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!