February 3rd, 2009

Getting your work into the world

Say your debut novel is named one of the best books of 2002 by both The Washington Post and Publishers Weekly.

Your next book also does well, although it doesn’t make quite as big a splash.

Then it’s 2007 and you have trouble finding anyone to publish your work at all.

What do you do? Well if you’re Mike Heppner, you end up with a unique plan to get the word out about yourself. "500 copies of "Man" [were sent] out scattershot to college campuses, coffee shops, gyms, offices, and airports."

Read more here.



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The Girlfriends's Cyber Circuit presents: Evermore



About Evermore
Sixteen-year-old Ever used to have two parents, a little sister, a dog, and a nice house in Oregon. She used to be a varsity cheerleader and go to school dances. But that was before the horrible accident that claimed the lives of her family.
Now Ever blares the Sex Pistols through her headphones and hides under her hoodie in class. She doesn’t need to listen to hear, or see to know. All she needs is to touch someone to know their entire life story, not to mention always seeing their auras and hearing their thoughts. She’s been branded a freak at her new high school in Laguna Beach as she goes out of her way to avoid human contact, but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.
From the moment Ever first looks at Damen, she feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen is equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies, and nothing is as it seems…

About Allyson
Wow! And I thought I was prolific! But just look at this:

Alyson Noël is the best selling, award-winning, author of FAKING 19, ART GEEKS AND PROM QUEENS, LAGUNA COVE, FLY ME TO THE MOON, KISS & BLOG, SAVING ZOE, CRUEL SUMMER, FIRST KISS (THEN TELL)- an anthology, and the upcoming IMMORTALS series including: EVERMORE (Feb 09), BLUE MOON (Aug 09), and three more titles for 2010. Her awards and honors include: the National Reader’s Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Books for the Teenage, TeensReadToo 5 Star Gold Award, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, Reviewer’s Choice 2007 Top Ten, nominated for a CYBIL award, nominated for a Quill Award, nominated for YALSA’s Teen’s Top Ten, chosen for the CBS Early Show’s “Give the Gift of Reading” segment, and selected for Seventeen Magazine’s “Hot List” and Beach Book Club Pick. Her titles have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Hungarian, and Romanian.

I asked, Allyson answered
A1. What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you? Bonus question: have you used it, in any way, in a book?
A2. Three years ago my husband was diagnosed with leukemia and it was so scary it felt like the end of the world. But, being the writer I am, I’ve recycled those feelings many times since, using them in SAVING ZOE, CRUEL SUMMER, and EVERMORE. And, like all of my stories, this one also has a happy ending—he’s been in full remission for the last two years!

A1. Mystery writers often give their characters an unreasoning fear - and then make them face it. Do you have any phobias, like fear of spiders or enclosed spaces?
A2. I have a major fear of heights, but I stared it down big time when I went zip lining through the cloud forest in Costa Rica back when I was still dating my husband. I didn’t want him to think I was a wuss, so I held my breath, closed my eyes, and did it! It was terrifying, thrilling, exhilarating, exciting, horrifying—and I hope to never do it again!

A1. Do you have a favorite mystery book, author, or movie?
A2. SHUTTER ISLAND by Dennis Lehane—LOVED it! And I can’t wait to see the movie version when it’s made!

A1. At its heart, every story is a mystery. It asks why someone acts the way they did - or maybe what will happen next. What question does your book ask?
A2. EVERMORE poses the question—what really separates us between life and death?

A1. Is there a mystery in life that you are still trying to figure out?
A2. Yes. So glad you asked. Where do all those missing dryer socks go???



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Teaser Tuesday - help, my characters are writing themselves!

I didn't expect the last line in this to happen. Sometimes your characters have a mind of their own. This is from The Girl in the Mini Cooper.
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“But Kayla being dead is what makes the most sense.” Gabie’s voice gets very quiet. “What do you think it would feel like to drown? Or to be strangled to death? Do you think it would be agony until the very end? Or would you pass out and stop feeling it? Is it just blackness? Is it like sleep? Or is it just this torture that goes on and on?”

Gabie starts to shake. I get up, kneel in front of her, and put my arms around her. It’s different than the few other times I’ve touched her. Then I was aware of Gabie as a girl. Now I feel like her brother. Someone stronger. Even though I’m not. I mean, she’s the one who saved me in the river, not the other way around. Gabie’s the one who figured out how to save my job. She’s the one who stood up to that crazy psychic.

But with her trembling in my arms, it feels like I’m her brother or her father.

Until she kisses me.



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