Bookmark Contest: Honorable Mentions

Posted on: 6th Jul 2015  /   Categorized:

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!

Follow Marissa Meyer’s board 00 TLC Bookmark Contest Entries on Pinterest.

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.

Honorable Mentions

Here are ten that blew me away with their creativity, execution, and artistic prowess.

WHY I LOVE IT: The variations on the four apples are so clever, the space background looks like actual space, and it’s on real canvas! I’m a sucker for that.

WHY I LOVE IT: I adore the scrapbook /shadow box / crafty vibe of this bookmark, which was clearly a fan favorite among the entries. The gears and snowflakes are my favorite parts!

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: It’s adorable!! I love the representation of the four girls, and how the quote from Fairest ties them all together.

WHY I LOVE IT: Another clear fan favorite, and how could it not be? The paint work is stunning, and I love the way all the colors and the four faces come together.

WHY I LOVE IT: Not only is the artwork fantastic, but the mirror image is like playing cards! So smart!

WHY I LOVE IT: Here again: enlarge this one! It’s truly breathtaking, and I love the decision to continue Cress’s arm and hand from one side to the next. It’s like a mural!

WHY I LOVE IT: Stained glass Winter!!! This gave me Beauty and the Beast flashbacks, in a good way.

WHY I LOVE IT: This is one of my favorite designs – so simple, yet so brilliant, and I love how you can really tell which hand belongs to each character.

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!

The Lunar Revolution Has Begun

Posted on: 26th Jun 2015  /   Categorized: Marketing & Promotion


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!)



Contest: Design a Lunar Chronicles Bookmark

Posted on: 12th Jun 2015  /   Categorized: Giveaways

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.






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 or (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!



– 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

– 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.


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!

Announcing STARS ABOVE: A Lunar Chronicles Collection

Posted on: 9th Jun 2015  /   Categorized: Heartless

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 . . .





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Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection

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!

Join Me in a Game of YA Truth or Dare!

Posted on: 13th May 2015  /   Categorized: Events


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.




On stage.


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.




Querying and Agents: A Little Bit of Guidance

Posted on: 8th Apr 2015  /   Categorized: Publishing

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!


The Question:

“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.”


My response:

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 – 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!

Good luck!


Posted on: 12th Mar 2015  /   Categorized:

It’s here!! The cover art for Winter was just revealed on USA Today, and I am OVER THE MOON to be able to share it with you all, finally!




I talk a little bit about my thoughts on the cover in the article, but I’ll say it here too: I love it! Between the glimpse of Winter’s hand and the iconic Snow White apple (which so cleverly matches Cinder’s glass shoe!), it seems like the perfect bookend to four beautiful covers.


I hope you guys love it as much as I do!


Oh, also, the reveal on USA Today just happens to include . . .


AN EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT FROM WINTER. (One that includes Scarlet, and I know how concerned you all are for our dear Scarlet…)


Now: Go! Gaze! Squeal!




“But what order do I read them in?!”

Posted on: 2nd Mar 2015  /   Categorized: Cinder

Hello everyone! I am back from my Fairest book tour and month-long maternity leave and anxiously waiting for the Winter copyedits to land in my inbox. (Which should be happening any minute.)


I wanted to take a second, though, and give a huge thanks to everyone who has sent me their kind and encouraging (and sometimes shocked and devastated!) words about Fairest. I really love having Levana’s story out in the world, and hearing how many of you have enjoyed getting a glimpse into her dark and twisted past has meant so much to me. Next up: WINTER!! *dances*


So with Fairest coming out prior to Winter, I’ve been getting lots of uncertain emails from both long-time fans and new readers to the series:


If Fairest is a prequel to the other books, what order should they all be read in? And when should I read the companion short stories?


The answer is both simple and complicated.


I personally think the books and stories should be read in the same order that they’ve been published, which is also the same order that I wrote them in. However, I recognize that this opinion is biased, because it’s impossible for me to imagine the takeaway from any one book or story without having the knowledge you gain in all the previous installments. That’s how the stories came to me, so that’s how it seems they should be read.


I also worry that skipping ahead in the series could ruin certain reveals in the books. But then, maybe reading things in this order ruin what otherwise would have been great reveals if you didn’t already know them? I don’t know. It’s difficult for me to wrap my mind around reading them in a different order and how that would impact the reading experience. See? Complicated.



My Suggested Reading Order, as Written and Published:


Cinder (Book #1)


Scarlet (Book #2)

The Queen’s Army*

The Little Android* <~ Note: As this short story is not directly related to the events in the books, it doesn’t really matter when you read it.

Cress (Book #3)

Carswell’s  Guide to Being Lucky**

Fairest (Book #0.5)

The Princess and the Guard***

Winter (Book #4)



*Glitches, The Queen’s Army, and The Little Android can be read for free at


** Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky will be sent as a free bonus short story when you subscribe to my newsletter at


*** The Princess and the Guard is a short story that will be released this summer.



THAT SAID, I have heard from plenty readers who started with Scarlet or Cress, and they’ve told me that they had no trouble following the events of the book, and many of them even went back and read from the beginning afterward. I have tried to write each book so that it could potentially be read on its own. (If you don’t mind cliffhangers, ha!)


I also understand many readers are choosing to wait to read Fairest until after Winter, because they don’t want to feel undue sympathy for Levana. I’m honestly not sure this is worth being concerned about (she’s really just not that sympathetic…) but I understand, and I think this will be fine. Though I also think you’ll enjoy Winter more knowing Levana’s backstory. But it’s totally up to you.


And then there are readers who are determined to read things chronologically. While again, this wouldn’t be my first choice, I don’t think it will ruin anything for you. You’ll just get certain reveals in the wrong order. Er, at least, a different order than how I’d planned them.


In other words—it’s totally up to you!


To read the story chronologically, go in this order:


Fairest (Book #0.5)

The Queen’s Army


The Princess and the Guard

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky

The Little Android

Cinder (Book #1)

Scarlet (Book #2)

Cress (Book #3)

Winter (Book #4)


I hope that answers all your questions and doesn’t just confuse you more!



Have you read the books and stories out of the order I suggested above? Did you feel that they were easy to follow and didn’t harm your understanding of the story? Let us know in the comments!



On a side note, I’m going to be sporadically in and out of this blog for the next couple of months, as I work on finalizing Winter and Heartless, among other projects, but I will be sure to let you know whenever exciting new stuff is happening!

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