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So in the run-up to Tuesday, I find myself often on the fainting couch, taking such deep breaths that I may end up inhaling my editorial letter.

In an attempt to ward off all the terrors to come (They'll change their mind! They'll accidentally put your cover on Betsy the Duck's Delightful Day Out! All of the books will be stolen by rogue ninjas!) I wished to make a post about the book stuff I wanted to tell you all about!

Go here to listen to a sample of my audiobook, if you'd like! I was so pleased they hired someone English for it, as everyone in the book has an English accent (more or less, and aside from the Irish guy) and an American accent would have felt wrong. So I was listening happily, and then James Langton My Very Fine Audiobook Reader started doing voices, and I was totally gleed out by the respectively snarly and rueful voices of the boys.

Also, some people have been pointing out that I should surely have some Irish events. And I do! I have a launch, and two other events.

The Irish Launch of The Demon's Lexicon
June 18th, 6:30 PM
Eason. Level 3 Unit 12-14 Dundrum Town Center,
Sandyford Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14, Ireland.

Morning Event
June 15th, 10:30 AM
Hughes & Hughes
Ground Floor, The Pavilions Shopping
Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin

The Irish Lexiglass Event with Cassandra Clare
July 16th 6:30 PM
40 Lower O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, Ireland.

So if you are in Ireland around any of those times, I will be there. I have a great love for Eason's and for Hughes and Hughes, since they have both made me their June Book of the Month, and thus become my favourite bookshops.

In the UK, my events are as follows:

The London Launch of The Demon's Lexicon
MONDAY, June 8, 6:00 pm
Murder One Film Club, HOME Club,
101-106 Leonard Street
Shoreditch, East London
6:00 pm - Meet & greet and book signing
7.30 pm - Showing of HELLBOY

The Lexiglass Event
July 11, 2009: Glasgow, Scotland, 3pm
Borders Glasgow. 98 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, G1 3BA
Signing and appearance with Cassandra Clare

So I will be in both those places at the appointed times, clutching my pearls.

I am not kidding about those pearls. I have a big fake pearl necklace with a Betty Boop cameo hanging from it, which I bought in Paris.

SINEAD: Ahaha, look at that, how ridiculous, who would ever wish to own such a thing?
SARAH: Indeed, ahahaha! Excuse me, I need to go into that shop for a totally unrelated reason.

People who are stateside and might possibly like to see me, there may be things going on in San Diego and New York in late July, but the for-real tour is taking place in October. For one of the most awesome reasons in the world, which I cannot discuss yet.

KIND INQUIRERS: How will we find your book?
SARAH: Good question, good question! On shelves.
KIND INQUIRERS: Uh... we presumed. But where?
SARAH: In the shops!
SARAH: ... oh yes there is that.

In brief, I will probably be under B: that's the way I learned to shelve in the library I worked in. The rule seems to be: if it's double-barrelled it goes under the first surname - Tim Wynne-Jones goes under W, if it's not it goes under the second - Diana Wynne Jones goes under J. Which is not to say mistakes are not sometimes made! Blame my mother for keeping her name, and not wanting it linked up.

It is not the first time this has caused me problems. During many a fire drill at school, when we were all lined up alphabetically, someone would fail to see me where I should be in the R spot, and then there would be a mad dash to save me from possible flames.

Meanwhile I was generally calmly reading a book while in the B spot. Whenever I remember my schooldays, I remember them as a lovely, peaceful time. I don't understand why my teachers and classmates seem to recall them so differently...

Several more book things: on Tuesday I will put up a discussion posts here, and there are lots of different discussion posts on marmalade_fish!

And on Saturday 6th June we will be having an online readthrough/book party/chat, during the entirety of which I will be wearing a tiara. I will link you to this on the day!

Also, a book club at the Kitchener Public Library chose my book for its poster, which I think is very cool, so I wanted to show you.


I did not know that people in book clubs got advance copies of books! My childhood was so deprived. But I was still thrilled, and sent them all signed bookplates like this one shown in the contest post - I sign along the sword. Isn't that brilliant?

And - that's everything, I think! I am absolutely scared to death, but looking forward very much to the coming weeks.

... I do hope people are prepared to start carrying me around on this fainting couch, mind you.



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May. 29th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
I admit that mine is coming care of Amazon, but I pre-ordered, so it should be here soon!
May. 29th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
I have just received my copy today; I have read it & it was excellent! (oh the twists!) I'm looking forward to getting it signed at the London event. :)
May. 29th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
I was just wondering about the audiobook for this. (Due to an eye infection I've been forced to seek alternate ways of getting my reading fix!) I like the sample; I'm going to have to buy that too now. :D
May. 29th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, you poor thing, I hate having things wrong with my eye. I hope your eye gets better soon!

I think the audiobook is really awesome, and I had heard horror stories, so I was so pleased. My publishers for the win again. ;)
(no subject) - augustfalcon - May. 29th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 29th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
You're in Scotland! Yay. Marked it on my calendar.

...for the wrong month, mind you, but it's on there.
May. 29th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
I'm 90% sure that Diana Wynne Jones goes under J because Wynne is a middle name not part of a surname, but then I could be wrong.
May. 29th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
I wasn't sure whether it was her middle name or not, but the rule is definitely true, I have done it with other books. I just liked the name symmetry of these examples. ;)
(no subject) - live_momma - May. 30th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 29th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
I have ordered my copy from Waterstones and am waiting impatiently...

Meanwhile, I see you have a nice review in SFX magazine this issue. It tells me that it is 'A book full of twists and turns that races through to an action-packed finale'. I can hardly wait! It must be so exciting for you.
May. 29th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
Omigosh, do I? That's awesome, I have to get my hands on a copy. Thank you for telling me, and I do hope you will like it!
(no subject) - goddessriss - May. 29th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 29th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
My copy has arrived!! I am merely waiting for the OH to take over baby duty, so I can demolish it uninterrupted... and then run over to marmalade_fish to join in the squee! I can only imagine how excited you must be :)
May. 29th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
I can't wait for the London event! Hopefully I should manage to make it, although any triumph I feel on managing it will be quickly cancelled out as I start Making a Scene by being insane. Never mind.

Also, I finished your book and loved it so very much! I may have mentioned this already. I forget due to the excitement.
May. 29th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
I have never felt so cranky about living in NW England!! Doh, I wish I lived in Scotland, for more than one
reason! I wish to celebrate your book release in style, possibly with confetti and a jaunty hat!

Just found your book on the shelf in Asda a couple of hours
ago. I was very excited and took a photo... In a manner I hope was subtle!
May. 29th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
I saw the twitter picture and was quite overcome!
May. 29th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love the audiobook sample! The voices are fantastic!
May. 29th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Any chance you might come to Dragon*Con this year? It's the first weekend in September, and takes place in Atlanta.

Here's the website: www.dragoncon.org

I'm looking forward to getting the book as soon as it comes out here in the US!
May. 29th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Btw, don't be nervous......enjoy it! I know, I know, easier said than done! ;p
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May. 29th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Why am I not part of a book club? This needs to be rectified immediately.

Congratulations all around, dear. I'm really excited about the audiobook, the mp3 sounds smashing!
May. 29th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
But Sarah, where is my Germany SRB event? :(

By the way, I'm about a quarter into your book and I absolutely adore it! I'm utterly in love with Jamie. I think he is My Favourite Character. And now I have to be off to bed - to continue my reading, you know.
May. 29th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
*beams* I am so glad. I am fond of Jamie myself!

Maybe next time on Germany, but I am excited to have my lovely silver German edition out Tuesday too!
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May. 29th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Your book is awesome beyond words.
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