Some Good News & My Last Event of The Year

LA Times

I begin each of my classes with Good News from my students. They talk about how happy they are about finally getting enough sleep, or seeing THE MOVIE that’s out, or just getting to hang with friends. Simple stuff that should not be overlooked. Because all those little things, sometimes they are the big things. I don’t offer good news, because it is about them and not me, but I can share some with you.

Now, I did make the rounds with this on Facebook and Twitter, so if it’s redundant, I apologize. But I think it’s worth repeating that both the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune have included Dare Me in their holiday gift guides for books for Young Adults. It’s pretty fantastic that my work is on the radar of such institutions. Now I can only hope that parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. start showing up to their bookstores looking for Dare Me. I do hope they remember my name or at least the cover image, or they may end up with Megan Abbott’s YA novel of the same name. A phenomenal story, but wholly different than mine.

Please feel free to share this gift idea with family and friends. Dare Me has appeal for both males and females. I’ve read reviews from teen readers and they love it all around. And also feel free to share the next bit as well.

B&N 2013

This Friday, December 6th, I will be taking part in a signing/fundraiser at Barnes and Noble in Colonie for Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. I’m there from 4-7, but the fundraiser goes on all day. The school gets a percentage of total sales so long as patrons use the certificates at the register. There are piles of them at the checkout, but students will also be handing them out along with candy canes and other goodies. Additionally, we have gift baskets up for raffle, and last, but not least, it’s Polar Express night.

At 7:00, the staff hand out cookies and hot chocolate and read the classic Christmas tale to the children in the store. I can’t think of a better way to support the community, get in the Christmas spirit, and have a fun Friday out.

I hope to see you on there, and I promise to pass along any additional good news between now and then. Trust me, like all good gifts, I’ve got some on the way.

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B&N Teen Read Week–DARE ME signing

B&N

On Sunday, 10/20, I will be at Barnes and Noble, Saratoga from 1-3, to bring an end to Teens Read Week. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)–who put Tap Out on their reluctant reader list— and Barnes and Noble have teamed up again to celebrate all things YA lit related and I’m happy to be a part of the week.

If you’re in the area and want to support our local teens, stop in and get a copy of Dare Me signed. I promise it will be worth your while.

Last Signing of 2012

B&N Colonie

One week from today I will be at Barnes and Noble in Saratoga Springs, NY, my last signing of 2012. The signing serves a dual purpose as my school is holding a Bookfair that day. Therefore, if you would like a signed copy of Tap Out as a Chanukkah, Christmas or Holiday gift, this is your last chance.

And if you already have a copy, no worries, come on out, say hey, and pick up another item form B&N, as proceeds form the day’s sales help the freshman class.

I hope to see you. And be careful shopping out there.

Top Ten reasons to come out to Barnes and Noble this weekend:

10. The Twin Bridges are finally open.

9. You can get an early start on Christmas shopping.

8. I’ll be there.

7. Free Wi-Fi.

6. Not only books, but toys and games.

5. I’ll be there.

4. Starbuck’s coffee.

3. On Saturday, a percentage of proceeds go to Guilderland High School.

2. Seriously, I’ll be there.

1. You can get your copy of Tap Out signed.

I’ll be at the Colonie store on Saturday 11/3, from 2-4.

I’ll be at the Niskayuna on Sunday, 11/4, from 2-4.

If you haven’t had the chance to make it to my other events, no worries, come on out and say hey. These are the last two events I have scheduled before the holidays, so if you want a signed copy for a certain someone, this is it.

Hope to see you.

No Calm Before the Storm

Tap Out releases in twenty nine days. My world may flip on its head. Or not. I have no idea. And that fact scares me.

I’ve been doing well, keeping my emotions at bay. I’ve kept busy this summer, vacationing and writing and working on my local markets for promotions and signings. But now that I’m a month out, I feel as if I’ve run out of time.

I’m misinformed and I’m well informed, all depending on which topic of the publishing industry is being addressed. Examples: I had no idea how important the first two weeks of sales are until two days ago. I also didn’t know pre-orders don’t always work in your favor, depending on when the books are shipped to the distributor.

I did know to set up both newspaper and television interviews, as well as three signings. I have additional plans, but are they enough? Probably not.

There’s always more that could be done, and I’m sure there’s always more that should be done. Up until now it has always been about the writing. That is literally all I have ever cared about. Now, it’s so much more. It’s business, a word in this age that has a multitude of meanings, because everyone is vying for attention, and trying to figure out how. I have no fear of hard work, but misapplied labor, fruitless endeavors and missed opportunities unsettle me to no end.

So I’m not calm. Far from it.

September will arrive, and with it a return to school and work and schedules. Amidst that chaos, Tap Out will emerge. Somehow this is fitting for a novel that is about a world of struggle, born out of my own desire to be where I am.

My wife asked the other day if I am happy now that the realization of this hard work is almost here. I had to be honest. I said, “No, I’m nervous.”

The joy is in the writing. And I believe that will be amplified by the reaction of those who read and respond positively. But until then, I’m on tenterhooks. Come see me on them at any of the dates and events below:

 

Tap Out will be available on 9/11 via all major online retailers and through my publisher, Running Press. It will also be available locally at The Book House in Albany, Market Block Books in Troy, The Open Door Book Store in Schenectady, and Barnes and Noble in Colonie.

9/25: signing at the Clifton Park library from 7-9 pm (books will be available for purchase)

9/29: signing at The Book House from 3-4 pm (books will be available for purchase)

10/6: release party/signing at Legion Training Center: 1208 Rt 146, Clifton Park (next door to Northern Lights) from 2-4 pm (books will be available for purchase and there will be discounts available on MMA merchandise and various training packages–for all ages)

The first two chapters of Tap Out can be found included in the free online download: Buzz Books 2012