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But the truth is, I've always been like this.

This weekend we were hosting the leaving party for Chiara, co-inhabitant of the Cherry Bomb and my best friend since we were eight: as I understand it, she has been appointed Queen of Slovenia and thus has to go administer her new land.

Happily for my sanity the Durham Lass is moving into the Cherry Bomb and so I will not be left totally desolate, but still, let that be a lesson to us all not to follow brilliant bilingual green-eyed girls home from the library. They will only leave you three weeks before your book comes out, in order to become queen!

Now, at the party I was explaining my great sorrow that after having Salome the Macbook for a mere couple of days, she had to go back to the shop because her capslock key was broken.

SARAH: And then the guy at the shop was like 'Is that a big deal'? Of course it's a big deal! How else do I make capital letters!
ASTOUNDED POPULACE: Well... there's always the shift key.
SARAH: Wut.
ASTOUNDED POPULACE: You press it and it makes a capital letter and then you don't need to press it again to make it go lowercase. Labour saving!
SARAH: ... O my God.
THE EVIL ONE: This is like the time we found out she'd been throwing out her watches because she thought they stopped because the tiny clockwork mechanisms inside were malfunctioning.
SARAH: THE BATTERIES ARE A VERY WELL-KEPT SECRET, OKAY?

Feel free to point and laugh at me! I think that's only fair.

Despite not being responsible for my general idiocy, the countdown to release has eaten what there is of my brains. But it is worth it, because from my crazed dashes to the post office, my strange emails to many different people, and my bubble baths in which every day I read my editorial letter and scribble rewrites of The Demon's Covenant onto increasingly damp pieces of paper, there has come stuff!

1. I am doing a chat with four other YA authors called Sarah tonight at 9 pm eastern time, in which I will be talking about such interesting things as world domination and books. See here for details if you would like to chat with us!

2. My London event has been confirmed!

MONDAY, June 8
6:00 pm
Meet & greet and book signing
Murder One Film Club, HOME Club,
101-106 Leonard Street
Shoreditch, East London

7.30 pm - Showing of the movie of my choice!

The movie screening is, I think, only open to some due to screening laws regulations, but is it not awesome to have an activity? And the event is open to all: please do come, as I have a vision of myself standing forlornly as the tumbleweeds blow past. Sometimes in the vision, I try to sign books for the tumbleweeds.

3. Holy lasagna, I have been compared to Diana Wynne Jones at booksforkeeps.co.uk! Now I can die. I mean, I'd still rather not die, but I am overwhelmed all the same.

4. And lastly, it occurs to me that soon I will have to stop using the tag 'stumbling towards publication' since I will have actually stumbled into publication. So since some of you guys have been lovely enough to say you found the stumbling towards publication posts interesting, I wanted to say: here, use this post to ask any stumbling towards publication questions I haven't answered! And I will try to answer them, to the best of my limited ability.

In fact ask any questions you can think of! But bear in mind, you ask them of a feeble brain that has only just learned about the shift key...

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branquignole
May. 27th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)
I'm jealous of everyone who lives near London. Honestly. Pray tell, when will you be doing a book tour in Germany? :D
hanelissar
May. 27th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
Monday 8th June is a wonderful, beautiful day in that there is a completely empty space on my calendar! (Or at least there was - now the words 'SRB BOOK SIGNING OH MY GOSH!' fill that space. And the space for Tuesday because I got a little over-excited and thus over-zealous in my filling in.) Do we just turn up? I cannot wait! Now there are TWO awesome things happening in June!

I can only express startled astonishment that you have managed to be so spectacularly prolific in your writing when every time you capitalised anything you turned capslock on and off. It is most impressive! (And I totally understand about the watch thing. Well, I did know that about the batteries but until shockingly recently I didn't fully understand the concept of plug sockets. I refused to plug my radio in - I used batteries - because I thought it would use electricity all night long even after I'd switched it off at the wall. So I sympathise.)

When my brain recovers from its excitement, I shall try and remember the publishing questions I had. :)
(Anonymous)
May. 28th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
Well, lucky for me that I follow your blog, since I'd never get to know that we've become a monarchy!

Seriously, Chiara is in Slovenia? Did you make sure she is sane? Does she know that there is only one 'major' (not by UK standards) bookshop in our capital? You sure are a bunch of crazy people ...

(I'm a lurker, never mind me, I just had to reply because people leaving UK for Slovenia is real weird)
sarahtales
May. 28th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Ireland isn't part of the UK. Since I have promised to visit, I am alarmed by the only one major bookshop news!
lilian_cho
May. 29th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
comments in PDF
Hi Sarah--

I always have hundreds of tabs open at any given time, so I actually had the tab to this original post still open after the hacking. I've printed the page on PDF (it has the first full page of comments, at least).

I can e-mail it to you, upload it for you to download...whichever works better for you.

Oh, and I bought your book a few days ago from an online UK store, so I'm getting the UK cover after all =D =D =D

All the best,

lilian_cho
ang_the_adverse
Jun. 1st, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
idk if you're still doing the questions thing after all the hacking (oh, god I'm so terrified of Hackers, it's insane. I can sleep with the back door *wiiiide* open but if anyone other than me goes near my computer whilst I'm logged in I go *bananas*)

but I'd like to know about the Early Days of writing a novel. See, I'm relatively new to your work (I arrived about a week before the PDF download became unavailabe, and I only recently read back) and I looked through the "Stumbling Towards Publication" tags and it starts like, after the book was written? (mostly)

I want the *writing* story!
sarahtales
Jun. 1st, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
See latest post. ;)
imagined_away
Jun. 5th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
We all have those moments Sarah. I couldn't spell indian until I was nine if it helps at all. I can barely spell now and I've just graduated. >.<

And I wish you would come to Ohio so so badly. Cleveland needs your awesomeness!
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