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news in the new year (#3)!

First of all, I got the amazing news yesterday that MATCHED reached #3 on the NYT list this week! Wahoo! We’ve been on the list for five weeks now and it’s all thanks to you. I really, REALLY appreciate your support of the book. Never in my life would I have thought this would happen. Ever. But it’s so wonderful and I’m so grateful.

My webmaster (aka my husband, who does this kind of thing to help me because I am hopeless) fixed things up a little around here. We updated the FAQ section. And fixed some broken links. And added something to the sidebar…MATCHED links! There’s the link to the official site (which has the official message boards), and also links to two fantastic fan sites. I was over the moon when I found out about them (I am unaffiliated with them in any official capacity but of course I think it is awesome that people care about the book so much). They do a great job…I have to say that sometimes they know things before I do!

(If there are any other sites of which I should be aware, please let me know!)

Also, I will definitely be going on tour in February. I don’t have firm dates/places yet, but I will post them as soon as I do. Right now it looks like I’ll be going to NYC, Minneapolis, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Raleigh.

The state paper (Salt Lake Tribune) ran an article on me this past Sunday. Click here to read it. Ben Fulton, the reporter, was so nice and did a great job with the article.

My hometown paper (the Cedar City Daily Spectrum) also ran a great article but you have to be a subscriber to view it, so I can’t link. But I wanted to mention it too because the Spectrum reporter was lovely as well.

MATCHED was mentioned for a third time in Entertainment Weekly (the Jan. 7 issue).

And, FINALLY: we have also figured out how I can reply directly to comments! So I am going to try to do much better about that (carpal tunnel and deadlines permitting). I commented away on the last post and it was awesome.

2011 is shaping up very nicely indeed.




+ comments (57)
  • TaschimaCullen
    January 6, 2011

    That is awesome!!

    I just have one question, do you have any information, that you can tell us about, on the second installment of Matched?

    I can’t wait for the sequel!!



    • ally
      January 6, 2011

      Taschima, I can tell you that the title is CROSSED, that it will be out on November 1, 2011, and I hope to have more info for you guys soon (maybe even next week)! I’ve also heard they’ll be doing ARCs again for CROSSED. πŸ™‚



    • Marilee Muller
      January 16, 2011

      Tonight I finished reading MATCHED. I loved it, and cannot wait for CROSSED. It will seem like a loooooong wait until November!

      GREAT WRITING!



  • JenniElyse
    January 6, 2011

    That’s awesome! I’m so excited for you and I can’t wait to read Crossed in 11 months! (I know it will be here before you or I know it.)



    • ally
      January 6, 2011

      Jenni, thank you! I can’t wait for you to read it too! You’re always so supportive.



  • Audra
    January 6, 2011

    Can’t wait for a tour! I hope you come up to Seattle! πŸ˜€



    • ally
      January 6, 2011

      Audra, I would LOVE to come to Seattle! That’s where my husband is from so it is very likely–we go to visit his parents. πŸ™‚



    • Audra
      January 6, 2011

      Yay! I moved here a year ago from Southern California and love it so much. I know Elliot Bay Book Co. does book readings and signings- I’d love to go to one! πŸ˜€



    • Martinelli Gold
      January 6, 2011

      I second the the Seattle vote!!!
      I also put up a review/recommendation for Matched on my Blog πŸ™‚



  • Kayeleen Hamblin
    January 6, 2011

    When did the article in the Spectrum run? I want to look it up. (I keep waiting to hear that you are coming down to Cedar to do a signing or something so I can have you sign my copy.)



    • ally
      January 6, 2011

      Kayeleen, it ran sometime last week, but I can’t remember the exact date. Tuesday or Wednesday? I know it wasn’t Monday or Friday.

      I’d love to come to Cedar and do a signing!



  • Bob Corry
    January 6, 2011

    That is a great article in ths tribuine also I appreciate the spectrum article. I’m sure Your parents told you I really enjoyed reading Matched



    • ally
      January 6, 2011

      Thanks, Coach! I was so excited when my mom told me that you read the book. It made my day!



  • Shari
    January 6, 2011

    More wonderful news!! Congratulations Ally!!!! πŸ˜€



    • ally
      January 7, 2011

      Thanks so much, Shari!



  • heidi r kling
    January 6, 2011

    So exciting, Ally!!!!
    The article in Entertainment Weekly was awesome. Congratulations! A Happy New Year indeed!

    πŸ™‚



    • ally
      January 7, 2011

      Thanks, Heidi! (For those of you know don’t know, Heidi is the author of the excellent YA novel SEA.) Read it! πŸ˜‰



  • Emy Shin
    January 6, 2011

    Congratulations again, Ally. I’m crossing my fingers that it’ll be on the NYT list for weeks and weeks to come. πŸ™‚



    • ally
      January 7, 2011

      Thank you, Emy. You’re awesome!



  • Stephanie
    January 6, 2011

    Congrats!! I just read Matched over the weekend and was captivated by it! I’m so glad to see it at #3 on the NYT list.



    • ally
      January 7, 2011

      Stephanie, thank you! I’m so glad you liked the book. SO glad. πŸ™‚



  • Sara B. Larson
    January 6, 2011

    Yay, I’m so excited for you! Moving up the list after 5 weeks is awesome — that means word of mouth is building. Yay, yay, yay!! πŸ˜€ All good things coming in 2011!



    • ally
      January 7, 2011

      Thanks, Sara! I just can’t believe it’s still one there. I thought ONE week was awesome!



  • Tekla
    January 6, 2011

    Hey, Ally!

    About other Matched fansites, we run the Livejournal Matched Trilogy Community! πŸ˜€

    http://community.livejournal.com/matched_trilogy/



    • ally
      January 7, 2011

      Ooh, ooh! Thank you for telling me! I will get hubby to post that in the sidebar as soon as I can. πŸ™‚



  • Charmayne
    January 6, 2011

    Ally, LOVED LOVED LOVED it! Now if the next 11 months will pass quickly……



    • ally
      January 7, 2011

      Char, you make my day. Elaine said all you Vickers girls were being SO awesome and supportive of the book. THANK YOU.



  • Ariel
    January 6, 2011

    You should come to Portland πŸ˜€ It would be so awesome to meet you in person!!!! (If I don’t faint from excitement that is :P)



    • ally
      January 8, 2011

      Ariel, it would be great to meet you too! Fingers crossed my publisher will send me there.



  • Stacey
    January 6, 2011

    Ally I am so excited for you! Go MATCHED it deserves to be on that Best Seller List! And I bet with the tour coming up it will stay there!

    Congrats!



    • ally
      January 8, 2011

      Thanks, Stacey! I’m just thrilled it made it on there at all!



  • Daya
    January 6, 2011

    I found out about Matched through one of the EW articles…asked for it for Christmas and LOVED IT!

    I wish I was a literary critic or someone else who got ARC copies…lucky, LUCKY people!



    • ally
      January 8, 2011

      Daya, so glad it didn’t disappoint! I’m thrilled you liked the book!



  • Alexis Salcido
    January 6, 2011

    I’m so happy for all your success on MATCHED Ally! As soon as I heard about your novel (I had been eyeing it for so long on the Barnes&Noble website) I knew I had to have it. It blew me away, honestly. I loved everything and I cannot wait to read CROSSED. I am doing a countdown πŸ™‚



    • ally
      January 8, 2011

      Alexis, you’ve made my day! Thank you!



  • WritingNut
    January 6, 2011

    Congratulations Ally! That article was wonderful!

    I loved Matched and can’t wait for the sequel πŸ™‚



    • ally
      January 8, 2011

      Thanks so much, WritingNut!!



  • HollyThatcher
    January 6, 2011

    Please let us know when you are coming to Minneapolis! I have been telling everyone about Matched and my copy has been passed from friend to friend since I read it. Congrats on all your success!



    • ally
      January 8, 2011

      Holly, it looks like it will be the 10th of Feb., but I’m not totally sure, so I’ll keep updating the events page as soon as I know more! πŸ™‚



  • Elizabeth
    January 6, 2011

    Hi! I just wantted to say that when I went to the book store and bought Mached, the lady behind the counter said that I was the third purson that she saw buying the book between 7 and 7:45pm! I loved it so much, thank you! πŸ˜€



    • ally
      January 8, 2011

      Elizabeth, that is so cool to hear! Thanks for passing that story along!



  • Samantha
    January 7, 2011

    Raleigh? Whoa, we might see you!



    • ally
      January 8, 2011

      Samantha, that would be so fun!



  • Julie
    January 7, 2011

    Yay! I’m so happy for your success! I haven’t seen my copy of Matched since I finished it because it’s going around the neighborhood. I can’t even get it back before someone else hears how great it is and asks to borrow it next. What an exciting time for you!! πŸ™‚



    • ally
      January 8, 2011

      Thanks, Julie!



  • Heather Macbeth
    January 7, 2011

    Oh my gosh! I’m so excited that you’re coming to Raleigh!!!! No one EVER comes here!!!!! Yay!!!! I will definitely be able to meet you!!!! πŸ™‚



    • ally
      January 8, 2011

      Heather, that will be AWESOME!! Can’t wait! πŸ™‚



  • Kylie
    January 7, 2011

    I have been wanting to email (I tend to do this when I really love a book) and say THANK YOU so much for writing such a brilliant story! I fell in love from page one and soon there after I started telling everyone and anyone that they need to read this! TOP priority!



    • ally
      January 8, 2011

      Oh, Kylie, thank you. I am so glad you loved the book. And thank you also for recommending it to others!



  • Sandy
    January 8, 2011

    I stayed up until 3:30 a.m. finishing Match last night. I absolutely couldn’t put it down!

    I’m so excited about your tour! We have an amazing book store in the San Francisco Bay Area called Kepler’s that’s known for it’s fantastic author visits. (I can’t even begin to list how many awesome YA authors came last year.) We’d so love to have you visit Menlo Park!



  • Inna D.
    January 10, 2011

    Loved Loved Loved your book….didnt know it was a trilogy till i got to the end. You left us hanging and I’ll be hard to wait a whole year until your next book is released. Thanks for creating such a wonderful book and bringing to light how many things we take for granted.



  • SkyDuran
    January 10, 2011

    That is awesome!!!!! I love your book. I just finished it, and I can’t wait to read Crossed. I wrote a review on Matched. If you want to look at it, you can find it on my blogspot, Hipsy’s View. Here’s a direct link: http://hipsysview.blogspot.com/2011/01/hipsys-view-matched.html

    I hope enjoy my view. I can say you are another inspiring author.



  • Nikki
    January 10, 2011

    Congrats Ally!! That’s fabulous news, and definitely deserved πŸ™‚ Can’t wait for the sequel



  • Caroline
    January 11, 2011

    Awesome news – congratulation!
    17 more days until the book is going to be published in Germany, we are all so excited!
    Al the best,
    Caroline



  • Eva
    January 12, 2011

    Allyβ€” Found out about the book through NPR (All Things Considered, maybe?) and listened to the Audiobook while traveling for the holidays. I absolutely loved it. Completely captivating! I didn’t want my drive to end!

    We’d love to have you in Virginia! πŸ™‚



  • Kimberly
    January 12, 2011

    Congrats! It’s a fantastic book and deserves all the recognition.

    If you go on tour, you should definitely consider stopping near Boston. πŸ˜‰ Borders in Braintree would be happy to have you. (My local bookstore. Haha.) I’ll keep an eye on the tour dates though, if the NY one is manageable … Who knows? πŸ˜€



  • I saw your book at Costco in December, hadn’t heard anything about it but bought it and . . . I loved it!!! I’m excited for the next one to come out πŸ™‚

    Plus, you’re from Cedar? I live in Cedar! I feel famous cuz you’re from here!

    Anyways, just wanted to let you know how much I loved your book. I’ve been recommending it to everyone and am doing a post about it on my blog πŸ™‚

    Michelle




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