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german gorgeousness and raleigh recap

I’ve been wanting to post some pictures that my publisher in Germany (Fischer Verlag) sent me recently. They’ve been really great about keeping me posted on how MATCHED (which is called DIE AUSWAHL in Germany) is doing. DIE AUSWAHL has reached as high as #6 on the German bestseller lists which is amazing!


The picture above shows the lovely Fischer team (including Julia, Carla, and Christina) in Frankfurt, standing in front of what is apparently called a “Flashmob.” They put this big outdoor display up in one of the squares in the city to help launch the book. If you look closely, you can see the cover on the flashmob behind them. Isn’t that awesome? (And aren’t they all so lovely?)

And this is a picture they sent me of the display in a German bookstore. Love. I’m so grateful to the team at Fischer and also to my other foreign publishers for all their hard work on translating, publicizing, and promoting the book.

I also wanted to mention the end (sob!) of the Breathless Reads tour, which happened last weekend in Raleigh. I have done the cross-country flight with kids (from NY to UT, NY to Seattle, and back) many times. I always think traveling alone without tiny people and their cargo is such a luxury. But then I travel with myself and I realize how much like a small child I am. I always want a snack! I forgot something (my camera)! I need to go to the bathroom again! I spilled my drink! (My steamed milk from Starbucks. So embarrassing, especially because people were like, “What was that?” and I said, “Steamed milk” and tried to act as though people order that all the time from Starbucks. I like it, okay?) But at least I didn’t cry when I spilled it. Ha.

Because of the forgotten camera, I have only this picture of the Raleigh trip (e-mailed to me by the lovely Heather Macbeth, who also brought me a jar of barbecue sauce, which was awesome). But not only does it show Heather, who was so sweet to come, it also shows the awesome bookshelves at Quail Ridge Books and Music. What a great indie store. It was really wonderful to get to see all these fantastic indie stores while were were on tour.

The crowd was fantastic–many of them had driven several hours to be there. I got to see my college roommate Abby (love Abby!) and Rebecca, the sister of another of my college roommates, and also many people I’d “met” via twitter, etc. (Corey!) but never in real life. Thank you all so much for coming and supporting the Breathless Reads Tour! My fellow authors, as always, were hilarious and funny and awesome on the panel and before/after. We got to have dinner together as kind of a finale and it was really bittersweet. I will miss getting to see these ladies and talk with them.

I’ve also responded to all the comments on the past two posts. Thank you very much for your comments and for reading my books even though I am the kind of person who repeatedly loses/forgets her camera and spills things at airports.




+ comments (46)
  • Emy Shin
    March 3, 2011

    Woohoo! Congratulations on being on Germany’s bestseller list. That’s really awesome.



    • ally
      March 6, 2011

      Thank you so much, Emy! ๐Ÿ™‚



  • Kathryn Roberts
    March 3, 2011

    OH! I got so giddy looking at the Frankfurt pics. (MY HOME!) I know that place well, right on the Zeil. So exciting that your book is doing so well there. What an awesome feeling that must be! Congrats on your success!



    • ally
      March 6, 2011

      Kathryn, that is awesome that you are from Frankfurt! How cool that you know exactly where the picture is…



  • Katie
    March 3, 2011

    So fun about Germany!

    I was at B&N yesterday browsing. I saw another girl reading Matched. I felt (this is so cheesy) instant friendship. You know that feeling when you see someone reading a book you love? That’s what I felt. ๐Ÿ™‚



    • ally
      March 6, 2011

      Oh, Katie, that is not cheesy at all! That is awesome! Thank you for telling me that story.



  • Cally
    March 3, 2011

    Congratulations Allie, that is so cool that you are #6 in Germany.

    I love steamed milk too! My friend ordered me one a few years ago and it was so delicious I went out and bought my own steamer.



    • ally
      March 6, 2011

      Thank you, Cally! And do tell…which steamer would you recommend?? Maybe I should ask for one for my birthday…



  • Debbie
    March 3, 2011

    Holy cow how exciting to see your book cover all over the world.

    I’m so glad they sent you guys on the tour. A little for selfish reasons, since because of your awesomeness you brought the tour to SLC for all of us to enjoy but also because it looked/sounded fun to get to visit all those fun places and meet wonderful fans.



    • ally
      March 6, 2011

      Debbie, it is really fun. And thank you for being so supportive of so many authors!



  • Heather
    March 3, 2011

    Oh I’m so glad I sent you that picture then! I almost didn’t because I figured your inbox was flooded with them.

    Congrats on Germany! That’s seriously AWESOME!!!



    • ally
      March 6, 2011

      Thanks for the congrats, Heather! And for the picture too…I was SO glad you sent it!



  • DebraHawkins
    March 3, 2011

    Congratulations on your book doing so well other places too!



  • DebraHawkins
    March 3, 2011

    P.S. Did I ever tell you I found your book through Bridget Lee? We were friends in college. I was just looking at her blog and found a picture of you guys at a launch party. I am glad she recommended your book. ๐Ÿ™‚



    • ally
      March 6, 2011

      Thanks for the congrats, Debra! And how fun that you know Bridget! I just love her.



  • Safari Poet
    March 3, 2011

    Herzlichen Glรผckwunsch! Congratulations, you’re book is on my pile and I can wait to read it.



    • ally
      March 6, 2011

      Thanks, SafariPoet! I hope you enjoy the book!



  • warnagirl
    March 3, 2011

    That must have been mind-boggling to see your cover looking so large on the street like that! So exciting! And congratulations!



    • ally
      March 6, 2011

      Thanks so much for the congrats, Warnagirl! (And yes, it was crazy to see a picture like that. So fun.)



    • warnagirl
      March 7, 2011

      Ally, How kind of you to take the time to respond to all of us! You are so kind!



    • warnagirl
      March 7, 2011

      I just realized I used “kind” twice. Argh. Instead: You are so wonderful!



    • ally
      March 8, 2011

      No problem, warnagirl! I don’t know how long I can keep up replying to everyone’s comments but I’m going to do it as often as I can. ๐Ÿ™‚



  • Karen_St_Louis
    March 3, 2011

    Hey, I love milk too! In high school I was at a restaurant with my boyfriend and I ordered milk to drink. The waitress looked at me and said, “Milk?! Are you serious?” and made me feel like an idiot.

    Your travel story sounded exactly like what I would do too. Tricky when there are no small children along to blame when things go wrong, eh?

    It seems like it was fun for you to get to tour with other authors. If I ever get a novel published, I’m really looking forward to connecting with other writers. (Other people who understand why you feel passionately about writing for kids/teens – yay!)



    • ally
      March 6, 2011

      Karen, that is awesome that you ordered milk on a date. Best story ever.



  • Mia Mamone
    March 3, 2011

    Hello! I just wanted to say, I never got my signed Breathless Read poster in the mail….



    • ally
      March 6, 2011

      Hi Mia! I passed along your comment and e-mail to the people at Penguin who are doing the mailings. Hopefully you will see something soon–keep me posted!



  • Ruth
    March 3, 2011

    Last year I took a class from you at a writer’s conference in which you were lovely and so helpful. Congrats on all the wonderful things you’ve accomplished!



    • ally
      March 6, 2011

      Ruth, that’s really kind of you to say. I’m so glad the class was helpful.



  • MundieMoms
    March 3, 2011

    Congratulations on the German bestseller list!!



    • ally
      March 6, 2011

      Thank you so much, Mundie Moms!! ๐Ÿ™‚



  • Corey Paxton
    March 3, 2011

    Congratulations on making the German Bestseller List!



    • ally
      March 6, 2011

      Thank you so much, Corey! And thank you for sending the picture too!



  • Lora
    March 4, 2011

    Awsome, I always like looking a foreign book cover.
    Congrats on making it onto the German Bestseller list. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hm… steamed milk, don’t think I’ve had that before…



    • ally
      March 6, 2011

      Lora, I agree. Foreign covers are really fun. And you should definitely try steamed milk. With vanilla. I forgot to add that part. Vanilla is key.



  • Jeff Coffield
    March 4, 2011

    It was great to meet you and your fellow authors in Raleigh. The unavailable camera thing must have been contagious; mine was two hours away and my phone was dead.

    Very fast on the foreign (German) rights for matched.

    We all spill things, and some of us even cry when we do.



    • ally
      March 6, 2011

      Jeff, I am glad to know someone else is camera cursed. It was great to meet you too!



  • becca
    March 4, 2011

    *snort* crying over spilled (steamed) milk



    • ally
      March 6, 2011

      Becca, I am glad to have made you laugh, because you know you always crack me up.



  • Shari
    March 4, 2011

    Germany’s best selling list! Woo Hoo!!! That’s a beautiful display and soooo cool. I’m doing a Breathless Reads giveaway next week on my blog! Can’t wait.



    • ally
      March 6, 2011

      Shari, how fun that you’re doing a Breathless Reads giveaway. Thank you very much for your support of the tour.



  • Madie Lewis
    March 6, 2011

    Hello! I’m Madie Lewis, we took a picture together with another kid named Bronson when you were in Raleigh.
    I’m slightly ashamed to say this, but I’m not sure how to get you the picture like you asked…I’m sure you have your email somewhere on this website, but being me, I’ve been unable to find it. Could you comment and tell me?



    • ally
      March 6, 2011

      Hi Madie! It was great to meet you and Bronson. My e-mail address is on the FAQ page of the site. Thanks so much for taking the time!



  • Lisa
    March 7, 2011

    Good evening,
    first I wanted to finish speaking to you congratulations for the success with the book.
    I have read your book myself and have sucked it only thus in myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I would like to know really so with pleasure when then, finally, the second part comes out.
    Many lots of love from Germany

    Sorry because of my bad English! ;(



    • ally
      March 7, 2011

      Hi Lisa! The second book comes out in the USA on November 1. I don’t know when it’s coming out in Germany, but I would imagine about a year after the release of MATCHED. I hope that helps! And I’m so glad you enjoyed the book.



  • Orchid
    March 14, 2011

    Ooh, congrats on being on Germany’s top seller list!!!!
    I was actually going to go to the last tour stop in Raleigh, but I woke up under the weather (which totally stunk since I was really looking forward to going). ^_^



  • Stefanie
    December 13, 2011

    Congratulations!

    Countdown for Crossed in Germany (DIE FLUCHT):
    36 Days left!
    19th of January will be a great day *__*

    I pre-ordered it in August ๐Ÿ™‚ cant wait anymore.

    Best wishes from germany!!




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