On the Horizon
It hit me this weekend that Prized is coming out in a month. I’m happy about that, curious and a little anxious, too. The stakes feel higher with the second book because more people are interested in the trilogy now than when Birthmarked came out, and the potential to delight or disappoint is proportionately magnified. I’m depending more than ever on the team at Roaring Brook, my editor especially, and I’m trusting they’re only letting us come out with something decent.
We have a few things in the pipeline leading up to the release.
The paperback edition of Birthmarked comes out tomorrow, October 11th. The bonus extras at the back contain some unglamorous photos, an author interview, ten pondering questions, and the first chapter of Prized.
A giveaway of a signed copy of Prized starts tomorrow.
I’m starting a blog tour on Mundie Moms two weeks from today, on October 24th, and visiting fifteen more sites, one a day, until Prized comes out November 8th. Pulling that together with the bloggers has been a lot of fun so far. We have a secret code that’s running through the tour, which is a gas, frankly. I love being all secret-code-y. The tour will culminate with an author chat on Goodreads, where readers can meet up virtually with me and the bloggers to munch virtual cookies. More details about the tour, code and chat will be explained on the MacTeenBooks site Friday, October 21st.
Roaring Brook is down-pricing the ebook of Birthmarked for a limited time around the release of Prized. I’m not sure exactly when that will begin, but it’s supposed to be a significant bargain once it occurs.
“Tortured,” a story between Birthmarked and Prized, will be e-published for free sometime soon for readers who want to know a bit more about Leon. I’ll add a link as soon as I have one.
Then, on Tuesday, November 8th, I’ll be having a launch at the UConn Coop, my favorite local indie bookstore, and Prized will be out in the wild. Yay!