November 5th, 2009

When You Reach Me

I was a big fan of When You Reach Me. [Full disclosure: I do not know the author and I got the book at the library.] I ended up reading the book in a single gulp one evening when I just planned to read a few chapters. [Full disclosure #2: one reason I love YA fiction is that many of the books are short enough to allow you to do that.]

Here’s a real treat for those of you who read the book: author Rebecca Stead explains where the book came from and how she was influenced by A Wrinkle in Time. I was especially interested in how she re-read the book twice, each time looking at it through the eyes of a different character.

And you can read the interview here.



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What do you do for fun?

I was interviewed by an 80-year-old for a newsletter he does for children's writers. I felt a bit - hm, jealous isn't quite the right word. But this guy had just come in from raking leaves with his wife. At 80, my dad used a walker and didn't know my name.

But I digress.

Anyway, one of the questions he asked me was, "What do you do for fun?"

"I run, take kung fu lessons, and read," I told him.

"Yes, but what do you do for fun?'

And I realized that my life is seriously heading in the direction of an ever-expanding "to-do" list.

Not too sure what to do about that...

What do you do for fun?



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All you need for a book deal: one clever idea, one Web site, and a bunch of people willing to play


The New York Times covered a specific kind of blog to book deal: get an idea, put it on a Web site, talk about it on Twitter, and wait for the contributions to pour in. As in Cake Wrecks or I Can Haz Cheezburger.

The article starts out like this: “After Duncan Birmingham, a comedy screenwriter in Los Angeles, got one too many holiday cards featuring miserable-looking pets wearing fake reindeer antlers, he realized the photos were great material for a blog Mr. Birmingham started Pets Who Want to Kill Themselves in early January, uploaded the first entry and asked readers to contribute. Within days, visitors were supplying him with snapshots of bulldogs in bunny costumes and cats wearing wigs. The blogosphere noticed — and so did the publishing world. Within a week, he was contacted by editors and literary agents. By the second month, he said, he had sold a book based on the photos to Three Rivers Press, an imprint at Crown Publishing Group, for “enough money to buy a Lincoln Town Car” — with change left over.”

You can read the whole article here.



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