Monthly Archive: November 2014
Tonight at 6:30 p.m. I’ll be at Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Philadelphia for Futures and Fairy Tales: A Kaleidoscope of Diverse Adventures with authors Claire Legrand, Sarah Fine, Sarah Raasch, Shveta Thakrar, and Julia Rios (co-editor of Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories).
This event is a stop on the Futures and Fairy Tales book tour, and Claire and the Sarahs graciously agreed to team up with Kaleidoscope for one big night. I’m really looking forward to it! If you’re in the area, please come by. This is probably my last in-person event for 2014!
If you can’t make it, you can also catch me online tomorrow night during a Twitter chat with YA Books Central from 9 to 10 p.m. EST. We will be discussing my new book, The Silence of Six, giving away copies, and taking questions. Follow the hashtag #SilenceofSix to participate!
I’m thrilled to be participating in PA Forward’s Speak Up for PA Libraries events today with some school visits in Haverford! School and local libraries made me the reader I am, because there was no way my mom could afford to buy me all the books I wanted to read. It was through libraries that I discovered William Sleator’s Interstellar Pig, which introduced me to the science fiction books that influenced me as a person, and eventually as a writer. (I know: Writers are technically people too.)
Libraries are so vital to our communities, even in this information age of computers and internet: They offer much more than entertainment, including valuable resources and educational opportunities, and don’t underestimate the importance of a safe place outside of the home where kids can go to hang out and make new friends — if not with other kids, than with books. I still love to be in a room full of books! Kids all over the country, and especially in Philadelphia, don’t necessarily have access to high-speed internet or books; many of us take these things for granted, and today is a great day to acknowledge and celebrate how invaluable libraries and librarians are in curating their collections, reaching out to patrons and fostering a love for reading, and developing incredible, fun programs for young readers — including bringing illustrators and authors like me to schools and libraries, which is one of my favorite things about being a published author. I never met any authors when I was young; if I had, I might have pursued a writing career sooner!
Tell me about your favorite library in the comments below. Why are libraries important to you?
Hurray! My new novel, The Silence of Six, is out today! It’s now available in several eBook flavors and in hardcover.
This is my third published book, and I’m really proud of it — I probably worked harder on this than any of my previous novels, including the unpublished ones (which I’m still working on). I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone and grew a lot in writing it; throughout the process I felt a strong responsibility to truth and realism, particularly in portraying hacking and the difficult choices faced by those who use their skills to effect change and uphold justice. Getting the details right became very important to me. I hope I pulled it off, but if I erred, I did so with the utmost respect and the best of intentions.
Thank you once again to everyone at my publisher, Adaptive Books, for trusting me with this story and helping to make it the best it could be. As always, I also owe so much to the JABberwocky Literary Agency, my writing group Altered Fluid, my critique partners, tech consultants, and friends and family. And finally, thanks to all those who have been helping to spread the word by recommending it, reviewing it, Tweeting, posting, and more. (Please keep it up!)
This book is yours now. I hope you enjoy it, and perhaps even look at the world around us a little differently after reading it.
If you have any questions about The Silence of Six, my writing process, my favorite books or shows or games, or whatever, drop by my Reddit Books AMA today at noon. Ask me anything, and I will answer!
Oh wow. In just a few days, people will finally know what “the silence of six” is :P My new book, The Silence of Six, from Adaptive Studios will be released on Wednesday, November 5 in eBook and hardcover!
I’ve been seeing some heartening early reviews, and steeling myself for the less favorable ones, but I’m really excited to have this new book out there. There are a bunch of online events in the works to celebrate the book’s impending launch. Here are a couple:
Booksplosion Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway
You have until Tuesday, Nov. 4, to enter this giveaway at Booksplosion for a new Kindle Paperwhite preloaded with The Silence of Six. This event is hosted by awesome booktubers @Katytastic, @Jessethereader, and @XtineMay on Twitter (#IWantSilenceOfSix).
I’ll be participating in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Reddit Books. Starting at 9 a.m., ask your questions here about The Silence of Six, writing, YA, Nintendo games, whatever, and I’ll do my best to answer them throughout the day.
- You can still join the Halloween Book Trail to win The Silence of Six and audio books of my first two novels, Fair Coin and Quantum Coin
- Read “SOS”, a short prequel to the book at Wattpad
- Win a free copy of The Silence of Six at Goodreads and add it to your reading list
And there’s yet more to come, so keep an eye on this space or follow me on Twitter (@ecmyers) for updates.