November 6th, 2008

Coming Attractions - Winners, Wimpy Kids and More!

Okay, so while our Good-Looking Celebrity Judges are slugging it out, er deliberating, over the winners of the 54th-ish Annual Bodacious Book Title Contest, I thought I'd write this very long sentence and show a photo of the judges hanging upside-down on the jungle gym . . .
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Then I thought I'd offer a hodge-podge of random writing stuff.

What do Lisa Yee (that would be me), Lemony Snicket, John Lithgow, WIMPY KID author Jeff Kinney, Ann Hood and Judith Viorst have in common? Yes, we're all going to be at the same place!
(Above: Mr. Snicket, right, with Mr. Spock.)

BTW, the last time John Lithgow and I were together, we weren't. Although he did give me this note on a napkin . . .
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I'll tell you where we'll all be, but first this . . . mega-best-selling author (like a million books a week), James Patterson, has debuted a website for parents, teachers and librarians. Called ReadKiddoRead, it includes, "great books, cool books, books they would absolutely, positively love." (They as in kiddos.)

And guess what? THIS BOOK is on the list. Wheeeeeee . . .

Hey, if you're looking for something to do December 6th, why not consider taking my UCLA Writers Extension Workshop? It's called: From Slushpile to Bestseller: Breaking Out of the Pack and Getting Published . . .
Though I teach at UCLA, I attended rival college, USC, aka "The Trojans". For more information on UCLA writing classes, CLICK HERE.

Speaking of writing, that's what I have been doing this week. Well revising, really. It's time for the line-edits . That's where your editors, in my case that would be Arthur Levine and Cheryl Klein . . .

. . . take your final draft and go through it line by line with comments/suggestions/changes. It's so weird, because when I start a book it looks like this . . .
Those are little scraps of paper where I write down stuff that smacks me in the head or that I find amusing. Then I stick the notes into giant binder clips. (Note: some authors may use a different method to cull ideas.)

From there, somehow, it morphs into a book. And then, when it comes time for line-edits, it sometimes looks like this . . .

Yes, from low-tech to high-tech. The colors on the screen are notes that I can accept/decline/change all with one click of the mouse. (I can remember when using an IBM Selectric was sooooo revolutionary!)

Oh! Before I forget, Lemony Snicket and Moi and Them Others will all be at the Montclair Kimberley Academy next week for their amazing book fair! BTW, James Patterson has appeared at the school and so has My Sorta Friend J.K. Rowling. Here's Son meeting J.K. Rowling, although it was on the West Coast, not East . . .

Soon, I'll also be in New York meeting with those fantabulous Scholastic Sales and Marketing folks and hanging out with my editors, my agent, and author pals, plus getting lost on the subway.

Stay tuned! The next blog will reveal the winners of the 174th-ish Bodacious Book Title Contest!!!!

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