I got an e-mail from a school librarian yesterday (or maybe it was the day before; I don't seem to have control over time these days) asking if I do school visits. She mentioned that neither Random House nor Scholastic provided this information. Since I'm not exactly the biggest fish in either the Random House or Scholastic Oceans, I'm not surprised, but the librarian also pointed out I didn't mention it on my blog.
I am definitely the biggest fish in the http://www.susanbethpfeffer.blogspot.com/ ocean, so I have now slipped a tiny little thing on the ever more crowded right side of the blog.
See how open to constructive criticism I am!
Meanwhile, over on the right side of the blog, there's been another state added to the list of young reader award nominations. Yes, you're right, it's Tennessee. I'm pretty sure Life As We Knew It is nominated there; at least that was what Google hinted.
June 10 was the official publication date of the audio book of the dead and the gone. I haven't gotten my copies yet, but rumor has it they do exist. I'm told they won't be sold retail, but schools and librarians can buy them, and I would assume they're available for downloads somewhere or another. I actually Yahooed my way into a library that had a sample, and got to hear the first page or so. Alex and Greg Dunlap of Apt. 12B were discussing where Alex wanted to go to college when the sound drifted off.
I've been trying for the past three days to get the time and energy to start writing the beginning of The World We Live In, to show Harcourt. I've worked out the plot problems I had in the outline (not that I've done the rewriting of the outline, but at least I know how I intend to rewrite it), and I know pretty much how the first couple of chapters should go, but time and I have not been bosom buddies lately.
On a far jollier note, this is DeepDiscount's semi-annual 20% off on their dvds sale time (until June 22), and whenever I have a chance, I go over there and try to figure out just how many dvds I can buy and stay on some kind of budget. I love Deep Discount, which used to be Deep Discount DVD but changed its name simply because it sells things besides dvds. To me, it'll always be Deep Discount DVD, which I find more euphonious. Here's the link if you're interested: http://www.deepdiscount.com/
To get the discount, you type in Supersale when it asks for the special promo word.
I'm still eating nothing but bagels. My friend Christy called this afternoon and apologized for making me buy so many. I've been clipping many wholesome and nutritious recipes from newspapers and magazines, but I have to finish the bagels to have room enough in my freezer for all that wholesome and nutritious food that I intend to prepare while I'm waiting for Harcourt to tell me if they're accepting my book which I have yet to write a page of, so I still have time to eat nothing but bagels.
I bought some cream cheese today to further the process.
Okay. I'm off to look some more at the under ten dollar category at Deep Discount. Then I'll have a bagel for supper, and just maybe start writing my book.