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a month until matched! and other items

I meant to post this Saturday, and then I had all these cute little people to get into costumes and to make spooky feasts for, so up it goes today.

There is only a month left until the release of MATCHED!

I am so excited. Everything has happened so quickly (this time last year, we hadn’t even sold the book to Dutton/Penguin yet). And yet I still can’t wait for November 30th. I’ve seen the hardcovers and they are beautiful. I’ve never had a book come out in hardcover before. It’s so satisfying to knock on the book and hear that “thunk” and crack the spine when you open the book for the first time.

All month long I’ll be posting links to sites, interviews, giveaways, etc.

The launch party for MATCHED will be at The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City on Saturday, December 4th, at 2:00 p.m. And this is the first time I’ve ever had an official launch party for a book! I can’t wait.

So what am I going to do to keep myself busy until then?

Well, there’s the sequel. Some of you thought from my last post that I was talking about the sequel when I told my husband I was writing the worst book in the world. That quote was actually from an earlier book. But I am working really hard on the sequel. I’ve been writing it for a year now and I want it to be the best it can be.

Also, I get to go on a mini-tour! Next week I’ll be in Chicago, Nashville, Philadelphia, and Boston for some bookseller teas. I am over the moon about this. It’s a chance to meet with and talk to the booksellers who actually put books in people’s hands. But it’s such a fast trip (five days for all four cities!) and it’s booked so solid that I think I’m going to miss out on seeing awesome friends and also two of my husband’s sisters and their darling families (they live in Chicago and Boston). I think the solution is that I will just have to come back. (Thanks in advance again to my mom for coming to help out while I’m gone!)

And this past weekend, in addition to all the Halloween fun, there was the incredibly excellent Teen Book Fest at the Provo City Library. Wow. What an incredibly well-run event (shout out to Gene Nelson and Courtney Lowe of the library). And Scott Westerfeld was a great speaker. If you are in the area, you must try to go to this next year!

And also I have three small boys of incomparable cuteness to keep me doing things like assisting in homework, making sandwiches, playing blocks, reading books, washing tiny footed pajamas, etc.

And a quick two-day trip to Florida for ALAN/NCTE, which I kind of can’t believe is happening. I always wanted to go to NCTE as an English teacher, and now I’m going as an author. It’s funny how life works sometimes.

And Thanksgiving with my awesome family (my husband and kids of course, and also my dad, mom, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, grandma) coming up at the end of the month. We have a lot to be grateful for this year.

November 30th is going to be here before I know it.




+ comments (19)
  • Enna Isilee
    November 2, 2010

    Heh. I hope to one day attend NCTM, I’m sure NCTE is just as good. 🙂

    I’m excited for your launch party!



  • julie@my5monkeys
    November 2, 2010

    so excited for the launch parties and can’t wait for the next book in the series.



  • MundieMoms
    November 2, 2010

    YAY!!! We are so excited for Matched’s release!! It’s such a fantastic book. If we were in UT, we’d be at your launch party. Inside we’ll be thinking of you that day!!



  • Emy Shin (Sandy)
    November 2, 2010

    I’m so excited for the MATCHED’s release! If only I were in Utah, I’d definitely come to the release party. Instead, I’ll be cheering on the sideline! :]



  • HeatherSmith
    November 2, 2010

    Wish we could be there for the launch party! Here’s to hoping that your next trip to Chicago will be longer.

    Have a great time on all these trips. You will, no doubt, enjoy Thanksgiving and your turkey coma.



  • Stacey
    November 2, 2010

    EEEL! i can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!



  • Stacey
    November 2, 2010

    um that should be EEEK not eeel.



  • MarisaHopkins
    November 2, 2010

    Yay! I read the ARC of Matched and loved it so much… can’t wait to have a hard-cover copy on my shelf! 🙂 And can’t wait for the sequel!!



  • Ali
    November 2, 2010

    So exciting! I can’t wait for Matched to come out so I can get a copy and read it.



  • LOVED Matched! Can’t wait for the rest of the world to read. Any plans to come to TX? TLA in April?

    Jen @ I Read Banned Books.



  • tami
    November 2, 2010

    One month! I’m so excited to get a copy in my hands. I SO wish I could come to the launch party, and if it weren’t on the same day as the girls’ choir concert I would totally be there. I love TKE. What a whirlwind of a month this will be; good luck!



  • Shari
    November 2, 2010

    I am soooo excited for you and for Matched to come out! Congratulations!!!



  • Becky
    November 2, 2010

    I read an ARC of Matched and I LOVED it!!! I’m going to post my review on my blog right before the release.

    And you’re going to NCTE/ALAN?! I’m going with my dad (he’s an English teacher), maybe I’ll get to meet you!



  • Karen_St_Louis
    November 2, 2010

    So I’m curious – did you ever have moments when you were writing Matched or its sequel when you DID feel like you were writing “the worst book ever,” or were you more confident with these books all along?

    When I write, it’s like a seesaw. I’ll read over a passage one day and think that it’s amazing, then read the same passage the following week and think it’s terrible. Who knows where the truth lies…



  • Anne Royce
    November 3, 2010

    Ahh!! I can’t waiit!!!



  • Amie Kaufman
    November 3, 2010

    So exciting, it’s getting closer! I’m really looking forward to reading Matched. Make sure you enjoy every moment of this, soak it all up!



  • TaschimaCullen
    November 3, 2010

    Hi Allyson! Im Taschima from Bloody Bookaholic, you left me a message telling me you emailed me, but unfortunately the email never got to me! xD My email is bloodybookaholic (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Hope to read you soon!



  • CharlotteCondie
    November 3, 2010

    i can’t wait for my pre-ordered copy to arrive!



  • Lauren
    December 30, 2010

    I got matched for Christmas and LOVED IT!!!!!!
    I read it in four day(this is very fast for me) and now i an going to die because i need to know what happens…how long until the next book???? please email me the day and u should totally have the launch party at Kings English again…I WILL BE THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    this is my new favorite book!!!!!!
    Thanks for writing it!!!!!!!!!




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