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Monday, March 08, 2010

Thank you all for your lovely comments about the cover of Grace--the designer really did an amazing job! The cover gods are definitely looking out for me, which is very nice indeed!

As some of you may know, Blogger is dropping ftp support for blogs soon--they claim there aren't enough people using it to keep letting it be a feature. And while that may be true, as one of the people who uses ftp, I am not sure what's going to happen to this blog. I checked out blogger migration tool, but it seems to require that my entire site be redirected through blogger's servers, which makes no sense to me because a. 3/4 of the site has nothing to do with blogger and b. blogger has, shall we say, some downtime issues.

Anyone out there using blogger on a multi-page and not all blogger site, and found a way to move your blog without having to name google/blogger as your entire site server??

Moving on, I'm getting ready to do my next Author In Residence video blog for readergirlz, and I'm planning on talking about The Unwritten Rule.

Is there anything specific about the writing of The Unwritten Rule that you'd be interested in hearing about? While I can't talk about anything spoiler related (the ending, etc), anything else is a go. Best suggestion gets a coy of Rachel Hawkins' Hex Hall AND any other published and in-print YA book of their choice--I'll take comments about this through TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 9th, at midnight EST, and then the comment/suggestion(s) I like best will win the copy of Hex Hall and the YA book of their choice!

And now for the links:

Maggie Stiefvater on So, YA Literature Is Going Down The Toilet

Agent Jessica Faust on submitting a requested partial and a great introductory post about how to find an agent and/or publisher

The Intern on enchanted instruments...and endings in YA--"It's more satisfying, somehow, to see a magician pull a rabbit out of the hat he's been wearing all along than to see the magician call a herd of purple goats from the enchanted flute that just dropped out of the hatch that just now appeared in the ceiling.

Pimp My Novel on Having What It Takes

Author Jim C. Hines on Why Advances Matter

Genreality on sticking with a project -- "So, whether you’re a young writer, a not so young writer, beginning or experienced, on those days when the book seems too huge and the end too far away, just think about it in chunks." (Great advice!)

Also over at Genreality, a fab post about an author's choices--"Sometimes we concentrate so hard on being writers that we forget that if we want to make a career out of this that we have to be businesspeople too, and that means that we have to make tough choices at times. Sometimes it’s about more than the story. Sometimes it’s about knowing that the choices you make and the path you follow is ultimately your own responsibility."

Agent Jennifer Jackson posts--and breaks down--some more query stats

Turns out, authors have always been worriers


Blogger lanna-lovely said...

I'll probably word this all wrong, but when I'm reading a story, 9 times out of 10 I'll be on the narrators side.

The Unwritten Rule, did you take sides between the two girls and in situations like that, what do you think is more important: following your heart or loyalty to a friend? And do you think there is a set right and wrong thing to do or is it all just a gray area?

I don't know if you could answer the question without it being spoiler-y, but it's more your opinion I'm curious about than what the characters feel (and I don't know if they're the same, obviously, having not read the book yet).

March 08, 2010 12:44 PM  
Blogger Yan said...

I want to know about the guy! It always seem as though the girl who "stole" the boyfriend is a whole/slut/b*itch, what about the guy? Is he ever bullied? Is the character development for the male protagonist in the back of your mind when writing or does he pop up when needs to?

Have you ever considered writing The Unwritten Rule in two different POVs? I always find myself sympathetic to one girl whereas I find the other frustrating to read.

March 08, 2010 2:30 PM  
Blogger Haleyknitz said...

there are a lot of "you can't like your best friend's boyfriend" books out there--what makes The Unwritten Rule unique and special? Is there a message in it, or is it just something you wanted to write? the characters are a crucial part of any book--how did you develop the characters? did they just come to you, or did you have to do a character outline or map or something? which perspective are you writing from?
do your characters have any quirks? i know my sister always makes her characters live off of granola bars, because she likes granola bars. are you like any of your characters in any way? did you base any of your characters off of real people that you know?


March 08, 2010 4:10 PM  
OpenID kathleenliz said...

I actually have two questions. My first question is about the boy. I feel like, reading the synopsis, the boy is a lowlife scumbag for playing the two girls against each other. Why do either of them put up with it?

My second question is just me as an aspiring writer wondering if there is a personal theme or ideal that you want young people to pick up reading this book? And how did.do you work that in subtly without it being all in your face-y.

March 08, 2010 4:14 PM  
Blogger barbrafl said...

Hmm, questions about The Unwritten Rule? The obvious, has this ever happened to you? And if it did, where would you stand on the issue of loving your best friend's boy friend?

Also, I want to know if there are any quirks to your characters, things we may not notice right away as readers but things you took care to add to the novel in order to further character development?

This may be a bit off topic, but from what I take it, The Unwritten Rule is about finding happiness and being comfortable with how life is. Can you talk about a moment or moments in your life when you truly felt that if you died minutes later, your life would have been worth it?

Thanks for the blogs, love them!
barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

March 08, 2010 5:02 PM  
Blogger DeNiSe MaDnEsS said...

there are so many questions that I want to ask about the unwritten rule!

One of my question is did you do anything diffrent to write it?
What sparked the idea for the unwritten Rule?Did you have limination on what the character was going to do?what was the funnest thing about writing it ?

Okay that's a lot of question can not wait for your next video


March 08, 2010 5:48 PM  
Blogger Llehn said...

I have not read The Unwritten Rule yet, so I would be interested to know the genesis and the process that went into writing it. In particular, I would like to know :

- I would love to know the particular incident / moment that made you go, "Oh this book has to be written!"

- How different was the final draft from the idea that sparked it?

- How did you cast the characters in terms of personality? Do you have photos of the characters in mind when you wrote them?

- What was the hardest / easiest scenes to write and why?

- Who were the hardest / easiest characters to write and why?

- What kind of research did you do?

- Did you have a playlist for the book?



March 08, 2010 11:55 PM  
Blogger Sylvia said...

My question is really simple.. What do you think is that "something special" with The Unwritten Rule? What makes it stand out from the other books you wrote?
I've always wanted to know the answer to it. I've read your other books and every one of them, I don't know, I feel like there's something that makes it stand out from the others, although I really can't pinpoint what it is. I know this question is pretty vague, but still, thanks:)

March 09, 2010 2:07 AM  
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March 09, 2010 1:37 PM  
Blogger Just_Me37 said...

Being in the situation of liking your best friend's boyfriend would be really hard. Do you thint that Sarah ever wanted to just completely ignore Brianna and Ryan? You can see signs of it when she just wanted to go home instead of the party in the excerpt.

Also did you ever want to add in scenes, or make the book a certain way and it just blossomed into something else?

March 09, 2010 1:49 PM  
OpenID brookesamillion said...

I (and probably many others) would like to know if anyone inspired your main characters, Sarah, Ryan, and Brianna. How did you create such characters? I'm currently reading The Unwritten Rule on PulseIt, and so far I love the way your characters are so alive. How did you bring Sarah alive?
That is what I would love to know. :) I don't think this would spoil anything would it?

P.S. Loving your novel so far!

March 09, 2010 2:54 PM  
Blogger Book Addict Girl said...

I would want to know the message behind the book. I know it's about a girl falling for her best friend's boyfriend, but is the message more about everlasting friendship? First love? Choices? Fate? Is there even a message at all? lol.

Also, which character do you relate to the most? Why?

And, just for fun, is Ryan the type of guy you went for when you were in high school?

I can't believe The Unwritten Rule is coming out soon. Congrats! Can't wait to read it :)

March 09, 2010 3:11 PM  
Blogger Alexa said...

I'd love to know how much changed from first draft to the finished book.

I'd also love to know how you choose the names of your characters.

And compared to the characters in your other books, Sarah has a really happy home situation. Family problems always seem to be a theme in your work, so why did you decide Sarah's should be happy?

Also this is the second book of yours where the MC has a significantly older father. Is there a reason for that? Are you just reflecting current trend?

March 09, 2010 6:04 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

I read the Unwritten Rule over at PulseIt.com, and I really loved it. The narrator's voice, the guy, the story... just wow, it blew me away. Anyways... :)

When I first read the synopsis for The Unwritten Rule, honestly I was a little put off. Best friends are all about loyalty, right? So, what the hell? Slut alert!
However, when I actually read the book, it was Sarah's narration, the "slut's", that got me loving the book so much. Even though Sarah didn't necessarily make the "wisest" choices, she made the same choices I would have made if I were caught in that tough situation. That made her so real to me.
What I still don't understand is how you took such a twisted scenario and yet still got your readers to like the characters so much! Also, were Sarah's decisions ones you would have made?

I've read three of your published books so far, (Don't bash on me! I mean, I only heard of your books a week ago!) and in every single one of them, the make the boy sound so perfect yet so unique. (Obviously, they have flaws, but you get my point...) How do you think them up? Most people only have one vision of their ideal guy, so how do you make up three different ones?
Ah gosh, that was so hard to word!! I hope you got that!

My questions (IN SHORT):
1) How did you make your characters so relatable? Or likable? (Do you get what I mean?)
2) If you were Sarah, would the book have played out a different way?
3) How can you write about three different "perfect" guys? Which one of your characters closest resembles your idea of the ideal guy?

Wow, sorry this is long. I'll go ahead and say bye now! Thanks for reading!
Love, Hannah

March 09, 2010 8:29 PM  
Blogger pepsivanilla said...

How do you decide what character flaws to give to a guy that we are limited to seeing through the eyes of someone who likes him?

March 09, 2010 9:59 PM  
Blogger Llehn said...

I could have sworn I posted here.

I would love to know about the genesis of The Unwritten Rule particularly :

- please describe the moment / incident when you went "oh, this book have to be written!"

- how did you cast the characters in terms of personality? Do you have a picture of all the characters in your head?

- what was the hardest / easiest scenes for you to write and why?

- who were the hardest / easiest characters for you to write and why?

- what kind of research did you do for the book?

- did you have a playlist for the book?


March 09, 2010 11:24 PM  
Blogger Tricia said...

Okay its 11:59!

I would love to know how you always write your books to make the reader feel the emotions so intense. I love that!

March 09, 2010 11:59 PM  
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March 10, 2010 6:03 AM  

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