First, a reminder about the signing this Saturday! Hope to see you there!
I’ve also responded to all the comments in the last post. I know I don’t do this every time, and I wish I could, but I do try to pop in and respond on posts every now and then.
And now, on to the questions–I am so thrilled that people are excited about the book. Hopefully this will help with some of the e-mails I haven’t yet had a chance to answer individually. There have been some common themes running through them lately so I thought this might be easier/faster…
What is the release date for CROSSED?
November 1, 2011. I can’t wait!
Why so long? Can’t you write any faster?
No, I really can’t. A book a year is the right pace for me. It takes me time to get the story right. I am just wired that way. And it’s also pretty common for books in a series to come out a year apart.
Will you be touring to promote CROSSED?
I believe so. I don’t yet know where I’ll be going. But I will update the Events page as soon as I know more. And, speaking of the Events page, I just added the info about the Smart Chicks 2011 Tour. I get to be part of it this year–I’ll be at the stop in Portland, Oregon on September 29th! I can’t wait.
What are the songs on the CROSSED playlist?
I’ll reveal more as the time gets closer, but so far I’ve mentioned that Empty by Ray La Montagne, Dustland Fairytale by The Killers, and In for the Kill by La Roux are songs that I listened to a lot while writing CROSSED. And another one I listened to over and over and OVER again while writing this book was a beautiful song called Edwin’s Tale-1862, which is sung by Peter Breinholt.
Is the girl in the bubble on this book the same model as the first book?
Yes, she is. And can I just say again how much I love the cover?
So far, the books have been the colors of the tablets (green, blue). Is this intentional?
Yes, it is.
The banner/site has been updated to blue! Is it to match the cover of CROSSED?
Yes! The designer who put together the green banner did the update. Her name is Rachel Coleman and everything she does is beautiful.
How can I get an ARC?
An ARC (Advance Reading Copy) is an early reading copy of the book, one that the publisher sends out to generate buzz. They usually send these books to reviewers and others who have forums to talk about books. If you write reviews for a newspaper or magazine, you are a librarian or teacher, etc., you are more likely to receive an ARC because you’ll be at some of the conferences where publishers promote books (BEA, ALA, etc.).The publisher makes the call as to who receives early copies of books. Remember, demanding ARCs is never the way to go. Politeness and professionalism are key when trying to establish yourself as someone the publisher wants to work with!
Can’t you send me an ARC?
I wish I could! The truth is that I will receive a very small number of ARCs. By the time I keep one and give a few to those who helped me write the book, I don’t have any more to send. But. Guess what. I do have two ARCs right now. One I am selfishly keeping for myself. And the other I will be giving away on the blog next week. So stay tuned…