Friday, July 13, 2012

Race to 100/300 Comments

It's Friday the 13th. Great day to start a contest, right?

Okay, here's how it works. If you are reading this post, it means the contest has started. You can make as many comments as you want. Comments can be short, but they should at least be one word or a sentence or whatever. If someone deletes their comment, it still counts as a comment. The 100th comment (and the 300th if we get to that) each win a signed ARC of Zombie Kid.

The contest is open only to residents of the US and Canada. Also, I am turning off anonymous comments for this blog, so I will know who you are. I will announce the winners after the contest and you need to e-mail me to claim your prize.

Good luck and have fun!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

What to Do With Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs)

Zombie Kids
The next step in the “Yep, it’s real.” process of having a book come out is getting ARCs. For those who might not know, ARCs are un-proofed advance copies of books, given out for early reviews, contests, etc.Not all publishers do ARCs, and not all books get ARCs. Usually they are done for early books in a series, or standalone books.

I got ten Zombie Kid ARCs in the mail yesterday. I’m going to keep one, give one to James Dashner, for blurbing the book, and save one to loan to family, friends, etc.

That leaves seven to give out. Here’s my plan. Two are going to people who ask to be added to a mailing list on Facebook (friend me at J Scott Savage and join the list if you want to take part.) The idea is that people read the book, hopefully post reviews online, and mail it to the next person on the list.

I am also going to give a couple away in contests. These copies will be for you to keep. The first contest will be tomorrow at 10:00 AM MST and it’s really easy. At 10:00 Mountain Standard Time, tomorrow morning, I will post a contest blog.

People can start commenting immediately. Whoever posts the 100th comment, gets a book. Easy huh? You can post as often as you want, and a post can be as simple as “Hi, Jeff!” Make sure it’s at least actually a word. A word of warning, when we get close to 100, things can go really fast, so don’t wait.

Just for fun, if we hit 300 comments before midnight Friday, I will give another ARC to the 300th commenter. (No, you can’t win twice.) Any questions? Remember if you don’t win,. I will do more contests, or you can add your name to my Facebook mailing list.

See you tomorrow!

If you have a book review blog, e-mail me and I’ll give you the Harper email address to request a review copy. No idea what their requirements are, but you can ask them.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Air Keep Chapter 3 Dropping In

As promised, here is the fourth on-line installment of Air Keep, the 3rd book in the Farworld series. If you haven’t been reading along, you can find the first three chapters here:
Interlude 1
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
It’s both fun a little terrifying returning to a story you haven’t touched for a couple of years. It’s like running into a best friend from elementary school. It’s great to see them and brings back lots of fun memories. On the other hand, you know both of you have changed. Can I recapture those characters? Can I get back into the flow of the story? My readers are three years older too. Do they still care?
So thanks for all the awesome e-mails I have received from many of you. I’m so glad you are enjoying what you have read so far. If you are reading along, take a second when you get done and let me know what you think. Is it working? Does it feel like the Marcus and Kyja of old? Any predictions on where you think things are heading? Let me know. You don’t even have to do the word verification to post.
(On a funny side note, you don’t realize how many new words you have created until you get a new laptop and the (non-customized) dictionary marks them all.)
And just a reminder that the book and e-book comes out in February, along with the paperbacks of books 1 and 2.

Chapter 3 Dropping IN

“This is a really, really, really, bad idea,” Riph Raph said, his voice cracking.
“I told you—you don’t have to come,” Kyja whispered back. The two of them crept slowly down the tower stairs, keeping an eye out for wizards, who were unlikely to be moving around at that time of night, and guards, who were quite likely to be about.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Motives in Early Reader, Middle Grade, and Young Adult Novels (Part 3)

In my last two posts, we discussed complexity of motives and region of influence in motives as differentiating factors in youth fiction. Today, I want to talk about a third factor—conflicting motives.

Ender’s Game is a novel that could be positioned as adult, young adult, or middle grade. In fact, since the protagonist is only six when the book starts, you could even argue that it is early reader. Of course, if you’ve read the novel by Scott Card, you would quickly realize it is definitely not targeted at anything younger than YA. (Despite the fact that the publisher appears to have been trying to sell it as MG lately.)