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A quick round up of Happening Things

Life is getting busy in the run-up to CODA; I can’t believe it’s already almost here. Three hundred and fifty five days after I first typed The End, my book will be out in the world. I have so much to do, but here’s a lighting-fast collection of things that have happened or are happening:

My latest story went up at The Cabinet of Curiosities yesterday.

Kelly Johnson had me over at My Countless Lives to confess five guilty pleasures. Thanks, Kelly!

CODA pre-orders are on sale at Amazon. I have no idea how long the sale will last, so grab it while you can, if you’re so inclined!

Busy as I am with writing and whatnot, I’ve taken a little time out to read some great books recently. For fans of contemporary YA, I cannot recommend ELEANOR & PARKย or ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE highly enough.

The beautiful, wonderful, sparkly Tonya reviewed CODA at The Midnight Garden.

And finally, Jay Spencer has me over at All the Write Notes today discussing my favorite bands and songs, and how music is an essential part of my writing process, complete with gifs and the greatest Robert Smith pic ever!

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Magic Bird Book titles: The Rejected Pile

I’ll admit, when it first came up that we might change the title from GEARWING to something else, I was a little sad. While it may have been the Magic Bird Book whenever I talked about it online, Gearwing was ALWAYS Gearwing in my head, right from when I first started working on it. But, I took a deep breath and saw this as an opportunity to come up with something even better, which I think we have. I love FLIGHTS AND CHIMES AND MYSTERIOUS TIMES, and can’t wait to see how it’ll look on a cover.

But, there were three people involved in making this decision, and two of them were me and Brooks. Which means that, as they say, hilarity ensued. We tried to brainstorm and it descended into madness every time. Here, then, is a mostly comprehensive list of the titles that didn’t make the cut:

Right away, Brooks went the movie route for a whole series:

  • THE GEAR & THE WING
  • GEARWING 2: LONDON DRIFT (credit actually to a different B for this one)
  • GEARWING 3: THE VEGAS JOB
  • GE4RWING
  • FIFTH GEAR

…no.

Then we rejected:

  • FEAR & LOATHING IN LONDINIUM
  • THE SONG OF GEARS & WINGS: A DANCE WITH DIRIGIBLES
  • WHERE THE WIRED THINGS ARE
  • INFINITE QUEST
  • THE UNBEARABLE FLIGHTNESS OF BEING
  • MAYFAER LADY
  • THE BIRD & HIS BOY
  • JACK FOSTER & THE GOBLET OF FIRE (not a wildly inaccurate title)

…alas, also no, fitting as some of those actually are.

And then there was:

  • CLOCKWORK DRAGONS: ‘NUFF SAID
  • LITTLE LORCAN LEARNS A LESSON (I think I threatened to stop talking to Brooks at this point)
  • THE BIG GEARWING THEORY

And then, finally, the fun and games had to come to an end. I closed my computer and about 20 minutes later got a message from Brooks that really just shut the whole thing down, because we were never, ever going to top:

  • ARTIFICE FOWL

So there you have it. A lot of SUPER SERIOUSNESS goes into choosing a title, you see. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Title Change

Lots of exciting things are happening and I can’t talk about all of them, but I CAN say that the Book Formerly Known as GEARWING has a new title! It will be called FLIGHTS AND CHIMES AND MYSTERIOUS TIMES, and I can’t even say how perfect it is for the book. Like I really can’t say. You’ll all have to read it to discover why, and it’ll be out Summer 2014 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

In the meantime, the post below this has a giveaway for some CODA swag, so go leave a comment?

xo,

Em

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2013 in Uncategorized