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