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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Awesome Thing I've Just Learned: The Unwritten Rule is in some Kroger grocery stores! (This is the first time one of my books has made it into a grocery store, which might not sound like a big deal, but it is!)

Anyway, if YOU see The Unwritten Rule in your Kroger by Sunday, May 23rd and buy it, take a picture of your receipt and email it to me at elizabeth AT elizabethwrites DOT com, I will send you a $25 gift card to the bookstore of your choice! (I'll send you a $50 gift card if you send me a picture of your Kroger receipt showing you bought the book AND a picture of the book on the shelves in your Kroger!)

Moving on to the links:

You think you're busy? Trying reading about Allison Brennan's life (She has some interesting thoughts about writing, but wow, after reading all she does, I was tired from that!)

Agent Jennifer Laughran on pre-queries and followups -- A very honest post about things that frustrate many agents.

Can you start promoting your book too soon?
--The piece is a little hard to follow (there aren't any paragraph breaks) but there's some interesting stuff about setting up a "home" on the web, like this: "The idea of establishing a brand isn't coming from people who are naive about publishing. In a recent online interview, Maggie Stiefvater, bestselling author of Shiver, states that while she would have sold her novel without a web presence, she believes she would have gotten a smaller advance."

Agent, author, and former editor Betsy Lerner asks if writing can be taught and also blogs about leaving an agent

Yes, you really REALLY do need to think before you post your angry message online
--Great, solid tips and links to instances where authors have done things that have spiraled out of control. "It may seem like you are posting out in a void where no one is reading your blog, and where your snarky blog post or opinion will never come to light. Lemme tell ya, once it’s online, it can always be accessed by someone...I’ve got a few cringeworthy things out there that I wish I could take back. But I can’t. I have to live with it."

Editorial Anonymous on authors and politics

Editorial Ass on books that have the same title

Pimp My Novel wants to know if self-published authors hope to break into print publishing -- Interestingly, so far, the poll results say that self-published authors aren't hoping to be picked up by a traditional publisher. (But I should note there have only been 34 votes as well)

Catherynne Valente on fan fiction --I like this very, very sensible post a lot, and urge you to read it. "For most of us, fanfiction is a non-issue. Even for midlist writers. We will never be popular enough for people to play in our worlds with any frequency. The problem for us is getting people to read and care about our books that much in the first place. I have never heard a midlist or small press writer shriek about fanfic the way bestsellers do. So much ire spent over something that ultimately helps books, keeps the conversation going past the long tail of marketing, keeps them alive and loved--I've never understood it. Quashing fan activity is not only self-sabotaging, but unkind. I have always been delighted when told there was a piece of fanfic inspired by a book of mine floating about. I don't read it for legal reasons, but I'm thrilled to know it's there. Someone cared. Someone loved it enough to spend their free time writing about it for free. My rule has always been: don't make money off it and we're cool. Writers require fans in order to keep living and working--it behooves us not to call them names or accuse them of incredibly awful crimes that are not remotely comparable to writing a little story about Buffy and Spike."

Yes, there are times when you should turn down a contract
: "Signing a bad contract won’t make you a good author; it’ll make you an angry person stuck in a bad situation. You’ll be forced to fulfill a crappy contract for little or no money.

“But what about the exposure?” you ask. “Doesn’t that count for something?”

In a word, no.

In my experience, any project that doesn’t pay you won’t give you enough exposure to make it worth your while."


Dear Author has a fascinating breakdown of paranormal books, covering paranormal adult romance, adult urban fantasy, and young adult paranormal and featuring comments from an anonymous big imprint editor and an anoymous well-know agent. If you are interested in paranormal at all, you'll want to read this one.

Author Lynn Viehl wants to know about author promotions you've seen that have convinced you to buy that author's book

And because you all know I'm a food junkie, check out this awesome recipe for fast and easy (no kneading!) dinner rolls

Also, Dunkin Donuts just had a create a donut competition (how did I not know about this??) and you can check out the finalists here (My fave? The S'morgasbord)

2 Comments:

Blogger barbrafl said...

Is Kroger the same as Food4Less? That's what's closest to me.

May 12, 2010 5:22 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

Barbrafl, it is indeed the same as Food4Less! Kroger stores can also be found under the names Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., King Soopers, City Market, Smith's, Hilander, Jay C, Pay Less, Owen's, Scott's, Dillons, Dillons Marketplace, Gerbes, Baker's
Nevada Smith's, and QFC!

May 13, 2010 6:51 AM  

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