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Thursday, January 21, 2010

I want to thank all of you who commented, sent emails, sent me tweets, dropped me a note on facebook, and so on, about what I said yesterday regarding my books and what happens to me when they are downloaded illegally.

And yes, I did mean what I said when I offered help--if you need it, let me know.

Also, I do know that this is a big deal for a lot of you overseas, where finding my books can be very hard. I stumbled across a site a few months ago that will most definitely be of interest to you! It's called The Book Depository, and you can find it here: http://www.bookdepository.com/

Not only do they have just about every book you can think of at great prices--including all of mine!--they will ship anywhere in the world for free. That's right. For FREE. I use them all the time to get my YA UK book fix. And my Australian YA book fix. And my general overseas fiction that isn't out here in the US fix. (What? You all know I like books!! And how can I not get say, Sarra Manning's new YA, Nobody's Girl, as soon as it comes out which is--oooh! Now! Guess what I'll be doing after I write up this blog post..)

Anyway! Thank you all so much for your support. I know I always say you're all the best, but it's because you ARE!

Before I move on to the links, I also have to send a huge shout-out of thanks to librarians, not just because of their overall awesomeness, but because Love You Hate You Miss You was named one of YALSA's 2010 Best Books for Young Adults and Living Dead Girl was named a 2010 Popular Paperback *and* an Amazing Audiobook. WOW!

Oh, and I did get the video blog edited, and I will let you know as soon as it goes up on readergirlz!

Links:

James Patterson is one of the authors who is, quite frankly, keeping publishing afloat these days and this is an excellent, in-depth piece about him from The New York Times

Pimp My Novel talks about the article and Patterson here--"In short: writing is art, ladies and gents, but if you want to make a living doing it, it is also necessarily a business. Be relentless. Take an active interest in the advertising, sales, and marketing aspects of your book(s)."

Bob Meyer on writers and fear -- "Fear of change...I have found the greatest impediment to getting published for writers is that they are unwilling to learn and change what they are doing. They swap deck chairs on the Titanic, rather than dare to change."

Agent Kristin Nelson on giving two-page read workshops which sound painful but also very useful -- "This is the class where participants bring the opening 2 pages of their manuscript. We pretend that we are sitting in our office reading the slush pile. If we would have stopped reading, we say “stop” and then we explain why."

Agent Rachelle Gardner has some great tips for how to use email professionally, and The Rejectionist wants you to know that there is a place for your novel's summary--and it's not the subject line of your email

Finally Agent Jessica Faust on rewriting and including poetry and music in novels

2 Comments:

Blogger robby (once upon a book blog/fourteen years) said...

I am also madly in love with Sarra Manning. She is wonderful. ;D

January 22, 2010 8:42 AM  
Blogger Shweta said...

I agree that for us i.e ppl living outside US or UK books are difficult to get at the earliest but eventually we do get them. I have read all your released books and I have to thank likes of Amazon and a resourceful library for that.

We even have local book suppliers who buy books through Amazon or B&N and don't even include charge on shipping for us.

Who would like reading ebooks anyways? It's bad for eyes :) Bad enough I have to type my college assignments on the laptop.

January 22, 2010 9:25 AM  

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