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contest winners and links

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Congrats to CPlusha, who won the recipe contest with her story of high school brownies that were so good that people risked detention for them--and for the recipe itself! Congrats also go to Krista, who won the fake boyfriend contest--I think she had me at "the age of MySpace" which seems like a hundred years ago -- but wasn't!

Moving on, I've got loads of links to share:

Bob Mayer on the "good old days" of publishing -- "Way back in the days of Faulkner, Hemmingway, the Algonquin Round Table, etc. it was just as hard, but different. Then you had to schmooze, make contacts, get known. Gee. It’s kind of the same now too."

Do you sometimes need to tell, rather than show, in a story?

"Social Media Networking has taken all the fun out of my Internet social life."
-- great article on the pressure authors feel to blog, tweet, etc.

Following up on this, a great article about how some authors use facebook (and twitter, and, I'm sure other social media) as a way to promote their books over and over (and over) again -- there are also loads of links in this article as well, so be sure to check it out!

Very interesting article on characters--should you know more about them than your reader does (or will?)

Pimp My Novel on why publishing runs off a returns-based model, and a breakdown of what's currently going on in the Random House vs. Andrew Wylie showdown

Over at Murderati, signing the praises of good editors

Acclaimed YA author Sara Zarr muses about writing and the possibility of moving on -- "From the outside in, maybe whatever I do next won’t look that different from what I’ve been doing. Maybe it will. All I know for sure is that in the midst of being smart about the practical needs and realities, I want to be a beginner again at something creative, to always be a learner, to be bold and risk failure. I want to have faith that when I step off the comfortable path, I’m not going to freefall forever."

Nathan Bransford on high-concept

Dear Author has a bunch of interesting information and links here, but what really caught my eye is the following: Laura Lippman's latest book sold more, its first week out, in ebooks than in print (granted it was about 740 copies more, but still) and--only 4,000 copies sold in the first week gets you on the adult NYT extended fiction hardcover list???

Finally, how awesome would this be? Baking in the Betty Crocker Test Kitchens

And for my husband, who loves root beer floats, I'll be making the following: Root Beer Float Cupcakes