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New York City Girl

I am currently in New York, where I am doing Fancy Secret Things I Can't Talk About Yet (unless you ask me in person, I am a spoiler fiend in person). One thing I can talk about is a meeting with my Random House editor Mallory Loehr and my cover designer for Whisper. They are letting me have lots of say in the cover, and it's so exciting. And Lovely Editor Mallory (L.E.M?) has lots of thoughts too. What does a modern Gothic look like? (Oh you guys are soon to hear so much about Gothics.) We go back and forth, back and forth. But it is loads of fun.

It is also strange, how your thoughts on covers change from being a first-time author ('I don't... know if I have a thought. Do you have a thought? What is a thought?') to having many thoughts about covers. Thoughts, bookmarked images, favourite other people's covers. As a reader, I didn't notice covers all that much. As a writer, you kind of have to. Fortunately I have many clever people, at Random House and elsewhere, in my corner!

Another thing I am doing that I can--and indeed should--talk about is an event.

Events are quite stressful things to do, because a) everyone is looking at you! b) don't disappoint them c) events should be joyful times - wait, talk about serious issues - wait, you're terrible at that d) personal experience can work as advice - no, these people are all too smart to set their kitchen floors on fire.

But, and I know this isn't the case for all authors, I love them. I love talking. I love books. I love the fact that people come listen to other people talk about books. So, I am very happy to say I'll be doing an event in New York before I leave.

YA Fantasy Author Event

Saturday May 28th from 12-2pm

Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

DANIEL KIRK Elf Realm: The Road’s End (Abrams)

BIANCA TURETSKY The Time-Traveling Fashionista (LB)

GAIL CARSON LEVINE A Tale of Two Castles (HarperCollins)


SARAH REES BRENNAN The Demon’s Covenant (S&S)

I am excited! Partly because, Gail Carson Levine! I loved Ella Enchanted and Fairest and The Two Princesses of Bamarre, both for my own self and as books I read as babysitting books. (My babysitting career: full of reading aloud. Many impressions. Many skits.)

Also, she made me really happy, because she had two surnames, and so did I, and I wanted to be a writer. So. There is going to be a lot of starry-eyed staring in her direction.

Also, I love a multi-author event. I feel like 'oh, you poor people, you should have someone brilliantly intelligent up there, and everyone knows it won't be me.' I learn lots from them! And from being in the audience, I know it is a good way to hear more about books you might enjoy.

Speaking of events, my thanks to everyone who was at the Boston Diversity in YA event, and the Anderson's Lucky/Unlucky event last week! It was a pleasure to meet you, and thank you for listening to me share, uh, Unfortunate Personal Experiences/crack jokes/do skits. (I really like skits, okay.)

And if your soul craves signed copies of The Demon's Lexicon and The Demon's Covenant, they are now available both at Anderson's and at the Harvard Bookshop, where they are staff recommended (hurray and thank you!) and where there are alternate covers for Lois McMaster Bujold (nothing to do with my books, I just thought that was awesome).

Or of course, you could come to Books of Wonder, where I will be signing everything in sight, including possibly also other authors' books. And as at the other two events, I will be signing fancy bookplates you can stick into copies of The Demon's Surrender, which will be out seventeen days later...


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May. 18th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
I will be in New York that Saturday!

...unfortunately I will be at Backspace at that precise time. :(

May. 18th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
Well, Fabulous Agent Kristin likes Backspace, so it must be a good time too. ;)
May. 18th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
Fancy secret things?

*yearns to know*
May. 18th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
You do know. ;) I think!
May. 18th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
Maaaaaybe. Oh wait, yes. I think.
May. 18th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
It was lovely to meet you in Boston, and I am SO LOOKING FORWARD to hearing lots and lots about Gothics.

Edited at 2011-05-18 10:47 pm (UTC)
May. 18th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
*beams* Lovely to meet you too!

It is going to be CREEPY how much I am going to be talking about them! All the tropes. 'So You've Been Buried Alive, Now What?' Veronica Mars. EVERYTHING.
May. 18th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
VERONICA MARS. Show of my heart. Earlier today I was listening to the soundtrack and (still) mourning its demise.
May. 18th, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
Wait, I trust you are a Logan fan?
May. 18th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
Veronica was my favourite, but I shipped it. ;)
May. 18th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, OBVIOUSLY Veronica is the greatest. That goes without saying. I just meant Logan of the boys.
May. 18th, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
I don't blame you, I would be totally starry-eyed staring at Gail Carson Levine if I was at an event with her, too.

(also, the talking about gothics does sound FUN!)
May. 18th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
I think it will be! Oh creepy awesome FAMILIES.
May. 18th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
What does a modern Gothic look like?

In college I thought it would be cool to do a presentation on classic Gothic novels while dressed as a modern Goth. I bought a corset; it was SERIOUS BUSINESS. And then I ran into everyone I knew on the way to class.

Seriously. I saw people who didn't even live in that state.
May. 18th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
I am sure they were impressed!
May. 18th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
OMG I will actually be able to COME SEE YOU IN PERSON! I will be the girl with the enormous starry eyes right in front.
May. 18th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
I look forward to meeting you. ;)
May. 19th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
Oh bah. I shall be back in Hot*Lanta by then, getting over BEA "con-lag." Someday I shall track you down (lord, that sounds stalkerish).
May. 19th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
My daughter works at a UK bookshop (Waterstone's, Bishops Stortford - and if you're in the area we would FAINT with DELIGHT at an appearance. Just sayin'.) Anyway, events are fantastic and wonderful, and the demi-gods who appear at them are worshipful. (This Means You.)

Let's face it, you guys have put in an awful lot of work writing your books, and it's only right that your humble fans should bow down and cry 'We are not worthy.'

In other words: I really like your books and your blog posts, ok? XXX
May. 19th, 2011 02:02 am (UTC)
Gah. You and Gail Carson Levine? If I wasn't now chez my parents in Florida I would be on a bus from Boston SO FAST for that. :(

The Diversity in YA Event was fabulous, though so I'm glad I got to go to that.

Also, I have set a cookie on fire in the oven before.... Also aluminiun foil in the school microwave.
May. 19th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
HUGE FANGIRL MOMENT. HAVING IT. So excited that you're finally doing another NYC event! Absolutely love Books of Wonder. (My HS reunion made me late for Diversity in YA, but I arrived in time for the end! And to, y'know, get shiny stuff signed.) Also, GAIL CARSON LEVINE. I got to meet her at BEA last year, but that mainly consisted me in being serious shock and adoration while I blurted out how I had loved her writing since I was little. Getting to actually hear her speak sounds promising and...awesome.
May. 19th, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
So excited about the cover input for the new book and all the NYC adventure! :)
May. 19th, 2011 04:57 am (UTC)
OH NOOOOO. This is literally the ONLY weekend when I have a thing I can't reschedule and so can't get to NYC, and while I COULD skip my friends' graduation from my alma mater, I really don't want to. And I SO want to go! Gail Carson Levine! My copy of ELLA ENCHANTED has been read so many times it practically doesn't have a spine! Books of Wonder is so lovely and charming! THE TIME-TRAVELING FASHIONISTA looks super-cute and has a gorgeous cover! You! Oh no.

Well, I'll be there in spirit, anyway! I hope it goes excellently. :D
May. 19th, 2011 06:04 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness, I love reading your blog. I met you at RT in Los Angeles, and now that I've heard your voice, I can hear it so clearly in your words. Also, I really wish you had been my babysitter, and now I want to hear fun secrets, and to hear you delve into the gothic world. You're pretty interesting, I hope you know that!
May. 19th, 2011 09:02 am (UTC)
Are you still stumbling through publication, d'you think? I hope (probably after Surrender comes out I guess) you write about what's different this time around :)

Events! Events are fun! Are you planning TDS launch parties (...yet)?
May. 19th, 2011 12:07 pm (UTC)
I always seem to be missing author events in NYC and DC by only a few days. This makes me sad. I don't suppose you'll be doing any events in the Boston/NYC/DC area in June? Have an awesome time, anyway!
May. 19th, 2011 12:22 pm (UTC)
YOU ARE IN NEW YORK. YAY! (I go sort of offline for a few weeks and THINGS HAPPEN.)

Am glad your editor is taking your cover input. :) Excited to see how WHISPER turns out.

I am trying to score a badge for BEA, but being rather low on the totem pole, other people have priority before me. (We share badges at SMP. Why yes, person at the entrance, my name is Gunther Arnolfsson.) Boo. But I do manage to go, I would love to see you! Somehow. I am trying to pull together a publishing karaoke night for BEA, but no one likes to sing in public. BOO, I SAY. I love to sing in public! Especially karaoke. I'm Korean; it's in the blood.

If we miss each other at BEA, I'll definitely catch you at Books of Wonder on Saturday then. :)
May. 19th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
Cannot wait to hear more about modern Gothic! :D

It was such a pleasure to meet you at the Boston Diversity in YA event. I never expected to actually hear the Bermudez Triangle story in person! Thank you for that, and also for your comments on Disabilities, Comma, Magical Erasure Of (UGH). Both made me extremely happy, in different ways!
May. 19th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
What does a modern Gothic look like?

This is a question I've have pondered for so long! Partially because, about 5 years ago, I had one of those moments where I thought "what are two totally opposed genres? I should try to mash them together, in a "mash-up," if you will...what about science fiction and gothic fiction?" and then realized why it is kind of hard to mash them up; sci fi is about looking to the future, and gothic is about being extremely rooted in the past. I'm going to ramble, sorry.

On the one hand, I thought Gothic just meant supernatural weirdness happening in a recent historical setting. I was under the impression that Gothic, if you asked a Victorian, was all about weird things happening in big old medieval castles, for instance, and if you were to ask someone about Gothic today, they'd probably think of weird things happening in big old Victorian houses. Supernatural weirdness in a Roman fort would not be Gothic, I think.

But on the other hand, I think of Alien as having some gothic sensibilities-- the way the film builds suspense, the sense of decay pervading throughout the movie. It's very clearly science fiction and there's nothing ghostly or magical about the aliens, yes. But it has that "historical" feel because the technology, within the story, is all incredibly outdated. And I think the movie taps into the reason ghosts or demons are scary in gothic fiction. It's the idea of fighting powerful, nonhuman, calculating, but ultimately unknown forces.

Of course, I could be way off base, I dunno. That's a really long way of saying "so what did you guys think a modern gothic cover looked like"!
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May. 19th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I dunno really. Most of the steampunk I've read seems to operate on an underlying assumption that the world the story takes place in is ultimately knowable by humanity. Usually if someone is wiser by the end of a steampunk novel, it's because they have obtained some form of knowledge that they didn't have before-- they've seen the world, they invented something, they learned how xyz society works.

Gothic, on the other hand, seems to be about what humanity doesn't know, or what humanity will never be able to fathom no matter how much studying and thought anyone puts into it...I think someone like Lovecraft probably gets closest to steampunk gothic.
May. 19th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
Faux-Sticker Set 1
Hi Sarah!
Have to say how excited I am for Surrender! SQUEEEE! Also, LOVED LOVED LOVED the short story you posted the other day - Mae's notoriety was brilliant! LOVE HER!!!

I just wanted to share a picture I made of TDL. http://sarsie.deviantart.com/#/d3gl1yi
It's a faux-sticker set featuring Mae and Nick (my fav pair) and all things associated with them (and part 2 - Alan and Jamie - is on the way!) I hope you like it, the background is supposed to be the Irish and UK cover from book one!
May. 20th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Faux-Sticker Set 1
That is GORGEOUS, and I tweeted it as the cutest sticker set ever! Thank you so much, and I will have my fingers crossed you like Surrender. ;)
May. 20th, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
Hey! First time commenting but I love your books and live in ny (I'm a philosophy grad student which means I can be fun for a grand total of about 15 minutes at cocktail parties). Will you be doing any other events? I'd love to get to meet you!
May. 20th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
Just this one event, generally one per city's what you get. ;) Thank you for commenting and the kind words!
May. 23rd, 2011 08:44 am (UTC)
Ooo, alternate covers, yay!
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