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Monday, February 14, 2011

New Story Idea!

I got a great new story idea. I've been having trouble with Waiting For a Miracle, so I decided to do a "writers block" project. This book will be written entirely in letters, emails, and faxes. The first book I finished was in letters and faxes, but I decided to expand for this one and use emails and maybe texts. So here's the pitch and cover!


Three teens.

Three pasts.

Three secrets.

And one summer of letters to get them all out.

Joey, Caitlin, and N’Namdi are three different teenagers. They come from different parts of town, have different grades, different families. But they have one thing in common: they’re all failing science.

Their science teacher decides to take it into his own hands. He assigns them a summer project--writing letters to each other. Though they first are affronted, the three kids grow together.

They learn about each other’s lives, about who they are, they develop in jokes. But they haven’t told every secret. No, most secrets still are hiding.

And those untold secrets are coming back to get them in the back.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Well, That's the Result of Having Nothing to Do!

I've been frantically reading book articles (just, cause, you know I've got nothing to do). And I was thinking about self-publishing. I can think of several self-published-turned-actual-piblished authors just the top off my head: Christopher Paolini, Nancy Yi Fan (she basically was self-published; she just emailed Harper Collins editors and got a book deal), etc. But one name that has been popping up in the self-publishing world lately is Colleen Houck. Her Tigers Curse trilogy was originally self-published as an ebook on such things like and Amazon. Then her book got picked up by a publishing company and launched a new imprint, Splinter. So what do you think? Is that fair?

Answer these questions.
  1. Are you self-published/considering being self-published? Why did you choose to self-publish? Has your journey been easy or hard?
  2. Are you trying to publish the "traditional" way? Most people say that it is extremely difficult. Have the difficulties ever made you want to self-publish?
  3. What do you think about people like Nancy Yi Fan and Christopher Paolini who were self-published and then became published? Would you ever buy their books?
Woot! That was long-sorry. Hope everybody had a good weekend!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Scratched Ideas & Big News

Man, I forgot all about this blog. THen I was reading about blogs--and WHAM--this slid back into my brain. Well, here's what's been happening in January:

  • I scratched The Species of Ana. I decided I didn't like it that much; it was too similar to another book. But the book I totally stole it from-The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly- is great. It won a Newbery Honor.
  • I came up with a new book. This one, I can assure you; is NOT a ripoff of another book. It's totally my idea. Check the Novels page soon for the new pitch.