The MTV Books Blog will close on October 31. Follow us to our new home at YA Outside the Lines on November 1!

Friday, November 14, 2008

How to wait

From the author of How to React When You See Your Cover for the First Time and How to Let Go of a Manuscript comes the latest in Jennifer Echols’s acclaimed series of how-to blogs for authors slowly driving themselves insane.

So you’ve finally gotten your cover, but your new novel doesn’t come out until March 17? No worries. There are plenty of things you can do with just a cover until then.

1. Print out your cover and tape it to another book. Pretend that your book has already come out.

2. Remember those stickers from the middle of I Am America and So Can You for The Stephen T. Colbert Nominee for The Literary Excellence? Stick one to your cover and pretend you have won the National Book Award. Wait--what’s this? The MTV Books art department did not leave room anywhere on the cover for your National Book Award! Award John’s chin.

3. Make an LOLcat.

4. Make a countdown calendar.

I am not satisfied with this one, but the other choices involved Care Bears and/or Pamela Anderson.

5. Get over yourself and write something new. NaNoWriMo helps tremendously.

6. Receive your cover for your next book, The Ex Games, coming out in October 2009, but you are not allowed to show it to anyone because it hasn’t been finalized! See step 1.


Victoria Dahl said...

Yea, yea, YEA!!!!

I love this cover and I LOVE this book. Congrats on being awesome.

Also, I forgot about those stickers. I'm gonna have to bust them out.

Jenny O'Connell said...

Oh my god, that totally cracked me up. Thanks for the laugh!!!!

I just received the trade pb cover for EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT BEING A GIRL I LEARNED FROM JUDY BLUME. It's different from the first and I'm not sure my mind can get around it. Am going to post here and see what people think later this month. Until then, I'll ponder like you!

Book Fanatic 101 said...

lol I thought that was an ACR I was like wow you got it 4 months pre-pub right on the dot. lol

Hilarious post btw

Barbara Caridad Ferrer said...

BWAH!! I'm dying over the "book that isn't the book."

Yay, you!

Stephanie Kuehnert said...

Ha!!! This is great! I love it! You need an award for most fun blog posts.

Catherine Chant said...

Love the LOLcat. He's a great model.

C. :-)

Jennifer Echols said...

LOLcat is indeed coming in very handy. He'd better, because he's eating two cans of Iams a day.

Danielle Joseph said...

Ha, this was very funny! And I was just thinking about your funny copy editing blog with the missing green pencil. I got my copy edits on Friday and have been watching my pencil like a hawk!