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mailing list update (getting ready for the holidays!) and links

Friday, November 12, 2010

The mailing list has gotten so big that I've moved it to a pay-based vendor so messages--like the holiday one I'm sending out next week!--will get through. Want to join? Go here.

Great article about prejudging what you think an editor's tastes are--I never would have predicted my editor at Simon Pulse would have wanted LDG, but she did, and has been behind the book since she first read it, never ever once doubting what I'd written. I adore her for that. And for so many other things!

The New York Times is going to start an e-book bestseller list (From the Times itself: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/11/books/11list.html?_r=1&src=twt&twt=nytimesbooks)

There's been a lot of back and forth about NaNoWriMo in the blogosphere--trust John Scalzi to come up with the best post I've seen on the subject-- "So if you’re a pro novelist or whomever wringing your hands over NaNoWriMo, remember that hands are for typing, not for wringing, and get back to your own work and let the kids have their fun. If you’re a NaNoWriMo participant and you’ve heard the grousing of the pros, ignore it and enjoy your experience of banging out words. In the end, no one cares how or why or under what circumstances a novel has been created, they care about the words on the page. Readers don’t read process. They read novels."

Great article on how writing doesn't get easier with every book (so true! At least for me..)

Writers talk about their worst jobs ever--Those of you who've read my bio know I've had some strange ones, but I only had one I hated--the 3 day stint in the dot.com industry. Where I burned CDs ALL DAY LONG. I have never, ever been so bored in my life.

The importance of taking time to stop and look around you

Agent Rachelle Gardner has some reminders for those with agents and also has a really nice (albeit short) breakdown of what is typically found in publishing contracts

Catherine Ryan Hyde on writing full-time--and money (Love the Elmore Leonard quote in there!)

Think paranormal fiction originated with Twilight? Silver Kiss, maybe? Anne Rice, for sure, right? NOPE. Go back further. Forty years further....

Dorchester author--and NYT Bestseller--Angie Fox, dealt with Dorchester's ongoing problems by getting the rights back to her next book--and is publishing it herself.

Interesting article on how Harlan Coben became a bestselling author

Want to win a signed copy of Grace and any other one of my books (your pick!) PLUS help out Pennsylvania's libraries? (And okay, you know me, I'll be throwing a few other things in as well...) Interested? Well then, check this out: http://payaauctions.blogspot.com/2010/11/grace-winners-choice-by-elizabeth-scott.html

And finally, Chocolate Peanut Butter Moon Pies and Chocolate Truffle Tarts-- what, you think I'd skip dessert?