Man, I gotta get used to blogging…

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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!

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  • sarah_prineas

    I am almost incapable of posting a comment because I am SO envious of that picture. Writing in a hammock on the beach! That is, indeed, the way to write.
    Sounds like you’ve been busy, but in the best possible way.
    Good luck with the blogging, and with book two!

    July 1, 2007 at 10:48 pm Reply
    • deanlorey

      Thanks! In fact, when I look at that picture, I’m envious of MYSELF now that I’m back home, in my office, no hammock in sight. I keep thinking “I wish I was THAT guy…”

      July 1, 2007 at 11:12 pm Reply
  • psamphire

    Oh, yeah. That blogging dilemma is way too familiar. And then there’s the pressure that, the longer you leave it, the better the post has to be. What, you didn’t have that hang-up before…?

    July 2, 2007 at 12:14 pm Reply
    • deanlorey

      Yeah, you’re so right. The “quality” issue. How can I possibly write something that will be worthy of the vast amount of time it took to post it? I’m very new to this blogging thing, so I’ve decided to try and blog the way you’re supposed to diet — small meals often.

      July 2, 2007 at 3:11 pm Reply
  • toddfarmer

    I could have lived without the pic. It just makes me hate you a little.

    July 3, 2007 at 3:18 am Reply
    • deanlorey

      Trust me. It makes me hate that guy too. I wish I still WAS that guy.

      July 3, 2007 at 4:04 pm Reply
  • brennas_life

    So what I got from this entry is that you ate a lot of food. Awesome. 😉
    It’s so great to hear about all the buzz behind the scenes, and I think it’ll be even bigger once the books hit the shelves. I hope HarperCollins does a huge promotion to let all those Harry Potter kids know that there is life after Book 7.
    I’d like to join in on the envy after seeing that picture – I totally need a vacation! 😀

    July 3, 2007 at 3:26 pm Reply
    • deanlorey

      You know, I never thought about it but, you’re right, it seems to all be about food. Dinners, breakfasts — I guess reading is a hungry endeavor.
      As for promotion, HarperCollins certainly seems to have big stuff planned. They’ve done a lot already. Interestingly, unlike in movies where they try to create awareness before a movie comes out, in books (Harry Potter aside) they don’t really promote much until the book is available in stores. The assumption is, I guess, that if they get people interested, they want them to be able to purchase it right away.

      July 3, 2007 at 4:07 pm Reply
  • tltrent

    Hi –
    Hope you don’t mind if I friend. I was so excited to swipe an ARC of Nightmare Academy at ALA last week! Had a great time reading it and am looking forward to its release.

    July 3, 2007 at 9:36 pm Reply
    • deanlorey

      Hey, I can’t tell you how nice it is to hear you got a copy of the book and enjoyed it! Thanks very much for the kind words. I see you have a book of your own coming out in September, so I’m sure you know what a strange and fragile time this is, hehe.
      I very much look forward to checking out your book when it publishes. Welcome to the blog!

      July 3, 2007 at 10:23 pm Reply
      • tltrent

        Thanks for the warm welcome. :) It *is* a strange time when the book isn’t out but the ARCs are, and you know that some people are actually reading it, but you still have *no* idea how the rest of the world will react. Here’s hoping for future success for both of us!

        July 4, 2007 at 3:16 am Reply

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