Thursday, January 19, 2012

Do You Know Jeanette Marie?

With us today is Jeanette Marie. If you haven't heard of her yet I'm confident you soon will. Jeanette is an aspiring author who holds down a fascinating day job.
Here's Jeanette's post:
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I’m currently an assistant for New York Times best-selling author Alyson Noёl, which means I get to help one of the nicest and coolest authors on the planet with administrative tasks and PR outreach, which can include everything from selecting SWAG items to scheduling interviews with reporters.

Over the past few years working with Alyson, I’ve learned a lot about the publishing industry. Perhaps the greatest thing I’ve learned from Alyson is perseverance. Her personal road to publication is truly amazing (she worked on her first book for more than 15 years before it got published).

I’m an aspiring author myself and, as I’m sure most writers can attest, the publication process can feel a lot like playing the lottery--

Step 1 - Write awesome book.
Step 2 - Query awesome agents.
Step 3 - Cross your fingers and hope you have the winning ticket.

Your email is then crashed by a flurry of requests for your book and you skyrocket to #1 on the NYT bestseller list.

Okay, so it only happens like that in the Hollywood movie version.

There’s no doubt that the publishing industry is challenging, and building a career as a successful author takes a lot more than winning a golden ticket. When I was a teenager, my dad always told me no one was going to knock on my door and offer me a job. If you want a job, go out and get it. If it doesn’t exist, create it.

So if “author” is the career you want, go for it. And don’t let anybody stop you.

Read. Write. Revise. Repeat.

Don’t stop revising that book and sending out query letters until someone says yes to you.

If aspiring authors gave up and took “no” for an answer, we wouldn’t have…





Life without Harry Potter would be pretty boring, wouldn’t it?

If every writer who received a rejection gave up, the shelves at your local bookstore would look a little plain and empty right now. That’s what’s so great about this business—it’s a marketplace of ideas. And there’s always room on the shelf for another great idea.

Alyson Noel has been kind enough to offer one of her books as a giveaway. For a chance to win one of her books just leave a comment and your email addie.


134 comments:

  1. I love your dad's saying. It's so true. My dad tells me that anything worth having is worth working for. Also, so true. There another quote I love that has to do with writing that says "If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. ~Toni Morrison" I love that one.

    Good luck,
    Michelle
    www.Michelle-Pickett.com

    Author of Concilium, available July 2012
    Concilium: The Departure, November 2012
    PODs, available June 2013

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  2. I love Alyson Noel's writing, I didn't get a chance to read Riley's books yet and I hope to soon :) This was a great post and you had amazing advice! Thanks for the chance to win!

    savannah

    brandon_savannah@yahoo.com

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  3. Great Blog. Life without books is pretty boring. We Must Write!

    Good luck.
    Mary Keith
    www.keithpublications.com
    mary@keithpublications.com

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  4. Michelle - Love that Toni Morrison quote! Thanks for sharing!

    Savannah - You'll love Riley's series...she is such a fun character!

    Mary Keith - I can't imagine a life without books! Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

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  5. Thank you ! this is great advice and I'm going to take it Never quit till someone says YES!

    supagurlheather@ gmail . com

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  6. Great post!

    Jeanette--Your dedication is inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Can't wait to see you post about YOUR first book!

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  7. Don't ever give up! I wish you the best!!! Perseverance is the key! :)

    hsmerdon@gmail.com

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  8. I can't even imagine how great it would be to work for an accomplished author, especially one as amazing as Alyson Noel. She is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Good luck on getting published! Can't wait to read one of your books and add it to my library (what my finace calls my "hoarding problem" lol).


    hotmom_viv@yahoo.com

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  9. Everything you said was inspiring and true. Reading and writing has always been a hobby of mine, nothing on the scale of Ms. Noel and you of course, but it's fun. Going to a world that you create and getting lost. It relieves stress for me. And maybe one day, I will send my works out to someone out there, with your message in my mind. 'Never give up until someone says yes.' It really is inspiring. I wish you luck in your endeavors and I cannot wait to see a book of yours published soon.

    Kim Pahanish
    Kpahanish.1@gmail.com

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  10. Awesome giveaway I love Alyson Noel's books thanks for for the chance to win a signed copy of one of her books :D

    hernameisavril@yahoo.com

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  11. Books are those items which can inspire,motivate us,spike our imagination/curiosity and help while away time productively..no matter what the content of the book is..
    There's something to be learnt/a bit of information in each book..
    thanks to the authors who give us books to read and cherish..

    Hats off to them..

    maybe someday i will get to regale people with the stories in my mind..

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  12. I'm also an aspiring author who has felt like giving up lately and this post really was inspiring. Alyson Noël worked for fifteen years on one book and I was ready to give up after one year. It's true no one will give you anything for free, this is a testament. I'm very inspired to persevere stronger than I was before. Thank you!

    P.S. Excited to read the first book of yours! :)

    Matt Pompa
    mattpompa@aol.com

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  13. I was lucky enough to meet Alyson Noel at BookPeople in Austin, TX for the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour and I got to tell her personally how her book helped me through the loss of my Husband and that I've been hooked on the series ever since.

    And Sandra...for me to not read or write is to not breathe and I bet it's the same for you. It sounds like you have an amazing job and are learning valuable tricks of the trade so to speak! Keep on blogging and let us know when your book drops!

    tma3forever@yahoo.com

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  14. This is really inspirational, thank you :) I love Alyson Noel's books and I really hope I can be like her one day!

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  15. Hiya Sandra!

    Nice to meet you this way right now.
    Awesome blog you have! :)

    I just found a posting by Alyson on facebook and as I'm avid fan of her books! It's a pleasure to get a chance to win one of her signed books!

    Have a great time with her and your own career as author as well!

    All the best and send love over!

    Katy

    afs@nivija.com

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  16. Jeanette sounds like your dad gave you excellent advice. Keep up the hard work and don't back down. All good things don't come to those who they come to those who keep pushing to make something of themselves. Good Luck to you!


    vanev76@yahoo.com

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  17. Jeanette's post was really inspiring! I believe most of the readers have already thought of or tried to become a writer. I've already tried once or twice, but I gave up. :/
    Hope I get the same perseverance Alyson had, because it's pretty had to imagine life without books (Meg, J. K., Alyson...)!

    Larissa Freitas
    larissatavaresfreitas@gmail.com

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  18. Awesome perspective. Thanks so much for sharing it.

    "If you want a job, go out and get it. If it doesn’t exist, create it."
    Your dad is one smart man! Love it!

    Kate
    mleger0546 AT rogers DOT com

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  19. Thank you for the great post and the giveaway!

    I'll never let a simple "no" stop me from reaching my goals.

    Email: alejandrapersan(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. Yes and yes. I'm at the querying stages right now and boy oh boy is it hard with the waiting! But so true! We must right! Thanks! :)

    valialind(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  21. Sandra, thank you for sharing this.
    Jeanette your words couldn't come at a better time. I'm an aspiring writer learning the ropes of this world. Your 'Read. Write. Revise. Repeat.' certainly connected. I keep telling myself I'm glad I got the heart of my book out 1st before starting the editing craziness. It can be overwhelming.
    It's very cool that you work with Alyson & get a taste of that world.
    I wish you the best with your writing & yes, of course, I love Alyson's books. Maybe one day we'll see you side by side on that shelf.
    Thank you for your words today.
    Gigi
    gigielizabeth08@yahoo.com

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  22. What a wonderful post! Thank you for that. I always thought I would be a writer, and who knows maybe one day I will be!



    leashae_18 at hotmail dot com

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  23. I've always wanted to write about my life and all the experiences I have gone through and then get it published and see what the world thought about my life. This really makes me feel like I can do exactly that. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  24. Its amazing to know their are still people willing to inspire others. :) This reminds me of what my father told me. " when your searching for your dream, its not enough to think big, always think bigger. " thanks for the support to all the aspiring writers! Buenshotsie@aol com

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  25. That sounds like an awesome job especially when you get to see how it can work out for you!

    brat0987@yahoo.com

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  26. I'm agree with you. Is very difficult write a book and more difficult steel trying to be The best selling. But I wrote my book, and now I know than is it possible! I love Alyson Noel's books. And I'm wishing luck for you!

    nina.rock16@gmail.com

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  27. I just recently started reading Alyson Noel's Immortal series and I love it so far. I'm also an aspiring author and hope to work as an editor some day :)

    kirkyland@gmail.com

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  28. It's funny your dad would say that, as it is exactly what my mom says to me. No one is going to come looking for you if you don't put yourself out there in the first place.
    I am so jealous of your job, I LOVE Alyson Noel and have most of her books and CANNOT wait for the new series to come out.

    Love your post, and thank you so much for the giveaway!

    lucyswing (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Lucy

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  29. Great blog post, one should never give up. I began reading Alyson Noel's book with the Immortal Series...now of course I am addicted and want to read the Riley Bloom series. :)

    jaylyn777@yahoo.com

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  30. SupaGurlbooks - Wishing you all the best!

    Lori - Thanks so much for your support--I really appreciate it!

    Heidi - Thank you for the kind words!

    Vivian - I am so thankful to work with Alyson--she is truly one of the nicest and most talented people I know! And I can totally relate to your "hoarding problem." Lol! :)

    Kim - Books are a great stress reliever! Thank you for the kind words and support! Wishing you all the best too!

    hernameisavril - Thanks so much for stopping by!

    The-Me - I agree...it's amazing what we can learn and experience from other people's stories! All the best to you!

    Matt - Thank you so much! Wishing you all good things with your writing! Never give up! :)

    Tara and Nicole - I'm so very sorry for your loss. :( Wishing you much peace. And I'm so glad you got to meet Alyson--she is an amazing person!

    Rachel - Thanks for stopping by! Alyson is awesome and she is certainly something to aspire to! :)

    Katy - Thank you for your support!

    Vetsy - Thank you for the warm wishes...I appreciate your support!

    Larissa - Thanks so much! Wishing you all the best with your writing too! :)

    Kate - Yes, he is definitely one smart man! :) Thanks for stopping by!

    Alejandra - Thanks so much! Wishing you all the best!

    Valia - Wishing you all the best with the query process! Keeping my fingers crossed for you! :)

    Gigi - Thank you for the kind words! I would be so honored to have my books on the shelf next to Alyson's someday. Wishing you all the best too!

    Leasha - Thanks for stopping by! Hope to read your books someday too!

    MiCorazon - That's great! Everyone has a story to share! Hope to read yours sometime!

    Sara - That's a great quote!!

    Casondra - Thanks so much! Alyson is definitely a wonderful example of what you can achieve through hard work and determination! I am so lucky to work with her!

    Nina - Wishing you all the best with your book!

    Meghan - Best of luck to you with your book and future career as an editor! :)

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  31. Lucy – That’s so funny your mom says that too. :) I definitely have the best job in the world—so thankful! And Alyson’s new series is going to be AMAZING!

    Jaylyn – You should definitely read the Riley Bloom Series—you’ll love it! Riley is such a fun, spunky character!

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  32. Wow that is so true and I understand why it took her so long with her first b/c i started my first novel over 2 years ago and i still haven't finished and i also started another but i plan on becoming a professional author so this is really helpful. Thanks!

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  33. All what your saying is so true! And, i agree, life without books is kind of anoying. Thanks for all your advices, they are so helpful!

    Love you, Sarah.

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  34. your words are truly inspiring i to have a dream of maby becoming and auther one day thank you for the advice and i wont ever stop chasing a dream :)

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  35. I just published my first book, "The Witch Guardian" available on Chapters.ca or General Store Publishing House website. My 8 year old just finished reading it and she said it was awesome. "You know what I liked best mommy?" she asked me. "There are no pictures but you describe the characters so well I can see them in my mind" That was worth all the time, effort and perseverence.

    Cynthia Stacey

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  36. That's really amazing. I hope one day I can finish my book and get it published! :)


    sammyliz3@aol.com

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  37. I loved your post. I hope to one day get a book published and it's always great to hear that if you go after what you want you will likely succeed! I'll be keeping an eye out at book stores for your name soon!!
    -Veronica
    velopez92(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. i love her and i really what to meet her one day!!!!!! i'm writting a book rt now and i'm going to get it published!.




    Phoenixdreams12@aim.com

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  39. im not a writer but that quote works for any job; just the extra push and a reminder that you have to really go after it is all you need sometimes! i LOVE alyson noel's books. I have all of them already but none of them are signed :) awesome post and thanks for the giveaway!

    ame1184(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. I wish someone could give a step by step on how to write something someone is going to read. How to make the perfect NY times best seller.
    If it were easy I think there would be a idiots guide to it. I really enjoy reading your literature and I look forward to being a small writer myself. Someone told me that I would never be a good enough writer and I want to be able to prove that it's not true. Anyway, Thank you for writing. I really enjoy you books. Please write more! :)
    Guambaby86@hotmail.com

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  41. I could not imagine my life without Harry Potter and many other books. I'm glad authors have such determination, now I just need to gather up my own determination! :)

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  42. ^I forgot to leave my e-mail address! :)
    rozychavez21@yahoo.com

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  43. It is so nice to hear such an inspiring point of view. So many times it is too easy to succumb to the dread and repetition of rejection but you sound like you're in the right state of mind. Good luck to you; I know your dream will come true!

    Marie

    rossim@my.canisius.edu

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  44. I'm too busy rejecting myself to worry about anyone else rejecting me. Hopefully someday I'll overcome that.

    mstafford102475@gmail.com

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  45. Wow! I love Alyson's books. Read her Immortals Series and loved it! Cant wait for soulseekers the cover of Fated looks amazing! Thanks for the useful words for young writers like me need to hear! Hope Soulseekers is like her other books, if so I will most likely love it! Love you, Alyson!

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  46. As an aspiring author I understand 100% what you're saying. My little saying that I tell everyon is that "if you want to badly enough and try hard enough, you'll get there." I've been working for 2 years on the first book of my series, lost my USB and some chapters along the way, but those really crappy things get taught me lessons. :) Even when it's your worst day, never give up on your work. You'll get there. I have my friends demanding me get it published so that they can read it, and how they all want the first copy. Haha,I hope it happens like that for everyone. Good luck! ♥

    -Kaity :)

    kaitybar@yahoo.ca

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  47. This is a wonderful and inspiring post. I am also a writer who wants to become a published author. I won't ever give up on my dream. I know I'll make it.
    I'm sure your dream will come true, too, Jeanette :)

    Spicegirls538432(at)aol(dot)com

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  48. Jeanette, thank you so much for this amazing post. I'm an aspiring author, too, and your words gave me such hope. I didn't know Alyson worked on her first book for 15 years. I'm on 12 years, so you can't know how good that makes me feel. I met her last June and she told me to never give up and never stop writing - now I understand that was from personal experience. BTW - I'm going to put "Read. Write. Revise. Repeat" up by my computer! Good luck to you in your writing.

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  49. Jeanette--good luck on your dream! I hope to one day read your book!

    Sandra--I love your blog background **ahem, since we are twins that way!

    Andrea
    belle2211(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  50. Thanks for the encouragement! Good Luck on your book!

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  51. Thanks so much ur words are truly inspiring Good Luck :) thanks for this chance to win! <3

    littlegirl13.cool@gmail.com

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  52. I just really hope I will win because my sister has a dream to become an author I have a loving for Alysons books and it would be the best thing that has ever happened in my life if this dream would come true but if not I will meet u one day and set forth my dream <3

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  53. wall flower – I’ve been working on my manuscript for over two years too.  Wishing you all the best!

    Sarah – So glad you found it helpful! Thanks for stopping by!

    Alison – Keep chasing your dreams! All the best to you!

    Cynthia – Congrats on publishing your first book! And your daughter’s comment is so sweet! Can’t wait to read “The Witch Guardian.”
    Sammyliz – Wishing you the best of luck with your book!

    Veronica – Thanks so much for your support! I’ll keep an eye out for your name at bookstores too! 

    Lacey – All the best with your book!

    Ame – Thanks for stopping by! And you’re right—the advice can definitely apply to any job! 

    Guambaby – I think you can definitely prove them wrong! Best of luck with your writing!

    Rozy – All the best to you!

    Marie – Thank you for the kind words and support—that really means a lot!

    MelanieS – I know you can overcome it! Wishing nothing but the best for you!

    Taylor – You are going to love SOUL SEEKERS!

    Kaity – I love that saying! Keep up that positive attitude and you will go far! 

    Tsalagi_Writer – Thanks so much! Hoping all your dreams come true too!

    Nicole – Thank you so much! I’m so glad you got to meet Alyson—she is amazing and such an inspiration! Best of luck to you!

    Andrea – Thanks for your support—much appreciated! 

    dbatze16 – Thank you so much!

    Finkiegirl 13- Thank you for stopping by and for the thoughtful comment! Wishing your sister much success!

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  54. I agreed what your dad said! :) This helped me a lot though. I've always wanted to be an author, but when I read Alyson Noel's books. It really made me want to become one!! The Immortal series are the BEST! I hope I become an amazing author, just like her! <3

    Email: darkprincess842@aim.com

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  55. A life without books would indeed be pretty boring! I wish you luck with your book!

    Email: marlot.s@zeelandnet.nl

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  56. Katie - That's awesome! I love The Immortals Series too...and I wish you the best of luck with your writing!

    Marlot - Thank you so much for your support! Have a great weekend!

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  57. Thanks everyone for all the nice comments you've left here for Jeanette and me!

    She is truly awesome, and I'm lucky to know her!!

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  58. Hey- That was so awesome! You are so inspiring(: Thank you for the great advice and a chance to win! (:

    kk_houston@hotmail.com

    -Bryce (:

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  60. WOW! That's cool!
    I'm from Brazil and I have ALL the books of Alyson Noel, I love!
    I have a blog I write about books, authors and publishers send me, and I read and speak what I found the book in my blog.
    I hope I can compete for the same book autographed living in Brazil!
    My blog, as translated into English http://translate.google.com.br/translate?sl=pt&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=pt-BR&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.viajandonoslivros.com%2F

    André Luiz
    andre_sarausa@ig.com.br

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  61. I live Alison Noel's books I am lucky enough to have one book already signed, but would live another one.
    Sunny Peck
    sunnypeck75@gmail.com

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  62. Wow, well guess what? Alyson Noel is my 3rd favorite author! Jeanette . . .I will be the first to buy your book. :) Your #1 fan will be right here! :D Great giveaway. I love Alyson's writing and I have been *coughs* stalking *coughs* looking at her tweets everyday! :D I hope I win!


    monicalopez63(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. Very inspirational

    poeticallygreen@gmail.com

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  64. Fantastic blog post!

    "If you want a job, go out and get it. If it doesn’t exist, create it." Loved this!

    Daniele Lanzarotta
    Author of Imprinted Souls and Academy of the Fallen

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  65. Hard work always pays off in the end! I'm glad it does because I wouldnt get to read awesome books by awesome writers such as Alyson Noel! L.davies88@gmail.com

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  66. I REALLY LOVE ALYSON NOEL....SHES LIKE THE BEST FEMALE AUTHOR ON THE PLANET...IMMORTALS IS AMAZING...ALMOST AS AMAZING AS TWILIGHT...IT'D BE AWESOME TO WIN!!

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  67. awesome contest and very true article! I manage to miss her every time she comes to LA so it would be awesome to win a book!

    scotttianna@yahoo.com

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  68. My first last and middle name is Perseverence!

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  69. You are such a great writer! I've read all of your books and I love them :D Some of my favorites are Saving Zoe, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Faking 19, and of course, the Immortal series <3

    k.a.nichols16@gmail.com

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  70. Life is full of ups and downs. Each moment has a memory and every memory has its purpose. And with these memories i want to write a story. A story of a girl with a life she never understood. The inspiration that Sandra sent out to us made me feel that I could actually do exactly that. Write my story. Thank you Sandra.

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  71. Love the series. Alyson gave me great advice that has helped me to write my own stories. Thanks!
    leah92@hotmail.co.za

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  72. Great post on an awesome job, right? I think they should have a "shadow a YA author day" sometime just so we could see what goes on! Thanks for this giveaway!

    davisjoy(at)gmail(dot)com

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  73. Awesome blog! I hope your dream comes true! :) kcihoski@yahoo.com

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  74. I love this blog! NEW FAVE! Love the butterfly design too :D

    Sarahdowlin09@gmail.com

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  75. Thanks,Sarah:) I appreciate that.

    Thanks, MiCorazon, wish I could take credit but Jeanette wrote it. Its a great post isn't it?

    Jeanette, thanks for posting here. Its been all kinds of fun having you.

    Alyson, thanks so much for stopping by.

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  76. I love all of your Books Alyson!! I would Love to own a signed copy!
    khelseyrjackson@gmail.com

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  77. Bryce – Thank you so much! I really appreciate your support!

    Andre – Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Sunny – Her books are awesome, aren’t they? :) Thanks for stopping by!

    Monica – Thank you so much—that really means a lot to me!

    poeticallygreen – Thanks! So glad you enjoyed it!

    Daniele – Thanks! Glad you like that quote!

    JustLaurenXtina – Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

    Kinga - Thanks for the kind words in support of Alyson—she is the best!

    scotttianna – Thanks for stopping by!

    TracyH – Haha…love it!!

    MiCorazon – Best of luck with your story!

    Joy – That would be so cool!

    kcihoski – Thank you so much! Wishing all good things for you too!

    Sandra – Thanks so much for hosting me! It’s my pleasure! :)

    khelseyrjackson – Thanks for stopping by!

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  78. That's good advice from your dad, thanks for sharing!
    Thanks for this chance!

    Brianna
    foreverdaizy@hotmail.com

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  79. forgot to leave my email its alison_monaco@yahoo.com and i to have a dream of one day becoming an author it would be a sad day to not see all of the books availabe at the library that we have today thanks again for all of your great advice and the best of luck to you :)

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  80. I think you're post is truly inspiring! I've always wanted to be a writer, but I think I was afraid of being shut down when I tried to get a book published..hopefully I work around my fear and publish a book!! :)

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  81. I really hope I win because I have this dream of becoming a writer! I even have a mini series I have written :) I'm crossing my fingers!!!


    cutie_0108@hotmail.com

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  82. Alyson is a fantastic author and also very nice. I love every one of her books. I just haven't had a chance to read the newest Riley book because I haven't had the money to go buy it. I'd love to win a book though! :)

    -Kayla Charles
    kmcharle@cedarcrest.edu

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  83. Brianna – Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re enjoying the weekend!

    Alison – Thank you so much!!

    Anonymous – Wishing you all the best! :)

    cutie_0108 – Congrats on your miniseries—that’s awesome!

    Kayla – I agree—Alyson is fantastic! And you’ll love Riley’s series…she is such a fun, spirited character!

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  84. I've never been filled with more confidence before this year. I have conquered fears, tried new things, and have an amazing boyfriend who believes in me. Writing is one of my many passions and-even though I don't gamble-I would risk everything to "win the lottery."

    Annie
    anboytim@yahoo.com

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  85. I love the Immortal series! I ordered them all of them came in but Night Star. I thought no problem it will be in soon. So I finished them all up to Night Star. So whenever my mom picks me up from school, I would be like is it here? Nope, I want to read the book so bad, those other ones ate so goods!!!!!! My email is ...... Cupcakequeen6@yahoo.com

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  86. That has got to be the best job ever! I'd love to work with Alyson Noel, or any author for that matter.

    s.asbridge@yahoo.com

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  87. That is so true. Every person who aims to be an author one day has to accept the fact that there will be difficulties along the way. But if you really want to write and have people read your book you can't give up. Nothing would be fun if there wasn't a little challenge in it. Keep on trying and you'll be an inspiration to others.

    Good luck,
    Kimberly.

    kamikamikami123@hotmail.com

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  88. That girl Jeanette Maria is so lucky, i wished i could work with Alysob Noel personally. She is really inspiring I think for me and for everybody who is a writer. It gaves us hope that maybe we will become future writer someday. It is scary and it really scares me to think that maybe when i finish my book people will say no over and over again. But i know that for me to win i have to lose first. Knock in a lot of doors before i get invited in.

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  89. That girl Jeanette Maria is so lucky, i wished i could work with Alysob Noel personally. She is really inspiring I think for me and for everybody who is a writer. It gaves us hope that maybe we will become future writer someday. It is scary and it really scares me to think that maybe when i finish my book people will say no over and over again. But i know that for me to win i have to lose first. Knock in a lot of doors before i get invited in.
    forgot my email
    ana-sofia50@hotmail.es

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  90. Annie – That’s awesome! Wishing you much continued happiness and success in 2012!

    Kirsten – You will love NIGHT STAR! Hope it arrives soon! 

    Stephanie – I’m so thankful to work with Alyson…she is the best!

    Kimberly – “Nothing would be fun if there wasn't a little challenge in it.” This is SO true! Thanks for your support—wishing you all the best!

    Ana Sofia - I am definitely lucky to work with Alyson…so thankful for such an amazing opportunity! All the best to you!

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  91. Awesome post. So very true! As always Alyson rocks!!

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  92. Nice advice!

    I'm sure it's a exiciting experience to work with Alyson lol
    To all authors who read this post,never give up and keep trying!
    It would be amazing to see another gread books fill the shelf of a bookstore :D

    My own bitching:
    Want to read the Riley series,but it has not been published yet in my country :(

    E-mail: black_rawling@yahoo.com

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  93. Good blog. Keeps my hopes up for hopefully getting this one novel that I've been working on for 7 years to see the light of day. :)
    (Though, I must say that the editing world intrigues me greatly and I find reading through my friends' manuscripts quite fun and relaxing.)
    Good luck,
    Sarah
    E-mail: sarahss@aol.com

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  94. Best of luck with the writing. I often wish I'd persevered when I was younger and I don't feel very inspired at the moment. It sounds like you're in a great place at the moment. Hope it all goes well.

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  95. Martha - She totally does! :)

    Ledwin - Thanks so much for stopping by!

    Sarah - As long as you continue to enjoy it, that's what is most important. :) Wishing you all the best!

    Net - Thank you so much for the kind words and support!

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  96. i hope you fulfill your dream of being a writer. and to alyson, i absolutely love your immortals series. ive read the first five and i cant wait to read everlasting. i have the first book to the riley bloom series, but i dont want to start it till ive finished reading the immortals series. once again, love your work, and ive heard that a movie might possibly be made!!! cant wait for that =] thank you for this chance to win!!
    Breanna Fuller
    www.fullerbreanna31@yahoo.com

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  97. Hi! I am a huge fan, you are so lucky, I have no doubt that it's the best job in the world. I too aspire to be an author some day, in fact I am writing a book right now, and I am proud to say Alyson helped make me the writer I am today. I am only 15 but it's coming along well. I don't always have much time to work on it. But every minute of my spare time goes to writing. I one day wish to have my books published. Every day I have new ideas. And since I was 10 that's all I wanted to be. I want to be just like you and Alyson, to have my books published next to Alyson or you would be a dream come true for me. I would also love to have a signed copy of one of her books. Thank you for listening. May you have great luck in publishing a book one day soon!
    Rachel Martin
    rae_oxo@hotmail.com

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  98. Thanks so much for the inspiration and encouragement above. "No" can be a really hard word to hear when you really want something. But never give up and never say never!
    britneywyatt[at]gmail[dot]com

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  99. Great advice! I am an avid reader of every type of book imaginable, and I have read all of Alyson Noel's Immortal and Riley Bloom series. Reading is such an adventure, and I believe that writing is too. I'm almost done with my first novel after many hard years of balancing writing, reading, and college, but it's so much fun! I love writing more than anything, and I will never give up on my dream to one day become an author.

    amanda.bell91@yahoo.com

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  100. That is so awesome that you work with Alyson Noel who is, in my opinion, one of the greatest writers of all time. It's also awesome that you are an aspiring author. I am one too and I hope some day that some of my work gets published someday.

    adraves93@gmail.com

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  101. What a great job...I am boiling with jealousy! My dad always used to say, "write your dreams," and "a closed mouth doesn't get fed." Ah the wisdom of the fathers.
    eeforson@hotmail.com

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  102. Breanna - Thanks so much for your support!

    Rachel - Thank you for the kind words! Wishing you all the best with your writing too!

    Britney - Thank you for your supprt--I really appreciate it!

    kasuka - I am so thankful to work with Alyson--and I have to agree...she is definitely one of the greatest writers of all time!

    The Scribbler in the Rye - Those are some wise words your father shared! :) All the best to you!

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  103. Thank you for all the good advices!! I now know that I just got to try even harder, and don't get stopped by a no :)




    Email: villi.98@hotmail.com

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  104. Wow, your blog was so inspirational. I'm actually only a teenager, but I already know that being an author is what I want to do. I'm working on a novel, and sometimes it is so hard to convince myself to go on. But your post really makes me appreciate the work of an author, and shows me that it isn't impossible, not ever. I love what your dad told you, and thank you SO much for telling it to all us readers. It's so nice to have a light in the storm. You are such a lucky person to work for Alyson Noel and be a writer yourself, and I wish you all the best of luck with everything! Thanks again for the post and opportunity to win a signed book. XOXO

    Email: skittles2200@sbcglobal.net

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  105. Jeanette's words are so inspirational and can be applied to everything in life! Sometimes all it takes is a few encouraging words :)

    taleswithtea[at]live.com

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  106. I wish you the best for your book! And you have inspired me even more than other people to write one myself or even just get into publishing. Can't wait for your book to get published, will definitely pick it up and read it!

    laurenallover@hotmail.co.uk
    laurenallover.tumblr.com

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  107. I wish you the best of luck for your career as a writer jennette. I hope your stories inspire people and your words live on for a long time. Have a blast!

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  108. By: inaara
    I wish you the bestof luck for your career as a writer jennette. I hope ur stories inspire people and your words live on for a long time. Have a blast!

    inaara_m@hotmail.com

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  109. Awesome giveaway I love Alyson Noel's books thanks.
    I hope she come in France one day. I wish i could win a signed copy of one of her books.

    Thank you so much !

    Pascalinetribou@hotmail.com

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  110. I'm also an aspiring author, and reading this blog has made me want to keep at it. I love alyson noel's books, she is an incredible writer. I hope to have the same success as her :)

    Thank you,
    Jessica Araujo

    Jess25_ara88@hotmail.com

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  111. I love Alyson Noel since reading Evermore back in 09 I have read her books since then. Alyson has incouraged me to become a writer myself, and hopefully one day I'll be able to achieve this. thank you alyson for your amazing stories, keep up the good work. hugs.


    chicaloca_crazygurl@yahoo.com

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  112. Alyson Noel is awesome! I already have a signed book of hers but my friends would love one too! When I met her she said I was her favorite!

    Email: keenatoad@gmail.com

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  113. Great post. I love Alyson Noel and I'd love to meet her at a signing one day!

    E-mail: bookprowl@hotmail.co.uk

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  114. Just started the Inmmortal series. I just could not put evermore down. It captivated me and was wisked away in an enchanted normal world, where everthing in my life is hectic. Love the books and will continue to live in them. Thanks!
    cindymishou@yahoo.com

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  115. Growing up, I never liked reading. I was smart and got good grades, but hated reading! It wasn't until much later, when I met my husband in 2006.... He wanted to watch the newest Harry Potter, and I told him I hadn't seen any of them. He couldn't believe it. Long story short, I watched and fell in love. Natually, I HAD to know what happened next, so I started reading the books. Loved them!!!!! Then Twilight came about and we read the series together after watching the first movie. I enjoy reading more these days, though I still am not a book worm. As for writing, I journal/blog my life and that about the extent of my interest in writing. :)
    Authors are amazing. The stories they tell and the way they do it blow my mind. <3

    lsrob123@gmail.com

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  116. Hi there ! This blog is certainly inspiring and definitely encourages hidden talents out there ! I recently started to read Alyson Noël's Immortal Series and I love it ! Not only do I love the characters and the unbreakable live between Ever and Damen, but I love some of the morals and the incarnations fantasies . The last book was amazing and shows the interconnectedess between all of the characters. Anyway, the point all comes back to working hard for what you believe in. And thank you for making me understand this! It boosted my inner confidence ! I might consider a career as an author!

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  117. That was really inspiring. There may be a gazillion of obstacles in front of you... discrimination, rejection, dissapointment, failure, mockery... but in the end if you really go for it... it is so worth it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

    ginatgirl@gmail.com

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  118. Hello, I'm Brazilian. Last year I had the great joy of meeting Aly here in Brazil, Salvador. It was an immense pleasure. I'm a big fan of hers and I admire the work of Alyson. I am an aspiring writer, is definitely my dream to write books and publish them. So as I would love to win the autographed book from Alyson. Thank you for your attention, hugs.

    ebert.vieira@gmail.com

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  119. I love Alyson Noёl's books!!!

    susiebranum at gmail dot com

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  120. Awsome :) would like to read one of your books :)

    Solvi.knapstad@hotmail.com

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  121. I read The Immortals Series and it was so good. I would love to read more of her series.

    MerishaAbbott@gmail.com

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  122. I would love to win, finger crossed.
    soumimarch@gmail.com

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  123. That's so cool. I really love how cut and dry you put it. And I love Harry Potter!

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  124. Thank you Sandra for sharing!!

    I too am an aspiring author & fan of Alyson's! I enjoyed Jeanette's post Very much so!! I will be watching for her first book to be published!!

    I believe I have a few fantastic books in me. (I just am not sure yet when I will get them completed, or if I will really want to share them or not. LoL!)

    Happy Reading!
    Trudi

    Trudilow@hotmail.com

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  125. My life is heavily inspired and moved by both music and books. It is kind o sad when I think that others don’t share the same passion for books, either because, as some state, they don’t “like to read” or were turned down by a book that they really didn’t like. There are so many books out there, so many things to learn... it’s sad that many don’t care.
    Books are one of those things that can make you smile, can make you cry, can make you go from hyper to downer, can make you learn or even can make you forget about the present, problems or just make you spend some quality time. And believe me when I say, there are so many good books out there that you could literally shut yourself out from the world and just live fantasy land (and although that is not necessarily good, it is true).
    I’m not very good at expressing myself, I’m more of an observer, but when people get me going about the books I read, I feel I can be free. I love to share stories with others, and to share my love for books. As a writer (and terribly perfectionist) I don’t think I would do much good, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy books, have my on stories in my head and support authors/writers that I like in every form possible. I respect writers and their works (and working progress) very much. To know that that wonderful world with fantastic characters came from one single mind and that that person was able to share it with everyone... It really is an amazing feeling. I can only guess how it feels for writers to see that their stories made a change or that they simply reached someone.
    I guess all I’m trying to say is that I wish good luck to any aspiring author and that I really hope you can one day share that piece of yourselves with the world... And thank you for your effort.
    Best wishes to all,
    Diana

    (naughty_di@hotmail.com)

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  126. I have always wanted to be a writer but nnever had enough belief inmyself that I could actually pull it off! And reaing your dad's saying really got me thinking. My book is never going to eist if I don't start writing it!!!
    Such a goodpost!
    Svea

    (skaseorg@gmail.com)

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  127. Life without books is a sin. I love Alyson Noël's books there just to good to miss! Thankyou for your great advice, it has really boosted my confidence that one day there might be room for me to maybe put a book on a shelf and have someone like the stories I write... :) 

    Good Luck!! :D

    Molly Wheen
    molly.wheen@googlemail.com

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  128. I totally agree with your dad, if thats my mum's fault don't blame me! Publishing is sort of like the lottery great comparison :) it's also sort of like sport, sort of I personally can't run or do anything sporty to save my life, but you can't learn how to have a talent. It's just there, lots of people take it for granted aswell. I cannot imagine the world without harry potter, there is not such thing!! Anyway I know lots of people are applying, but I hope I have a chance to win? ( does that sound selfish I hope it doesn't)

    bye

    Jazmin Rahman
    ( Biggest fan ever of mythical creatures, pychics, vampires, werewolves and immortals plus fallen angels )

    twilight_expertess@hotmail.co.uk

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  129. Reading what you wrote actually made me feel better about myself. I long to have at least one of my books published if I can ever find the time to finish one or find myself in the right mood. I really hope that you one day get published! Also congratulations on the job for working for Alyson, she is one of my favorite authors.

    Good luck!

    Amy

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