Dec 11, 2014
We’re smack dab in the middle of the holiday shopping season, and this December I’ve joined up with my local independent bookstore, The Booksmith, as part of Upstream, which is basically an easy way for you to support both indie bookstores and authors.
What this means is you can easily buy my books at The Booksmith’s website right here — and you can request signed, personalized copies. Once The Booksmith receives your order, they’ll let me know and I’ll walk on over to the shop and autograph and/or write a personal message in there for you. If you have a specific personal message, you can tell the store what you’d like me to write in the “notes” field of the online order form. They will ship the books, too, but shipping costs vary depending on where you are.
This year has been a particularly bad one for authors who are published by Hachette — and that includes me — because for about six months, our books were pretty hard to get on Amazon. I’m like every other author out there in that sales are really important for our careers, and not having my books widely available at the biggest online bookseller in the U.S. for half the year was really not good. I personally have made the choice to buy all my books through independent bookstores or directly from their publishers, but I know that a lot of people don’t have that option. If you do have the wherewithal to pay for a little bit of shipping, though, I hope you’ll consider buying my books at The Booksmith.
If you aren’t quite sure who my books would be a good fit for, I have some suggestions!
- Give Adaptation and Inheritance to folks who loved The X-Files and Battlestar Galactica. I wrote this series to be fun and smart, which means you can expect thrills and romance and thought-provoking stuff about what it means to be human. These two books are a duology, and both are now available in paperback, which means you can get the whole story at once.
- Huntress is a hero’s quest, straight up. It’s certainly for readers who loved Graceling by Kristin Cashore and The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley. There is a journey through creepy woods and across icy glaciers, and honestly I think it’s a great book to read in the wintertime. Fate, romance, battles, and a lot of archery are also included! The paperback edition includes a short story, “The Fox,” which is set a couple of years after the end of Huntress, and is about the main character.
- Ash is my best-known book and it’s an easy fit for anyone who loves fairy tale retellings, because Ash is a retelling of Cinderella. It was inspired in part by Robin McKinley’s wonderful Beauty, and anyone who loves those kinds of old-fashioned-feeling fantasies would probably enjoy Ash. If you’re worried about the Cinderella aspect, never fear! I totally up-end the Disney version, starting with the fairy godmother, who in Ash is a sexy male fairy, and ending with Prince Charming, who is, well, not a prince but is certainly quite charming.
You may have noticed that I’ve basically omitted the queer stuff in those pitches, and that’s not because I’m trying to hide it. If you have a lesbian, bi, or queer girl friend (or girlfriend!) who loves to read fantasy and scifi, I mean, my books are perfect for her. But also: They are not only for lesbian, bi, and queer girls. They’re also for fairy tale lovers, and fantasy fans, and thriller readers. I read and enjoy plenty of books about straight people (Pride and Prejudice: pretty straight! Also one of my favorite books!) and I’m fairly certain it can work the other way around too.
Also: If you’ve enjoyed or appreciated my blogging over the past few years, especially my statistics posts about LGBT YA or about diversity in YA, please consider buying a book or two. Those posts take a lot of time to do, and I offer them up for free on the internet because I think they’re useful to a lot of people. But I don’t get paid to do them, and the more I do them, the more I realize just how much time I put into them. I don’t have a donate button on my website, and I may consider doing that in the future, but for now, if you want to support me and those stats efforts, consider buying my books. You don’t even have to read them — consider them a free gift for supporting my blogging.
Finally, a note about the category of “young adult”: Yes, my books are published as young adult books! But that really does not mean you must be a teenager to read them. Last month I did a survey of my readers, and about a thousand of you responded within a few days (thank you so much!). I expected to have a significant number of adult readers, but I was honestly stunned to find that 93.7% of you are over 18, with 42.4% of you between 25–34. If you’re an adult who reads my books, you have a lot of company! The other day someone tweeted at me asking if it was OK for them to read my books because they were almost 30 years old, and I said, of course! You wouldn’t let age limit you when you were a teen, so why let it stop you now that you’re an adult?
If you already own my books, thank you so much! I hope you’ll also consider them as gifts for other people. And one last time: You can order them really easily from The Booksmith and even request signed and personalized copies.
Thank for you for reading what I write!