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Okay so I am almost there - only 3 weeks until the launch! Can you believe it?
I got over the hump this weekend. My copy edits are done and my cover is done (yay!) Now, my hubby and I are just working on formatting which is a pain in the arse. Ugh! I'm moving through all the interviews as they are scheduled. Reviews are starting to come in and they are very positive. I'm so thankful for all the support I'm getting.
Nerves are starting to build and doubts are starting to set in - especially when I'm tired. What if they don't like it? What if I'm not good enough? What if I fail? Will people get the book? Will people support me? Will my book stand out in the thousands of books out there?
I push those down and keep pushing forward but it's hard. Because when you are traditionally published - you have agents, and marketing teams, and editors that love your work. At the end of the day, right now, it's just me.
Now I need to start planning my online launch party - which will have tons of prizes, gifts, and surprises. I'm going to do a chat too. Maybe on my process, book and marketing. I'm scheduling a few different times so everyone can come and I'll let you know more then.
Tomorrow, I will publish the "OFFICIAL Untraceable Blog Tour" which kicks off next week! My tour guides rock!
Behind The Scenes Sneak Peeks
Big cover reveal on Friday! Yikes! I love it Vania did an awesome job and found the PERFECT model. She. Is. Grace.
Starting this afternoon, stay tuned to Novel Novice's blog and Vania's blog this week - they are doing a big expose, showing different cover shots for Untraceable with the REAL ONE popping up on Friday. You can also follow them on Twitter: Vania and Novel Novice.
I'm about to pee in my pants with excitement. I. Can't. Wait. for you all to see it. EEEEPS!
I'll be sharing a few EXCLUSIVE 'behind the scene' photos from the shoot all week long.....
Do you love stories with fast-paced action, trips to remote islands in the Pacific Ocean, and sound bending? "Wait. What's sound bending?" you ask. It's an amazing ability where you can hear the history of an object just by touching it. When Leo turns 13, he finds out that he has this ability. As Leo touches an unusual helmet among his uncle's valuable artifacts, he hears odd noises and realizes he must find out the story of this mysterious helmet.
You've read about The Hunger Games cast. You've seen the cool Hunger Games motion movie poster, but now we have the coolest Hunger Games movie preview yet, a sneak peek video! I'm not going to say anything about this video except to tell you I screamed out loud when I saw it. Enjoy!
What do you think? Is Katniss how you pictured her? Does Gale sound how you expected he would? Leave a Comment!
If you are a fan of the Poison Apple series, then you're in luck. We have a sneak peek of the latest book, a spooky mystery called Curiosity Killed the Cat.
Eleven-year old Hannah can't believe she has to move from Tarrytown to spooky Sleepy Hollow to stay with her dad, stepmom, and her spoiled and nasty stepsister, Molly. So Hannah is thrilled when a sweet black stray cat begins showing up on her dad's doorstep to keep her company. Hannah's heard of the legend of the black ghost cat that haunts the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, but she always figured it was just a legend. . . right? Or could the ghost cat of Sleepy Hollow be haunting Hannah? Read an excerpt here.
And if you haven't already added the widgets to your Profile, there are two super-fun Poison Apple widgets you can add to your STACKS Profile to show your Poison Apple love. Add the Poison Apple Daily Bite and Poison Apple Sweet and Sour widgets to your Profile! Of course, you need to have a Profile first, so if you haven't done that, then please join now!
I sat down yesterday with local radio hosts Bill Newman and Monte Belmonte for a fun chat about books, naming rights for sandwiches, and more. Take a listen here (interview starts at the 32:30 mark).
Now, for a doodle. Not one of mine (you can tell because it's so much better), but from my pal New Yorker illustrator Peter DeSeve of the two of us engaged in my favorite (and now his favorite)
It's been quite a busy couple of weeks since last I posted.
The family and I drove down from Northampton to New Orleans for this year's ALA Conference, but before we left I had a chance to meet & hear Tomi Ungerer speak at the Eric Carle Museum, where a retrospective is currently on exhibit. It's a great show, you should go (also the Barbara McClintock show in the middle gallery is amazing). A
Charlie Bone fans will recognise the title. Author, Jenny Nimmo, is back with a brand-new series chronicling the origin and the adventures of Charlie Bone's magical ancestor, the Red King!
Timoken is a prince born in a secret kingdom. At his birth, a forest jinni bestows magical gifts upon him: a cloak made by the last moon spider and a potion called Alixir. When the peaceful land is attacked, Timoken and his sister, Zobayda, must find a new kingdom to call home. Together, with only the magical gifts and a talking camel, the siblings set off.
The 39 Clues Book 11, Vespers Rising is out in bookstores now, so it's already a great week, but there's more! We also have for you a SNEAK PEEK of the next 39 Clues book:
The 36 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book 1: The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman
After the mysterious Vespers kidnap Cahills around the globe, they order Amy and Dan to steal a priceless painting in exchange for the hostages. The siblings rush to Italy to execute a heist that rivals the most famous art thefts in history. There's just one problem -- the painting they steal is a fake. With the clock ticking, Amy and Dan have to track down the real painting before one of Cahill hostages pays the ultimate price. But Dan and Amy can't stop the Vespers alone.
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick will publish September 13th this year.
The cover has just released, and here it is!!
I know you all loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret, an amazing story unfolding in words and pictures — a book so amazing that in 2008, it won the Caldecott Medal, the highest honor for an illustrated book. If you haven’t checked out the website, visit www.scholastic.com/hugocabret.
Brian Selznick once again takes you on an awe-inspiring journey.
Set 50 years apart, two independent stories — Ben’s told in words and Rose’s in pictures — weave back and forth. Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother’s room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.
When Ben opened his eyes, he was lying on the floor, staring at the ceiling.
Something smelled terrible and burnt. Thankfully the rain had stopped and everything was silent and peaceful. He could go back to his cou
Great news! The original cast soundtrack to Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical will be available soon as part of a special edition of Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, including the full story, liner notes and a cool audio extra (a reading of the book by 4 year old Trixie and myself).
The album will also be released separately.
I hope you enjoy the tunes whether you've gotten a chance
The old mail bag had a special surprise while I was away, a book about surprises: my preview copy of the upcoming HOORAY FOR AMANDA AND HER ALLIGATOR!
Outside of my travelog, it's my longest book to date, a hybrid picture book and chapter book chronicling the surprising adventures of a spunky girl and her nervous stuffed alligator in 6-1/2 stories.
I'm excited about this one, especially as
Check out the early stages of a dream come true:
Elephant and Piggie should be around in time for the conventions this spring and summer. Mo' info as I get it.
Man, I may have to steal these next year for MARDI GRAS, which reminds me Happy Carnival to 'Nawlins. Sorry to miss this year, but we we'll see you in '12.
Dav Pilkey fans, this one's for you: the long-awaited sequel to the bestselling novel Super Diaper Baby is almost here, and here is a SUPER sneak preview of the book's cover!
Super Diaper Baby 2: Invasion of the Potty Snatchers by George Beard and Harold Hutchins (the fourth grade creators of Captain Underpants) will be published on June 28, 2011—just in time for summer reading! But that's not all. . . Dav Pilkey created an awesome video showing exactly how he created the book — in a breathtaking, dizzying two and a half minutes!
More good news from the road:My daughter and I have been nominated for a 2010 Audie award for the audio book version of Knuffle Bunny Too: An Unexpected Diversion! This is exciting news for the whole family. 3 years back, we (along with my wife) took home the award for the audio version of the first Knuffle Bunny book.Trixie did a fantastic job on this one as well. You can look (or listen) for
If you attended last weeks Toy Fair in NYC and you passed by the University Games booth, then you've already seen this:Yup, it's a whole bunch of prototypes for Pigeon games, including a Pigeon Matching Game housed in a real Pigeon-shaped carrier, "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" board game, cool Colorforms and more!More mofo as we get closer, but you can expect to see stuff hitting the
Hi! All week we are bringing you Wimpy Kid features to get you pumped for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie coming out on Friday. Exclusive movie clips, a trivia quiz, your questions answered by Jeff Kinney and Zach Gordon. . . and more still to come. So jump onto your profile, change your mood to "wimpy" and show the world you're ready for Wimpy Week!!
Wimpy Week continues now with a special sneak peek of Jeff Kinney's newest book coming out today! It's called The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary and it describes all the behind the scenes stuff that went into making his hilarious book Diary of a Wimpy Kid into a movie.Check it out!
Dav Pilkey, the author of the Captain Underpants series, is working on a new book coming out on August 10, 2010. The title of the book is — are you ready for this — The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future.
OK, with a title like that, I don't think I even need to say any more. It goes without saying the book is going to be every bit as hilarious as Captain Underpants. I'm laughing just looking at the cover!
Speaking of the cover, what do you think is going on there? Leave a comment telling us what you think Ook and Gluk are doing and saying!
As some of you know, there is lots of Pigeon stuff available besides the books. Well, this spring will see the release of a bunch of new, exciting Pigeon stuff in the form of board games, activities, matching games, and other cool stuff.Before the onslaught, I thought I'd travel back 7 years before the Pigeon was published and look at his first bit of "product", a promotional keychain:These were
The old mail-bag is filled with fun stuff lately, including my preview copy of Elephant & Piggie's next adventure, Can I Play Too? It's always fun to have the actual, real book in your hands. Somehow it's much different than all of the printouts, proofs, and what have you.Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.Gerald and Piggie are best friends.In Can I
The studio is going to ease up on posts during the summer in order to focus on some work (and focus on some playtime).Do check back on occasion as there will be some fun stuff this summer including my visit to ALA in Washington, DC, a very cool exhibit at San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum (along with work of Jeff Smith!), brand new Pigeon games and puzzles, and assorted bits of oddness.And as
Thanks to pals JJK & Mr. Warburton, I've been alerted to Kelly Light's lovely art-based response to the horrific oil infusion into the Gulf of Mexico, a continuing disaster that with further decimate my hometown of New Orleans.She's created a continuing illustration sale called, appropriately, RIPPLE to raise $$$ for Gulf animal rescue organizations. Anyone can submit & the proceeds from
If you loved Swindle and Zoobreak by Gordan Korman, then we have good news for you: The Man With The Plan (aka Griffin Bing) will be back this September in a new sequel, Framed. In this book, Griffin is accused of stealing an authentic Super Bowl ring from the school display case. He didn't do it of course, but all the evidence points directly to him. Somebody set Griffin up to take the fall. But who would do that and why? All Griffin knows is that he's being framed for a crime he didn't commit. Read on for a sneak peek at the book. . .
"Out of my way!" bawled the principal. He waded through the throng and began to work at the lock on the glass panel, trying key after key from a large ring.
Griffin ran up. “What happened?” he asked a tall student who seemed to have a good vantage point on what was going on.
“Somebody stole the Super Bowl ring.”
“But how?” asked Ben, watching the distraught principal searching for the right key. “The case is locked up tight.”
At last, the principal slid the panel aside and reached his hand in. Griffin wiggled to the front for a better view.
The view was clearer, but not better. It was true. Art Blankenship's Super Bowl ring was indeed gone. In its place on the black velvet was a small object — pink plastic and shiny silver wire. It was —
Griffin goggled. No. Impossible —
Dr. Egan's beefy hand closed on the item. He brought it out of the case and examined it. His wild eyes found Griffin in the crowd.
Griffin was in a state of shock. He stared at the piece, unable to believe his eyes.
“What is it?” whispered Ben, who was too short to see what the principal was holding.
“A retainer,” said Griffin in a strangled voice. Engraved on the plastic palate were five letters:
“I want that ring back,” the principal ordered. “Now.”
“I don’t have it.” Griffin was barely able to conjure the breath to get any sound past his lips. “I didn’t take it.”
“How do you explain the retainer, then?” Dr. Egan demanded. “Since the first day of school, every time you open your mouth, that thing falls out. Well, you should have kept your mouth shut while you were stealing the ring! Because now your retainer proves that you're guilty.”
“I'm not! The case was locked!”
“That wouldn't be a problem for an experienced burglar,” the principal accused. “Locks have never stopped you before, have they?”
The Man With The Plan had been confronted with the unexpected many times. He'd been surprised, astonished, even blown away. But never had he been so completely and utterly blindsided to the point where he could not even find the words to defend himself. He stared at the retainer, incapable of believing his own eyes. He could barely work up any anger at Dr. Egan for putting the blame on him. With this kind of evidence against him, he almost blamed himself.
“I lost my retainer a few days ago,” he managed finally. “Ask anybody. All my friends know.”
“You mean your accomplices?” the principal challenged. “Not the most reliable witnesses.”
“Somebody must have found it, and they did this to frame me!”
“All I know,” Dr. Egan told him, “is that a major piece of sports history is missing, an item of jewelry worth tens of thousands of dollars. If you don't hand it over, I'm going to have to take this to the next level.”
All Griffin could say was, “It wasn't me.”
Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is an all new title in the Dear America series: The Fences Between Us by Kirby Larson.
13-year-old Piper Davis has been given a diary. She's never used one before, but because of everything happening in her life, she's glad she has one. It's 1941 and Europe is at war. Even though Piper and her family live in Seattle, Washington, there is talk that America might become involved with the war.
Piper's dad is the minister of the Seattle Japanese Baptist Church. Piper and her family have always been close to her dad's congregation. But when Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, the Japanese-Americans in Piper’s town start getting harassed by some of the white townspeople. Even at school, Piper's friend, Betty, suffers from a humiliating attack by her classmates.
When President Roosevelt orders all residents of Japanese heritage to be put into internment camps, Piper's father decides to move also, to be closer to his congregation. Piper doesn't understand why they have to move. The war will be over soon and the Japanese-Americans will be able to return home. But Piper quickly finds out this is not the case. These temporary camps seem more permanent. And the barbed wire and the watchtowers make it feel more like a prison, not a camp.
Why can't anyone understand that the people in these camps aren't the bad guys? They are good people who love America and would never do anything to hurt it. Will the war end soon? Will the Japanese community be able to return to a normal life? Find out in Dear America: The Fences Between Us.