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quantum goodness

It seems fitting that in the same week the Higgs boson finally made its debut, the long-awaited advance reading copies of Quantum Coin also manifested! I was pretty sure I knew what was inside the box from Prometheus Books before I opened it, though my cat was less certain, and intensely curious. But it seems she was more interested in the Styrofoam peanuts than the books–also predictable.

You may recall that a little while ago I ran a giveaway here for the first Quantum Coin ARC I received, so this happy delivery was good incentive to actually select the winner. Sorry for the delay on that, but I’ve been distracted with other projects these days. In any case, I am pleased to announce that the winner is… Janine! Congratulations, Janine!

As before, to select the winner, 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 I generated a random number from 1 to 80 (the total number of  entries), which happened to be 56.

Wikipedia reminds me that 56 is the atomic number for barium. The maximum speed of data transmission over a telephone line in the Dark Ages was 56 kbps. Fifty-six people signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. And Aristotle claimed that there were 56 layers to the universe, which includes Earth and 55 crystalline spheres above it. Talk about random, huh?

Janine will receive signed copies of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin and a swag pack of bookmarks, postcards, and coin cases! I will be having a Goodreads giveaway for another ARC of Quantum Coin very soon, so you’ll have another chance to read it way before most other people. Thank you to everyone who liked the books on Amazon and posted reviews or added them to their page on Goodreads. I really appreciate your enthusiasm and support!

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.

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help out an author (and his cat)

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who has done something, anything, to spread the word about me and my debut YA novel, Fair Coin, in the last few weeks. I’ve been overwhelmed by all of your generosity and support. Whether you’ve interviewed me on your site, purchased the book, told your friends and family about it, tweeted, Facebooked, blogged, or reviewed it… It all helps, and I’m so grateful. As much as I’ve been talking about myself here and on social media lately, it doesn’t come naturally. In fact, it makes me a bit uncomfortable, so it’s much easier when other people talk about me instead. And I hope I’ll be able to return this blog to its usual eclectic programming soon!

Some friends have kindly asked what else they can do, such as whether buying it from a particular place is better for me than another. The answer is: Yes, probably. But honestly, I’ve been working on Fair Coin for years and I’m just happy I can finally share my first novel with friends and strangers alike–after all, I wrote it to be read by more than just my family and critique group. As long as you aren’t downloading it illegally or stealing copies, I’m thrilled that you invested hours, days, or weeks to reading it. Hopefully you also enjoy it. I’m even happier if you get the book into the hands of actual teenagers; I hear kids like YA books even more than adults do.

I’ve been learning plenty about book promotion in the last year, and I have discovered some interesting and unexpected things that could influence a book’s sales and long-term success. I will share them with you in case you are inspired to help me become a bestselling young adult author, the better to give my doofy cat the life of luxury she deserves. No pressure. These suggestions can also benefit other authors and books you like, so please consider this a general public service announcement.

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counting down to publication day

Pardon the radio silence around here lately. The quirks of publishing schedules often means that while you’re promoting your first book, you’re also working under a deadline on the second one. Lots of great things have been going on with Fair Coin in the last few weeks, but I had to shift gears and focus on revising Quantum Coin. (More on that later.) Fittingly, I turned in the manuscript to my editor on Leap Day–on schedule–and now I can start catching up on everything I’ve had to shove aside in the meantime. So much to do.

The biggest news is that even though the print and electronic publication date for Fair Coin is March 6th (less than a week!), some lucky folks have already received their pre-orders and you can even find it in some Barnes & Nobles stores right now. Thank you to everyone who has already picked it up and said kind words about it or sent me pictures of themselves with my book. This is already such an incredible experience for me, the best of my writing career so far. Reviews are starting to roll in, and so far I couldn’t be happier with the response. I’ll share some of those reviews and interviews here in the next few days and weeks, but if you’re curious, please drop in on the book’s Facebook page for the latest updates, and take a moment to like it: http://www.facebook.com/flipthecoin

To make publication day even more of an event, I’m hosting another giveaway on Goodreads as a kind of countdown to March 6. The prize for two randomly selected winners is a signed hardcover of Fair Coin. Click on over and enter. Tell your friends and enemies!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Fair Coin by E.C. Myers

Fair Coin

by E.C. Myers

Giveaway ends March 06, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

And in case you’ve missed it, here’s the book trailer what I made for Fair Coin. I had a lot of fun putting it together, and it came out almost exactly the way I had imagined. (Even if it took more work than I’d imagined.) I’m not sure how effective book trailers are, even though I have a little side business editing them, but I think they work best when they tease the book without showing readers too much. What do you think of this one or book trailers in general? Do they influence your decision to check out a book at all?

to know it is to like it

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!