In between deciding not to attend my 20th high school reunion (seeing everyone who tormented me every day sounds super fun, but I think I’ll pass) and drooling over my new MacBook Pro (the back-lit keyboard! the speed!), I’ve been switching work gears. I just handed in a revision of book six – for which I have a title, but cannot yet reveal – and am now getting ready for my book tour. I’m doing LOTS of school visits on this tour. I’m beyond stoked to get back into schools and chill with my people. A new seminar/workshop has been taking shape over the past couple of years that I’ll be presenting on my school visits. So over the next two weeks, I get to focus on putting that together. I’ll be using Keynote, which looks like a much cooler version of PowerPoint. Picking out fonts and colors and photos is going to be a blast!
My book tour starts on May 3 with a sweet pub day event at River Road Books in Fair Haven, NJ. We didn’t have the details finalized when I announced my tour schedule, but now I have an update for you about this event. It starts at 5:00. There will be pizza. We’ll kick back and discuss matters of importance. Or how cool it is that James Franco will be teaching at NYU next semester and I live two blocks away and will probably be running into him all the time. Or just, you know, whatever you want. This is a ticketed event, so if you’re planning on going please call River Road at 732.747.9455 to RSVP. You can find my complete book tour schedule here.
Also exciting: My new Flip cam. After an intricate process involving screen grabs and color palettes, I’ve designed a customized one I adore. First, I took the stripey spine artwork from Something Like Fate. Then I played with various designs to see which part of the stripes would look best on the cam. Some possibilities were:
Obviously, I had a hard time choosing. But in the end I went with the first one. Which I will be using on the High Line this summer to film a video about So Much Closer. And an author video next week. Until then, you can watch the adorable So Much Closer book trailer.
In other book news, I just signed a five-book deal to publish all of my books in Brazil. This is crazy exciting. I get lots of email from people in Brazil who want to read my books. Now I finally have some good news for them! When I posted this on Facebook, I got 70 likes and 27 comments. Which supports a theory I have. Do you think blogs are a bit outdated? I’m noticing way more activity on Facebook and Twitter and less over here. Maybe it’s partially because LiveJournal has been the victim of several large security attacks lately and hasn’t been working as well. Which is such a shame. It would be awesome to keep my blog here, but I won’t be able to for much longer. No worries – the changes I’ll be making will be better for all of us, plus you’ll still find my blog here. But I’ll fill you in on the changes after my book tour. For now, I’m just wondering if people are switching social media gears even more and only want short snippets of info instead of longer blog posts. In any case, I’ll still be blogging, and I hope you will still be reading!