Tags: book bloggers


Put Your Two Cents In?

When people are kind enough to write about your books on their blogs, do you insert yourself in the dialog? Obviously not to take issue, but if someone has a question about your book?

On the pro side, it's good to get in touch with your audience, right?

On the minus side, maybe people would prefer not to know if the author is eavesdropping on their conversation, as it makes them self-conscious?
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Introducing: 2011 Debut Author Emily Howse

Emily Howse
ZITACE, Marshall Cavendish Publishers, April 1, 2011 release date.

Thirteen year-old Olivia Hughes knows what she wants to be--an actress. And she lands a national ad campaign that should get her noticed. But then a little pimple turns into full-blown acne, with serious side effects for Olivia's career, relationships, and self-esteem. She goes from being the girl at school everyone wants to be...to Zitface, a girl who's teased, dumped, even fired. What happens when you've lost control over everything in your life? Olivia finds out the hard way, but what she finds isn't so bad after all. 

Twitter handle and Facebook address pending.

What made you decide to be a writer?
In fifth grade, when I read Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume, I knew I wanted to be a children's writer. 

Favorite books/authors?
For children's lit, I was influenced by Judy Blume, Paula Danziger, and Norma Klein. 
For adult: I read so many books, it's hard to narrow down. Currently, I love reading memoirs penned by 'regular people.' I think everyone has a story to tell.

Morning person or night owl?
Since I have an early riser six year-old daughter, I WISH I was a morning person. But I'm a hopeless night owl.

PC or Mac?
PC for now, though I'm more intrigued by Mac. 

What did you have for dinner today?
Pesto pasta. I made the pesto myself...which is highly unusual. I'm not too creative in the kitchen.

Quick! Share 11 random things about yourself. 
1)   I get embarrassed sharing things about myself. I need to get over that.
2)   Adopting my daughter Olivia from Kazakhstan has been the best experience of my life. 
3)   Chocolate makes me incredibly happy.
4)   I once met Brad Pitt at a party (before he was famous) and thought he was dorky.
5)   I got married at age 39--it was worth the wait.
6)   I was a serial dater up until then.
7)   I live in Dallas but hope to move somewhere scenic, preferably with mountains.
8)   I spent time in Maine last summer, and fell in love with it.
9)   In the early 1990s, I wrote for TV GUIDE. It really does have articles!
10) I hate to fly, but I love to travel.
11) After writing fiction stories for 'TEEN ages ago--and then becoming a school counselor--I'm thrilled to finally publish a book!   


Electronic ARCs?

With so many Kindles and iPads out there already, I've been wondering if anyone has found an easy way to make review copies available in electronic form, with the DRM intact? (Obviously you can't just send a PDF out there.) That would bring the cost of sending out ARCS down to almost nothing, while also reducing the number of ARCs winding up in used book stores.

Obviously not all reviewers have tablets, but book reviewers, librarians and bloggers who review books seem like they'd be exactly the demographic who'd have them first.

I mentioned this to my publisher but he did not seem to be set up for an electronic edition.

Too Much Fun! Ruta Sepetys - The Four Ls

Hi all.   I don't usually do this, but 11z Ruta Sepetys' guest post at my blog is too good not to share with you.  Writing on Teen Voice, she has created THE FOUR L's  - The four types of characters in YA novels and how their voices vary.   This is so good, clear and concise and makes such good sense that I just have to share it with all the 11z's and invite you to read her analysis. 

Are you or is your character a Leader, Loser, Laugher, Loner?