A couple of weeks ago, I overhauled the website–it’s the same basic design, but works on a different theme, which allows me to do some pretty neat things and makes the site much more accessible on smaller screens. When transferring the site, I decided to leave the blog–minus two recent posts–behind. For well over a year now, I haven’t been maintaining the blog as an actual blog, but as the place to occasionally drop news. My blog history didn’t reflect that approach. I prefer a streamlined, minimalist approach.
Speaking of news–I’ll have two cool things to announce in a couple of days.
(No, not a new novel.)
(Not a cover, either.)
For those who are interested in what’s up, here’s the quick version:
– Moved Disability in Kidlit to www.disabilityinkidlit.com, made it extra pretty, am preparing to launch a month-long “Autism on the Page” event which I’ve wanted to do for years. Keep an eye on the site–I’ll be doing several reviews and articles, and there’s some fabulously smart content lined up.
– Attended Imagicon last week and had an excellent time on the “Diversity in SF/F” panel.
The rest of the con was great too–the first Dutch SFF con I’ve attended, and it certainly left me interested in attending future Imagicons. Small, friendly, pleasant atmosphere, loud and visible anti-harassment stance.
– Attending Dutch Comic-Con this weekend, with signings at the American Book Center booth.
– And will be at a large multi-author event in the American Library in Paris on April 25th.
– Have been editing On the Edge of Gone, and am both petrified and exhilarated at the thought of other people reading this book in the future.
Back to work!
The last time I updated this blog was precisely five months ago. I thought it was time for an update, even though I’ve long given up on actively maintaining this blog. See the text in the sidebar for my current policy:
This blog is less of an active writer blog and more of a home base, featuring largely publishing-related announcements and links to her activity elsewhere on the net. Proper content only when the mood strikes her. You should probably just follow her on Twitter.
Still, a lot has happened these months, so let me just go through these events in whirlwind format and semi-chronological order:
PRAISE: Otherbound ended up with no less than four starred reviews, as well as positive reviews from SFX Magazine and Locus Magazine. It appeared on summer reading lists from the Boston Globe, LA Times, and xoJane, was a Book of the Week from Publishers Weekly, a Mover & Shaker at Goodreads, and was included in no less than two Kirkus lists–9 Unforgettable Teen Page Turners and 11 Great Debut Novels.
PUBLICATION: Otherbound came out! In actual stores! I walked right into B&Ns and saw it there! People could buy it! Sometimes it was a staff pick! IT WAS AWESOME.
PICTORIAL EVIDENCE OF ACTUAL BOOK IN ACTUAL STORE.
UNITED STATES: I visited! That was great too. I met up with friends again or for the first time, has frozen yoghurt, saw the Grand Canyon, saw Las Vegas, attempted to see wildlife, attended my very first publishing conference, and did my very first book events.
AFTERWARD: I hung out at home, edited a book, petted the cat. It was not terribly exciting.
AMERICAN BOOK CENTER: I had my first–and so far, only–book event in my hometown of Amsterdam in August, which was just awesome. My most excellent uncle put together a video with several snippets from the event:
ARTICLES AND STUFF AND THINGS: I did a ton of interviews and articles this summer, sometimes to promote Otherbound, sometimes because I just have very strong opinions. Among these are an article about disability metaphors that went live at SF Signal today, and two articles at the Guardian (one about my autism, one about diverse characters and issues). For more, check out this page.
WHAT’S NEXT? If you’re talking Otherbound: I guess we’ll see, huh?
If you’re talking books: my next book is out in spring of 2016.
If you’re talking publication: we-e-ell, this intriguing anthology did release today … check out my novella if you like pulp, superheroes, lesbians, or any combination of the above. I’ll do a proper post on it once it’s available at more retailers and/or in paper format, but I figured I’d mention it as a sneak peek.
If you’re talking projects: hello.
PHEW: That about covers it, right?
I update my blog.
Something cool happens the next day. I think: I should blog about that. But I just posted something, so I’ll save it for my next one.
Another cool thing happens a week later. I think: neat, I’ll lump those together when I post again.
Dates and events start being confirmed. “Okay, I really have to write that blog now.”
Distractions happen. I chase after them because I have the attention span of a kitten.
Weeks later, I get around to updating my blog. Try futilely to remember all the things I was supposed to put in here.
The result: this post, and updates in list format, because I honestly do not know how to work all this into a single, coherent narrative anymore.
A WHOLE MOTHERFRIGGING UNIVERSE OF STARS: Yes. I got my third starred review. School Library Journal says, “While Duyvis’s debut is an exciting take on the fantasy genre … the true strength of the novel is in its positive portrayal of LGBT issues.” To check out all the trade reviews and author blurbs the book has received so far, check out the book’s page.
(Helpful tip: the same page contains preorder links. Ahem.)
EVENTS: This summer, I’ll be signing books, answering questions, and probably wearing neat dresses, at several confirmed locations. If you’re in Mendocino, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, or if you’re attending ALA Las Vegas, pop by my brand-new “Appearances” page for details on where and when to find me.
WIN A BOOK: My most excellent publisher is running a Goodreads giveaway for three finished hardcovers. WOOP.
HARDCOVERS: Speaking of, I got a box of these. It is the best box I have ever received.
(Also visible above: bookmarks! If you ever bump into me, ask for one. Trust me–I no longer leave the house without them. They’ll also be at the Amulet booth at BEA this weekend.)
COVERS AND RELATED SHIZZLE: The final cover is now scattered around online. It’s the same as before, but includes a snazzy Margo Lanagan quote. You can also find the final flap copy here on my website and on Goodreads, though retailers will continue to use the catalog copy. Just in case you were wondering about the discrepancy.
On the topic of covers, my favorite blog post in the entire world went up yesterday. Check it out for many, many details on what went on behind the scenes in the Otherbound cover design process, including tons of cover mock-ups and the art process for the final one.
ON THE EDGE OF GONE: Remember that book I sold last month? Amsterdam, autism, apocalypse? I finished the first draft yesterday. It clocked in at 101500 words. It was a long, long journey, but I’m so thrilled to finally be able to take the next step in said journey: edit like a mofo.
But, like, after my release and US trip.
Which happen next month.