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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)

MAURISSA GUIBORD Warped (Random)

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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kessie
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. :(

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

*yearns to know*
sarahtales
May. 18th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
You do know. ;) I think!
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katelinnea
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)
sarahtales
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.
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rockinlibrarian
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!)
sarahtales
May. 18th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
I think it will be! Oh creepy awesome FAMILIES.
tears_of_nienna
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.
sarahtales
May. 18th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
I am sure they were impressed!
elucreh
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.
sarahtales
May. 18th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
I look forward to meeting you. ;)
crazywritergirl
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).
gauroth
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
chicleeblair
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.
madhatterpan
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.
seaheidi
May. 19th, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
YAY!
So excited about the cover input for the new book and all the NYC adventure! :)
bredalot
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
JordanKBell
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!
altogetherisi
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)?
i_the_eo
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!
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