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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

I dvr'ed (if it's not a word, it should be!) Pretty Little Liars last night--I'm so excited it's a tv show. But! I'm even more excited that the latest (and supposedly, last--sob!!) book is out and I can't wait to read it!

For those of you who've seen the tv show already, how is it?

Also, congrats to the first BEA ARC winner, jpetroroy! And yes, there is another BEA giveaway going on--you can enter here (and I'm sorry to say that I can't afford to ship books overseas now, so unless I state otherwise, all contest are open to those with US mailing addys only)

And of course, per the title of this post, I do have a lot of links to share...

Imagine going from unpublished to selling ten (yes, 10!) books in a year--really great post about being an "overnight" success and the inevitably reality that always lies behind it (for most authors, anyway!)

Agent Kristin Nelson shares her thoughts on the Adult Fiction BEA buzz panel, plus she's beginning to share the story of a book that an editor passed on--and then decided they wanted

Outstanding post about motivation -- "Lately I’ve been trying to find my motivation. It might be under the couch; write an average of 5 releases a year for 5 years and vacuuming falls to the bottom of the To Do list, so it’s possible dust bunnies obscure it. But from research on the subject, I discovered something really interesting; motivation for physical work can be provided with physical rewards. But when the tasks require cognitive skill (and believe me, even writing a bad book takes a boatload of cognitive skill), rewards fail. It turns out that what motivates people to flex their mental muscles takes a combination of three things; autonomy, mastery, and meaning."

Author Allison Brennan has a very moving blog post about career limbo and the importance of friendships

Why an agent might not actually read your query letter--I don't know if I've ever seen a post this honest or this informative about how many queries agents get and why they simply don't read some (one word: guidelines!)

Agent Jessica Faust on selling foreign rights, a way deals can change, and--something I've never heard of before--an author-created style sheet.

The INTERN on YA cliches
--I agree with some of what she has to say, but where I grew up and where I live now the prom is still a big deal. I think it's very much a regional thing in the US--for instance, where my husband grew up--the Boston/NYC/NJ area the prom didn't matter so much--but IMO, it is considered pretty important in the South and Midwest. (And of course, it all depends on if you want to go or not--if you do, then it's going to matter. If you don't, then it's not.)

Over at Writer Unboxed, a post about being extraordinary and one about creating characters

Maureen Johnson doesn't want to be a brand -- "The other side, the side I am on, is the one that sees an organic internet full of people. Sure, when I have a book come out, I will often say, “Please, could you buy a copy? I need to buy food and post-it notes and hamsters.” But in reality, I wouldn’t suggest it if I didn’t think you would like it. I have a lot of fun writing my books, and hey, if you can buy one, great! I think it’s just as great if you take it out of the library. I write because I actually like doing it, and through some miracle of science, I get paid, so wayhay!"

Kody Keplinger, author of the truly fabtastic upcoming novel, The DUFF, on realistic dialogue in YA

The article that inspired John Grisham when he was writing The Firm -- a lot of these are applicable to all kinds of writing, especially this: "Don't write anything you wouldn't want to read."


Blogger The Lovely Reader said...

My sister watched PLL last night and said she loved it. I tried watching it, but didn't enjoy it as much as she did, so I didn't finish watching, then again, I never read the books, so I don't know. Maybe it's better for people who have read the books :)

June 09, 2010 4:14 PM  
Blogger BookChic said...

My roommate and I watched it last night. We DVR'd it too as we were doing other things at 8pm. We both loved it and can't wait to see more. I have read the books (well, the first four) and she hasn't, so she was asking me all about what was going on since I know all, lol.

Hope you enjoy it too!! :)

June 09, 2010 6:30 PM  
Blogger Tricia said...

Me and my friends who've read the book got together to watch it when it came on. I thought it was pretty good but I don't like who they picked to play Spencer! She's supposed to be blonde and that girl looks like she's 23 not 16. I like her, just not for Spencer's role. Other than that, I thought most of it was pretty good. Obviously it's not going to be EXACT but they did a good job keeping close to the book, unlike Vampire Diaries. But I love that show to death too...
Anyway, hope you liked it and I can't wait to read the last book too!!

June 10, 2010 8:17 PM  

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