Monday, December 13, 2010

Hi. How Are You? I'm fine.

Do you remember starting letters like that? I do.
Hi. How are you? I'm fine. 
Then I'd totally blank out on what to say next. Which is how I feel about writing a blog right now. I'm just here to generally update you that I am alive and well.

Last weekend, I lived through being interviewed by zombies for a cool TV show called Zombie Etiquette.
I wore a sweater that make me look pudgy, but I think I'll live. I eventually changed into a t-shirt because those lights are hot! And here's me talking Indiebound to the undead.

"But dude, even the undead can shop indie."
I also have some very cool Darth Vader boots on, but you can't see those so you'll have to take my word for it. If you're wondering how I outsmarted the zombies, I did it with yo-yos. Pagoda yo-yos.

ZOMG Zombies.
The show was so much fun, I will be back. Maybe as a zombie. Maybe as an innocent victim. (p.s. Dear Route 1 in NJ, I dislike you roughly.)

The next day, I headed up to New Hope, PA where I signed books at one of my favorite indie bookstores, Farley's Bookshop.  I've been taking a series of pictures from behind the signing table/behind the podium, and I really love this one from Farley's.

Signing at Farley's Dec 4th, 2010
Many thanks to all the cool people who dropped by to see me! Tim and Carley and Jamie and Carrie and also to Nicole, my new fan who took a chance on buying VERA DIETZ that day and who has since written to say she loved it! Woot! Thank you all at Farley's for a great event, as always, and for putting up that awesome sign outside! You guys ROCK.

Then yesterday, I went to another favorite indie bookstore of mine, Chester County Book and Music Company. This is a dangerous place because it is too wonderful for words. And ENORMOUS. Also, their art section is so good I actually have to cover my eyes when I walk past it. (Ask Josh Berk. I do cover my eyes.) (Here's Josh Berk. Doesn't he look like someone you could trust?)

The Awesome Josh Berk. Or J-Wo, as I like to call him.
Josh Berk (The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin--READ THIS BOOK!) and I were there to do our Dorks Rock! Writing for Young Adults workshop and we were met with all sorts of awesome bookseller love.

Sweet table

Snazzy photograph of our reflections
This brings me to: Dear booksellers,
Bookseller love is the nicest thing ever and authors really appreciate it. One sign is cool. Two is awesome. A table display is fantastic. Window space? Uh. Wow. So, Joanne & Co at CCBMC, THANK YOU for everything you did for me and Josh. That was wonderful. And those who came out on that yucky rainy day, thank you so much!

Bullet-pointed list of stuff that proves I'm alive:
  • I am hard at work finishing the copy edits for EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS. 
  • I might  have seen some close-to-final cover art on that and let's just say I have now won the cover lottery three times. 
  • I also have German cover art for VERA to show you once I get the nod from Germany. (Release there is Feb 2011.)
  • I have started the next two YA books and you're going to dig them. 
  • I have a super secret project too, which we will never speak of again. This sentence will self-destruct in ten seconds.
  • VERA got a KILLER AWESOME review in the Cleveland Plain Dealer this weekend which was pure awesome. Here's a link.
  • The weekend before, VERA could also be found in The Buffalo News. Linkage here.
  • And a huge, ginormous thank you to all bloggers, librarians, teachers and readers who are spreading the word. It's been an amazing ride and it's so sweet to see Vera doing so well! (Especially without the in-store support of chains.)
  • Oh! And I saw one of the new printings this weekend! Different back cover with three of those starred reviews, thank you very much...
My last in-person event for 2010 is this Saturday 12/18 at Doylestown Bookshop from 4-6pm, so if you live nearby and have anyone in your life over the age of 14 who likes to read, come in and I'll sign a book for them and it will be the best present ever!

Hey. That was pretty good for a blog that started Hi. How are you? I'm fine.


Jenny Torres Sanchez said...

I'd say a kick ass post. WIsh you were coming to a bookstore in Florida. I really, really, really (wow, I'm original) LOVE Please Ignore Vera Dietz. Recommended it to my teacher friends and media specialist b/c I think it's a super important read. Am going to blog about my love for it soon:) Thanks for the ride with Vera and Charlie. Yea, basically, you rock!

A.S. King said...

I would very much like to be in Florida right now, Jenny. It is like 15 degrees up here and I miss swimming.

More importantly, thank you for spreading the word about your real real real love for VERA DIETZ. I also think it's an important read, but you know, my view could be biased. Please do blog about it!

And thank you for ordering it at B&N. You know, even with four starred reviews, the Kirkus Best of 2010 thing and the Junior Library Guild, they still won't put it on their shelves? (Nor will Borders, I believe.) Not for any other reason but: We are selling these other books, ma'am. (Well that and probably the publisher support the other books get, but let's not get into the business talk this early in the morning...)

ANYWAY. Thank you. Thank you for reading and for spreading the word. You ROCK!

Jenny Torres Sanchez said...

-This is me when I read your comment:
Oh, cool! She commented on my comment. Yay! (happy)
-This is me when I read about the reason this book isn't on shelves:
-This is me making a phone call:
Hi, can I get 10 more copies of Please Ignore Vera Dietz by Awesome A.S. King (I took the liberty to change your first name to Awesome. Hope you don't mind.)
-Guess what local high school English teachers are getting for Christmas. That's right. Because this book should be accessible to teens.

A.S. King said...

I am changing YOUR name to Awesome.
Thank you!

And yes, it is rather sad, isn't it? I mean, I love books of all shapes and sizes, but those chains are limiting what people read in a big way. I do hope they change their minds one day when it comes to VERA.
And you'd be shocked at how many great books this happens to.

Anyway--thank you! Here's me using ZOMG in a sentence: ZOMG you are too awesome.