After wrapping up the Epic Contest of Epic and mailing off all the prizes
, I felt very much like Santa Claus! Winners should recieve their prizes before the New Year--and I've already heard from some people that they've gotten surprises in the mail! Please keep the updates coming; it makes my day to hear you got a prize and liked it. But if the mailman doesn't bring you something special, don't worry--I'll be hosting one more contest in January to celebrate the launch of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE! I've been gathering the prizes together for awhile now, and while there won't be 100 winners this time, the three who do win are going to win very awesome prizes, if I do say so myself. (A little peek at one of the (multiple) prizes above....)
Other than the new contest on the blog, which will be announced the second week of January, there are some pretty awesome launch plans going on for ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. First and foremost: a launch party! For those in the area, the book's launch will be January 11, at Fireside Books and Gifts in Forest City, NC
. There will be food and prizes and, of course, books, so I do hope to see you there!
Also, I've posted my tour locations--I'm so excited about the chance to meet readers and friends in five different cities in February! More information is here
--exact times and locations will be added as soon as I have the info.
If you can't make it to the launch party or one of the tour stops, but would still like a signed copy of the book, just give Fireside
a call and they can hook you up.
One of my very favorite things about the book design of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE is the reversible cover. I wrote all about it here
, but just remember--when you get your hardcover version of the book, make sure you slip off the dust jacket to see what's on the other side!
If you like dystopian YA literature, make sure you check out the League of Extraordinary Writers
. Not only do I blog there, too, but so do four other debut authors, including Julia Karr, whose book XVI is coming out the week before ACROSS THE UNIVERSE! *fistbump for January debs*
Last but not least, I'd like to take a moment and thank everyone who's helped me get to where I am now: my agent, my editor, the entire Razorbill team, and most of all YOU--my readers who I've either just met or known all along on this crazy publication journey.