YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO MJ’S 2011
Because I get a lot of questions online about what I’m doing and where I’m going, I decide to make a COMPREHENSIVE guide to my year, as I currently understand it. I’m still getting a lot of information, but I’ve decided to tell you EVERYTHING I know about my public schedule in 2011. I realize this implies that I have a private schedule, which is true. That I keep to myself, in my Rob Pattinson diary.* So here it is! 2011 in one blog post! It’s a kind of STALKER’S DELIGHT!
All your stalking needs, now in one place!
In January, meaning now, I am finishing up THE NAME OF THE STAR, the first of the Shades of London series. From January 19th until the 25th, I will be taking PERSONAL TIME. I am going on vacation. I have been told that I am not permitted to bring my computer, because I need to learn how to VACATE. I am vaguely traumatized by this, but I am told it is for the best. Where am I going? To the Caribbean, to be frightened by small fish and serenaded by steel drums. You’ll see me back online on the 25th. I’ll probably be a little frantic.
On February 1, Scarlett Fever comes out in paperback! So you can get your paperback on with the Martin family. THEY WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU. From February 7th until the 14th, I will be writing at a secret lair in Mexico with Cassie Clare, Holly Black, Robin Wasserman, and Sarah Rees Brennan. THERE I will commence work on the second of the Shades of London books.
March is mostly for writing, but there are a few events of note. On March 20th, I’ll be the host of an event honoring Laurie Halse Anderson at Symphony Space in New York City.
I might also be at ANOTHER EXCITING EVENT, but since I don’t have confirmation on this, I cannot SPEAK of it.
Ah, April. Spring at last! From April 5-7, I’ll be in and around Oklahoma City, with the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library System. They’ll be TWEETING details here.
On April 26th, THE LAST LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPE will be released! I know I’ll be doing some events in the NY/NJ/CT area for the release, but I have no info on this yet. I will, however, be celebrating MUCHLY online.
May is also for writing. And frolicking. And for being a darling bud of. I will likely be in England. I’ll probably be at BEA (Book Expo America, NYC) as well. I’m always at BEA, often spreading the flu, jabbering away in panels, and stealing all the books I can get down the front of my convention hall sweater.
June is where the funtimes start. From June 21st to the 24th, I’ll be doing the first leg of a tour with Sara Shepard and Sarah Mylnowski. I know we are scheduled to go to Washington DC and Atlanta, but I have NO IDEA where. But if I have any say in the matter, I will be eating biscuits at the Flying Biscuit in Decatur.
It is also QUITE LIKELY that I will be at ALA in New Orleans somewhere in or around June 24-28th. I really hope so, because my list of foods I would like to eat in New Orleans is long and detailed.
Things get SPICY HOT in July, for July is LEAKYCON! And I am one of the people running Lit Day, the YA festival that opens the conference. That’s on Wednesday, July 13th. I’ll be around for all of Leakycon, but that day I will be TALKING and SIGNING and BEING AUTHORLY. The rest of the time, I intend to run around Hogwarts and drink butterbeer.
UPON MY RETURN, I leave for the second leg of the tour with Sara Shepard and Sarah Mylnowski. We are going to Chicago and San Francisco. And again, I know not dates and times.
I write. Probably in England.
In October, THE NAME OF THE STAR comes out. I will be touring for this, but at this time I have NO IDEA where or when.
I CAN tell you that The Name of the Star will also be coming out in the UK, Australia and New Zealand with HarperCollins UK, in Germany with Random House, in French with Michel Lafon, in Italian with Mondadori, in Dutch with De Fontein, in Hebrew with Graff Publishing, in Croatian with Algoritam, and in Taiwan with Sun Color. Other countries and languages hopefully to be announced soon! But that is what I know RIGHT NOW.**
Also, Brilliance Audio will be making a FANTASTICO audiobook that will knock your socks off, so attach them carefully.
Basically, October is going to explode with news, news that will likely spill out through November and December. I know NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English, Annual Convention) is in Chicago in November. I don’t have confirmation that I will be at that, but I’ve been told it’s likely.
I’m sure I’ve missed some stuff, but that’s 2011 as I know it RIGHT NOW.
I have two things going on right now that I also wanted to cover.
1. As those of you on Twitter will know, I am up for the Shorty Award, which is a Twitter award . . . in the category of “Weird.” It is now a life ambition of mine to get this award, but to do this, I need your help. Won’t you click here and vote? All you have to do is complete the sentence with the reason you think I deserve the WEIRD award. (Votes only count if you write something after the word “because”.) I am also quite proud of the votes I have gotten in social media and customer service, but the WEIRD award is the GOAL. So VOTE, won’t you?
2. I am now having a contest to find my OFFICIAL FILMMAKER for the trailer for The Last Little Blue Envelope. Basically, I’m on the fence about book trailers, and I said online that I’d prefer it if one of YOU made my trailer, and someone said, “Why not make it a contest?” And I said, “Why not indeed?”
To enter, send me a link to a video you made that you think best represents you and your style. You do NOT have to make a mock book trailer to show me what you plan on making. I just want to see YOU at your finest. Either send it to me on Twitter at @maureenjohnson or email it to me. The winner will get an advance copy to read so he/she/they can make the trailer, and the title of MJ’S OFFICIAL FILMMAKER. Entries are due this Sunday, January 16th.
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS I THINK PEOPLE WILL ASK
“How can I get you to come to my town on your tour?”
I don’t actually choose where I go on tour. The schedule is handed to me. It’s decided by the publicity/marketing department(s) at my publisher(s). I think most of the events for The Last Little Blue Envelope have been set up, so it’s mostly the fall tour that’s open. I’ve been suggesting that people tweet their requests to @penguinteen and @HarperCollinsUK, because, why not? It’s especially helpful if you have a bookstore or a library, because they are probably not going to send me to your house. At least, I don’t think they will.
“I didn’t see the third Scarlett book on there. When’s that coming out?”
There WILL be a third Scarlett book. It won’t be coming out in 2011, because I already have two books coming out in 2011, and I haven’t written it yet. But I will. Soon. NOT TO WORRY. IT COMETH. More questions? LEAVE THEM BELOW!
* I do actually have a Rob Pattinson annual for 2011. It was given to me as a gift. But I have to confess that it is currently straightening out a crooked bookshelf. It just happened to be the perfect thickness. I like to think Edward is holding up my books.
** I realize I don’t have a page of all my foreign editions. I should fix that.