Thursday, February 17, 2011


There's a new deal around here and we're awfully excited about it.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz author and Printz Honor recipient A.S. King's ASK THE PASSENGERS, about a girl who copes with small town gossip and her family's lack of affection by sending her love to passengers in the airplanes flying overhead, to Andrea Spooner at Little, Brown Children's, for publication in Fall 2012, by Michael Bourret at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (World English). 
Celebrate with us! 

Friday, February 11, 2011

That was HARD.

More chainsawing fun.
First: Thank you all for entering and for spreading the word.
Next: Do you know how hard it is for us to judge these contests when you all submit such awesome work?


This contest was tough. All my judges quit. It was down to us because you're all so good that not even my cosmic hamster will help us out anymore. We narrowed it to ten finalists this morning. Then three. Now two.

The winners are:

Melissa with:

Talk to a chainsaw
What might he say, truth or lies?
Nothing but sharpness. 

and Dreanda, with:

Before you know it,
Your chainsaw has sliced right through,
Oh how glorious!

Congratulations! I've sent emails to you both for mailing addresses.

Before I go, I have to send out a KUDOS to Carly at Carly Reads for her awesome entry. Carly, this made me laugh so much! You are completely awesome and I can't wait to see you in May!

Love the tiara
But I hope you also wore
Hearing protection.

(I am, after all, a future audiologist in training.)

And applause to our finalists: Dawn, Jenny (The Mimosa Stimulus), author, neonbooker (refrigerator made me lol), KayleeAyanaHofstetter, Michelle and Hanna.

More soon here on the blog. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement. Until then, I'm in the cave, writing books. 

German friends! Get out next week and see if you can find the German VERA in stores! It's called Please don't hate me: Nichts ist wichtig, wenn man tot ist. Send me pictures!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cover Time!

Here it is. . . the cover for Everybody Sees the Ants! A brief reminder of what it's about: A.S. King's EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, about a teenage boy who, as he struggles to cope with a relentless bully, mysteriously communicates with his long-lost POW grandfather still missing in action in Vietnam.

Chainsaw contest winners before the weekend! Thank you for all your awesome entries. (over 120 of them!)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Chainsaw Haiku Contest

Yes, I am wearing a tiara.

There's a storm coming my way and it's a doozy. Anyone who knows me has heard me say, "I'll take snow over ice any day." And I would. Because I live in the woods, down a really long driveway and when there's an ice storm, trees fall, power goes off and it's creepy as all get out. Last time we had no power for 8 days.

So, considering it's been a while since I had my chainsaw out, it was sure nice to start her up this morning. And I couldn't help but think about how much I love that chainsaw. So I wrote this haiku.
Sawdust is so nice
when it's made by my chainsaw
better than ice cream
Can you write a chainsaw haiku?
Syllable format is 5-7-5. You can enter more than once. Don't forget your email address.

DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 8th, 2011 11:59pm EST
PRIZE: A signed, personalized, Printz-stickered copy of Please Ignore Vera Dietz  
BONUS: If we get more than 60 entries we will pick TWO winners, so spread the word.

Happy writing and good luck!