ALA was amazing! I was really nervous about the YALSA Coffee Klatch, where I'd be talking to a group of librarians at one table for a short time and then moving on to another--but it ended up being so much fun! Honestly, I wish I could have spent more time talking to all the librarians I did meet, and the ones I didn't get to, because librarians? WOW! They work so hard, and face so many challenges today, especially in terms of unrelenting budget and staff cuts. (So, the next time you go to your library and see your fave librarian, be sure to thank her/him for all they do!)
And the signings? I admit, I was terrified no one was going to show up for the Grace
signing but WOW! There were so many people--and thank YOU, everyone who waited so patiently--and so much excitement about the book and I owe it all to the bloggers who have gotten copies of the book and written such marvelous and heartfelt reviews. You're the ones who've gotten people talking and wanting the book, and as a result, I ended up late to my next signing because I wanted to sign all the books I could before I absolutely *had* to go!
It was, of course, as it always is, a pleasure to sign over at the Simon Pulse booth, and many thanks to everyone who came to that signing as well--especially to everyone who told me they'd read all of my books! (I meant those WOWs, okay? Because that is the kind of thing that makes an author--or at least this one!!--want to jump and down in glee and thanks)
I also managed to swing by Ivy Devlin's signing of Low Red Moon
, and picked up a little something that will be going into the very giveaway I'll be doing a little later this week...
Also, thanks to everyone for their suggestions/questions last week and yes, I will be doing a video blog answering some of them as soon as I can. (That was a great idea!!) And, of course, congrats to last week's Clockwork Angel ARC winner, Alannah.
One quick reminder: when you leave a comment for a contest/giveaway you really REALLY should leave a way for me to get in touch with you! There was one other person who left some amazing questions--but no email address--and when I went to their blog profile, there was no contact info there--or even on their blog!
You can't win if I can't get in touch with you, okay?
Moving on, I've got loads of links to share as well...
Editorial Ass on why the first page of your manuscript is so important
--"Assume whoever is reading your submission is going to be in a terrible mood when they look at page 1. You just don't have until page 2."
Agent Jessica Faust on what makes agents cranky
-- I can't believe someone would do this, but I have to admit, if it happened to me, I'd be pretty cranky too!'
Jessica also talks about requesting a manuscript that an agent knows she/he can't represent, but is dying to know the end of
--I didn't know this happens, and many thanks to Jessica for talking about it!
From Pimp My Novel, an entry outlining the "no advance" publishing model
Generality on writing as a mountain
and writer insecurities
-- I have yet to meet a writer out there who isn't worried about something! (Sometimes I think being a worrier is somehow tied into writing, actually!)Are agents underpaid?
Author, agent, and former editor Betsy Lerner looks at a "letter" to her and talks about it, point by point
--One of things I love about Betsy's blog is that she is completely and utterly unafraid to call things *exactly* how she sees them. Plus her entries always have the best titles!
Agent Kristin Nelson on advance money
--this is the most thorough breakdown I've ever seen an agent do for what possible advances are for a first novel in various genres. In other words, get going and read!
Two great entries over at Writer Unboxed--The Best Techniques Are The Simplest
and the truly beautiful Have More Fun
, or as I like to think of it--remember the joy that writing brings you? Hold on to that. Hold on to it tight and try your best to not let it go for a second. If you read only one like today, make it this one.
Agent and author Nathan Bransford on why he sends vague rejection letters
-like Jessica's entry about requesting books an agent can't/won't represent, I think it's fantastic that Nathan is talking about why agent rejection letters and how/why agents construct them the way that they do.
Over at Murderati, Little Truths
--"It's hard to see, sometimes, when you're deep in the woods, lost, in pain, but you'll take that dark and those woods and learn from them, and what you end up with will be so much better, that if given the choice to go back and live life without having had the pain, you'd choose the same path."
Agent Jennifer Laughran on What is YA anyway?
and a very enlightening post on why she does or does not request a manuscript
and why she may or may not take on the requested manuscript once she's read it
. I see a lot of agent posts about query stats, but this is one of the few I've seen that breaks down why full requests may not result in representation.