Wednesday, October 31, 2012

TOUR RE-CAP - The Authors (in which I meet famous people)

Look at all the boooooks. I may have hugged the glass a little bit.
I thought I'd divide these re-caps up into the people I met, because tour is basically MADE UP of meeting people. And eating. But mostly meeting people. While eating.

Some of those people were authors.

Before this month I had only met one author in real life, and that was Marie Lu of Legend fame, and that was because we have the same agency and we were both at Bologna for the book fair. But then I came to New York, and aahhh, authors everywhere! *flails*

I didn't get pictures with all of them. In fact, I didn't get many pictures at all. But I'll post the ones I have. :)

So. Authors met:
Sir Terry Pratchett - I KNOW, WHAT?? And I got a copy of Dodger, and he has a copy of The Peculiar, and it's all a bit exciting.

See how I'm wearing an author button? See how Terry Pratchett has no NEED for author buttons? Igsakly.

Why, what a clever thing to write, Stefan. How interesting and unique. -.- Also, that "to" looks like a "b".
Tahereh Mafi - Ok, we didn't exactly meet. We were in the same elevator and I told her that a ton of people at my school had read Shatter Me (which, incidentally, is the truth) and she said something like, "Ehmmmm, great!" and that was that. But still. Author.

Claire Legrand - I've been dying to read The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls for a while now, and finally I found it and bought it and read it aloud to my brother while we were road-tripping, and it became my New Favorite Thing. It's creepy and funny and I love it, and so when I heard the author was going to be at the same event as me in Houston, I was EXCITED. She's just as cool in real life as she is online. You must-without-fail read her book.

Rae Carson - We have the same publisher (Greenwillow/HarperCollins, woooooo!) and so we were at the same places on the same days for some of the same things, and she was very cool, and a way bigger help than she probably even knows. There were days on tour where I would wake up and be like, "I can't dooooo this. I can't meet any more people, and I'm done perma-smiling, and I want to go home and, like, spray-paint a wall or something." And one of those days happened to be my first day in NYC and I was set to meet fifty bajillion HarperCollins peeps and do an impromptu video stream and meet my genius editor for the first time, and I was just like *curls up in ball and spazzes*

But of course I did the things anyway and it helped just to watch what Rae did and emulate, because she's definitely pro.

(Also, it should be noted that perma-smiling is pretty easy, because I'm convinced everyone within ten feet of childrens' publishing is nice. Seriously, no mean people on this trip. At all.)

This is the only photo I could find with both Rae and me in it. It shows us waiting for our signing to begin at NewYork Comic-Con.
Lynne Rae Perkins - Another Greenwillow author. She came to one of my signings in northern Michigan. My genius editor is also her genius editor, and Lynne is a Newbery Winner, and an artist, and supah nice.

I already tweeted the happy, official looking picture, so for embarrassment purposes, here's one where I'm looking inexplicably disgusted and bear-bellied.

Our Socks-of-Awesome.
Megan Whalen Turner - ANOTHER Greenwillow author, also edited by my editor, and also a Newbery winner. And supah nice. She came to our hotel in Cleveland and drank tea with us. We have the same spectacles.

Matt Myklusch, Gordon Korman, Nils Johson-Shelton, Chris Krovatin - I was on a panel/signing at Books of Wonder in NYC with these authors, but I have no real pictures of us! Except this one where we are looking serious and signing stock after the event:

Peter V. Brett, Sarah Beth Durst, Peter Lerangis, Matt Bein and Joanne Bertin - These were the other authors with me on the NYC Comic-Con panel. Comic-Con, by the way, will possibly get a whole post to itself in order to ruminate on the Crazy. There was a lot of Crazy.

With HarperCollins author Peter Lerangis, who was cool and wore a toga for the entire day. If I ever go back to Comic-Con I'm dressing UP. If you have brilliant ideas tell me in the comments. ;)
The wholllle panel at NYC Comic-Con. Also, my agent Sara Megibow's head.
Geoff Rodkey, Heather Brewer, Shannon Messenger, and EJ Patton - We were on some panels at the Tweens Read Festival in Texas, and Heather Brewer (the one with the most interesting hair) gave a really great keynote address, and I have no pictures of us except for this flattering number:

I don't know what EJ Patton is saying, but Heather is not amused.
And I think that's everybody! I hope. I'll probably do Publishing People next. As in, agents, editors, booksellers, and other wonders.

What do YOU think? :D Also, just let me know if there's anything tour-related you're curious about and that I should blog. I will do eet.

Friday, October 26, 2012

General Announcements + speshul extra

Signing booooks at Petoskey Middle School!!! 'Twas a fantastic group of peoples.
Ok, the blog has been sadly neglected this past month. Sorry, you guys. But I'm back in Switzerland now, and I'll do, like, five posts to re-cap the entire exciting, tiring, crazy adventure that is book tour, and it will be INTERESTING.

Starting later, because right now I'm severely jet-lag-y. Right now I only have three very general announcements of the sort that make people un-follow me on Twitter.

Here goes: :D

- There's this amazing independent bookstore in Michigan called McLean & Eakin. They coordinated the above-seen school visit for me, and had me sign stock, and they send SIGNED copies to anywhere in the country for JUST 99 CENTS. *turns off advertiser's voice*

(But really, they're super good, and independent stores are the best, and I met the owner and he was cool, so how many more reasons do you need, golly. . .)

- I'm doing a live video chat with Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon, and Rachel Hartman, author of Seraphina this Sunday, 28th at 2PM EDT. They're both huge NYT bestselling authors, and then there's me, so it's rather exciting. You should come talk to us.

All relevant info here.

- The Peculiar has a study guide. This makes it seem very clever and deep. You can read it here, but it's spoiler-y so you should probably only do so if you've already read the book.

And so all that was worth your while, I wrote some music JUST for you. SCATHING JELLYFISH EXCLUSIVE:

Anyway, bye! :) Re-caps soon.