These semi-regular “A Day in the Life” posts are my attempt to answer the frequently asked question: “What does a typical writing day look like?”
At least with a better answer than: “I have no typical writing day.”
7:00: Wake up, have some coffee, eat breakfast. I spend some time checking my inbox, seeing what happened on Twitter while I was asleep, and reading a few blogs.
8:00: Write and post to my blog. Today’s topic: Book swag!
9:00: Brush my teeth and head off to the gym. I’ve been trying to take advantage of their free fitness classes and today is “Body Works plus Abs,” and hoooooooly cow, I’m going to be sore tomorrow.
11:00: Shower & get dressed. While I’m in the shower I get a few great ideas for this keynote speech I’m giving at a Teen Librarian Summit in October. Seriously, what IS it about showers that knocks so many ideas loose?
11:30: I spend about an hour writing down my keynote speech ideas, brainstorming new ones, and making a preliminary outline for the speech and powerpoint presentation. I also make a list of topics I want to research for it next week.
12:30: Lunch time! Today we’re having gourmet grilled tuna sandwiches, made by my at-home personal chef. (Okay, not really, but one can pretend.)
1:00: After lunch, my husband and I walk down to the mailbox and discover that I’ve received my first advance check for the book that will follow the Lunar Chronicles (the Secret Nano Project 2012 that I’m sadly still not allowed to talk about). Nevertheless—celebration! I put a bottle of champagne in the fridge.
1:15: Time to tackle the shipping pile that’s been stacking up. Package, print postage, and send off: 3 swag packs, 2 ARCs, 1 book for a charity auction, and 1 subrights contract heading back to my agent.
2:30: I read through the first chapter of the newest manuscript one of my critique partners is working on. It’s phenomenal. Can’t wait to read the whole thing!
3:15: All right. I should probably get some writing done. Open Scrivener. Stare at the screen.
3:45: Jesse comes into my office to ask how the writing is going. I laugh, somewhat hysterically. Proceed to stare at the screen some more.
4:00: Okay, really, let’s get some writing done.
5:15: Oh thank heavens, I’ve finished a chapter! I’m still feeling a little rusty from my vacation month in August, but I’m happy with the word count. I even write a couple sentences on the next chapter so I’ll be able to jump right in tomorrow. You know, in theory.
Words written: 1,362. I give myself a gold star.
The rest of the evening is spent enjoying our celebratory champagne, making dinner, and getting caught up on this season of Project Runway. (I’m rooting for Dom. Go, Dom, go!)
Hey there, Twitter Birds, I’m going to be the “special guest” in tonight’s Twitter Chat to kick off this month’s Fierce Reads tour! Join me, along with fabulous authors Leila Sales, Alexandra Coutts, and S.A. Bodeen, get your questions answered, and possibly win some swag!
TONIGHT at 7 pm EST / 4 pm PST. Follow hashtag #FierceReads.
And if you live near one of our tour stops, I hope you’ll come see all four of us on the September leg of the Fierce Reads Tour!
Tuesday, September 24 at 7pm EST:
Children’s Book World
17 Haverford Station Road
Haverford, PA 19041
Wednesday, September 25 at 7pm EST:
82 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
Thursday, September 26 at 7pm EST:
Barnes & Noble in Paramus, NJ (Store #2597)
765 Route 17 South
Paramus, NJ 07652
Friday, September 27 at 7pm EST:
Books & Co at The Greene
4453 Walnut Street
Dayton, OH 45440
Saturday, September 28:
Austin Teen Book Fest
The Austin Convention Center
500 E. Caesar Chavez St.
Austin, TX 78701
Sunday, September 29 at 4pm PST:
A Great Good Place for Books
6120 La Salle Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611
Monday, September 30 at 7pm MST:
Changing Hands 6428 S. McClintock Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283
Tuesday, October 1 at 7pm PST:
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
As I take a little break in between contests and giveaways, I’ve been starting to think about one of my favorite aspects of promoting a new book:
In the past, my publisher and I have done: bookmarks, stickers, temporary tattoos, pins, fortune cookies, sweatshirts, lip gloss, mirrors, magnets, postcards, bracelets, scarves, and book plates.
(Good heavens, when I list it all out like that, I’m kind of impressed!)
And now that the CRESS cover has been revealed, it’s time to order up some fun goodies for future events and giveaways.
My publisher will be joining in the swag fun again, too! For Cinder they made up small mirrors, for Scarlet there was watermelon lipgloss and these awesome red sweatshirts, and I think they’re thinking of doing combs or hair accessories for Cress? So fun and girly!
As for me, I’ll definitely be doing bookmarks and pins again, because those are always popular. Though I think I’ll be broadening some of the pins’ saying. (Someone has suggested “Kai is my Prince Charming,” “Thorne is my Captain,” and “Wolf is my Alpha” pins, which I’m rather fond of!)
I’m going to try to mix in some more guy-appropriate sayings as well. Boys, if you have suggestions, let me know!
As for book-specific goodies, for Cinder my Mom made nuts-and-bolts bracelets, plus I had special fortune cookies made, which were so much fun . . . until they went stale, lol.
I did temporary tattoos for Scarlet, including LSOP tattoos.
As for Cress, I thought maybe Lunar Chronicles-themed postcards, like those fun retro ones. “Welcome to New Beijing!” “With love from Luna!” etc.
On that note, I could also doing wedding invitation postcards….. *cough cough*
Or maybe bumper stickers? “My other vehicle is a Rampion” perhaps?
I’m not sure how feasible it would be money-wise, but I also thought “portscreen” iPod skins would be fun, since Cress is the musical one of the group. But everyone has different iPods these days, so maybe iPhone or iPad skins instead? Hmmmm.
- satellite keychains
- Commonwealth chopsticks
- Chronicles messenger bags/book bags
- Notepads or sticky notes
And that’s all I’ve come up with so far, but I’ll keep brainstorming.
I’m interested in hearing your ideas! Have you been impressed with author swag before? What Lunar Chronicles goodies would you riot for?
The votes are in and tallied and WE HAVE A WINNER for the Lunar Chronicles Pinterest Board Contest!
WE HAVE TWO WINNERS~!
There was a tie for first place, with each board coming in with exactly 213 votes.
Big round of applause to:
Both of your boards are stunning, clever, well-organized, and of exemplary craftsmanship. Bravo, Alyssa and Metamorphose! Each of you will receive a signed ARC of CRESS along with some swag. Because everyone loves swag.
And many, many thanks to everyone who participated and voted.
Didn’t win? Never fear! Another creativity-based contest to win an ARC of CRESS will be announced within the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!
WOW, you guys. Every time I host one of these creativity contests, I feel certain that it can’t possibly be that hard to choose the finalists. And every time I am proven ridiculously incorrect.
There were a total of 186 entries in the Pinterest Board Contest.
After my initial perusal of them, I managed to narrow it down to 53 finalists. 53!
*falls over laughing*
But I did, after much, much contemplation, manage to get that number down to my Top 6. And it was not easy. Oh, how not-easy it was.
BUT! Before I get to the finalists and the voting, I want to first give an enormous round of applause to….
THE HONORABLE MENTIONS
“Cinder Retelling Pinterest Style” by Natalie DePalma: Natalie gives a breakdown of the entire plot of Cinder (note: spoilers!), but makes it entirely her own with some of the quirkiest, most random images to illustrate the plot twists! I LOL’d more than once.
“Dr. Erland’s Portscreen” by Merili Roberts & “Peony’s Portscreen” by Margaret Ann Hazelton: I’m combining these two because they have similar themes – each one pins items you would find on the characters’ portscreens. Not only are the pins themselves true to character, but their descriptions are told from Dr. E’s and Peony’s own perspectives, and their personalities are captured perfectly!
“The Lunar Chronicles: Cress” by Alazia Hurte-Cannon: This board might win for the most original concept out of all 186 entries. Alazia has made a board of the Lunar Chronicles characters… but as if they were all ballerines. Super clever idea, and the pictures are gorgeous!
“Trapped in a Tower” by Erin Kelly: This board compiles everything that Cress would do to pass the time while she’s stuck in her satellite – from origami to crochet to fancy hairstyles. I adore the board both for its accuracy (Cress WOULD do these things!) and also because I want to try half the projects on here!
Well done, all of you!
Now then, on to the finalists!
In order to narrow down the entries, I considered each board on the following factors:
1. Originality of the board concept
2. Effort involved in compiling (or creating) the pins
3. How well organized and curated the board is
4. How well The Lunar Chronicles are represented
5. How well the board takes advantage of pin descriptions
The finalists all received high marks in at least four, if not all five, categories. Please take the time to peruse the boards yourself, and – down below – vote for the board you think deserves to be the grand prize winner!
“Cress” by Alyssa Hollingsworth
“If I were trying to brainstorm for CRESS, these are the pictures I’d use as inspiration (organized into character, setting, and other categories for your convenience).”
“Epidemics and Outbreaks” by Sarah Smith
“Based on the letumosis plague (a.k.a. Blue Fever) found in the Lunar Chronicles, this board shows a history of Earth’s diseases and plagues in years past.”
“LC by Me” by Abbi Whozit
“This board is made of things inspired by the books and made by me, hence the badly-rhyming name.”
“The Lunar Chronicles (Cress Contest)” by Cathryn Martyn-Dow Jensen
“My theme is LC-related typography. I love graphic design, and you’d be amazed what you can do with some radical fonts and maybe a cool picture or ten.”
“New Fashionistas of 126 T.E. High Fashion Heroines of the Lunar Chronicles” by Christina
“This is Fashion Chronicles NetBlog of High Fashion for our New Beijing Subscribers of all that is La Mode. Straight to Your Netscreens!! August 126 T.E. Topic: The Styles and Flair of the Young Women who have inspired a new generation of Fairy Tale Dreams.”
“Tour through the World of the Lunar Chronicles” by Metamorphose
“Welcome to the wondrous world of the Lunar Chronicles. My name is Iko, and I’ll be your virtual tour guide for the next *bzzzt* 37 minutes. Let’s get started!”
NOTE: Please do click through and read the board and pin descriptions before voting, as you can really only get a feel for the effort that went into the boards by viewing them in their entirety. Thank you!
Please vote for ONE finalist. You may only vote once.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday. The entrant with the most votes will win a signed ARC of CRESS.
Voting for this contest has ended. Congrats to the winners!
Now that the Cress cover art has been revealed…
I’m taking a blogging hiatus!
I’ll be spending the next few weeks reading lots of books, watching lots of movies, finishing up some projects around the house, and taking a highly anticipated vacation.
I’ll be back in early September to announce the Pinterest contest finalists. Until then, happy pinning, everyone!
Since yesterday, I’ve learned that Pinterest will only tell me that I’ve been tagged in a pin if I already follow the person who tagged me. Which isn’t going to work.
To submit your Pinterest board entry, please send the board’s link/URL to me using the contact form on my web site: http://www.marissameyer.com/connect.
Sorry for the confusion, and good luck!
GO HERE GO HERE GO HERE! to see the exclusive cover art reveal from USAToday.com!
Plus a brand new teaser excerpt!
And an interview with yours truly!
I am SO ENAMORED with this cover, and I hope you all love it too. Please comment on the USAToday.com article and let me know what you think!
The rumor is that it will also be in this weekend’s print issue of USAToday, if you’re wanting a special keepsake. *squee!*
And here is a new chance for you to win an advance copy!
The Lunar Chronicles Pinterest Contest
Are you on Pinterest, or have you been looking for a reason to sign up? Well here it is!
Create a Lunar Chronicles-inspired Pinterest Board for your chance to win a signed advance copy of CRESS.
How to Enter
1. Create a board on Pinterest with a theme that in some way relates to the Lunar Chronicles. Do you want to make a New Beijing recipe board? An awesome cyborg technology board? A moon-themed fashion board? Be creative! Anything goes!
2. In the description of the board, explain how the board’s theme relates to the Lunar Chronicles.
3. Pin away!
- There must be at least 10 pins in order to be qualified for the contest.
- ONE of those pins must be the CRESS cover, which you can re-pin directly from here. (That said, the cover does not have to otherwise relate to your board’s theme.)
4. Follow me at http://pinterest.com/marissameyer22/ and then tag me in ONE pin on your board. This is how I will know to enter your board in the contest finalists. Please do not tag me more than once or invite me to pin to the board.
4. Due to silly Pinterest rules, I am changing the method for submitting your board. Instead, please send the link/URL of your board through the contact form on my web site: http://www.marissameyer.com/connect.
And that’s it!
- All entries must be received by midnight PST, August 31, 2013.
- I will collect all entries on my Pinterest page so that fans can view and enjoy.
- I will post the finalists of my choice, with links, here on the blog in early September. Finalists will be chosen based on originality and creativity. Readers will vote to determine the final winners.
- TWO winners will each receive a signed ARC of CRESS: Book Three of the Lunar Chronicles.
- Open internationally!