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HELLOOOO, INTERNET.

Yes, it’s true–I am actually alive. I am actually blogging. I am (hopefully) here to stay this time. Because I’ve missed you, Internet.

(I just realized that this is my first post of 2014. *stares at calendar* *smacks self*)

Anyway, I’m going to try really super incredibly terribly hard to get back on a blogging schedule, but for today, I thought I’d compile a handy-dandy Here’s-What-Amy-Has-Been-Doing-Instead-of-Blogging guide (also known as shameless self-promotion, but shhhhhhh).

I’ve done some new interviews and guest posts!

Sometimes Books Don’t Sell
Interview at Brooke Reviews
Interview at Rachel Russell Books

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Want High Schoolers to Learn About Your Upcoming Book?

Hi, everyone!

So, you guys may or may not know that I’m the head editor of our school newspaper. Recently, I had this idea of interviewing the lovely Leigh Ann Kopans about her upcoming book, ONE (and yes, the hyperlink is a less-than-subtle hint to add it on Goodreads. DO IT! 🙂 …..

 
And then I managed to get ARCs of ONE displayed in both our school library and in our local library…
 
 
 
 
It’s only been up for about a week, but so far, the response has been really positive. The thing is, the kids in my school aren’t big on reading (I know. It’s seriously depressing), and I think having this opportunity is exciting for a lot my peers. I mean, it isn’t every day that you get to read about an author’s writing process, recieve advice about writing, and oogle at books that haven’t even been released yet.
 
I really, really like doing this. First of all, it makes high schoolers excited to read, and second of all, it captures the attention of the target audience, as well as that of teachers and librarians. I’d really like to keep doing it.
 
Basically, I’m wondering if any other authors debuting in 2013 or spring 2014 would be interested in being interviewed and having an ARC or two displayed in our library. Just think, you’d be getting some publicity AND helping anti-reading kids fall in love with your books. I’m also starting a writing club at our school, so during the 2013-14 school year, I’d like to have a featured author every month that the club can Skype chat (or otherwise communicate) with about writing, revising, critiquing, etc.
 
A few other things:
 
1. The featured books must be YA.
2. We have one more issue coming out this May, and five next year (November, December, February, March, and May), so the books would have to release close-ish to those dates.
3. The authors would obviously have to send me cookies (I’m only mostly joking)
EDIT: 4. The book would preferably be a debut. If it isn’t, it must be a standalone or the first of a series (I’m afraid doing second installments would be confusing for people who haven’t read the first).
 
If you’re interested, please shoot me an email at azhang68[at]gmail[dot]com!

EDIT: The May and February slots are filled. The October/November slot may be filled, but you might be able to convince me to double up :)

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Writer’s Block

Hi, guys! So, first of all, I got interviewed by the wonderful Patrice Cadwell this week! Check it out here.
So anyway, I have writer’s block a lot. Like, seriously. A lot. Usually when a) I’m feeling lazier than usual, b) I’m Twitterpated, or c) I don’t understand a character’s emotions. So, like, 58.23% of the time.
Writing is about translating emotions into words. And it’s hard. Sometimes, you just don’t connect with your characters. You don’t understand what they’re going through. You just have a picture of your main character in your head, standing on a cliff and looking out at an endless sea called Mourning. You can see the wind shoving her hair into her eyes, and you can see the way she digs her fingernails into her palms and pretends that she’s okay with being lonely. But the words don’t come. Because seriously, what is she really feeling? What is she thinking? Why is she so afraid to cry?
So, when I have writer’s block, I play piano. More specifically, I write music for my manuscripts. I think I’ve mentioned this briefly in other places, but I’ve always been too lazy/awkward/shy to put anything I’ve written on the wonderfully wondrous web. I wrote the following YouTube clip while I was revising my newest manuscript, tentatively titled BENEATH THE DISQUIET STAR, and honestly, it helped me me fix like, three plot holes.
So, how about you guys? How do you get over writer’s block? 

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