How authors party


One of the fun things about being an author is getting to hang out with other authors and cool book people. Last week eight Arizona authors put on an author appreciation open house–which sounds like we were appreciating ourselves, but really we were appreciating all of the many awesome teachers, librarians, and booksellers who do so much for reading. We lured them to Lisa McMann’s house with promises of books and free food.

Here’s another cool thing about being an author. You can have a blow-up of Captain Underpants sitting on your table and nobody thinks it’s strange.

Here is a picture of James Owen and the chalk masterpiece he whipped up for the evening. Seriously, it only took him a few minutes to draw these dragons. Which seriously baffles my not-able-to-draw mind.

Many thanks to Janni Lee Simner, Amy Dominy, Aprilynne Pike, Lisa McMann, Bill Konigsberg, Tom Leveen, and James Owen for a great time!

The Wisdom of Authors

I love hanging out with other writers. It feels so validating. (I’m not crazy, I’m just a writer.) YallaPalooza was lots of fun because I got to meet old friends and new authors–and I also picked up some great quotes I thought I’d pass along to the rest of you who may be inflicted with a writing addiction.

“Every revision, you have to make the guy hotter.”–Angela Morrison

“The first two chapters of any first draft generally need to be cut.”–Aprilynne Pike

“I’ve worked out a Ninja Replacement Score for novels. It’s basically the number of characters that need to be replaced by ninjas to make the book good.”–Janni Lee Simner (I did not ask her what my score was.)

And last but not least on the subject of being an author, Carol Snow said, “It beats having a real job.”So true, so true.

Here’s a picture of me, Janni and Aprilynne–the fairy girls.

YAllapalooza 2010!

You know how every once in awhile I do an event and then I beg followers to show up so I don’t look like a loser? Well, I’m not doing that this time, because I know this event is so cool you’ll all willing want to go without me begging. Look at all of the awesome authors that will be converging on Changing Hands next Saturday. (And yes, authors do indeed converge, just like SWAT teams.)

Tween & Teen Event – Yallapalooza!
Start: January 9, 2010 – 4:00pm -7:00

Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr
Tempe, Arizona 85283

Changing Hands Bookstore and Hoodlums Music and Movies present YAllapalooza 2010, a literary musical extravaganza featuring live bands, pizza, games, prizes, and a chance to mix and mingle with your favorite YA authors and get books signed! We’ll have a live game show that tests contestants’ knowledge of young adult and middle grade literature with games GUARANTEED to amaze and amuse.

Los Angeles authors include Cecil Castellucci, Carol Snow, Blake Nelson, Andrew Smith, Mark London Williams, and Amy Goldman Koss.

Arizona authors include Janette Rallison, James A. Owen, Angela Morrison, Janni Lee Simner, Tom Leveen, Tony Carrillo, Aprilynne Pike, and Jon Lewis. Bands to be announced.

Also, those of you who went to Project Book Babe last April will want to read the Book Babe’s thank you to the many people who supported her during her cancer treatment. The news is good and she’s done with treatment! Yay Faith!

Here is a link to her blog:

projectbookbabe.com/faith