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even MORE prizes added to the Spread The Word About The Unwritten Rule contest!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Well, the prizes have been upped AGAIN in the Spread The Word About The Unwritten Rule contest -- the winner now not only gets her/his name in the acknowledgments of my 2011 Pulse book and a phone call but now also gets 35 young adult novels! (That's right, an extra ten shiny new hardcovers have been added...)

To sum up: your name in a book, a phone call, AND 35 books??? There's only six days left to enter this contest, so what are you waiting for? Head over here, read the rules, and enter!

And don't forget, I'm looking to be blown away! This is the largest contest I've ever run and the winner is going to be the person who does something that makes me say WOW!

And now, today's links:

How millennial are you?


In addition to the quiz above, the Pew Research Center has complied a long and utterly fascinating report about the millennial generation

Agent and author Nathan Bransford wants to know where you go for inspiration -- With well over 100 comments, if you're looking for inspiration, there might be something there that makes you think "Oh! Hey! I could do that and get inspired!"

Editorial Ass on being scooped, or what to do when a book sells that sounds just like your work-in-progress--"At the end of the day, no idea is unique. There are too many people in the world. So hold the bar high in terms of the execution you expect from yourself. And may the best book win."

Agent Jessica Faust answers reader questions

Ever wonder why agents and editors use form rejection letters? This is a great little essay that talks about why

Agent Rachelle Gardner on why agents have submission guidelines

Over at Storytellers Unplugged, How To Start A Novel

Finally, agent Janet Reid on why she rejected fifty queries in a hour and NYT best-selling author Lynn Viehl picks up on some of Janet's reasons and offers some thoughts on how writers can see if their query may get rejected by using what Janet says She also offers writing advice and links about querying as well.

everyone's talking about publicity

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Apparently lots of people are thinking about--and blogging about publicity--this week. Check it out:

Pam Jenoff wonders about how authors should go about getting publicity -- "What works? How much should I do myself, or pay to have done? How much should I rely on outside help and, if so, what kind?

I suspect I’m not alone in my confusion and if I could find the answers, they might be worth more than the remuneration from actual writing. With each book release, I put forth my best efforts, beating the pavement from one bookstore or library event to the next, well or sparsely attended. I shake the trees of my alumni and regional publications, mill the Facebook network and mailing lists. But aside from the time that it takes (a whole third job, it seems on top of the day job and the writing), I’m aware that there is only so much I can do on my own."


Meanwhile, Pimp My Novel points out that while Twitter and Facebook are great, the one thing an author always needs to have is a website

And finally, Justine Lee Musk talks about how authors need to find ways to use social media in ways that make them feel comfortable and how building an author platform isn't a bad thing -- "Here’s the thing. An online author platform is about creating cool content and connecting with people. Does that really sound so horrible? Does that sound like a waste of time?"

Before I move on to the rest of today's links, can I just say that this year's weather is proving to be downright weird? It was almost fifty yesterday and now it's supposed to snow tomorrow! I tell you this: I am NOT looking forward to summer. I suspect it will be day upon day of scorching sunshine, which I'm not a fan of. (Hey, when you're pale, the sun is not your friend. I sometimes feel I've spent my entire life covered in SPF 25-50)

Oh! And there are now only SEVEN days left to enter the Spread The Word About The Unwritten Rule contest--so if you're working on something awesome (and I hope you are!) just don't forget to get that entry in!

And now, the rest of today's links:

Agent Jessica Faust has a query recap up -- for those of you looking to learn more about why agents accept or reject queries, these are always good to read

Agent Kristin Nelson has been doing a lot of thinking--and blogging--about e-books and she's got posts up about publishers holding reserves against returns for them and tying bonus clauses into print and e-book sales

If you are a teacher, or are in a book club that reads YA, or even if you and a bunch of friends want to get together and enter, you've still got time to enter the Simon Pulse Call Me contest, where the winner gets free books for their club/classroom/friends AND a call from an author.

Finally, a very lovely and very true blog post (at least in my opinion) on how you know you're a writer--"And I won’t do this because I’m virtuous, or because I have more discipline than someone else, or because I’m better at it than anyone. I’ll do it because I love it, because in spite of the cursing and the whining and the frustrations, it’s the only thing I want to do with my time....Know what I mean? Yeah, I thought so. You’re a writer, too.

don't forget to spread the word about The Unwritten Rule contest, links, and thanks

Monday, February 22, 2010

First, I want to thank all of you who commented or sent emails about what happened. My husband's relative is okay--as okay as someone who's had two strokes (turns out it wasn't just one!)--can be. We'll be waiting to hear more, of course, but I really did want to let you know how much your support means. (And my husband has asked me to say it means a lot to him too. He said, "Wow, you know some pretty amazing people!" And you know what? He's right!)

I also want to remind everyone that there's only a little over a week left to the enter the Spread The Word About The Unwritten Rule contest and don't forget, I'm really looking for things that makes me go WOW!--and if anyone can do it, I know you can!

Also! Sightings of the paperback of Something, Maybe have been reported and yes, it does have the first two chapters of The Unwritten Rule in it, so if you're looking for a sneak peek...

Finally, my second video blog as Author in Residence at readergirlz is up here, and this month I'm talking about how sometimes you've just got to sit down and write, along with where *and* what inspires me, and why I love reading so much. And hey, if you're looking for a chance to win the paperback of Something, Maybe--no matter where you live--this is where you want to go!

And now, the links:

The Intern offers a list of book marketing do's and don'ts

Thinking getting an agent means you'll automatically be published? Read this.

Agent Jennifer Jackson offers some very interesting query stats

Author April Henry posts about how publishers build buzz and offers a link to what one publisher is doing (Hint: it's a lot!!)

A UK newspaper, The Guardian, asked over twenty writers what their rules for writing are. The result is fascinating and you can read what those writers have to say here and here -- in my opinion this is one of those rare things that deserves to be bookmarked *and* printed out.

Author Pam Jenoff's very inspiring first sale story

Author--and former editor--Laura Anne Gilman on how to wreck your writing career

And! One last bit of news--

I'm thrilled to say I'll be chatting about The Unwritten Rule over at the Simon Pulse PulseIt Board on March 17th from 6-7 PM EST--the PulseIt community and message board are amazing because the whole thing is ONLY open to teenagers AND you get sneak peeks at upcoming books PLUS they even sometimes give away free books (!!!), so if you haven't signed up, you really should! (You can sign up here) I hope to see you all there!

a little out of the ordinary today

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Last night, one of my husband's family members had a stroke. It looks like it was pretty severe, but we're still waiting to hear exactly what's going on.

I was sure I posted a link to something an author wrote about how you can tell if someone is having a stroke years ago, but I can't find the link anywhere. But I did save the information and in light of what's happened, I feel like I should share it.

It can be hard to tell if someone is having a stroke, but if you see someone having:

-- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)
--Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
--Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
-- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
-- Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Call 911 right away. Don't hesitate, don't let the other person try and talk you out of it. Just do it.

If the symptoms aren't really clear but you think the person might be having a stroke just:

--Ask the person to smile
--Ask the person to raise both arms
--Ask the person to say something simple (like "I like food.")

If the person has problems doing ANY of these things, call 911 right away.

After what's happened, I feel like I need to share this. Thank you for reading it.

And although I admit my mind is elsewhere now, I do have some links to share and well--I like sharing them with you and it's nice to do something that makes me smile. So here they are!

Now, I admit, I think Melissa de la Cruz is just about one of the most awesome people ever, but this blog entry about writing--which covers just about everything you can think of-- really is fantastic, and inspiring to boot.

Agent and author Nathan Bransford wants to know what keeps you writing--with well over 200 comments, there's a lot read here!

Genereality on dealing with rejection

Agent Rachelle Gardner has a great post about facing challenges -- "Those hard moments, the ones when you wonder why you're doing it, the moments when you think you want to give up... Those moments are when you prove to yourself who you are and what you're made of. Those are the moments that separate the men from the boys, the writers from the wannabes. They are your moments of truth."

Great look at what an editor does from Alvina Ling, a long-time editor at Little, Brown--not only is the post itself fantastic, there's links in it where you can read even more about what she does. Definitely worth checking out!

letters and links

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I've been getting a lot of letters--actual letters--from fabulous readers like you lately, but there's a problem. No one's sending along a self-addressed and stamped envelope so I can reply to you! I've updated the info about getting a bookplate or sending me a letter to show that (And for those of you waiting for bookplates--I'm sorry I'm so behind and I promise I'm going to get to them as soon as I can)

Also! Don't forget to keep those entries for the Spread The Word About The Unwritten Rule contest coming -- and here's a few more little things you can use in the contest if you'd like:

pic to use on facebook:

pic to use on twitter:

And to answer a few questions I've gotten about the contest:

Yes, the contest is open to everyone now and yes, there are prizes for people who live overseas!

Yes, you can enter as many times as you want, but please, please don't just tweet about the book and contest constantly--I'm not looking for quantity here, I'm looking for quality.

Yes, please feel free to post pictures of you ordering the book at your favorite local bookstore or if your library has a display about my books and you helped with it or suggested it or etc. Basically, whatever you chose to do out there in the world, please document it!

I adore everything you're all doing online, but don't forget the real world too (and there's more suggestions for things you can do offline over where you enter the contest)

Okay, I think that's it, but let me know if you have any other questions.

And now it's link time....

Agent Jessica Faust on formatting guidelines and the importance of learning about the industry

Great post over at Genreality about luck -- not something you see talked about a lot, but it does play a role, so be sure to check out the post!

Editorial Ass talks about hope for debut authors and links to Marie Mockett's incredibly thoughtful and honest blog post about being a debut author -- "it’s healthy for writers to understand and be in control of their careers." If you read only one link today, make it Marie's outstanding post.

A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy on why librarians shouldn't add ARCs to their libraries and why bloggers should not donate them or sell ARCs There's also a very nice collection of links with more information about ARCs and what they are/how to use them/what to do with them

The Intern wants you to know that you shouldn't randomly ask publishers for advice

Agent Rachelle Gardner writes about why she says no to manuscripts she's requested and talks about her typical day

Five tips for those who want to be book bloggers (I think some of the tips are great ideas for established book bloggers as well)

Don't forget the Spread The Word About The Unwritten Rule contest (now with even more prizes! Plus prizes for people who live outside the US!!!)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Don't forget to enter the Spread The Word About The Unwritten Rule contest!

Here's a quick recap:

I'll be giving away fifteen (yes, 15!) ARCs to one lucky US resident. Oh, AND your name will be mentioned in the acknowledgments of my 2011 book with Simon Pulse AND--if you want--you'll get a phone call from yours truly!

AND!! As of now, you'll also get TWENTY hardcover young adult novels as well--which means you could win THIRTY-FIVE books.

35!

BUT WAIT!!

Now I'll also be giving out not one, not two, but THREE ARCs of The Unwritten Rule, and everyone is eligible to win those, no matter where you live!


How do you enter?

Simple:

Tell people about The Unwritten Rule

How can you do that? Lots of ways!

Like:

--post the book cover and summary on your blog and let the world know you can't wait to read it! (you can get a copy of the book cover in small, medium, or large, and the summary is here)

-- post the book cover and summary on fb/myspace and let the world know you can't wait to read it!

--if you're read an ARC of the book, post a review on your blog and goodreads, librarything, etc.

--put the book cover up and/or say you're waiting for it, etc. in your facebook/myspace status

-- tell your friends to read my books or better yet, go and get them to pre-order The Unwritten Rule at your local bookstore (a pic of this would be SO amazing!!)

-- make a countdown widget for The Unwritten Rule and put it up on your blog! (or if you don't know how to/don't want to make one, you can use the one that's here)

--tweet about The Unwritten Rule (and yes, you can do this more than once, but don't tweet about it, like, a hundred times a day. Or even more than once every few days. In other words, tweeting isn't going to impress me nearly as much as doing other stuff, so don't go overboard with it)

--whatever other ways you can think of to get the word out and get people excited for The Unwritten Rule-- (create a petition to have me visit your school/library/fave bookstore to talk about the book/or do a signing/get your local library/school library to order a copy)

--use your imagination and go for it!(eta: and yes, links to pictures of what you've done are totally welcome!!)

Then, just tell me what you did in a comment and provide a link/links to what you've done. Also! Please post your email address so I can contact you if you win. Finally, please note that this blog entry* is the *only* place you can enter--no email entries, nothing through Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.

Since this is a pretty big contest, I'm going to leave it open from today, February 9th through midnight EST on Tuesday, March 2th. (if you get a note saying your comment will need to be moderated don't worry--I *will* approve it!!)

Also, don't forget to be creative--I'd love to see someone organize a group bookstore visit to pre-order copies of the book. I love that you are mentioning the book on your blogs and all those other things, but there's plenty of real world stuff you can do too, so don't forget about that!

And that's it! I can't wait to see what you all do--I know you'll amaze me--and THANK YOU for helping to spread the word about The Unwritten Rule

*For those of you with feeds that strip out links, you leave your comment with what you've done to help spread the word here: http://elizabethwrites.com/blog/2010/02/spread-word-about-unwritten-rule-and.php


And I've also got a bunch of links to share (I know, the surprise!!):

A blogger asks about the importance of getting review copies

Pimp My Novel answers reader questions -- I love his definition of midlist authors. LOVE!!

Some advice on how to have a successful reading

Agent Jessica Faust on hearing you're the "wrong genre"

Jeff VanderMeer has an interesting post about letting go of things you feel you must have in order to write

Agent Rachelle Gardner makes some very good points about writing and money

Thoughts on writing and dreams

Salon's Laura Miller is not a fan of book trailers

Agent Kristin Nelson on why some publishers are planning to stop making ARCs

Publishers Weekly has a nice report on the PEN American Center’s Children’s Book Committee panel “Crafting a Career as a Children’s or Young Adult Author—Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow"

The Intern on why it takes so long to publish a book

Editorial Anonymous also has more answers to reader questions

Interesting post about mistakes authors make on Goodreads (and Facebook)

The Unwritten Rule countdown widget!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wow, I mention wanting a widget and you all just spring right into action! (And that's why YOU are so amazing!)

Anyway, here's a countdown widget--feel free to put it up on your site, or if you've already made one, keep using that--I just love knowing that you all are so sweet! (This is the first countdown widget I've ever had and it means a lot to me. And having readers make them? Even better!)

Anyway!

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And here is the code for it:




All you have to do is copy and past the code from the little box and bam! A countdown for The Unwritten Rule

Thank you again, everyone!

more snow. and links.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Apparently all my complaints about it being seventy in November or whenever that was have been heard because we're now getting even *more* snow. We actually have so much now I can't see out of most of our front windows, although, as I type this, I can see that it's snowing so hard that the snow is coming down sideways. (Yikes!)

Just a few things about the Spread The Word About The Unwritten Rule contest (the contest info post has also been edited to reflect this stuff:

1. Please don't tweet about The Unwritten Rule constantly. I'm serious about this.

2. Links to pictures of things you've done are definitely welcome!

3. Don't forget to be creative--I'd love a countdown widget. I'd love to see someone organize a group bookstore visit to pre-order copies of the book. I love that you are mentioning the book on your blogs and all those other things, but there's plenty of real world stuff you can do too, so don't forget about that!

Moving on to the links:

Some good questions to ask when you get "the call" from an agent -- and I would add, if you at all can, meet the agent in person.

Here's one thing you never EVER want to do to an agent: just show up at their office. As Nathan Bransford explains in the linked post about this: "Now, let me be clear: I'm sure this person was just trying to show initiative, probably lives in the area or happened to be here on vacation and was thinking, "Hey, what the heck I'll stop by and maybe make a personal connection." I'm sure it was all completely well-intentioned. But this is not like other businesses - we don't take drop-in appointments...Save yourself a trip - just send me a query. If I love your work there will be more than enough time to meet in person."

Sarah Monette on writing the ending of a novel

Agent Jessica Faust on why there are no absolutes in publishing

The Intern sits in on another editorial meeting

Some tips on how to write when you have no time to write

spread the word about The Unwritten Rule and win books and MORE!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

So it's about to snow here (again), and I'm super nervous about things, and I thought--you know what will cheer me up?

A contest!

So...

I'll be giving away fifteen (yes, 15!) ARCs* to one lucky US resident.** Oh, AND your name will be mentioned in the acknowledgments of my 2011 book with Simon Pulse AND--if you want--you'll get a phone call from yours truly!

AND!! As of now, you'll also get TWENTY hardcover young adult novels as well--which means you could win THIRTY-FIVE books.

35!

BUT WAIT!!

Now I'll also be giving out not one, not two, but THREE ARCs of The Unwritten Rule, and everyone is eligible to win those, no matter where you live!

How do you enter?

Simple:

Tell people about The Unwritten Rule

How can you do that? Lots of ways!

Like:

--post the book cover and summary on your blog and let the world know you can't wait to read it! (you can get a copy of the book cover in small, medium, or large, and the summary is here)

-- post the book cover and summary on fb/myspace and let the world know you can't wait to read it!

--tweet about The Unwritten Rule (and yes, you can do this more than once, but don't tweet about it, like, a hundred times a day. Or even more than once every few days. In other words, tweeting isn't going to impress me nearly as much as doing other stuff, so don't go overboard with it)

--if you're read an ARC of the book, post a review on your blog and goodreads, librarything, etc.

--put the book cover up and/or say you're waiting for it, etc. in your facebook/myspace status

-- tell your friends to read my books or better yet, go and get them to pre-order The Unwritten Rule at your local bookstore (a pic of this would be SO amazing!!)

-- make a countdown widget for The Unwritten Rule and put it up on your blog! (or if you don't know how to/don't want to make one, you can use the one that's here)

--whatever other ways you can think of to get the word out and get people excited for The Unwritten Rule-- (create a petition to have me visit your school/library/fave bookstore to talk about the book/or do a signing/get your local library/school library to order a copy)

--use your imagination and go for it!(eta: and yes, links to pictures of what you've done are totally welcome!!)

--remember that I'm going to be the most blown away by something that's super amazing--that makes me go WOW! So think quality, not quantity :-)

Then, just tell me what you did in a comment and provide a link/links to what you've done. Also! Please post your email address so I can contact you if you win. Finally, please note this this the *only* place you can enter--no email entries, nothing through Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.

Since this is a pretty big contest, I'm going to leave it open from today, February 9th through midnight EST on Tuesday, March 2th. (if you get a note saying your comment will need to be moderated don't worry--I *will* approve it!!)

Also, don't forget to be creative--I'd love to see someone organize a group bookstore visit to pre-order copies of the book. I love that you are mentioning the book on your blogs and all those other things, but there's plenty of real world stuff you can do too, so don't forget about that!

And that's it! I can't wait to see what you all do--I know you'll amaze me--and THANK YOU for helping to spread the word about The Unwritten Rule



*The ARCs:
**(Shipping twenty-five books overseas would bankrupt me! As would the phone call--sorry!) But that is why I'm now giving away three ARCs of The Unwritten Rule as well!

hello, snow!

Monday, February 08, 2010

I would tell you about all the amazing things I did this weekend except that--well, we got about 30 inches of snow here and, therefore, I spent the weekend indoors. Now, granted, I spend a lot of time indoors, but there's something about being in the house and knowing you can't leave that makes you (or at least me) suddenly desperate to get out! I have my fingers crossed for a dig-out today, so we'll see...

In the meantime, loads of links to share:

Are you a teen who blogs? If you are, apparently you're a rarity

Agent Jessica Faust on being a teenager and querying agents/getting published and trusting your gut instincts when it comes to agents -- I especially like the second post, as when I left my first agent, I wondered if I'd ever find another one, but everything in me was screaming "Go! GO!"--and you know what? I left, and it was one of the best choices I've ever made.

Pimp My Novel offers Good Idea/Bad Idea, or things writers and authors really should--and shouldn't--do

Author April Henry talks about life as a full-time writer

Author Catherynne Valente has a fascinating blog post up about publishing and self-publishing via e-book -- It's a long post, but very much worth reading.

Author Jay Lake writes about why he won't stop working with publishers

Agent and author Nathan Bransford has some tips for making the most of your book marketing time as well as a nice roundup of what happened last week in the publishing world (short answer: a lot!!)

Must-read blog post by CJ Cherryh, who's been a published author for 35(!) years, on how publishing has changed. An amazing look back at how publishing was in the 1970s, 80s, etc--don't miss out on reading this one!

Editorial Anonymous points out that editors can't--and shouldn't have to--fix everything that's wrong with a book. There's also discussion of what things can make a book impossible to edit and this: "One of the misconceptions editors meet most often among non-editors is that we can fix anything. No, we can't. We don't have superpowers. Our ability to make anything better depends on our ability to convey to the author what's working and what's not working and why, and the author's ability to apply that knowledge. In order to edit anything, it has to be the author who fixes things, not us.

Author Joshua Palmatier on looking at a project and realizing you have to start all over again

links! and my boots. (don't worry, you'll see...)

Thursday, February 04, 2010

I lost my car keys (I know, I should just wear them around my neck or something!) again this morning. I looked in my purse, of course, and then checked the car (I figured that, knowing me, I could have left them in there) and then the fridge (remember when I found my snake ring in there?!).

No luck. So I check my jacket and then the jeans I was wearing yesterday and then--then I found my keys. In my boots.

Yes, apparently my brain decided an excellent place to store my car keys were in my right boot! Thank you, brain....(SIGH)

Before I head off to try and not misplace anything today, I've got some links:

Agent Jessica Faust on how It's Not All About You and a truly outstanding post about writers and revision

Ellen Hopkins asks What Is A Book Worth? -- As usual, it's a wonderfully articulate and smart post

Nathan Bransford asked how much e-books should cost (And the poll results, if you just want to see those, are here)

Bob Mayer on the importance of passion when writing

Agent Rachelle Gardner shares ten things she and various other agents DON'T want to see in queries

Thoughts on the "rules" of writing

interview with Suzanne Young!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit (GCC) is a webring of YA novelists, and I'm happy to be new member of it because I get to talk to other YA authors about their books--which, well, how awesome is that? (And I think we all know how much I love YA!)

Today, I was lucky enough to interview Suzanne Young about her new book, The Naughty List!



Me: Tell us about your book in ten words or less!

Suzanne: Group of cheerleaders who investigate cheating boyfriends. (quick comment from me--how awesome is that?? And there's even a website for the book, which is the first in a series, here)

Me: What's the best writing advice you've ever been given?

Suzanne: I’m a big fan of “Keep Writing.” If I would have stuck with my first book, I’d still be waiting. The Naughty List was my fifth book. And my latest sale—my 12th book.

Me: What do you wish you'd known about being published before your first book came out?

Suzanne: I wish I’d practiced in the mirror more. I’m about to go do my first reading—and I’m terrified!! What if I have a weird twitch that I’ve never noticed before?

Me: What's the last book you read that you loved so much you had to tell everyone about it?

Suzanne: I really loved Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder. Oh, and Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles!

Me: What blogs do you *have* to read?

Suzanne: Most of my mornings are spent reading blogs! How to pick a favorite— well,I always check the Tenners on LJ and Alice Pope’s CWIM. Also, I have my friends all listed on my blog, so I stalk them daily.

Me: Random Bonus Question: What's your favorite salad dressing?

Suzanne: Pesto Ranch from The Spaghetti Factory. Mm…. spaghetti.

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Isn't she great? Don't forget to check out The Naughty List and congrats to Suzanne for her latest sale, a novel called A Need So Beautiful, where a seventeen-year old finds out that by doing the good deeds that her body makes her, she will disappear into the Light and be forgotten -- but by fighting "the Need," what might happen could be even worse...

--

PS Is anyone else having awful problems with Blogger and ftp? I know they are getting rid of it, but for those of us who haven't moved yet, can't they give us the time they said they would???

links! and what shows are you watching? and what prizes do you want?

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Our DVR is currently just about ready to blow up--I've been recording some new shows lately, and my favorite is Life Unexpected. Anything new or new-ish that you think I should know about or check out?

The winner of the suggestions for my next readergirlz post is Haley, and this time around, and I'll keep you all posted as to when it's going up. Also! Any ideas for what you'd like the contest that goes along with my next readergirlz video are welcome...

Moving on to the links:

Agent Jessica Faust has a very interesting look at the economy and agents

Nice post about rejection and how to deal with it here

How did people get an agent before the Internet? Read April Henry's How I Got My Agent story and find out!

The Rejectionist on the perils of working for a bad agent

Justin Musk offers some ideas on how to create compelling characters

Finally, if there's only one link you decide to check out, make it this one: Micol Ostow on writing and insecurity

want to win a signed ARC of The Unwritten Rule?

Monday, February 01, 2010

If you're interested in winning a signed ARC of The Unwritten Rule, you'll want to check this contest out:

My name is Katy*, and I run the Elizabeth Scott Fans! groups on Facebook and Goodreads, as well as the new and improved fan site: elizabethscottfans.tumblr.com

Right now, I'm having a contest to win a signed ARC of Elizabeth’s upcoming book, The Unwritten Rule.

Here's how to enter:

1. Join tumblr and then follow Elizabeth Scott Fans! on tumblr

2. You get 1 entry for that, and then you can get an additional +1 entry for each review you write of one of Elizabeth's books and then post to Amazon or B&N.com.

3. Make sure you note that you're following the tumblr fan site and/or list where your reviews are (and what name you wrote them under) along with an email address where you can be reached here

Please note that entries will ONLY be accepted at Katy's site--not anywhere else!

The contest is open to US residents only and ends at midnight EST this Friday, February 5th. After that, one winner will be chosen based on the number of entries and that person will get the ARC!

*Katy is amazing--and I just want to thank her for being so supportive of my books and for running this fab contest!