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      Where’s the #hallmark movie about the stressed writer who copy edits by light of a #christmastree? Must get this book to the printer by January 1–does that make the printer Ebenezer Scrooge? Only in the Hallmark movie, he’d definitely be played by a former soap star. What’s your favorite Hallmark Christmas movie? #liesthatbind
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      #AnstasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #writer #writinglife #writing #amwriting #YA #bookish #yalit #writer #ireadya #editing #bibliophile #booknerdigans #thriller #mystery #lovemyjob #work #workfromhome #atwork #workspace #workfromhomemom #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

      12/12/17

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      WRITER CONFESSION: I️ hate driving on highways, but I braved rush hour traffic this morning to conduct two workshops and a career day panel at a high school in Germantown. One student asked to share her poetry with me, and another asked if he could send me the first chapter of his novel. ❤️📕 #careerday
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writing #writers #Entangled #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #write #YA #YAlit #book #bookstore #bookshelf #BookNews #BookClub #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #read #books #bookaholic #bookish #proofoflies #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at Mastery Charter Pickett Campus)

      11/15/17

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      I’ve decided to tell you guys a story about piracy.

      I didn’t think I had much to add to the piracy commentary I made yesterday, but after seeing some of the replies to it, I decided it’s time for this story.

      Here are a few things we should get clear before I go on:

      1) This is a U.S. centered discussion. Not because I value my non U.S. readers any less, but because I am published with a U.S. publisher first, who then sells my rights elsewhere. This means that the fate of my books, good or bad, is largely decided on U.S. turf, through U.S. sales to readers and libraries.

      2) This is not a conversation about whether or not artists deserve to get money for art, or whether or not you think I in particular, as a flawed human, deserve money. It is only about how piracy affects a book’s fate at the publishing house. 

      3) It is also not a conversation about book prices, or publishing costs, or what is a fair price for art, though it is worthwhile to remember that every copy of a blockbuster sold means that the publishing house can publish new and niche voices. Publishing can’t afford to publish the new and midlist voices without the James Pattersons selling well. 

      It is only about two statements that I saw go by: 

      1) piracy doesn’t hurt publishing. 

      2) someone who pirates the book was never going to buy it anyway, so it’s not a lost sale.

      Now, with those statements in mind, here’s the story.

      It’s the story of a novel called The Raven King, the fourth installment in a planned four book series. All three of its predecessors hit the bestseller list. Book three, however, faltered in strange ways. The print copies sold just as well as before, landing it on the list, but the e-copies dropped precipitously. 

      Now, series are a strange and dangerous thing in publishing. They’re usually games of diminishing returns, for logical reasons: folks buy the first book, like it, maybe buy the second, lose interest. The number of folks who try the first will always be more than the number of folks who make it to the third or fourth. Sometimes this change in numbers is so extreme that publishers cancel the rest of the series, which you may have experienced as a reader — beginning a series only to have the release date of the next book get pushed off and pushed off again before it merely dies quietly in a corner somewhere by the flies.

      So I expected to see a sales drop in book three, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, but as my readers are historically evenly split across the formats, I expected it to see the cut balanced across both formats. This was absolutely not true. Where were all the e-readers going? Articles online had headlines like PEOPLE NO LONGER ENJOY READING EBOOKS IT SEEMS.

      Really?

      There was another new phenomenon with Blue Lily, Lily Blue, too — one that started before it was published. Like many novels, it was available to early reviewers and booksellers in advanced form (ARCs: advanced reader copies). Traditionally these have been cheaply printed paperback versions of the book. Recently, e-ARCs have become common, available on locked sites from publishers. 

      BLLB’s e-arc escaped the site, made it to the internet, and began circulating busily among fans long before the book had even hit shelves. Piracy is a thing authors have been told to live with, it’s not hurting you, it’s like the mites in your pillow, and so I didn’t think too hard about it until I got that royalty statement with BLLB’s e-sales cut in half. 

      Strange, I thought. Particularly as it seemed on the internet and at my booming real-life book tours that interest in the Raven Cycle in general was growing, not shrinking. Meanwhile, floating about in the forums and on Tumblr as a creator, it was not difficult to see fans sharing the pdfs of the books back and forth. For awhile, I paid for a service that went through piracy sites and took down illegal pdfs, but it was pointless. There were too many. And as long as even one was left up, that was all that was needed for sharing. 

      I asked my publisher to make sure there were no e-ARCs available of book four, the Raven King, explaining that I felt piracy was a real issue with this series in a way it hadn’t been for any of my others. They replied with the old adage that piracy didn’t really do anything, but yes, they’d make sure there was no e-ARCs if that made me happy. 

      Then they told me that they were cutting the print run of The Raven King to less than half of the print run for Blue Lily, Lily Blue. No hard feelings, understand, they told me, it’s just that the sales for Blue Lily didn’t justify printing any more copies. The series was in decline, they were so proud of me, it had 19 starred reviews from pro journals and was the most starred YA series ever written, but that just didn’t equal sales. They still loved me.

      This, my friends, is a real world consequence.

      This is also where people usually step in and say, but that’s not piracy’s fault. You just said series naturally declined, and you just were a victim of bad marketing or bad covers or readers just actually don’t like you that much.

      Hold that thought. 

      I was intent on proving that piracy had affected the Raven Cycle, and so I began to work with one of my brothers on a plan. It was impossible to take down every illegal pdf; I’d already seen that. So we were going to do the opposite. We created a pdf of the Raven King. It was the same length as the real book, but it was just the first four chapters over and over again. At the end, my brother wrote a small note about the ways piracy hurt your favorite books. I knew we wouldn’t be able to hold the fort for long — real versions would slowly get passed around by hand through forum messaging — but I told my brother: I want to hold the fort for one week. Enough to prove that a point. Enough to show everyone that this is no longer 2004. This is the smart phone generation, and a pirated book sometimes is a lost sale.

      Then, on midnight of my book release, my brother put it up everywhere on every pirate site. He uploaded dozens and dozens and dozens of these pdfs of The Raven King. You couldn’t throw a rock without hitting one of his pdfs. We sailed those epub seas with our own flag shredding the sky.

      The effects were instant. The forums and sites exploded with bewildered activity. Fans asked if anyone had managed to find a link to a legit pdf. Dozens of posts appeared saying that since they hadn’t been able to find a pdf, they’d been forced to hit up Amazon and buy the book.

      And we sold out of the first printing in two days.

      Two days.

      I was on tour for it, and the bookstores I went to didn’t have enough copies to sell to people coming, because online orders had emptied the warehouse. My publisher scrambled to print more, and then print more again. Print sales and e-sales became once more evenly matched.

      Then the pdfs hit the forums and e-sales sagged and it was business as usual, but it didn’t matter: I’d proven the point. Piracy has consequences.

      That’s the end of the story, but there’s an epilogue. I’m now writing three more books set in that world, books that I’m absolutely delighted to be able to write. They’re an absolute blast. My publisher bought this trilogy because the numbers on the previous series supported them buying more books in that world. But the numbers almost didn’t. Because even as I knew I had more readers than ever, on paper, the Raven Cycle was petering out. 

      The Ronan trilogy nearly didn’t exist because of piracy. And already I can see in the tags how Tumblr users are talking about how they intend to pirate book one of the new trilogy for any number of reasons, because I am terrible or because they would ‘rather die than pay for a book’. As an author, I can’t stop that. But pirating book one means that publishing cancels book two. This ain’t 2004 anymore. A pirated copy isn’t ‘good advertising’ or ‘great word of mouth’ or ‘not really a lost sale.’

      That’s my long piracy story. 

      This should make any author think. Her experiment with her own pirated PDF is genius. Well played.

      10/31/17

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      My family has taken i’s story public. We have been trying HARD to get help to our relatives in Puerto Rico, and after our phone call yesterday–where we were actually left discussing how we, private citizens, might be able to contact the Mayor of Utuado (who doesn’t have a working phone) to ask him to “officially request aid”– we decided to write an article about what we’ve been facing.

      It’s up on Philly.com now, and it will be in the Inquirer tomorrow. We need to keep the media, and the country, invested in this story, so the people of Puerto Rico aren’t forgotten with the next news cycle. Thanks to everyone who has helped us out. It means a lot.

      http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/commentary/one-philly-familys-struggles-to-help-relatives-in-hurricane-battered-puerto-rico-20171004.html

      Feel free to share my Op Ed with your friends, and more importantly, please consider sharing the article with your senators and congressmen. Thank you!
      #pubforpr #puertorico #utuado #puertoricorelief
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      #writersofinstagram #writerslife #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #oped #opinion #YA #YAlit #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #bookaholic #bookish #proofoflies #dianarodriguezwallach (at Devil’s Pocket, Philadelphia)

      10/04/17

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      This isn’t my normal author post where I talk about writing quirks or book signings, this is where I talk about what my family has been dealing with behind the scenes since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. We have family we haven’t heard from, because communication is down and no one can get to them. We have family in San Juan with serious medical conditions. So we’ve decided to stop feeling helpless and do something. We’re raising money to send supplies and aid workers directly to Utuado, a mountain town that will not be on any government radar for quite a while. If you’re looking for a way to help and you don’t know how, here’s one way:
      https://www.youcaring.com/therodriguezfamilyofsanjuanandutuadopuertorico-961404

      Live link is in my bio.

      My first novel, AMOR AND SUMMER SECRETS, is set in Utuado and based on my family there. My dad grew up there. I owe Utuado a lot and I thank you in helping me help them.

      #hurricanemaria #hurucánmaria #utuado #puertorico #unidosporpuertorico (at Utuado, Puerto Rico)

      09/25/17

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      Come see me tomorrow! I will be at:

      B&N In Marlton, NJ from 1-3pm doing a whole Wonder Woman theme with fellow “Diana,” author Diana Gallagher.

      B&N in Rittenhouse, Philadelphia from 5-7pm. I will be helping to facilitate a FREE creative writing workshop at 5 PM, followed by a Q&A and signing at 6 PM.

      Come say hi!
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writing #writers #Entangled #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #write #YA #YAlit #book #bookstore #bookshelf #BookNews #BookClub #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #read #books #bookaholic #bookish #proofoflies #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen #visitphilly #philly (at Barnes and Noble Rittenhouse)

      09/22/17

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      Speaking at my daughter’s school today, and I even busted out the new shoes. Packed: poster, books, printed manuscript, galley, edit letter and bookmarks. #ready #toughaudience
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writing #writers #Entangled #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #write #YA #YAlit #book #bookstore #bookshelf #BookNews #BookClub #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #read #books #bookaholic #bookish #proofoflies #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

      09/14/17

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      I’m so excited to participating in B-Fest at the B&N in Marlton, NJ on Sat., Sept. 23rd! Come out and see me with Diana Gallagher (two Dianas!) from 1-3pm.
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writing #writers #Entangled #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #write #YA #YAlit #book #bookstore #bookshelf #BookNews #BookClub #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #read #books #bookaholic #bookish #proofoflies #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at Marlton, New Jersey)

      09/11/17

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      READER CONFESSION–I can’t pass by a box marked “Free Books” on a city stoop. Here’s what I got yesterday in West Philly. I may have squealed when I saw the Buffy title.
      QOTD–Are you grossed out by used books on the sidewalk? Or will you dive in and see what’s there?
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      #writersofinstagram #writerslife #reading #writers #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #write #YA #YAlit #book #bookstore #bookshelf #BookNews #BookClub #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #read #books #bookaholic #buffy #meditation #vampirediaries (at West Philadelphia Born & Raised)

      08/24/17

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      I may be deep in edits but I’m still prepared for #eclipse day. (Please excuse my poor food choices. I’d like to tell you there’s also a box of bran flakes in my cabinet, but there isn’t.) #parenting #win
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writing #writers #Entangled #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #write #YA #YAlit #book #bookstore #bookshelf #BookNews #BookClub #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #read #books #bookaholic #bookish #proofoflies #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen
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      (at Devil’s Pocket, Philadelphia)

      08/21/17

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      Glass of wine, kindle, hint of an ocean view and the kids finally asleep = vacation. #jerseyshore
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      #bookish #bookme #books #book #reading #ya #totalbooknerd #becauseofreading #bookworm #instabook #booknerd #booklover #bibliophile #bookstagram #instacool #instagood #instalove #instamood #instabooks #instadaily #kindle (at Beach in Avalon)

      08/15/17

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      WRITING CONFESSION–I often sit crossed leg at my desk. Anyone else?
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writing #writers #Entangled #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #write #YA #YAlit #book #bookstore #bookshelf #BookNews #BookClub #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #read #books #bookaholic #bookish #proofoflies #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at Devil’s Pocket, Philadelphia)

      08/04/17

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      I’ve got a very cool panel discussion and signing next week in the Philadelphia area. Come out and meet and @realvictoriascott on Wednesday, August 9th at 6pm at @doylestownbooks. We’ll be discussing PROOF OF LIES, VIOLET GRENADE, and all things #YA. Hope to see you there!
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writing #writers #Entangled #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #write #YA #YAlit #book #bookstore #bookshelf #BookNews #BookClub #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #read #books #bookaholic #bookish #proofoflies #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen
      (at Doylestown, Pennsylvania)

      08/02/17

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      REVISION CONFESSION–When I’m working on a book, I have to read only books in the same genre. I’m 60k words deep into Book 3 of the #AnastasiaPhoenix series, thrillers, so I’m reading #jamespatterson, king of thrillers. Not YA, but there’s a lot I can learn from reading the masters. #nationalselfieday
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writing #writers #Entangled #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #write #YA #YAlit #book #bookstore #bookshelf #BookNews #BookClub #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #read #books #bookaholic #bookish #proofoflies #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at South Philadelphia)

      06/21/17

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      REVISION CONFESSION: I just had to do a “find” in the PDF of PROOF OF LIES to remember how to spell a main character’s last name. Was it Charlotte Conner? Charlotte Connor? Or Charlotte Connors? Turns out I had it wrong in the edited draft of book 2, and book 3 draft I’m working on! BTW–it’s “Conner.” #fridayreads
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writing #writers #Entangled #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #write #YA #YAlit #book #bookstore #bookshelf #BookNews #BookClub #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #read #books #bookaholic #bookish #proofoflies #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen

      06/16/17

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      REVISION CONFESSION: I take handwritten notes on my manuscript as I’m reading it, because I will likely forget details of Chapter 2 by the time I get to Chapter 10. What color were her eyes again? Wait, did I already say she has insecurity issues? #WritingTips #Book3 #trilogy #amediting #amwriting
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writing #writers #Entangled #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #BookNews #BookClub #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #read #books #bookaholic #bookish #proofoflies #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at Fitler Square, Philadelphia)

      06/15/17

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      Got to meet with my first group of teens who actually READ Proof Of Lies before my visit. Cutest part was when one girl said she had a crush on Marcus, Anastasia Phoenix’s love interest. I made a book boyfriend! I even showed them pictures of the Spanish model who inspired Marcus’s appearance. Thanks @mightywriters!
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writing #writers #Entangled #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #BookNews #BookClub #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #read #books #bookaholic #bookish #proofoflies #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at West Philadelphia)

      06/06/17

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      My niece and book blogger, @marissarnicole, found PROOF OF LIES at #BookCon! I didn’t even know it was going to be there! How cool!
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writing #writers #Entangled #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #BookNews #BookClub #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #read #books #bookaholic #bookish #proofoflies #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen

      06/03/17

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      I just finished a book that would be so perfect for my character, Anastasia Phoenix’s, TBR pile– STOLEN, by Lucy Christopher. It’s told in an unusual voice, second person, but it WORKS because the entire novel is written as a letter to the man who stole her at an airport. I will admit that the character arc at the end felt a bit too abrupt to me, but overall, the book is beautifully written and very original. Plus, super BRAVE–I mean, the second person? Come on, that takes guts. And as Anastasia Phoenix says in PROOF OF LIES, she “is nothing if not respectful of the lone wolf.” My character would love this book, and the above quote!

      06/02/17

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      Amazon just sent me an email letting me know my book is on sale. I think the site is utterly confused as to why I visit the PROOF OF LIES page every day and don’t buy it. It’s called obsession, Amazon. And sales rank. #authorproblems

      05/31/17

    • 6 Historical YA Novels in Which #ShePersisted

      Love this list. They had me at #shepersisted.

      05/31/17

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      I may have over prepared for my daughter’s career day. I brought posters, pictures of Italian scenes in the book, a printed manuscript, two edit letters, my outlines, and all my novels and essays. Spoke to kindergarteners who had fantastic comments like, “my uncle lives in New Jersey,” and 4th graders who asked LOTS more about the writing process and what it was like in Italy. So fun! #publicschool #careerday
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writing #writers #Entangled #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #BookNews #BookClub #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #read #books #bookaholic #bookish #proofoflies #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

      05/10/17

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      Spent my Sunday talking about PROOF OF LIES with high school students at the Mighty Writers community center in Eest Philadelphia. Awesome questions from the group!

      05/01/17

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      Day 3 of Writing Retreat in Wallingford/Swarthmore Woods. Goal for today-5k words! #nofilter #nosleeptil60k
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writing #writers #Entangled #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #BookNews #BookClub #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #read #books #bookaholic #bookish #proofoflies #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at Wallingford, Pennsylvania)

      04/13/17

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      I’m noticing a common theme in reviews for PROOF OF LIES, many of them include the line “perfect for anyone who has a sister.” I <3 this so much!
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writing #writers #Entangled #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #BookNews #BookClub #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #read #books #bookaholic #bookish #proofoflies #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen

      04/05/17

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