elizabethwrites.com : the internet home of
Elizabeth Scott

WOW! Awesome The Unwritten Rule news!!

Friday, January 29, 2010

I just found out from my editor that The Unwritten Rule is going be out before April 6th--in fact, it's going to be in stores on March 16th!!

I'm super excited about this, because a. The Unwritten Rule is going to be out sooner, which makes me happy because I can't wait for you all to read it! and b. Wal-Mart is going to carry the book and it's going to be in way more stores than Something, Maybe was AND they are going to carry the paperback of Something, Maybe too (which will be out on Feb 23rd--and yes, will have a sneak peek of The Unwritten Rule)

One last thing--since I'm in a really good mood, I want to sweeten the winnings for whoever gives the best suggestion for what my next readergirlz blog post should be about. In addition to Fallen, the winner will now get that and not one but TWO other published YA books of their choice. So come tell me what you think I should talk about for readergirlz! You've got until Sunday....

don't forget about the free books...or yes, I am giving some away! (I know, the shock, right?)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Just a reminder that, as part of my first readergirlz videoblog, there's a free book contest going on--and if you want to enter, there's still time.

Also! Anything you'd all like me to talk about next month? Best suggestion gets a copy of Lauren Kate's New York Times Bestseller Fallen (and did you see the all ads for it on the CW last week during The Vampire Diaries??? Wow!)

(Edited to add: and now, not only will you get a copy of Fallen, but you'll also get to pick two published YA novels you want--and get them too!)

Anyway, for your chance to win the copy of Fallen, just leave your suggestion for what my next redergirlz blog should be by--well, since this is Thursday, let's say you've got until midnight EST on Sunday, January 31st, and the suggestion I like most gets the book. (And yes, the contest is open to everyone, even non-US residents)

I know I've already said this, but I do want to thank all of you once more for all your support about the whole piracy thing. I really appreciate it, and yes, I meant every word I said! (Especially about how you are all the BEST!) Oh, and again, for those of you overseas who can't find my books--I highly suggest you check out The Book Depository (http://www.bookdepository.com/) -- not only are their prices great, they have free shipping everywhere, which makes it an amazing deal and a great way to get books you can't find elsewhere. (I'm currently waiting for two UK YAs: Sarra Manning's latest, Nobody's Girl, and Saci Lloyd's The Carbon Diaries 2017, to come)

And now we move on to the links:

The first is a repost of one I put up on Monday, but forgot to actually include the link (thanks, Ben, for the heads up!)--a guest blog over at Nathan Bransford's about trying to get published (again)--and yes, it is depressing, but I think very much worth reading.

I found this absolutely fascinating: An interview with someone who not only downloads books illegally, but who also scans in and uploads books for other people to steal--check out Confessions of A Book Pirate

Author Lilith Saintcrow points out that editors aren't your enemies--"I see a lot of new writers (and a lot of unpublished writers) operating under the unconscious assumption that the editor is an enemy at worst, a suspect ally at best, and someone to be on guard against. I’ve had one or two nasty revenge-editors, but those are the exceptions. The overwhelming rule is that editors are your friend. They believe in your book. They fight for it in acquisition meetings, they twist arms to get marketing money, they work and agonize over polishing it until it’s as good as it can be. The editor wants what you want: a successful book that earns money. Their energies are concentrated to that end. You are a fool if you don’t realize that and make it as easy as possible for them to be your advocate."

Jessica Faust has a great post on agent response time

Over at the Amazon book blog, Omnivoracious, there's a list of their top eight YA authors of the last decade. (Make sure to check out author number 2, and see who is listed under "paved the way for"---talk about an honor!!)

Maybe writer's block isn't such a bad thing...


Pimp My Novel on PSA, or Per Store Average--yet another great look into an very seldom discussed aspect of publishing. Also, there's a good--but scary--post about the future of Borders

Agent and soon-to-be-author Nathan Bransford wants to know how you got the idea for what you're working on now --There's loads of comments, of course, and interesting stuff about inspiration and how it works, not just for Nathan, but for others too.

Finally, I'm so glad to see that this so-rarely addressed subject has gotten some more attention: Agent Rachelle Gardner writes about what you need to do if you want to work in publishing She also has a post about becoming an agent as well.

Don't forget get to visit readergirlz for your chance to win a free book, and don't forget to let me know what you'd like my next blog for them to be about--that copy of Fallen could be yours....

weekend and links

Monday, January 25, 2010

My husband, being the amazing guy that he is, took me out of town this weekend because he thought I needed to relax and he was right! One of the weirder things about working at home is that your house becomes your office. So, in a sense, you are always at work--if nothing else, you're always carrying around your story in your head. It was nice to just have it in my head this weekend and not everywhere I looked!

I also have to say Thank You! to you all for your super wonderful comments on my readergirlz videoblog--there's still time to watch and comment, so if you're interested in winning one my books (your choice!) head on over there. You should also check out the rest of what readergirlz has to offer: there's a recap of ALA, cover stories, and reader reviews--in short, fun!!

Here are today's links:

Author Kiersten White on the process of submitting a book to publishers -- As someone who has had books turned down (is there an author out there who hasn't??), let me say Kiersten really nails the worry that we (or at least she and I!) go through whenever a book goes out.

Something I'm going to try and keep in mind: The Writer's Weekend, or the importance of not working all the time.

Two guest blogs over at Nathan Bransford's blog: one about trying to get published (again) , which is depressing but worth reading, and writers and "but"

Editorial Anonymous on How To Complain About Your Publisher in Public--I think the answer to this one is pretty obvious, but in addition to answering that question, she also tackles some others that have been raised recently.

Elizabeth Bear on writing, deadlines, and needing money and healthcare--a problem all too many authors face

your questions answered--and free books!

Friday, January 22, 2010

I'm so happy to say my first official author-in-residence* post is up at the readergirlz blog--YAY!! I had planned on answering fifteen of your questions, but the video ended up being super long, so I had to cut it down to five--but if you're interested in seeing my workspace, hearing about my writing rituals, learning about my writing "process," watch me discuss the best--and worst--reviews I've ever gotten and talk about why the concept of loss seems to figure into so much of my work, then head on over here.

Also! At the readergirlz blog, you can find out how to win a signed copy of any of my published books (hint: it's super easy--you all know how I am about contests!!)

Okay, on to the links:

Agent Kristin Nelson talks about what happened during the two-page writing workshop (see yesterday's entry for a link about the workshop itself)

If you read only one link today, make it this one: Cherie Priest's outstanding post on what an author can--and can't control. She also touches briefly, and very sensibly, on book piracy

The Intern is back with more reasons why you *don't* want to be published

Justine Musk on the importance of practice



* I will never, ever get tired of typing that! I grin every time I do! (How could I not??)

thank you

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I want to thank all of you who commented, sent emails, sent me tweets, dropped me a note on facebook, and so on, about what I said yesterday regarding my books and what happens to me when they are downloaded illegally.

And yes, I did mean what I said when I offered help--if you need it, let me know.

Also, I do know that this is a big deal for a lot of you overseas, where finding my books can be very hard. I stumbled across a site a few months ago that will most definitely be of interest to you! It's called The Book Depository, and you can find it here: http://www.bookdepository.com/

Not only do they have just about every book you can think of at great prices--including all of mine!--they will ship anywhere in the world for free. That's right. For FREE. I use them all the time to get my YA UK book fix. And my Australian YA book fix. And my general overseas fiction that isn't out here in the US fix. (What? You all know I like books!! And how can I not get say, Sarra Manning's new YA, Nobody's Girl, as soon as it comes out which is--oooh! Now! Guess what I'll be doing after I write up this blog post..)

Anyway! Thank you all so much for your support. I know I always say you're all the best, but it's because you ARE!

Before I move on to the links, I also have to send a huge shout-out of thanks to librarians, not just because of their overall awesomeness, but because Love You Hate You Miss You was named one of YALSA's 2010 Best Books for Young Adults and Living Dead Girl was named a 2010 Popular Paperback *and* an Amazing Audiobook. WOW!

Oh, and I did get the video blog edited, and I will let you know as soon as it goes up on readergirlz!

Links:

James Patterson is one of the authors who is, quite frankly, keeping publishing afloat these days and this is an excellent, in-depth piece about him from The New York Times

Pimp My Novel talks about the article and Patterson here--"In short: writing is art, ladies and gents, but if you want to make a living doing it, it is also necessarily a business. Be relentless. Take an active interest in the advertising, sales, and marketing aspects of your book(s)."

Bob Meyer on writers and fear -- "Fear of change...I have found the greatest impediment to getting published for writers is that they are unwilling to learn and change what they are doing. They swap deck chairs on the Titanic, rather than dare to change."

Agent Kristin Nelson on giving two-page read workshops which sound painful but also very useful -- "This is the class where participants bring the opening 2 pages of their manuscript. We pretend that we are sitting in our office reading the slush pile. If we would have stopped reading, we say “stop” and then we explain why."

Agent Rachelle Gardner has some great tips for how to use email professionally, and The Rejectionist wants you to know that there is a place for your novel's summary--and it's not the subject line of your email

Finally Agent Jessica Faust on rewriting and including poetry and music in novels

I forgot!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I was so nervous about making the video blog yesterday that I forgot to say that it seems pretty clear that everyone wants a release day chat and YAY!

I'd so much rather talk to all of you when the book comes out than make a trailer and you know I'm going to run contests anyway so this way it's the best of both worlds! (Sneak chat peak: I'll be revealing not one, but TWO huge secrets, so it's going to be fun!!)

I have to edit the video blog (you all asked so many great questions that the video ended up being thirty minutes (!!) so I have to cut it down so it's, you know, not quite so long! But if there is interest--although half an hour of me is um, a lot!--let me know and I'll see what I can do about getting the whole thing up at some point later this year)

Before editing, a few links and one request:

It's time for Operation Teen Book Drop, which is sponsored by readergirlz, and will take place on April 15th. As usual, I'll be dropping some books around the DC area. If you have any places around DC/MD/VA where you'd like to find some young adult novels, let me know!

Outlining for Non-Outliners: An Outline
-- with a title like that, you know it's going to be funny, and it is, but be sure to check out 20. because I think it's so, so true.

Hey, how about some rules for writing for children...from 1954? Funny and actually kind of scary because um, wow--well, you'll see if you read.

Tess Geritsen talks about book piracy, or downloading a book for free -- Since it's Tess, it's obviously worth reading.

And now here's the request:

I went to the site Tess mentioned in her post and looked to see if any of my books were up there.

I'll be honest, I didn't think there would be.

But there were. There were a lot of them. And I appreciate that you all want to read my books and I know that hardcovers aren't cheap but look, here's the truth:

I'm not a bestseller. I don't hit the Times list, I don't hit any lists, and therefore, I don't have the kind of protection that those sort of sales provide.

To be blunt, if I don't sell books, my publishers won't buy more from me. I have to make them money. I HAVE to.

So when you download a free book, it's free for you and I get that you like free, I do. But if you want more books from me, downloading one of my books isn't the way to do it. Publishers want authors who make money. If I don't, that's it. No more Elizabeth Scott books ever. EVER.

So, please, before you download one of my books for free think about going to the library or write to me.

In short, I need your help, and I will help you if you need it, because I--well, this is my job on the line. And I like my job.

Thanks for reading this.

link-o-rama!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Wow, has it been a ripe few days for awesome links! Which is good because as soon as I'm done sharing these, I'm off to make my readergirlz video blog, which I am feeling pretty good about, thanks to all of you and your awesome questions!

Okay, links:

Nice post about positivity--and how to stay positive -- lots of really great advice, like this: "don't get upset with yourself for getting upset. This is something I post about often. Look, rejection sucks. That's all there is to it. But you don't want to add to the sucky-ness of the moment by being angry at yourself for feeling bad. Feel what you feel. Let it pass through you. Then you can move on. Don't waste energy on feeling that you shouldn't be feeling a certain way."

Agent Kristin Nelson has also posted an annotated query letter -- I really like it when agents do this because it lets you see successful query letters AND here why they worked for that agent.

Agent Jessica Faust answers reader questions and blog about not worrying about the small stuff and

Agent Rachelle Gardner on why authors need agents -- and on the flip side, author Dean Wesley Smith offers up some thoughts on agents, focusing on market knowledge--I highly recommend reading Dean's five tips for what you should do to keep up with the market even if you have an agent.

Some time management tips for writers

Renowned editor Emma Dryden on revisions

Pimp My Novel on embargoed titles, or the books that you see in boxes in bookstores that are often stacked up behind the counter and say the book's title and then something along the lines of--DO NOT OPEN UNTIL X DATE.

Also, Pimp My Novel on getting an MFA in writing

Justine Musk on problems outlining, word quotas, and the like might cause She's also got a truly interesting post up about working with your subconscious when you write--check out "how to work with your subconscious to write a book that ‘hangs together’ (so an agent won’t reject it)"

Great--and very thoughtful and thought-provoking--guest blog by Moonrat, aka Editorial Ass, on the future of publishing over at What Women Write

Agent Janet Reid has a great little chart up about what you need to have before you query

what a week! plus--do you want a book trailer making contest or a chat? Let me know!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Things have been a little crazy for me this week--my dad got super sick on Monday night--he was having trouble breathing--and had to go to the emergency room. He's okay now (it turned out to be an allergic reaction to some cold medicine he'd bought plus a really nasty secondary lung infection from the cold) but it was really scary. I know he's feeling better now, though, because when I suggested that maybe he might want to think about about moving (he and my mom still live where I grew up, which is *still* in the middle of nowhere--once in a while I google map it and just stare at all the green) he said, "Why? So I can sit in traffic all the time? No, thank you. I like looking out my windows and seeing cows, not other houses."

And that's my dad. Him and his cows, I swear!

Okay, enough about me--well, one last thing:

Which would you rather have--a book trailer making contest for The Unwritten Rule (the person who made the book trailer I liked most would win stuff) or a release day chat? I know, I know, I asked about this already, but I really want to know what you think!

There, now I'm done with me. Moving on to links:

This came out on Monday and I'm shocked it hasn't been talked about more--it's a big deal when a house (in this case, Dorchester) sells their backlist (and some of their frontlist, or upcoming titles) to another house. A very big deal.

The Intern talks about teen writers

On how, if you are published, you will likely have more than one editor --- it's very true. I know some of you have heard this before, but Bloom actually sold to one editor, who then left, and then the second editor got transferred to another division before the book (and me!) finally landed with editor number three--who I adore, and who I've been lucky enough to have as my Pulse editor ever since. But up until editor number three, I was a mess because between leaving my first agent and being orphaned twice, I was feeling pretty nervous. (By which I mean VERY nervous!)

How to kill a writing career -- a tongue-in-cheek but quite solid list of things that will most definitely not endear you to an agent, editor, or publisher.

A post from Dystel and Goderich about query letters and rejection and the importance of trying. It was inspired by this post, It's Not About The Odds, which has a tiny, four question quiz about your writing and industry knowledge in a very, very good post about--well, the odds of being published.

Editor Cheryl Klein writes about query letters and provides an example of one that worked for her (with extensive annotations as to why)

A blogger who works for the new St. Martin's line on why manuscripts are rejected

Agent Jessica Faust on bad agents and why you shouldn't query about querying

Pimp My Novel on The Importance of Negative Reviews

Interesting little look at the pros and cons of writing a series

Finally, how about some browned butter shortbread or reverse whoopie pies? Yummy!!

wow, everyone's been busy!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Thank you all so much for the great comments and questions you suggested for the video blog--I knew you all would come through and you did! I am seriously SUPER lucky! Also, the winners of the free books were Llehn, Robby, and Haleyknitz.

As for the video blog itself, I will absolutely keep you posted on what's going on with it!

Also, how are you all feeling about The Unwritten Rule--do you still want a trailer for it, or would you rather have an on-line book release party/chat where we can talk about the book and my upcoming book and you can ask questions, etc?

Oh! And if you know of/have written a review of The Unwritten Rule and I don't know about it, please let me know!!

I have loads and loads of links to share--everyone's been blogging like crazy!--and I think someone asked me why I do post so many links about publishing and writing. (Just checked, and yep, someone did ask that!)

The reason I do is that when I first started blogging, I thought about the kind of things I'd like to see on an author blog. And sure, I want to know about the author--for instance, you all know I'm worried about my first readergirlz blog post!--but I also wanted to know more about what happened to a book after it sold. About agents. About everything and anything that had to do with the publishing industry! It's not an easy business, and I think it's one that you are best learning as much about as possible as soon as possible. So that's why I post the links--I still am learning and still want to learn, and I figure other people do too.

So now you now, and here are today's links:

Everyone is still talking about where publishing is headed--there's a neat little graph here, predictions for agent and e-book publisher Richard Curtis here, and thoughts from HarperStudio

Pimp My Novel on market share -- market share is basically something publishers do when they look at sales--they check and see how books are doing in various markets--like say, the Northeast, the West, the South, and so on. This is a really great explanation of this AND why it's important.

Rachelle Gardner on what matters more than your query or all the publication tips you followed or anything else---you can probably guess what it is. That's right. Your book.

If you only read one link today, make it this one--an amazing blog post by author Kerry Madden about her career--the highs and the lows. Please do yourself a favor and read Rock Bottom

Want to see the kind of promo that goes into a publisher's big young adult book aka a lead young adult title? Check this out

Agent Jessica Faust talks about small presses and--yes, I know I'm always saying this is important, but that's because it is!!--sell-through

Maggie Steiefvater has some very concise--and very good--advice about How to Get Your Manuscript Sold (And Sold Well)

Editorial Anonymous on what exactly an "issue" (aka "problem") novel is

Finally, check out Sarah Dessen's AMAZING new office--I know you're all wondering about mine and well, it does not look like that! But a girl can dream....

thank you! and link-o-rama!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Thanks so much for all the amazing suggestions so far, and don't forget you have until midnight EST tomorrow, January 8th, to tell me what you think I should talk about in my first video blog for readergirlz!

Loads of links today:

Ever wondered what agents hate? Now you don't have to.

Really interesting article on advances--and be sure to read the response right below it as well

Borders is really and truly on shaky ground. I have my fingers crossed for them because as much as I love and respect indie bookstores, there are places--like where I grew up--where the only bookstores around are the big chains. And if they go...well, it'll go back to like how it was when I was a kid. And I wouldn't wish a world with no bookstores on anyone. I know ebooks are supposedly the future and so forth and I own a Kindle, but I still want actual books. I just do. And I can't believe I'm the only person who does.

The Intern offers up more advice on revision--this time on end-of-chapter questions

The Rejectionist has some blunt but good advice about submitting your novel

Bob Meyer talks about how to get the most out of a writers conference

Pimp My Novel on a subject no one likes to talk about: book returns

Agent Jessica Faust on what happens when an agent leaves their agency

Author Catherynne M. Valente on writing a book in thirty days

Agent Rachelle Gardner blogs about "Why Didn't I Say Yes To Your Novel?"

Agent/Author Nathan Bransford wants to know what your favorite book was when you were a teenager (or what it is now, if you are one!!)

Fabulous interview with Jay Schaefer, an editor at Workman Publishers in New York City and its subsidiary, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, North Carolina about why debut novelists sometimes get enormous advances (must add in--LOVE Algonquin books. LOVE!!)

Finally, do you belong to a book club that's looking to read some young adult novels? Or maybe you're a teacher who'd love to have your class read a new release? Or maybe you'd love it if your teacher got up to 25 free copies of a book AND a phone call from an author like Lisa McMann, Kate Brian, or Deb Caletti? (Or yours truly, if you were so inclined!)

Well, then, you need to head over here

click here for more info!

questions? questions?? (and yes, free books too!)

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Okay, I'd like to do a video blog for my first readergirlz blog post, and following in Beth Kephart's shoes....well, she's Beth Kephart! So I was trying to think of what to do or say and then I thought--hey, why not ask the most awesome people I know????

So, if you knew you were going to see a video blog from me, what would you like to see in it? Are there questions you'd like me to answer? Things I should talk about? Foreign slang I should try and guess the meaning of and get totally wrong? (Kidding on the last one! I've already done it)

Oh, and, a free hardcover young adult novel to the three most helpful suggestions posted by this Friday, January 8th, at midnight EST. Just because I--well, come on! It's me! I can't NOT give book away!

Looking forward to reading your ideas for what the video blog should be about, or what you'd like to see me discuss, or questions you'd like answered, etc!

whee!

Monday, January 04, 2010

Normally, I try to post stuff about me and my books last just because it's how I am but I'm so excited about this it has to be first:

Starting on January 15th, I'll be the Author in Residence at Readergirlz!!!!! I am so thrilled by this that words can't really convey my happiness. (Although perhaps all the ! gave a hint or two away...)

Also, a huge thank you to everyone who suggested a song or songs for my books--the playlist put together by the Redergirlz team is ALL songs you suggested!!

I also have to thank all of you who named one or more of my books on your 2009 book lists--it's such a honor to not only have you read my work, but to know you like it that much--you are all the BEST EVER!!

Okay, more than enough about me--on to the links:

Over at Genreality, Charlene Teglia posts 10 Things I've Learned About The Writing Biz: "The publishing business really can make people nuts. That’s been a theme in these ten points, but it deserves one of its own. It’s because we have limited autonomy and limited control, but total responsibility for the outcome. If you at least know the business can make you crazy, you can compensate and be careful about getting too caught up in it. Following every trend, paying attention to every bit of news is a straight path to the nuthouse. Be informed, sure, but don’t obsess. Don’t lose sight of your goals, your values, what you want to do. If everybody says it can’t be done, ignore them and find a way to do at least most of what you want."

So, is there a "best" time to query agents?

I don't do New Year's resolutions, but I love, love, love Maggie Stiefvater's. (And you know she is SO going to get that piano!!)

Here's a list of questions Dutton editors ask as they read a manuscript. They are GREAT questions, and well worth asking yourself about what you are currently writing or thinking about writing.

Editorial Anonymous has posted the winners of the Publishing Myths contest here and here