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And not just any contest. One of the big huge ones. It's been too long. This one is going to be good. I'm very excited. Stick. Around.
Or maybe just come back on Monday. You don't need to literally stick around.
Now then, these links aren't going to link to themselves.
A new Jacob Wonderbar is also coming next week! Yes indeedy, the third and final installment of the Jacob Wonderbar series, Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp, is coming out on Thursday! Make sure to pre-order so you and the kids in your life can be hipster middle grade readers and say you read it before it was all popular and stuff. I'm very excited to have this series all wrapped up and ready to be read in full:
Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow
Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe
Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp
Whew! Excitement! I swear adults will enjoy them too. They're not just for kids.
Okay now for the real links.
Author Stephen Elliott had a great post called The Problem With the Problem With Memoir, in which he has this priceless quote:
...celebrity memoirs are rarely interesting, despite how interesting their lives appear from the outside. The problem is not that they don’t live interesting lives, it’s that they’re not writers.In book promotion news, a pertinent question for our age: Why do literary readings always make me want to kill myself? (via The Millions). And Adam Mansbach has a hilarious and very timely post on the state of book promotion: Hell is my own book tour.
Gosh. If I didn't know any better I'd think authors hate self-promotion.
In new book ventures, esteemed blog The Millions is launching an e-book venture, and Random House is launching a Facebook app to help people share and discover books.
When you're alone and life is making you lonely, you can always go downtown. When you've got no worries all the noise and the hurry seems to help I know, downtown. At least, that's where HarperCollins is going.
In io9 writing advice news, these are the character names that should be banned forever, and here is a writing tip that really does work, in fact I have employed this one myself from time to time.
Agent Mary Kole has advice for getting the most out of a writer's conference, and agent Rachelle Gardner has a new e-book out on deciding between traditional and self-publication!
Publishing industry expert Mike Shatzkin had too good posts lately on the importance of bookstore buying and inventory management decisions and also about what Barnes & Noble's recent contraction announcement means for publishers.
In social media news, Scientific American has a terrific posts on the pros and cons of comment threads and moderation.
GalleyCat has a list of free places to back up your work online.
And award news! You get a Newbery! You get a Caldecott! You get a Printz!
These past few weeks in the forums: mourning the end of Game of Thrones Season 2, making meaning out of the adolescent years, giving yourself permission to fail, your 2013 writing goals, and do you have to listen to everything a beta reader says?
And finally, a seriously awesome article about love.
Have a great weekend!