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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Great post over at Writer Unboxed about the hardest part of being a writer -- "The hardest part of being a writer (IMHO) is not coming up with ideas, or hitting your word count, or breathing life into your characters. It’s trusting yourself. Believing in yourself. Being yourself, and being okay with that."

Agent Rachelle Gardner on Writing vs. Publishing, Having to Give Bad News, and Will Your First Novel Be Published?

The rest of that fab series from How Publishing Really Works: Getting Published Is Not Enough, part two and part three--both those who want to be published and those who are published should really take a look at these excellent posts.

Salon's Laura Miller interviews famed editor Robert Gottlieb--"Your job...is to be in sympathy with what the writer is doing and to try to help her or him make it better of what it is, not to make it into something else. Because that way there will be tears."

Agent Jennifer Laughran on swearing in young adult novels -- all I have to say about this one is YES!!

Revisit Wrier Unboxed for a story of writing what you are terrified to write

From Dear Author, a really fascinating look at how one author gets her ideas and her publishing journey -- I have a hard time writing about how I write, but I love reading about how other people do it!

So, you have this story. You've been plugging away at it, but it's just--well, it's just not working. Never fear, The Intern is here with a handy guide to breaking up with your story

The Intern also has ten reasons why you should rewrite that scene

From Story Tellers Unplugged, a post about the importance of holding on to your words--I admit I don't keep copies of my books (but my parents do)--but I do keep copies of every single draft I've done for every book I've written. And I keep not one, not two, but three backups. Trust me, once you lose one file, you become paranoid. (Although perhaps not as much as me :-)

Over at Genreality, What Are Your Reading Boundaries?

A post that had me nodding vigorously in agreement: A Different Take On Following The Writing Dream

So, it turns out that form rejections can be your friend

The always awesome Tess Gerritsen on the latest non-fiction writer (Greg Mortenson) who turned out to be a liar and on why this seems to be happening so often in Writers Who Lie--"And every time the truth is finally revealed, readers are outraged, publishers duck their heads in embarrassment, and everyone asks, "How could this happen?"

It happens because we want to believe uplifting stories of people who rise above their traumatic pasts. It happens because publishers don't have the resources to check the facts. It happens because the writers are talented enough to create a reality that seems like truth. These writers are such darn good liars that we can't help but believe them."


Agent Kristin Nelson on the art of requesting blurbs

Now, some food for thought: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies or Chocolate Revel Bars? If could pick, I'd pick both!

Finally, my subject line did not lie--I have two ARCs of Libba Bray's upcoming Beauty Queens to give away!

For your chance to win you need to tell me what's the one book you know you'll be buying this May no matter what by this Friday, May 6th at midnight EST. (And yes, this contest is open internationally!) (And no, you don't have to say my book, either--I'm aware that there's some pretty great books coming out this month)

43 Comments:

Blogger CAsanmiguel said...

What happened to goodbye by sarah dessen :)
camilleanne_angel@yahoo.com.ph

May 03, 2011 10:29 AM  
Blogger BrittLit said...

One book I know I'll be buying in May is Ruby Red, I am so ready for a new time travel. I can't say I'm buying yours because I already had preordered it, so it's not like I'm technically buying it in May. Thanks!
areadingnook[at]yahoo[dot]com

May 03, 2011 10:34 AM  
Blogger Susan Light said...

Divergent by Veronica Roth. I cannot wait to read this one!!!

May 03, 2011 10:39 AM  
Blogger YAthenaeum said...

This is hard, but probably What Happened to Goodbye Sarah Dessen...
Erika
yathenaeum(at)yahoo(dot)com

May 03, 2011 10:39 AM  
Blogger Yani {AvidReader} said...

Definitely Divergent! I am on a dystopian kick right now and the 2011 ones have been amazing so far!!

May 03, 2011 10:49 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Abandon by Meg Cabot. But I'm gonna have to buy it online because my Wal-Mart doesn't have it in my dinky-ass town.

May 03, 2011 10:54 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

oops! my email is kelly.allan3081@yahoo.com.

I said Abandon by Meg Cabot in the previous comment.

May 03, 2011 10:54 AM  
Blogger Mismikado said...

It would have been your book but I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of it. So it will definitely be What happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen. Been waiting forever for it!

May 03, 2011 11:19 AM  
Blogger Carmen said...

Definitely, if not your book, What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen. Love her!

May 03, 2011 11:25 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'm excited about Jennifer Brown's Bitter End - I loved her first book! But you're right, there's a lot to be excited about in May!

twonickelsoradime (at) gmail

May 03, 2011 11:51 AM  
Blogger ♥Iffath said...

What Happened to goodbye by Sarah Dessen for SURE!

lovereadingx[at]gmail[dot]com

May 03, 2011 12:31 PM  
Blogger VARDIT20005 said...

I'm planning to buy what happened to goodbye. hope I will be able to get more.
vardit20005@walla.co.il

May 03, 2011 12:36 PM  
Blogger Midnight Bloom said...

Thank you for the amazing international giveaway! Beauty Queens sounds so wonderfully good and funny!

The one book I'm buying without a doubt this month is Between Here and Forever by... you! I've been anticipating your novel so much and been dying to read it for ages! My sister and I are really excited to finally read it and I was just re-reading Bloom the other day!

I'm so glad to see you blogging again and that you're feeling much better these days. ^_^

- Liz
midnightbloomreads(at)hotmail(dot)com

May 03, 2011 1:01 PM  
Blogger NiaRaie said...

I'm excited for "What Happened to Good Bye."

May 03, 2011 1:32 PM  
Blogger NiaRaie said...

I'm excited for "What Happened to Good Bye."

May 03, 2011 1:36 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Absolutely positively would have to be Moonglass by Jessi Kirby. I'm saving my pennies for that one :).

roses7184(at)gmail(dot)com

May 03, 2011 2:50 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Divergent!!! I've already read it, but I definitely need my own copy! I loved it!

May 03, 2011 3:28 PM  
Blogger Blissfulrains said...

Definitely going to buy Divergent! I'm so curious about it!

blissfulrains(at)yahoo(dot)com

May 03, 2011 5:29 PM  
Blogger Erinberry said...

I'll definitely be buying What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen. Thanks for the giveaway!

erinberry12 at charter dot net

May 03, 2011 5:35 PM  
Blogger Samanthajo_322 said...

I will definitley be buying What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen aannndd I get to meet her in a week! I'm excited :)

Sam
sslager1@niu.edu

May 03, 2011 5:49 PM  
Blogger LovesBooks said...

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May 03, 2011 6:27 PM  
Blogger LovesBooks said...

Hey Elizabeth, glad that you are posting again, and I also cant wait until Between Here and Forever comes out!!! I loved The Unwritten Rule soo much that I keep on re-reading it sometimes. The book that I will probably buy this week would be most likely Divergent by Veronica Roth. Cant wait until more future books from you !:)

amandapedulla21@hotmail.com

May 03, 2011 6:32 PM  
Blogger Christi said...

Well, it should go without saying that although I have Between Here & Forever as an eGalley and an ARC, I will be buying a finished copy, as I've made it my goal to own all of your books. :o)
BUT, there are so many May releases I'm looking forward to! I've already prepurchased Tighter by Adele Griffin for my nook, and will probably buy A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness & Siobhan Dowd, if my library doesn't order it soon!

May 03, 2011 7:06 PM  
Blogger twentyxfragments said...

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen for suuurreee.

running-with-skissors@hotmail.com

May 03, 2011 8:04 PM  
Blogger Taryn said...

Divergent, no question.

But Beauty Queens is waaaay up there!

tarynalAThotmailDOTcom

May 03, 2011 10:37 PM  
Blogger LittleMsBookish said...

Vampire Kisses 8: Cryptic Cravings by Ellen Schreiber
I've read the whole series and I can't wait for the next installment! weeeee! :)

claudine_princess@yahoo.com.ph

May 03, 2011 10:48 PM  
Blogger Hannah S. said...

I have this huge crush on Libba Bray's writing, so BEAUTY QUEENS is high on my want list for sure.
WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE and BETWEEN HERE AND FOREVER are also a must buy (as is everyone's that I can see).
Thank you!

Hannah
xoxosweeet at yahoo dot com

May 03, 2011 11:29 PM  
Blogger Mindy said...

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May 03, 2011 11:50 PM  
Blogger Mindy said...

It's a tie between What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen and Between Here and Forever! Too hard of a decision!!!

curlygirly504[at]hotmail[dot]com

May 03, 2011 11:51 PM  
Blogger Brodie said...

Well it would be Divergent if I didn't already own two copies! But ohh, tough call. So many awesome books. Definitely Between Here and Forever and Beauty Queens (if I don't win! I LOVE Libba Bray). Ahh, just choose one book! Fine, Shift by Jeri Smith Ready because I loved the first book and need to see what happens next.

Thanks so much for the great giveaway, I'm so looking forward to reading Beauty Queens!

hanging.by.a.moment_@hotmail.com

May 04, 2011 3:54 AM  
Blogger Pam Harris said...

Aside from your book, the one book I just know I'm buying this week is Veronica Roth's Divergent. I already read the ARC, but I want a hard cover because it's THAT good. :)

pamharris1981@yahoo.com

May 04, 2011 9:37 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury.

I loved Shift and am always intrigued when talented authors try something completely different from their last novel. Besides, Regency England, Egyptology and a dangerous mystery? I am so there.

Karen Keyte kelkerry@gmail.com

May 04, 2011 10:05 AM  
Blogger Minas said...

SHIFT by Jeri Smith-Ready and DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth.

minas_1989(at)hotmail(dot)com

May 04, 2011 10:46 AM  
Blogger californiameaghan said...

I just had a baby last week. I know I will be buying some dr suess very soon! Not the usual type of book I buy but this is my new life. :)

May 04, 2011 1:49 PM  
Blogger Briana said...

I must say, May is a great month for books. I've already bought quite a few including Divergent & Moonglass, but I'm especially excited for my pre-orders! I have What Happened to Goodbye, Dreamland Social Club and of course, Between Here and Forever that I'm looking forward to most! So excited! :)

May 04, 2011 5:01 PM  
OpenID kathleenliz said...

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Even if I win this contest and win an ARC, I'll still buy the final copy. Libba Bray is my Justin Bieber (if i was a twelve year old girl)

May 04, 2011 7:46 PM  
Blogger pointy star said...

I didn't realize how many awesome books were coming out this month until I looked at the release date of a couple books that I've been DYING to buy.

Besides your book, I've already ordered Divergent by Veronica Roth and Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready online the day they were released. Now I'm going crazy waiting for them to arrive. XD

pointy.star@yahoo.com

May 04, 2011 8:55 PM  
Blogger Juliette Wade said...

Thanks very much for including me in the list! What an interesting site you have. :)

May 04, 2011 9:49 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Definitely What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen. I love her books!! :)

Dawn

alatarielsunrise (at) gmail.com

May 05, 2011 2:08 AM  
Blogger Samantha Rowan said...

I'm definitely going to buy Sarah Dessen's new book, Whatever Happened to Goodbye, in May. I've been looking forward to it for a while! The other book that I'm definitely buying in May is Beauty Queens (if I don't win an ARC, that is). I was actually in a beauty pageant when I was in high school (it's a long, horrible story) and I feel like I need to read Libba Bray's take on it.

samantharowan [at] gmail [dot] com

May 05, 2011 12:17 PM  
Blogger Krystal said...

Divergent or The Goddess Test!!! edysicecreamlover18@gmail.com

May 06, 2011 1:31 PM  
Blogger Haleyknitz said...

Sarah Dessen <3 absolutely. and while I'm getting her new one, I'm getting Along for the Ride, which is FINALLY in paperback :)))) I love her books.

haleymathiot@yahoo.com

May 06, 2011 9:16 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I loved dystopian novels so I've got to get my hands of Divergent by Veronica Roth. Also it wouldn't hurt to get the already released Wither out as well. :)

Thanks!
Sarah
two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

May 06, 2011 10:43 PM  

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