Keep Holding On was just released in Indonesia.
My Indonesian publisher has an amazing design team. The covers always resonate with my books in gently nostalgic ways. Like the cover of When It Happens.
Very cool guitar placement here. I’ve never felt entirely comfortable with the original cover of When It Happens. The way Tobey is slinging that guitar over his shoulder? I don’t think so. He would never hold his instrument like that. This is a lot more realistic.
If you’re into foreign cover design, you might also enjoy Indonesia’s covers for So Much Closer, Something Like Fate, Waiting for You, and Take Me There. They all show details from the books that make me smile.
Snaps for Indonesia 🙂
My German publisher, Arena Verlag, has done it again. They’ve designed an absolutely adorable cover for the German edition of When It Happens. How much do I love this? And where can I get those pants? WANT.
The title was changed to Falling in Love because When It Happens would have been lost in translation. I’ve already fallen in love with the pretty flowers and butterflies. Those design elements are on all four of my German covers and I freaking love them.
The tagline is: Love happens when you least expect it. Right on, Germany. Right on.
We’re getting there.
That’s what I keep repeating to myself whenever it feels like my apartment renovations will never be finished. Which is, like, every day. Things are moving along. Just a lot slower than I’d hoped. One good thing that happened today was bathtub reglazing. That’s where they make your tired old tub look like it’s brand new. I was so impressed with the work. The bathtub is so shiny! And flawless! Much better than some other stuff that was damaged. Like how the delivery guys ripped a corner of my new couch. Or how some paint eater dripped on my new stainless steel refrigerator and removed a bit of the finish. I could be grumbly about those things. But I prefer to focus on the Big Picture. My place is looking gorgeous overall. The work will be done soon. The couch and refrigerator damage will be repaired. And I will be able to have nice things for the first time pretty much ever.
In the midst of the construction frenzy, I didn’t get a chance to tell you about a hot summer read you’re going to love.
Fortunately, I was able to read My Life in Black and White months before it was released in June. What a powerful story. It was a total page turner – one of those fast reads where you can’t wait to find out what happens next. You should know that Natasha Friend is the sweetest person. She is truly adorable. Which makes reading her books even more satisfying. I was thrilled to provide a blurb for this book:
“With a perfect mix of emotional depth and intelligent humor, My Life in Black and White will inspire you to reevaluate what’s important in your own life. You won’t want to put it down!”
Also thrilling was finding these at Forever 21 today:
It was not cool to wear a New Kids on the Block tee back in the day when they were actually popular. Apparently, they are cool to wear now. Or maybe it just wasn’t cool for me to wear my NKOTB tee. I was a super fan in high school. High school was too old to like them. The Girls Scouts in the troop I was a leader-in-training for were all obsessed. They understood me. But my love for Joey Joe had to be top secret in front of everyone else. Ours was a scandalous relationship.
However, my love for all the book bloggers who have spread the word about Keep Holding On is very public. Here are some new reviews for you:
Keep Holding On was also included as a hot YA read for adults in this She Knows feature along with Between the Lines by literary idol Jodi Picoult and her daughter, Samantha van Leer. Honored!
In other book news, Barnes & Noble Book Club asked me to write a guest post on how I learned to think like a teenager (hint: no learning was required). The Penn Gazette interviewed some Penn grads who are YA authors about the genre. You can win a signed copy of So Much Closer on Freado. And I have to give a shout-out to Justin for reviewing When It Happens. I love it when boys read my books.
How much do I love this cover of the UK edition of When It Happens?
So. Freaking. Much.
First off, it’s bright pink in person. Like neon pink. The pink is so bright you have to wear shades. How do I know this? My fabulous Scholastic UK editor sent me a copy. Thanks, Helen!
Then there’s the design. Totally unique and catchy. And some of the images are taken right from the book, like the dime, yin-yang, and diner sign. Plus the adorbs T&S heart (which I guess is English for T+S).
But actually? My favorite part is the explicit content warning sticker. That is so badass. Slap some parental advisory stickers up in here! When the book came out in 2006, I remember my editor at the time saying that it might get a similar warning for librarians. I don’t remember how that played out. The important thing is that I wrote the story that was in my heart. The uncensored, honest story of when true love happens. I wrote every detail of how euphoric first love feels without worrying about what the grownups would think. And I’m so happy I did.
When It Happens is out now in the UK. I believe the UK edition of So Much Closer drops in September. Hopefully, there will be more to come!
Yay for Friday the 13th! It’s my lucky day. And I am one lucky author.
Thanks to dedicated reader Rachel S. for sharing her amazing quote artwork.
I’m honored 🙂
My amazing UK editor is in town and I just got to have lunch with her. She’s the best kind of editor – a big fan of my books, excited about collaborating, and a very sweet person. Scholastic UK is publishing both When It Happens and So Much Closer next year. Naturally, I am beyond stoked. Helen showed me a mock-up of the When It Happens cover. It’s such a unique design! Without giving too much away, I can tell you that there’s room for some images on the cover that reflect things from the book.
Which is where you come in.
It’s been a long time since I read When It Happens. Even though it’s hard to believe, I don’t remember everything I wrote. How busted is that? Of course I remember details like Tobey’s black Converse and Sara’s sketchbook and the significance of yin-yang and Chez and how music was a major part of the story. But I’d love to know which details you remember. What images do you think should go on the cover? Your comments would be much appreciated – and would really help me get my suggestions together!
More cover news for you: I finally saw the initial cover designs for Keep Holding On and the So Much Closer paperback. They are both super cute. I’ll post them here as soon as they’re finalized.
In other awesomeness, how sweet is the Google doodle today? As soon as I saw it I freaked OUT. He was once a little green slab of clay. Gumby! My old students know all about Gumby and co. I regularly worked them into my lessons. Plus I kept my retro Gumby and Pokey figures on my desk. I adore all those characters, but Prickle has always held a special place in my heart. He is the yellow dinosaur. He is adorable.
One thing I love about New York is discovering new stuff. All the time. Often right down the street. Like the other day when I was mesmerized by some skywriting. The physics component of skywriting is fascinating. Not only do you have to be all about trajectories and angles, you have to take into account wind conditions as well. The skywriter started writing over 10th Avenue. But by the time the message was finished, it had blown east of 6th Avenue. What was the message? LAST CHANCE. A group of us stood on the street wondering, Last chance for what? (Note: That’s maybe not the best message to write in the New York City sky). The romantic part of me usually wins with these things. I imagined the skywriter to be desperately in love with a girl who knew she should leave her abusive boyfriend to be with him, but lacked the courage to make such a drastic life change. It was her last chance to follow her heart. Would she take it?
So how do I know where the skywriting started? Because I tweeted about the message. Then I noticed a tweet in my feed from the High Line. Of course the skywriting was an art project affiliated with the High Line. Awesomeness attracts more awesomeness. I can’t wait to see what’s next.
I had so much fun with the first audiobook giveaway on Twitter that I’m doing another one this week on Facebook!
You can win any two of these audiobooks on your choice of CD or MP3:
Here’s how to enter:
1. Like my Facebook page.
2. Leave a comment in the audiobook giveaway thread on my Facebook page.
1. All entries must be received by Sunday, August 14 at 11:11 pm.
2. I will announce the winner on Monday, August 15 on my Facebook page.
3. 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.
4. The winning mailing address must be located in the United States.
5. The prize is your choice of any two of these audiobooks on CD or MP3: When It Happens, Take Me There, or Waiting for You.