I’ve been wanting to try “vlogging” (video blogging) for a while, and a new book is a great excuse. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s my first attempt for the “Apocalypsies Now” YouTube Channel, in which the author introduces himself; pronounces the name of Fair Coin‘s protagonist, Ephraim Scott; and tells you why he publishes fiction under his initials.
I had fun making this, once I got over my stage fright. I’d like to do it more frequently on my own YouTube channel (maybe with a better camera), but if I do, I’ll need more topics to vlog about! So I’m taking questions in the comments: ask me anything about me, my book, or whatever random thing you want to stump me with, and I’ll answer some of them in my second vlog next week.
Thank you to everyone who entered the Goodreads giveaway to win an ARC of Fair Coin! There definitely will be other opportunities to get a copy. In fact, here’s one now…
The Carl Brandon Society, an organization that helps build awareness of race and ethnicity in speculative fiction, is hosting another charity auction to get fans of color to a convention of their choice: Con or Bust. There are some delightful items and services up for auction, including a variety of autographed books and ARCs, jewelry, and critiques. Take a little while to scroll through everything on offer–more is being added every day! Some of particular interest (to me, anyway) include:
Yesterday we unveiled a shiny new Facebook page for Fair Coin! If you have a Facebook account, even if you don’t use it much anymore, it would be wonderful if you would visit it and consider clicking “Like.” It’ll be the best way to stay notified of updates on the book and its sequel, Quantum Coin; get early access to some news and content; and connect to other readers who might like the same young adult fiction you do. If there’s one thing I like as much as reading YA fiction, it’s talking about it with other readers.
What else is in it for you? Well, if you want to put it that way… If you haven’t read the sample from Fair Coin yet, you can grab the first three chapters before the book releases on March 6. But the big benefit is if you Like the page, you can see the book trailer I made, which is pretty good if I do say so myself. OK, I think it’s awesome, actually. But I’m hardly an impartial judge, so you should decide for yourself!
As you can tell from the ongoing giveaway at Goodreads, I recently received some Advance Reading Copies (ARCs) of Fair Coin. These are bound paperbacks that resemble the final book but contain uncorrected text. Typos, even. (I hates them, Preciousss.) What are ARCs for? Essentially, they’re for promoting your new book. My amazing publicist at Pyr has been sending them to book reviewers and bloggers, and the copies I received are earmarked for promotions and for booksellers, librarians, and reviewers I hope will be interested in it.
I wasn’t as emotional as I expected when I opened the package–I pretty much only cry at Pixar movies these days–but it was definitely a Big Deal. I was excited to get an ARC because it’s like a prototype of the book to come, another step that makes it feel like more of a reality. In fact, no sooner did I prepare to post a goofy picture of me posing with an ARC, but the actual, hardcover author copies arrived! A month early!
I know, that’s not my book. I’m glad you noticed.
But see, my idea of what it’s like to unbox the shiny new copies of your first book has basically been informed by Back to the Future. What? I love that movie. My moment was more like this:
Let’s just pretend that Bach is more interested in my book than playing with those Styrofoam peanuts.
When I opened the box and took out the copy on top, I only glanced at it before handing it to my wife. I took another copy from the box and looked it over thoroughly, even lifting the jacket to peek at the bare hardcover beneath it. (She was fine with that, and a little curious herself.)
I didn’t even think about letting my wife see the book first; she was the first person to read and critique that messy early draft of Fair Coin. This was her moment too. I think I said something like, “We did it.” That’s when I realized that opening that box wasn’t just about the achievement of getting a book published, it was about who I can share it with: the family and friends and everyone who helped make it happen. That’s a lot of people. I should have felt proud, but instead I was simply… Grateful.
And I also kept thinking about that scene in the greatest time travel movie ever made, in which a happy ending features a writer surrounded by his family (and Biff), holding his first science fiction novel.
(I look tired, don’t I? I guess “If you put your mind to it, and skip a lot of sleep, you can accomplish almost anything, probably” is a weaker theme for a movie.)
Here’s your first chance to win a copy of my first YA novel, Fair Coin, before it releases next month. The giveaway ends next week, and if the winners want it for a Valentine’s Day gift, I’ll even throw in some sort of express shipping. :) Books make for great romantic gifts!
Just click below for a chance to win one of two ARCs (Uncorrected Advance Reading Copies). And please, tell your friends!