I could become a bitter woman very fast.
Or I could write the entry I intended to write this morning, or at least an approximation thereof. I'll give it a try, but growl grump grump grump.
Okay. Big breath. As you can see, I received the Garden State Teen Book Award for Life As We Knew It, and if you look to the right side of the blog, it has been hung up on the Wall Of Ego, where it looks quite striking. I am very pleased it's horizontal.
There are two other important changes over on the right side. The first is a new poll concerning This World We Live In and whether it should have chapters. It is a completely spoiler free statement to say my editor read the manuscript and expressed doubts about whether the book should have chapters. I figured I'd get input from you, so I put the poll up. For those of you who are interested, I wrote a long entry over at thirdmoonbook summarizing my editor's suggestions and my thoughts about those suggestions. My responses would have been a lot crankier if I'd written that entry after finding out about my rent increase and TWoP, so it's all for the best I got it written this morning when life was good. Growl grump.
The other significant change over at the right, and this is purely coincidental, is that I've removed the offer of bookplates for Life As We Knew It and the dead and the gone. I'm down to about 30 of the Always Have Hope plates and about 70 of the Never Lose Faith plates (after giving away close to 1500 of the Always and close to 1000 of the Nevers), and I decided to wait a while before reordering (they come 500 to a roll). I may restock when d&g comes out in paperback (winter 2010) or I may reorder and make a third plate for This World We Live In (still on schedule for spring 2010). I hesitated about removing the offer, kind of hoping I could use them all up in dribs and drabs, but my concern was someone would ask for a large number, and I wouldn't be able to fulfill the request.
The plates were my small way of thanking people for buying my books. I sent them to readers all over the world, and to independent bookstores here and abroad. My UK publisher got a big batch of them as well. Each one was personally signed by me, using a variety of red pens over the past year.
Le sigh. What I save in postage, I guess I'll be paying in rent!