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harrisburg book festival

I’ll be at the Harrisburg Book Festival Saturday, March 29 in Harrisburg, Pa., talking YA with authors Tiffany Schmidt (BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE, SEND ME A SIGN) and Jessica Spotswood (BORN WICKED, STAR CURSED). Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 2–4pm. Hope to see you there! Some books will be available for signing or bring your own, or pick up a free bookmark or bookplate!

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Updated! — I just learned that tomorrow’s panel will be televised! The Pennsylvania Cable Network will be recording the event for a future series about PA Book Festivals, and it will be streamed live on the internet (if the internet cooperates) at http://pcntv.com/2014/03/28/2014-harrisburg-book-festival/. So, that’s not terrifying at all. Tomorrow, 2 – 3 pm!

 

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happy birthday, fair coin!

FairCoin_2Hey, remember when Pyr Books published my first novel, Fair Coin? That was something like, two years ago. Almost exactly two years ago. Okay, it was exactly two years ago today.

If you had a time-traveling DeLorean, you could enter MAR 06 2012 into its time circuits and go back to pick the book up on its release day. (Thanks!) Don’t have a time machine? Well, you can still find Fair Coin in quality independent book shops and on the internet, even in 2014.

In the novel, Ephraim’s “wishing coin” completely changes his life, and the book has done the same for me — fortunately in all good ways. So far. The last year as an author has been particularly great, what with all the wonderful authors, librarians, teachers, and readers I’ve met; an amazing new audiobook narrated by MacLeod Andrews; and of course a shiny Andre Norton Award. No complaints here. Thank you to everyone who has read Fair Coin and reviewed it, recommended it, voted for it, bought it for a kid, shared it with a parent, and just generally been very supportive.

ttIt’s been two years, but I promise I’ve been working on new books, and I really expect to finish them any day now… Really, I’m not kidding. Stop giving me that look. Whether they get published is another matter, but I’m at least going to try to get my part done.

I also have written and sold a few short stories this year that should be published soonish in exciting collections, and I even have two recent story publications — a YA time-travel story titled “Shadows of My Future Self” in Inaccurate Realities #2, and a reprint of “Caution: Contents Hot” in Coffee: 14 Caffeinated Tales of the Fantastic — so you could always look for those. And if you’d like to see me in person, check out my event calendar.

In the meantime, I hope Fair Coin‘s twos aren’t too terrible, especially since its younger brother is coming up on a birthday in about six months…

(BTW, by crazy random happenstance, today is also the birthday of Faircoin, “the first fairly distributed crypto currency”! You can use that to buy books, right?)

 

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hear coin

AudiblePerhaps it’s unsurprising that audiobooks take much less time to produce than print books, but still… Less than two months from signing the contract, you can now purchase and download my first YA novel, Fair Coin, in audiobook form in the U.S. and in the U.K. I expect it won’t take long for Quantum Coin to follow.

I’m so excited to have the book out in a different format, with other people adapting the text for a different audience. I’ve only heard the sample of the opening pages so far, but narrator MacLeod Andrews is amazing and his performance is absolutely perfect. It’s both odd and thrilling to hear someone else speaking words that have largely existed only in my head and my voice for so long, and it’s great to hear what MacLeod has done with the book.

To celebrate unlocking the audiobook achievement, here’s some related trivia:

  • Audible_FCThe U.K. audiobook is the first official release of Fair Coin in any foreign market!
  • MacLeod Andrews also provided the voice of one of the Will Graysons in the audiobook of a favorite YA book of mine, Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green.
  • One of MacLeod’s recent YA audiobook releases was the excellent Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, who I share an agent with. Some of MacLeod’s other notable (to me) projects for Brilliance Audio and Audible include Jumper by Steven Gould, Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness, and Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown (one of my fellow Apocalypsies).
  • My mom never read to me when I was a kid (don’t feel too sorry for me, I had a pretty good handle on it on my own), but I really enjoy hearing someone tell me a story. I think it reminds me of the first grade and Reading Rainbow. So maybe that’s why I like going to readings and listening to audiobooks and podcasts!
  • Now when someone asks me how long Fair Coin is, I can tell them it’s about 9 hours and 40 minutes. The unabridged audiobook is roughly as long as the Lord of the Rings film trilogy!

So if you’ve been waiting for the audiobook, wait no longer! I hope lots of people who haven’t yet read Fair Coin give it a try.

Get FAIR COIN at Audible.com (United States) — FREE with 30-day free trial membership
Get FAIR COIN at Audible.co.uk (United Kingdom)

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hey! listen!

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Good news, everyone! We’ve just sold the audio book rights to Fair Coin and Quantum Coin to Audible! Special thanks to my fab agents at JABberwocky who made this possible, Eddie Schneider and Lisa Rodgers.

I’m thrilled because I basically want anyone who might be interested in my books to be able to enjoy them in whatever format they like, and I know lots of people prefer audio books over paper. I also love being read to, and I’m excited to see another interpretation of the stories I wrote. But this deal is especially nice because the duology will finally be available in the UK!

I don’t have any details yet on who will be narrating the books or when they’ll be available, because this pretty much just happened. I doubt I’ll have any input on who the reader will be, but hey, I’d get a kick out of it if Tom Welling or Dean Cain read them.

Who do you think would be the best reader for the audio book versions of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin? And what’s your favorite audio book?

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dragon con schedule

beagledragonDragon Con! I will be there! I’m arriving early in the morning on Friday, Aug. 30, and departing in the evening on Monday, Sept. 2, and this is my schedule of panels:

Title: Crossovers
Time: Fri 11:30 am Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1)
Description: Adult SF for the discriminating teen. YA SF for the “adult” SF fan.

4:00 PM Friday
Pyr Rising
Room: Regency V (Hyatt)
Rene Sears with Clay & Susan Griffith, Gabrielle Harbowy, E.C. Myers, Mike Resnick, Joel Shepherd

Title: Totally Retro Toons
Time: Fri 08:30 pm Location: A708 – Marriott (Length: 1)
Description: Do today’s cartoons gag you with a spoon? This discussion of ’80s kids shows will be totally tubular.

Title: Book Club: Fair Coin by E.C. Myers
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1)
Description: A discussion with the author of Fair Coin, which won the Andre Norton Award for Best YA Book of 2013.

Title: Reading – E.C. Myers 
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: University – Hyatt (Length: 1)

Title: Father Knows Best: Dads in Harry Potter
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Regency V – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: A discussion of the fathers and father figures in the Potterverse.

I’ll also be stationed at the SFWA table on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., so that’s a great time to stop by for a chat!

I’m particularly psyched and a little bit terrified about the Book Club discussion of Fair Coin on Saturday. As for my reading later that day, I’m not sure what I will share, but it may be my most recent short story, “The Grimoire Girls,” which is forthcoming in the anthology Schoolbooks and Sorcery, edited by Michael M. Jones.

Also, although I will not have a dedicated time slot for signings, I’m happy to sign my books whenever. If you still need to pick up a copy of Fair Coin or Quantum Coin, I believe The Missing Volume will have them for sale at their booth; I’ll post updates on Twitter, which is probably the best way to stalk me while I’m at the convention.

(On a dorky side note, I’m getting a kick out of being listed alphabetically near Eve Myles in the Dragon Con program book and on the website. I hope I’ll get to meet her!)

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