Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Winner of BoS & and an auction for "marked up" WICKED GAME

The lucky winner of a signed copy of Stephanie Kuehnert's BALLADS OF SUBURBIA is...tetewa! tetewa, please send your mailing address to me at jeri AT jerismithready DOT com in the next week. As always, only I and the author sending the prize will see the address.

Thanks to everyone who commented--now go read this fabulous book! :-)

Remaining open Blogtoberfest contests:

Carrie Jones and an ARC of Captivate
Jennifer Echols and The Ex-Games
PC Cast and Tempted
Jeri Smith-Ready and an ARC of Shade
Rachel Vincent and My Soul to Take or My Soul to Save (winner's choice)

There's a very exciting series of online charity auctions going on now through the end of December at Leave a Mark, and this week's offering is the first in my WVMP series, Wicked Game.

"Leave a Mark" is a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of a book. Authors mark up their books with little tidbits about the scenes, what was on their mind when they wrote it, maybe how it changed from the original version. Think of it as a written "director's commentary."

All the proceeds of Leave a Mark go to First Book, an organization that provides new books to needy children. Kudos to Lauren and Chelsea, the book bloggers who set this up!

In the Wicked Game markup, you can find out things like:

  • which scene I wrote while obsessively listening to the Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me soundtrack
  • which real-life bully the character of Jolene was based on
  • which scene, as originally written, set off my editor's "cheese-o-meter"

Bids will run until Sunday night.

Wicked Game
was drastically reworked between submission and publication, so I might tuck a deleted scene or two into the book. Maybe even the one with Shane and Ciara in a supply closet. *whistles innocently*

Because my handwriting is so bad, the marks will probably be typed on labels stuck to Post-It notes on each page, with page numbers on each note in case they fall out. I'll also throw in an extra, non-marked up copy if you want to read the "theatrical version" first.

Bottom line: you can't get this anywhere else. If you're the least bit interested in how an author writes a book, you should check out these auctions. If you remember what it was like as a kid to have your very own books you could read again and again and again, you should definitely check out these auctions and help a worthy cause.

Now playing: Cake - Open Book
via FoxyTunes

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Congrats tetewa!

Posted by: Blogger Jess (The Cozy Reader) at 11/03/2009 10:23 AM

That's sounds pretty sweet.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 11/03/2009 2:20 PM

Oh, now I've got Twin Peaks music going round in my head. I loved that series!

Posted by: Blogger Sheila Deeth at 11/04/2009 12:10 AM

that does sound very cool
who wouldn't love to have an inside look??
best wishes!

Posted by: Blogger WriterWannaB_NY at 11/04/2009 3:38 AM

Aw, thanks!! I'm so glad you helped out this year (meaning you had the time!!). Come on people, come and bid. Great book, great cause. :)


Posted by: Blogger Shooting Stars Mag at 11/04/2009 9:45 PM

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