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Thursday, April 08, 2010

I was so tired last night that I decided to make myself spaghetti for dinner because all you have to do is boil the water, cook the pasta, sauce it, and then bam! Dinner!

Easy, right?

Not for me! I managed to boil all of the water out of the pot and only figured it out when--well, let's just say that the burning smell was very distinctive and leave it at that.

I ended up eating Fritos for dinner. (Which, you know, wasn't too much of a hardship!!)

Moving on, don't forget that you've got until midnight tomorrow to tell me what you'd like to see in my next--and final--author video blog for the readergirlz--the suggestions I like most all get a free book(s), so what are you waiting for? Head over here and tell me what you'd like me to talk about!

One very, very cool thing--I got a note from someone yesterday telling me to go to http://authors.simonandschuster.com/ -- so I do, and what's up at the top, under Author Voice?

Yep. Me! I let out a little scream of glee (okay, a big one)--and if you'd like to see the post, just head over to authors.simonandschuster.com and click on Author Voice, and you can read my thoughts about the importance of dreams. (Thank you, Simon & Schuster!)

Links:

Dystel & Goderich Literary Management on the importance of never taking anything for granted in the publishing world (which springboards off an earlier PW article about the same thing that I'm pretty sure I've linked to before, but hey, it's worth checking out again here)

The Rejectionist has some thoughts to share with those who have MFAs in writing -- a sample: "3. You have to write a query letter. You really do. Your query letter needs to tell us the following: 1. Who you are and 2. WHAT YOUR BOOK IS ABOUT. Even if you are a Stegner Fellow."

Great blog post about a very tricky agent area--the not so bad, but no so great agent

Nathan Bransford wants to know what classic books you haven't read--as someone who went off to college with HUGE gaps in her reading of the classics, thanks to my weird school system's idea of what made a "classic" (hello, having to read both Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead in order to graduate. And yes, I am NOT KIDDING.) I love this post. It doesn't make me feel so bad about all the things I am supposed to have read but never have.

The INTERN has a guest post by a bookstore employee that highlights things you, as an author, have no control over, as well as the things you can control, especially when it comes to your local bookstore(s)

Pimp My Novel on the TPO, or Trade Paperback Original

Finally, congrats to Natalie, Shana, Heather, Rebecca, and Allie, who each get $25 gift cards to the bookstore of their choice as part of the Celebrate The Unwritten Rule contest, and again, a big thank you to everyone who entered--I had fun giving away books, and I hope you all enjoy The Unwritten Rule!