Saturday, September 29, 2012
Have I mentioned lately that I have the best job in the world? Because I do.
This month, I'm going to be at several different places, all of them AWESOME.
First up? NC School Library Media Association conference! When/where: October 4-6 in Winstom-Salem, NC. More info here!
Next--New York Comic Con! NYCC was my very first public event, back in 2010 before any of my books were published. I got to fill in a spot of an author who had to back out at the last minute, and sign my very first ARCs. I still have the picture of the first girl who got the first ARC I signed for the public. It was surreal and awesome at the same time!
So it's extra-special to me to be able to go back to NYCC for the last book of the trilogy. For full details on all that NYCC has to offer, check here. (And PS: I highly advise you to get your tickets in advance!)
NY ComicCon Events:
- Signing of ARCs of SHADES OF EARTH: At the Penguin Booth, date/time to come
- GEEK GEEK REVOLUTION: Friday, 3-4pm. With: Amber Benson, Andrea Cremer, Colleen Lindsay, Myke Cole. More details here. This is a question based game-show where we're all competing for the chance to be TOP GEEK. And there will be prizes for the audience!
- HOCUS POCUS: MAGIC & MONSTERS IN SCI FI AND FANTASY. Saturday, 1:30-2:30pm, followed by a signing by all participating authors. With: Andrea Cremer, Cecil Castellucci, Jacqueline Carey, Jocelynn Drake, Kim Harrison, Max Gladstone, Richard Kadrey, Victoria Schwab. Guys? Guys? I'm a moderator. I'm MODERATING. EEEP! We're talking all about monsters and the things that go bump in the night. Come!! More details here.
- Also? My husband and I are basically giant nerds. So if you miss one of the events, we'll be on the floor, sitting at panels, and basically geeking out. Come find us! :)
Monday, September 24, 2012
Hi all! I'm currently working on a lot of stuff behind the scenes--organizing some new events, writing a new book, designing new swag, and planning out the contests for the rest of the year. And if you all don't mind, I'd love to pick your brains about some upcoming contests.
I've already got something big planned for November and December, but I'm thinking of doing another contest, probably running a week or two before and after SHADES OF EARTH launches. I like to spread out prizes and ways to win those prizes--for November, there's going to be a "do something to win a prize" and for December, there's going to be a "simple entry" prize where people can just sign up to win. But for January, I was thinking of making it a combo of both--you can enter just by clicking a button, but you can also get more entries if you do a little something extra.
Not to belabor the point, but I'm considering using Pinterest as one way to enter the contest I'm planning in January. And while I've seen it used to great effect by other authors (I'm looking at you, Jessica Khoury!) I'm curious to know if the people who read my blog and want to enter my contest are interested in using this platform? As always, I'd have Pinterest as an option--there would always be an alternative way to enter.
Which leads me to the poll. What do you think? Pinterest: yay or nay? And also--please let me know in the comments of some other ways authors are using Pinterest, or ways you wish authors would use Pinterest--I'd love to pick more brains for ideas!
(And if you're already on Pinterest, you can find me here. Book-related, I've got two AtU boards and a story board for the current project I'm working on.)
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
A common question I get is: “what’s the difference between MG (middle grade) and YA (young adult)?”
- Middle grade: novels written for people in middle grades with protagonists typically between the ages of 9-14.
- Young adult: novels written for teens with protagonists typically in their mid to late teens.
- Fast-paced, action-based plot
- A focus on characters (i.e. Very close narration, as opposed to a distant narrator)
- Themes dealing with discovery and the self’s place in the world and context of that discovery
However, the primary difference between MG and YA in terms of plot is that MG tends to have outward-focused adventures, while YA has at least an element of an inward focused adventure. The best cross-over (imo) is one that has both an outward and inward adventure.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
- Jay regularly references Firefly and Serenity and that's pretty much the most important think you need to know about him. You guys know that anyone who does that is all right in my book.
- His blog makes me laugh out loud. You can also stalk him on Twitter here.
- STORMDANCER is his debut, and it's a steampunk Japanese story, which makes me both jealous (because, eff it, I wanted to write a steampunk Japanese story!) and also incredibly happy because now there's a steampunk Japanese story in the world. Steampunk Japanese. I don't think I said that enough in this bulletpoint.
- On Jay's website, he claims he's 6'7". Which makes him the tallest author I know. I kind of want to see him do an event with Kiersten White now. For reasons. Height reasons. And also because they're both hilarious.
- STORMDANCER comes out on September 18--you should probably look into pre-ordering it now.
As a kid, what was your favorite book? Have your tastes changed since growing up?
Friday, September 7, 2012
It's official! ARCs are starting to be shipped! And speaking of--if you're a reviewer who would like to request and Advanced Reader Copy, then please fill out the form here. (No need to do it twice if you've already done it before).
But! I would like to make a request of everyone who reads the book early!
Please be careful to not reveal any spoilers. I know I don't really need to tell you guys this because you are the kind of readers who don't want to give away spoilers for the book. But there are some pretty big reveals in Shades, and I hope you don't mind me giving one more reminder--don't spoil the book for those who've not read it yet!
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
First up--TOMORROW!--is an awesome panel with a group of awesome people. Come to Malaprops in Asheville, September 5, at 7pm to meet me, Gwenda Bond (author of BLACKWOOD), Meagan Spooner (author of SKYLARK), Susan Dennard (author of SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY), and Sarah Maas (author of THRONE OF GLASS). Our panel is about Unexpected Heroines and it is going to be awesome! Find out more information here.
And then, this Friday! I'll be at the Carolina's Mountain Literary Festival in Burnsville, NC. I've got two panels, both with the lovely and wonderful Stephanie Perkins, and I am stoked to get to spend the day with her! It's basically going to be a huge amount of fun. We're going to talk about publishing and writing, and the majority of each panel will be straight-up Q&A from the audience. So if you'd like to learn anything about the publishing and writing world, check us out! Find out more information here.
After two local(ish) events, I'm packing my bags and heading north--waaaaay north!--to Edmonton, Canada. I am so thrilled to be at this Smart Chicks Kick It tour stop, along with Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Ally Condie, Charles de Lint, Veronica Roth, and Margaret Stohl. I know, look at how awesome that is. I can't even believe how amazing that line-up is. The event is September 13, and you guys? It's gonna be epic. Find out more information here.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Thanks everyone for making this week so much fun! I don't know about you, but I had a blast learning about all the new books coming out this fall from Penguin Teen!
And congrats to the winners! I've contacted the winners already via email.
- Anna W-G won all five Breathless Reads books
- Michael L won ORIGIN
- Lisa C won THE INNOCENTS
- Shauna R. won FALLING KINGDOMS
- Lea K won VENOM
- Anna T. S. won BLACK CITY