OK, so I finally did one of the things I'd been meaning to do for some time--join Romance Writers of America (Write and/or read romance, YA or otherwise? You need to be a part of this group). Marlo Berliner of Blame it on the Muse (RWA authors blog you should really check out) suggested that I meet up with writer/actress/maven/fabperson Leanna Renee Hieber, who described herself as wanting to be "the gateway drug to 19th Century literature" (LOVE!). Introductions happened yesterday at a Books of Wonder event--little did I expect alot more was in store (bad pun alert)...
|Was not prepared for the crowd that was there--why? WHY?|
|Duh! Tamora Pierce was there! And signing copies of Mastiff and other things...|
|And OMG--Fellow Elevensie Rae Carson! Scroll down for a very cool giveaway!|
|The lovely panel where the authors talked about their books...|
|...and answered questions about writing.|
Here are some of my favorite quotes of the day. I was scribbling hasty notes, so -dahlinks, if I misquoted you in any way, please lemme know, and I'll fix it...
"Write it all out first--get it all down. Then you can revise later." --Tamora Pierce (you know I love me my revisions!)
"Have your details do double triple duty." --Leanna Renee Hieber
"Don't be afraid to suck." --Matthew Cody
"I get to 20,000 words and I want to throw it away for fear of being 'found out'... professionals are amateurs who finish things." --John Connolly (BTW, I nearly tripped him and prevented him from participating in the panel. Thankfully, he forgave me and signed a copy of Nocturnes, a book of ghostly short fiction I am anxious to read...)
There was also a brief discussion of ebooks vs. regular books. The concensus pretty much was that there's no comparison. I think it was John Connolly who made the observation that an ebook gives you access to a book--you don't own it. And that there's a reason we put books on our shelves for everyone to see--they're markers of who we are (Wow. REALLY liked that). Peter Glassman, the owner of Books of Wonder made the suggestion that there should be only ONE format for ebooks that will work with any reader/tablet, and that ebooks and bound books should be sold as a bundle--giving the reader both options. What do you think? I'm finally going to get a tablet (after Mercury Retrograde, of course) because I really need the convenience (plus the iPad is just SO cool)--but for me, it'll never take the place of a book. My house is filled with books of all kinds, and always was...
Time for a giveaway! In honor of yesterday's amazing event--and Thursday's upcoming one (cue shameless plug: Victoria Schwab, Keira Stewart, Christopher Grant, Kathy McCullough, Lia Habel, Alissa Grosso, Tami Lewis Brown, Char and I are going to be at Books of Wonder in THREE DAYS! Come on down and see us on Thursday, November 17 from 6-8pm!)...
|You want this book. You know you do.|
...I'm giving away a lovely signed copy of Rae's book, The Girl of Fire and Thorns. The winner will be selected by the fair and ubiased hand of one of my fellow authors on Thursday. How to win? Leave me a comment below with your email--that's it. And it's international baby!