A new video in the “It Gets Better” series. I’m posting this because I found it on a book blog this week, watched it, and recognized something about halfway through the video. A group of authors share their “It Gets Better” message and they are wearing my husband’s high school’s sweatshirts. They were the group of authors who came to his high school a few weeks back. I was thrilled when I saw it! And very proud. Also, the video is very important and wonderful.
Writing News that is Quick!
- Tomorrow, October 5th, is the big release of Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld, sequel to Leviathan. Leviathan is one of my favorite (HANDS DOWN) books of all time, and I’m just about coming undone waiting for Behemoth. I posted it about it in more depth over here at Nathan Bransford’s forums.
- Jackson Pearce is doing 30 days of vlogging (GO HER, man, 31 days of blog posting is hard enough, I can’t imagine vlogging for 30 days) and today’s topic? Book Piracy. Yes, if you read a book online in .pdf format, or any other format that you have downloaded from some various nefarious site, you are in fact, stealing. So don’t. This is said all the time about music and movies, but it happens for books too, and for some reason people don’t think it is stealing. But it is. It is illegal but worse is it doesn’t hurt the publishing company, it hurts the author. The only way a company picks up an author’s next book is if their last book did well. The illegally downloaded copies don’t count.
- I’m so in love with every book Courtney Summers writes. She’s amazing! Her new book coming soon is Fall for Anything. Releasing December 21st. Check out her blog for a cool ARC giveaway. Entries due by Oct 8th. See her awesome trailer below. How haunting.
- It Gets Better. I can’t tell you how cool this is. I mean it. Spread the word.
- Writer Unboxed has a great post on writing a query letter in 5 steps
- NaNoWriMo is coming! While I am not participating, I am always ready to cheerlead and help in any way I can. As a previous NaNoWriMo participant, here is my first advice: Prepare Now. Don’t wait until November to try and figure out what to write about. Start outlining now. Advice #2: Check meetup.com and see if there are any NaNoWriMo groups in your area. The people I met that way were really awesome.