Welcome to the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop!
This week, Making the Grade is participating in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop, which is hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer. Here on the blog, we are giving away a copy of LEGEND by Marie Lu to one lucky winner as part of the hop.
This hop ends on Thursday, March 22, 2012, at midnight.
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’ death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
Marie Lu’s personal advice for aspiring authors:
- Be brave. Don’t be afraid to write a bad/unpublishable book, or even 4. Or 10. Have faith that you can get published someday, but be brave enough to learn how to write better each time you try. When agents and editors reject your manuscript, 98% of the time the fault can be found in your manuscript. Don’t blame the market or the publishers. Just be brave enough to write a better manuscript.
- Keep working on your writing and storytelling skills. Creating a good plot/premise is a lot harder than it looks. I highly recommend the following books on writing: Writing the Breakout Novel (Donald Maass), The Fire in Fiction (Donald Maass), The First Five Pages (Noah Lukeman), and The Forest for the Trees (Betsy Lerner).
- Read. Always. You don’t have to be capable of reading 250 novels every year like some amazing folks are. (I’ll admit that I’m a very slow reader and am probably only capable of really digesting about 25 books a year.) But you have to love to read. You have to constantly keep updated on what other authors are producing in your genre as well as outside of it. Know your industry. And most importantly, you have to read because you have a duty as a writer to support your fellow writers.
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Open to US residents aged 13 and older only.
ONE entry per person.
Giveaway ends at midnight on Thursday, March 22, 2012.
View the other blogs participating in this Hop (and enter to win even more giveaways!) by visiting the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop page over at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.
Posted on March 16, 2012, in Blog Hop, Giveaway and tagged Blog Hop, Book, Dystopian, Giveaway, Legend, Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop, Marie Lu, Prizes, Putname Juvenile, Win, Young Adult. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.