Monthly Archive for April, 2012

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appreciating educators

I would not be the person and writer I am today if not for the teachers and librarians in my life who encouraged me to read and write, introduced me to classic literature and showed me how to deconstruct it, and taught me all the important nuances of comma placement. So I’m delighted to be one of eight children’s authors participating in an upcoming educator appreciation reception in my area to celebrate B&N’s Spring Educator Appreciation Week (April 14-22):

WHEN: Wednesday, April 18 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Barnes & Noble Exton
301 Main Street
Exton, PA 19341
610-524-0103

There will be discounts, contests, and giveaways, as well as two special presentations:

5:00 p.m. – K.M. Walton: How to Get Your Students to Write Like They Mean It
5:30 p.m. – Beth Kephart: Story Topics That Involve the Whole Class at the Same Time

Followed by a mega signing with eight area authors:

Monica Carnesi – LITTLE DOG LOST (picture book)
Ame Dyckman – BOY + BOT (picture book, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino)
Amy Garvey – COLD KISS (YA)
Beth Kephart – UNDERCOVER, HOUSE OF DANCE, NOTHING BUT GHOSTS, THE HEART IS NOT A SIZE, DANGEROUS NEIGHBORS, YOU ARE MY ONLY (YA)
Elisa Ludwig – PRETTY CROOKED (YA)
E.C. Myers – FAIR COIN (YA)
Dianne K. Salerni – WE HEAR THE DEAD (YA)
K.M. Walton – CRACKED (YA)

So, if you know any teachers, please let them know about this exciting event!

All thanks to fellow Apocalypsie K.M. Walton and Stephanie, the community relations manager at B&N Exton, for putting this whole thing together. I’m looking forward to meeting many other authors and educators!

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a winner is…

Doodle!

Doodle will receive a signed copy of Fair Coin and some rare promotional swag I’ve created for the book.

Thanks to everyone who read my “Best Book Ever” post here and at Short and Sweet Reviews and entered the giveaways. I loved hearing about all of your favorite books, many of which were my favorites too.

I used random.org to select from 54 entries. The second and third place winners were Amy S. and Mandy R. I would like to send both of you a smaller prize pack with promotional swag if you like: bookmarks, postcards, and a collectible Fair Coin coin case. If you’re interested, just e-mail me your address at me [at] ecmyers [dot] net and let me know if you would like me to sign any of them.

I’m planning some other giveaways in the coming months, so stick around and you may win something next time!

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The Lucky 7 Game

It should be no surprise that Lissa Price is good at starting things off*, and she just tagged me in a little game that’s going around.

I can’t remember the last time I did one of these internet memes. It was a long time ago, before Twitter even, when I was blogging almost daily at LiveJournal. I would have passed this one by too, but lately I’ve been thinking about luck, which ties in a bit to my first novel, Fair Coin. Plus, Lissa’s awesome, so how could I resist?

Anyway, here’s what we’re supposed to do:

1. Go to the seventh or 77th page of our WIP (or latest book)
2. Count down 7 lines.
3. Copy the 7 sentences that follow and post them.
4. Tag 7 other authors.

That seems easy enough, and I’m actually curious how this is going to turn out. So from page 7 of my work in progress, a science fiction YA called Who We Used to Be:

I finally fumbled the door open, and someone tripped me as I stepped inside. I didn’t think it was Nick, but I didn’t look back to be sure. I slammed the door behind me, ran up another short flight of stairs with shaking hands and weak knees. I took a corner blindly, not sure where I was going and not really caring.

I was in a long hallway with lockers on either side. I drifted through the crowd as my schoolmates reunited with their friends, chattering about their vacation or their new remembrances. I recognized some faces from middle school, but there wasn’t anyone I wanted to talk to right then.

And the seven other authors I’m tagging:

1. Alaya Dawn Johnson
2. Zoraida Córdova
3. Rajan Khanna
4. Jessica Corra
5. Saladin Ahmed
6. Shveta Thakrar
7. Bradley Beaulieu

Even if you weren’t tagged, feel free to play along in the comments with something you’re working on or whatever you’re currently reading!

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*Because her book is called Starters. Get it? Man, I’m clever.

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all things asian!

I’ve been remiss in mentioning this sooner, but I’m participating in All Things Asian, an online celebration of Asian culture, authors, bloggers, and Asian-influenced literature hosted by That Hapa Chick, iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books, and My Words Ate Me.

These three blogs are running guest posts and interviews now through April 16 with excellent folks like Jay Kristoff, Ellen Oh, Melissa de la Cruz, and Kat Zhang, among others. I was honored to be invited to contribute something too; an interview with me about my work and relationship with my Asian heritage will appear on April 9, but I’m following and enjoying all the posts, and I hope you will too! I’ve also offered up a Fair Coin prize pack for the All Things Asian giveaway, which includes a signed copy of the book and assorted swag. Giveaways end on April 30.

Here’s the main page for the event, where you can find links to all the posts and giveaways as they appear.

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the signings of the apocalypsies

Jim Freund and me on Hour of the Wolf

Last week, I returned to my old home base, New York City, for the annual NYC Teen Author Festival. I had to miss the first few days of panels and readings, but I got in late Wednesday night so Jim Freund could interview me and Eddie Schneider on his weekly radio program, Hour of the Wolf (Thursday mornings from 1:30 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. on WBAI 99.5 FM). As usual, the time passed far too quickly! I read two short selections from Fair Coin on the air and we discussed YA fiction and publishing. You can listen to a recording of the broadcast online for the next week.

Making coffee out of lemons: Mark Schulman (SCRAWL), Jess Rothenberg (THE CATASTROPHIC HISTORY OF YOU AND ME), Arlaina Tibensky (AND THEN THINGS FALL APART), Léna Roy (EDGES), and me at Beans and Vines

Roughly seven hours later, I staggered to a library in Manhattan where I was scheduled to read to a high school class with four other authors. Unfortunately, the chain locking the doors suggested they weren’t expecting us. As my friend Matt London recounted on his blog, we adjourned to a nearby coffee shop to hang out instead, which worked out really well because a) I needed a lot of coffee after only 3 hours of sleep, and b) they are all really fun people and I happen to like talking with other writers.

Autographed copies face out on a table at B&N Tribeca. (Thanks, Kara!)

My agent, Eddie, and I then toured many Barnes & Noble bookstores throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, so I could sign their stock of Fair Coin. It was my first time seeing my book in stores in person, and it was as thrilling as you’d expect. It was even more exciting to see it prominently displayed face out in the new Teen Fantasy & Adventure sections and on several tables. It was also fun to meet and chat with several store employees who clearly love books, including Elizabeth, Donna, Ashley, Taina, Meredith, and Kara. (Hi!) Once I signed the books, the store staff slapped nifty “Autographed” stickers on them, the better to entice people to pick them up. If you’re looking to grab a signed copy of your own from Barnes & Noble, last week they had them at 82nd & Broadway, 86th & Lexington, 46th Street and 5th Ave, Tribeca, Court Street in Brooklyn, and Park Slope.

If you would like to support independent booksellers, and I always think that’s worth doing, you can also snag a signed copy from Books of Wonder on 18 W. 18th Street, the preeminent children’s bookstore in Manhattan. I was there on Sunday with around 65 other YA authors (including a bunch of Apocalypsies!) for the mega signing. It was great to see many friends show up to have their copies of Fair Coin signed, and meet some readers and book bloggers. The swag I made for the book seemed to be a big hit, too. It was definitely a wish come true to see my book in the store, since I’ve been going to readings and signings there for years. My only “problem” with Books of Wonder is I can’t leave without purchasing some books, and indeed I left with a bag of cherished autographed books by other Apocalypsies. (Many thanks to David Levithan for coordinating the signing and working so hard on the rest of the Author Festival, and to Peter Glassman and everyone at Books of Wonder who were so welcoming to a bunch of new authors.)

Getting to meet and hang out with other members of the Apocalypsies was a big highlight of the trip, and we even had a small gathering at one of my favorite restaurants, Chat n’ Chew, before the signing, with Zoraida Córdova (THE VICIOUS DEEP), Gina Damico (CROAK), K.M. Walton (CRACKED), Emily M. Danforth (THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST), Elisa Ludwig (PRETTY CROOKED), and Lizzie K. Foley (REMARKABLE), and assorted significant others. Apocalypsies were also well represented on various panels throughout Teen Author Week–already reading and talking about their books like pros.

Last weekend, I also joined many people (including some of my writing group, Altered Fluid), to usher in Alaya Dawn Johnson’s 30th birthday and her fourth novel, WICKED CITY, at a genuine NYC speakeasy, The Back Room. If you see Alaya tonight, be sure to congratulate her on both milestones; she and I will be reading and signing our new books at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art (138 Sullivan Street) at 7 p.m. I hope you can make it!

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