Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cover Love: Shadow and Bone

So, this appeared on The Interwebz this week:



And I think it's fantastic! (Also, HOLY CRAP, my blurb is on it!) The book doesn't come out until June, so I won't say much about it yet except that I. LOVED. IT. And the cover definitely suits it. And is also different than most covers I've seen. Also, this is what it's about:

 Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near-impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one unlikely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. 

But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life– a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. 

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha… and the secrets of her heart.

Out June 5. More later.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Letter to Early Readers of Book 2

Before I get into it:

THE DIVERGENT PAPERBACK IS OUT TODAY! Note: Some of you may have already found it (which happens-- sometimes bookstores put books out early.) and some of you living in other countries may have a paperback already, though it is the International English edition, not the same as the paperback I'm talking about. But all those things are YAY as far as I'm concerned.

Okay. Let's get into it.

Dear Early Readers of Insurgent,

First of all: AHH! THEY DO EXIST! *flails around wildly*

Ahem. *composes self*

If you currently have an ARC of Insurgent, or will receive one in the future, it's because you work at the HC, or are a bookseller, media person, teacher, librarian, blogger, baker, or candlestick maker. (Those last two things are not true. I just said them to be funny.) I think all of those things are really cool things to be, and I'm happy you get to read the book early!

There is obviously some (read: lots of) sensitive information in those ARCs about the story and the characters and what happens, and even some things that you might not think are spoilery actually are for some people. That's why I've been so vague about everything when I talk about it.

My request to you, on behalf of those readers who do not get to read early (and that is 99% of them), is to either be careful of spoilers when you talk about the book in a public place, or to dutifully mark spoilers so that people know to avoid them. Most of you do this already, and I appreciate it. But: just a reminder.

As always, thank you for reading.

Please enjoy this video about owls.

 


Love, Veronica.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Divergent Paperback Out Tomorrow!

Guess what? The Divergent paperback comes out tomorrow! And I made a video about it:



If you can't watch the video for some reason, what I basically said is:

A. I'm excited!
B. There are two editions: the regular one (identifiable by its orange Goodreads sticker, woohoo!) and the Barnes and Noble exclusive edition (identifiable by its gold sticker).
C. Both editions contain a bunch of cool stuff, including but not limited to a Q&A with me, my Divergent playlist, some quotes that inspired Divergent, a discussion guide, the faction manifestos (which you can also find on the Divergent facebook page), and an excerpt of Insurgent. This excerpt is a little bit longer than the one that was on EW.com a few days ago.
D. The B&N exclusive edition also contains, in addition to those things, an excerpt from the faction history textbook that Tris mentions a few times in the story. It was really fun to write!
E. So, whether you want to just go to a bookstore and have a peek, or recommend it to a friend, or even nab one for yourself, it is out tomorrow! Yay!
F. Did I mention I'm excited?

Have a good day, everyone.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Insurgent Excerpt, And Other Things

An excerpt from chapter 2 of Insurgent is ONLINE at EntertainmentWeekly.com! If you are not in the "wait for the whole thing" school of thought (which I get), go ahead and check it out. I am both freaked out (because "AHH! I hope they like it!") and really excited (because "AHH! Not long now!"), so I hope you are the latter, not the former, after you read.

In other news, if you want a fun Divergent-related way to spend your time, the lovely people over at HarperCollins UK have an app for that. (See what I did there?)

If you have a question about the books or me or marshmallows or something, the best place to ask it is here. I sometimes see questions pop up in the comments on old blog posts, and the problem is that I often lose track of which post they belong to because they're so far back, so you likely won't get an answer that way. But I do answer things on tumblr more regularly, and if you ask me to keep it private, I will. Speaking of which, I have to get to work on those tumblr questions...

I'm going to be talking more about the Divergent paperback this week (it's out next week!), but right now I'm just saying: it's out on February 28th, so if you've been pestering your friends/family/coworkers/whoever about reading and they say "eh, I'll wait until it's out in paperback", they are officially out of excuses on Tuesday.

I think that's all my news. The end.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

ARCs: An Explanation for Those Not "In The Know"

Every time I mention ARCs, someone reminds me that not everyone lives in this tiny publishing world in which such acronyms are familiar to us. So, for those of you who do not know what an ARC is, I will tell you!

The What

ARC stands for "advance reader copy." It is an uncorrected proof of the text, usually made just after copyediting or line editing but before pass pages. What that means is that the ARC is not the finished version of the book-- it may have punctuation or grammar errors, or whole sentences might be left out, or rarely, certain sections might even be different. For example, somehow a paragraph got lost in the Divergent ARCs, just from feeding the manuscript into a PDF. It happens.

Speaking as an author, I would prefer that readers read the final version of the book for that reason. Details may be small things, but they affect the impression a text makes on you, and I like people to get the best impression possible before they make their assessments.

The Why

Publishers make and send out ARCs to do a few things:

1. Get the book in the hands of reviewers and book bloggers for publicity purposes (to "build buzz," or to make sure readers know about a book before it's on the shelves).
2. Help booksellers figure out if they want to stock the book/how much of it they want to stock.
3. Help teachers and librarians figure out if they want to teach the book/order it/tell their students about it early.
4. Torture you, the reader. (Okay, that's not true, but when I'm excited for a book that's how it feels!)

The Other Stuff

-ARCs are produced at cost to the publisher, which means that they are not sold for profit. When they are sold by those who receive them, whether on the Internet or in real life, that money does not go to the publisher or to the author, it goes straight to the person who got the ARC for free. That's why it's unethical to sell or buy ARCs. It happens, but it sort of sucks.

-However, when people give ARCs away on blogs or websites or whatever, that's a little more like passing a book along to a friend, and I like that. Spreading the word is good! Go ahead and pass the ARCs!

-Because of what an ARC is for (publicity, mostly), publishers don't usually send ARCs out to casual readers. Compared to the actual first printing of a book, not many ARCs are made, and they have to be used strategically.

-That said, how many ARCs are made available depends on the book and the publisher's marketing plan for that book.

-Sometimes ARCs have different covers than the final version of a book. This often happens because a publisher just isn't done designing a book's cover when the time for ARCs comes, or because they use one cover and then decide against it later. This can be pretty cool to see, if you're into book covers, which I am.

-ARCs are super nifty for authors because they get to see and hold their book months before it appears on shelves.

I think that's about it! There you have it: ARCs.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

ARC Hunt

Now that I am back from The Travels (which were amazing, by the way, but more on that later), I am staying at my parents' house as the apartment search commences again. And one of the best parts about my parents' house is that it is ideal for ARC hunting.

Yes, ARCs often come here during the winter to seek warmth and refuge from grabbyhands and grabbyeyes seeking to read them, in order to regain their strength. Normally I try to respect their privacy, but this time, I just couldn't help myself.

I had heard of an endangered ARC species living in this magical ARC grazing land, and I had to see it for myself. Luckily I was able to document the hunt:


SPOTTED! IN THE WILD!

One must sneak up very quietly so as not to alarm the ARC. And then, when the time is right...
 ONE MUST SNATCH WITH CATLIKE QUICKNESS!

Though I did not intend to consume the ARC (it is an endangered species, after all), I had to have a taste. Tastes like...WORDS.

PAUSE. 

Before we go any further...

QUESTIONS, ANSWERED:

1. ZOMGARCSOFINSURGENT! Can I have one?

As I said, Insurgent ARCs are an endangered species, meaning that not many were printed. You may see people talking about them right now, but 90% of those people are the very same ones who worked so hard to get the book finished/support it in some way at the publisher, so they get the ARCs a bit early. I myself only have 3. Two are with family, and one is my copy (depicted above), so I unfortunately can't spare them.

2. But I really want one!

I am so glad. Seriously. And there will probably be a giveaway or two as we approach the pub date, and I promise I will tell you, on Twitter and on this blog, when they happen and how you can enter.

3. If I e-mail/tweet/tumbl(?)/send a smoke signal directly to you, does that improve my chances?

No. I swear, quantities are as low as I said.

4. I'm a book blogger and I requested one. What about me?

Oh hi there, book bloggers. You're looking lovely today. Unfortunately, not every blogger who requested an ARC will get one, but those who do get one, it will appear in your hands by magic in several weeks in a cloud of glitter (okay, some of that isn't true...). Sorry for the wait! If it was up to me, you would all have them RIGHT NOW because the anticipation is killllllling me!
Now that we've gotten that out of the way...

I've seen my words become a book before, but that doesn't make it any less cool this time around. There's something about just holding it in my hands that is...I don't know, indescribable. The tagline! The tree! The first words! The title page! It's amazing. 

By and large, this book was much harder to write than the first one, because in a second book everything gets more complicated and more difficult to handle, but I am so happy with where it ended up, and I can't wait for you to read it.

NOT LONG NOW.

Author out.

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