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links and update on DC signing

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

I'm very pleased to say I'll be doing a panel talk and signing in the DC area this month with Kieran Scott and Jenny Han--the three of us will be speaking, courtesy of Politics and Prose, at the Bethesda Public Library on Saturday, June 12th, at 2 PM.

If you live in the DC area, I hope you'll come by the library--it's very easy to get to via bus, car, or the Metro, plus Kieran and Jenny are both awesome, and since we're speaking at the library, we'll get a chance to talk to everyone in addition to just selling and signing books!

Also, don't forget to check out this week's BEA giveaway... (So far, I can tell you one book that is going to be HUGE this fall--Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angels--you all want that! (I totally do too!!) )

Moving on to the links:

Lots of posts about leaving an agent, two from an agent's point of view: Jennifer Laughran and Jessica Faust -- as well as my personal favorite, from author Steven Harper Piziks, which contains a very handy and straightforward list of behaviors that should make you run (yes, RUN!) from an agent

Tess Gerritsen shares her thoughts about BEA, and something all authors face--the signings where no one shows up

And speaking of BEA, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management wonders if it's still even necessary to have it -- as someone who's been to BEA since 2006, I can tell you that the changes in the economy have definitely made it a smaller event, and it does seem to be less relevant to the publishing community that it used to be. But! I think it matters to the librarians and booksellers who are able to go (though moving it to mid-week certainly has caused problems with that) and, as we see bloggers seeing a bigger role, BEA is certainly very important to them. (This, in fact, was the first BEA where I saw more bloggers than booksellers/librarians--did anyone else notice how many bloggers were there as well?)

And, speaking as someone who loves books, BEA lets me see what *publishers* think are going to be their big titles and that--well, if you're in the industry, believe me, you want to know that. You *need* to know that. Also, even though you there aren't nearly as many ARCs as they're used to be (one year, my car trunk was so full of ARCs---just ARCs!!--that it almost touched the ground!!), it's still a great way to get a sneak peak at upcoming books--and again, with a focus on the books publishers are throwing all their weight behind.

Maggie Stiefvater--whose upcoming novel, Linger, I heard mentioned *everywhere* at BEA (and this was with no galleys available!)--on authors and worrying as well as two very interesting posts where she talks about how she's trying to handle all her email. (Over 4,000 a month!!)(Part one is here, part two is here)

The INTERN, who last talked about good reads and how they work using an adult title, now does the same with a YA novel (no, I'm not telling you which one! You have to click on the link and find out!!)

Pimp My Novel continues to provide so many insights into the publishing industry--I'm so thankful for it! Check out this explanation of Billing vs. POS as well as thoughts on publishing trends

I admit, I've never thrown a book launch party, but if you are hoping to are planning to, Editorial Ass has a great guide on how to have one.

I'm continually shocked by things authors have seen other people do that will most definitely cause you carer problems -- this one is especially important to read for writers struggling to be agented and/or published.

Agent Donald Maass on invisible tension --something I'd never heard of, but I'm sure glad I have now!

Finally, I leave you with a recipe for s'mores bread pudding (!!!)


Blogger Sandy Shin said...

I'd love to go to the signing, if only I were in the DC area. :( Hope you'll have a lot of fun!

And thank you for all the wonderful links!

June 02, 2010 7:59 PM  

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