Man, I gotta get used to blogging…
Sorry for the horribly long delay between blog entries. I fell into this weird trap — the longer I took to post, the more happened in my life to post about, which made me reluctant to write anything because it seemed like it would end up being so lengthy, so I procrastinated which only made things worse.
I have to resolve to just write little bits here and there. Melissa Marr is my hero with this stuff — I’ve never seen anyone keep up so religiously with a blog. So, rather than write an epic, let me just briefly catch you up to date on what’s been going on.
I went to Book Expo America and had a great time. There was a wonderful breakfast with all the fine folks at HarperCollins. I know this is a job for them but they all have a way of making you feel that they’re pulling for you on a personal level, which is really pretty inspiring. I did a nice galley signing, chatted with a bunch of folks and had to catch my breath a little when I saw a big stack of my galleys for NIGHTMARE ACADEMY available for the taking at the HarperCollins booth. There was just something exciting and nerve-wracking about realizing that the book was sort of just out there in the world for anyone to grab and enjoy/hate. I can’t imagine what it will feel like when it actually publishes.
I also got to catch up with a bunch of nice booksellers I had met at various pre-pub dinners. As always, it was great to see the Anderson’s crowd from Chicago and I ended up having a terrific dinner with a bunch of great people from Barnes & Noble. Bob Ducsay, the producer of the movie, flew into NY to see me and meet with the HarperCollins people. It was a great vote of confidence from him and I hope it was useful to people on both sides.
My newly redesigned website went live just before I left and I was blown away by how enthusiastic people were about it. I have to give enormous thanks to Anthony from Creative Republic for his outstanding design as well as my good friend JP Targete for his flawless artwork. We will be adding to the site as time goes by, so check back often.
About a week or so after BEA, I received in the mail the actual dustjacket for the book. It looks wonderful! Shiny and embossed and the lettering is some kind of cool holographic foil. The art by Brandon Dorman is terrific. It was just such a thrill to get and it made it seem that much more “real”. I’m told the book itself should arrive at the beginning of August.
After that, I flew to San Francisco and had a great pre-pub dinner with a bunch of local booksellers there. I also got to meet a ton of wonderful reps from HarperCollins. John Zeck also sent a very supportive e-mail that I really appreciated. I have one more pre-pub dinner (this one in LA) in a week or so and then I think that’s pretty much it in terms of events until the tour in October after the book comes out.
Movie-wise, I finished my drafts for Universal and, because I’m now working full-time writing Book 2, they’re going out to another screenwriter to continue work on the script. I’ll let you know who it is once they’ve committed to someone. And, speaking of Book 2, it’s coming along really well. My wife and the kids and I took a family vacation to Mexico for a week, and I actually got some good writing done there, laying in a hammock with my little laptop.
My wife took that picture. Now THAT’S the way to write!