Friday, July 13, 2012

Blurbs! Blurbs! Blurbs!

Self portrait in an airplane dashboard.
It's a really humbling thing to get a letter from your editor entitled: Praise for [YOUR NEW BOOK].

That's not what they say of course. They use the real title of the book. In this case, the letter was called "Praise for ASK THE PASSENGERS." I didn't know who they were approaching and I like to keep it that way because not all readers are going to like a book, you know? And blurbs can be tricky things.

And so, a huge thank you to these amazing authors who wrote such beautiful endorsements for October's ASK THE PASSENGERS. I have listed these in no particular order. :) (And proper thank yous are on their way in the coming week.)

“So special and perfect and true and right. This book is made of stardust and guts; I'll hold it in my heart forever.”­­­Lauren Myracle, author of Shine

“A warm, thoughtful, and thought-provoking novel about the paradoxes of love, sexual identity, and the magic of connectedness.”Malinda Lo, author of Adaptation and Huntress

A beautiful, heartfelt, and honest story that sends love up from every page.John Corey Whaley, Printz Award author of Where Things Come Back

“I'm sending love to Astrid Jones, for being one of the most reachable, realistic characters that I have ever dared to adore. And I'm sending love to A.S. King, whose positively brilliant writing style never ceases to amaze me. Ask the Passengers made me smile, cringe, laugh, and believe in the absolute power of the human spirit. Amazing. Simply amazing.”Heather Brewer, New York Times bestselling author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod

 In Ask the Passengers, A.S. King exquisitely creates a tender, multilayered portrayal of the takeoffs, nose-dives, and loop-the-loops of sexuality, friendship, family, and love.Alex Sanchez, author of Rainbow Boys and Boyfriends with Girlfriends

 In Astrid Jones, A.S. King has created a memorable, thoughtful, funny, questioning protagonist whose search for answers reminds us how important it is to ask the questions in the first place.Sara Ryan, author of Empress of the World

“A.S. King is one of the most engaging and innovative writers in the field. Ask the Passengers is a wonderful novel about tolerance and the limitations of definition; it should be required reading in all high schools.”—Matt de la Peña, author of Mexican Whiteboy and Ball Don’t Lie

This is one of those things where I'm way too toe-the-dirt-and-fidget-with-my-hands for this author life. Seriously.


I wrote and article about why I support my local independent bookstores.
And the very kind Writer Unboxed posted it yesterday.



If I post this after 5pm on a Friday then no one will bother to come and read it.
Oh well.

Have a smashing weekend. 


Monica Fumarolo said...

What fantastic blurbs you've gotten there! It makes me that much more excited to get to read this story. And here's sticking it to statistics - they can be such fracking downers sometimes. Happy Friday after 5pm!

Liviania said...

Those are some enthusiastic verbs by fabulous authors.

Unknown said...

I read it! Not everyone is at the beach (although sometimes here in NJ it sure feels like it)! You did the work; now reap the praise.

Janet AlJunaidi said...

Wow! Congratulations and can't wait to read Ask the Passengers.

dp said...

Congratulations on the great blurbs and I love the bookstore post. Changing Hands happens to be *my* neighborhood bookstore, and I could NOT love them more. They really push the community to support all indie business, and the community rallies around them and supports them. I feel like you do - it's sad when I have to tell someone "Why would you order it online, you can drive five minutes to Changing Hands and pick it up?!" but I'll keep doing it until I don't have to anymore.

A.S. King said...

Thanks a lot, guys. I'm very proud of this book and can't wait to see it out in the world.

And dp, you lucky man! I love Changing Hands. They are wonderful. Can't wait to get out to see them again for this book. Might be this fall, but could possibly be this spring. Maybe I'll see you there!

sari said...

Oops. I realized after I hit "send" I was logged as my husband, dp. Sorry. While he is fully a CH supporter, it was me, not him, that was here before. I will happily drag him in to meet you though, the next time you are here!

PS Got a signed copy of Everybody Sees the Ants from CH on my bday this year, which is awesome. :-)

Lori said...

These make me even more excited to read it. If that's possible!

Catherine Stine said...

Sounds awesome, and I will have to read it now!

Kristen Pelfrey said...

I'm positively beaming. BEAMING, I say. I love these blurbs and I am sending big love to all who wrote them and to you for writing every word you have ever written. Yes, even the ones on grocery lists and stuff.

Matthew MacNish said...

Wow. You must be flattered, though, I'm not the least surprised. Surely it's as good as all your other books, which are simply phenomenal.

Sara J. Henry said...

Wait - your publisher HELPS you get blurbs for your book?!? Sounds like an alternate universe ...

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Elizabeth said...

Can't wait to read the book! Gotta say, that you picked the name Astrid for the main character (great name!) is almost as compelling a reason to read as those amazing blurbs.

Joanne R. Fritz said...

I would want to read your book even without all those astonishing and wonderful quotes. And I will be deeply honored to handsell it if we're still around in October.

K. M. Walton said...

I second Joanne's comment.

You deserve every bit of this wonderfulness.

A.S. King said...

Joanne: I only heard today. I am so sad. I hope CCBM is still around in October. If not, our area will have lost an amazing resource...and the best and biggest bookstore I've ever seen.

Thank you Kate!

I think I'll see you both on Saturday! makes sense this way. I never know who they're sending to, so there's no pressure on the potential blurbers to say no. It's really awesome. Little, Brown rocks.

Joanne R. Fritz said...

Yeah, it wasn't general knowledge until Shelf Awareness came out with it on Tuesday. We got the memo last Friday. It sucks; what can I say? West Chester will have lost its only independent bookstore (and one of the largest on the east coast).

But it's also inevitable. I knew last Christmas that we were toast when I read that sales of ebooks exceeded paper books for the first time.

I'm excited to see you Saturday!