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website updates, and taking questions

The official website for the MATCHED SERIES has been updated with all three of the new covers side-by-side. Gorgeous! The site also confirms the release date for REACHED as November 13, 2012, so I think we’re a go with that date. So excited!

I’ve mentioned before that we’re getting ready for a website redo here as well. As part of that, I’d like to do a series of blog posts on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Tuesday series will be based on answering questions about writing, the writing process, etc. The Thursday series will be questions from readers about the books, the worlds of MATCHED and CROSSED, etc.

So, I’d love your questions in the comments section of this post! Then I can answer you in future posts over the next couple of months. Be sure to check the FAQ section of the site and also the q & a category of the blog, since I’ve answered some of the questions before (for example, I’ve answered “Where did you get your inspiration from MATCHED?” several times, and also “Can I be in the movie?” a few times as well). If you have a really specific question that’s kind of spoiler-y about the books, it’s probably best to hold off on that or email it to me instead.

I’m so excited! This will probably be the last time I do this for a while, so please feel free to ask. Hope you are having a lovely Tuesday!

+ comments (38)
  • Em @ Sash & Em
    May 15, 2012

    I love your use of poetry as inspiration for Cassia and Ky throughout Crossed & Reached. I actually got “Do not go gentle into that good night” tattooed on my ribs because your book make me take a closer look at its meaning. I’ve always loved Dylan Thomas’ poetry, but reading Matched gave me a new context to analyze the meaning.

    Your use of these poems in reference to an oppressed society…fueling a resistance engages readers in a way that benefits them intellectually and creates a longer lasting, deeper meaning they can take away from your trilogy.

    Question: Not asking for specifics, but do you plan to continue this trend throughout Reached as well?

    I can’t wait for Reached, I know it will be incredible!


  • Brooke
    May 15, 2012

    Hi! Thanks for this chance to ask! I will take advantage and ask a couple questions, if that is okay…

    First, I saw on your FAQ page you wrote mainly in the mornings and at night – can you expound on that a little? Such as, about how many hours a day would you end up writing? And was that all in one stretch, or spread throughout the day? (I ask b/c I find it hard to write just an hour here, a half hour there, etc., – b/c just as I’m getting into the story I have to stop; yet I can’t seem to find any big blocks of three or four hours at a time to write – so I’m wondering how you handled that challenge, with children and your regular day to day tasks). In other words, could you maybe give us a “day in the life of…” type thing, including how many hours you’d write in the morning, how many at night, etc.? It helps to see how others manage life and writing time!

    Next, are you part of a writing group? If so, how did you find it?

    What writing conferences have you attended/recommend? Are there any you attended you felt WEREN’T worth the time and money, or were they all pretty much super helpful?

    Thank you!!

  • Rachel
    May 15, 2012

    I listened to Matched a few months ago, and can’t wait to read Crossed. Now my sister is starting Matched. It was a great novel!

    I was wondering, and you might have answered this before, (I’m new to your blog) what got your first involved in writing?

    And did it take you a while to get published for your first book? What did it look like for you? I’m entering the process now, and it’s so daunting! Do you have any advice or warnings about the publishing process? Thanks!

  • irene
    May 15, 2012

    I really enjoyed reading your books, I was just wondering whether you would go to London on tour??
    Thanks! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait for reached!!!! πŸ™‚

  • Lizzy
    May 15, 2012

    Hi! I wanted to know,
    Do you ever get self-concious about your writing and don’t want to let anyone else see it? If so, what do you do???

  • Ashley R.
    May 15, 2012

    Do you know where the release tour for Reached will be?
    Do you know when Crossed will come out in paperback?
    Do you have plans for a book after Reached?

  • Rosie
    May 15, 2012

    Dear Allyson Condie,
    I LOVE your books. It would be awesome to have my name in one of your books. It would mean the world to me. I’m addicted to your books!

  • Tiffany Lewis
    May 15, 2012

    Oh, I love writerly questions! Here are a few for you:

    1. Has your writing process changed as you’ve written more books? Has it become more streamlined as you engage in the process more?

    2. How do you know personally when you’re book is done? Writing a novel reminds me of whack-a-mole. The more I nail down the problems, the more they seem to crop up! At what point do you say, “I’ve got to just wrap this up and move on.”

    3. What is your take on the publishing landscape? Is it really as dire as everyone makes it out to be? Is there still a place (and income!) for emerging authors? I would love your thoughts on this.

  • Brooke
    May 15, 2012

    Hi, me again! With more questions πŸ™‚

    1. I’ve heard a lot about “clunky writing” lately – what exactly is that? And how do you avoid it in your writing?

    2. How do you make dialogue sound so natural and not forced, cheesy, fake, etc.

    3. How do you handle transitions from scene to scene? That seems to be one of the hardest parts for me – especially when you need to tie one scene into another that’s farther down the road, with many other scenes in between.


  • Daya Ryelle
    May 15, 2012

    I have a tip on dialogue, Brooke, if I may…

    Try to have it sound like people would regularly talk. Forget the rules of grammar (“Don’t start a sentence with ‘and’ or ‘because'”, “avoid fragments”, etc.) People have told me for many years that my dialogue sounds so natural and some have even specified that the reason they like it is because my characters talk like real people do.

    So that’s my advice.

  • Anna
    May 16, 2012

    i am an actress and would love to be in your movie. is there any way that would be possible. (even audition info would be great)

  • Amy
    May 16, 2012

    Hi Ally,
    I really loved matched and crossed and can’t wait for reached to come out! Me and my friends are addicted to your books and I check your website like everyday.Now for my questions…

    1) I was wondering if you know when the cast for the movie of matched will be announced,when the movie will start filming, and when the movie will come out?

    2) I was also wondering if you would ever continue the Matched trilogy in the future?

    3) Lastly,I was wondering if you have any other book ideas and would consider my name to be in one of your books (my name’s Amelia/Amy) I love your books and it would be an honor if you would put my name in one of your books!!!!

    And thanks for taking the time to read my questions.

  • Allyson
    May 17, 2012

    I just spent an hour or so writing a review of your book on Good Reads. I’d love for you to get a chance to see it. It’s always nice to receive some positive feedback, in my opinion. And I think you deserve it.

    • ally
      May 18, 2012

      Thank you so much for taking the time to review! πŸ™‚ So glad you enjoyed the book!

    • Elizabeth
      October 10, 2012

      I spend all my free time reading this series. πŸ™‚

  • Jasmine
    May 17, 2012

    Hi, Ally i’m in 7th grade right know, soon to be 8th! I just wanted to say that you are an amazing writer. I have always wanted to do something to help someone else and inspire others. I have always thought of being a actress, singer, or writer, but have always been afraid of what others might think of me if i failed or if i wasn’t good enough. Well, one day i tried out for a agency thing and me and my sister Carly auditioned well Carly got in, but I didn’t. They said they already had plenty of girls my age. I thought it was because i wasn’t good enough. So, I gave up on all my crazy dreams and focused on ones that seemed to everyone around me more realistic. I always felt like something was missing after i gave my real dreams up. Then I saw Your book MATCHED at my schools book fair so, I bought it. When I read Your book I realized something. That was that it didn’t matter what others thought it only mattered that I believed in my dreams and that i stayed true to who I was. If I tried my best than I will never fail. So, I thought of all the times when Authors, Singers, and Actors/Actresses were rejected at first, but they didn’t give up because they had something I didn’t Self-confidence. That is what you have given me and the will to keep keeping. I have decided I WILL NOT GO GENTEL. Thank you for saving me and helping me believe in my dreams and my self again. Now I can finally live up to my favorite nickname Jazzthespaz πŸ™‚
    I look around the room
    With hunger in my eyes
    I believe i’m satisfied
    But it saw it in my eyes
    I couldn’t face the truth
    So I tried to run and hide
    But it followed me
    and wouldn’t leave my side
    Nagging and nagging
    taunting in its face
    I try to turn away
    but it catches me in it’s embarrass
    warm and cozy
    I fell so safe
    It’s time for me to grow up and realize
    that this has been my true fait
    it knew the truth
    it hoped i did too
    believe in yourself it said
    I believe in you
    dreams may be painful at first
    but denying them is even worse
    follow your dreams
    and know you are beautiful
    strive to succeed
    but let it be what it must be
    don’t worry about being cool
    that’s only for fools
    you may believe them at first too
    but believe me being you is the best thing to do
    stay true to yourself
    and you will never lose the real wealth
    reach deep inside
    you will be satisfied with what you find
    – Jasmine M. (soon to be actress, writer, singer, and poet)
    I wrote this after i read your book it came to me immediately. I wrote it all in one night with in the half hour. thank you I know my dreams can come true now. Now I just have to find out were to start. YOU CHANGED MY LIFE.Here is a piece of advice for everyone: Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game- Another Cinderella Story. Thanks a lot πŸ™‚

  • Fatima
    May 20, 2012

    My qustion is:
    -will you keep writing books similar to matched?
    -when will there be a reached playlist?

  • Della
    May 22, 2012

    I want to thank you for writing Matched. My daughter hated to read and this broke my heart. She asked for Matched and read it and now she won’t put books down. It just took the right book to open the world of reading to her. Thank you so much!!!!!

  • SarahJennette
    May 23, 2012

    I have the same question about writing/critique groups. Are you a part of one and how did you find it?

    • SarahJennette
      May 23, 2012

      And also, when you write a first draft, about what percentage of that draft actually makes it into the final draft?

  • Ang Eschler
    May 24, 2012

    I am putting together an online class for my beginning and intermediate writers, and I would really love to reinforce for them the level of investment required to become a professional author. I was hoping that you would possibly have just 15 minutes for a recorded phone interview (of which I will provide you a digital copy that you may do with as you wish) in which we’d cover the following topics:

    Genre/niche: (past and present is fine)
    Your most recent book you want to promote:

    Interview questions:
    1) If you could choose only 2 or 3 things you learned from the writing process that you believe helped you find your voice and break into your market, what would those be?

    2) If you had to choose only 2 or 3 insights you gained into the publishing industry that you feel helped you focus your writing/find a market and break in, what would those be?

    3) Was there anything you did wrong or that you felt was an ineffective use of your time while trying to get published (that left you spinning your wheels)? And what would you do differently if you had to start over again as a new author? (If you did it all right, is there something you see many authors doing wrong?)

    4) Did you experience a significant failure or frustration in the publication process, even once you’d found an agent/publisher and/or started to make headway? (Message of hope and patience.)

    5) Lastly, once you broke into your market and experienced being a writer from that side of the equation, do you have just a couple suggestions relating to marketing/promoting your books? What have you learned is a waste of time, what is a necessity, and what/where/how would you suggest an author educate themselves to increase their chances of success once a book is released?

    6) Do you have any final advice not covered in the above questions?

    7) Do you have any suggested reads/resources that you feel were instrumental in the publishing process or relating to the above questions?

    Lastly, if I do decide at some time that this information would be useful for a printed article or book or other format, I will promptly run the excerpt by you for approval, permission, and compensation negotiations if you feel that would be necessary.

    Thank you so much for all you’ve done to give back to the writing community!

    P.S. You could even just answer the questions on your own podcast (or related) equipment if you don’t want to deal with a phone call, and then you could just email me an mp3, or you could even just type up the notes and send an email if that’s your preference. Just as many of the questions you have time for is great!

  • Hayley
    May 25, 2012

    Hi Ally!

    I’m page 308 of Matched (I’m almost done) and am loving it. Don’t spoil anything for me since I’m only on the first one, but did you purposely make the covers to match the colors of the tablets? If so, why didn’t you make them in order of how you get the tablets? Blue, green, red? Why green,blue,red? I was just curious. I really love your writing and Matched is now on my list of favorite books (even though I’m not done yet.) I wanted to thank you for writing Matched, because I am in love with the story.


    P.S Is Cassia pronounced CASS-E-AH? That’s how I’ve been pronouncing it. πŸ™‚

    • Amy
      May 27, 2012

      I pronounced it CASS-E-AH to at first but then I watched an interview Ally did and found out that it is pronounced Cash-a

  • KiaKathleen
    May 28, 2012

    I’ve read both Matched and Crossed, there both amazing. I can’t wait to read Reached.

    Q: Will you have these books made into movies? I think you should, they would be quite amazing.
    I also think you shouldn’t just have a trilogy write like two more books about Cassia, Xander and Ky. I know it would be difficult, but your fans would be very excited. Just something to think about.

  • KiaKathleen
    May 28, 2012

    Another question… Maybe you could go on tour in Alaska (anchorage)? It would be something new, not very big but something definitely new.

  • KiaKathleen
    May 28, 2012

    Sorry, me again. I just keep coming up with more questions . Maybe possibly my name could be mentioned in your book or movie. My name is Kia (Kya) Kathleen. The more i read other comments and look at your website the more I find my self becoming obsessed.
    Hope you answer my questions.

    Kia Kathleen πŸ™‚

  • Allyson
    June 2, 2012

    Why is crossed not available on the kobo ereader? Just read matched on mine and now i am highly disappointed that i cannot read crossed. I contacted kobo and they said it is up to the publishers. Hopefully this will be taken care of asap.

  • Amanda Judge
    June 3, 2012

    Dear Ally,
    I wanted to just ask a couple q

  • Amanda Judge
    June 3, 2012

    Dear Ally,
    I want to ask a couple questions and tell u how much this book series has changed me. I used to be,as some people call pushed around and not good for standing up for myself, i would just run up into my room, read a book, and act as if i was the person in my book right after school. It was the only thing i could do to tell myself i was a bigger person. I read this book and decided to stand up for myself and be who i truly wanted to be and not to let the comments and rumors hurt me ( as bad.. ) , I have actully found ways to get my teacher to let me do this book for a class project !( it was soooo worth all the forms to my teacher and principal) I loved every moment of it! this is getting a little long so i am going to put the questions:
    1) Is this book series ever going to be a chain of movies? ( as it deserves)
    2) What gave you the idea of this book?
    3) why does cassia have to get the society’s rules by heart ?
    4) Will you ever come in Georgia 4 a signing? ( i would really really really love to meet you ? )
    5) ( the last 1) Why did you decide to make the names cassia, ky,and Xander? ( I love the names but i am just wondering)

  • panik bozukluk
    June 12, 2012

    Real great info can be found on site . β€œPreach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent.” by Epictetus.

  • Taylor G.
    June 13, 2012

    Wow! I`m so excited! It comes out on my 14th birthday which is going to be the best birthday ever!

  • Jessel
    June 18, 2012

    Hi Ally!!! I just LOVE LOVE LOVE your books!!! I have the release date for REACHED marked in my calendar already!! >.<

    It's more of a question/ comment/ statement (idk)
    I realized the color to each of the bubbles for the MATCHED trilogy.. Does it have to do with the tablets? (<< huh… It was a question after all)
    Awesome writer you are, Ally!!!

  • Ashlee
    August 3, 2012

    Dear Allie Condie,
    I loved matched and can’t wait to read crossed and the new book reached! I have a question for you, what inspired you to write The Matched Series? I have another question for you too, other than the matched series what would you reccomend as a good summer read?
    Your Fan,

  • Angel
    August 14, 2012

    Love the Matched Trilogy. It really puts you into the scene itself and absorbs you into that dystopia. Cannot wait for Reached!

  • Ana
    September 16, 2012

    Does ANYONE know when/where the auditions will be for the movie? If they haven’t been held already!

  • Elizabeth
    October 10, 2012

    Dear Ally Condie,
    I was wondering what was your inspiration for the cover design. I was thinking that in the first one, Cassia is in the bubble which means that she goes with the society but int Crossed, she breaks free and then in Reached ( I didn’t read it yet), she’s a rebel and the society is destroyed. Please respond back.

  • saray
    October 13, 2012

    i love the way ally condie used words, art and poetry in her books they literally had me waiting to read the next book and i cant wait for the next book reached to come out but i would like to know if she will be having a signing somewhere in Ontario thxs to anyone who can answer my question πŸ™‚

  • Elise
    December 28, 2012

    I heared there were mkvies coming out and I was wondering if those rumors were true. That would be so cool. If the rumors are true, are there auditions available??? πŸ™‚

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