Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Guest Post: Elana Johnson

Today we have the fabulous Elana Johnson, author of POSSESSION and SURRENDER, which just launched today! If you want to catch up with this fab author, you can find her at her blog, her Facebook, or on Twitter. And now, without further ado: Elana on launching a book!

Countdown to a (Book)Launch!
A guest post by Elana Johnson

Okay, so today is LAUNCH DAY for SURRENDER! It is always a super-fun day where I get to have my nails painted and eat as much bacon as I want. My launch party is also tonight at a fantastic independent bookstore in Salt Lake City, the King’s English. (If you want a signed copy of SURRENDER, call them! 801-484-9100. You buy. I sign. They ship.)

For this Launch Day post, I thought I’d bring you through my head as I launch a new book into the world.

T-minus One Week:
Status: Freaking out
Thinking: My book comes out in one week! Seven days. S-E-V-E-N days!

T-minus Six Days:
Status: The calm before the storm
Thinking: Everything’s fine. The book is done; can’t change it now. Fine. Everything’s fine. Fine.

T-minus Five Days:
Status: Zoned out
Thinking: I wonder if anyone has played in Words With Friends yet…

T-Minus Four Days:
Status: Stalking social media for early sightings of the book
Thinking: I want everyone to read my book! Hurry up launch day! Hurry up!

T-Minus Three Days:
Status: Can’t sleep
Thinking (all night long): Oh-my-heck-people-are-going-to-be-reading-my-work-what-will-they-think?

T-Minus Two Days:
Status: Stay Offline, Stay Offline
Thinking: Everyone needs one day they don’t check twitter or Facebook or anything, right? Right.

T-Minus One Day:
Status: Madness
Thinking: Nothing rational.

T-Minus Twelve Hours:
Status: Planning maniac
Thinking: Launch party tomorrow night! Prizes? Check. Pens? Check. New jewelry? Check. Blog tours? Check.

T-Minus Six Hours:
Status: Celebratory
Thinking: Thanks for taking me to dinner!

Launch Day:
Status: It’s my party and I’ll laugh if I want to
Thinking: I can buy anything I want today. I can eat anything I want today. It’s my launch day!

So yeah. Inside my head, that’s what happens during the launching of a book. You don’t want to see what happens outside of seven days beforehand. It’s not quite as pretty as this…

And that’s not all…

You can win one of five SPECTACULAR SECOND books this week! It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy. All you have to do is fill out this rafflecopter widget with what you’ve done, and you can win a signed copy of either INSURGENT (by Veronia Roth), A MILLION SUNS (by Beth Revis), CROSSED (by Ally Condie), PERCEPTION (by Kim Harrington), and IN HONOR (by Jessi Kirby)—all spectacular second novels by some of today’s hottest YA authors.

Bio: Elana's work including POSSESSION, REGRET, and SURRENDER is available from Simon & Schuster wherever books are sold. She is the author of From the Query to the Call, an ebook that every writer needs to read before they query, which can be downloaded for free on her website. She runs a personal blog on publishing and is a founding author of the QueryTracker blog. She blogs regularly at The League of Extraordinary Writers, co-organizes WriteOnCon, and is a member of SCBWI, ANWA and LDStorymakers.

She wishes she could experience her first kiss again, tell the mean girl where to shove it, and have cool superpowers like reading minds and controlling fire. To fulfill her desires, she writes young adult science fiction and fantasy.

 About SURRENDER: Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi. All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn.

Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque…

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