(It's not what you think ... I promise ...)
Good morning, Space Peeps! I hope your weekend was amazing. I'm about to tell you about mine - but first - I'm jumping in early to tell you about an awesome book that will soon be available in March!
17-year-old Becca has spent her whole life protecting her brother - from their father leaving and from the people who say the voices in his head are unnatural. When two strangers appear with apparent answers to Ryland's "problem" and details about a school in Ireland where Ryland will not only fit in, but prosper, Becca is up in arms.
THE HOLDERS is a modern day fantasy about incredible powers and extraordinary people.
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(Doesn't that sound neat-o? Here's more about the author!)
Julianna was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spent the majority of her educational career convinced she would be a musician. However, after receiving her music degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, she realized that she'd been born in the wrong era for her dreams of singing jazz to adoring fans clad in zoot-suits and flapper dresses to come true, and began to wonder if her true calling might be elsewhere.
While Julianna had always excelled in writing throughout school, she'd never considered it a career possibility until about three years ago, when she'd gotten her first story idea and decided to go for it. She grabbed her laptop, started typing away, and has never looked back.
To learn more about Julianna and her books, check out these links!
http://www.juliannascott.com - http://www.theholdersseries.com - Goodreads - The Holders on Goodreads - Twitter -The Holders Facebook Page - Pinterest.
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Before we move on to the next event, Please welcome Michael Ignacio to The Laire (and the Blogosphere)! Thanks for joining our epic crew!
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LTUE 31 - The "I Can't Give It Justice" Recap!
Wow! I've been to some cool conferences before, but wow! LTUE knocked it out of the park this year. Instead of locating the event at a university (as it has traditionally been a symposium), the good folks at the Provo Marriott Hotel let the committee rent out their spaces and, guess what? There was hardly enough room to contain all of the unabashed awesomeness - attendees in the thousands, people!
The Ginormously Massive Book Signing!
I went to the symposium with five books. I left with twenty. That pretty much caps my reading material for the rest of the year (unless ARCs come my way). Because so much went on, I kept forgetting to pull out my camera. Unfortunately, pictures are sparse, but more will filter in. Before I really get into the details, I want to thank all my writing friends who included me in (and stopped to speak to me) at every turn. Unlike other conferences, I never had a chance to sit down, and that was great! Especially this group who filled my evening with laughter and amazing Indian food, so thank you for having me Erin Summerill, Sara B. Larson, Katie Dodge, Ruth Steven Josse, Jessie Humphries, Jacqui Scott, and Jeigh Hardy Meredith!
Tyler Whitesides ... you saved my life, bro!
Another special deal about this year was introducing my co-author, Michael R. Jensen, to everyone. This was his first time at any writing conference, and so I thank you guys for helping me get his feet wet. He really enjoyed it and he's eager to come back next year.
Kinda reminds me of a young Mark Koopmans ...
Now, this trio has made strides on this blog before, because they earn it. Jackson Porter, Matt Hayes, and Jared Peterson are like the League of Shadows ... you turn around and BAM!, they're right there, and their teenacity for writing and creating stories is unmatched, and they even wrote into the early hours of the morning. Watch for it. These guys will be future bestsellers. For inviting me out for burgers and fries, they more than deserve it. Thanks for having me, guys!
These guys know how to party!
I took lots of notes. In the next little while, I'll share the finer details of what I learned at this year's LTUE, but the one think that changed my perspective the most about what it means to be a writer, and an author, is a book is more than a writer's creation. Without the reader, there's no creation. Readers are partners in the creation of a story. It doesn't matter if you are published. It matters if you are read. We have the immortal Tracy Hickman to thank for those words.
Next will be even better. See you next time, at LTUE 32!
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Update: The final submission is away! After a grueling and rewarding three weeks, WOVEN is off to the editors, which leaves me wondering ... what am I going to do next? Ambitious as this may be, I aim to finish UNDEAD before March is over, finish the rewrite of DRAGON before Storymakers, and start on WOVEN 2 (not the actual title) in June, and then we'll have a working draft, hopefully, by December (collaborations take a bit more time). That pretty much covers my writing goals for the rest of the year. Can I do it? We'll see.
Also, I plan on looking to expand my list of conference outings - about one every month for the rest of the year. Updates to come!
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I better end this before you're all tempted to gouge your eyes out. For those of you who went to LTUE, it was a pleasure to see you again. If you couldn't go, I hope that changes next year. Seriously. This may eventually become the West's biggest writing event!
I have plenty of advice columns ready and lined up for the next few Fridays, so stay tuned, keep it real, and write on!
LTUE or not, how did your weekend go? What were your highlights? Did you do anything special for the big V Day? Eat any capers?
I'm David, and I promised you a picture, didn't I? ... PSYCH!
*Kidding ... I'll have it up when I get it - wait for it ...*