I'm author ELLE STRAUSS and welcome to my website.
I write fun, lower Young Adult (teen) fiction to do with whimsical things like time-travel, fairies and merfolk (with a nice helping of romance!) When my serious side peeks out, she's called LEE STRAUSS. She likes to write upper YA/adult about romance in the past, present and future.
There's always a TIME for romance!!
This blog is about books, mine and other fab authors', but occasionally I'll share about other topics. Thanks for dropping by!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
It’s My First Blogiversary Today!
My blog is one year old! I can’t believe how much it has grown in one year—walking, talking, eating solids. I’m proud as punch; do you want to see a picture of it when it was born? Click HERE. (Actually, it looked much different, I kind of photo shopped it—new template—but the babble is authentic.)
Spiff has been with me all the way. He's changed a bit too!
So much has happened in a year. After I took that shaky first step and started blogging, I ventured out in Twitter and Facebook. I’ve made so many great on-line friends; I really don’t know how I managed to navigate the rapid waters aspiring writers need to conquer all alone.
I signed with an agent, sent out a couple ms’s into the wilds of the submission world, wrote another book, sent it out (okay, they seem to be taking the scenic route, but my babies are still out there somewhere), started writing How To posts (which is scarier than one might think) and I left my part-time day job to write full-time.
I wish I could add that I sealed a book deal as well, but I suppose I have to leave some fun for year two.
All this to say, we must celebrate!!! And what better way to celebrate my new friends than by sharing books. I’ve won a few along the way and purchased some too. You could win your choice of 4 of these books just by commenting. (I’d love to give them all away, but can’t cough up the postage, ahem, see point where I left my job.)
PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS by Michelle Zink
GUARDIAN OF THE GATE by Michelle Zink
BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver
INGO by Helen Dunmore
CINDY ELLA by Robin Palmer
WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED by Judy Bundell
KEEPING THE MOON by Sarah Dessen
SPELLS by Aprilynne Pike
And four books on writing:
WHAT A WRITER NEEDS by Ralph Fletcher
PLOT & STRUCTURE by James Scott Bell
CHAPTER AFTER CHAPTER by Heather Sellers
THE SELL YOUR NOVEL TOOL KIT by Elizabeth Lyon
You get +1 entry if you’re a follower (old or new), +1 if you FB, +1 if you Twitter, and +5 if you post the contest somewhere on your blog. Just let me know how many entries you qualify for in the comments.
Contest ends Friday, November 5th.