So, I was going to write a post about Day 2 of Book Expo America, but it’s so long ago now that I can barely remember it. Here were a couple highlights:
My wife, Elizabeth, joined me, which was great fun because she hasn’t really gotten an opportunity to be a part of this “book thing” all that much. And, as we were running around with romance writer Jordan Summers, she also got to meet…
Melissa Marr, who we basically hung out with all day and late into the evening. They seemed to get along really well and kept going off together, leaving me alone holding their drinks at the HarperCollins cocktail party.
So… it was great fun and I’m looking forward to seeing Melissa again at Conestoga, along with a bunch of other cool writers.
The cover of NIGHTMARE ACADEMY 2: MONSTER MADNESS is starting to pop up online, so I thought I would officially unveil it here:
As always, you can click on it to see a larger version. It is due to be in stores August 26th, I think, along with a reissue of Book 1, which has new cover art, a new subtitle, and a bunch of cool extras in the back. Here it is:
Harper also put together a press thing to kind of show off the books as a series and it’s very cool. You might need to click on it a couple times if you want to see it really big:
You can see in the press thing that they’re being released in what’s called a “Paper-Over-Board” format, which is basically just a hardcover book without a book jacket. It’s the same style as the LEMONY SNICKET and SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES and DIARY OF A WIMPY KID books. I haven’t seen a finished version of the new books, but I love the POB style and, actually, argued for it in the initial release of Book 1.
So… that’s the news on that. I’ve also decided to do a series of blog posts talking about the different movies and TV shows I’ve either written or re-written. People often ask me about them and I figured I should write down some making-of experiences before I forget them all. So, if all goes according to plan, I’m going to be doing separate posts on the writing and making of FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 9: JASON GOES TO HELL, MY BOYFRIEND’S BACK, MAJOR PAYNE, MY WIFE AND KIDS, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT along with other movies that I worked on but did not take credit on, like HAPPY GILMORE and GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE and NOTHING TO LOSE.
When will I get to all this? Not sure exactly. I’m frantically trying to finish my revision of NA book 3 before I go off on a very unexpected adventure to London, Spain and Paris for a week and a half. Consequently, it may be a few weeks before I start those blog posts, but I’m planning to take plenty of pictures on this European trip, so I’ll put up a few of those.