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Authors Rating Their Own Books Five Stars? How Tacky!
August 27, 2016

I read with great interest what was essentially a note to all authors who self-rate their books five stars.

That’s just so … just so … *tacky*.

Further, star-abuse is hands-down attributable to the fact that we authors as a lot must be inappropriate, ego-puffed cheaters with an aim to game the system.

(As if one review can even make a dent, for argument’s sake?)

Hello, my name is Emily Murdoch and I’m a self-rated five-star giver.
And I’m downright incorrigible.

Because, truth is, if we couldn’t rate our own book five stars, you’d be the ones we’d be cheating.

Chances are, those self-rated five-star books exist due to great and tedious artistic commitment and sacrifice; of time, money, fun, weekends, holidays, time with loved ones, friends and family, for salaries mostly impossible to live on, so most authors have more than one job.

Because writing is a job. We may love it; it may be a blessing and a gift, a way to share ideas to touch or entertain or enlighten or better the world, better ourselves, and for the sheer joy of it, yes.

But it’s work. Much work. Even if it’s work we love.

And so I give my own books five stars in celebration, in excitement to share the words, to help bring light or a lean or some kindness, goodness, compassion and understanding back into this tough world.

That there are readers or reviewers with the sole intent of one-starring self-rated five-star authors due to a personal hypothesis, without facts, is actually sad.

Sad to see the world of writing that way.

I woke up this morning slumped over in the faux-suede recliner with my laptop open on my lap, having fallen asleep over my current manuscript.

The writing time I could take was late night, so I took it.

Just as I will again, tonight.

My name is Emily Murdoch, and I am a self-rated five star author.

May everything you love and create be worthy of your own five stars.

#amwriting #amrevising #sleepingcountswinks #YAsaves

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So much IF YOU FIND ME News Plus Video!
October 13, 2015

Hi, everyone!

It’s been quite a busy year as an author, but packed with absolutely lovely surprises for this lucky little book of mine.

Some of the news I can share: two new sales to Brazil and Turkey, along with the novel’s nomination/shortlisting for both the German Buxtehuder Bulle Award and the German Children’s Literature Prize, the latter to be announced on Friday, October 16th, at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Other news that has me bursting at the seams will have to keep, but as soon as I can share, I will.

That said, I had a great time answering questions posed by my Brazilian readers, book bloggers and reviewers about IF YOU FIND ME.

Obrigada, Brazil!

Part One: 

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=530547910428823&id=419365668213715

Part Two:

https://www.facebook.com/AgirNow/posts/532371070246507

Agir Now even made the novel a playlist! (Number 9 has always been Carey’s anthem, very cool!)

http://www.agirnow.com.br/blog/2015/09/playlist-de-no-coracao-da-floresta/

I hope everyone is safe and well, and I wish you and yours a joy-filled and *glorious* Holiday Season! 
   

   

Have A Question? Bring It On!
May 19, 2015

“Emily Murdoch, author of the achingly beautiful IF YOU FIND ME, joins me this Thursday for a Q&A and giveaway…”

http://t.co/WBhHyQo2cz

Thank you, C J Redwine (who happens to be one of my favorite authors).

Hope to see you there!

IF YOU FIND ME a Carnegie Medal ’14 nominee! Plus All. The. News.
November 11, 2013

How can I begin to find adequate words?

**IF YOU FIND ME is an official nominee for the Carnegie Medal 2014!**

 The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards – Press Desk

I believe the simply profound truth is that there are no words. (Even for a writer, sometimes!) Being nominated is an honor, a blessing, and a moment I’ll never forget. Ever.

Ever.

That being said, it’s been awhile since I’ve updated everyone. I’ve posted bits of news here and there, but I wanted to be sure I posted all the wonderfulness here, to share with all of you, since this blog is where it all began.

Firstly, *thank you* for your lovely fan letters and emails. They are precious to me, make me smile daily, and remind me of why I write; how these paper worlds of words and ideas really can change the world, both inside and out.

For everyone inquiring, I hope to have second novel news, soon. More on that in the future.

In the meantime …

THE LATEST NEWS:

Oh my goodness, the news!

 IF YOU FIND ME (click to add on Goodreads)  

~Was invited (along with myself : ) to participate in the Tucson Festival of Books, March 2014!

~Is a Goodreads Choice Awards Best Books of 2013 nominee in two categories:

Best Young Adult Fiction 2013 — Goodreads Choice Awards (click here to VOTE!)

Best Debut Goodreads Author 2013 — Goodreads Choice Awards (click here to VOTE!)

(Your votes are so appreciated, if you would be so kind! : )

~Named a BOOKLIST Books for Youth Editors’ Choice for 2013!

~Sold to Korea!

~Has been nominated for the CYBILS! Cybils: 2013 Nominations: Young Adult Fiction

~Will have the original epilogue included in the 2014 paperback editions for the US and UK!

~Was reviewed  in the June 2nd edition of the New York Times Book Review and is named Editors’ Choice in the June 9th edition! (Four months later, still no adequate words!)  ‘If You Find Me,’ by Emily Murdoch – NYTimes.com

~Is an official YALSA Best Books For Young Readers nominee! BFYA Nominations | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

~Released in the UK in May with a gorgeous new cover! The book is a work of art. Thank you, Orion Indigo!

~Entered its second printing in the US, eight days after release!

~Sold to Spain and Italy, and is currently out in Dutch and (almost) German!

Lastly, I can’t wait to share IF YOU FIND ME’s different covers and interpretations in the foreign market, but I’ll save that for another post.

As always, I hope everyone is doing well! I wish you all the words and a safe and glorious holiday season.

God bless us, everyone.

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Shine On: The IF YOU FIND ME Blog Tour!
March 17, 2013

It’s not easy to shine. We all think it is, looking into whatever light we find, wherever we’re lucky enough to find it, whether people, place or thing.

But the truth is, it takes courage to shine. To take that risk, that leap, that plunge. To let people see you, hear you, read you, know you … to own that light and believe in the inalienable right to shine, shine, shine.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson

Please join us on the IF YOU FIND ME blog tour, kicking off March 18th at The Midnight Garden! I’ve been hard at work composing original material, companion pieces and even an interview with Carey! Here’s what Wendy Darling has to say:

Please join us next week, when the official If You Find Me Blog Tour begins!

We have a fantastic line-up of exclusive interviews, excerpts, and guest posts for you hosted by some wonderful bloggers. Each stop will also provide an opportunity for you to win a copy of this beautiful book as well, so be sure to follow along with the tour.

3/18  The Midnight Garden
3/19  Alluring Reads
3/20  Live to Read
3/21  YA Romantics
3/22  Winterhaven Books

          3/23  Once Upon a Prologue
          3/24  Hobbitses

3/25  ExLibris Kate
3/26  Xpresso Reads
3/27  Bookish
3/28  Great Imaginations
3/29  Good Books and Good Wine

Blog Tour Coordinator Extraordinaire

I look forward to seeing you there! : )

*Thank you to the blog owners and hosts making this tour possible. Your kindness and generosity mean the world to me!