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Interview with Jennifer Echols--and win a copy of Endless Summer!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit (GCC) is a webring of YA novelists, and I'm happy to be part 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'm talking to Jennifer Echols about her new novel, Endless Summer



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

Jennifer: Lori loves older brother, younger brother loves her. Summer heat!


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

Jennifer: Write the book you want to read. (Me: LOVE this!)


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

Jennifer: I had a lot of anxiety before Major Crush came out in 2006 that nobody would like it, but the truth is that as long as you’re following the writing advice above, you have nothing to worry about. Other people will enjoy your writing too. You’re not THAT weird. (Me: Love this too!!)


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

Jennifer: I’ve been telling everybody about The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting, a YA romantic suspense with a splash of paranormal, and most importantly (at least to me), an adorable hero.


Me: So, I hear you have a copy of Endless Summer to give away?

Jeri: I do!

Me: YAY!! So, everyone, if you're interested in winning a copy of Endless Summer, just leave a comment telling me what books or author you plan on getting/seeing or would LOVE to see at this year's BEA by midnight EST on Friday, May 28th, and then I'll pick one comment via the random number generator, and that person will win the FREE copy of Endless Summer! (Please note that this contest is only open to US residents/those with US addys only)


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

Jennifer: Newman’s Own Southwest Dressing. This stuff could make an old tire taste good.


Thank you, Jennifer, for stopping by, and don't forget to leave your comment about what you authors you plan on/wish you could see, or what books you want to/wish you could get at this year's BEA to win a free copy of Endless Summer by midnight EST this Friday, May 28th!

NYC YAY! (Teen Author Carnival, BEA, Book Blogger Reception!!)

Monday, May 24, 2010

I'm headed up to NYC this week for BEA, but today I'll be at the Teen Author Carnival!

It starts at 5 PM at the Jefferson Market Branch of the NYPL, and there are going to be so many AMAZING authors there that if you live in the area, you should totally come by--there are going to be panels and candy and giveaways!! (And the author list really *is* amazing--I'm so excited I'm going to be surrounded by famous people!)

Also! Congrats go to last week's contest winners: Jessica, Brooke, Jacqueline C., Lisa, and Nikki

And just so my BEA schedule is up in one place so you know where to find me this week, here it is:

On Wednesday, May 26th, I'll be signing copies of The Unwritten Rule in booth 3484 from 1:30-2:00 PM.

I'll also be attending the Book Blogger Convention Author Reception on Thursday, May 27th, starting at 4 PM.

Grace galleys will be available ONLY by request at booth 3540 -- and ONLY until they run out.

Finally, if you get a chance, stop by the YA paranormal panel on Wednesday, May 26th at 11 AM on the Downtown Stage--Holly Black, Richelle Mead, Andrea Cremer, and Ivy Devlin will all be there! (I happen to know Ivy *very* well--in fact, she'll be wearing sneakers just like the ones that are Sarah's favorites in The Unwritten Rule, which I think is awesome!

Ivy will also be signing copies of her new YA paranormal romance, Low Red Moon, on Thursday, May 27th, from 11 AM-12 PM in booth 4051

Links:

Agent and author Nathan Bransford on rejection

Want to see just how neurotic writing can make you? Here's a sixteen-year-old with a publishing deal--and she's worried because she didn't make the deal when she was younger!! -- The person who posted this seems to think it's sort of neat that she's worried that she didn't get a deal when she was younger but I think publishing can make you crazy if you play the what-if game. Celebrate your successes and focus on what *you* can do for your writing and your career. Comparing yourself to other people, in my opinion, will just make you stressed and unhappy. (But, of course, everyone is different!)

Lovely post at Writer Unboxed on finding time to write

Agent Jennifer Laughran on what she wants in a client : "But I still need my authors to have a spine, be driven and at least a bit fierce. That means speaking up for yourself, having self-confidence, putting yourself out there (even if you don't necessarily feel like it...) It also means bravery in terms of your writing."

Editoral Ass with an important reminder about how much it should "cost" to have an agent represent you before they even sell anything for you

The INTERN offers her thoughts on how a book works as a good read, using Anna Quindlen's Black and Blue as an example.

Pimp My Novel on BEA

I admit, this is very, very BSP, but Persnickety Snark wrote the most amazing--and wonderfully lovely!--review of Grace (You can read more about the book here

Check out these delish-looking peanut butter oatmeal cookies--I love the glaze!

thank you!

Friday, May 21, 2010

If you came out to RJ Julia last night, Thank YOU! It was so much fun, and Jenny and Kieran are awesome!!

Also!! If you're out this weekend and find yourself in one of Kroger's many stores (and with many different names too!)--look for The Unwritten Rule, okay? You could win up to a $50 gift card to the bookstore of your choice. (Yes, for real!)

And next week, I'll be in NYC, going to the Teen Author Carnival and then BEA--YAY!!! Will I be seeing any of you there? (I hope so!)

Don't forget to come see me at RJ Julia--and contest time!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Don't forget that tomorrow I'll be in Connecticut signing books (and talking about YA with Jenny Han AND Kieran Scott) at RJ Julia. It all starts at 7 PM--hope to see you there!

Also, I just realized I hadn't done the contest I'd talked about before, so...it's time for one, and YOU might win a copy of the awesome Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker!

I have five to give away, and all you have to do for your chance to win is leave a comment about your favorite summer activity. You'll need to have a US mailing address to be eligible, and leave your comment (remember to include a way for me to contact you!) by midnight EST on Friday, May 21st, and then I'll pick five people at random and those five people will win the book!

On to the links:

John Scalzi on Why "Punishing the Publisher" doesn't hurt the publisher--it hurts authors

Betsy Lerner's beautiful post about the magic of words

Maggie Stiefvater on time management

Over at Book View Cafe, an inspiring post about continuing to write

And at Genreality, a nice round-up of actual writing posts that deal with actual numbers re: money, selling, getting an agent, first advances, and etc.

this Thursday--you, me, and CT, right? Also, BEA update, links, and etc.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Don't forget that this Thursday (!!!) I'll be signing copies of The Unwritten Rule at RJ Julia Booksellers and talking about books with Jenny Han AND Kieran Scott. If you live in/around Connecticut, make sure to come by! You can get more event details here

I'll also be at the Teen Author Carnival in New York on Monday, May 24th--I can't wait! (Last year was SO much fun!) The Teen Author Carnival will be held at the Jefferson Market Branch of the NYPL, and it starts at 5 PM--hope to see you there!

BEA update: Grace galleys will be available ONLY by request at booth 3540 -- and ONLY until they run out.

I'm sorry there won't be more galleys, but it's out of my hands. Please know that if I could get more ARCs/make sure you all get one, I would! (I'm pretty bummed that I'm not signing Grace, and I know many of your are too. Again, I'm so sorry!)

However! Lots of awesome BEA stuff is still happening:

On Wednesday, May 26th, I'll be signing copies of The Unwritten Rule in booth 3484 from 1:30-2:00 PM.

I'll also be attending the Book Blogger Convention Author Reception on Thursday, May 27th, starting at 4 PM.

And if you get a chance, stop by the YA paranormal panel on Wednesday, May 26th at 11 AM on the Downtown Stage--Holly Black, Richelle Mead, Andrea Cremer, and Ivy Devlin will all be there! (I happen to know Ivy *very* well--in fact, she'll be wearing sneakers just like the ones that are Sarah's favorites in The Unwritten Rule, which I think is awesome!

Ivy will also be signing copies of her new YA paranormal romance, Low Red Moon, on Thursday, May 27th, from 11 AM-12 PM in booth 4051

Moving on: remember the Find The Unwritten Rule in Kroger contest? Well, I'm thrilled to say that we have our first winner. Check out this awesome picture of Miranda with the book in her local Kroger:



Thanks, Miranda! And everyone else, don't forget you've got a chance at some *serious* bookstore gift cards if you enter the contest too...

And now for the links:

Over at Murderati, Zoe Sharp writes about rewrites and dealing with electronic edits

How To Support Your Favorite Novelist Without Spending More Than 15 Minutes Or The Price Of The Book You Were Hopefully Going To Buy Anyway -- I would actually change pre-ordering the book to buying the book in an actual bookstore, but that's because I'm worried about the bookstore industry overall. (As, quite frankly, I think anyone who is in publishing/wants to be in publishing should be)

Anne Lamott has a lovely article on finding time to write --"I’ve heard it said that every day you need half an hour of quiet time for yourself, or your Self, unless you’re incredibly busy and stressed, in which case you need an hour. I promise you, it is there. Fight tooth and nail to find time, to make it. It is our true wealth, this moment, this hour, this day."

Editorial Anonymous on what it takes to become an agent

And speaking of agents, agent and author Mandy Hubbard blogs about how different publishers want different kinds of books -- "I wanted to further drill it home that there is ROOM FOR EVERYTHING. I thought it might be interesting for you guys to see some of the things editors have told me to send them, their "gimme gimme" list, if you will. I think you'll find it enlightening, and hopefully encouraging."

Every wondered what books people "read" on the train/subway/metro to look cool? Well, wonder no more!

Betsy Lerner on the importance of being able to summarize your book in a sentence

Pimp My Novel writes about the major divisions of your average publishing house

Jessica Faust on why guidelines exist

Over at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, there's a post about the upcoming Kindle Bestsller List split: It's Not A Bestseller If No One Bought It

From Writer Unboxed, a fabulous post about the importance of finding the right agent--as someone who did all the things you AREN'T supposed to do when you query, my first agent experience was a disaster. Trust me, just because someone offers to represent you doesn't mean they are right for you. Take your time, query widely, and query the agents you think would never look at your work. Because you know what? They just might.

Agent Kristin Nelson shares some thoughts on queries from young writers

Finally, remember that sugar donut muffin recipe I linked to last week? Made them, and they are GOOD!

Today I've got a link to yummy-sounding butterscotch bars with pecans AND mini turtle cheesecakes(!)

Wow, Kroger has many names--and where I am today!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Just a quick update on yesterday's Find The Unwritten Rule in Kroger contest--it turns out Kroger grocery stores go by many names including: Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., King Soopers, City Market, Smith's, Hilander, Jay C, Pay Less, Owen's, Scott's, Dillons, Dillons Marketplace, Gerbes, Baker's, Smith's, and QFC! (A full breakdown of where Kroger stores are, and what they are called in their various locations can be found at: http://www.thekrogerco.com/operations/operations_grocery_locations.htm

I've already heard from one person that the book is indeed in Kroger stores--so don't forget--pick up a copy of The Unwritten Rule at one of the many Kroger stores by midnight on Sunday, May 23rd, email me a picture of your receipt from the grocery store (elizabeth AT elizabethwrites DOT com), and get a $25 gift card to the bookstore of your choice! (And email a pic of your receipt PLUS a picture of the book on the grocery store shelves gets you a $50 gift card to the bookstore of your choice!)

And again, for those of you wondering where your nearest Kroger is and what it's called, you can find out here: http://www.thekrogerco.com/operations/operations_grocery_locations.htm

Also! I'm very happy to say I've been asked to be part of the Teen Fiction Cafe, where I'll be blogging with authors like Alyson Noel and Sara Zarr! My first post is up, and if you ever wondered who my favorite painter was, well--I talk about that and more over here.

oooh! Kroger!! And links.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Awesome Thing I've Just Learned: The Unwritten Rule is in some Kroger grocery stores! (This is the first time one of my books has made it into a grocery store, which might not sound like a big deal, but it is!)

Anyway, if YOU see The Unwritten Rule in your Kroger by Sunday, May 23rd and buy it, take a picture of your receipt and email it to me at elizabeth AT elizabethwrites DOT com, I will send you a $25 gift card to the bookstore of your choice! (I'll send you a $50 gift card if you send me a picture of your Kroger receipt showing you bought the book AND a picture of the book on the shelves in your Kroger!)

Moving on to the links:

You think you're busy? Trying reading about Allison Brennan's life (She has some interesting thoughts about writing, but wow, after reading all she does, I was tired from that!)

Agent Jennifer Laughran on pre-queries and followups -- A very honest post about things that frustrate many agents.

Can you start promoting your book too soon?
--The piece is a little hard to follow (there aren't any paragraph breaks) but there's some interesting stuff about setting up a "home" on the web, like this: "The idea of establishing a brand isn't coming from people who are naive about publishing. In a recent online interview, Maggie Stiefvater, bestselling author of Shiver, states that while she would have sold her novel without a web presence, she believes she would have gotten a smaller advance."

Agent, author, and former editor Betsy Lerner asks if writing can be taught and also blogs about leaving an agent

Yes, you really REALLY do need to think before you post your angry message online
--Great, solid tips and links to instances where authors have done things that have spiraled out of control. "It may seem like you are posting out in a void where no one is reading your blog, and where your snarky blog post or opinion will never come to light. Lemme tell ya, once it’s online, it can always be accessed by someone...I’ve got a few cringeworthy things out there that I wish I could take back. But I can’t. I have to live with it."

Editorial Anonymous on authors and politics

Editorial Ass on books that have the same title

Pimp My Novel wants to know if self-published authors hope to break into print publishing -- Interestingly, so far, the poll results say that self-published authors aren't hoping to be picked up by a traditional publisher. (But I should note there have only been 34 votes as well)

Catherynne Valente on fan fiction --I like this very, very sensible post a lot, and urge you to read it. "For most of us, fanfiction is a non-issue. Even for midlist writers. We will never be popular enough for people to play in our worlds with any frequency. The problem for us is getting people to read and care about our books that much in the first place. I have never heard a midlist or small press writer shriek about fanfic the way bestsellers do. So much ire spent over something that ultimately helps books, keeps the conversation going past the long tail of marketing, keeps them alive and loved--I've never understood it. Quashing fan activity is not only self-sabotaging, but unkind. I have always been delighted when told there was a piece of fanfic inspired by a book of mine floating about. I don't read it for legal reasons, but I'm thrilled to know it's there. Someone cared. Someone loved it enough to spend their free time writing about it for free. My rule has always been: don't make money off it and we're cool. Writers require fans in order to keep living and working--it behooves us not to call them names or accuse them of incredibly awful crimes that are not remotely comparable to writing a little story about Buffy and Spike."

Yes, there are times when you should turn down a contract
: "Signing a bad contract won’t make you a good author; it’ll make you an angry person stuck in a bad situation. You’ll be forced to fulfill a crappy contract for little or no money.

“But what about the exposure?” you ask. “Doesn’t that count for something?”

In a word, no.

In my experience, any project that doesn’t pay you won’t give you enough exposure to make it worth your while."


Dear Author has a fascinating breakdown of paranormal books, covering paranormal adult romance, adult urban fantasy, and young adult paranormal and featuring comments from an anonymous big imprint editor and an anoymous well-know agent. If you are interested in paranormal at all, you'll want to read this one.

Author Lynn Viehl wants to know about author promotions you've seen that have convinced you to buy that author's book

And because you all know I'm a food junkie, check out this awesome recipe for fast and easy (no kneading!) dinner rolls

Also, Dunkin Donuts just had a create a donut competition (how did I not know about this??) and you can check out the finalists here (My fave? The S'morgasbord)

come see me in CT and/or in NYC, Shade winner, and more!

Monday, May 10, 2010

First, big congrats to Marlene, who won the autographed copy of Shade! And for those of you who didn't win, don't worry--I'll be having a contest with FIVE prizes a little later this week...

Second, I've got some really great events coming up soon:

I'll be signing copies of The Unwritten Rule at RJ Julia Booksellers AND talking about books with Jenny Han and Kieran Scott at 7 PM on Thursday, May 20th, so if you live in/around Connecticut, make sure to come by! You can get more event details here

Also, I'll be at the Teen Author Carnival in New York on Monday, May 24th--I can't wait! (Last year was SO much fun!) The Teen Author Carnival will be held at the Jefferson Market Branch of the NYPL, and it starts at 5 PM--hope to see you there!

And! I will be at BEA as well, and here is my schedule:

On Wednesday, May 26th, I'll be signing copies of The Unwritten Rule in booth 3484 from 1:30-2:00.

I'll also be attending the Book Blogger Convention Author Reception on Thursday, May 27th, starting at 4 PM.

Also, Dutton should have a few ARCs of Grace available, so be sure to stop by booths 3540/3541--and let me know if you manage to snag one. (Heck, I'm hoping to snag a couple!)

Finally, one last BEA thing...if you get a chance, stop by the YA paranormal panel on Wednesday, May 26th at 11 AM on the Downtown Stage--Holly Black, Richelle Mead, Andrea Cremer, and Ivy Devlin will all be there! (I happen to know Ivy *very* well--in fact, she'll be wearing sneakers just like the ones that are Sarah's favorites in The Unwritten Rule, which I think is awesome! Also, Ivy will also be signing copies of her new YA paranormal romance, Low Red Moon, on Thursday, May 27th, from 11 AM-12 PM in booth 4051)

And now for the links:

Agent Dan Lazar spent a week working in a bookstore -- "I have lived in New York for almost 10 years, and nothing I ever saw in the mean streets of Manhattan terrified me more than my experience...

Of trying...

To sell books...

To children.


On a related note, The INTERN has a guest post by Megan Burke about The Secret Lives of Bookstore Clerks -- it's really cute, and I love this "I think the bottom line is working in a bookstore is as awesome and fantastic as it looks."

Pimp My Novel asks for your thoughts about self-publishing

Editorial Ass on why you *have* to always push yourself to write better -- If you read only one of the links today, make it this one. "The point I want to make today is about vigilance of craft. Creativity is exhausting. When you're working on a novel, there comes a point during writing, or rewriting, or editing, or re-editing, or hearing back the nitpicky bits from your crit group or agent or editor for the eight millionth time, when you just say "Ug, can I be done with this? I'll fix it later, or someone else can, if they really have a problem with it."

But the thing is, you can't count on anyone to fix anything later"


ooooh, food! How about a Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cake?

Or perhaps you'd like a Decadent Chocolate Milkshake? (My husband LOVED this one!)

Or maybe you want to try something new for breakfast like, say, red velvet pancakes or sugar donut muffins? (I'll have to modify the recipe but I am SO making those muffins--they sound irresistible!)

talk about a surprise!

Saturday, May 08, 2010

I walk into my Target today, and what do I see?

talk about shock! LYHYMY in Target on Twitpic

Yep. Love You Hate You Miss You is available in larger Target stores.

Who knew??????

Thursday links

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Before I get to the links, don't forget don't forget the salad dressing/Shade contest (yes, for real--you know how I am!!)

Okay, now on to the links:

From agent Jessica Faust, the perils of lying to an agent and resubmitting substantially reworked query letters

Pimp My Novel on best-seller lists and the mysteries of how they are created (I don't know about you, but for some of them, I feel like it really should be "created"!)

Agent Jenny Bent on confidence--and Donald Trump (!)

For those of you writing/thinking about writing a series, agent and author Nathan Bransford talks about having a series bible

Bill Murray reading poetry at The Poet's House--but the Poet's House isn't built yet, so the poetry reading? For the people actually *building* Poet's House. In other words, AWESOME! (As some of you know, I'm trying to read more poetry--and suggestions are always welcome!!)

The dreaded middle-of-the-book syndrome, or as this Murderati post puts it, The Valley Of Despair -- "For one thing, unless you write very quickly, you've been living day in and day out with these people as houseguests in your head for a month or more. Like most houseguests, you're not as crazy about them as when they first moved in."

Agent, author, and former editor Betsy Lerner on revision--I'm definitely a hawk, that's for sure.

Over at Genreality, Bob Mayer talks about learning what his strengths as a writer are and Candace Havens has an *outstanding* post on the importance--and joy!--of reading

Author and agent Mandy Hubbard on YA trends, and on what she feels are possible holes that need to be filled in the YA market

The INTERN wonders about Amazon's Vine Reviewer program, and Amazon reviews in general

Over at Writer Unboxed, agent Donald Maass talks about The Elements of Awe -- "I wonder if the researchers at the University of Pennsylvania who studied why certain articles in The New York Times online are e-mailed more frequently realize that they’ve unlocked for fiction writers the ultimate code: what creates word of mouth." (He also talks about this here and here as well)

Wondering what the best chocolate ice cream is? Well, Cook's Country magazine heroically sampled lots of it, and you can read about their verdict here

Finally, Persnickety Snark wrote a blog post about Love You Hate You Miss You that made me tear up--I know I've talked a little bit about how hard it was to find the book last year, and how grateful I am to those of you who did find it and championed it, and now that it's out in paperback, I do hope you'll think about giving it a try. You can read the first few chapters here.

Interview with Jeri Smith-Ready--and win a copy of SHADE!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit (GCC) is a webring of YA novelists, and I'm happy to be part 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'm talking with Jeri Smith-Ready about her new novel, Shade



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

Jeri: Passion, mystery, music, ghosts, starry nights, and cute guys. (Me: OOOOH!)


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

Jeri: Once you submit a book for publication, get to work on the next one (in another series, NOT a sequel to the one you just submitted) right away! It helps you distance yourself emotionally from the book you submitted (so it hurts less if it gets rejected, or so you can do edits more easily if it’s accepted). Also, if the editor enjoys your writing but for whatever random reason can’t buy that manuscript, they might ask, “What else do you have?” You should have an answer ready, other than “Um, nothing,” or “Um, I have two sequels to that book you don’t like.” (Me: This is great advice!!)


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

Jeri: I wish I knew how much is out of the author’s control. There’s a lot we can do to raise awareness of our books, but it’s up to the publisher to distribute them and in the end, it’s up to the reader to enjoy them. All the promo in the world won’t help a book that isn’t in stores, or that just doesn’t resonate with readers. (Me: Jeri is SO right about this--I'm loving this interview!)


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

Jeri: Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere. I loved it so much, I actually hugged it when I was finished. It was the perfect blend of humor and sadness, and the characters were quirky without being caricatures. I would read it again in a heartbeat, which is rare for me.


Me: So, I hear you have a copy of Shade to give away?

Jeri: I do!

Me: YAY!! So, everyone, if you're interested in winning a *signed* copy of Shade, just leave a comment telling me what YOUR favorite salad dressing is (you'll see why in a minute) by midnight EST on Friday, May 7th, and then I'll pick one comment via the random number generator (or the most drool-worthy dressing), and that person will win the FREE (and signed!) copy of Shade! (Please note that this contest is only open to US residents/those with US addys only)


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

Jeri: Honey mustard. I often try others just because I feel like I should, but really, this is the best.


Thank you, Jeri, for that awesome interview, and don't forget to leave your comment about YOUR favorite salad dressing to win a free AND signed copy of Shade by midnight EST this Friday, May 7th!

thank you, blog tour, and shoes!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Still no voice, but that didn't stop the twitter chat last night--thank you all *so* much for coming, and for your great questions!

While doing the chat, I realized how many of you are interested in Grace, which is super-humbling and awesome!

So, I'm going to do an ARC blog tour for Grace because I don't have very many ARCs (two, actually)

If you'd be interested in reading and reviewing Grace for your blog please email me with your blog info--addy and stats (if you have stats)

Here's how the tour will work: You get the ARC of Grace for one week and then you mail it back to me in the pre-addressed and postage-paid envelope I'll provide. Then I'll mail it to the next blogger, and so on. (*Due to postage costs, the ARC tour is only open to US residents)

I've done this kind of tour before, for The Unwritten Rule, and it worked really well, although the ARC was in tatters by the time it came back for the last time!

I know many of you would like an ARC of Grace to keep, but at this point, this is the best way I can think of for YOU to get a chance to read and review the book.

Oh! I totally forgot to show you all these--they are just like Sarah's favorite sneakers in The Unwritten Rule -- I had them made at Converse and I have to tell you, I love them! Now I totally get Sarah's shoe thing!



Finally, I'm thrilled to say Something, Maybe is a readergirz postergirlz pick for May--which means it was picked by teens and ardent YA readers as a book to read, and this means so much to me!

good thing tonight's chat is on twitter!

Monday, May 03, 2010

TONIGHT!:



Well, I'd love to tell you how the Geek Fest went, except for two things--I didn't go, and I can't talk.

That's right. I came back from NJLA feeling a little wonky, but I just figured it was because I've been working really hard lately and tend to get headaches when I'm stressed and not sleeping enough.

But then, on Thursday, my throat started to hurt. A lot.

"At least I'm not coughing!" I said, and drank a lot of water.

Well, you can guess what happened next. By Thursday night, I was coughing up a storm, and had lost my voice. Even whispering *hurt*

I spent the whole weekend sleeping and not talking and I still basically feel pretty cruddy and can't talk BUT I will be at tonight's twitter chat, so please stop by and ask me questions! (If not, I'm liable to fall asleep on my computer and end up tweeting taetiaogpiagjhhhatipih and etc., and no one wants that to happen!)

I've got my fingers crossed that I'll be invited to next year's Geek Fest--for those of you that went, how awesome was it? (I admit, I cried on Saturday when I was lying in bed because I wanted to be there. And also, I was sick of lying in bed at that point too)

Moving on, hope to see you all tonight at the twitter chat--you can send your questions to me at Twitter via @escottwrites starting at 9 PM EST/ 6 PM PST--again, that's @escottwrites (I'm on twitter as escottwrites)

I've also got some links to share:

Yep, even Meg Cabot gets writers block--and I have the book she's talking about! (But I haven't read it yet. I really need to, though)

Great picture that illustrates how books are made -- think it's easy? go look at the picture.

Agent Jessica Faust on Author/Agent(Agency) agreements and the ever-popular subject of marketing --the marketing one is all about what works to get YOU to buy a book, and it's interesting to read the comments.

Pimp My Novel on publishing misconceptions

One publicist's thoughts on when an author start setting up a website/facebook page/etc -- I personally think two months is waaaaay too late unless your publisher has thrown a mountain of $$$ behind your book, and even six months is pushing it, but that's just my opinion. Anyone think starting later rather than sooner is better?

Agent Kristin Nelson talks about the hot commodity in publishing and her early years as an agent

Agent Jennifer Jackson offers up some query stats and questions

Over at Murderati, a fantastic interview with Neil Nyren, who is the Senior Vice-President, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of Penguin Putnam on the state of the publishing industry -- It's a must-read, but here's a great quote about promotion: "There’s no question that one of the essential ingredients in selling books is word of mouth. Good reviews, the recommendation of a friend/colleague/family member, hearing about a book through traditional print/electronic media or on the web – as M.J. Rose always says, if people don’t hear about a book, they ain’t going to buy it. And the author is an essential part of that process. The publisher will do whatever the publisher’s going to do, and sometimes that’ll be a whole lot and sometimes it won’t. But the plain truth of it is, no matter how much the publisher loves the book…nobody’s going to love it as much as the author. It’s your baby. As a writer, you are the CEO of your own business. You should make it a point to learn that business and to do whatever is necessary to make that business succeed.

That said – you still need to find the right balance. Because a big part of that success rests in writing damn good books, and it’s tough to do that if you’re spending all of your time on promotion. Not to mention that some authors are better suited for some kinds of promotion than for others. Not everybody is born to Twitter. Find out what works for you – it’s going to be different for everybody – and learn as you go along. Observe, experiment, be flexible, don’t get hung up on trivia. And remember: The book comes first.
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Finally, want to see me talk about The Unwritten Rule? Here you go!