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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Before I turn to the links, I want to say YAY! to the winner of Mockingjay, NiaRaie!

I have to say, what I really found fascinating was that *everyone* who commented here and over at FB either heard of the Hunger Game books from a friend or acquaintance or from Stephenie Meyer talking/blogging about it--which just goes to show, word of mouth (or a shout-out from Stephenie Meyer!) does more to sell books than anything else. That, and well, writing a great book, obviously :-)

Moving on, Grace has been spotted in some Borders--and I actually saw a copy yesterday myself!

I'll be sending out a message to everyone on my mailing list next week, when the book date release is "official"--so if you want in, you can join here

Also! Mailing list members--if you've already picked up a copy of Grace--I know some of you have, and I LOVE you for it!!--make sure you save your receipt, okay?

One final thing before I move on to the links--I've already heard from a bunch of you with *great* guest blogs, and the first one will be running tomorrow!

However, if you--yep, YOU--have something to say about writing, publishing, what's it like to sell a book (or try to sell a book), work in a library, work in a bookstore, teach with contemporary YA, reading YA and what trends you see, wish you'd see, etc. I'd love to hear from you. (And of course, run YOUR guest blog!)

So, either send me your guest blog idea by going here, or, if you want more details, check this out.

And now, brace yourself for the link explosion....

Agent Jennifer Laughran on *agents* and editors--you will see the occasional post about editors from writers, but this is, I think, the first time I've seen an agent comment directly on working with editors, and she's pretty frank about it: "Or when they woo relentlessly before they buy the book, declaring mad love for the author and their work... but then as soon as the vows are said and the ink is dry on the contract, passion seems to turn into business-as-usual, communication dries up, and, and, and...sorry, I just had a bit of a post-traumatic stress flashback."

Over at Writer Unboxed, great post on writing as a journey--"A journey can’t matter until a character matters to himself." (eta: or herself!)

And a truly fabulous post from author Juliet Marillier, who points out that even well-known writers (Her Sevenwaters series? LOVE!!) have career ups--and downs

One last excellent Writer Unboxed post to mention--this one on rewriting--"As much as I believe in edits and rewrites, they are really hard. Often you have to let go of things you love about your story or your characters or say goodbye to paragraphs you think are well crafted. You have to give yourself over to a process that is the opposite of the luxuriously free creative process that created the book, and embrace tedious minutia, questioning every line, every conflict."

Pimp My Novel on why publishers are always chasing the next blockbuster--if you want to understand *why* publishers throw lots of money at books, this is a very concise and clear explanation of it. I want to quote from this, but I end up basically putting the whole thing in, so clearly, you should go read it!

Also from Pimp My Novel--meeting deadlines. (I admit, what got me was that the book was not six months late. Not a year late. Three years+ late. THREE!!!)

Tess Gerristen on the whole commercial fiction/NYT thingy--mostly because the following quote truly does seem to be how some people think about authors who either a. are very successful or b. have more than one book come out a year (Hi, I'm b.!): "Popular novelists just “churn out” their books every year or two anyway because, as we all know, popular fiction is so easy to write and sell, and anybody can do it. You just have to sit down, write a story that hits all the predictable populist buttons such as love, marriage, family, conflict, kids, etc., and presto, it will show up in Target. The words don’t even have to spring off the page, they can just crawl. Or lie there. And then you sit back and collect your million-dollar royalty checks. So girls, be grateful that you have such an easy time of it while those hardworking literary authors must struggle to make their words spring."

Great writing tips from Ellen Hopkins

Agent and author Nathan Bransford on dealing with conflicting query suggestions and/or requirements

Agent Janet Reid offers a reminder of the importance of your writing when you query --"Let your writing show me you're a talented and amazing writer. Show me. Don't tell me."

Interesting post on "white fire novels"

A nice overview of money matters for authors -- the tax stuff is for the UK, but the general advice, which is to be careful, pay your taxes (quarterly, here in the US), etc--it's worth checking out.

Romance novels make up something like forty percent (or more) of all books sold, and have for years. Decades, even, I think. So, finally, romance novels are getting their own review section in Publishers Weekly (There's also some other interesting links in there as well)

Homemade Nutter Butters, anyone?
Oh, and did I happen to mention they're filled with chocolate??!

Thank you, sweet Internet, for things like this--Homemade Hostess Cupcakes (so, so cute!!)


Blogger Alexis Bass Writes said...

Homemade Nutter Butters with chocolate - - this has to be the best news I’ve heard all day!
Thank you also, for the great links to query advice!

September 08, 2010 10:25 PM  

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