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q & a

There were some great questions in the comments last time, so I thought I’d answer them here. And then, since I haven’t done a Q & A since January (I think; I’m too lazy to actually check), feel free to ask any other questions you might have in the comments and I’ll answer those next week. If there are any. If not, I will write about my pets. You have been warned. (You have also been lied to. I don’t have any pets. Again: lazy.)

Sara asked: “Did you already have all those items, or did you have to go find them?” (referring to the picture in the entry below)

They were given to me as a gift. So lovely!

Krista V. said/asked, “Wow, I didn’t realize MATCHED was coming out so soon! Didn’t you just sell the project at the end of last year?”

Yes, the deal became public in December. Things have been happening really quickly, which is fantastic. I feel very lucky.

Krista B. asked (okay, she didn’t ask, but I’ve known her most my life and can get away with this) what ARC and BEA stood for.

An ARC is an advance reading copy, which is basically a copy of the book that hasn’t been through the last little fine-tuning rounds of editing. These are printed up and sent out early so that reviewers and people in the industry can read the book before it is officially released.

BEA is BookExpo America, the big booksellers’ convention held each year. This year, it’s being held in NYC.

Ali asked, “How different is it from your original manuscript?”

The answer to that one is more complicated. Very different, in that my editor (Julie Strauss-Gabel) is incredibly good at what she does, and her editorial comments and suggestions made the book much, much better. Not so different, in that it’s still the story I wanted to tell. I don’t know if that makes sense. I feel very grateful and honored to have the chance to work with her. It’s been one of the highlights of my writing career.

That’s all. I hope you are all having a fantastic week!

+ comments (14)
  • Sara B. Larson
    May 11, 2010

    Wow, that is an awesome gift!

    I’m sure I’ll talk/email/have some sort of communication with you before then, but I hope you have a great time at BEA.

    I can’t wait to read MATCHED and see how it has evolved. I have got to figure out how to get my hands on an ARC….! 😉

    And I think you should write about your pets. Since you don’t have any, that should be very interesting. He, he!

  • Stacey
    May 11, 2010

    Oh BEA, I have ALWAYS wanted to go! Sigh. Maybe someday if I ever finish that first manuscript and edit, edit, edit and write something worthwhile I can be where you are and go. 😉

    Love the gift! That is awesome to have on your shelf! So excited!

    How is the writing/editing going? We need to set up another lunch again sometime when you have a spare moment! So like, in 10 years? 😉

  • Sandy Shin
    May 11, 2010

    It’s been so exciting to see all the mentions of BEA on Twitter; I wish I were nearer to NYC so I could go!

    How long did it take for you to write MATCHED, from getting the idea and starting the first draft to finishing the polished manuscript, ready to be queried?

  • Jake
    May 11, 2010

    I’ve got a question. I believe you said this is a three book deal. Do you know how the story ends now? If so at what time in the writing process do you see the end of a story?

  • HeatherSmith
    May 12, 2010

    That is an excellent gift.

    Glad you explained ARC and BEA. I would have just kept reading like I knew what you meant. 🙂

    Glad that Scott could rip it from your death grip. I am looking forward to reading the changes made by you and your great editor.

    Was hoping that your pet comment wasn’t a lie. We just got a dog and it has been a fantastic distraction for the Smith crew. (It is a bit older and has wonderful habits…..otherwise I never would have done it!)

  • Gamila
    May 12, 2010

    I have a question! I just finished reading Being Sixteen and adored it! I wish more well-written fiction that reflected LDS youth standards was being written for high school students. It can be difficult to find clean high school fiction sometimes, though some good books are out there.

    I am thrilled about your three book deal for matched and understand that you’ll probably dedicate most of your time of the next several years writing that trilogy, but do you see yourself in the future returning to your LDS fiction roots and writing more novels for deseret book again? or are you more interested in writing for a national audience?

  • Ali
    May 13, 2010

    Thanks for answering the questions. Do you know when and where you will first go on tour when your book comes out?

  • look forward to meeting you in BEA 🙂

  • Amy
    May 16, 2010

    Is there an official blurb for MATCHED yet? Because on goodreads and amazon there doesn’t seem to be anything that reads like a summary I’d find on the book cover 🙂

  • ally
    May 16, 2010

    Sara, thanks! I’m sure we will chat soon too.

    Stacey, you too! Writing is going great. The manuscript is still a giant mess, but it feels good to be focusing on it more now that MATCHED is all edited.

    Sandy, I wish you could come to BEA too! I would love to meet you in person!

    Gamila, your compliment totally made my day. Thank you. And it was so great to meet you that day in Seagull Book! Hopefully our paths will cross again soon.

    And the answers to the questions will be forthcoming on Tuesday–thanks for asking them!

  • Katie Anderson
    May 16, 2010

    Ally, I just finished your book. It was INCREDIBLE!!!!!!! I seriously loved it. I told my agent to read it, and also a teenager yesterday!

    What a work of art.

    Can’t wait for number 2!

  • Hannah
    May 17, 2010

    I got the chance to meet Margaret Stohl, co-author of the awesome Beautiful Creatures, and she said that she LOVED your book!
    I am so excited for this!
    Love, Hannah S.

  • Surka
    May 18, 2010

    This might be kind of weird but if you do know, what is the word count of Matched?

    Just wondering b/c I love long books 😀

  • ally
    May 18, 2010

    Hannah, great to hear from you! I love Margaret Stohl so much (and Kami too). Thanks for stopping by–and for being excited!

    And Surka, great question! I answered it in the Q & A post today–thanks for sending it in!

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