Posted on January 27th, 2010 by annakjarzab
Guess what I got today? You’ll never guess, so I’ll tell you: my author copies! Tons and tons of copies of All Unquiet Things for me to do with what I like. Of course, some of those are reserved for VIPs, like the adviser who helped me turn AUT into the book you can read today (Nic Pizzolatto, he’s brilliant, read his book of short stories, Between Here and the Yellow Sea, and then preorder his novel, Galveston, which comes out in June), and others, but some of them are for you guys! Because you know I love you.
I’ve been working hard at my day job and on my second book at night, so I can’t make this too complicated or else my brain will explode and then you’ll get no more books from me. Because of that, if you just leave a comment here on this post you’ll be entered to win. One entry per commenter (not per comment), but if you’d like to leave a few that’s great, too. I’ll run this contest for two weeks, so it will end at midnight on February 9th. Go forth and comment!
Two other, sort of business-y things: would you like me to set up a spoiler thread for people to discuss what happened in the book? I’d be happy to do that, I just didn’t know if people would use it or not, but if you think you’ll use it I will totally make one and we can chat openly about the book with the knowledge that we’ve all read it (or don’t mind being spoiled; some people don’t, I don’t mind at all). That’d certainly be something to comment on, if you’ve read it (or if you haven’t, whatever).
The other thing is that, in tandem with the spoiler thread idea, my wonderful web guy and friend, Eric, is going to create a special piece of hidden content (NOTE IF YOU’RE NEW: There’s some hidden content on the site, and you won’t know what it is until you find it, and I won’t tell you how to find it but it’s sort of easy, just give it the old college try) exclusively for people who have read All Unquiet Things. I’ll let you know when that’s up so you don’t have to go fishing around the site every day looking for it and coming up empty, but it’s coming, just FYI.
This is my first contest for AUT, but it won’t be the last, so if you don’t win this time around, rest assured that you will get another try later. Also, you can enter a contest to win AUT at Teen Reads, and at the Frenetic Reader. So much AUT in the world right now! Go forth and enter. (If you’re giving away a copy of AUT and I haven’t posted about it and you would like me to, email me a reminder and I’d be happy to do it.)
Also, if you were wondering how my dentist appointment went today, I have no cavities! I win this round, teeth.
Posted on June 5th, 2009 by annakjarzab
1. Joanna and I both posted yesterday on our A-Team blog: J on BEA, and me on what I’ve been doing while I’ve been waiting for book stuff to happen–namely, figuring out how I’m going to do my book trailer. We’re working on a way to auto feed those posts into this blog’s sidebar (or something, E and I are still hammering out details), so soon you won’t need me to tell you every time a new post goes up, but I’ll keep doing that for the time being. If you have anything you’d like us to talk about on there, BTW, just hit me up!
2. Also, on the hidden content: I’ve been getting a lot of great feedback from people who’ve found and liked the HC! I’m so glad you guys think it’s cool. I plan to do more of it (I’ve got a nice collection of things to post), but gradually, so I don’t flood the site with it all at once. Just in case, I feel I should point out that eventually all the dolls on the site will be optimized, not just the “hidden” ones on inside pages, and some of them already are. Hint hint.
3. That said, something else just went up. A little thing.
4. Oh, and Dia Reeves, one of my fellow Tenners and author of Bleeding Violet (January 5, 2010 y’all!), created a Listmania! of Tenners books on Amazon (the ones that are up; more will be added as they go up for preorder). There are so many awesome books I’m looking forward to reading, I really can’t wait for 2010 to roll around.
5. The word on the street is that AUT ARCs are coming next week! Of course I’ll be out of town, because the universe is totes on my side, and I don’t yet know how many I’m getting, but I know what I’ll be doing with them: giving them away right here on this site! Okay, not all of them. But some of them! And some of them I’ll be giving away on other sites! I have a very organized plan for this (I have no plan, but I believe one will come to me).
Posted on June 3rd, 2009 by annakjarzab
I know it’s been a while since new hidden content went up, but that’s because poor Eric was slaving away on this particular tidbit for a while. It’s up now, though! Go exploring and let me know what you think.
Posted on April 29th, 2009 by annakjarzab
Last night was weird. I got some good news yesterday afternoon (hopefully I’ll be able to tell you about it soon), and I spent most of the night trying to call my family and tell them about it, but nobody answered their damn phones! I thought they were talking to each other, but apparently they were all out.
So I was alone in my apartment and not getting a hold of anyone, and for some reason I thought it’d be a good time to log into my Mint profile and rearrange my budget (I was “using”–and by “using” of course I mean ignoring–the default one) because I’d really like to get an iPhone, if I can swing it financially. I’m trying really hard to live exclusively off of my salary and not supplement too much with book money, but I want to get an iPhone because I want access to my email and the Internet and Evernote and all the cool things that make it easier for me to be a writer, business-wise and creativity-wise, so I think it’s a solid career investment. This is not me rationalizing a fancy, trendy purchase! (Okay, maybe it is, but it doesn’t make the rationalization invalid.)
And then I was going a little nuts because my bedroom is so small and cramped and I’m sick of having to do all my work in a 9×10 closet and I need more space and I read Full of Snark every day and she just bought an apartment and I was all, “How can I swing buying an apartment?” LOL because I live in NEW YORK! Where everything is so stupid expensive you could cry. And I’d want to stay on the Upper West Side, which, while not the most expensive place to buy in the city, is certainly mostly out of my price range–if I even have a price range, which I don’t know because I don’t know how much money you need to sensibly purchase a home, even in this economy, in this city and whatnot. After lots of frantic Googling, I decided to just make it a goal to work up to buying an apartment in a couple of years and leave it at that, because calm down, girl, you can not afford to buy an apartment.
Anyway, it’s completely amazing that I was able to get anything productive done yesterday evening, but I was. I wrote over 1,000 words in GR, otherwise known as Book 3, which is about four pages. Already I’m deviating from my synopsis (which is of course nowhere near done; I’ve been jumping the gun and writing the stuff I already have planned because I’m so excited for this book I couldn’t wait to get started). Well, not necessarily deviating, but getting a little exploratory in my new domain. It’s so nice to be writing again.
My roommate was out of town on business yesterday, and when she got home we chatted for a while. It turns out that she’s been reading my book bit by bit and hadn’t told me, not wanting to say anything until she finished, but then she told me anyway so whoops. She said she thought she knew who did it but didn’t want to say anything to me because she’d be able to read my reaction (I’m the worst bluffer), so I had her email me her guess before I went to bed. I’m excited for her to find out whether or not she was right.
By the way, there’s some hidden content live on the site now. Happy hunting!
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Posted on April 15th, 2009 by annakjarzab
Yesterday I went over to Random House after work to visit with my editor and pick up the copy edited manuscript of AUT.
Sorry my bed is unmade. It just seems like so much work to make it (especially with it shoved up against a wall) just to leave the house for ten hours and then mess it back up again when I go to bed.
You can’t tell, but the manuscript has been reformatted into a Courier typeface (or whatever they call it when it looks like it was written on a typewriter) and fun, real-book-like things have been inserted, like a copyright page and a page reading “dedication tk”. I’m a ho-fessional writer now, you guys! There are all kinds of multi-colored markings and queries on the pages and comments on the Post-Its you see there. I’m not exactly sure how it works yet (like, if my editor put a possible solution to a copy editor’s query on a yellow Post-It and I agree with that suggestion, do I just leave it or do I put my own Post-It declaring my agreement?), but I’ll probably figure it out. If I’m unclear about how to do it, I’ll just plaster the margins with little yellow Post-Its of my own. Problem=solved.
In the short letter she wrote me explaining some things, my editor included the text of an email she’d received from the copy editor. It says that she woke up thinking about my book and had a sudden objection to something in the text. First of all, I wasn’t surprised, because this was something I’d contemplated cutting for a few rounds of revisions now and each time I decided not to even though I should’ve followed my gut and gotten rid of it (or at least changed it to be less specific, read: dated) a long time ago. So that was funny, and it will probably get completely excised. Secondly, I love the fact that it woke her up. I’m so lucky to have everybody at Delacorte invested and on board with All Unquiet Things, and I truly appreciate it. Sometimes I think I may have written a good book after all. 🙂
Okay, anyway. I haven’t actually started on my copy edits yet, so I can’t really tell you what that’s like, but I have been doing stuff. My editor mentioned that she was looking around for photographs of bridges that coincided with the way she saw the bridge in AUT and couldn’t find anything, so I promised to see what I could dig up. I came up with the concept of the bridge after seeing a photo on Getty Images about five years ago, but I’d lost it since then because of switching computers and wanted to see if I could find it. Lo and behold, I totally did.
Obviously without the children, though, and Empire Creek is much deeper than this one here (i.e. you could jump into it from the bridge and not break your legs; I doubt that’s possible here). I found a few other images that I’m going to email to her as well. According to this photo’s caption, this bridge is Casselman River Bridge, in Maryland. It has its own state park, which is sort of awesome. I don’t think you can drive over it anymore, though, which is not true of Empire Creek Bridge.
Now, there actually is a bridge in Pleasanton, CA, which is one of the towns I based Empire Valley on. But it is not as picturesque as Casselman River Bridge or Empire Creek Bridge. It looks like this:
There’s even a creek running under it. Take a look:
(These pictures were taken from Google Street View, which is the world’s most amazing yet terrifying invention.)
That bridge also doesn’t have a name, at least not one that I can find, which is sad. It’s also been repainted, I think; I’m pretty sure that it was red the last time I drove over it, which admittedly was a while ago.
One more thing I’ve been doing is preparing HIDDEN! CONTENT! Here’s a sneak peek of that:
That’s the cover of my AUT notebook, several pages of which have now been scanned. It’s actually scary to put the stuff that you scribbled down in your notebook four years ago on the Internet where anybody can see and comment on it. I feel the need to be all “DISCLAIMER: THE PROSE PRESENTED HERE IS HANDWRITTEN AND UNEDITED AND THEREFORE NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE QUALITY OF THE PROSE IN THE FINISHED NOVEL (UNLESS YOU THINK IT’S REALLY GOOD, IN WHICH CASE GET READY TO BE WOWED). PLEASE DO NOT FAIL TO READ ALL UNQUIET THINGS ON THE BASIS OF THESE PAGES GOOD DAY TO YOU AND ENJOY.” Or whatever. Maybe less shouty.
Posted on April 13th, 2009 by annakjarzab
Look at my sweet mint green nails, y’all!
I am offish ready for spring. Now if the weather in New York could only catch up…
Tonight I finally got all the paperwork together to pay my estimated income tax for the first quarter of 2009. To offset the blerg caused by having to write a check for lots of money to the federal, state, and city (YES. WE PAY A CITY INCOME TAX. NEW YORK, I HATE YOU.), I decided to go through my AUT notebook and flag pages for HIDDEN! CONTENT! It’s making me really excited. There’s so much in here that I’d forgotten about and I’m so pumped for you guys to see it.
So far I’ve decided to put up at least three character profiles and two character manifestos, plus two scenes that I like because one of them changed so much in revision (neither my agent nor my editor might even recognize the scene, that’s how old it is) and one of them hasn’t changed much at all. I think the comparison will be interesting, once ARCs start floating around in the universe and people have something to compare them to. Eric has also promised to take a map I scribbled in my notebook and redraw it so that it makes a little bit more sense (and looks nicer; an artist, I am not); I think that’s key, because it might help readers of the book who are a little confused about the geography of the setting (I mean, I’ve tried to explain everything well, but my spacial skills are limited and as a reader I can always do with a map, y’know?). I have an idea for a video as well, although that probably won’t go up until late June.
And then there’s the SUPER SECRET HIDDEN CONTENT. I really want to put up the character manifesto I wrote for the killer, because it helped me finish my revisions immensely and I’m pretty proud of it. It is, of course, chock full of spoilers. It’s pretty much John Q Spoiler from Spoiler Town. So I think what I’m going to do is find a way to make it password protected, with a password only people who’ve read the book (or skipped to the end; I’ve been known to do that, so I forgive it in others) would know, and I won’t even take it live until after All Unquiet Things comes out (January 12, 2010, don’t forget!). And I may not even tell you about it when it does go live, so recall this post!
Squee! There’s so much fun stuff I can’t wait to show you. It’s crazy, because rereading this stuff has made me discover a lot about my own characters that I’d forgotten. Want a sneak peek?
Okay, so it’s backwards (LOL Photo Booth) and impossible to read due to blurriness, but I think you get the idea. And one more thing, because I’m addicted to Photo Booth today (although I did have to go into Photoshop and invert this because of the backwards text thing, which is why everything in the background suddenly seems on the wrong side); I bought this print last week and it came today. I thought it was especially appropriate for a writer. Now I just need to frame it and find some place to put it.
Update: Before I forget, any fans of the AUT playlist who wanted to listen to “Who Will Love Me Now?” can now do so via the link on the playlist page, because I finally uploaded it onto aTunes. And Wikipedia tells me that it is P.J. Harvey. Phew. Glad that’s settled.