It’s almost October, which means it’s finally release time for THE SPACE BETWEEN US! For all you beautiful people who would like to buy it, here are your options:
1. Go to a bookstore on October 16th. You should find it in the Teen section. If you don’t see it, ask the bookstore to order it for you (and then tell me about it so I can heap praises on you for having them do that).
2. Click the Novels link above and pre-order it online. Sometimes Amazon ships before release date, but sometimes not.
3. Come to the book event I’m doing at the Alafaya Library in Orlando on Nov. 17th at 3:00. Books will be available for purchase there and I’ll be signing afterwards. It’s a NaNoWriMo event (and if that means nothing to you, now worries, come anyway). It should be a combination of teenagers and adults, writers and readers.
Local friends: I’m not having a launch event this year. STOP YELLING AT ME PEOPLE!!! I’M SORRY!!! I’ll still sign books—pounce on me anywhere you normally run into me OR come to the library event (see #3 above).
Good. Details out of the way, I can move on to how I feel about having the second book released.
I’m excited. I’m really excited because I’m proud of this book, but I’m not nervous like I was last time. With VIRTUOSITY, the scariest part of publication was realizing that people I know would read it, and it would affect how they see me. And I was right. That did happen, and I know it will happen again this time around. But this time I know it doesn’t actually matter. Everybody could read this book and absolutely love it, and it wouldn’t really change my life. My friends will still be my friends. The people who think I’m psycho will still think I’m psycho. And the opposite is true also: if people don’t like it, that doesn’t change much. I still love this book. I’m proud of the work I put into it and the result.
Brace yourselves for my personal pep talk: If I’ve learned one thing about writing this last year, it’s that what I write has to please me. I have to be proud of what I produce, and I have to not let what others say make me feel any better or worse about my writing. That’s easier to say than to do, so check in with me in December and we’ll see if I’m still so Zen about it all. I’m halfway through writing my fourth book, and there have been such highs and lows with all of them. There have been times when I’ve felt like I’ve made people proud of me and times when I’ve felt like I’ve disappointed people too. Having ridden both waves, I’ve come to understand that if I let my creativity be affected by either I’m in trouble. Because I need to write.
Stepping off the soapbox now.
Last thing. Please vote for the Halloween costume that you feel will best compliment a woman who is 6-months pregnant.
1. Any Teletubby
3. Friar Tuck
4. Rush Limbaugh
5. Sexy Santa. Just kidding, people. Calm down.
6. Sexy Rush Limbaugh. Still kidding. Do not vote for this one because it’s not going to happen weirdos.
Okay I’m done.