Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday Musing.

So you know how sometimes when you're stuck on a scene for days and days and you start to think you totally suck at life and should probably just throw the towel in and become a sheep farmer (not that there's anything wrong with that) but then you turn on Living Room by Tegan & Sara and have your second (and by that I mean fourth) cup of coffee and suddenly the scene has written itself and is maybe even... KIND OF AWESOME?

Love.  When.  That.  Happens!!!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Night Favs!

So, in honor of the weekend's official arrival (woohoo!), I thought I'd share my top ten list of this week's Friday Night Favs.

Let's start with #1) Awesome book trailers for awesome new releases.  I was already in awe of these writers.  And now I am also in awe of the people who made these trailers!  One of whom is (amazingly) only twelve-years-old.  Wow. 

#2) The sound my cat makes when he rolls over.  An adorable cross between a purr and a meow, and at least one full octave higher than his usual repertoire, Charlie has skillfully learned to use this vocal trick on me whenever I discover he's destroyed yet another piece of furniture.  Which--unfortunately for my furniture--pretty much works every time. 

#3)  Band of Horses, Cease to Begin.  An old fav I've had on replay ever since, well, breakfast.  So, so good.

#4) Going through middle/high school photos and recalling the days in which I resembled a seriously fluffy sheep and/or poodle.  This week I wrote a letter that's going to be included in a new anthology from the creators of the website DEAR TEEN ME, to be published next fall.  (Fun!!)  Except then I had to submit a teen photo, which led to the discovery of these little gems.  Oh YES.  We're talking genuine side-pony, complete with extra large scrunchy.

Dear God.

Happy Halloween.    


#5) Rereading Summer Sisters, by Judy Blume.  The first time I read this sultry tale of best friends, betrayal, and make-outs amidst the sand dunes, I was seventeen and on a sailing trip with my bff and her parents.  At one point, we got stuck on a sandbar for hours and I didn't even notice, thanks to the one and only, original JB.  Rereading it again this week only confirms my early suspicions: Summer Sisters is, without a doubt, one of the most trashily delectable (in a good way) ways to spend an afternoon. 


#6) Discovering old 80's cartoons on youtube.  I'll admit it, this one's not exactly conducive to getting lots of work done (except it sort of counts as research for Book 2, I swear!).  But c'mon, who knew the entire Care BearsMy Little Pony, and All Dogs Go to Heaven filmography were sitting there, just waiting to be discovered?!  I need--Brazil--the throng, the THRILL...  Okay, I'll stop.  But really, this is kind of amazing.

#7) Because every baby needs a good toupee!  A good friend recently shared this website, and it was simply too good not to include with this week's list of favs.  (Apologies in advance to my future children, who will, at some point, be receiving these as holiday gifts.)  

#8) Having people tell me I look like the redhead on True Blood I know, I don't see the resemblance either, but whatevs, I'll take it.  (Thanks, Emily!)  At the very least, this does help me to feel better about the previous fluffy poodles photos, see above. 

#9)  Sixteen & Pregnant.  I'm sorry, but has there been a better/guiltier pleasure since The Hills?  Okay, probably.  But I don't care, this one's still my latest fav.

And last, but certainly not least, #10--When people say nice things about my book!!  
(Sorry, couldn't help myself.)  I love, love, LOVE this early review of Catastrophic History!  Thank you, Angie!  : ) 

So that's it.  Tune in next week for a new round of Friday Night Favs.  

And happy weekend, everyone!  


Friday, October 7, 2011

Happy Holiday Weekend + a Contest!

Hey guys!

Guess what?  Only three days til my birthday!  I'm down in Charleston, South Carolina where I grew up, and can't wait to celebrate in true southern fashion with some great seafood, a little bluegrass, a Civil War-era ghost story or two, and a walk on Folly Beach--where my best friends and I used to gaze longingly at the surfers.  It's so good to be home!  If you've never been to Charleston before you are seriously missing out.

Another reason to celebrate?  The oh-so-awesome Penguin Marketing Team just put together a fabulous Spring '12 Sampler, featuring the first 2 chapters of CATASTROPHIC HISTORY, BORN WICKED, THE DISENCHANTMENTS, RIPPER, and A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS!  I keep getting more and more excited about Spring 12'--only a few months to go!  So what are you waiting for?  Click here for a sneak peak!

In honor of this super cool sampler (and my almost birthday), I'll be giving away one signed ARC of my book, THE CATASTROPHIC HISTORY OF YOU AND ME!  Entering for a chance to win is easy.  All you have to do is share a comment below, leave me a birthday note on Facebook, or retweet Penguin's link to the sampler, like this: 

Check out Penguin’s Teen Spring Sampler, featuring BORN WICKED & CATASTROPHIC HISTORY here: @JessRothenberg

The contest closes at EXACTLY midnight on Monday, 10/10 (when I officially turn into a pumpkin), so hurry!  ; )  

Good luck and happy holiday weekend!  


Monday, September 19, 2011

New website, new cover, new video, oh my!

Hi, friends!

What a crazyfast month it has been! Between work, travel, earthquakes and hurricanes, it's hard to believe the summer is really, truly, actually over. Luckily, fall happens to be my #1 favorite season (I was born on 10/10), so even though I'm sad to say farewell to rooftop partying and warm weather, I'm also REALLY excited to pull out the cozy sweaters, comfy brown boots, funky tights, and, best of all... scarves!

(Um, did I mention?  I'm kind of a scarf-a-holic...)

A little scary, I know. But what is even scarier is that very soon I will be making my annual fall pilgrimage to Urban Outfitters, at which point I will likely buy out their entire 2011 scarf collection.  So, basically, if you do not hear from me for a while this winter, please just go ahead and send a search party to:

Jess Rothenberg's Closet
Right above the Bike Shop
Brooklyn, NY 11215

(Thank you in advance.)

Meanwhile, onto some book-related fun!

First off, I just want to say congratulations to my good friend, former editorial colleague, and fellow YA author, Anne Heltzel!  Her first novel CIRCLE NINE went on sale last week, and I'm so excited for her!  (Head over to her Facebook fan page to find out more about Anne and her awesome book.)

Next, in case you haven't seen it, THE CATASTROPHIC HISTORY OF YOU AND ME has a Brand. New. Cover!

Isn't it gorgeous??  I really liked the original ARC cover (girl in pieces, see previous posts), but I LOVE the totally ethereal quality of this girl and her dress and how the upside down Golden Gate Bridge looks a tiny bit like wings.  So, so lovely.  Hope you like it! (Email me with any thoughts, I'd love to hear them.)   

In website news, I've been hard at work on the *real-deal* and am thrilled to announceat long lastit is LIVE!! (Yes, I like alliteration.) Check it out! There's a bunch of new content about me and my book over there, and I'll be doing some fun contests and galley giveaways (ooh la la) in the coming weeks/months, so don't be a stranger! 

And, finally, I'll leave you with something just for fun....  (Hint: Turn up your volume / get ready to dance!)

People often ask me what it's like to be a writer in NYC, and where I find my inspiration. So, I decided to make a short little movie (link below) to give you a small glimpse into my Writing Life.  Or Non-Writing Life, as this particular afternoon turned out.

What can I say?  Some days are just too nice to stay inside.    : )

Hope you enjoy it.  And more to come!


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Welcome to my lair, I mean blog.

Well, hello!  If I’m reading this sidebar-thing correctly, then I have exactly two new members joining me today, and to those kind people I would just like to say:  WELCOME.  I hope you both enjoy this blogging experience and return to blog with us for all of your future blogging needs.

I’ll admit, when it comes to work and self-promotion, I’m usually more of the swim quietly under the radar and then ATTACK when they’re not looking kind of a person.  But now that my first book is coming out in February, I should probably start swimming more where the people can actually see me.  Otherwise known as Start a Blog.


p.s. it's Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, hence all the attack-talk.  (I'm usually much nicer.)

Anyway, a little more about me since that's maybe why you're here.  Up until the end of 2010, I was working as Senior Editor at an imprint of Penguin Young Readers called Razorbill, except for this one time when a pretty important magazine accidentally called us "Razorfish."  Razorfish was a great place to be an editor!  I made some of my very best friends while getting to work with a lot of awesome writers like Richelle Mead, Lili St. Crow, Kathy Reichs, Josh Lieb, Kevin Bolger, and Robert Paul Weston, to name just a few.  I traveled to conferences, brainstormed fun series ideas (more sharks, anyone?), rarely ate lunch, and even got to meet Hanson, whichas anyone who went to summer camp in the early to mid '90s could tell youis a Very Big Deal.  

Then I started a wonderful low-residency MFA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, VT, where I began working on a YA novel all about love, loss, and heartbreak (except it's funny too, I swear!), that pretty soon after sold to Dial/Penguin and made me so happy!

But one morning, after months of exactly zero sleep, I realized I was beginning to feel more like the zombies in the books I was editing than an actual human being.  So even though it wasn't easy, I finally decided to leave Razorfish behind for new adventures in writing full-time.  Scary, yes, but also EXCITING!  

I still miss the team and our hallway dance-offs a lot, but I know I made the right decision.  If things don't work out, I figure I can always go back to school to live my real dream (don't tell my editor) of becoming a Dolphin Sociologist.  But for now, things are pretty great!  I even get to eat lunch a few times a week now, which is a definite plus.

And on the days when the writing life gets lonely, I get to snuggle with this guy.  He is also an excellent copyeditor, it turns out, and is currently taking on freelance clients. (That's a mouse on his head, fyi.)

I know.  How lucky am I?  

Answer:  VERY.   : ) 

Until we blog again!