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Friday, July 22, 2011

Comic-con!

It's been a long time since I've last blogged, but for good reason. My life has been incredibly busy the past week and a half, but good busy.

I turned 27 last Tuesday, so now I'm officially the same age as Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Brian Jones were when they died. But I'll live, because I'm not a musician, and I don't mix sleeping pills with wine or heroin.

Because of my birthday, I had friends staying with me for a few days, and that was loads of fun. Plus I got to have a party where I saw people, which is neat, because I like people. At least the one I'm friends with, anyway.

And check out my super rad birthday cake:



My friends from out of town left this week, and on Wednesday, Eric and I headed out to the fine city of San Diego, where we are now.

And let me tell you, the city is beautiful. The weather is divine. When we left Minnesota, it was 98 degrees with like 90% humidity. Here it's a cool 72 and breezy. Plus, there's an ocean.

The view of the ocean from my hotel room.
Admittedly, I haven't seen that much of this lovely city, and I probably won't. I'm here for Comic-con. So far, it's been fun, with a whole lot of lines. Lots and lots of lines. Also, two Deloreans, and tons of Batman stuff.

If you are also at Comic-con and want to say hey, feel free. I will be wandering around the next few days. I'm also going to be on a panel on Sunday called "What's Hot in Young Adult Fiction." The other more famous, more talented authors on the panel are:

Kiersten White, author of Paranormalcy and the upcoming Supernaturally
Andrea Cremer, author of Nightshade and the upcoming Wolfsbane
Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss and the upcoming Lola and the Boy Next Door
Laini Taylor, author of Lips Touch: Three Times and the upcoming Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Tahereh Mafi, author of the upcoming Shatter Me

It will be moderated by Nathan Bransford, former literary agent/current author of Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Kapow.

The panel starts at 10:00 am on Sunday and is in ballroom 23 ABC.

There's an autograph session afterwards that everyone else is doing, but not me. Here's why I'm not doing it: Because 99.98% of my readers buy my books electronically, my books aren't currently sold in bookstores, and I don't have headshots. So there's nothing for me to sign.

But if you want to me to sign something, I definitely will. I just didn't want to sit there acting like a fool without anything to sign.

Anyway... the moral of this blog is: Sorry I've been MIA lately, and I hope to see y'all at Comic-Con. :)

45 comments:

  1. That's why you bring paperbacks and sell 'em at the signing! KA-CHING.

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  2. I don't even know any of the other authors. So I think you're the most talented one there.

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  3. Belated Happy B-day!!

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  4. I hope you have a great time! And happy belated birthday. I'm sure it was great. Maybe you can make some cards, like post cards, with the covers of your books on them and sign then for interested readers.

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  5. Happy belated Birthday! Hope you have fun at Comic-con. Wished I was there.

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  6. Happy Belated Birthday. Have Fun at Comic-con. San Diego sounds great

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  8. I'be read almost all of those authors. you're in excellent company.

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  9. If I was there you could sign my iPad case! That would be like you autographing ALL your books that I own!

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  10. I will be attending on Sunday and would love for you to sign my kindle cover! I'll aim to attend the panel!

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  11. Happy Birthday! That is the best cake ever, reminds me of cake boss! I wish I could run into you and say HI and have you sign something. I am only a two hour drive away from Comic-Con! You're so close yet so far away, its probably going to be the closest I'll get. Oh well I hope you are having fun.

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  12. You are so down-to-earth! It's been really cool following you on your journey to fame!

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  13. Cake is super gorgeous! And yay for not mixing sleeping pills and wine! ;) Enjoy Comic-Con!

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  14. I was at CC yesterday and would've said hi if I saw you! Glad you're enjoying SD! I love living here!

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  15. Glad you had a great birthday and hope your trip goes well. Details please!!!

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  16. Happy belated birthday. I've always wanted a mad hatter cake. It's beautiful and weird :-)

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  17. Very happy belated birthday! Beautiful cake!! I'm amateur spanish writer and love your blog, it encourages me a lot to keep the writing feeling! Thanks so much.
    Lorcris.

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  18. Happy Birthday, and enjoy the madness that is Comic Con.

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  19. Happy Birthday - You're just a Baby Duck!

    72 degrees with Deloreans and Batman stuff? That's da bomb. Any place that's 72 as opposed to the 3 digit temps of the rest of the country deserves to be seen. I'm sayin' it either calls for playing hookey or adding a couple of days to the end of your trip.

    I understand about the autograph session. I've only been asked for a few so far because my ebooks sell far, far (Did I say far?) better than the paper ones. I know there are some tablets and devices with pens that would allow a signature to be emailed, but it would still feel a little silly to be setting there as the only one who didn't have a big stack of books around 'em.

    Maybe you should set up a big e-autographing table and do a banner that reads: NO TREES DIED FOR THIS BOOK SIGNING!

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  20. Pshaw! Fans can bring in the paperbacks they can purchase from Amazon and have you sign 'em! But I'm glad you're having a good time there-still majorly green in the face that I didn't get to go. Next year, maybe!

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  21. Thanks for the awesome update Amanda! Have fun and I please tell us all about the panel, I'd love to know more about what's hot in YA right now.

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  22. Thanks for following my blog and happy birthday. Glad you're enjoying Comic-con and the weather.

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  23. San Diego is a great town. Make sure you and Eric hit IN-N-OUT Burger. You won't be sorry. I like your cake.

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  24. Bruce Campbell came to my college when I attended. He did a signing afterward. You could either buy his book on the spot and have him sign it... or he would sign a piece of memorabilia. People brought glossies from his movies they made, posters (some self-printed!), etc. In his book, he said one person even brought him a chunk of the cabin from the movie...

    I'm sure people would find something for you to sign ;)

    YA: Cheat, Liar, Coward, Thief
    Adult: Shackled

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  25. Horribly morbid, but looks like you might have to add Amy Winehouse to that list...

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  26. Happy Bday! Have fun. The view does look beautiful, and I loved the cake.

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  27. As a regular gonvention goer I'd suggest that you bring copies of your books for fans to purchase and then you can sign them. This is usually how it is done! I wish you great success and hope you enjoy your time at Comic Con!

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  28. Happy Birthday! Enjoy every minute of 27! Gosh I wish I was at Comic-Con. I hope I get to go one day...dreaming! If I was there, stopping by to say hello to Amanda Hocking would definitely be on my list! Cheers!!

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  29. Happy belated birthday! Comic-con sounds like a ton of fun! Enjoy the nice weather in Cali cuz its still pretty hot and humid here in MN :(

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  30. Happy Birthday Amanda. But I gotta say, what the f? Looks like Amy Winehouse took your slot in the "dead by 27" sweepstakes. Holy sh*t, that incredible voice is silenced.

    Sorry. Enjoy Comic Con for all it's worth. Life is good.

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  31. How ironic that Amy Winehouse died today at 27, if I've got my facts correct. It's like the Twilight Zone.... Hope your birthday was enjoyable! Sorry for being a Debbie Downer. :)

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  32. Happy twenty seventh birthday, Amy Winehouse. And Ms Hocking.

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  33. Love the cake - Happy belated birthday! As a birthday present, I have blogged about you at http://fay-moore.blogspot.com/2011/07/dazzling-success-of-unknown-author.html. I would be appreciative if you stopped by to check it out and commented. It's a pleasure to pay homage to your success and wish you more of it! You are an inspiration to the rest of us writers who are trying to break into commercial success.

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  34. Happy Belated Birthday! The cake was beautiful. Have fun at Comic Con.

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  35. THAT IS ONE OF THE MOST AWESOME CAKES I'VE EVER SEEN. Besides Cake Boss.

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  36. Hey I saw you at Comic Con and was able to sit in for the YA panel session. It was really great to hear everyone talk about their writing and what it means to them. It was a great inspiration for an aspiring author like myself. You did awesome by the way, I am sure it was pretty overwhelming to be on a panel like that. I was pretty bummed you didn't make it to the autograph session as you were the only author I had read. I was gonna have you sign my I-Pod as that is where I have read all of your books:0) I hope you enjoyed San Diego, my home town, and had a great time at the convention! I love your books! Just thought I should throw that in there!

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