Earlier this month I asked Twitter to choose a day for the next Day in the Life blog post, and you guys picked July 23, which happened to be a travel / event day. Let’s see what happened . . .
6:00a.m.: My husband and I try to maintain some sort of normal routine even on days when we travel, so—wake up! Coffee! Check all the social networks and answer a bunch of emails. Schedule some tweets about tomorrow’s Comic-Con panel and signing.
I take a few extra minutes to read through the newest Publisher’s Weekly newsletter and am excited to see Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein mentioned in their Spring 2015 Children’s Sneak Previews column. I’m really looking forward to this book!
7:30: Get dressed and finish packing. Make sure the house is all in order for our house/cat-sitter.
8:30: What a laid-back morning! With 30 minutes to kill I think, I should probably start filling in some research holes in my historical anthology short story . . . but instead I end up reviewing my baby stuff shopping list and organizing the someday-nursery. Hashtag slacker.
9:00: To the airport!
9:40: We’re minutes away from the airport when it occurs to me that I packed the exact same outfit to wear to Comic-Con that I wore last year to Comic-Con. Well, drat. I do a quick search on our hotel and am relieved that it’s close to a huge shopping center—there goes my plan for a relaxing afternoon spent reading in the hotel!
11:30-2:00: Airports and planes. I’m FINALLY reading Laini Taylor’s Days of Blood and Starlight and wish the flight was a whole lot longer. So. Incredibly. Good.
2:15: Holy cow, L.A., why must you be so hot? Feel like I’m melting as soon as we step off the plane. We take a cab to the hotel.
3:00: I do my hair and make-up in preparation for tonight’s event: the epic Fierce Reads Summer Block Party! I’m excited to see my tour buddies again.
4:00: Time to go find a new dress to wear tomorrow. We walk over to The Grove shopping center, and discover . . . police. And crowds. And the road is completely blocked off. Turns out Obama is in town! Unable to get to the shopping center even though it’s right there, we detour into a Ross instead. I find a couple of dresses and even my husband picks out some new shorts. Bargain shopping FTW.
5:30: The President and his entourage have come and gone, so we make our way into The Grove’s Barnes & Noble. Having only noshed on a couple of Kind bars on the flight, we grab a quick snack from the café.
6:15: All of the authors and publicists have arrived! We head to the back room to be interviewed by blogger Kate Bond of The Midnight Garden. Easily distracted, we also notice a bowl of star stickers sitting on the table. These quickly become facial decorations.
You’ll soon be able to read Kate’s interview here: http://www.themidnightgarden.net/.
7:00: The event begins, starring Fierce Reads authors Leigh Bardugo, Anna Banks, Ann Aguirre, and myself, moderated by Brutal Youth author Anthony Breznican. It’s a great panel with lots of laughter. I missed these girls!
We have an awesome crowd and the signing line goes on and on (a fantastic problem to have), and it’s great to see many familiar faces from previous SoCal events. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to see us!
One fan’s amazing Lunar Chronicles nails!
10:30: Whew, everyone has gone home! We gather up our stuff and laugh at the fact that we’re all still wearing our star stickers. We head next door to the Cheesecake Factory for a late dinner.
Just past midnight: Take a cab back to the hotel, wash off my makeup, and fall into a very fast sleep. Not looking forward to our 6:00 a.m. alarm, but definitely excited to head down to Comic-Con in the morning!
. . . zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz . . .
Three things I love:
- book swag
- creativity-based contests
- giving stuff away!
So I decided it was time to host a brand new contest, since it’s been a while since the epic Lunar Insignia Design Contest which was a huge success last year.
The winners of the Design a Sticker contest will not only receive some neat prizes (see below), but their winning designs will also be turned into real stickers that I’ll be giving away at book signings and including in swag packs for the next year.
I decided to host a design-a-sticker contest because, well, I love stickers! I had stickers printed up with the Cinder and Scarlet book covers before and I liked having them not only to use as giveaway items but also for my own purposes, like sealing envelopes. But I stopped having them made up because using just the book covers was so boring.
Which is where you guys come in! I need your help, because you are all so much more creative and artistic than I am. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Ready for some details?
YOUR MISSION: Design a Lunar Chronicles Sticker that I can use for promotional swag.
- Your sticker design can be either square, round, rectangular, or oval. I will be printing using stickermule.com, so if you need guidance on dimensions, I recommend looking at their sticker-sizing options.
- Your sticker design may include graphics, text, or a combination of the two.
- You are welcome to use any or all of the book covers in your design, but please do not use copyrighted images. Any artwork or photography should be your own creation or you must have permission to use it.
- Be creative! I’m intentionally not giving you a whole lot of direction because I love seeing what you guys come up with. As long as it has something to do with the Lunar Chronicles, your design will be qualified.
- Remember, I will be using these as promotional items leading up to the release of Fairest and Winter, so ask yourself what kind of sticker you would want to take home and paste everywhere in order to declare yourself a proud Lunartic. Likewise, if you had never heard of The Lunar Chronicles but you saw this sticker on someone else’s e-reader cover (or wherever), what would prompt you to ask about it?
HOW TO SUBMIT
- Please submit ONLY ONE DESIGN. If you submit more than one design, your work will be disqualified.
- Once your design is finished, post it on a public web site. (Pinterest is preferred, but I will also accept Tumblr, DeviantART, Twitter, or Instagram. Please do not use Facebook as it has difficult privacy guidelines. Do not email me your design.)
- Send me the link to your design using the contact form at http://www.marissameyer.com/connect.
- Important: By submitting an entry to this contest you are giving me permission to use your design for future promotional materials at my discretion. You retain all other rights to your work.
- Open internationally.
- All entries must be received no later than midnight PST on August 17, 2014.
VOTING AND PRIZES
I will gather all entries onto a Pinterest board and finalists will be selected through a yet-to-be-determined method. All finalists will then be posted on this blog and put to a Reader’s Choice vote.
ALL FINALISTS will receive a swag pack of Lunar Chronicles goodies.
TWO GRAND PRIZE WINNERS (one Reader’s Choice, one Marissa’s Choice*) will receive a signed book, a limited-edition messenger bag, and more! Plus their designs will be turned into swanky stickers. Yes, I will send you some stickers, too.
* The Marissa’s Choice winner will be chosen from all entries, not only the finalists.
I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Happy designing, and GOOD LUCK!
Here where I’ll be in the coming months. I hope you can come see me!
Parkland (Tacoma), WA
Saturday, July 19, 10:00 a.m.
Summer Camp Writing Workshop sponsored by PY Art Show
For local students, ages 11-18. Registration is required.
For information visit http://pyartshow.com/summer-camp/
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, July 23, 7:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble The Grove (189 The Grove Drive)
Fierce Reads Block Party with Ann Aguirre, Anna Banks, and Leigh Bardugo
San Diego, CA
San Diego Comic-Con
Panel: Fairy Tale Remix
Thursday, 7/24/14, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 32AB
Signing Time: Thursday AA09 01:30 PM – 02:30 PM
Friday, 7/215, 10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
Signing at Macmillan Children’s Booth
Wednesday, September 10, 7:00p.m.
Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park
With Sarah J. Maas and Mandy Hubbard
Baltimore Book Festival Presentation and signing times TBD.
For more information, visit: https://www.baltimorebookfestival.com/
Fierce Reads Multi-Author, Multi-City Tour
Saturday, November 15
37th Annual Day of Reading Conference
Registration is Required. For more information, visit: http://dayofreading.org/
Don’t see your city listed here? More tour dates will be announced soon for both the Fierce Reads and Fairest tours!
The last few months spent on a blogging hiatus have not been in vain—I’ve been one busy writer-ess! So I thought I’d clue you all in to what’s been happening behind the scenes and some projects you have to look forward to in the coming years.
FAIREST : As most of you know, my next novel, Fairest, was finally announced a few weeks ago. I am SUPER excited to share with you all the backstory of Queen Levana and how she became Princess Winter’s stepmother and Luna’s power-hungry dictator. After completing my final revisions on Fairest about a month ago, I’m now waiting to receive copyedits.
Release: 27 January 2015
WINTER PREQUEL SHORT STORY : Having written a prequel companion story for each of the first three books of the Lunar Chronicles, I couldn’t stand to leave Winter out! I’ve been brainstorming ideas for a Winter-based prequel and intend to draft something out by the end of this month. I have no idea how or when my publisher will want to release it, but I hope it will be available to readers before Winter comes out next year. Stay tuned!
WINTER : Most likely your most anticipated read, Winter, is chugging along! This book has been a long, hard slog, in part because it’s just so darn big and complex. (Four major plotlines? Seriously? What was I thinking?) But it’s finally shaping up and I’m working with my editor and beta-readers to make this the most epic and satisfying series conclusion that I possibly can. At this point I’m waiting to receive notes from my editor before I embark on Draft #5 (hopefully the final draft, but… we’ll see.)
Release: 10 November 2015
HEARTLESS : My Queen of Hearts-inspired prequel is the book I’ve been focused on most the past couple of months, and Draft #2 will be finished by the end of July. It’s only the second draft, so there are still a lot of things about it that I’m not happy with, but so far it’s been a lot of fun to write! I look forward to sharing my version of Wonderland with you all.
Expected release: February 2016
PETTICOATS & PISTOLS ANTHOLOGY : A few months ago I was invited to partake in my first YA anthology, edited by the lovely and talented Jessica Spotswood! The anthology will be a collection of historical and historical fantasy stories with a focus on strong female protagonists, and there is a super impressive roster of contributing authors! My story will be set in Deadwood, South Dakota Territory, during the Black Hills Gold Rush of 1876-77. I’ve been conducting lots of research these past months and hope to draft my story this week.
Expected release: Early 2016
SECRET PROJECT : My publisher and I are working on something special that I can’t really talk about, but I can tell you that it’s been on my writer wish-list since I was a teenager. I’ve started doing some preliminary brainstorming and research and hope to have news to share with you guys by the end of this year.
Release: TBD, but I would expect early 2017 at this point
A BRAND NEW SERIES! : Last but far from least, I have a burning seed of an idea involving superheroes and supervillains that’s been plaguing me for well over a year now. I hope that, with any luck, I’ll be able to start writing it later this fall. Lately I’ve been brainstorming and doing some preliminary research for the series, and I’ll start outlining it as soon as I can cross some of the fore-mentioned projects off my list. Might this be another NaNoWriMo book? One can hope!
Expected release for Book One: Fall 2016
Whew! So that’s what’s on my plate now, meaning lots and lots of reading fun for the future. No rest for the wicked, right?
I’m back from my (sort-of) blog hiatus! I’ll be easing back into the blogging scene with posts once or twice weekly, and I’m planning an update post in the near future to let you all know what exciting things I’ve been working on behind the scenes.
But first—my quarterly reading list post!
I would just like to point out that for the first time in my entire life, I am on track to read 100 books this year. I’m trying not to get neurotic about making it a personal challenge, but still… it could happen!
I would also like to mention how ridiculously hard it’s going to be to choose my Top 10 Reads of 2014 at the end of this year. 50 books in, and there are already 20+ books that could easily make the list. I don’t know if there’s something in the water or what, but books have been amazing this year! Which is probably why I’ve already hit 50 reads… so many of them I just didn’t want to put down.
As far as some of my favorites from this last quarter…
If you follow me on Twitter you know that I LOVED WITH A GREAT BURNING PASSION Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. I could not have imagined a more fulfilling conclusion to one of my favorite series of all time.
I also had the pleasure of reading ARCs for two fantastic upcoming books: Firebug by Lish McBride (release date: September 23) and Storm Siren by Mary Weber (release date: August 19). They both had me smitten from page one and I highly recommend adding them to your TBR pile!
Lastly, I have to mention a book that is a slight deviation from my normal reading list (a.k.a. not YA), but that I found captivating and brilliant in every way. It also had one of the smartest endings I’ve ever read. Vicious by Victoria Schwab. The book takes everything you know about good and evil, heroes and villains, and turns it all on its head. I thought this book was absolute genius!
My entire reading list for 2014 (so far) is below, with many, many more fabulous reads!
1. Plus One, by Elizabeth Fama
2. The Connected Child, by Karyn Purvis, David Cross, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine
3. Fool, by Christopher Moore
4. Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
5. Winterspell, by Claire Legrand
6. Star Cursed, by Jessica Spotswood
7. Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
8. Splintered, by A.G. Howard
9. Revolutions for Fun and Profit, by Ryan Shattuck
10. Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi
11. Through the Ever Night, by Veronica Rossi
12. Into the Still Blue, by Veronica Rossi
13. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
14. My Life as an Experiment, by A.J. Jacobs
15. Passionate Persuasion, by Rosemary Clement-Moore
16. Also Known As, by Robin Benway
17. Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel, by Daniel Cooney
18. Baby’s in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles, by Arne Bellstorf (graphic novel)
19. Zahra’s Paradise, by Amir & Khalil (graphic novel)
20. Dorothy Must Die, by Danielle Paige
21. A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
22. Firebug, by Lish McBride
23. The Splendor Falls, by Rosemary Clement-Moore
24. Devine Intervention, by Martha Brockenbrough
25. The Wicked and the Just, by J. Anderson Coats
26. Symbols of Love, by Denny Lee and Josh Stoneman
27. Bubbly on Your Budget, by Marjorie Hillis
28. Choker, by Elizabeth Woods
29. The Raft, by S.A. Bodeen
30. Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale, by Joss Whedon (graphic novel)
31. The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski
32. Vicious, by Victoria Schwab
33. Looking Glass Wars, by Frank Beddor
34. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, by Leslye Walton
35. Of Neptune, by Anna Banks
36. Hatter, by Daniel Coleman (first publication; to be re-released Fall 2014)
37. Ashen Winter, by Mike Mullin
38. Shards & Ashes, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong
39. Dark and Stormy Knights, edited by P.N. Elrod
40. I Heart You, You Haunt Me, by Lisa Schroeder
41. Bad Boys of the Black Hills, and Some Wild Women, Too, by Barbara Fifer
42. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle, adapted by Hope Larson (graphic novel)
43. Haunted Deadwood: A True Wild West Ghost Town, by Mark Shadley and Josh Wennes
44. Untitled, by Tamara Felsinger (beta-read)
45. Storm Siren, by Mary Weber
46. Enthralled, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong
47. Boxers, by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel)
48. Saints, by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel)
49. Threats of Sky and Sea, by Jennifer Ellision
50. Ruin and Rising, by Leigh Bardugo
The news has just been released, complements of USAToday.com. I’ll have a new full-length novel coming out in January titled FAIREST: Levana’s Story, and just like the title suggests, this book will be delving into the backstory of Queen Levana, the wicked tyrant of The Lunar Chronicles.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?
Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story—a story that has never been told … until now.
Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from WINTER, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.
On sale January 27, 2015.
Yes, this means that WINTER has been pushed back to November of 2015, but it also means that I will have not one, but TWO books releasing next year! (With HEARTLESS to follow shortly after in 2016!)
HAVE QUESTIONS ON FAIREST, WINTER, AND THE LUNAR CHRONICLES? I’ll be answering them during our Google Chat, this Wednesday, June 18, at 9:00pm EST / 6:00pm PST. Hope to see you there!
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.
Congrats to our winners, Shiela and Alex! You will be contacted shortly.
June is National Audiobook Month, and we’re celebrating today by giving away – what else? Audiobooks!
The Lunar Chronicles audiobooks are narrated by Rebecca Soler, who does an amazing job at bringing the characters and story to life. I’m so thrilled to be working with her and Macmillan audio! (Even though I didn’t really do anything… except, you know, write the books.)
You can listen to the first chapter of the Cress audiobook here:
And now here’s your chance to own it! I have TWO Cress audiobooks hanging out in my giveaway stash, so they’ll soon be going home to two lucky winners.
How to Enter: Easy! Leave a comment to this blog post, answering the below question. Last year I asked why you love audiobooks, and the year before that I asked what your favorite audiobook is. For this year’s question, how about…
If you’ve listened to any Lunar Chronicles audiobooks, which character voice/accent do you love the most? If you haven’t listened to them, which character are you most looking forward to hearing brought to life?
(Open internationally. Two randomly selected commenters will be chosen and contacted on Monday, June 23.)
Important note #1: If you’re reading this on an outside feed, such as Goodreads, please click through to the original post on http://www.marissameyer.com/blog to leave your comment.
Important note #2: Sometimes my web site decides to randomly pick on someone and not let them leave a comment. if you receive an error message, please use the contact link at the top of this page to let me know and I’ll manually approve your comment.
Good luck and Happy Audiobook Month!
I interrupt this blogging hiatus (again) to announce that there are big things a-brewing.
This summer, my publisher and I will be making an announcement regarding the Lunar Chronicles and some awesome things that you guys have to look forward to. I am really excited about it and I think you will be, too!
(And before you guys get all a-twitter, I will tell you that it’s not movie- or TV-related. But it IS big.)
In preparation for the big announcement, Macmillan is hosting their first ever fan video contest!
To Enter: Create a video where you tell us why the Lunar Chronicles is THE BEST THING EVER, who your favorite character is, and why you’ll love them forever. Upload the video to YouTube and submit the link with the rest of your information here to enter the contest!
One grand prize winner will receive a Lunar Chronicles-branded tablet filled with Lunar Chronicles goodies, a signed set of CINDER, SCARLET, and a personalized CRESS by Marissa Meyer, and an exclusive sneak peek at book four! (Whoa, even I didn’t know about the sneak peek until I copied this from the contest’s entry page, lol!)
Five first place winners will receive a signed set of CINDER, SCARLET and CRESS by Marissa Meyer, and an Iko-branded USB filled with Lunar Chronicles goodies.
The rest? You’ll win eternal Lunar Chronicles and Internet glory!
The contest deadline is June 13, so be sure to submit your entry by then. GOOD LUCK!
Our Big Announcement will come later in June—stay tuned for more info!
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P.S. I asked my publisher about the age and US-only thing, and here is their response:
Anyone over the age of 13 is able to submit a video but only people over 18 and in the US are qualified for the prizing. This is because YouTube doesn’t allow anyone under the age of 18 to be qualified for promotions.
We just published a blog post on MacTeenBooks to try and help clarify: http://www.macteenbooks.com/contest-2/lunarchronicles-madness/
We set up a separate giveaway for people 13 and up in the US and Canada to spread the love as far as possible: http://www.macteenbooks.com/giveaways/lcsweeps.php