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a few answers about crossed

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…

+ comments (25)
  • Em
    June 2, 2011

    The authors going to ALA this year are kind of hard to find…which makes it like a treasure hunt to figure out who is going. Will you be attending ALA 2011 in New Orleans? 🙂 (If so, that would be ridiculously awesome.)

    • ally
      June 2, 2011

      Em, great question. I’m not going to ALA this year. But they should have copies of CROSSED there. Hmmm. Maybe I should add that to the FAQ…

  • Emily
    June 2, 2011

    I can’t wait for the giveaway for the “Crossed” ARC! I have an ARC of “Matched” that I got when I was working for Books-A-Million, but I don’t work there anymore :(. I would love to have the new one 🙂

  • Jenni Elyse
    June 2, 2011

    Love the blue. Rachel did a great job, but she always does. 🙂 I’m excited for all your success. I may get to see you this weekend. 😀

  • Emy Shin
    June 2, 2011

    I love the new blue of the site! And I cannot wait to read CROSSED. November cannot come soon enough. 🙂

  • Alejandra
    June 2, 2011

    I have one question:
    Why did you choose CROSSED for the title for the second book?
    Thank you!
    P.S. I can’t wait till CROSSED comes out!!!! 😀

    • ally
      June 2, 2011

      I can’t totally answer that–it’s part of the discovery of the book. But I can say that it has to do with a poem that also appears in MATCHED. 🙂

      So glad you are excited about the book!

  • Sarah
    June 2, 2011


    Just wondering if November 1st is the American date as the date on our system in the UK at work is November 24th. I can’t wait for crossed. I’ve already started promoting it 🙂

    Thanks 🙂

    • ally
      June 2, 2011

      Yes, Nov. 1 is the US date. I don’t know the foreign publication dates unless the publishers tell me. Sounds like it’s the 24th, then! And thank you for promoting CROSSED! 🙂

  • Devan
    June 2, 2011

    I’m so glad you answered the question about the covers and pills. It’s been nagging at me since I’ve thought of it! I’ve loved all the covers so far and can’t wait to see what #3 looks like.

  • Jeigh
    June 2, 2011

    So excited to read Crossed! And hopefully I’ll get a chance to see you on Saturday.

  • Shari
    June 3, 2011

    Gorgeous cover! I’m guessing the third book will be red. Just a guess, though.

  • Dr. Sallie N. Cheinsteen
    June 3, 2011

    I just finished Matched, and want to thank you for such a great book (that was also clean!)!! I also just wanted to put out there… I LOVE that you are inspired by Brandon Flowers and the Killers. And I think you said you were inspired by Collective Soul, once, too (Run), and other great artists. The Killers and Brandon Flowers (even Dustland Fairytale and Only the Young) have inspired me while writing, but I love to know that someone who is actually published is inspired by the same thing. I love that you post your playlists, if you couldn’t tell. And, by the way, I LOVE that the covers match the tablets. I was not smart enough to think of that, but that is freakin sweet, and I can’t wait for the next book! And that was really long. Sorry.

  • warnagirl
    June 3, 2011

    Ally, It’s so nice of you to try and respond to our posts when you can. It feels so great to have our favorite authors stay in touch with us. I’m definitely excited for Crossed (as I’ve expressed before) but I find myself already excited for the third book too! I’m so curious to find out what it will be called. I just love watching the success of a series unfold.

  • Alice Beesley
    June 4, 2011

    Exciting news about Crossed and interesting answers to questions. I hope to see you at the book festival on June 4th.

  • Stephanie
    June 6, 2011

    Hey Ally,
    I loved Matched, and it was beautifully written, and I would like to know when you were planning on the ARC giveaway for Crossed?
    Thanks! 🙂

  • Kaci P
    June 6, 2011

    Can’t wait for the ARC giveaway!

  • Shelby C.
    June 10, 2011

    I just finished Matched and it was really good (and clean, thank-you for that). I hope Cassia and Ky end up together, but I still feel kinda bad for Xamder.

  • Crossedfounder
    June 12, 2011

    Hello!! I have a question for you Ally Condie: Do you finish write the book Crossed????? Please answer my quetion. I really want to know what do Cassia and Ky. Another question: Do you know when Crossed going to go to South America, because I live there and I don’t know when I can read this book. I read matched and I love it! Goodbye,

  • Jo
    June 26, 2011

    Have you already done the ARC giveaway? Thank you.

  • eeee
    June 26, 2011

    since you based the color of the book covers on the tablets will the next book crossed be about the blue tablet and will the next book be red i want to now the name to

  • eeee
    June 26, 2011

    one question who does cassy get to be with i caint wait for it to come out matched would be the best book i have ever read

  • whittttt
    July 27, 2011

    I just finished matched and it was not like I thought it would be. I was instantly sucked into the lives of the characters. I read it in 5 hours. Great job. Can’t wait for crossed!

  • Elise Law
    August 14, 2011

    I have almost finished your first book and cant wait for the second book to come out. I wish it was November already it’s one of the best books I have ever read. 🙂 <3

  • Ruth
    September 10, 2011

    I’m completely captivated by your books! I haven’t been this excited since Twilight and Harry Potter! I can’t wait until crossed comes out!

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