Brain Boggle de Jour
What exactly is a quiet book? Robin and I have been chatting this up big-time in recent weeks, and had a really fascinating discussion with our writer's group on Friday.
What makes a book quiet and what makes a book commercial? Are those two things always mutually exclusive? Is it something that authors can even control? Is it voice that drives commercial success? Is it story? Might it be what the film industry, and now publishing, refer to as "high concept?" Is it the degree in which your publisher's marketing team gets behind you? Can the right promotional campaign take a quiet book and lead it to more commercial success? As you can see, I'm still struggling in my mind with the definition. Does quiet = less sales? And commercial = cha-ching? We would love to hear what you think!
I'm calling a Milestone Monday right now! Between our weeks devoted to indie bookstores, then our month on Twitter, and our change to once-per-week posting, we miss hearing from you! What's the haps? Please post a comment telling us about something you've accomplished lately that you're excited about. Finish drafting/writing something? Sell something? Get a good review? An agent? A super-friendly rejection letter? Do let us know! As always, if you post in our MM celebration, you are automatically entered into our drawing for a prize!
Lastly But Not Leastly
It has come to my attention that my long-standing date to Not-Attend the SCBWI Annual Ball can't accompany me (shrieking here)! Rest assured Robin will be at the LA National Conference in August, but she has a scheduling conflict that won't allow her to Not-Attend this year's Blue Moon Ball with me. I don't have date! And I desperately need one--it's tradition! But not just anyone, I need an especially stealthy date that can skulk away with me, artfully dodging all the super-excited Blue People in tall, wide, sparkly, shiny, pokey costumes. If they find out you're not attending, they get super bummed out and want to make you change your mind. They get the very same face that I'm sure they look at pound puppies with, god love them. They try very hard to get you to come, and will even offer you their extra boas, leis, or body paint. It really is best to keep the lowest profile possible that night. As you can see, I have a lot of experience in the Not-Attending business.
And may I say that the SCBWI team does such a FABULOUS job of putting this event on ... it seems to get grander each year! Least from my view as I creep around the edges to get back to my room. I would attend if only I could find my Invisibility Cloak and Supersonic Earplugs so that I could float around and ogle the outfits and fanfare. Not-Attending is absolutely not a dish or boycott of the ball in any way at ALL! It truly is a highlight for so many people. I'm glad they do it for all the excitement and joy it creates. Now if they ever hold a Silent Ball where there are fabulous desserts, no talking, a reading competition, and blindfolded dancing-- I want to order my tickets NOW.
Until then, I'll keep my tradition of sneaking away to the movies and/or the quietest restaurant possible. Because even after just two days of Nationals, my skin starts turning itself inside out and I need to get away from the masses, if only for a couple of hours. I become in desperate need of psycho-spiritual dialysis.
If YOU would like to be my date to Not-Attend the Blue Moon Ball at Nationals, please email me here at www.match4violet.com or leave a comment telling me why you'd be the Perfect (platonic) Date. Robin and I will announce the selectee next week! If you are chosen to be my date, you will be my guest at the movies. Snacks included! I'm a pretty fun date (right, Robin?), love to laugh, and hardly ever talk during the movie.
Hope you all are having a marvelous summer, full of adventure and renewal--