Wednesday, December 30, 2009

20 FNC Originals + 09 Real World Recaps = 2009 Must-Reads!

Since this blogging adventure began in April, the First Novels Club has written nearly 200 posts! But before we get all excited about 2010, here's a very narrowed-down list of our most fantabulous posts of 2009 for your reading pleasure.

And they're in pretty categories! (I love categories.)

20 FNC Originals + 09 Real World Recaps = 2009!


YA Character Studies
The Perks of Being a Fictional Character
The Quarreling Couple
* Disney-fied:
The Little Mermaid
Beauty and the Beast
Charming vs. Philip (Disney Princes Smackdown)
Gaston (The Villain in YA)

Plot Studies and Topics
Oh. My. God. - Religion in YA
Rounding the Bases in YA: Kissing, Sex, and Everything in Between
"Once Upon a Time" is SO Last Season...
*You Can Teach an Old Plot New Tricks:
The Hunger Games

General Writing Goodness
Epic Critique Groups
Do you Outline, take this Writer to be your Lawfully Wedded Storyteller?
Quick and Entertaining Inspiration
Saving the Scraps
The Voyage Home: Loop Writing
On the road of writing, avoid the GIANT POTHOLES.


Adventures in Author Stalking
Maria V. Snyder Storm Glass book signing
Lara Zeises Release Party for Stella Madison
Sara Shepard Pretty Little Liars signing
Jay Asher 13 Reasons Why signing
Epic Night in NYC: Kristin Cashore, Justine Larbalestier, Scott Westerfeld, Libba Bray, and SUZANNE COLLINS!!!
AMAZING Weekend: Sarah Dessen, Laurie Halse Anderson, T.A. Barron, Steve Kluger, Justine Larbelestier, David Levithan, Lauren Myracle, Scott Westerfeld, and Jacqueline Woodson!

Notes from a Writing Conference...
RUCCL One-on-One Conference Part One, Part Two
SCBWI-EPA Poconos Conference

And last but not least for 2009...

Shameless Self-Promotion
About Us...
*FNC WIPets! (Snippets from our WIPs)
Donna 1, 2, Magnetic Kama Sutra
Frankie 1, 2
Janine 1, 2
Sara 1, 2

(We're also cleaning up our lefthand sidebar, so stay tuned for more posts today highlighting our author interviews and guest posts; book reviews and co-reviews; and Frankie's Vampire Diaries recaps! We couldn't pick favorites, but feel free to tell us yours!)

2009 By The (Semi-Official) Numbers:
4 - FNC members
194 - total posts
17 - authors interviewed/guest posted
14 - book reviews
5 - conferences attended
16 - authors met
35 - books signed
5 - blog contests since September
340 - followers (and counting!)
23,000 - page views since September
1 - mini kits published
1,000,000 - words written (mostly Frankie's)
3 - complete first drafts finished
216 - books read (collectively)
23 - agents and editors met
15 - FNC critique meetings
3 - average length (in hours) of critique meeting
89 - books purchased
... and we loved every minute of it!

Onward to 2010! We can't wait to see what the new year brings! (Did someone say "Query Wars"?)
What's your favorite post or feature on our blog? Any requests for a topic / plot point / character / author / book / etc you want us to cover in the New Year?


  1. Yay for onward to 2010! its gonna be a great year, I can feel it! :)

  2. Congrats on all you've accomplished this year!!! I'm looking forward to seeing one of those three novels get through the editing phase and published in 2010! I realize that would be a fast pace, I'm just impatient that way. :)

  3. Dani: We hope so too! If exciting things happen for you, make sure you stop by and let us know -- we love reasons to celebrate!

    One Pushy Fox: My personal goals are as such - revisions done; queries out; agent found! If any of us got a book deal in 2010 (which is kinda possible), I think I'd fall over with happiness. Thanks for the support!

  4. I was hoping to put off the new year a month or so ;)


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