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What Is She Getting Up To These Days?

This is just a post full of... STUFF. I have many things to tell and show you guys!

One such thing: the Charleston Young Adult Book Festival this weekend. I am going to it! I am very excited, you guys. It's Rhett Butler's home town, and I get to hang with people and talk about books. I do an interview for the festival here, in which I claim 'when I was a teenager, it was all demons, demons, demons.'

I have two panels on the Saturday.

Saturday, November 12
American Theater
446 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403


Sarah Rees Brennan (The Demon’s Lexicon)
Caitlin Kittredge (The Iron Thorn)
Victoria Schwab (The Near Witch)
Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures)
Moderator: Kim Derting (The Pledge)

DON’T DIS-TOPIAN • Cinema, 4 pm

Beth Revis (Across the Universe)
Kim Derting (The Pledge)
Diana Peterfreund (Rampant)
Eliot Schrefer (School for Dangerous Girls)
Moderator: Sarah Rees Brennan (The Demon’s Lexicon)

6 pm YA SMACKDOWN • Ballroom • $5•

All 26 writers on stage at once for YA games!
Presented by Chas. County Public Library YA Services
MCs: Kaleb Nation and Sarah Rees Brennan

The first panel may be a problem for me: I like demons and magic users. I may end up viciously attacking my own arguments, like a dog chewing its own tail. The second panel, well, I totally know how to talk about dystopias: other people make cogent arguments about society and oil resources and war, and I say 'Have you ever considered that Where The Wild Things Are is a dystopia? Max does not seem to me fit for the position of King of All Wild Things. Just sayin'.'

I assume I get to moderate the dystopia panel because I have a story in the YA dystopia anthology After, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (fancy people!) with many other fancy people in it. Behold!


The Segment by Genevieve Valentine
After the Cure by Carrie Ryan
Valedictorian by N.K. Jemisin
Visiting Nelson by Katherine Langrish
All I Know of Freedom by Carol Emshwiller
The Other Elder by Beth Revis
The Great Game at the End of the World by Matthew Kressel
Reunion by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Faint Heart by Sarah Rees Brennan
Blood Drive by Jeffrey Ford
Reality Girl by Richard Bowes
Hw th’Irth Wint Wrong by Hapless Joey @ homeskool.guv by Gregory Maguire
Rust With Wings by Steven Gould
The Easthound by Nalo Hopkinson
Gray by Jane Yolen
Before by Carolyn Dunn
Fake Plastic Trees by Caitlin R. Kiernan
You Won’t Feel a Thing by Garth Nix
The Marker by Cecil Castellucci

I am not sure how that happened: I am definitely not cool enough to be on that list. But I'm very pleased. My story Faint Heart was based on an idea I've talked about before - a future world where the social rules are like the court of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Courtly love, and chivalry, and clones. But forget about me: did you see who else is in the anthology? My gracious. It's out next year. Next year is a big year for me!

This year was big too: the year I finished my Lexicon series! For all those wanting a Lexicony taste, here are some deleted scenes from Demon's Surrender. Warning: spoilers, and unexpected people kissing!

Speaking of next year being a big year, if you happen to be in Charleston this weekend, there will be signings after every panel. As well as signing any books, I will have Team Human stickers to give out! Should you happen to want a sticker that says 'Friends don't let friends date vampires.' AWESOME ADVICE!

July 3rd 2012 is the official release date for Team Human in the US, and it is now up on amazon. It feels all real!

I will also have booklets of the first three chapters of Unspoken with me, free to good homes.

And Unspoken, as well as coming out in the US from Random House, is coming out in Czech from Levne knihy, and in the UK, Ireland and Australia from Simon & Schuster UK, who already published (and beautifully covered!) the Demon's Lexicon series. I'm really happy, as my UK editor Venetia Gosling (doesn't she have the best name?) is the first person I ever pitched Unspoken to.

SARAH: Whenever I see people with a psychic bond I just can't help but wonder how that's meant to uncomplicate a relationship.
VENETIA: Well, reading someone's mind is meant to be a sign of connection--of love.
SARAH: And you would love them. And hate them. You'd be all mixed up about them you'd hardly know. Not having even the slightest veil over all your secrets would be so strange. I mean, just think about what you'd feel like if you came downstairs in the morning and your husband thought something unflattering about your outfit.
VENETIA: What might he think about my outfit...?
SARAH: Somebody has to write a book about how strange, and co-dependent, and addictive, and tangled and terrible it would be, to have that kind of bond.
VENETIA: But let's get back to the issue of my outfit.
SARAH: You see how it's already tearing us apart.

But nothing could tear me and Simon & Schuster UK apart! I love their Lexicon covers--I'm so excited for my Unspoken cover. (Whether I will have different covers in different countries: yet to be seen!) But lovely that I will have a book out next year on Irish and English shelves, so my family won't think I'm fibbing about this 'being a writer' lark.

My friend and awesome author lady Saundra Mitchell made me a beautiful book trailer for Unspoken which made me clap softly to myself. I cannot wait for people to read it!

Isn't it lovely?


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Nov. 7th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
I wish I could be at that convention. I have trouble reconciling 'Sarah Rees Brennan' and 'moderate'. ^^
Nov. 7th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
I was once told I was impossible to moderate, so we shall see how I am as a moderator! They may bootle in their trems!
Nov. 7th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
The longer I listen to that song, THE CREEPIER IT GETS. Lovely. Very excited for both these books!
Nov. 7th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
Gothics: Is Creepy Stuff Going Down? The answer is always yes.
Nov. 7th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)

I wish I'd known about this festival beforehand. I was all set to make the 6-7 hour drive down at the last minute, until I remembered I was scheduled to work on the 12th, and I'm not exactly in a position where I can call off.

Have a fun festival and I'll have to look forward to the next one.
Nov. 7th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
Aw! Next one indeed. ;)
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Nov. 7th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
I think you're right. Feelings would run pretty high.
Nov. 7th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
Wow. Wish I could go. Hopefully you'll come to LA now that I'm actually here? We should meet again. Twice just simply isn't enough. That still sounds so much fun. I need to go to a conference-type-thing.
Nov. 8th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)
Argh, SC isn't really a pick-up-and-go distance. I don't suppose you'll ever drop by Washington DC for a tour?
Nov. 8th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
I would be happy to, but it's not up to me really: I go where bookshops invite me. Writers are like vampires that way. ;)
Nov. 8th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
What if you were invited to a convention? :D
Nov. 8th, 2011 02:36 am (UTC)
Those work too. ;)
Nov. 8th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
If only I could Balticon (or Arisia) to invite you as a GoH...
Meeting Naomi Novik at Balticon (she was just a panelist, not a GoH) was my biggest moment of convention fangirlism.
Nov. 8th, 2011 04:52 am (UTC)
It is lovely, eerie and haunting. I want all your pretty books and to know what unflattering things were thought about an outfit one was wearing would mean changing an awful lot or just not caring... both of which are problematic as one would convey dependence and the other indifference and neither could be hidden... well so long as those two are the only ones in that bond they'll probably have to stay together despite that, but it would be a delicious mess.
Nov. 8th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
My inner monologue: Oh yay a Sarah post! Oh boo a Sarah post about an event I will almost certainly not be able to attend; it is probably not even on this continent

wait a minute Charleston? ...There must be more than one. I could not be so lucky.

Nov. 8th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
I will save you a special thing. ;)
Nov. 15th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
It was lovely to see you again! Congrats on the navy briding, and I hope that NaNo goes well - the world needs more asexual MCs!
Nov. 15th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The NaNo is at 36k and stumbling, but I will tie it to the treadmill and it will keep running... muahaha... *cough* Uh, I mean, it's going great! No trouble at all! Definitely no maniacal laughter!

Oh yes, about that special thing. I consumed it immediately and found it highly to my liking :D. So uh next time you see me you can expect to be signing a copy of Unspoken (or three, depending on how obsessive I am)!
Nov. 8th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
First of all, I am really depressed that I won't get to be in Charleston. If I had known about it earlier, I would have made arrangements. But I have an essay and a grant proposal to write... Sad day.

Second- if that is really what Unspoken is about, I am even more excited than I already was! I have always wondered that myself. How could a psychic bond help?! I love my boyfriend tremendously, but of course I have times when I think something and don't say it. I'm sure he does as well. I just can't imagine how awful it would be.
Nov. 8th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
Resoundingly awful in many ways--I am so glad the idea appeals to you! Though they are not dating, as each does not know the other actually exists. ;)

Good luck with the essay and grant proposal!
Nov. 10th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
CURSES I am never where authors are going at the right time. It happens with bands, too. You would think, given the fact that I am almost always nearish either NYC or Chicago that I would not have this problem. But I do.

Clearly the solution is to worm my way into the local bookshop circles, and leave Subtle Hints that they should invite all the people I love to come town and Do Things.
Nov. 13th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
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I am so ridiculously excited for Unspoken* that I'm not entirely sure how I shall fill the months. Repeatedly reading Slueth Thursday and giggling like a maniac may help, but I suspect I may need a new hobby eventually.

Also, I am always intrigued by all your epic over-the-pond writing panels, and very jealous of those who get to visit them. So that, when a friend was planning a smallscale writing festival for teenagers where they wanted another published author and a publisher, my first thought was "It would be so awesome to get Sarah but I guess it is entirely unfeasible", which led me to wonder how all these things are arranged. Which is not to say that I am unofficially asking you to inspire young minds for peanuts, but now I'm really curious as to how it works! If I were running an all-important conference, how would I book brilliant authors? Teach me, oh wise one!

(still trying to remember that the internet can create a dialogue between Ordinary Mortals and Awesome Beings)

*and ever so slightly nervous from a "wait, I recognise that village. I am writing it too! It is just as well that Sarah & I are very different writers" perspective. Perhaps we are making a brief gothic-in-dappled-cotswold-sunlight renaissance? This would be awesome...

Nov. 13th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
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*claps* I am very happy you're excited! The rough sketch for my cover just came in, and I am in love as I have never ever been before, so I am bursting with the desire to have people SEE and READ and maybe LIKE and TALK TO ME...

My town's made up, so all's well on the mutual-village front. ;) Though should there be a Gothic in the Cotswolds movement, I would be all aboard.

If I were running an all-important conference, how would I book brilliant authors?

Conferences, I am afraid, vary, so I cannot give a definite reply! Some authors charge fees to appear, some come but ask for their travel and accommodation to be paid for, some will say yes as long as their publishers will agree to pay for their travel and accommodation (which they sometimes will and sometimes won't) and sometimes the author will just pay their own way! Life is difficult. ;) But an invitation is always flattering! You can never go wrong there.
Nov. 19th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
Love the book trailer (what a cool idea!); love the series title. Can't wait for the book to come out!
Apr. 1st, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
I love how the music can be found at incompetent.com
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