Monthly Archive for May, 2012

coming to a city near you! (if you’re near Boston, NYC, or Philly)

I tease some of my friends about them not promoting their upcoming events, and here I am waiting until the last minute to post about one of my own. But hopefully it isn’t too late! I will be visiting three of my favorite cities in June, and perhaps if you live near one of these venues, you will come visit me?

The Greater Boston Area

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On Saturday, June 2 (in just two days!) I will be providing the Y-chromosome at a Young Adult Debut Author panel featuring six members of the Apocalypsies. We’ll talk about writing, read some brief excerpts from our work, sign books, and pose for pictures.

WHEN: Saturday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

WHO: Gina DamicoCroak
Emily M. DanforthThe Miseducation of Cameron Post
A.C. GaughenScarlet
Elisa LudwigPretty Crooked
E.C. Myers (that’s me!) – Fair Coin
Jessica SpotswoodBorn Wicked

Philadelphia, PA

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The following Saturday, June 9, I will again join some Apocalypsies for a group reading and signing a bit closer to home at the Downtown Barnes & Noble at Rittenhouse Square.

WHEN: Saturday, June 9 at 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Barnes & Noble Downtown
Rittenhouse Square
1805 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

WHO: Elisa LudwigPretty Crooked
E.C. Myers (still me!) – Fair Coin
Eve Marie MontA Breath of Eyre
K.M. WaltonCracked

New York City

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I’ll have two events in NYC in June; I’ll try to read different things at each, in case you’re inclined to attend both. The first is on Wednesday, June 13 at my favorite library in Manhattan, the Jefferson Market Branch, as part of the Teen Author Reading Night. Basically, I’ve wanted to read at one of these for years, so I’m really excited about this one.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 13 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Jefferson Market Branch of NYPL
425 Avenue of the Americas (corner of 6th Ave and 10th St) — it’s the tall, beautiful clock tower
New York, NY 10011

WHO: Jen Calonita – Belles
Tim Carvell – Planet Ted
Susane Colasanti – Keep Holding On
Gwendolyn Heasley – A Long Way From You
Brian James – Life is But a Dream
Dan Krokos -False Memory
E.C. Myers (there’s that guy again) – Fair Coin
Kim Purcell – Trafficked

Books will not be sold at this event, so please bring your own! I’ll also have some bookplates I can sign for you if you don’t have a copy of Fair Coin yet or forget your copy at home.

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Another dream of mine will come true the following Wednesday, June 20, when I get to read at the KGB Fantastic Fiction Reading series. So awesome. We’ll have some books available for sale there!

WHEN: Wednesday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

WHERE: KGB Bar
85 E. 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

WHO: Jack O’ Connell – The Resurrectionist, Box Nine, Wireless, The Skin Palace, and Word Made Flesh
E.C. Myers (!!!!) – Fair Coin

So there you go. Four chances to see me read and get your book signed! And remember, if you can’t make it to a reading, you can always request a signed bookplate. Keep an eye on this blog, Twitter, or the Events page for more upcoming appearances!

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but wait! there’s more!

I’ve been pleased that several of the reviews I’ve seen of Fair Coin have said things like, “I hope there’s a sequel,” or “the author had better write a sequel,” or “I wonder if there will be a sequel.” Naturally, I’m flattered; when I reach the end of a good book, I’m often sad that there isn’t any more of it to enjoy, but of course, some books (I’d say many books, or even, perhaps, most books) don’t need sequels. (*cough* The Hunger Games *cough*)

However, whether it needs it or not, Fair Coin does have a sequel. It’s called Quantum Coin.

Continue reading ‘but wait! there’s more!’

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YAmazing Winners!

Congratulations to Molly, Angela, and Taffy, who won Fair Coin prize packs in my YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes giveaway. They will each receive a signed bookmark, postcard, coin case, and personalized and signed bookplate–hot off the presses. (Want your own bookplate? E-mail me.)

To select the winners, I listed each commenter’s name once per entry in an Excel spreadsheet, shuffled them up and assigned a number to each at random.org, then generated three random numbers: 86, 216, and 60, which corresponded to the entries above.

In addition, Petra was the winner of the Killer Penguins group in the race, so I will be sending her a signed copy of Fair Coin as well as a prize pack!

Thank you, everyone, for playing. This was a lot of fun.

Best,
Eugene

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teen writing workshop & book signing

On Saturday, May 19, I will be joining two other Apocalypsies to host a teen writing workshop at Chester County Book & Music Co.:

ATTENTION TEENS!
Sign up for a writing workshop

with three young adult authors,
members of the Apocalypsies,
and be eligible for a fabulous door prize!
K.M. Waltonauthor of CRACKED
Elisa Ludwig, author of PRETTY CROOKED
E.C. Myers, author of FAIR COIN
Saturday, May 19
Workshop 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ($10)
Signing 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 pm (free and open to the public)
Cost includes a buffet lunch.
Hurry!  Space is limited!
You MUST register in advance.
Chester County Book & Music Company
975 Paoli Pike
West Goshen Center
West Chester, PA 19380
For more information
call 610-696-1661, ext. 29
Please help spread the word! I hope to see you and/or your teen writers on Saturday!
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crits for critters!

I’m offering up a short story critique (up to 5000 words) or a critique of a query letter and the first 30 pages of your novel, in the Pens for Paws Auction to raise money for Fat Kitty City, a no-kill, cage-free cat sanctuary in El Dorado Hills that also rescues dogs (as foster homes allow). I am happy to aid our feline overlords, even at this great personal sacrifice.

If you’re wondering what makes me qualified to critique anything you write, that’s a very good question! I have at least a little bit of experience with writing and publishing short stories, through the rigorous Clarion West Writing Workshop (in the incredibly talented class of 2005); my participation in New York’s finest team of superwriters, Altered Fluid; and as a submissions reader for Sybil’s Garage and several editions of Ellen Datlow’s Year’s Best Horror. Many of the stories and novels I have critiqued have been published and received awards and critical acclaim, and I’m totally claiming some of that credit.

I also wrote a query letter and a novel that fooled at least one agent into taking me on as a client, which eventually resulted in my novel getting published, so let’s call that a 100% success rate, shall we? I’ve heard from more than one person that I’m pretty good at writing query letters, which are tricky things. My “specialties” are in science fiction, fantasy, and young adult fiction, but whatever your genre, this is a rare opportunity to get feedback from someone who should know better than to critique a stranger’s work. But hey, I’ll do almost anything for money that will support a good and worthy cause.

In any event, you’re almost guaranteed to get value for your dollar, depending on how much you bid and some definitions of value.

Bidding is open internationally through May 11, 11 p.m. EST. Please spread the word to anyone who might be interested and consider bidding. If you don’t have a story or novel ready yet, you can claim your prize whenever you do.

Best,
Eugene

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