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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

I love holidays, but is it just me, or does work seem to somehow double if you take a day off? Crazy!

However, all if not lost--if there is one thing I love about this last holiday in particular it's---well, you know what?

Do YOU know what my favorite thing about July 4th--and actually, most of July--is?? The first person to email me at elizabeth AT elizabethwrites dot com with the correct answer gets a free hardcover YA novel! (You must have a US mailing address, but otherwise, that's it!)

And speaking of free books, congrats to last week's contest winners, Erika Lynn, Haley, Hannah S, Christa, and Eve! (And a huge thank you to Simon & Schuster for such wonderful gift bags!)(Also, yes, there will be one more contest this week :-) )

Before I get back to it, I've got heaps of links to share:

Agent, author, and former editor Betsy Lerner on the question some writers (including this one) dread: "So, what are you working on now?" (I can't even talk about what I'm working on until it's done. Except to one person and even then I don't really talk about it. I just send her chunks of it to read to see what she thinks is wrong with it. She's a VERY awesome friend!)

Betsy Lerner also has a really interesting post up about the kinds of characters she likes--"I want too much or not enough. I want to root for every abject thing, for “the mole on the belly of an exquisite whore,” for the most glorious monster and the lowest angel. Unsympathetic, undeserving, unapologetic, unrootable. These are my people."

Agent Kirstin Nelson has a few things to say about dead protagonists, as well as something an agent really needs to have before they sign you--enthusiasm for your work

And! Kristin also returns to "the curse of the sophomore novel" or A Story The Editor Will Never Know

Agent Rachelle Gardner points out that hot trends in publishing are hot for a reason--they sell books.

Dystel & Goderich Literary Management on how positive should advice-givers to aspiring authors be?

They also have a post up about what can happen when a client's project doesn't sell and on unlikeable protagonists

Over at Writer Unboxed, there's a great summary of their blog entries on writing advice and a thoughtful post about taking time off--and when to take it.

Agent Janet Reid points out that, in publishing, it's never just one e-mail

Over at Pimp My Novel, a guest post on first novels, which features something I never knew about one of my favorite authors, Amy Bloom--she bought back her first novel because she didn't think it was good enough to be published. (!!)

Maggie Stiefvater with one of the best titled (and very helpful as well!) blog entries I've seen in ages -- Death by Ham: Playing the Odds of Getting Published

Agent Jessica Faust posts a note from a writer who wants to know what to do when you've lost the joy

An outstanding look at just how hard agents and editors work over at Poets & Writers--if you read one link today, make it this one. It really shows you how hard the publishing industry is--for everyone. Check out Necessary Agent

Finally, two links on publicity/self-promotion, Editorial Ass --"Successful book sales are a combination of two factors (and this is literally all it comes down to):

1) Accessibility of book
2) Word of mouth"
and then agent Jennifer Laughran with five tips (out of all of them, I can't even tell you how many times I've seen first-time authors *not* start tip number 1 right after their first book sells, which, IMO, is the MOST important thing you can do. As Jennifer says, "1) WRITE YOUR NEXT BOOK. Seriously. I know it doesn't SEEM like obvious marketing advice, but this is truly the most important thing you can do for yourself."