Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Benefit of the Doubt

I remember when I was at the very beginning stages of trying to get published, I went to a conference. And at that conference I had a chance to meet an author I really admired. I was a nervous wreck to go meet them, and almost wimped out. But I worked up the courage to say hello and...

The author was rude.

Not horrible or anything. Just not very friendly--in a noticeable enough way that even the people with me agreed.

I walked away surprised and disappointed, and from then on assumed that this author just wasn't a very nice person. I still loved their books. And I certainly didn't share this story with others. But I also formed my opinion of them.

Fast forward to an event where I had to see this author again.

I'll admit, given my past experience, I had certain expectations for how the meeting would go. And this time....

The author wasn't rude at all. In fact, they were one of the nicest authors I've met. Which left me baffled.

Was it split personalities?

Some sort of strange body-snatching scenario?

Or was it option number three--the much more logical option, and the option I *should've* considered all along: maybe they WEREN'T rude.

Maybe the whole thing was a misunderstanding.

Looking back on my first meeting with the author, I can see how poor my timing was. We were at a conference and they were probably on their first break of the day, desperate to get something to eat/drink (or to find a bathroom), and I was delaying them. Or maybe they were exhausted from having been "on" all day and just didn't have the kind of energy I'd been hoping for. Or maybe they're uncomfortable in social situations.

There were a million, much-more-probable explanations for the author's behavior that would've given them the benefit of the doubt. But I assumed the worst.

So really, if anyone was the rude one, it was me.

I've been thinking a lot about this lately--mainly because I've discovered that one of the hardest parts of this job (for me, at least) is being thrown into all kinds of crazy social situations. There's really no instruction manual for how to act at any of the events authors have to do, and every time I do one I'm very aware of how easy it would be to say/do the wrong thing and leave someone with a bad impression. And the worst part is, if I do, I'll probably never know.

So I just want to put a big THANK YOU out into the universe, to anyone who's ever met me (and not just in the writing world). Thank you for your patience. For giving me the benefit of the doubt. And for sharing a small part of your time with me. I'm sorry if I've ever made you feel like I don't appreciate that. I really, really do.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Pretty in pink!

A few of you have already noticed this, since I am horribly remiss on keeping you guys updated. (sorry!) But yes, if you've seen this cover on amazon and goodreads, it IS a real cover:

This is actually the shiny new color scheme for the paperbacks of LET THE SKY FALL--isn't it PRETTY??????

I thought I could never love anything more than the hardcover color scheme, but I gotta admit, I love this just as much. Maybe even more.

But if you prefer the other color scheme, have no fear. It will still be available on the hardcovers. They're only changing it up for the paperbacks to make sure they don't print too "brown."

And if you're like me and now dying to get your hands on the pretty pink/purple version, you can pre-order them HERE. They'll release into the wild on December 3, 2013.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

LET THE STORMS BREAK Cover--and top 3 questions answered!

In case you missed the post over at MTV's Hollywood Crush, the cover for LET THE STORMS BREAK (aka: LTSF #2) has now been revealed!!!

ISN'T IT PRETTY?????????

They also released a short tease about the story (which does contain a *slight* LTSF spoiler, so if you haven't read book 1, be careful!):
Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he's told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.
I know that's not much of a tease--but the book doesn't come out until 3/4/14 so we can't give TOO much away yet. In the meantime, if you would like to make me very happy, you can add it to your Goodreads shelf HERE.

And I have gotten quite a lot of questions about the cover, so I thought I'd go ahead and tackle the top three of them today:
1. Is this cover based on a scene in the book (like LET THE SKY FALL's cover)? 
YES! Though just like the cover of LTSF, there were a couple of creative liberties taken with the scene--but nothing important.  

2. Audra's red dress! How? Why? When?
Well, I can't really answer this without giving away spoilers, but I promise, this isn't a case of "a pretty dress for the sake of having a pretty dress on the cover." Audra really does wear that dress at some point in the book, for very specific reasons--and those of you who know her, know that she's uncomfortable for every second of it. Vane, on the other hand, is quite a fan. ;) 
3.  HOW CAN I GET AN ARC???????????
Not *really* a cover related question--but I still adore you all for your enthusiasm. :) Honestly, I am so honored that you guys are excited to read LTSB and I can't wait for you to be able to. But at the moment, *I* don't even have ARCs. I hear it's up on Edelweiss, and that a few people have been approved, but that's one of those things I have nothing to do with and no knowledge of how it works. And I have gone ahead and added an ARC request form to this blog (you can access it HERE) but again, I won't be the one deciding who gets them. That's up to S&S. I *can* promise that I'll do a giveaway at some point. Just not yet, since, yanno, I don't even have them. :)

Thank you guys again for all your excitement about LET THE STORMS BREAK!!!! 

*smooshy hug*

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Where's Shannon: The San Francisco Edition!

Yes--that's right. I'm traveling again! (frequent flyer miles here I come!)

It's a quick hop this time, just up to San Francisco for the weekend. And while I'm there I have two awesome events (and that's not me, bragging. When you see who I'm signing with you'll be like "duuuuuuuuuuuuude--that's AWESOME!" It's going to be impossible not to fangirl the whole time!)

Here's all the deets:

Dive into a YA Summer!
Thursday, June 6th 7pm
Kepler's Books and Magazines
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 324-4321

Join me, Debra Driza, SJ Kincaid, Stephanie Kuehn, and Kirsten Hubbard for a whole bunch of ramblings and craziness--plus candy. And hey--books. We'll sign books! Stephanie will even have EARLY copies of her book on sale. How can you pass that up? More event info is HERE.

Super Summer Sampler YA Pizza Party
Friday, June 7th, 7pm
Copperfields Books Petaluma
140 Kentucky Street
Petaluma, CA
707 762-0563

Celebrate the start of summer with me, Marissa Meyer, Suzanne Winnacker, Debra Driza, Daisy Whitney, SJ Kincaid and Melissa Buell. Plus pizza!!!! For more event details, go HERE.

If you live in Northern California, I hope to see you there!!!