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The Fierce Reads YA Author Tour – Seattle, WA

Confession: before tonight, I had never, ever been to Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park. It turns out it’s not actually way outside of town. It’s an easy SoundTransit bus trip (less easy because like an idiot I let my Orca card go empty, but that’s my problem). Anyhow, fun atmosphere, great staff, and I got to meet Flannery of The Readventurer, so that was neat. I will be returning there not to just buy more books I don’t need but for future author events.

The Fierce Reads tour is 4-6 debut authors who write YA. Also I’m totally using the following picture because all of the authors look “fierce” and not because I’m a crappy photographer who took photos with an iPad rather than my canon, which I did not want to carry:

SMIZING.

From left to right: Lish McBride, author of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer; Marissa Meyer, author of Cinder; Leigh Bardugo, author of Shadow and Bone; Jennifer Bosworth, author of Struck; Anna Banks, author of Of Poseidon; and Emmy Laybourne, author of Monument 14.

The presentation started with a book trailer for every novel and then a few words from the author about the book’s plot and where its inspiration came from. They went right to left, but I’m going to stick with this order and go in reverse. (Direct quotes are in quotations, otherwise I’m paraphrasing and/or summarizing.)

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NaNoWriMo Link Round Up #2 – The Final Week(s)

What the hell is this crap? You call this "WRITING"? Image: Michal Marcol / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

EEP! You guys. How is November speeding by so quicky? It’s insane. There’s too much to do. I have pies to bake, and work to attend, and cleaning to do, and also a zero draft to finish. I’m going strong at 32K and will be on par at 33k+ by tonight.

I’ve also hit the famous 3rd Week Slump where I hate my novel. My protagonist is boring and there’s too much dialogue and time in cars. I have a pleathora of awesome side characters but they’re cluttering up the novel and are mostly unnecessary, even if they’re a lot more interesting than the main plot. These are, of course, things I need to address when I rewrite the draft after this month. For now, I’m trying to plug along and get the draft finished. Then I can go back and redo the entire thing.

Here some more NaNoWriMo related links to help keep you going as we enter the final 10 days:

  • Written? Kitten is a web app that lets you write and provides a cute kitten picture every so many words. If you’re tired of being buzzed at by Write Or Die, it might be a fun alternative to keep your word count going strong.
  • And finally, if you need to unwind after your day of manic writing and come down from the copious amounts of coffee you’ve consumed, Rick Lipman has created a Paranormal YA Drinking Game.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to active Freedom (net blocking software), get another cup of coffee, and make my novel not suck, damn it! How is your NaNo Novel coming along? (And if you’re at 70K and it’s wonderful and perfect, lie to me.)

NaNoWriMo Link Round Up!

It’s November which is, of course, National Novel Writing Month, where thousands of people worldwide (probably more) decide to become temporary masochists and vow to write 50,000 words of fiction in 30 days. The goal is to get a draft of a novella (or a zero draft, or just a start of a novel) by forcing yourself to write no matter what else is going on in your life.

Both Alex and I are attempting it this year. I’ve done it many times and even managed to finish 3 times. But this time, I’m determined to get a “zero draft” (like a first draft, but I’m keeping bar low) of a book I’ve been trying to write for months, rather than 50K disjointed words. Don’t get me wrong, I am damn proud of every time I managed to crank out all 50K, even if they weren’t useful. All the same, I want something I will continue to work on once the victorious feelings of managing so much in a month fades.

If you want to be my Writing Buddy, you can add me here.

Link Round Up!

  • ¬†YA Authors Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier give a whole slew of awesome tips for NaNoWriMo including the idea of the “zero draft,” which Larbalestier writes helps her because it means she can write whatever without stressing herself out about making it perfect.
  • Persephone magazine has a Prep Guide in 2 parts (still useful even though it’s technically started). Part 1 and Part 2. From part 2, I learned about a few novels that began life as NaNo projects, which is always encouraging.

Got any other great NaNo sites, guides, or tips? Let me know!

CopperCon Panels: Social Media Dos and Don’ts For Authors

CopperCon tends to be more writing/writer focused and a lot of the attendees are published authors or aspiring authors. So naturally, there was a panel but how people who are or might be come even mild public figures should treat social media. But first, let’s meet our panelists:

From Left to Right: Jack Mangan, David Lee Summers, Gini Koch, and Carrie Vaughn.

Carrie Vaughn says she was “dragged onto the internet kicking and screaming.” But eventually her publisher was going to create an online presence for her if she didn’t do it herself, so she created a Facebook page. She says once she realized her blog wasn’t about selling her books, that’s when the possibilities opened up and she really started blogging.

Gini Koch says she’s a “twitter whore,” and that she likes the connection it helps her maintain with the reading and book blogger community.

Jack Mangan and David Lee Summers both agree that you should be yourself and express a variety of interests. Summers, for example, often tweets about things he sees while working in the Observatory. (A space observatory, unless he’s some kind of secret super villain. This was unclear.)

Their advice for authors, both published and aspiring, boils down to the following:

  • Don’t be someone you’re not. Be sincere. Be genuine. Be human.
  • Be concious about the image and brand you’re presenting. Your online presence is your brand. If you want to be a dick, go ahead, but Mangan says, “Good luck to you.”
  • Don’t use social media solely for marketing/spamming about your books. People will get bored and ignore you if all you tweet is “My Awesome Book Comes Out Nov. 25th.” It’s okay to be excited about things, but make sure that’s not the sum of your posts.
  • Remember people–be they fans, reviewers, or just random people online–are all human beings first.
  • Create boundaries. Decide how much personal information you want to divulge, and keep it limited for your own sake and safety.
  • Don’t respond to reviews, with a caveat: You can thank people for reading, retweet reviews, and even point out ones you like. But never try and pick a fight with a bad review(er), even under a fake name. It will never end well. The internet is rife with examples of how badly it can go for you.
  • Don’t bash publishers, even if they’ve rejected you. You will look stupid and other publishers will take notice.
  • Again: BE YOU. Even if it’s just a public version of you. Be yourself and be real.

Are you a writer or public figure? Do you have advice to add? Personal anecdotes you want to share? Leave a comment! We’d love to hear from you.