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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

First, a HUGE thank you to everyone who sent in a picture of their receipt for The Unwritten Rule and helped celebrate the book's release! And, as promised in the contest, I'll be picking five people who entered the contest at random today--and those five people will each get a $25 gift card to the bookstore of their choice!

Moving along, I've got a couple of events this month that I wanted to let you know about:

On April 14th, I'll be reading from The Unwritten Rule at the Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library as part of the Teen Author Reading Night Series. Loads of other amazing authors will be there, so if you live in the area, please come!

And on April 27th, I'm thrilled to say I'll be speaking at the New Jersey Library Association Conference with Patricia McCormick and Matt de la Pena -- if you're going to be at the conference, our panel starts at 3:30 PM and we'll be signing books both before and after!

Also! I'm getting ready to do my fourth (and last! sob!) Author in Residence video blog for readergirlz and, of course, I'd love YOUR input as to what I should talk about.

I'll be taking comments about that until midnight this Friday, April 9th. The person with the suggestion(s) I like best will get an ARC of Will Grayson, Will Grayson (yes, THE book everyone is talking about!) and if there are other suggestions I like too--well, I have plenty of free ya novels to give out--so let me know what YOU would like to see me talk about!

Links:

Agent Jessica Faust on book comparisons-- "Just as a comparison can give an agent or editor a very quick and easy idea of what your book is, it can turn them off or, worse, make it more confusing."

Author Carrie Vaughn with a great post on powering through

Maggie Stiefvater on young love and all that jazz--as someone who met her husband-to-be when she was eighteen, and whose parents met when her father was fifteen and her mom was sixteen (they got married when my dad was 20!), this is an entry I can relate to, and I adore what Maggie says here: "Young love is a real thing. It is not for everyone, but it's also not a rare thing only found in novels.

Pimp My Novel on covers--and especially e-book covers

Justine Lee Musk on the thee part framework of an author platform

Finally, Lisa McMann, Lisa Schroeder, Kate Brian, Angela Johnson, Deb Caletti and yours truly are going to be at the Book Divas forums this week--so drop by if you get a chance!

10 Comments:

Blogger barbrafl said...

What I want to know is what would you be doing if you hadn't become an author? What would your life be like, who would you be, what would you be like? Think of it as writing yourself a story! I would love to know what you believe your life would be like had your writing not been published and had you done something else with your life other than persisted with writing.

Wish I was somewhere nearby where you'll be, it would be great to meet to you :)

barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

April 07, 2010 7:47 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Hi, Eizabeth! I would like to know what you are going to do next with writing or anything in your life. For example, The Unwritten Rule just came out, so what do you do in between books? Do you have certain things or rituals you always do when you finish a book? Also, the story of how you first got published? Did you get lucky or was it a lot of work? What's the worst editing experience you have ever had? That always bugs me the most is how authors can edit away so much of their hard work. I don't think I would be able to do it! Do you have any advice for not being afraid to edit and revise? I am student teaching and the last thing my students want to do is edit and revise. How would you recommend using your books in the classroom? Have a good day! I'll be tuning in to your last vlog. :D

Sorry this is so long! I like to ask questions. Can't you tell???

kghobbs (at) gmail (dot) com

April 08, 2010 7:58 AM  
Blogger Lena said...

Hmmm...

Do you ever use your family and friends as inspirations for characters in your books? Of all the Elizabeth Scott boys, which one is the most like your husband? And of all the girls, which one is the most like you?

You should totally come to Texas so I can come to one of your events! *puppy dog eyes*

longhorn08fan(at)gmail(dot)com

April 08, 2010 9:48 AM  
Blogger Lynsey Newton said...

Hi Elizabeth! I would be really interested to see something along the lines of "A Day in the life of a writer" because I think a lot of people have misconceptions about what you guys do all day. So in short, a blow by blow account of a typical day (ok, SOME things you can keep private..you know..bathroom stuff...) ;)

April 08, 2010 10:56 AM  
Blogger Sami said...

I would like to know how writing your more issue driven books have impacted you. After reading Living Dead Girl I wondered how writing that story would of gone, how it would have effected you emotionally, and if you had to do any research that you didn't expect to have to do. Thanks!

April 08, 2010 12:10 PM  
Blogger Hannah S said...

Hi Elizabeth!
I'd loved to hear you talk about the following things:
Your childhood (maybe how your childhood affects your writing?)

Things that make you smile. I think it'd be nice to see something totally unrelated to writing on your fourth video.

And for questions...
Have there ever been changes your editor insisted on, that just made you cringe? Did you follow through anyway?

Lots of authors say their characters "speak" to them. Do your characters speak to you as well?

What's the biggest misconception about being a published author?

What's you're writing process like?

Thanks for reading!


Love, Hannah S.

April 08, 2010 1:05 PM  
OpenID brookesamillion said...

How about you talk about how your family and friends inspire you. I don't really ever hear about authors who explain how their families inspire them to write.

or...

You could talk about the small things you used to do that lead to where you are today. Like did you have a writing group when you were younger? Did you join a cool writing website like Inkpop.com?
It would be cool to know.

Can't wait for your video blog! :)

~Haley :}

April 08, 2010 2:23 PM  
OpenID brookesamillion said...

How about you talk about how your family and friends inspire you. I don't really ever hear about authors who explain how their families inspire them to write.

or....

You could talk about the small things you used to do that lead to where you are today. Like did you have a writing group when you were younger? Did you join a cool writing website like Inkpop.com?
It would be cool to know.

Can't wait for your video blog! :)

~Haley :}

(Sorry to post this again, forgot my email.)

thewsisterz(at)yahoo (dot) com

April 08, 2010 2:28 PM  
Blogger Haleyknitz said...

do you associate with your characters on a personal level? I know when I write from one female protagonist's viewpoint in one series she's nothing like me, but in my other series, the main character is very similar to me. Are you like any of your characters, and did you do it on purpose or was it pure coincidence or accident? do you talk to them, hear them, write what they tell you to and do what they tell you to? or do you govern your story and make them go along with it?

Wish i could come to one of your book readings or something :( i live in a speck on the map town in NC, though :( oh well! maybe one day!

haleymathiot@yahoo.com

April 08, 2010 7:33 PM  
Blogger Tricia said...

Man! Why does every author event have to be so far away from where I live! Haha it's getting a little hard to drive places to meet everyone. I'm glad I got to meet you while I did in New York, but for the record, I would totally come to this event too if I didn't have to drive 7 more hours! :)

April 10, 2010 6:11 PM  

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