The winner of the giveaway of tons of Starters books is Sarah Kershaw of MI. Congratulations!
Thank you, everyone, for participating.
The winner of the giveaway of tons of Starters books is Sarah Kershaw of MI. Congratulations!
Thank you, everyone, for participating.
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!
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 email@example.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!
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.
Kiera Knightley, so beautiful and versatile.
View from my room, early morning. This was the first year at the Hyatt, and they couldn’t have been nicer. Love getting a welcome tray of wine, water, fruit and trail mix when I arrive. Service was outstanding.
Writer Kimberly Unger, a long-time conference attendee, now blossoming into a wonderful writer, is here being my tech assistant for the two-hour query workshop. She does this for me every year and she’s grossly over-qualified for this as she’s a computer whiz by day. I look forward to seeing her every year because she has a great sense of humor.
In this two-hour workshop, every student learns how to write a query. Volunteers are invited to project theirs so all can chime in. Sometimes the fix is as simple as cutting an awkward attempt at a joke. Other times, we can show the writer how his concept is hidden or confusing. I love seeing them walk out with a much better written query, but it’s also satisfying when a student says they discovered what they need to do to make their manuscript better.
I taught two other classes there, and in each one I was impressed with how serious and motivated the students were.
My keynote address — my first one ever to adults — was made easier by the attentive audience. Thank you to each person who came up to me during the weekend to say it was inspiring.
Author Andrew Peterson was interviewe
Our last night together, some of the wild and wacky faculty members!
Inspired by something I heard over the weekend, I decided on the spur of the moment to mentor one of the students for a year. My first year there was also his first. He was in my group read and critique class where he bravely read his work for the first time ever. He came to my classes again this year and I was impressed with his dedication. Other faculty members later told me he was an extremely nice guy, so my instincts did not fail me.
There’s a moral to this story and it’s that being kind and nice really does pay off. I believe that. Go be nice to someone, don’t expect anything, just let it float.
This weekend I will be at the La Jolla Writer’s Conference again. I’ll give the Friday night keynote address and also teach one class. Saturday, I’ll do the query workshop and also talk about fatal mistakes that beginning writers make and how to avoid them.
It’s going to be a beautiful, 85 degree day tomorrow, in this lovely village by the ocean. You can do a one-day registration, or come for the weekend. There will be agents, publicists, authors at this intimate conference with a nice low faculty-to-student ratio.
Click here to read the interview of me by Ann Stampler, the author of Afterparty saying more about the conference. Interview
My last full day in Manila started with a blogger event in one of the PowerBooks Bookstores. What a gorgeous group! (If this is the first post you’re reading of the Philippines book tour, please start here – there are three posts total, counting this one).
Note that’s not the book, but a cool purse she had made for me!
This blogger had a first-printing, first-edition! But we had to leave this fun and head for the 35th annual Manila International Book Festival.
This is one of the largest international book conferences. We heard the fans had started lining up since three in the morning to get their tickets and our signing was in the afternoon. We all decided we’d extend the tickets for signing from 200 to 300. But it meant we had to get through all 300 in two hours, our allotted time.
Someone from the team walked part of the 300-person line to photograph some of it. I just love these faces.
They’re in really good spirits considering how long they were waiting.
These guys might have waited the longest — they’re sitting.
When we were brought in for the signing, we went right to it. We were told to only personalize one book (“to x”), and then sign the rest. So we couldn’t do the little messages that we typically like to do, but it was our choice so that all 300 people could get their books signed. I apologize for how rushed that must have seemed, but at least everyone got to have their photo taken.
These wonderful fans are standing to my right, just saying hi. I saw them the previous day at either the blogger event or at the Manila mall. The cute girl on the right in the blue jacket is Eriele. She and Charles (not pictured) are @StartersPH on twitter. If you’re in the PH, follow them.
We had a basket on the floor beside us for the wonderful gifts the fans gave us. Thank you all so much for your thoughtfulness and the beautiful letters. I’m truly touched. I couldn’t include photos of all the wonderful gifts but know that I love each one and every note. I hope I will see you again when I return someday.
To the two ladies who gave me the lovely Lamy pen, thank you so much. It is on my desk as my “good luck” pen, meant to sign important contracts!
A memorable last meal – Chinese – with the team.
Salamat, Sir Miguel at sa lahat. Mahal kita NBS! Thank you all so much for making this tour absolutely perfect. Until we meet again.
So as we were in the regional airport leaving Manila, we saw thunderstorms and lightning outside. The tropical storm Mario had left Cebu and was arriving in Manila. We didn’t see this paper until much later so we didn’t know until the next day what a disaster it was in Manila. But fans started tweeting, wondering if the signings would be cancelled.
This was the view I woke up to in the morning in Cebu, with a soundtrack of tropical birds. The sunrise had turned the water a deep coral. Best sunrise of my life.
Our team gave us most of the day off to enjoy the beach. I jumped at the chance to go snorkeling. But when I saw the line of yellow floaters there, I thought they wouldn’t let you go in the water. Turns out that was just the kiddie line. Their skinny jellyfish were around but with my skin suit, they never touched me.
Saw two blue starfish, first time ever. And these huge, round tables of coral. I swam out to that lifeguard boat you see at the top left.
After a couple of hours in the water, the wind kicked up and it got pretty rough. Time to go in and have lunch.
Never get tired of dim sum.
This is the same view later in the afternoon from my balcony. This was the Shangri-la Resort, a perfect location with the private beach.
Jenn and I had some media interviews in another hotel. I asked for apple juice and they gave me fresh-squeezed, green apple juice. So refreshing.
The Cebu mall event was my first experience walking onto a stage to screaming fans. Intoxicating.
Even with the flooding in many parts of the country, people made it to our event.
With the beachy, resort feeling of Cebu, Jen and I both went for flip flops!
The fans had made signs about our books. This blue one on the left…
… said “Monkey Face.” I thought – that sounds familiar.
Close to the end, after the signing, I asked if I could go to the restroom. They brought out these four handsome guards and one walked in front, one in back and one on each side of me to escort me to the restroom. A woman also came so she could come in and make sure it was empty. Oh, man, I felt like Julia Roberts.
Now I want guards all the time. When I need to find a restroom.
My team said to take a group selfie. Because of the major flooding, many fans said their friends couldn’t make it. So imagine even more people in this photo.
Then the signing began. This cutie wearing the black sweater is part of the team and she helped organize the long line. This signing went on for three hours.
This adorable fan dressed to look like Callie in the video trailer! Look at the trailer and see.
Everyone handed their camera to one of the bookstore people and got their photo taken.
Thank you, Cebu fans, you were lovely and I appreciate each sweet, thoughtful gift. The food was shared with friends and I enjoyed the treasures in my office as a reminder of my time with you all.
I will return someday.
The next morning we were all in the Cebu airport getting ready to head back to Manila. Breakfast/lunch was our first taste of this pork sandwich — which was delicious. I think they had a quote from Anthony Bourdain there.
Back in Manila. After two hard days and nights of rain, it had finally stopped. Fans twitted us they were afraid our signings would be cancelled. They said it was like our Katrina, that was how bad it was, with water up to their necks. We said come h*ll or high water, we’ll be there (now I know where that expression comes from).
Many fans told us their friends couldn’t come, due to the clean up. Many houses had their first floors completely flooded. The mall cancelled all the events this Saturday — except ours. Our team said they knew that the fans would turn out.
And they did.
The gracious Xandra Ramos-Padilla was our lovely moderator at both mall events. It was always so good coming on stage and seeing her warm, easy smile. We knew we were in good hands.
Time for a few questions.
Our group pseudo-selfie (although it’s so strange turning your back on the audience). That amber bracelet is a souvenir I found when Meg took me shopping earlier that morning.
My selfie with them being funny!
Another 3 hour signing followed. These fans had also waited in line overnight.
A group shot of us and some of the team. So grateful to them and the others and to the fans who made it to the signing against all odds of nature.
Next and last Philippines tour post will cover the 35th Manila Book Festival signing! That is the capper, don’t miss it.
Recently I was sent on a book tour of the Philippines, sponsored by the wonderful National Bookstore. After being flown over in my favorite kind of seat, the only one I use for long-distance travel, a pod seat (I’ll include a photo somewhere in the next set of posts), I arrived at Manila to the stunning, new five-star Fairmont Hotel.
Always a perfect welcome — flowers and fruit!
This hotel had the best won ton soup I’ve ever had in my life. I am ruined forever! This arrival day was a rest day, which was so thoughtful of my team there. I knew I had to not give in to an early sleep, otherwise throwing off my body clock for the week, so I went over to the adjacent mall to do some souvenir shopping. Walking around, some salesperson mistook me for a local, which thrilled me to no end!
After a good night’s sleep, the days were packed with media interviews and events. This International School was a unique experience for us. My author travel buddy in this journey was the talented Jennifer E. Smith (best known for her brilliant THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT). I knew from a mutual friend that she was going to be terrific and we had been emailing in preparation for this trip (mostly about clothes).
Sons and daughters of diplomats and other influential residents of Manila attend this school. We’d never seen students fly to the microphones the way they did when we got to the Q &A. It was a treat hearing the different accents and guessing what country they might be from. We had very smart questions and heard from many future writers.
I remember one girl told us that her friend next to her said, “That’s us up there, someday.” And that is exactly why we do this.
Our charming interviewers — top students – and our lovely moderator and hostess, Meg, who suggested she come with her driver and take us shopping with her during our stay. Yes, she used the magic word “shopping” on me. Our schedule was so packed, would we be able to fit it in? Follow the future posts to see.
During the media interviews, our team surprised us with this lovely tea. Later, we had a fun welcome dinner with the Manila team and then went to bed to get ready for another exciting day.
Billboards of us were all over the city. Billboards! Here’s one.
They stopped to let us pose with one of these!
My first LIVE tv interview was on the morning show Headstart with Karen Davila. She’s well-known in the Philippines for this hour show which mixes top news with interviews. Jennifer and I were on for 15 minutes each, which is a long time in tv minutes. You can’t help but think how what you say is going out into so many homes at that very moment. No room for mistakes!
But Karen is such a pro, very polished. And one of her talents is making you feel as if you’re talking just to her.
The show would intercut with images from the trailer or the book, or other photos of my tours. I had submitted ones with some author friends. One that they used was me at Comic-Con with Marie Lu and Neil Shusterman. They used some 20 images.
This studio monitor was not calibrated, so we were assured the images look better on home sets.
Karen invited us out for coffee right after, but we had to leave for another tv interview. What a gracious lady. It would have been so interesting to talk to her about her career. More photos to come — some you will not believe — of our further adventures in the Philippines!
I am so excited about next Tuesday. Why? Because it is the release of Kami Garcia’s next installment of her Legion series that started with Unbreakable. This one is called: Unmarked.
In celebration of this new release, I will give away the beautiful signed hardcover version of Unmarked as well as Dangerous Creatures signed by both authors, special swag from her new release Unmarked, a Beautiful Creatures bracelet, a Legion Series bookmark and an Unbreakable pin.
You all probably know that Kami is a #1 NYT bestselling author, but did you know Unbreakable was nominated for a Bram Stoker award? Next Tuesday Unmarked is available everywhere and if you live in SoCal you’re all invited to see her in conversation with Melissa de la Cruz at B&N at the Grove.
It’s a treat to have Kami out here on tour as she lives on the east coast now. You don’t want to miss this. Come early to grab swag (Kami has such GREAT swag) or win it here.
This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL!
• Tuesday, September 30, 2014 7:00pm
Lissa’s selfie with a portion of the crowd that turned out on a Friday night to see Jennifer E. Smith and Lissa in Cebu.