After an INCREDIBLY CLOSE vote, it’s time to announce our Bookmark Contest winner!
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The winner is…. TEREZA!
Congratulations!!! I absolutely love this design and cannot wait to see it printed. I know fans will go nuts for it, too!
Thank you to everyone who entered and voted, and congrats to all our finalists and honorable mentions. You’ll be contacted shortly to claim your prizes!
Here are the six finalists for the Lunar Chronicles Bookmark Contest! I’m not going to say much about these because I don’t want to sway the voting, but just know that I absolutely love every one of them and would proudly print them all!
See, look, admire… then cast your vote below!
And now… time to vote!
You may only vote once. Voting will close July 12. The winner will be announced on July 13.
Good luck to all of the finalists!
There were a total of 278 entries to the Lunar Chronicles Design-a-Bookmark Contest!
If you have the time, I highly recommend scanning through the other entries. So many of them were stunning, and I wish I could highlight them all!
Finalists and the voting form will be posted soon in a separate post, but before we get there, I had to highlight some of my personal favorites with these honorable mentions.
Here are ten that blew me away with their creativity, execution, and artistic prowess.
WHY I LOVE IT: Do yourself a favor and enlarge this one to see it better. There is a lot happening on this bookmark, yet all the design elements are so elegant and tastefully done, and it sort of reminds me of fortune telling cards.
WHY I LOVE IT: Argh, I wish I could get the Pinterest widget to make this bigger, because it deserves to be seen! This illustration is incredibly detailed and I love how the tag lines pull all the books together.
Thank you all for entering and sharing your talent with us! These honorable mentions will each be contacted after the contest is over and will receive a Lunar Chronicles swag pack. Congrats!
Citizens of Luna, I ask that you stop what you’re doing to read this message.
My name is Selene Blackburn…
Click on the image above to read a message from Princess Selene Blackburn of Luna.
Then JOIN THE RESISTANCE and receive your first mission (and maybe win Lunar Chronicles prizes!)
My supply of bookmarks is getting low, and when I was thinking about placing a new order yesterday, I thought – WAIT. This is the perfect opportunity to host a new design contest.
THE LUNAR CHRONICLES “DESIGN A BOOKMARK” CONTEST
YOUR MISSION: Design a bookmark that I can use for promotional swag.
– The winning bookmark will be used as a promotional item for the release of Winter, but you may choose to highlight all of the books in the series, or only Winter, or any combination thereof (including Fairest and Stars Above). As long as it relates to the Lunar Chronicles, your design will be qualified!
– Either marissameyer.com or thelunarchronicles.com (or both) should be indicated somewhere on your design.
– Your design must fit onto a 2×8 inch bookmark.
– You may design either a one-sided or two-sided bookmark. If you make it two-sided, please submit both sides as one entry (i.e., one image showing both sides).
– 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.
– Open internationally.
– Be creative!
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 promotional materials at my discretion. You retain all other rights to your work.
– All entries must be received no later than midnight PST on Friday, July 3, 2015.
VOTING AND PRIZES
I will gather all entries onto a public Pinterest board in the week following July 3. Finalists will be selected through a non-scientific method of “Loves” and “Repins,” as well as my personal favorites.
All finalists will be posted on this blog and put to a vote.
ALL FINALISTS will receive a signed book and a swag pack of Lunar Chronicles goodies.
ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a set of signed books, a limited-edition messenger bag, and more! Plus their design will be turned into real bookmarks!
Happy designing, and GOOD LUCK!
You may or may not know that there are a bunch of short stories set in the world of the Lunar Chronicles, and for years readers have been asking if these tales will ever be collected into a print edition for you to hold, caress, and enjoy.
Today, finally, I can tell you: YES. YES THEY WILL.
I am so pleased to announce . . .
Release Date: February 2, 2016
The collection will include:
Glitches: A prequel to Cinder, detailing Cinder’s first weeks after her cyborg surgery and her introduction to her new stepfamily.
The Queen’s Army: A prequel to Scarlet, telling the story of one soldier in Levana’s army who is determined not to become the monster everyone expects him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: A prequel to Cress, expanding on some of Carswell Thorne’s exploits when he was a young man with big dreams.
The Princess and the Guard: A never-before-released prequel to Winter, chronicling the friendship between Winter and Jacin and answering some frequently asked questions about Winter, her insanity, and her scars.
The Little Android: My retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” in which an android falls in love with a human boy.
And a BRAND NEW as-yet-to-be-determined story!
PLUS a sneak peek at my first non-TLC novel, Heartless, and maybe a glimpse at the super-secret project I’ve been hyping for months, too!
I’ve been dreaming about a short story collection ever since I wrote “Glitches”—nearly four years ago—and I’m so happy my publisher is on-board. Now my mind is spinning with possibilities for the brand new story! (If you have a specific request, now’s the time to ask!)
What this means for WINTER:
Only that we get to hold onto the world and characters a little bit longer. Winter’s release date is NOT changing (insert mass sigh of relief) and it will still be in your hands on November 10. As many of you know, Winter is the conclusion to this tale, and I can’t wait for you to take the last leg of this adventure with me.
What this means for HEARTLESS:
Though originally scheduled to release in February, Heartless will now be out on November 8, 2016. I know many of you are excited for this take on Wonderland and the infamous Queen of Hearts, and I’m so glad you’re looking forward to it! But from the first time my publisher told me that Heartless was going to be on bookshelves only three months after Winter, I’ve been a little heartbroken that we would all have to move on from Cinder & Co. so soon. (Translation: I’m not ready!! *cries*)
I hope you guys feel the same way and will be willing to hang with me in the TLC universe a little bit longer. And I of course hope you’ll enjoy delving further into the universe in Stars Above.
That’s it for this announcement. Stars above, let’s celebrate!
I’m going to be at the first annual BookCon in a few weeks, and though I have lots of events scheduled, the one I’m most excited for is a conversation between me and Leigh Bardugo, the fabulous author of The Grisha Trilogy and the forthcoming SIX OF CROWS.
While Leigh and I were trying to figure out what we wanted to do four our big Keynote / Book Talk / Presentation thing, Leigh had the MOST EPIC IDEA EVER.
We will be playing Truth or Dare.
And YOU get to Truth or Dare us!
Here’s how it works:
– Use the hashtag #YATruthOrDare in any/all social media posts now through May 20.
(Please do not post them here in the comments because I don’t want to see them in advance!)
– If you’re prompting one of us specifically, you can also include these tags:
◦ #truthLeigh when asking Leigh to answer a question
◦ #dareLeigh when you’re daring her
◦ #truthMarissa when asking me to answer a question
◦ #dareMarissa when your dare is for me
– DON’T tag us in your post. Again, we want to be surprised!
Our publisher will collect the best truths and dares and will unleash them on us during our BookCon event on Saturday, May 30 at 5pm in Room 1A21.
At this point, I don’t know if the event will be recorded and/or broadcast live, but I hope it will so that everyone can get a good laugh at our expense, haha.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN.
Things that make me sad: When I respond to a piece of fanmail, especially those from aspiring writers, only for the email to bounce back!
That happened this morning, so in the hopes that said fan might read this blog, I’m posting my response here – and hope it will help any aspiring writers out there who are about to start looking into the publishing process.
Important Note: There is SO MUCH MORE to be said about the process of getting published, getting an agent, writing query letters, etc. There are entire books written on this subject, and I do recommend that anyone wanting to take their writing to the next level read at least one book on publishing and/or getting an agent. My advice, below, is really meant to be a jumping-off point for further research and is by no means all-encompassing!
“I am a young author and have written a book. I was wondering how to get a book published. I am hoping that you could give me some advice for someone who wants to get started.”
First, congrats on finishing your novel!
In my opinion, the first step to take after finishing your novel, but before submitting it for publication, is to find some trusted readers who will read your book and give you great advice. I work with three critique partners and they always point out weaknesses that I couldn’t see myself. You really want to give your book the best chance of standing out from the crowd.
After that, if you want to be traditionally published, your next step will most likely be to query agents.
I suggest checking out www.agentyquery.com – there are some great articles there on what an agent is and why you want one. You can also use their search form to start building a list of agents you want to contact about your work.
Then you’ll write a query letter, and for that, the best resource I’ve found is the Query Shark blog. The Query Shark is a real book agent who critiques query letters, and after you read through some of the archives you can start to get a feel for what works and what doesn’t. Writing a great query letter is the best way to catch an agent’s interest and hopefully get them to take a look at your novel.
Then you start sending it out!
And then you start working on the next book. It’s always smart to have something else you’re working on to take your mind off the waiting. And if the current book doesn’t catch an agent’s interest – maybe the next one will!