebooks and reading whole books on a screen. I like the feel of a book in my hands, seeing that book on my shelf. I will always buy your books, Elizabeth. Always.

January 21, 2010 8:55 AM  

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