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jenniferoconnell
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Welcome!

Hi there, I'm Jennifer O'Connell, a contributor to, and editor of, EVERYTHING...
I hope you'll post your comments, questions and thoughts, as several of the contributors will be dropping by to chat.

Looking forward to it,
J
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MegCabot
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Re: Welcome!

Jennifer, I have a question I never thought to ask you while we were working on this collection. What made you think of doing this book? Also, how did you select the authors who were involved? And how long, once you got the essays, did it take you to put this book together?

Sorry if this has been asked before, but there are a lot of posts here, and though I did look, I didn't see this one!

Meg Cabot
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MegCabot
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Re: Welcome!

Actually, I think I am going to make this post it's own question. Because it probably doesn't belong under the Welcome post. SORRY!

Meg
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jenniferoconnell
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Re: Welcome!

Hi Meg:
I'd just finished my third adult novel and was about to start my first teen book (which I write as Jenny O'Connell). I was sitting at my desk figuring out how to write like a "girl," when it occurred to me that all of my "adult" characters in my books are what I'd imagained Judy Blume's characters would be like when they grew up. So I thought, "Everything I needed to know about being a girl I learned from Judy Blume." And it just sounded so right I immediately emailed my agent and asked what she thought of the line. She loved it (being a Judy fan herself).

So I had to figure out what the heck it was - a novel, a collection, fiction, non-fiction, and I decided it should be a collection of essays from other women authors who I thought might feel the same way I did. I also wanted authors who would be able to write honestly, with humor, and have no fear. I also wanted to work with writers I liked and who would make the project fun.

Reading all of the essays was so much fun. I was so afraid they'd end up being too similar - after all, we were writing about the same books. But they were all so different because each of the writer's experience was so different.

So that's the story!
J
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AlisonPace
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Re: Welcome!

Hi Jennifer, and Meg, and everyone else...
I'm so excited to see that Judy Blume herself has stopped by, and that there have been so many terrific questions for her. Thank you, Judy Blume! And, good question, Meg, as I never knew how the anthology got started...
Really honored to be a part of it...
More soon,
Alison
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Rachel-K
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Registered: ‎10-19-2006
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Re: Welcome!

It is a great question! When I saw the title I laughed out loud--something about it seems so perfectly obvious, like, why hasn't this book been written before?! (Especially in an age where we seem to study so many aspects of our lives). Who didn't love Judy Blume? What girl didn't thumb through them over again (as if they were reference books)? And yet somehow, I cant think of an adult conversation before this group about reading her books and what it meant to me! It makes a lot of sense that women writing young adult fiction, or teaching this age group, would think to put it together. And every time I mention the book, I see the same response in any woman within about a decade either side of my own age!

It's a wonderful idea, and I'm so glad you recognized it immediately and got to work on it. You've all done your peers a great service!

Rachel
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