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Monday, May 03, 2010


Well, I'd love to tell you how the Geek Fest went, except for two things--I didn't go, and I can't talk.

That's right. I came back from NJLA feeling a little wonky, but I just figured it was because I've been working really hard lately and tend to get headaches when I'm stressed and not sleeping enough.

But then, on Thursday, my throat started to hurt. A lot.

"At least I'm not coughing!" I said, and drank a lot of water.

Well, you can guess what happened next. By Thursday night, I was coughing up a storm, and had lost my voice. Even whispering *hurt*

I spent the whole weekend sleeping and not talking and I still basically feel pretty cruddy and can't talk BUT I will be at tonight's twitter chat, so please stop by and ask me questions! (If not, I'm liable to fall asleep on my computer and end up tweeting taetiaogpiagjhhhatipih and etc., and no one wants that to happen!)

I've got my fingers crossed that I'll be invited to next year's Geek Fest--for those of you that went, how awesome was it? (I admit, I cried on Saturday when I was lying in bed because I wanted to be there. And also, I was sick of lying in bed at that point too)

Moving on, hope to see you all tonight at the twitter chat--you can send your questions to me at Twitter via @escottwrites starting at 9 PM EST/ 6 PM PST--again, that's @escottwrites (I'm on twitter as escottwrites)

I've also got some links to share:

Yep, even Meg Cabot gets writers block--and I have the book she's talking about! (But I haven't read it yet. I really need to, though)

Great picture that illustrates how books are made -- think it's easy? go look at the picture.

Agent Jessica Faust on Author/Agent(Agency) agreements and the ever-popular subject of marketing --the marketing one is all about what works to get YOU to buy a book, and it's interesting to read the comments.

Pimp My Novel on publishing misconceptions

One publicist's thoughts on when an author start setting up a website/facebook page/etc -- I personally think two months is waaaaay too late unless your publisher has thrown a mountain of $$$ behind your book, and even six months is pushing it, but that's just my opinion. Anyone think starting later rather than sooner is better?

Agent Kristin Nelson talks about the hot commodity in publishing and her early years as an agent

Agent Jennifer Jackson offers up some query stats and questions

Over at Murderati, a fantastic interview with Neil Nyren, who is the Senior Vice-President, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of Penguin Putnam on the state of the publishing industry -- It's a must-read, but here's a great quote about promotion: "There’s no question that one of the essential ingredients in selling books is word of mouth. Good reviews, the recommendation of a friend/colleague/family member, hearing about a book through traditional print/electronic media or on the web – as M.J. Rose always says, if people don’t hear about a book, they ain’t going to buy it. And the author is an essential part of that process. The publisher will do whatever the publisher’s going to do, and sometimes that’ll be a whole lot and sometimes it won’t. But the plain truth of it is, no matter how much the publisher loves the book…nobody’s going to love it as much as the author. It’s your baby. As a writer, you are the CEO of your own business. You should make it a point to learn that business and to do whatever is necessary to make that business succeed.

That said – you still need to find the right balance. Because a big part of that success rests in writing damn good books, and it’s tough to do that if you’re spending all of your time on promotion. Not to mention that some authors are better suited for some kinds of promotion than for others. Not everybody is born to Twitter. Find out what works for you – it’s going to be different for everybody – and learn as you go along. Observe, experiment, be flexible, don’t get hung up on trivia. And remember: The book comes first.

Finally, want to see me talk about The Unwritten Rule? Here you go!


Blogger Alexa said...

Poor you. Hope your voice comes back soon!

May 03, 2010 8:47 PM  
Blogger Hannah S said...

I'm sorry that you feel as awful as you do. I really hope you feel better soon!
Love, Hannah

May 04, 2010 12:44 AM  
Blogger Clara said...

Yikes! I hope you heal fast and can feel better soon!

May 04, 2010 6:16 PM  
Blogger April said...

I have to say I was *very* disappointed when I got to Gadsden and found out you weren't going to be there :-( But everyone understood that you were under the weather. It was a lot of fun and all of the authors were really great to hear. I will tell you an important thing you missed. Since you have never visited Alabama you may not know that it is customary, at festival-type events, to deep fat fry things that are not meant to be fried.....like oreos and reese's cups! I think I saw all of the authors trying them! Some things are so bad they are good.

I hope you get to feeling better soon :-)

May 05, 2010 11:26 PM  

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