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In Lieu of a Chapter

I have to admit that I have not written chapter seven yet, though I fully intend to.  I want to get it down soon, but unfortunately this weekend is not looking like it’s going to be a good one for writing.  See, tonight I work.  Then tomorrow I work a double shift.  And, you guessed it, Sunday I’m working a double shift.

Waitressing is serious business.

That being said, I’m going to hint at something I’ve put into the works.

It’s essentially the second stupidest thing I’ve ever done, since first prize for stupidity still goes to this thing right here.  But it all stemmed from me sitting home alone, wondering, waiting, reading rejection emails, and then waiting again.

I can’t sit by and take a passive position in this publishing process anymore.  It feels so weird.  Like…I wrote the book, and now whatever happens next with it is completely out of my hands?

I don’t think so.

So I developed a stupid plan.  And part of that plan involves sharing the first few pages of the most recent version of Hellbound.  With my agent’s blessing of course.  I will be sharing it here, and I will be sharing it with friends, family, and coworkers.  And finally, hopefully, I will be sharing it with complete strangers in a public setting.  Not sure how yet, but I’m gonna figure it out.

Finally, if people read and like the excerpt, I am going to be offering them the chance to sign off on it, so to speak.  I have ordered some little cards that simply say, “I support Hellbound by Rebecca Leviton.”  I will be collecting signed cards like signatures for a petition, only not that.

The cards will be arriving in about a week, so I’m going to be posting that excerpt of Hellbound soon, as well as more information about the cards.  If this seems intriguing to you, as I hope it does, then keep an eye out.  Like I said, it’s probably a stupid idea, but it’s better than sitting around waiting for other people to decide my fate.

Until such time as the cards arrive (and after they arrive, too), I will still be trying to post chapters of this new book, but first I gotta survive this weekend.

That is all!

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An Open Blog Post for Editors

I had dinner with an author a few weeks ago.  I will not reveal the identity of this author, for the sake of his/her privacy, but it definitely happened.  And she/he told me stories about people who struggled for ten years before they got published.  This puts my own one-year struggle into perspective, naturally, but I can’t stop myself from having just a tiny pity party.  Lots and lots of rejection is hard to take.  As such, I decided to write a little pick-me-up blog post.  It’s a list of reasons why I think editors should pick up my book and run with it.  No editor will ever read it, but I don’t care, because I am writing this for the purpose of boosting my own morale, not actually convincing editors of anything.

1. I am my competitors’ biggest fan – Part of being a good writer is knowing what makes a good book.  And I know what makes a good book because I have read good books.  John Green, Tamora Pierce, Melissa Marr, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Ned Vizzini.  I love them.  They are the people who make publishing my book that much harder and they are the people who have inspired the very best ideas that I have put to paper.  I read the books I’m trying to write, and I write the books I’d like to read.

2. My books are both similar and different – They are similar enough to what’s already been published to guarantee a sizable market, while remaining different enough from everyone else’s stuff to stand alone and be memorable.

3. I will do whatever it takes to promote myself – If you tell me that I need to visit fifty states in fifty-two days to do book signings and readings, I will respond with, “Get me a half a jar of peanut butter and an IV drip of caffeine and we’ll be all set.”  I want to do this.  I would legitimately enjoy it.  Nothing is too much when it comes to promoting my books and myself as an author.

Sleep Deprived

4. I am in my early twenties – At the moment, I am no more than nine or ten years older than the youngest person in my target demographic.  Even better, I am the same age as many of the people who are in my target demographic.  Even better again, I wrote most of my books when I was even younger than I am now.  I think you can see where I’m going with this.  Also, not to use my competitors’ age against them, but I have a lot of life left in me.  A lot more books to pump out before my inevitable psychological breakdown at age sixty-three.

Haunting Words


5. I have a lot of books in me – I have written tons of books already.  Like at least six.  Two of them are even good.  A third is good enough to merit a second rewrite in as many years.  That is how much I care for that story.  I care for all my stories, but mainly just the good ones.  Some of the books I wrote or attempted to write were, let’s face it, terrible.  But isn’t that something?  That I can identify when my own writing isn’t up to snuff?

6. I do more than write – You don’t have to read my whole blog from start to finish.  In fact, please don’t (my first few posts were really dumb).  But if you just flip through the last twenty posts or so you will notice some things.  I draw, I cartoon, and I animate.  I make little glass things that don’t sell because I only have a couple dozen Facebook friends.  I also blog, which is definitely different from writing novels.  I have no idea what this means except that I’m multifaceted, I guess.  Who knows when you’ll need a blogging/cartooning/animating/flameworking author in your repertoire?  It might come in handy.

Just look at how cute Mini Bex is!

Selling Point

Alright I’m done.  Sorry about that self-serving ego-fest.

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A Webcast for All Interested Parties

Ugh I just cannot get this book written.  It’s the intro that seems to be baffling me the most, so I think I’m going to try just…writing.  Without worrying so much about crafting the perfect introduction.  I can always come back and tweak the beginning later.

But this post isn’t about my quest to rewrite The Dreamcatchers.  It’s about a webcast that I…watched?  Listened to?  Both?  Whatever.  A couple weeks ago, at my agent’s suggestion, I tuned in (that’s a good way to put it) to a webcast on Publishers Weekly’s website.  It was called “The Next Generation of YA Stars” and it was quite interesting and informative.  Because I found it a useful tool, I thought I’d share it here.  If you are interested in being a YA writer, or any kind of writing in general, or you are just a fan of the genre, then you should definitely click these words.  That link will take you to the webcast so you can tune in yourself.  Maybe you’ll learn something new!

If you’re interested in taking a look at any of the other webcasts they’ve done or are planning on doing, go ahead and click here.  That link will take you to their webcast page.  A link to the one I watched can also be found there, in case the first link I gave you doesn’t work for some reason.

That’s all I’ve got to say for right now.  Just thought I’d share the webcast love.

Unfortunately, there is no comic today, and I don’t know when there will be one again.  As some of you may know, I have some pretty terrible luck with computers.  And mine is going crazy.  So until I can get it fixed or replaced, I’m gonna try to avoid using my tablet.  I don’t think my computer can handle that kind of thing right now.  Sorry.

Computer Not Feeling Well

Word of the Day: Hiatus (n) – a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.

P.S. I have gone the shameless route and added a Donate button to my sidebar.  It’s just a tip jar, really.  Finding work is hard right now, and I am far from getting published, so money is tight.  And apparently I might be needing a new computer soon.  If you could find it in the goodness of your heart to throw a couple bucks my way, I’d be really grateful.  But since it sucks to give something for nothing, I will try to make it worth your while.  How about a picture of Mini Bex in my next post thanking you and providing a link to your blog (if you have one) for my readers to click on?  That could work right?  I’ll do that.

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