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Guest Blog: One Writer's Take On Research

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Today's blog entry is by Samantha Rowan. She's an aspiring YA author, a full-time financial journalist, and part-time cycling coach. You can find her online at livinglittlewomen.blogspot.com and on twitter at @livinglilwomen.

Research...and Cycling

Like some writers, the line between “research” and “the things I want to do” is pretty blurry for me. In addition to my day job and writing a YA novel at night, I also volunteer my time to coach a collegiate cycling team with my husband. People who know me weren’t surprised to hear that the main character in my books joins her high school’s cycling team.

As coaches, we spend a lot of time with our team. In the fall, we do endurance training with the riders. As the season approaches, we start to do more speed-based workouts to prepare for racing. When the season starts in March, we spend eight consecutive weekends at bike races. This means lots of road trips, tons of down time and some high-energy racing. Throughout it all I rely on my trusty notebook to record the things I experience or things that inspire me.

One of the things that intrigues me as a writer is the difference between the men’s and women’s races. The main difference I’ve observed is that the female racers are much friendlier towards each other. By the fourth race weekend, they know everyone’s name, majors, year, where they’re from and whether or not they’re dating someone. The social experience is much less important to the men, who generally spend all their time thinking about the competition. They rarely even talk to guys on other teams. These attitudes came alive in two different conversations I overheard:

This conversation was between two girls on our team. They had previously referred to a girl on another team as “Hammerhead” because her head is large and she bobbed it back and forth as she rode.

Girl 1: “I forgot to tell you:--I saw Hammerhead at a race last week. Her real name is Annie. She’s nice.”
Girl 2: “Do you think we should stop calling her Hammerhead?”
Girl 1: “Probably. We’re friends on facebook now.”

In contrast, this conversation occurred between two guys on our team:

Guy 1: “I can’t stand that kid. He keeps talking to me because we both ride Pinarellos.”
Guy 2: “I don’t like him either. He’s sketchy.”
Guy 1: “Yeah. What a douchebag.”

As part of my research, I’ve spent a lot of time talking with the young women on my team a lot about why they like racing. Some of them like the strategy part of it and others like the feeling of racing because it pushes them in a way that their normal training wouldn’t. I’ve also talked to them about how they feel before a race, which I found is something that is much harder to express. I usually get one- or two-word answers, like “nervous” or “excited” or “that hill is going to kill me.” My sense is that they have trouble expressing themselves because normal pre-competition jitters are magnified in a bike race, where a crash can seriously injure you.

The other thing that my research has taught me is that cycling is a sport that has great beauty and passion. There are regularly random acts of kindness and generosity among the riders.

I have a lot of love for and I hope that in my writing, I’m able to give cycling its due.

Guest Blog: Is Jane Eyre THE Ultimate YA Romace? Plus! Free Books!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Today's blog entry is from Kate Kingsley, author of Pretty On The Outside:

Why Jane Eyre Is the Ultimate Teen Romance Novel

The other day, I inadvertently exposed my geeky side to one of my good friends. I’d just found out that a new movie of Jane Eyre is coming out next year, starring Mia Wasikowska of Alice In Wonderland fame, and I practically started jumping up and down. Because to me, Jane Eyre is the ultimate teen romance novel.

“I really hope it’s a good adaptation,” I panted, “because I freaking love that book. I read it at least once every 3 years.”

My friend stared at me like I was insane. “Excuse me, are you talking about Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte?? I can’t stand that novel.”

I asked her why.

“I think it was high school that did it. They made us write essays about every single theme, and analyze every paragraph to death.”

That’s when I decided: I had to save one of my favorite books before high school tainted it for anyone else.

Ok, so maybe it sounds a little weird – Jane Eyre as the ultimate teen romance? After all, the book’s 150 years old. And it’s written in English that (I admit) is a little old-fashioned. But I’m sticking to my guns.

Jane has all the ingredients of a great teenage heroine. At the age of 18, she’s a brave, fiery, independent spirit. She doesn't have looks, money or family to fall back on. And she makes her way in life purely on her own brains and hard work. To me, that’s the essence of an awesome teenage girl: someone who breaks free from authority, who embarks on her own adventures. Someone who tries to find out who she really is, and begins to trust her own judgment.

The book’s passages where Jane talks about breaking free, exploring the horizon, and challenging herself resonate just as much with me now as they did when I was fourteen. I’m sure they were pretty powerful 150 years ago, too.

Then there’s the romance. Don’t worry, I’m not forgetting about that. In fact, I want to grab the book and read it again just thinking about all the sexual tension. Jane’s first love hits her like a lightning bolt. (In fact, there is an actual lightning bolt at one of the more prophetic moments.) She falls for her boss, Mr Rochester, who’s much older, much richer, and much more experienced – yep, basically out of her league.

To complicate matters, he has a terrible secret of his own. The language Jane uses when she writes about her love is deliciously passionate. Her ardor brews and smolders for pages upon agonizing pages. This book specializes in the kind of lingering, longing, unfulfilled love that I’m sure inspired contemporary teen novels like Twilight.

Which brings me to my final point. Vampires. Who needs them when you have what Jane Eyre offers – all-consuming love, remote mansions, and a mysterious presence in the attic with murder on its mind? But just in case you are a vampire fan, Jane Eyre even packs some blood-sucking action of its own. I won’t say any more on that topic, though. You gotta read it (or re-read it) yourself for that...

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Thanks so much, Kate!

So, what do YOU think--is Jane Eyre the ultimate YA romance?

Let me know in the comments by midnight EST this Friday, October 1st, and one lucky person will win a copy of Kate's Pretty On The Outside AND an ARC of the upcoming Jane Eyre retelling, Jane, by April Linder AND a copy of the NYT bestseller The Haunted by Jessica Verday!

in addition to having a US mailing addy, please, PLEASE make sure you leave a way for me to contact you if you win! Also, congrats to Karen for winning last week's contest!

sweet, sweet links...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I fully admit I want to be on the NYT list, even if it's just for a week. I'm not so sure I could handle Maggie Stiefvater's very (very!) busy life, though.

Hey, someone else likes making list too!


Ten Ways to Annoy a Literary Agent http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2010/09/10-ways-to-annoy-literary-agent.html

Agent Jennifer Laughran on multi-book deals and the option clause

Outstanding query letter advice
: If you read only one link today, make it this one!!

Agent Rachelle Gardner on why you rarely get a reason for rejection

And this is why I don't ask people to review things on Amazon--or elsewhere--for me (other link here)

Now for the really sweet stuff--Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls, Baked Caramel Apple Donuts and a 100% homemade Banana Pudding (sounds like a lot of work, but homemade Nilla wafers??? YUM!)

Also, don't forget to leave your fave way to de-stress--you could win books for it!!

win not one but TWO signed books!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I'm feeling a little stressed right now (okay, massively stressed) and have decided to cheer myself up by having a contest!

I've got a signed copy of Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey *and* a signed copy of The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell to give away.

For your chance to win both books, all you need is a US mailing addy and:

--Leave a comment telling me what YOUR favorite way to de-stress is by this Friday, September 24th, at midnight EST

Oh, and don't forget to make sure you leave a way for me to contact you--the winner will be whoever leaves a de-stresser suggestion that sounds like it will work for me, and that person will get both of the books!

I also, as always, have a few links to share:

John Scalzi on finding the time to write (and excuses not to)

From Genreality, a Quick and Dirty Guide to Structure

Pimp My Novel on Banned Book Week -- this year, Living Dead Girl made the list, and, right now, Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak is under attack for being "pornographic" (Just typing that makes my head spin--how can anyone say that about Speak?)

Writer Unboxed on avoiding career self-sabotage

Agent and author Nathan Bransford on what "platform" means for writers--"A "platform" may be comprised of an Internet or media presence, a very strong reputation in a particular field, a TV show, affiliation with a popular brand, a connection to a popular writing collective, celebrity status, or ownership of the world's largest soapbox. When it comes to platform: publishers want authors to have it, especially for nonfiction, and it doesn't hurt for fiction either. "

message for mailing list members, and Guest Blog: Writing Is More Than What You Know

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mailing list members: Because I have so many people on my mailing list, a lot of the emails I sent got kicked back to me as spam (!)

If you are on the mailing list and DIDN'T get my email last week, please contact me and I'll send you the message!



Now for the guest blog!

Today's blog entry is by Kaleigh Somers, a junior at James Madison University, where she writes for the university's paper, The Breeze.

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Writing Is More Than What You Know

For at least the last four or five years, I've put my whole heart and soul into believing one silly little piece of advice: write what you know.

Writing magazines, how-to books, and authors all said the same thing. They said write what you know, what's true to you. They said great fiction stems from familiarity because it has a sense of truth to it. Because people will pick up your book, flip through it, and read it. Because if you want to get published, this is where your credibility will shine through.

You must pour your heart out on a piece of paper like shards of broken glass and let other people take it all in: the good, the bad, the downright awful. And they will take it in because it is real. If it isn't, the glass will polish itself, the shards will piece back together, and nothing about your so-called experience will resonate.

But I don't really buy that anymore.

In the last two days, I have covered political debate in a state I'm not a resident of (VA) and captured the essence of growth experiences I haven't been apart of. I've taken in the bits and pieces gathered from someone else's world entirely and let their hopes, their dreams, their aspirations shine on paper. I've created a looking glass into their heart that does not cloud over with my secondhand accounts of their experiences.

On the contrary, I'm beginning to believe that if you can take in the raw thoughts and feelings of someone else, of something else, and create meaning out of it, you're doing something right. If you can write a story about a girl who lost a mother or was abused by her father, even if you've never experienced either of those things, how can you hold onto that one little piece of advice for dear life? How can you cling to something so strongly when you know otherwise?

The whole world is filled with beautiful experiences and heartbreaking stories, but we cannot live them all on our own. That's just not possible. That's why we read books and watch movies and create entirely fictional stories in our heads. That's why so many endings will always reside in our future. We can never know where the path will take us, but we can always listen to where other people have gone before.

Good fiction, even good nonfiction, draws from these strong emotions we feel. We can take a hundred different scenarios and begin to imagine a realistic reaction because we have felt something similar or seen something comparable.

If we can breathe life into someone else's worries and disappointments, dreams and thanksgivings, why shouldn't we?

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Thank you, Kaleigh, for that amazing blog post! (Also congrats to last week's contest winner, The Lovely Reader)

It's official-GRACE is here!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Today is Grace's official release date--YAY!! I already posted a picture of me finding it in my local bookstore, but what the heck, I'm going to share it again:



YAY!

Also, mailing list members: a special message went out to you this morning! If you didn't get it, please check your spam folder and see if it's there. (And if it isn't, contact me and I'll send you the message again--and yes, I DO keep track of who is on the mailing list!)

And now, links!

From Writer Unboxed, an interesting post on hiring and working with an out-of-house publicist, and one that sings the praises of good tv and how you, as a writer, can learn from it. (I have to give another YAY! for that entry, as I like tv--but you all already know that, right? :-) )

Over at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, there's a survey on pre-ordering books

Maggie Stiefvater has some excellent thoughts on querying

Dystel & Goderich Literary Management on the importance of writers giving back--and supporting each other, as well as a post on the boom in Amish fiction

You think you have a crazy schedule? Check out what Rachel Caine's been up to--my jaw was hanging open by the time I got done reading this one, and Rachel, if you happen to see this--WOW!

Agent and author Nathan Bransford on seeing your cover for the first time, writing burnout, and a very interesting piece that asks--Does social media like fb, twitter, etc. actually help sell books?

So, how can you tell if your book is selling well?


Lovely post at Genreality on the power of support

Pimp My Novel on Promotional Qunatity--This one is today's must read!! "A promotional quantity is the number of copies a store or chain needs to take in order for them to have enough to put the book into co-op placement...Without quoting numbers or otherwise divulging non-public information, I can tell you that unless your announced initial print run is roughly in the mid- to upper tens of thousands (as you may or may not know, announced first prints are always higher than actual first prints*) or higher, it's unlikely that your book will get a large enough buy at a major retailer to ensure national co-op placement." (*he's right. Whenever you see a number listed for a print run, especially if that number is printed publicly (like in PW), cut it in half)

Finally, just when you think you've seen it all in the world of yummy, you get French Toast and Bacon Cupcakes--It may sound weird, but check out the recipe and I think you'll see why they placed second at the Ohio State Fair...

Intereview with Lucienne Diver! (and yes, there is a FREE book involved...)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Today, I'm doing a Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit interview with Lucienne Diver about her new book, ReVamped




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

Lucienne: Fanged fashionista goes undercover as goth girl. Humorous horror!


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

Lucienne: It wasn't any particular advice I received that really resonated with me, it was something I learned by observation. I'm a literary agent as well as a writer, and I work with over forty authors. One thing I observed is that they weren't afraid to fail (or maybe they were, but they never let it stop them). They'd throw out half a novel or more if they found that it wasn't working. Something about this struck a chord with me. I'm a perfectionist at heart, and the idea that these amazing novelists who I'm awed by on a daily basis sometimes wrote so much they later deemed unworthy.well, it was freeing. My writing speed and narrative flow are so much better now that I've given myself permission to get things wrong. Sometimes you have to find out what's wrong before you can figure out what's right.


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

Lucienne: Since I'm in the business, it's possible I knew too much, rather than too little. For instance, I know how hard it is out there; I know that publication isn't the holy grail, but just the first step on a lifelong path that's similarly laden with obstacles. There's never a point where you get to sit back on your laurels and appreciate your success. So worth it, though, of course!


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

Lucienne: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It's been on my TBR stack for awhile, but I only recently found the time. Once I cracked the book open, I had no life until I'd reached the end. I immediately ran out to buy Catching Fire, which my son (who I'd hooked on The Hunger Games with my ravings) got to first. I still haven't gotten it back!


Me: Any giveaways you want people to know about?

Lucienne: I'll be doing a virtual launch party on September 15th at Bitten by Books, giving away an iPod Nano with a special skin! Folks should come by early, as there are a ton of ways to enter the giveaway.

Thank you, Lucienne, for stopping by! And now...

Now we contest! My friend Ivy Devlin has her book, Low Red Moon, coming out today, and to say congrats to her, I'm giving away a copy of it!

For your chance to win Low Red Moon, all you have to do is have a US mailing addy, and leave a comment telling me your current favorite song/songs (the faster the better--I need fast songs to listen to while I'm on the treadmill to get me moving!) by midnight EST on Friday, September 17th. The song(s) one person suggests that I like best--well, that person will get the copy of Low Red Moon! (Also--don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you if you win!!)

One last thing: TWO days until the official release of Grace! YAY!!!

hey there, Monday!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Yep, there have been some changes to the site, in honor of Grace coming out this Thursday! (And yep, it is in some stores already--many thanks to those of you who've spotted it and sent me notes/pictures--I know I say this a lot, but it's true--you all are the BEST!!)

Moving on, congrats to Stacey, who won last week's contest, and thanks again to Sandra for her great guest blog. Look for another one soon...

And yes, of course I have links!

Agent Jennifer Laughran with a very blunt--but very good--piece on being a mid-list author (and how front-list can mean squat to boot)--She's right about it all, but it doesn't mean this mid-list author wouldn't love to make the Times list for just a week! (Just one week!!!)

Pimp My Novel on book release timing and a really interesting post about breaking writing "rules"

Over at Writer Unboxed, Allison Winn Scotch on how and why she decided to leave her publisher --this isn't something you see written about very often, and a tip of the hat to Allison for doing so, and shedding more light onto the notion that once you're published, everything from then on is smooth sailing.

Agent Rachelle Gardner talks about editorial meetings -- yes, those! The ones where your book, if it's made it this far, gets picked up. Or not.

Agent and author Nathan Bransford on writing dialogue

Agent Kristin Nelson on "killer" openings--a really fantastic post about book beginnings that (usually) don't work

I'm always interested in other author's writing routines, and Allison Brennan's fascinates me!

There's a survey about *reading* self-published books over at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Apparently, tweets about Justin Bieber take up racks (!) of servers at Twitter

Now, how about a toasted marshmallow milkshake?

And if that doesn't hit the spot, then maybe Snickers cupcakes will do??? (How can they not when they're this: "The final version consists of a chocolate cupcake, filled with a caramel-Snickers mixture, topped with caramel buttercream and garnished with additional Snickers and caramel sauce." (swoons)

Guest Blog: Hey, Adults Love YA Too!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Today's guest blog is by Sandra Coleman, who's on twitter here, and who is working on her first novel and getting ready to graduate with a masters in counseling!

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I've read young adult books for as far back as I can remember. In fact, every book that I remember reading from when I was a kid, and then a teenager, are books in this genre. I’m sure that at some point, at least when I was a teen, I did read books from other genres. However, those are not the books that have stuck with me, and they aren’t the books that I have fond memories of staying up all night to finish. They aren’t the books that I remember wanting to go to the library to get.

The books that I remember, the ones that really resonated with me, the ones that made me love reading were all young adult books. And now at 32 years old, they still are.

When I was around 17 or 18, I began to wonder when I was going to start showing an interest in “adult books”. At the time, I assumed it was a natural progression that everyone went through. You hit a certain age and go from being interested in books aimed at teenagers to books aimed at adults.

The funny thing is, at the time, it never occurred to me that the authors of the books I loved so much weren’t young adults themselves, and they obviously still loved the genre.

As the years passed, I still found myself reaching for the young adult books. The problem was, by this point I was embarrassed about my choice in books. I even got caught reading a Sweet Valley University book by the dean of my college. I can’t even imagine how red my face was when he came up to me, asked what I was reading, and I had to show him the book. I immediately started babbling and trying to make a joke about how I was an adult in college and still reading books aimed at pre-teens and teens. He just smiled and said, “Hey, at least you like to read.”

After that I tried to keep his words in mind when I was the only adult in the young adult section at the library or bookstore, but I still hid the covers of my books from those around me.

I am, however, happy to say that I'm finally over being embarrassed about my obsession with YA. I no longer feel silly when someone walks by and asks me what my book is about and I have to explain, "Well, see, Sarah has a crush on her best friend's boyfriend and...” And, if I get an odd look, (and I sometimes do) that’s okay.

This reasoning didn’t come easily, though. First, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at writing. And, of course, I would be writing the kind of books that I loved and knew the most about. I then realized that if I planned on writing YA books, I couldn’t continue to feel silly about reading them.

The biggest wake-up call though, was when I started reading the blogs of my favorite YA authors, as well as following them on Twitter. Finally, it hit me. If these awesome women, all of whom are adults, can write (and read) YA, then what is there for me to be embarrassed about??

I hope that those adults who read this and have had similar feelings about YA books will be able to come to the same conclusion.

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YAY! for such a great guest blog and, of course, for being a proud adult reader of YA!

For those of you who read YA--teenager or adult--what book got *you* hooked on YA? Let me know in the comments by midnight EST this Friday, September 10th--and win yourself an ARC of Andrea Cremer's Nighshade! (US mailing addys only, please, and don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you!)

link explosion, and oooh! shiny!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Before I turn to the links, I want to say YAY! to the winner of Mockingjay, NiaRaie!

I have to say, what I really found fascinating was that *everyone* who commented here and over at FB either heard of the Hunger Game books from a friend or acquaintance or from Stephenie Meyer talking/blogging about it--which just goes to show, word of mouth (or a shout-out from Stephenie Meyer!) does more to sell books than anything else. That, and well, writing a great book, obviously :-)

Moving on, Grace has been spotted in some Borders--and I actually saw a copy yesterday myself!

I'll be sending out a message to everyone on my mailing list next week, when the book date release is "official"--so if you want in, you can join here

Also! Mailing list members--if you've already picked up a copy of Grace--I know some of you have, and I LOVE you for it!!--make sure you save your receipt, okay?

One final thing before I move on to the links--I've already heard from a bunch of you with *great* guest blogs, and the first one will be running tomorrow!

However, if you--yep, YOU--have something to say about writing, publishing, what's it like to sell a book (or try to sell a book), work in a library, work in a bookstore, teach with contemporary YA, reading YA and what trends you see, wish you'd see, etc. I'd love to hear from you. (And of course, run YOUR guest blog!)

So, either send me your guest blog idea by going here, or, if you want more details, check this out.

And now, brace yourself for the link explosion....

Agent Jennifer Laughran on *agents* and editors--you will see the occasional post about editors from writers, but this is, I think, the first time I've seen an agent comment directly on working with editors, and she's pretty frank about it: "Or when they woo relentlessly before they buy the book, declaring mad love for the author and their work... but then as soon as the vows are said and the ink is dry on the contract, passion seems to turn into business-as-usual, communication dries up, and, and, and...sorry, I just had a bit of a post-traumatic stress flashback."

Over at Writer Unboxed, great post on writing as a journey--"A journey can’t matter until a character matters to himself." (eta: or herself!)

And a truly fabulous post from author Juliet Marillier, who points out that even well-known writers (Her Sevenwaters series? LOVE!!) have career ups--and downs

One last excellent Writer Unboxed post to mention--this one on rewriting--"As much as I believe in edits and rewrites, they are really hard. Often you have to let go of things you love about your story or your characters or say goodbye to paragraphs you think are well crafted. You have to give yourself over to a process that is the opposite of the luxuriously free creative process that created the book, and embrace tedious minutia, questioning every line, every conflict."

Pimp My Novel on why publishers are always chasing the next blockbuster--if you want to understand *why* publishers throw lots of money at books, this is a very concise and clear explanation of it. I want to quote from this, but I end up basically putting the whole thing in, so clearly, you should go read it!

Also from Pimp My Novel--meeting deadlines. (I admit, what got me was that the book was not six months late. Not a year late. Three years+ late. THREE!!!)

Tess Gerristen on the whole commercial fiction/NYT thingy--mostly because the following quote truly does seem to be how some people think about authors who either a. are very successful or b. have more than one book come out a year (Hi, I'm b.!): "Popular novelists just “churn out” their books every year or two anyway because, as we all know, popular fiction is so easy to write and sell, and anybody can do it. You just have to sit down, write a story that hits all the predictable populist buttons such as love, marriage, family, conflict, kids, etc., and presto, it will show up in Target. The words don’t even have to spring off the page, they can just crawl. Or lie there. And then you sit back and collect your million-dollar royalty checks. So girls, be grateful that you have such an easy time of it while those hardworking literary authors must struggle to make their words spring."

Great writing tips from Ellen Hopkins

Agent and author Nathan Bransford on dealing with conflicting query suggestions and/or requirements

Agent Janet Reid offers a reminder of the importance of your writing when you query --"Let your writing show me you're a talented and amazing writer. Show me. Don't tell me."

Interesting post on "white fire novels"

A nice overview of money matters for authors -- the tax stuff is for the UK, but the general advice, which is to be careful, pay your taxes (quarterly, here in the US), etc--it's worth checking out.

Romance novels make up something like forty percent (or more) of all books sold, and have for years. Decades, even, I think. So, finally, romance novels are getting their own review section in Publishers Weekly (There's also some other interesting links in there as well)

Homemade Nutter Butters, anyone?
Oh, and did I happen to mention they're filled with chocolate??!

Thank you, sweet Internet, for things like this--Homemade Hostess Cupcakes (so, so cute!!)

I want to hear what YOU have to say!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

I've been thinking about this for a while, and this morning I thought--you know what? I'm going to do it!

I've done a few guest posts on here, and they've been really fun--so I'd like to do some more!

If you write books, read books, sell books, work as/with an agent, are a librarian, teach English and use contemporary YA in your classes, work in publishing--basically anything book-related--and have something you'd like to write about regarding books or publishing or anything writing-related (hints, things you'd like to see more of, things you're tired of seeing, books you wish people would read, etc.) please do the following:

1. Send me an email at elizabeth AT elizabethwrites dot com

2. Put Blog Entry in the subject line

3. You can go ahead and write up a blog entry (no more than 750 words, please!) or suggest a topic you'd like to write about.

That's it! I'll be in touch with everyone who write to me, and I hope to hear from all of you, as--well, I want to hear YOUR voice!!

Win a copy of Mockingjay!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

I don't think there's any question as to what book everyone is reading and talking about right now: Mockingjay, the third book in the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.

And, I have a copy to give away!

For your chance to win, all you have to do is have a US mailing addy, and leave a comment telling me *how* you first heard about the Hunger Games series (online, through a friend, just picked up the first or second book, heard a librarian or teacher talk about it, etc) by midnight EST this Friday, September 3rd, and then one person will win the copy of Mockingjay!!

PS Please, please, PLEASE don't forget to leave a way for me to get in touch with you in your comment!!