Guess what came in the mail yesterday? Three boxes of The Splendor Falls! That means I can give away beau coup copies. Yes, you could win this book before it’s even available in the stores.
Okay, to mix things up–and to be just a tad self-serving, because, darn it, we’re talking 520 pages of free book goodness–you’ve got several ways to enter to win. I’ll draw from three different pools (which means you could have at least three chances to win).
1) Comment in the comments. What could be simpler? Don’t know what to say? How about: Your book sounds awesome, RCM! If I don’t win it, I will be at the store when it opens on September 8th… (It’s okay if you lie to make me feel good. You can go after school/work.)
2) Become my fan on Facebook. I will draw for one book every 25 fans, so it behooves you to recruit your friends.
3) Okay, this one is a leeeetle more effort: Mention me and/or my books anywhere on the internet. Twitter your friends, mention the books in your blog, add me to your books on goodreads, library thing, shelfari, etc. Post a review on B&N or Amazon. It doesn’t have to be a good review, either. If you give me one star, your name still goes in the hat. (This is my secret revenge–to force another RCM book on you when you hated the first one you read.)
Now, you need to tell me where you mentioned me. You can post in the comments, OR you can e-mail me at rosemary at readrosemary dot com. Give the link only if you want; I’m willing to go on the honor system, if you tell me you spammed your friendslist or whatever. (And if you gave me one star, just… seriously, just tell me you left a review and leave it at that. )
Stumped what to say? How about: this author you LOVE, who writes this AWESOME Maggie Quinn supernatural mystery novels, has got a NEW BOOK coming out on SEPTEMBER 8th. It looks spooky and romantic and stupendous.
Ahem. Just a suggestion.
And YES, your comment telling me where you mentioned me counts for drawing #1 and drawing #3. So that’s two entries in one!
I’ll draw names on Sunday so I can put your books in the mail on Monday.
Easy peasy! Comment now, while you’re thinking about it!
The prizes? Signed copies of the aforementioned Vamped, Prom Dates From Hell, by yours truly, and the first book in the Morganville Vampires series, by Rachel Caine. Plus a glow in the dark bumper sticker*, PLUS a Goth trivia board game. I wonder how Lisa would do on that?
I’ll be giving away a copy of Lucienne’s book next week. I was going to do it this week, but though I thought I ordered two copies of Vamped from Amazon (one to keep, of course), I accidentally ordered two copies of this. So, I guess you know what else I’ll be giving away soon.
*Probably similar to the one on Rachel’s car, which is how I identified her when I blew past her on the highway a few weeks ago. True story. We live in the same major metropolitan area. Her car is distinctive in the first place, but the "Morganville" sticker narrowed it down further. I was driving Mr. RCM’s POS Ford, so I was too embarrassed to make a spectacle of myself by honking and waving.
(The Cherokee is pretty distinctive, too, having been through a hard former life as a Ranch Vehicle. There’s a story about how I’d had it a week when a cow leaned against it and made a big dent. Then I dropped a stage platform on the bumper. I also loaded it up with the set for a festival play, and drove all the way to College Station with a giant dragon head on the roof rack. That Jeep has seen some action.)
I spent the weekend at the DFW Writer’s Conference, and it was a good one. I can say that because, except for teaching classes and lending my shining, celebrity presence, I didn’t have anything to do with organizing the thing. The conference committee worked extremely hard to pull off an excellent conference. Multiple tracks of programing from a wide range of authors and other professionals, six agents taking one-on-one pitches, two lunches with entertaining speakers, a wealth of information, smoothly run, despite inevitable hiccups… Kudos to those guys.
The next conference, by the way, is set for April 9-11, 2010. Mark your calendars.
I spoke on Writing for Teens (Even if you Aren’t One). I joked on Twitter that this meant I had to pretend I know what I’m doing. As people have asked me to speak on this subject, I’ve had to retroactively figure out what it is that makes Prom Dates From Hell (et al.) a good *YA* book. Because I just wrote a book *I* wanted to read. So it’s only the ‘writing for teens’ part that I feel like a bit of a fraud. But not really, beause I *have* done a lot of research into it. Just after the fact. I *do* know what I’m doing as far as writing a good book is concerned.
I hope Mom doesn’t read that. There’s a Dutch word for the curse you give yourself when you say that you’re good at something. I really did grow up being told by my mother that I was brilliant and could do anything, but I should never compliment myself, or I would curse myself and lose whatever I’d just been bragging about. No wonder I’m so neurotic. Which is why I joke about these things. Because promotion is all about telling people how great you/your books are, and I guess I’m trying to dodge the curse by equaling things out!
Yes, promotion is hell for me. Though I’m not special. The keynote speaker at the conference was Bob Mayer, who mentioned in his speech that on the Myers-Briggs Personality test the "writer" type is the polar opposite from the "marketer" type. One more reason why writing is something of a masochistic profession.
Seriously. The other irony is that a lot of writers tend to be Type A control freaks. We like to write because on the page we have complete and utter control of the universe. It’s like being God and Dungeon Master combined. But if course where the *business* is concerned, once you have turned in the best book possible… you really have zero control. You can do promo, and Twitter, and do blog tours and build buzz–which, don’t get me wrong, does help–but ultimately, you have no control over whether Meg Cabot or Stephanie Meyer (or both) are going to release a book with your *same title* the week after your book comes out.
Writers have to LOVE to write. Otherwise, it’s not worth it. Very few of us get paid enough to make it worth all the stress, angst and hassle. But most of us would do it for our own pleasure even if we weren’t getting paid. (Which is why I respect writers who write only for themselves or their friends.)
But of course, if you do want to be published professionally, there’s a whole other level of stuff you’ve got to do. Join a critique and/or professional education group. Go to workshops and conferences. Read books about writing and selling your book. Pay attention to what’s on the market, and how books are selling.
Though ultimately, it comes down to the craft. What you write. DO you write? Or do you just talk about writing and go to workshops and read books about writing.
Writers love to write. I guess that what *I* got out of the conference this weekend, being around such good energy from other writers is just that reminder. It’s not just about being hungry to sell. It’s about loving what we do.
So answer in the comments: What are YOU good at? It can be some part of the writing craft you do well, or some other hobby or sport. Go on. If someone asks, it’s a curse loophole. I checked. Tell me something YOU do well.
I’ll draw a name from the comments to win a copy of the latest book I loved: Going Too Far, by Jennifer Echols.