Archive for ‘Thoughts on Myriad Things’

September 5th, 2011

Business in a Personal World

by Madeleine Rex

There will be debates over what is or isn’t professional till the end of time, no matter what industry you’re dealing with. The book industry just happens to deal very closely with people’s heart-strings.

I can’t blame an author for feeling upset if they read a negative or critical review of their book. It’s not easy to take criticism, particularly when it comes from a stranger or – even worse – a kid reviewer. I can easily imagine the stream of thoughts that might run through their head: What right does she have to criticize me? She doesn’t know what I was trying to do with that scene. How could she?! She’s a kid! (She is not me. There was a 50/50 option.)

Though it’s reasonable to feel upset, it’s totally inappropriate to voice your opinion or complain to the interwebz while upset. People have ended up in loads of trouble and up to their eyeballs in humiliation. Alex at Electrifying Reviews just posted a letter an author sent him after he wrote a less-than-bubbly review of their book. It’s so terrible it’s almost amusing.

There’s a shady balance between being yourself and exposing yourself. So much of the book industry functions online. This is where readers, writers, authors, publishers, agents, etc. chat and voice opinions. Sure, it’s fun, but let’s never forget that this is an industry – a business – and businesses only run smoothly when people are courteous and mature.

I’ve been lucky enough to avoid this sort of drama. I haven’t had any angry authors emailing me, threatening retribution. However, it’s only a matter of time. We bookish folk are an emotional and loud people, after all.

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of an awkward situation like this? How did you deal with it? More importantly: How do you deal with your own feelings online?

August 28th, 2011

For Those of You Who Have Been Living Under the Same Rock I Have

by Madeleine Rex

THE HUNGER GAMES HAS AN OFFICIAL TEASER TRAILER! And boy, am I excited. March can’t come soon enough. It’ll be the perfect way to start spring break!

Anyway, I have high hopes for this movie. Suzanne Collins is the screenwriter, which bodes well for us fans of the books. Plus, the lead actress has already been nominated for an Oscar. We’re in good hands, people.

Let’s just hope we’re not ordering midnight tickets for another disappointing YA movie…

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Ha. No way is this going to be a disappointment. The odds are in our favor.

July 15th, 2011

Broken News!

by Madeleine Rex

As seems to always be the case lately, I’m a little late to the party. However, I’m so excited by the many wonderful developments this week that I can’t keep myself from sharing them with you!

And I know a few of you are anxiously awaiting the announcement of the winner of my ARC of Kiersten White’s SupernaturallyCongratulations, Kailia Sage! I’m sure you’ll adore it. Treasure it. Treat it well.

Now… on to the other wonderful news!

1. After much anticipation and a slightly unhealthy amount of obsession over the mail (seriously – my mailman’s lucky I wasn’t stalking him), I received my ARC of Catching Jordan (December, 2011) by my friend, Miranda Kenneally. It’s such a fabulous book, which I knew all along, but my love for it has been renewed since I started a reread. Her characters are priceless, folks. Timeless, too. They’re the whole enchilada. If you have not added Catching Jordan to your to-read shelf on Goodreads, go. Now. (Also: I’m in the acknowledgements! Miranda’s a fantastic friend, and I’m so grateful for her.)

2. HARRY POTTER. Need I say more? No? Too bad; I’m going to. I’m so excited! I firmly believe this movie will be epic – it has to be, really, to be deserving of the Harry Potter title. Sadly, I am not going to the midnight showing (I’d be standing outside the theater door right now), but my family and I have tickets for Saturday afternoon. My dear great uncle is here to visit and wants to come along, and he’s 84, so midnight isn’t exactly his ideal movie-watching time. He’s worth the sacrifice.

3. I was late, per usual, to join the hubbub surrounding Tahereh Mafi’s upcoming debut, Shatter Me (November, 2011). It wasn’t until I saw the cover today (and was astonished by it) that I took a look at the synopsis. I am desperate to read it, now! The cover was just revealed, and I was surprised by how much I liked it. I typically disapprove of the overused “girl with pretty dress and conservative colors” theme, but there’s something I can’t quite nail down that stands out about this cover. Maybe it’s the awesome strike-throughs or the killer tagline. Whatever that thing may be, the synopsis only emphasizes this book’s potential, and I can’t wait to read it!

4. Julie Kagawa gave a ground-breaking announcement this week! Seriously folks – she wasn’t aiming to surprise, she was aiming to send her fans into comas (not that I’m trying to insinuate that she’s evil. I’m sure she’s lovely). Not only did she announce a spin-off trilogy to her popular Iron Fey series (staring the Iron Fey protagonist’s little brother years later), but an entirely separate series as well. The new series is a post-apocalyptic vampire series entitled “Blood of Eden,” a title that I think is perfectly classy and intriguing. I’m not sure which one I’m more interested in.

5. Kiersten White, who has to be one of my favorite people, announced the title of the third book in the Paranormalcy series. I think the title, Endlessly, is elegant and perfect for the end of Evie’s journey. There’s even something about it that is more… mature than the titles of the other two books. Evie’s come a long way.

6. I won’t force you to read this because I doubt you really care, but I’m almost done with draft two of The Lemonites! I’m so thrilled to be wrapping up this draft, and I feel like the story has evolved so much. Though there’s tons more to deal with, I feel a lot more confident. I incorporated a few new aspects that I hope will enrich the entire experience that is my beloved WIP. Now let’s just cross our fingers and pray that my critique partners agree…!

I realize I just talked your ear off, and I apologize to those of you I lost. I feel the urge to spend as much time with you as I can. I’ve missed this blog. I’ve missed Twitter. Honestly, my life has become so hectic lately that I’ve doubted whether I could keep Wordbird alive, but as long as I’m still kicking, it will be, too. Thanks so much for the support you’ve given me, whether it be through comments, advice, or simple page views. It blows my mind to think that people out there want to know what I have to say. Particularly when I can’t seem to shut up.

Speaking of which, I’ll leave you be. Enjoy the big, wide world of books!