so much closer giveaways

So Much Closer comes out in paperback on May 1. Such a happy birthday treat! Even better: the paperback edition has a shiny new cover. Since So Much Closer takes place in the West Village and David Letterman first sparked my interest in New York City and Chez wears a vintage Late Night tee, it is only appropriate that Chez present this paperback copy fresh off the press:

So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti paperback with Chez

Boxes of author copies will be arriving soon. You know what that means. Time for some giveaways!

So Much Closer has a lot of fun things going on, like looking up and warm fuzzies and the Knowing. Which I thought would be cool to incorporate into weekly Twitter giveaways leading up to the May 1 pub date. Each week for the rest of April, you can win a copy of So Much Closer on Twitter by using a weekly hashtag relating to the book. Since I just closed on my apartment today, this week’s hashtag will be #ideallife.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Follow me on Twitter.

2. Tweet one vision you have for your ideal life with the hashtag #ideallife.

Giveaway rules:

1. All tweets with this hashtag must be made by Friday, April 13 at 11:11 pm.

2. Only one tweet per entrant will be counted.

3. I will announce and reply to the winner on Twitter on Monday, April 16.

4. The winner will have two days to email me (susanecolasanti[at]gmail[dot]com) their full name and mailing address. If a response is not received in time, an alternate winner will be selected.

5. The winning mailing address must be located in the United States. If you do not reside in the States but know someone with a US mailing address who can accept the prize for you, that’s cool.

Dude. I’m officially a homeowner. In downtown Manhattan. After visualizing this part of my ideal life for 16 years, it feels amazing that this dream is now reality. Can’t wait to hear about your ideal life visions!

closing

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Keep Holding On will be released on May 31! Which means we have less than two months to hold on for Keep Holding On! I’m so happy about this change of pub date (which was originally June 14). Why the pub date change? Well, that’s even more exciting news. Barnes & Noble will be doing front-of-store displays for Keep Holding On! My book will get to play with the grownup books. And have lunch at the cool table. Yet another way my books live out my teenage fantasies.

More good news: Keep Holding On is now available on NetGalley. Interested bloggers/librarians/educators/media may request away!

The good news doesn’t stop there. This Monday, I will be closing on my apartment. I will officially be a homeowner. Of course I’m beyond excited. But there’s also this sense of calm clarity. When you’ve been visualizing something for so long (i.e. 16 years) and wishing and hoping and working towards it every day, it’s no surprise when that dream becomes reality. I’m so thankful that this big dream is finally coming true. Oh, and did I mention that my co-op board approval came exactly two months from the day I first saw the apartment? You know I love a good non-coincidence. It’s fate.

Technically, I could move into my new place on Monday. But first we’re doing renovations. After I told you a bit about the renovations, I selected new floors and tiles. The floors are a gorgeous European oak. The bathroom tiles are glossy white. I’ve been visualizing a glossy white bathroom for years. With a big mirror instead of a medicine cabinet and a sink vanity with three drawers and those Fantini faucets (which I probably can’t afford, but you know I love to dream big) and I am so. freaking. excited. The renovations will take a while. So my moving day is July 1. Wow. That will be a happy day. I mean, it won’t be easy to part with my downstairs neighbor who snores so loudly he wakes me up, but I think I’ll manage. And I think I’ll leave my earplugs behind as a little housewarming gift for the next tenant.

Today is also a happy day. Not just because of all the good news. My editors and I met this morning to discuss revisions for my new book. I think we have a title…unless we come up with something brilliant in the next few weeks. This will be my seventh book. I’m guessing that it will be out in May 2013. I have to laugh – even when my books are initially assigned June or July pub dates, they always end up coming out in May. Plus summer is a big part of this new book and summer reading is usually released in May. So we’ll see how it goes.

For now, I have to start revising this manuscript. And planning Keep Holding On events. I’m hoping to post a book tour schedule by the end of this month. Also, So Much Closer comes out in paperback on May 1, which will be a sweet birthday treat. I’ll be doing fun So Much Closer giveaways on Twitter all month, plus a contest here on my blog.

A lot will be happening in April and May…please stay tuned!

take a bow

It was so much fun seeing everyone at the ginormous signing at Books of Wonder yesterday! You’d think it was an April Fool’s joke that over 60 YA authors were in the house. But Peter and staff have got this thing down to a science. They impress me more every year. Thanks to everyone at Books of Wonder for making the event run so smoothly. And thanks to all of the sweet readers who stopped by! I loved connecting with you in person and putting faces to Twitter usernames.

One of the best parts of yesterday was celebrating the release of Elizabeth Eulberg’s new book, Take a Bow.

Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

Isn’t this cover gorgeous? I cannot tell you how much I love these colorful, glowing lights. Happy lights! Readers will totally be drawn in. But the cover is only an indication of the awesomeness within. I had the good fortune of reading Take a Bow back when it was still in manuscript form. Loved loved LOVED. Loved so much I blurbed it. Why yes, that is my blurb on the cover. Here’s what I had to say:

“This fresh, fun, fabulous read will have you cheering for new beginnings. Five shiny gold stars!”

One thing I loved about Take a Bow is that the story is told from multiple perspectives. Finding out what other characters are thinking – especially what the boy is thinking – always appeals to me. This is a story about dreaming big, following your heart, and being true to yourself. Very inspirational.

After our signing at Books of Wonder, Elizabeth and I went to Barnes & Noble to document her shiny new book on the shelves. As you can see, Elizabeth was down with the rock star placement of her books:

Elizabeth Eulberg with Take a Bow

A group of ladies was taking the escalator up during our photo shoot. When they found out a real live author was present, they came right back down to meet Elizabeth. One of them even bought a copy so Elizabeth could sign it! How rock star is that?

*throws sparkly confetti at Elizabeth*

Congrats to EE on her uplifting novel. I can’t wait for more to come!