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NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE End of the Year Round Up

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Wow. It has been a crazy couple of weeks. Warning: I’m about to say thank you A LOT.

NowThatYoureHere_AmyKNichols_smBefore I say anything else, I have to say thank you to everyone who helped me celebrate the launch of NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE in person and online. It was an incredibly fun launch, and I’m so grateful to all of you for helping make it so.

If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, you can do so at any of these fine booksellers. Thank you!

If you enjoyed reading NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE, please tell your friends! A lot of this business comes down to word of mouth. Please also leave a review online to help spread word that this book is a great read. I really appreciate your support. Thank you!

Me, fellow YA author Shonna Slayton, and Shonna's daughter
Me, fellow YA author Shonna Slayton, and Shonna’s daughter

To celebrate the release of NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE, I held a party at the First Draft Book Bar inside the Changing Hands Bookstore’s Phoenix location. Soooooo many people showed up! The place was packed and the store ran out of books. They said it was their largest YA event to date at that location. So awesome!! Thank you!!

Then I zoomed over to San Diego to participate in the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore holiday party, where I mingled with a dozen other authors and signed books. It was such a blast! I got to see fellow Class of 2k14 author Stephanie Diaz, and got to chat with the likes of Weston Ochse, Jonathan Maberry and Jeff Cohen. I also got to see the wonderful Maryelizabeth Hart, who I swear is a superhero whose mutant power is awesomeness. It was a dream come true to see NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE on the shelves there.

Chatting with James Sallis at The Poisoned Pen
Chatting with James Sallis at The Poisoned Pen

The next day I zipped back over to Arizona and met up with my mentor and friend James Sallis to have a conversation and book signing at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale. Another full house, and another run on books. They sold out, too! It was a fun event with lots of Q&A’s with those in the audience. And again, so amazing to see NTYH included among so many books I’ve long admired. Dream come true. Thank you to everyone who came!

While I was running around to bookstores, things were happening online, too.

NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE was reviewed by the USA Today HEA blog and included in their Must-Read Romances.

It received a glowing review from the School Library Journal, and was included in their “What’s Hot in YA” winter list.

VOYA reviewed it, saying, “Think of the intrigue in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, softened by the romance of a Sarah Dessen novel.”

And Bustle included it in their December 2014’s Best YA Books: Stuff Your Own Christmas Stocking with These 9 Novels list.

In case you missed previous reviews, here’s what Kirkus and Publishers Weekly had to say about NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE. PW gave it a star!

My stops for the second week of my Rock Star Blog Tour included:
Page Turners Blog
Once Upon a Twilight
The Cover Contessa
The Best Books Ever
Me, My Shelf and I

I also did guest posts at Terribleminds, Adventures in YA PublishingAll the Write NotesYA HighwayWriter Writer Pants on Fire, and The Hiding Spot.

Finally, in case you missed it, here’s the very cool trailer for NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE:

Now, it’s Christmas and even though I’m ready for a nap, I’m lining up events and whatnot for the new year. It’s going to be exciting. I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

In the meantime, I have to say it again: thank you. This has been an amazing journey, and I couldn’t have done it without you. ❤



Suddenly, there were books with my name on them.

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azimuth:0.000000||elevation:0.000000||horizon:0.000000The revisions deadline for WHILE YOU WERE GONE is looming over me like a dark menace, but I had to take time out to post a very cool happening.

I got a package in the mail from my editor, the lovely Katherine Harrison at Knopf, and in the package was books. With my name on them.

My advanced reader copies of NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE had arrived!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen other authors post pics of their ARCs and wondered what that must be like, seeing your book for the first time. Now I know: it’s a very strange feeling. Do I laugh? Cry? Run around the room screaming? Sit and stare, wondering how this ever happened? All of the above? I imagine at some point all of this will feel very normal. But for now it’s a bit Alice-down-the-rabbit-hole. I keep checking to see if the stack of ARCs is still there, to make sure this isn’t actually some surreal dream.

Yep. They’re still there.

And so is that book two deadline. Best get back to work.

I’ve Got a Date!

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Not that kind of date, silly.

A publication date!

NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE will officially go on sale…

December 9, 2014


About the book:

Danny and Eevee are meant to be together . . .

Just not in this universe.

Eevee Solomon has high school down to a science. Get the grades. Get the recommendations. Get into an Ivy League college, and eventually land a killer job at NASA.

Then Danny Ogden enters the equation.

Danny is a street-smart graffiti artist. He’s always managed to stay out of serious trouble, but this time he’s out of luck. One minute he’s running from the cops, and the next, he jolts awake in an unfamiliar body–his own, but different. Somehow, he’s crossed into a parallel universe. Now his friends are his enemies, his parents are long dead, and coolheaded Eevee is not the brazen girl he once kissed back home. Then again, this Eevee may be his only hope of getting home.

Eevee tells herself she’s only helping him in the name of quantum physics, but there’s something undeniably fascinating about this boy from another dimension . . . a boy who makes her question who she is, and who she might be in another place and time.

Sound like a fun read? Head over to Goodreads and add NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE to your bookshelf.

And stay tuned for more fun announcements!

What’s on my mind: Comicon, Liminal

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It’s Friday. Been a long week with school ending and the summer schedule kicking in. Still, I’ve managed to get in a lot of writing. Finished one piece and sent it out. Will have another one ready on Monday to send out. Working away on The Novel. All good.

This afternoon I’m off to the Phoenix Comicon. There are a number of author and writing panels. I’ll be there, taking notes and reporting back here what I learn.

For now, though, an announcement: Liminal is now accepting submissions online using Submishmash. I am so geeked about this program.

Please help spread the word about Liminal. If you know any creative teens, tell them we’re looking to publish their work. We have a great start for the first issue, but need more to make it complete. Especially artwork.

Thanks for helping out. Have a great day!

SCBWI NY: Writing for Teens

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Ben Schrank

On the first morning of the SCBWI 2010 Winter Conference, I attended Ben Schrank’s session entitled “Writing for Teens”. Schrank is the President and Publisher of Razorbill. He shared the following words of advice and caution to authors.

Writing for teens:

  • There is a kind of publishing dream that can come true, and authors should shoot for it; dream big
  • Your book has to be special, has to generate excitement
  • He doesn’t chase the market, he makes the market
  • If you’re not writing a book in order to make an impact on a kid somewhere, do something else
  • Your voice and concept need to work
  • Write the book where you can’t pull the voice and concept apart
  • Word of mouth among teens is key for promoting your book, but it can’t be forced

How to avoid common mistakes:

  • Don’t write for the market, but be aware of the market
  • If your heart isn’t about what is in the market, it will show in what you write
  • Don’t try to talk like a teen
  • Create language to influence kids or make an impression
  • Don’t use direct introductions (e.g., “I’m Trixie. I like to dance.”)
  • Don’t windmill (i.e., use lots of empty words)
  • Begin en media res
  • If your story has been told before, tell it in a new and unique way
  • If your story doesn’t work in the school cafeteria, it won’t relate to teens, or anyone
  • Be nice, confident as a writer
  • Be honest, trust the team working on your book
  • The moment you finish your book, if you’re mean with anyone about it, you’re screwed
  • Don’t overuse social media, telling the publishing process of your book; let there be some mystery and magic in the release
  • Promote online, but don’t ruin the msytery
  • Don’t try to write edgy, just write relevant