April 3, 2006

Blogging for Books is ALIVE! And also LIVE (UPDATED RULES)

Okay ---it is time for BLOGGING FOR BOOKS contest! If you blog, PLEASE I beg of thee, remind your reading/blogging audience it's B4B time, or if you list serve, or if you belong to a writers group which contains bloggers, PLEASE help get the word out. I've committed to three more months of B4B, lined up guest authors and such, so let's make it hard on them by giving them a slew of hella superlative entries. Also, from a purely selfish standpoint, I like to have a coupla blogs to read each morning with my coffee. HOOK ME UP.

Blogging 4 Books is LIVE NOW. We remember with fondness The Zero Boss, because he made it up. Where is he now? I do not know! If you knpw, tell me. I'll link to him.

How to play: You blog on a chosen topic. You post a link to your blog entry in the comments below this entry. B4B closes at MIDNIGHT your time next Monday.

If you have no blog, you write the essay and cut and paste it (no attachments please) into an email to Ann Fitten (the Bloggess behind Edgy Mama) and ask her sweetly to host it for you.

Your special guest blogger this month is Autumn, a former B4B finalist who pens Perfection on a Curve. She will narrow the entries down to seven.

If you are one of the seven finalists, your entry will be read by author E. Lockhart, whose new YA book, Fly on the Wall : How One Girl Saw Everything is Kafka for the middle school set...In her own words, E. says the book is "about a girl called Gretchen Kaufman Yee who goes to a wacked-out art school in New York City. She's a collector of plastic Chinese food and odd figurines, a passionate comic-book artist, and a crazy Spider-man fanatic. She's also completely freaked out by the opposite sex -- in particular, the Art Rats, a group of guys in her drawing concentration. One day, she wishes she could be "a fly on the wall of the boys' locker room," just to find out what the heck guys really talk about.
And the next thing she knows... she is.
A fly.
On the wall of the locker room.

FLY ON THE WALL is a Junior Library Guild selection, which ROCK ON with your bad self, Ms. Lockhart.


E. Lockhart will choose first, second and third place, and she shall send the winnha a copy of her new book, signed of course. The winner will ALSO go up on the new B4B links section I am going to get my husband to fix ANY SECOND NOW, and if you win, you are eligible to be a special guest blogger and choose finalists.

And now, THE TOPIC! As usual your topic relates to the book...

I want you to use the book's title as a jumping off place. You can use the words "a fly on the wall" in your essay, you can use the words to jump to writing about homilies or cliches or Kafka or transformation, you can write about eavesdropping or being eavesdropped upon or a time when you haved like to be a fly on the wall---There are a THOUSAND ways to go with this, so don't be afraid to think outside the box.


Rules Update: To answer the questions in the comments, yes, if you have won second or third place, you are STILL eligible to enter. Only first place winners will go in the B4B winners links, although I may make it so that anyone who wins first, second OR third can be special guest blogger, depending on availability of the first place winner to do the job.

Posted by joshilyn at April 3, 2006 2:08 PM

O, I love the premise of this novel. So if I've placed in B4B, but not first place, am I still allowed to compete?

Posted by: Edgy Mama at April 3, 2006 2:37 PM


Here is my "fly on the wall" entry.

E. Lockhart rocks so hard.


Posted by: fin at April 3, 2006 2:50 PM

My entry is here:


Posted by: Vic... at April 3, 2006 4:15 PM

These are going to be good entries!!

Posted by: Autumn at April 3, 2006 4:17 PM

What Edgy Mama said....both the liking the theme part and the wondering if I'm still eligible to compete part!

Posted by: DebR at April 3, 2006 4:29 PM

I'll try this, for the first time.

How about...the opposite of fly is "spider"? As in, as a "fly on the wall," don't get eaten by a spider? (I think it mentions a horsefly in there, too.)

Here you go (super-long link, I just realized):


Posted by: jess at April 3, 2006 8:15 PM

I can't enter, but i can spread the word!
Off to shout it from the roof tops ( or plug it shamelessly on my blog)

Posted by: kim at April 4, 2006 10:48 AM

I plugged it, and I'm planning my entry!

Posted by: Lauri at April 4, 2006 11:54 AM

Here's my entry. Great idea. And I love your 3 questions with Tanya Lee Stone. Super good.


Thanks for giving me the chance to write about something I wouldn't oridinarily write about.

Posted by: Carrie Jones at April 4, 2006 12:13 PM

Here's my entry: http://cynicaldragonfly.blogspot.com/2006/04/parental-revenge-strikes-again.html

Thrilled to see E. Lockhart judging. I love the Boyfriend Lists on her blog.

Posted by: dragonfly at April 5, 2006 7:13 PM

I plugged it, only a little belatedly! Actually I babbled a fair bit. Much more fun than writing book reviews which is what I'm supposed to be doing.

Posted by: elswhere at April 6, 2006 1:13 AM

Finally I managed to get it posted.


Posted by: Dancinfairy at April 6, 2006 11:44 AM

It's probably right in front of my face... Deadline?

Posted by: AGK at April 6, 2006 2:28 PM

Irk. Why can't I delete my own boneheaded comment? Should be an option. "Did you just leave a bonehead comment? Hit DELETE HERE!"

Anywho, yeah, NOW I see it. Probably shouldn't mix dancing with reading...

Posted by: AGK at April 6, 2006 2:29 PM

I'm in!


Posted by: Heather at April 6, 2006 7:19 PM

Count me in:

Posted by: Skovbo at April 9, 2006 12:46 AM

It's been awhile. I've missed having this monthly exercise in writing!

Posted by: ZephyrBird at April 9, 2006 9:26 AM

Here's an amazing entry that I'm hosting on Edgy Mama:


Posted by: Edgy Mama at April 9, 2006 9:21 PM

Here's my entry:


Posted by: trillwing at April 10, 2006 12:11 AM

This is so much fun!

Here you go!


"The Secret Origins of the Human Tissue"

Posted by: Jessica at April 10, 2006 12:29 AM

Here's my entry:


Posted by: Mere at April 10, 2006 10:36 AM

Here's mine:

Posted by: Pattie at April 10, 2006 11:48 AM

Edgymama your page is 404 for me.

My entry is at http://www.pagehalffull.com/humanyms/?p=502

Posted by: Pearl at April 10, 2006 3:53 PM

And here's my entry:

Posted by: Susan at April 10, 2006 9:55 PM

My entry:


Posted by: Tracy at April 10, 2006 10:11 PM

Edgymama's piece is at

Looks like the capital letters matter. It's a very cool post, too.

Posted by: Susan at April 10, 2006 10:29 PM

Ok, here's mine. I hope I made it in time! It's a story about brains, thumbtacks, and stolen glory...


Posted by: mom on a wire at April 10, 2006 10:49 PM

Hey. My entry piece is here:


Good luck everyone! Great writing!

Posted by: Nathalie at April 11, 2006 12:17 AM


Wow, that one is from the Way-Back Machine!

Posted by: Dara at April 11, 2006 1:09 AM

Oh..Um I posted before 12:00 AM, my time anyway..its only 10:40 pm here... does my entry sttill count?

Posted by: Nathalie at April 11, 2006 1:41 AM

Dagnabbit. I missed this month's blogging for books. My fly on the wall didn't bother to tell me. I'll have to remember to read your blog more often.

I have a suggestion though, could you create a B4B category for ease of finding relevant posts?


Posted by: jen at April 12, 2006 12:48 AM