Has it suddenly become “cool” to NaNo in a way that it wasn’t in previous years? Has Water for Elephants (originally a NaNo novel) lent credibility, or is it the rise (and many success stories) in self-publishing? I’m not sure, but NaNoWriMo is nothing if not an unabashed celebration of The Writer. It’s a month of camaraderie, heady rough drafting, and caffeinated storytelling – and I’m loving it.
NaNo detractors bemoan the unedited mess that comes out of NaNo, complaining that so much dreck lands in agents’ slush piles or self-published within moments of completion. But every writer starts with a blank page and an idea (and sometimes not much more). It’s not how a story starts that matters, but how it finishes. And far, far more writers are guilty of not finishing than are of finishing too quickly. I think the complaints about NaNo have always been overstated, but this year I sense these complaints are even more muted.
I wonder why? If you have a theory, leave it in the comments. 🙂
Whatever this moment is, I’m enjoying being part of it, joining NaNo again this year as I draft Closed Hearts. I’m finally making some solid progress (that first week was a little slow since I was, yanno, launching a novel). It feels really good to be writing in earnest again.
Meanwhile, the Open Minds Blog Tour Rolls on with more reviews, interviews, guest posts, and giveaways …
MONDAY, November 14th
Just what I like to hear! Thanks, Stacey! 🙂
In High Spirits
Awesome author and fellow Tesla devotee, Dianne Salerni (check out that Faraday Cage in the picture!!), is interviewing me today on her blog In High Spirits – in which I haul out notes scribbled during NaNoWriMo two years ago, when Open Minds was just getting started.
Joanne at The Fairytale Nerd is also interviewing me today, in which I
talk about weird repeat words and my love of Green Day. And she’s hosting an e-book giveaway!
TUESDAY, November 15th
There’s A Book
Danielle at There’s A Book posted her review of Open Minds today.
“In a growing pool of young adult fiction Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn stands out as a novel with a fantastic premise, excellent characters and an incredibly well executed plot.”
And I’m quoting her twice, because I love this review so much:
“As many of my readers know, I don’t read many self-published books primarily because I find the stories underdeveloped and poorly edited. To be honest I’m completely shocked Quinn’s Mindjacker series hasn’t been picked up by a major publisher, because it certainly doesn’t fall into either of my dis-qualifiers. This is a novel that’s been extremely well thought out, written beautifully, and it’s obviously been edited professionally.”
Thank you, Danielle!
There’s a Book is hosting a giveaway of an e-book copy (US/International) of Open Minds with the coolest giveaway form I’ve seen. Seriously. 🙂
Danielle also recently did a great post with Anne R. Allen about the ins and outs of querying book bloggers: The New Gatekeepers. Check it out!
Summary of Giveaways this week (lots of chances to win!):
Scribblers’ Cove Two E-Book Giveaway, open until 11/30
Random Thoughts Bookmark and Paper/E-Book Giveaway, open until 11/17
The Reading Housewives of Indiana E-Book Giveaway, open until 11/18
Book Lovers Inc. E-Book Giveaway, open until 11/19
Buried in Books E-Book Giveaway, open until 11/15
Mel’s Random Reviews E-book Giveaway, open until 11/18
There’s a Book, Ebook Giveaway, open until 11/30 Coolest. Giveaway. Form. Ever.
The Fairy Tale Nerd, E-book Giveaway