Monday, March 25, 2013

NYC Teen Author Festival

A recap of my favorite moments from the NYC Teen Author Festival, in countdown form.

10. Not fumbling when I read from EMPTY during my panel discussion. I practiced beforehand like a good little author.

9. Only blanking out once during said panel discussion. I got nervous up there in front of all those people, and my brain found obscene pleasure in eviscerating what I was going to say. Like, poof. Here's how it went down, in blow-by-blow for you: I stared for a few seconds, swallowed my heart, cracked a lame joke at my own expense, asked for the question to be repeated, took a deep breath, and it allllll came back to me. Whoosh. That only happened once.

8. Having my agent (Sarah LaPolla), my editor (Annette Pollert), and the Vice President of Simon Pulse (Bethany Buck) all come to my panel was a wonderful show of support. I am a lucky author.

7. Being on a panel with five incredibly talented women who each brought such interesting points of view to the discussion.
Caela Carter (ME, HIM, THEM, and IT)
Eireann Corrigan (THE BELIEVING GAME)
Alissa Grosso (FEROCITY SUMMER)
Terra Elan McVoy (BEING FRIENDS WITH BOYS)
Jacquelyn Mitchard (WHAT WE SAW AT NIGHT)

6. Having the witty and kind and all-around-awesome Aaron Hartzler (RAPTURE PRACTICE) be our panel moderator. He asked well thought out questions and made everyone feel welcomed and comfortable.

5. Staying at the cool, boutique Cassa Hotel. I highly recommend it for the service, the outstanding breakfast menu, the sleek decor, and the outrageously comfortable bed.

4. Getting to see so many wonderful Apocalypsie friends throughout the weekend - E.C. Myers, Leanna Renee Hieber, Hilary Weisman Graham, Gina Damico, Tiffany Schmidt, Zoraida Cordova, and Kimberly Sabatini. What a tremendously lovely and supportive bunch.

3. Seeing and chatting with two of my favorite people on earth, A. S. King and Beth Kephart. They just make me smile with their genuineness.

2. Meeting up with two more of my favorite people on earth, Sarah LaPolla and Annette Pollert. Having them on my "author team", and getting to talk books and life with them over a soy cappuccino was a slice of heaven.

1. Talking one-on-one with THE Jacquelyn Mitchard after our panel ("talking" is a generous term here, it was more along the lines of me fangirling her and blabbering on and on about how much I still love THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN). When I took a breath and let the woman speak, she said, "Oh, aren't you so sweet." I asked if she would mind signing my 1996 hardback that I brought with me. She didn't mind. She signed it: To Kate, my word sister. Kind of the best thing ever.

*Someone just tweeted a link to this article and photo. I'm quoted in the article and in the photo. Whoa.

------------------------------------------------------------------------

On a different but VERY EXCITING note, CRACKED has won rounds 1, 2, and 3 of the YA March Madness competition. It has made it to the Elite Eight round!! To anyone who voted, thank you!

PLEASE keep voting. Click HERE to cast votes. CRACKED is the little book that could.

Monday, March 18, 2013

MORE Randomness

Despite it being a dreary Monday morning, I'm hearing Austin Powers in my head: Are you feeling random baby? Yeah!

And I'm smiling. Dreary Monday morning be damned.

A few random items for you guys.

1. CRACKED made it through the first round of YA March Madness competition! *high five* Much thanks to anyone who voted. Now that round two is on, (oh, it's ON) Victor and Bull need your votes again. You can vote HERE - voting ends Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8 PM EST.

2. Speaking of Victor and Bull. I'm a fan of the song THRIFT SHOP by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. While jamming out in my car on Friday it hit me: Bull Mastrick would probably like the song, especially the line "Bout to go and get some compliments, passin' off in those moccasins someone else has been walkin' in..." If you remember, he wasn't a fan of wearing someone else's shoes. Salvy! Salvy!

Love you, Bull! Note: there is "language" in this song.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Randomness

The past few months have been spent working on a brand new manuscript, hence my lack of blog posts. It seems I'm of the "when I'm writing, that's all I'm capable of" ilk.

Since I'm so rusty when it comes to writing a proper blog post, behold the randomness....

- Next week is the start of the NYC Teen Author Festival. It is made of so much awesome. Publishers Weekly wrote about it HERE, and you can see the lineup HERE and HERE.

- CRACKED is involved in a fierce battle in the YA March Madness competition. Voting ends Saturday, March 16th at 8 PM EST. There is still time to show Victor and Bull how much you love them by VOTING.

- My oldest son turned sixteen a few days ago. Yeah, let that sink in for a minute or two. I can't believe it myself.

- EMPTY has been out in the world now for seventy-four days. Thank you to the readers who've reached out to me via email, twitter, and facebook, to let me know how much Dell's story touched their heart.

- To anyone out there with a heavy heart, for whatever reason, THIS is for you.

Enjoy your weekend!