January 16, 2012

Bits and Bobs: The Power of Words, The Art of Books

Holly Cupala is one of our longtime author friends and blog buds, as well as a kindred spirit, so we're happy to help plug her newest book, Don't Breathe A Word, which is already getting some great buzz. Not only that, ten percent of the author proceeds go toward Hope for Sexually Exploited Girls. All of those are reasons why I was happy to do my part to help get the word out, along with numerous other amazing (far more amazing than me!) YA authors, as part of this YouTube video on how Words Have Power:

I can only wish I was less dorktacular in this video, but I hope my words and everyone's still ring true. I was thrilled to be a part of it and join Justina Chen, Melissa Walker, Stephanie Kuehnert, Beth Kephart, Denise Jaden, Lish McBride, Lisa Schroeder, Cynthia Jaynes, Tara Kelly, Joelle Anthony, Stasia Ward Kehoe, Janet S. Fox, Tina Ferraro, and Janet Lee Carey in such a worthwhile endeavor. Thanks, Holly, and congrats on your latest!

Need motivation, but the shoulds and the expectations keep bogging you down? Dear Sugar says, don't write "like a man." Don't write "like a woman." Write like a motherfucker. (I would say Pardon my French, but it isn't MY French. I'm just quoting. Plus Tanita sent it to me in the first place.)

If that's not working for you, here are some pretty pictures.

More wild, gorgeous repurposed books are in the slideshow accompanying this Sydney Morning Herald article. (Link via Jim at This Into That, whose work is mentioned in the article.)


David T. Macknet said...

Thank you for the pretty pictures. :)

Beth Kephart said...


Look. Anyone who has the temerity to use that word proves that she is its very opposite.


You are equally.

You are more.

To mingl.


Sarah Stevenson said...

David: Are those not amazing? Although they did sort of make me want to buy old books and do terrible things to them. :) (Uh, "them" being the old books.)

Beth: xoxo

holly cupala said...

I agree with Beth! And I think I will be adding that word to my vocabulary. You do indeed have powerful words to share, and I've been so fortunate to have you--and your words--in my life.

Anonymous said...

I think that the best thing would be to buy BAD books and do horrible things to them. I'm sure that there are numerous biographies of politicians which could be put to good use....

tanita✿davis said...

Right, right, blame me for Sug's dirty mouth.

It's always painful for me to see myself on film: AL.WAY.S. Eventually you'll look back at this and just think it's cute.

Charlotte said...

Cool you!!!! Not dorktacular at all, and pretty impressive company you are keeping!

David T. Macknet said...

They make me want to buy the biographies of politicians and try to make them into something worth looking at. ;)