These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…

Posted on: 01/31/11

Regular readers of the BLog know that my love for Apple products is measured in megatons. And my devotion to the One, True God of Music (known most often by his mortal name, “Bruce Springsteen”) is deeper and longer-lived than even my considerable Applephilia.

So imagine the paroxysm of gibbering joy that commenced when I came across an article discussing the similarities in philosophy between The Boss and Steve Jobs (known in some circles as The iBoss).

Blogging for, Carmine Gallo draws important comparisons between the two gentlemen in a piece I sorta, kinda wish I’d thought of first. In any event, he breaks down their common elements into four key concepts:

  • Do What You Love
  • Put a Dent in the Universe
  • Obsess over the customer experience
  • Eliminate the clutter

Uh, can I get an “Amen?”

Gallo is writing for and to entrepreneurs, but I believe his distillate of Jobsian Bossism (TM Barry Lyga LLC, patent pending) is applicable to a broad swath of vocations, including, of course, the Writing Life. Check out the entire blog post (it’s short, I promise) at

Interview: Books and More

Steven R. McEvoy at the Books and More website asked me if I would be willing to let him interview me for his readers.

If you’ve read this far, you can probably guess the answer. 🙂

Check out my list of 10 books you gotta read, the authors who shaped me, and more!

Linky-link to the interview.

Teen Author Reading Nights – Spring 2011!

Every month, YA authors gather in New York City to read from recent and upcoming works. If you’re in the city, why not join us?

The readings take place each month at the Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library, located at 425 6th Ave (at 10th St.). Each night’s event runs from 6-7:30 pm.

If I’m in town, I always make sure to attend — join me!

February 9 

Gwendolyn Heasley – Where I Belong
Melissa Kantor – The Darlings are Forever
E. Lockhart – Real Live Boyfriends
Michael Northrop – Trapped
Maryrose Wood – The Hidden Gallery


No reading in March due to the Teen Author Festival, which will feature multiple readings throughout the city! (I’ll update you on the Teen Author Festival in February.)

April 6

E. Archer – Geek Fantasy Novel
Judy Blundell – Strings Attached
Jen Calonita – There’s No Place Like Home
Elizabeth Eulberg – Prom and Prejudice
Violet Haberdasher – Knightley Academy
Patrick Ryan – Gemini Bites

Guest Blog: Largehearted Boy

A few months ago, I was contacted by David Gutowski of the popular blog “Largehearted Boy,” wondering if I would like to contribute to his Book Notes series about the music authors listen to as they write. For the most part, Book Notes is about how music influences writing, specifically how certain songs/playlists contribute to certain books.

My problem is that rarely does the music I listen to match up so squarely with what I’m writing. But as serendipity would have it, the Goth Girl Rising paperback was around the corner…and my music-listening habits had changed pretty dramatically during the writing of that book.

So, yeah, I took David up on his offer a penned a guest-blog for his site, discussing my shift from Springsteen, Zevon, Ice-T, and Public Enemy to the likes of Linda Strawberry, Sara Bareilles, and even Kelly Clarkson

Check it out here.

Fanboy…Free to Good Home

Posted on: 01/04/11

So, I recently received my author’s copies of The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl in both Spanish and Catalan. Very cool.

But as much as I enjoy having the books, the fact of the matter is that I don’t need multiple copies of my own work. One copy of each for my “brag shelf” is just fine, thankyouverymuch. What, then, am I to do with the remaining copies?

I want to give them away. To you.

Well, maybe to you. Depends on who you are.

These books aren’t in English, and I don’t want to just give them away to people as a curiosity. I’d like them to serve a purpose and actually be read. As a result, here’s my plan:

If you are involved in some sort of English as a Second Language program or some sort of at-risk program involving folks (adults or kids) who speak Spanish or Catalan, you are eligible for a free copy of The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl. All you need to do is send a letter on your organization’s letterhead(school, local charity, community college, what-have-you) explaining that you represent such-and-such a program and you’d like a free book. Mail that letter to me care of my agent:

Barry Lyga
c/o Anderson Literary Management
12 W. 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

That’s it! I’ll send you a free book to use in your program. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Note that you must specify which language you need! I expect that the demand will be for the Spanish editions, as Catalan is not nearly as widely spoken. This, of course, means that if your program does involve Catalan, you have a much greater chance of landing a book.