That’s right! There’s going to be an in-person type thing!
So some of you may have seen on social media or in stores that every Barnes & Noble store is participating in the first ever B-Fest, a national teen book festival, and it’s happening THIS WEEKEND (June 10-12). There is a ton going on at every store and, in addition to the national events, there are author signings all over the place. It’s going to be a ton of fun!
Why am I posting about this? Well, partly because I think it’s going to be awesome, partly because I’ll be working some of the events as a bookseller, and partly because I’ll be holding a signing! So here’s a break-down of events.
FRIDAY JUNE 10: 7 pm B- IN THE KNOW
Think you know YA? Put yourself to the test with our Trivia Blast, created by Penguin Teen and Random House’s First in Line. One winner in each store will spend the next year receiving advance reader’s copies of the hottest new teen titles, plus there’s swag!
SATURDAY JUNE 11: 11 am B- FIRST
There are so many amazing titles coming out, and you can be among the first to see them! Get samplers and sneak peeks from some of your favorite authors, including a Maze Runner prequel from James Dashner, new stories from Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children (don’t forget the movie of the first book, out this year!), and others! Other exciting giveaways are in the works, and the publishers sent some pretty awesome stuff.
SATURDAY JUNE 11: 2pm B- PART OF THE FUN
Settle in for a great time, as we unload spelling showdown, story ball, games, and activities, with even more prizes. Guys, I’ve seen the author coloring book. It’s amazeballs.
SUNDAY JUNE 12: 2pm B- CREATIVE
Learn how to develop your story in a workshop created by Adaptive Studios and find out more about this awesome publisher and their dual-media projects.
I’ll be at the Crossroads Barnes & Noble in Omaha to lead the workshop on Sunday (among other things) and it’ll round out with a signing for A WOUNDED NAME. To address the question that may or may not come up: we’ve got THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN on order and hopefully it will be there as well, but the focus will be on A WOUNDED NAME because it’s actually the teen book. (Teen book, teen book fest…you know.) But if our timing from when the book hit the warehouse works out well, we’ll have both books there for those who are interested.
Authors are booked at locations all over the country–call your local Barnes & Noble or check them out on twitter, facebook, or instagram to find out who’s coming to the stores near you. You can also check out #BFESTBUZZ, @bnbuzz, or visit bn.com/b-fest.
While this is primarily intended for young adults, the adults young at heart are welcome to join in the fun. The weekend is a fantastic opportunity for fans to come together and celebrate all the awesomeness that is the teen book scene. Hope to see you there!
It’s here! It’s real and out there and holy wow!
And now, something I’ve been waiting for since I was about five years old, I get to announce my first signing in a bookstore!
On Saturday, 28 September, from 3-5 pm at the Gainesville, FL Barnes & Noble, I’ll be doing my first signing. If you’re in the area, you’re welcome to come down! It’s not a solid two-hour event, we purposefully created a window of time to accommodate busy schedules (and football). For Gator fans, don’t worry- it’s an away game that day.
If you can’t get down there, well, we’ll miss you, but it doesn’t mean you can’t get signed books. If you call the store at 352-372-3535, you can actually purchase copies over the phone and get them sent out. If you want them just signed, we can do that, if you want them personalized, I can do that too, all you have to do is let the cashier know so they can write it out on the slip for me. If you have any questions, you can ask here, or you can also call the store to ask.
In the meantime, thank you all so much for all the good wishes and congratulations this past week. It’s been amazing and surreal and even though I’ve always wanted to get my books published, I think there was a part of me that was always convinced I’d never make it. Every now and then I have to go pet the cover to remind myself that it’s happened. It looks so pretty on the shelf!
Until next time~
(or until the signing!)
First things first, let’s announce the winners of the FIRST giveaway for A Wounded Name!
The ARC and swag pack goes to….
And the swag packs go to…
In other exciting news, I’ll be at BEA!
BEA, Book Expo America, is this amazing thing where they herd tons of authors together under one roof for ARC giveaways, signings, panels, and more. Pretty much, if you love books? BEA is a dream come true.
And it’s where I’ll be doing my very first signing!
Thursday, May 30th, from 10-11 am, I’ll be at Table #5 in the Author Autograph Area, signing advanced copies that you can then get for free! Honestly, I’m not even sure I can wrap my brain around the prospect yet. There are a lot of steps in the publishing process, and each one seems to be feel more surreal than the last. It’s hard to believe that in four and a half months, my book is going to be out! And soon–so very, very soon–people will actually be able to start reading the pre-release copies.
So if you’re going to BEA, make sure to swing by Table 5 Thursday morning, say hello, and pick up a signed copy!
Until next time~