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The countdown begins! (And other random stuff)

SIX MONTHS TO CODA!

For some reason this feels really huge, like we’re entering the home stretch. Pages have been proofread, ARCs are beginning to make their way out into the world. This is both exciting and a little nerve-wracking, and all I can really say about that is that I hope people enjoy it. Final decisions are being made. After almost exactly 2 years (I started writing it the last week of December 2010) I don’t get to change it anymore. That’s kind of weird.

While all that’s been happening, I wrote most of a (very messy) first draft of another MG book, finished the first round of edits on Magic Bird Book, and last weekend, resumed work on CHORUS, the sequel to CODA.

Me, for the past five weeks.

Returning to CHORUS has been interesting. I wrote a decent-sized chunk of it last December/January, and then for various reasons to do with timing and deadlines and more urgent things, I put it aside. I looked at it briefly in April, but really it hadn’t been touched for almost a year. I know the whole basic plot, but did I know what I meant to write in the sentence after the last one I wrote in January?

Answer: no.

I jumped that hurdle, though, and being back with these characters is a lot of fun, not only because of the awesome music I get to listen to while I write it. (OK, a big part of the fun is the awesome music.) Writing it makes me think a lot of the time when I was writing CODA, and comparing that to where I am now, with just six months before it’s on shelves, is kind of surreal and so, so cool.

That’s pretty much it! There’ll be some exciting announcements soon about stuff happening in January and beyond, but I can’t quite talk about them yet. Stay tuned!

Nothing to see here.

Em

xo

 

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Book Math

Plot ideas too good to pass up: 1
Approximate words written: 125,000
Actual length of MS: 53,500
Times I considered throwing my computer out the window: approx. 10,000
Caffeinated beverages: I can’t count this high
Cookies: See above
Months taken: 7
Play count of “Lovegood” from the HP7 soundtrack: 1035
Famous landmarks twisted for my own crazy purposes: 4
Misappropriated fairy tales: 1
Mad scientists: 1
Evil sorcerers: 1
Mischievous fairies: lots
Gateways to other worlds: 1
Airships damaged: 3
Characters killed: 10 1/2
Dragons: 2

= 1 finished book I’m prouder of than I’ve ever been of anything I’ve written.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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BOOK DEAL NEWS

It’s been an age since I last blogged, I know, and there’s actually kind of a good reason for that.  Adventure!  Intrigue!  I had to have surgery!*  By the time I was back into the swing of things and feeling up to blogging again, everything I could’ve posted about paled in comparison to the information I’ve been sitting on since just before Christmas.

I HAVE A BOOK DEAL!  MY LITTLE BABY BOOK IS GOING TO BE A GROWNUP!  I HAVE TO RESIST THE URGE TO WRITE THE REST OF THIS POST IN CAPS, BUT CAPSLOCK IS HOW I FEEL INSIDE, YOU GUYS!

Offers, it seems, can sometimes be a little like buses.  You wait and you wait and then a couple come along at the same time.  After a crazy week in mid-December, SuperAgent Meredith** and I agreed to a deal with Running Press Kids, a division of Perseus Books, and my new editor, Lisa Cheng.  (‘My editor’ is going to take as much getting used to as ‘my agent’ – in other words, I might never get used to it.)  I can’t tell you how excited I am to be working with her, or that this book I’ve loved, slaved over, occasionally hated, stayed up all night for, gnashed my teeth at, and was finally so proud of is going to see the light of day.  Every character I’ve ever written or will write is close to my heart, but the ones in this book live inside it, drinking coffee, playing their music too loud (<—whatever this means), putting their feet up on the furniture and refusing to clean their rooms.

From the little I’ve shared here, you might know it’s science fiction, or that it’s about music.  It has a male protagonist whose appearance in my head (and subsequent hostile takeover of same) is really what started the whole thing off.  There’s a love story, but it’s not a romance.  There’s valid science and extrapolations of current science and things I invented at three a.m., high on caffeine and sleep deprivations.  There are parts I struggled to write and ones where I didn’t stop writing except to rub my hands together in evil glee.***

At least as things stand now, it’s called CODA and will be released in spring 2013.  Between now and then there will be all kinds of fun.  Editing!  Cover art!  The first time I hold it in my hands, when I will probably bawl and scream and dance around to Animal Collective****  like I did the day I first typed The End.


So many people helped me get here; you know who you are and I hope you know how much I love you.  All my thanks and embarrassing squealing noises and every cupcake I can ever lay my hands on to Mer, who believed in this book from the day she read my query, and to Lisa for loving it, buying it, and turning me into a REAL LIVE AUTHOR WITH A BOOK.

I can’t wait for everything ahead.  AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀

Stick around, this is going to be a good year.

xoxo

Em

*One of these things is true.  I’m totally fine now.

**Now complete with gold lame cape!

***For which at least one of my friends still hasn’t forgiven me.  B, I’M SORRY, OKAY? ❤

****Summertime Clothes, dude.  Oh, yes.

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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