Tuesday, February 7, 2012

UPDATED: Look! It's a Blog!

Hey, everyone! I just updated the FAQs section at the top of the blog, so before you ask a question, make sure you check it out. I also explain where you can get Wisdom for the Kindle.

You may have noticed my absence on the blog. It's been almost a month since I last blogged, which is the longest I've gone without blogging in a very long time. Probably since I started the blog.

The absence was partially because I was very, very busy. I was on a tour promoting Switched, and I spent a lot of time doing interviews. That was the other reason why there wasn't blogs. After spending all day talking about publishing and books, I found that I wasn't very interested in writing when I get done.

Also, I think I just needed a bit of a break. I wasn't very active at all on the internet last week, rarely tweeting or going on Facebook. Sometimes it's good to unplug and relax. But anyway, I'm back! I'm refreshed, and I'm working on Lullaby, the sequel to Wake. So all's well.

I also have some fun things to share with you. Where to start?

When I came home from the book tour, I got a nice surprise. An ARC of Wake were waiting for me, and they look lovely!  As you can kind of tell from the grainy image below.
Wake is the first book in my brand new series Watersong, and the publication date as been moved up to August 7th, so that's also good news. If you're not familiar with what an ARC is, I suggest you read: here. The Story Siren breaks down exactly what it is.

If you'd like to get a copy of Wake for review, you can email publicity@stmartins.com. I do not personally have any copies that I can give out for review, so you have to contact St. Martin's. I can't guarantee that you'll get an ARC, because they do have a limited supply.

UPDATE: ARCs of Wake are sent out for people to review, but since they have a limited quantity of ARCs, they can't send them out to every person that requests them. That means they try to only send ARCs to people who have review blogs or journalists or people who have some way of promoting the books.

My publicist has said they're getting many requests for the books, and that's great, but they won't possibly be able to fill them all. If you'd like a better chance at getting an ARC of Wake, in your email, list your blog (if you have one) and any relevant stats, like how many hits it gets and how many followers you have and any other promotional stuff you would want to do for the book. I also recommend that you read what the Story Siren has posted about ARCs. She's done a very good job of explaining what they are, how to get them, and what to do with them.

Both myself and my publicist are sorry that not everyone can a get an ARC of Wake. But there will probably be giveaways on the future, and I'll be sure to post about them as soon as I hear of any. And I really appreciate all the excitement around the book!

Here's a couple of fun videos. This one is a tour of my office, done all MTV cribs style:

And here's one of my favorite interviews I've done. It's from a local PBS affiliate KSMQ show called "Off 90." The KSMQ viewing area is all around Interstate 90, so the title is a play on that.

In that video, where it shows my hands typing, this is what I was actually typing:
You can click to enlarge.
 Okay. Yay! That was enough of me talking about me. Here's something really cool. The Other House is the production company that did an amazing job making the fantabulous US trailer for Switched. They posted some behind-the-scenes videos and pictures from the Switched shoot on their blog. Here's the link to the full blog: here.

If you haven't seen the awesome trailer, I'll post it again, and here's a couple choice pics from their blog, but you should really go to their site and check out the behind-the-scenes video.

Switched trailer:

And finally, Switched has been on the New York Times Best Sellers list for four weeks, and it's also back on the USA Today Bestselling Books List! Thank you to everyone for buying a book and to all the readers for being so supportive! :)