RT Convention 2015, Dallas

Went to my first RT Convention earlier this month and got to meet one of my YA author heroes, Scott Westerfeld. I love his Uglies series which is long overdue to be a film. He’s just remarkably talented. Here we are, with his spouse, Justine Larbalestier, the author of many novels and editor of some important non-fiction and fiction. Zombies Vs. Unicorns is hers, my favorite YA anthology.

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But first, I had an evening adventure getting lost in downtown Dallas on the way to dinner with this wonderful trio below:

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Jodi Meadows, Cynthia Hand and Brodi Ashton, three amazing YA authors who are now also writing together (My Lady Jane).  They are so much fun because they’re like a married trio who finishes each other’s sentences.

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My first panel was “The Writing Life,” moderated by Lea Nolan. This is where I got to meet Justine, who was so warm and friendly and funny — I liked her immediately. And it turned out we were both RT virgins.

Beside her is the wonderful Christina Lauren, who I’d met at WonderCon back in 2012, Zoraida Cordova, a sister Apocolypsie and one of my buddy authors on the French tour we did last month, and Lorraine Heath (aka Rachel Hawthorne). Mari Mancusi, the last author, was not in this photo. If anyone has a complete photo, please send it.

My takeaway from this panel was the story Justine told of one author who burns her manuscript when she finishes the first draft and deletes the file. And then starts all over again. That’s brave!

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The next day I did a school visit (that will be a separate post). Then I met some of the top thriller writers writing in the adult market today – Andrew Peterson, Kathy Reichs, Sandra Brown and Anderson Harp — a terrific, generous bunch.

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At the YA author-only offsite private party, our fabulous group came early to eat dinner in case they ran out of food (not really, but you never know). In the magic booth are my roomie, Tamara Ireland Stone, Gretchen McNeil, JR Johansson, Zoraida Cordova, Bree Despain, Amalie Howard, me, Page Morgan (dead ringer for a younger Maggie Gyllenhaal), Kady Cross, and Victoria Scott, who organized the party.

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Then a few more YA authors showed up. This is a good chunk of the YA track at RT. Scott Westerfeld taught me all about tonic water — I was clueless about it before, but now I know that Fever Tree is one of the delicious ones. This was a fun party.

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The next day I moderated the YA Thriller Panel: Welcome to the Dark Side with an incredible group of best-selling authors: Susan Ee, Brendan Reichs, Kimberly Derting, Kami Garcia, and Melissa Marr. Becca Fitzpatrick had flight problems and Kim graciously stepped in for her. There was much laughter on this panel.

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Saturday is the BIG signing day at RT. Our YA rows were on the left. First in my line were three librarians/teachers who said they always look for me – but this was my first time in Texas! It was great meeting all the readers and fans in this four-hour signing.

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A montage someone created of authors in the YA rows, with Melissa Marr at the top.

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And here’s my wonderful roomie! You can see her upcoming YA book, EVERY LAST WORD — oh, can’t wait for it to come out on June 16th.

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This lovely French reader missed seeing me in Paris but came to RT!

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And the last event for me (and many of us) was The Match Game, hosted by the always vivacious Gretchen McNeil (standing, 5th from left). The only guy, Brendan Reichs, just barely in this photo (look far left) kept us — and the audience — laughing.

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Marie Lu and I couldn’t resist jumping in the photo booth — this is the wacky, Texas-style result.

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Tamara had this dream of getting a bunch of us together to see Pitch Perfect 2 which opened that weekend. She managed to pull it off, and even got us a reservation at the best Thai restaurant I’ve ever eaten in, and that includes Thailand.

RT is an amazing conference and many people volunteered their time to make it work: Diane Stacy, Cindy Walker, Becky and Pete Anderson of Anderson’s Book Shops, Kami Garcia and Melissa Marr to name just a few. Thanks so much to all of you!

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RT Booklovers Convention 2015

Next week, this is where I’ll be. If you are attending, come and see me. It’s my first time there and I’m going to listen to some panels from people like Mark Coker and Neil Thompson. They get the best of the best for this convention. And it is going to be massive, non-stop fun.

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 For more information on the convention, visit the website here.

YA: The Writing Life

For our first YA panel of the conference, we’ve assembled experts from various subgenres to provide Writing Life info for you. Join these experts — whose fields span from Sci-Fi to Horror, Fantasy to Contemporary — as they give you valuable tips on everything from hitting your deadlines to the day-to-day business of being a professional writer.

Event Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Moderator: Lea Nolan

Panelist(s): Zoraida Cordove, Lorrain Heath (aka Rachel Hawthorne), Justine Larbalestier, Christina Lauren, Mari Mancusi, Lissa Price

YA: Welcome to the Dark Side – YA Thrillers and Romantic Suspense

Romantic suspense and mystery are mainstays in adult fiction, but YA publishers and readers are catching on to what adult fiction readers have known for years: fear can be just as exciting as kisses, and sometimes the two go together in unexpected (and intoxicating) ways. Join us as we discuss how to bring this adult standard to teen readers and debate the inevitable YA question — how far should we go?

Event Date: Friday, May 15, 2015 – 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Moderator: Lissa Price

Panelist(s): Susan Ee, Becca Fitzpatrick, Kami Garcia, Melissa Marr (aka Ronnie Douglas), Brendan Reichs

The Match Game: YA Author Edition

Authors and readers team up and answer a host of YA lit questions like: Which district hid Katniss after she left the arena for the last time in The Hunger Games? InDivergent, what are Four’s fears? How many books are in Sara Shepard series Pretty Little Liars? Watch as participants they race to beat the clock — and the other team. Volunteer to join a team or play along from the audience!

Event Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015 – 4:30pm to 5:45pm

Host(s): Ann Aguirre, Brodi Ashton, Susane Colasanti, Andrea Cremer, Kady Cross, Colleen Houck, C.C. Hunter (aka Christie Craig), Marie Lu, Jodi Meadows, Danielle Page, Lissa Price, Brendan Reichs, Kristen Simmons, Rachel Vincent (aka Katy West)

Moderator: Gretchen McNeil

Signing in YA Alley for Teen Day

Event Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015 – 11:00am to 2:00pm

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Group photo of our YA Panel at Pasadena LitFest today

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Pasadena LitFest – this weekend

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The Polish Video Trailer!

A couple of screen grabs from the new STARTERS trailer from Poland (because it publishes there today).

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Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 3.59.31 PMI have a page on this site with some of the Starters trailers from my various publishers. To see the new live-action one by my newish publisher, Albatros Media, go here to see the trailer.

It’s the second one in the list.

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STARTERS pubs in Poland!

Stills from the video shoot for the trailer made by my Polish publisher, Albatros Media corp, the biggest publisher there.

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 Calllie in the makeover mode – beautiful. 

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Callie pre-makeover

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Got to be Tinnenbaum! I love the look of this actor – he’s wonderful.

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Can’t wait to see the finished trailer. If you’ve never seen the official Random House trailer, this page here has links to some of the trailers from my various publishers.  

starter3dNotice something different?  Since Starters doesn’t translate easily to Polish, they wanted to use the English but in a way that their readers would understand. Hence, this is the only country that went with: STARTER. I think it’s fun to have one title that’s a twist on the familiar Starters.

fbcover-starciła rodzicow copySTARTER publishes in Poland on April 8! My publisher informed me they also publish Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Rollins, Joe Hill and Kazuo Ishiguro – some of my favorites!

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Vote for STARTERS to be a Film Now

Starters fans, I need your help. I’ve been in the writing cave, working on a new YA project that I’m very excited about. It is not finished yet because writing good books takes time my friends, but I wanted to post to say that if you haven’t clicked “SUPPORT” for a STARTERS film or TV series, this is the time to do so. Wheels are spinning in Hollywood right now and your help is welcome.

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Click the blue box that says “Support”

 

You can also leave an “endorsement” on that page, a few short words. If you do that and email me your full name and mailing address via the form on the “email Lissa” page here, we’ll send you a signed bookmark. And one lucky winner will get a surprise bonus. We rarely do this internationally, but this one will be – but not forever – so hurry to get your bookmark and maybe the bonus.

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Short endorsements

To recap:

1) What we need most is a click of “Support” which only means you’d like to see Starters become a film, nothing more. You not not obligated.

2) a few words of “endorsement” (if you loved the book, etc.).

If you want to have fun and suggest actors, directors, have at it. But it is not required. What helps us the most right now are one and two above. This IfList page was created by a fan and because it is Beta, people are not aware of it – so we’re spreading the word. Thank you so much!

CLICK HERE to say you’d like to see STARTERS on the screen! 

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Winner of the Massive Giveaway!

The winner of the giveaway of tons of Starters books is Sarah Kershaw of MI. Congratulations!

Thank you, everyone, for participating.

 

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Pre-order the Paperback of Enders to Win

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The new paperback of Enders publishes this January 6! If you pre-order it, you could win a HUGE collection of Starters around the world — that includes a first-printing, first edition of the beautiful hardcover as well as the US paperback and tons of foreign copies. It’s not every copy published, as I only have one copy left from some counties.

But, it’s a LOT of books.

You could be the only person besides me to own this collection. It will include the UK cover that plays the video book trailer when you hold a smartphone to it; the Korean cover with the hidden drawing, the red-haired Portuguese versions and much, much more. The shipping will be crazy, so I have to limit it to US only. I will sign all copies and personalize any that you request. Otherwise, I can just sign them all.

If you don’t have the space to keep all of them, you can do whatever you like — give some away, donate to your favorite libraries, yes even sell or trade  – your choice.

AND, as a BONUS, a beautifully presented, first-edition hardcover of Neil Gaiman’s charming illustrated book, Fortunately, the milk!

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To win, just pre-order the paperback of Enders from your favorite bookseller, physical store or online seller, and then send proof of your pre-order to enderscontest@gmail.com. A winner will be chosen on Jan 6.

Extra bonus: If you pre-order from Once Upon A Time, you could also win a book of your choice up to $20.  I will also personalize their books as they are my official bookstore (be sure to make that clear in your comment if you order on their site). And all pre-orders from them will come signed.

Please spread the word!

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The Case of Cumberbatch

About three weeks ago, I was at the West Coast premiere of The Imitation Game, the film about Turing breaking the Enigma code. Benedict flew in quickly to do the red carpet but had to leave quickly to fly away because he is shooting Richard III for the BBC.

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KeiraKiera Knightley, so beautiful and versatile.

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