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Thursday, August 19, 2010

I'm one of those people who needs eight hours (nine is better) of sleep or I become zombie-like, sitting around blinking and doing things like deleting all the links I wanted to share!

Thank goodness that I'd also saved them in a file. It's like I knew I wasn't going to get any sleep last night!

Anyway, here there are and as I'm sure there will be more typos than usual, I ask for your forgiveness in advance:

The YA Blogosphere is buzzing over Ellen Hopkins being invited--and then uninvited because of "objections" (read: CENSORSHIP)--to a book festival in Texas. Almost all of the other authors who had been asked to attend the festival have now withdrawn, in protest, which I think is awesome. Two of the authors have great blog posts up about this: Pete Hautman on the festival and what happened and Melissa de la Cruz, another author was was invited and backed out when Ellen was uninvited--on how she lost out on something she loved due to censorship

The folks at Orbit have done yet another chart of trends in fantasy book covers--Castles had better start looking over their back because dirigibles (!!) are starting to grow in number...

Over at Murderati, a post about something I think most writers (or at least, this one) have to deal with--learning how to get out of your own way

Pimp My Novel on great first lines -- I admit, offer me a good first line when I pick your book up when I'm browsing the bookstore, and chance are I'll buy it. (Is anyone else the same way??)

E-books are most definitely making their presence felt--they've started hitting the USA Today bestseller list (which is a very, very big deal) -- While I have yet to meet a YA writer whose e-books sales have been over ten percent of their total sales (is there anyone out there who writes YA and whose e-books sales are higher than ten percent of their total?) there's no doubt in my mind that e-books sales are going to become hugely important--and fast--for adult authors, particularly those who write genre fiction.

Agent and author Nathan Bransford wants to know what you'd do if you were in charge of publishing

More on Barnes and Noble's problems

Beloit University's Mindset List for the Class of 2014 -- I love these lists, not only for what they say about those the list is about, but for who is writing them as well. (I mean, J. R. Ewing??? Really???)

And, of course, a few tasty bites--Peanut Butter Mud Hen Bars (just trust me!!) and Chewy Salted Pecan and Chocolate Chip Squares

Also! Don't forget that your worst meal could win YOU an ARC of Beautiful Darkness...

6 Comments:

Blogger Spunk said...

I actuall.y read more Ebooks that regular books. In fact *Gasp*, Ive read all of you books on my computer.

August 19, 2010 2:56 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

On your computer--downloaded, or purchased?

While I'm glad you've read all my books, not all of them are e-books, and for every book that's downloaded illegally, it is another loss for my publishers.

And for my career.

I've talked about this before, but if you don't have access to my books, please PLEASE write to me before you steal them. I don't want to lose my job.

I hope you don't want that either.

August 19, 2010 3:33 PM  
OpenID Cookie said...

You know, Elizabeth, the commenter could have borrowed it from the library and scanned it herself to have a copy to read on her computer, if that's her reader of choice. Not saying that's plausible, but it's possible.

Should I feel guilty that I've bought your books second-hand? Or that I borrowed it from a friend? That's a lost sale too isn't it? Don't get your panties in a tangle over it, there's no point. More importantly, don't let the government pass laws that impede our freedom of speech and our right to privacy just because you want to sell a few more copies.

And just so you know, I buy at least 5-6 books every month, because I like owning books. Before you go off accusing me of being a leecher and a lowlife pirate. I just wish the whole piracy debate could get a bit more nuanced, because it frightens me where this world is going in terms of surveillance of citizens and limitations in fundamental rights and freedoms.

August 19, 2010 5:47 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Schauer said...

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August 19, 2010 11:37 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Schauer said...

I would like to weigh in on this one. I think Elizabeth has every right to be disappointed by the fact that people are able to download illegal copies of her books. The sad part to me is that Spunk's comment was totally innocent...they probably were not even aware they did anything wrong. (Unless that scanned every page in every book--which is doubtful at best)

I would also like to say that I know first hand that "selling a few more copies" is definitely not at the top of Elizabeth's priority list. When I told her I could not keep up with the demand for the copies of Living Dead Girl in my high school library, she graciously sent me not one, not two, but EIGHT copies.

I did not see anywhere in her post suggesting government involvement in anything. How in the world is doing something that's illegal a basic right? She has every reason in the world to, as you so eloquently put, "get her panties in a wad" over something like stealing manuscripts.

August 19, 2010 11:39 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

@ Cookie:

I'm confused as to what downloading books illegally has to do with our freedom of speach?

Regardless, downloading stolen books (or movies or music) is wrong. Stealing is stealing, just because you do it on the computer doesn't make it any less wrong.

I'm guessing if your livelihood came from selling something that many people continuously steal rather than pay for, you would have a different opinion on the matter.

August 19, 2010 11:46 PM  

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