Once again--I'm having to postpone my Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday post (though I will have some links at the end of this post to some awesome authors keeping the torch going for me) because I just have too. many. things. to tell you about.
I...kinda overbooked my February. And my March. So some of my regular series may experience the occasional interruption here and there. Apologies in advance. I promise I will get back to the routine soon!
Okay, so...where to start?
First: Thank you to ALL of you who supported THE LIAR SOCIETY fangirls videos last week. They were a ton of fun to make and I hope they were just as much fun to watch. And we now have an AWESOME contest going to support TLS's release. We're giving away TEN SIGNED BOOKS you guys. TEN!!!! Click HERE for the contest details and entry form!
Second: Went to a fabulous SCIBA author event on Saturday, where I got to meet something like 20 amazing authors. I'm sure I'm going to forget more than half of them but off the top of my head: Cecil Castellucci, John Stephens, Andrew Smith, Brandon Mull, Dr. Cuthbert Soup, Lauren Kate, Alyson Noel, C. Alexander London, Helen Stringer, Eve Bunting, Judy Blundell, and a bunch more I'm forgetting. So. much. fun.
It was also sweet--and embarrassing--because the organizers added me to the slide show of authors they showed at the beginning, listing me as one of the aspiring authors to watch out for. Part of me beamed at the acknowledgement. The other part of me wanted to crawl under the table and hide like, do you think they're looking at me???? Kind of a cool/surreal/is-this-what-it's-going-to-be-like-someday? moment.
Sadly, I only took 2 pictures at the event (#ShannonFail) but here they are:
Me, with Brandon Mull
Me, with my agent-in-law, Andrew Smith
And I'm not telling you this to brag. I'm telling you because I got a LOT of free books. So keep your eyes out for a HUGE contest (or maybe a weeklong contest) coming in the next few weeks. As soon as I have a second to organize it. It. is. coming!
Third: WriteOnCon. Epic things are happening guys. I know I keep saying that. But seriously--they are. And we're *almost* ready to start sharing some of them. In the next two weeks we have a ton of tremendous contests coming up and WE'LL BE ANNOUNCING THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE DATES!!!! Not to mention tonight--maybe even as you're reading this--we have an AWESOME live event happening with the lovely Suzie Townsend (FinePrint Literary) and Maria Gomez (Associate Editor with Harper Collins). Stop by http://writeoncon.com/ at 9pm EST to participate. Otherwise a replay will be available.
Fourth: I know I promised a San Francisco Writers Conference update--and I PROMISE I have one coming. In the meantime, I'll just say it was a blast. Learned a lot. Toured the city. Met some amazing friends. Even got to take a train and meet my fabulous agent for lunch!!! (one of the highlights, by far). And I think this picture of me and the Carolina Valdez Miller sums it up:
I feel a little like I left my heart there. And my brain. But that's probably just because I have so. very. much. to. do. (Carol also gave an update of some of our shenanigans HERE).
Fifth: In case you missed it--I've finally drawn contest winners for the February blog contests. Click HERE to see if you were one of the lucky ones.
And...I think that pretty much covers everything.
For those of you desperate for some awesome middle grade recommendations--and really, WHY wouldn't you be?--check out these other, loyal bloggers who are keeping MMGM going while I flake off:
Shannon O'Donnell: Always impeccable taste. Always awesome. Today she's featuring THE ATOMIC WEIGHT OF SECRETS. Seriously, go THERE.
Sherri Peterson: She's featuring an interview AND A GIVEAWAY with Michael Spradlin. Click HERE for the details.
Ben Langhinrchs: He's featuring RINKITINK IN OZ and has a TWO BOOK GIVEAWAY. Make sure you go THERE to read and enter.
Brooke Favero: She's featuring one of my favorites. THE BFG, by Roald Dahl. Click HERE to see what she says.
Joanne Fritz: She's always got the goods on upcoming reads. Today: SMALL AS AN ELEPHANT, by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. Go HERE to read her thoughts.
And if you've done an MMGM on your blog, let me know. I'll happily add linkage. Let's keep spreading the Middle Grade love! :)