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I'm the author of SKYLARK and THESE BROKEN STARS, among other young adult novels. Gamer, Star Trek fan, and lifelong Browncoat. Learn more here.
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I get questions on almost a daily basis about how people can get one of these 18”x24” posters for These Broken Stars. They aren’t for sale anywhere and due to the cost of shipping a poster, I cannot give them out as part of my write-to-me-I’ll-write-back offer. I do sometimes send them (at random) to fans I see online being particularly dedicated to telling their friends about the book, or sharing their enthusiasm, but that’s sporadic and… well, random. It’s whenever I have the time (and money) to locate those fans and prepare packages.

Originally, these posters were part of a pre-order campaign where if you ordered a signed copy of TBS from my local bookstore you’d also receive an autographed poster—they are meant to be rewards for our most dedicated readers!

(And yes, hyperionteens are planning another such campaign for This Shattered World. Watch this space for details.)

Right now the only way to get one of these posters is to come to a real live in-person event (my next one is next week, at Malaprops in Asheville, NC) at which I usually give away a couple to fans, OR to win one in a contest.

Like… say… THIS ONE, which ends tonight! Go, go!

I wrote a book. It sucked. I wrote nine more books. They sucked, too. Meanwhile, I read every single thing I could find on publishing and writing, went to conferences, joined professional organizations, hooked up with fellow writers in critique groups, and didn’t give up. Then I wrote one more book.
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meaganspooner:

Years ago, when I first started blogging about writing and my hopes of one day getting published, I ran my first book giveaway to celebrate my birthday. Now, July 5th is the day I set aside to thank you guys for reading my books, for listening to me ramble on Twitter and Tumblr, and for just generally being awesome, book-loving, YA-reading rockstars. You guys are the best birthday present a girl could ask for.

To celebrate I’m giving away ALL of my books, including an early ARC of This Shattered World, plus swag, across five different winners, open internationally*. I’ll be drawing one of the four basic prize winners each Saturday leading up to the final grand prize drawing from the entire pool of entrants on July 31. The first drawing is TONIGHT, so jump on it sooner rather than later!

FOUR BASIC PRIZES: Your choice of any one of the above books signed and personalized, plus signed swag. (ARC of This Shattered World, poster, and custom These Broken Stars necklace are only available for the grand prize.)

ONE GRAND PRIZE: EVERYTHING pictured above! All signed/personalized however you want them. 

HOW TO ENTER:

  • Newsletter (+5): Enter by subscribing to the newsletter I share with amiekaufman. Each entry here is worth five points in the drawings. (If you already subscribe, you’ve already automatically got these points in the drawing!)
  • Twitter (+1): Retweet this tweet. (Can do this once a day for more points!)
  • Tumblr (+1): Reblog this post. (Can do this once a day for more points!) 

See below for contest fine print and basic contest policy/rules.

This is your LAST chance to enter! The grand prize drawing is TONIGHT, so be sure to do all your final reblogging and retweeting (and newsletter entering, if you’re just seeing this for the first time) before 9pm EST! 

This whole month has been a blast, and I’m so excited to see the entries in this contest from readers all over the world. It makes me excited already for next year… I’m going to have to start planning now for ways to top this one! <3

Dear Tumblr hivemind: Is there a way to view only the activities that involve actual interactions? My activity tab is basically a huge block of “so and so has reblogged/liked your post” with the occasional response and/or direct tagging here and there, and it takes forever to wade through all the others to find the ones where people are saying things in response/to me. I’d like to be able to keep track of those more easily so I can answer folks and respond when they tag me and all that fun stuff! And seems like there should be a really easy built-in way to do that, but I don’t see it. Anyone know what I’m missing here?

When I saw this movie in theaters back in high school I just started crying halfway through it, and kept up this sort of low-intensity background sobbing the whole rest of the film. Not because it was sad, though. It was more because it was so very beautiful that my brain just sort of shorted out—incapable of containing that much beautiful all in one place, my mind had to let it out by any means necessary. 

When I saw this movie in theaters back in high school I just started crying halfway through it, and kept up this sort of low-intensity background sobbing the whole rest of the film. Not because it was sad, though. It was more because it was so very beautiful that my brain just sort of shorted out—incapable of containing that much beautiful all in one place, my mind had to let it out by any means necessary. 

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  • Men: If Orange is the New Black is so good with representation, why are all the men horrible?
  • Women: They're not all horrible. Bennett's nice. What more do you want?
  • Men: But he's clueless and irresponsible! And that's just ONE guy! How can you give me ONE decent male character in a slew of diverse female characters and call THAT representation?
  • Women:
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Asker Anonymous Asks:
I like your books and don't take this the wrong way, but I think you should take a class for romance writers. I found myself torn between Linden and Gabriel and Rhine didn't seem very warm to either of them, even at the end. Not that the ending wasn't happy but it wasn't very satisfying romantically.
meaganspooner meaganspooner Said:

laurendestefano:

Thanks for the tip. It’s really a shame that there isn’t a class that can teach people that just because I’m a female and I write stories does not mean I’m a romance author.

From the start, Rhine’s mission was to regain her freedom. If she was in love with anything, it was that. Love is a thing that happens in her story. A thing. Not THE thing.

bethrevis:

bethrevis:

Remember those AMAZING portraits of Amy and Elder that Christine Tyler did for the Across the Universe series? I got her to make portraits of the main characters of my next book, The Body Electric, Jack and Ella!

As with the first two portraits, there is a TON of symbolism in these two. Bees and fireflies; trees and waves; torn flags and broken strings; colors and clothing. Seriously: nearly every aspect of these two illustrations holds a very important piece of symbolism relevant to the story. 

Here’s your mission—and a chance to win a complete signed trilogy of my first three books, plus a signed and numbered, limited edition of my new book, The Body Electricplus art cards with these illustrations printed on them! 

  • Examine the portraits of Jack and Ella closely—you can click on them to embiggen.
  • Reblog, tweet, and/or FB with a link describing what you think one thing in the illustration may symbolize. Example: ”I think the knife in Jack’s boot means he’s a soldier!” (If you FB or tweet, make sure you tag me so I see it.)

I will randomly select one winner to receive four signed books. All entries must be posted by midnight on August 1, 2014. Contest open internationally; if you’re younger than 18 years old, you need your parent/guardian’s permission to enter and receive a prize. Prize will be mailed when The Body Electric releases this fall. 

Winner will be announced in my newsletter, along with a cover reveal of The Body Electric and a full description of what each of the symbols in the illustrations actually mean. You can subscribe and see it all delivered in your email inbox!

Get entering! Let me know your guesses of what you think the symbolism in The Body Electric could be & win FOUR SIGNED BOOKS!

Signal boost! And friendly reminder that you need to reblog with your guesses about the pics for it to count! 

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lifeonthemidlist:

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Actually this is basically me any time I open my mouth. >_>

And here, the biggest lesson of them all, and a summation of all the problems.

You are in the way of your story.

Hard truth: writing is actually not that important.

Writing is a mechanism.

It’s an inelegant middleman to what we do. It’s a shame, in some ways, that we even call ourselves writers, because it describes only the mechanical act of what we do. It’s a vital mechanism, sure, but by describing it as the prominent thing, it tends to suggest, well, prominence.

But our writing must serve story.

Story does not serve writing.

This is cart-before-horse stuff, but important to realize.

Listen, in what we do there exist three essential participants.

We have:

The tale, the teller of the tale, and the listener of the tale.

Story. Author. And audience.

That’s it.

You are two-thirds of that equation. You are the story (or, by proxy, its architect) and the teller of the story. The telling of the story is most often done through writing — through that mechanical act, and because it’s the act you can sit and watch, it’s the one that is used to describe our role. I AM WRITER, you say, and so you focus so much on the actual writing you forget that there’s this other invisible — but altogether more critical — part, which is what you’re writing.

So, what happens is, early on, you put so much on the page. You write and write and write and use too many words and too much exposition and big meaty paragraphs and at the end all it serves to do is create distance between the tale and the listener of the tale.

It keeps the audience at arm’s length.

Quit that shit.

Bring the audience into the story. This is at the heart of show, don’t tell — which is a rule that can and should be broken at times, but at its core remains a reasonable notion: don’t talk at, don’t preach, don’t lecture, don’t fill their time with unnecessary wordsmithy.

Get. To. The. Point.