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BEA + blurbs + events!

Posted on May 11th, 2013 by annakjarzab

Woof, long time, no blog, right? Well, I’m always keeping it real on Tumblr and Twitter, but there’s something about having to compose longer posts that makes me feel so tired. (Really. I could bore you to tears with tales of how I’m trying to improve my sleeping patterns, but, well, they would bore you to tears.) Whatever–I have news!

Item #1: Book Expo America!

I’m very, very excited about this: Tandem is going to be a YA Buzz Book at this year’s Book Expo America! There’s going to be a panel on Thursday (10:00-10:50 AM at the Javits Center, Room 1E14/1E15) in which the editors of the five Buzz Books (you can find a full list here) chat up the books, and then there’s an author panel on Friday, May 31 (10:00-10:30 AM, Javits, Uptown Stage) where we get to talk about them ourselves.

I will also be signing at the Random House booth (#3940) from 2:30 – 3:30 PM on Friday, May 31. Come meet me and pick up a galley of Tandem!

Item #2: Blurbs!

I was incredibly lucky enough to get two amazing blurbs from two of my most favorite YA authors (authors in general, really), and I wanted to share them with you! Many thanks to Ally Condie and Marie Lu, who are awesome and wonderful and lovely and I adore their books so much, so as you can imagine, I’m pretty chuffed to have their kind words on my little novel.

“Clever and exhilarating–each page is a pleasure. I loved the romance and adventure of Sasha’s story, and I can’t wait for the sequel.” – Ally Condie, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the MATCHED Trilogy

“A fascinating world of parallel universes, sexy doppelgangers, and breathtaking action. Such a fun and addictive read!” – Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the LEGEND Trilogy

Item #3: Events!

May is going to be a very busy month for me–besides BEA, I have three events, all on the same weekend. I’ll be guest starring on Lurlene McDaniels’ LIFE ACTUALLY book tour, which she’s doing to promote her new book, A Year of Luminous Love (I just got a copy–can’t wait to read it!). More info below (and also on my Facebook page–have I mentioned I have a Facebook page?):

Friday, May 17
Union Square Barnes & Noble
33 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003
With Lurlene McDaniel, Shawn Goodman, Elizabeth LaBan, and Alyssa Sheinmel

Saturday, May 18
Brooklyn Public Library – Kensington Branch
4207 18th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11218
With Lurlene McDaniel, Beth Bauman, Mariah Fredericks, and Shawn Goodman

Sunday, May 19
Oblong Books & Music
6422 Montgomery St #6
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
With Lurlene McDaniel, Shawn Goodman, and Deborah Helligman

I think that’s it! In writing news, I’m still plugging away on my adult novel while I wait for editorial notes on book 2 of the Many-Worlds Trilogy. I’m also working on some digital only short stories for the Many-Worlds Trilogy, so I will keep you posted on that when I have more to say about it.


Posted on June 9th, 2009 by annakjarzab

ARCs are used for a bunch of different things. Publicity sends them to reviewers; marketing gives them away in contests (and…other stuff, probably). Authors send them to their mothers and fathers, who show them off to relatives and coworkers regardless of the age of said author. Editors send them to other authors, bigger name authors who might just say something nice that they can put on the cover of the finished product.

My ARCs are coming sometime this week, which means my editor will be sending them out to other people, people way more established in the industry than I am, so they can read it and maybe blurb me. I just want you to know, if nobody likes or wants to blurb my book I HAVE IT COVERED. My friend Mary (alternately known in these parts as MD, Tha Dubbs, Her Royal Dubbsness, etc.), who has an unspecified job at an unspecified publisher and knows from blurbs, generously offered to provide a couple for the cover of All Unquiet Things if, for some reason, the whole blurbing thing goes horribly awry. If I’m extremely unlucky, one of these gems may end up on the AUT cover:

“She’s my friend, so take this with a grain of salt, but it was pretty good for a first try.”


“I didn’t hate it as much as I thought I would.”


“On a scale of 1 to 10, it was a good, solid 6. That’s a D. And you know what they say: Ds get degrees. I would say maybe this earned an associate’s degree from Normandale Community College, where my Aunt Patty Jo got her nursing degree. I mean, it’s definitely not a Harvard D–that’s like a Normandale A++, which isn’t even allowed. But definitely would be accredited somewhere. Good work, AUT. You’re a plumber. ‘Read nights and weekends! At your own pace!’

I could keep going, but I won’t.”

OR (my favorite)

“Not terrible.”*

Vote for your favorite in the comments!

*You should know that Tha Dubbs didn’t actually say this about my book, but a different one altogether. If that author doesn’t want to use it, though, I’m all over it.**
**Also, she hasn’t actually read my book. She’s waiting for the ARC.