Over on Goodreads, I’m running a giveaway of a signed, hardcover, First Edition of Nowhere Wild. All you have to do (if you are a registered Goodreads user), is go here and click the Enter Giveaway button. If you’re not a Goodreads user, well, I’ll have to find a way to do another giveaway soon. In fact, I have an idea now, but I have to wait a couple of days to get it started.
This contest, however, closes at 11:59 PM on August 25th and is open to residents of the US and Canada! The winner will be chosen randomly by Goodreads, and should receive the book a few days later.
Deb Caletti and I met a few years ago through the PNWA, and hit it off right away. We’ve kept in touch as time as gone on, but we just haven’t been able to get back together in person for one reason or another. Well last night, Deb was giving a reading at the wonderful Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle, so I decided to swing by and pick up a copy of her latest book, The Secrets She Keeps. Deb is a fantastic speaker, and an even better person. If you have the opportunity to hear her talk about her books, go. You will not regret it!
Afterwards, she signed a copy of her latest for me, and I signed a copy of Nowhere Wild for her. What a thrill! Deb, you are my hero!
No, not her. The book! The first hardcover copy of Nowhere Wild!
And oh, by the way, the front cover has a blurb from the absolutely wonderful, Deb Caletti! Check it out!
I’m so thrilled to have this in my hands. My mouth went dry and my chest locked up for a second when I saw the box on the front porch.
And yes, my wife gets to keep the first copy. She’s the one who told me to start writing again, just about 7 years ago today. She’s put up with the whining about plot lines and the moaning about edits. She deserves to get something back in return.
Seriously, I could not, and would not, have done this without her. Lisa, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I love you!
Okay, it’s actually 15 days, but fifteen seems like such a big number. Two seems incredibly small. And yet there is so much to do!
Yesterday, my wife and kids and I formed an assembly line to turn out the souvenirs for the book launch at University Books in Seattle on August 24th at 7:00 PM. (Just in case you forgot where and when this grand celebration will be). Parking is off NE 43rd St and I believe it’s free for those who buy a book (even if it’s not mine). I’ve got door prizes as well that should fit in with the party’s theme. There will be some special guests, and a couple of other big surprises for those in attendance. If you’re coming and plan to buy a book (or two), please arrive early so you can pay for it before the main event starts at 7:00 PM. The cash registers will be closing at 8:00 PM, but the signing will go on until my hand gives out (or we run out of books). The bookstore asks that you pay for the book before you get in line for the signing.
Summer has gone by so fast this year. A few weeks ago, I attended the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association Conference and had a wonderful time. I moderated three sessions and helped out with the agents and editors pitch blocks. As a volunteer, you get to meet so many amazing people. Everyone was so supportive when they heard my launch was coming up in August. We did a door prize prior to the Editor’s Panel, and gave away my first signed copy of a Nowhere Wild ARC.
I’m still trying to track down the person who took the picture. If I find it soon, I’ll update this post.
[Update 8/14/2015: Here’s the picture I promised. Terry Cubbins was the lucky winner of the very first signed copy of a Nowhere Wild ARC… and the very first copy of any book I’ve ever signed.]
After the PNWA, I participated in a 3 day hackathon on the Microsoft campus. For those of you who don’t know what a hackathon is—don’t worry—I didn’t either until a couple of years ago. You get a few thousand developers and project managers and designers and marketing and other employees together for three days, and you give them the opportunity to either solve a problem using the skills they’ve learned throughout their career, or a new skill they want to develop. The problems range from process issues at the company, to ecological challenges faced by the world, to medical issues that technology can address, to changes to existing products to give the products abilities the product teams don’t have time to build out during the regular product cycles. I worked on a project trying to help people with visual and hearing impairment. I can’t say what it was, due to non-disclosure agreements, but I can say that I had an awesome time, and what we were able to do in just 51 hours was astounding. We worked long hours, and kept the pedal to the metal, and our product exceeded my expectations. I hope, someday, that what we built will be refined and made available to vision and hearing impaired people around the world.
Since the end of the hackathon, I’ve turned my attention back to writing and prepping for the Nowhere Wild launch. I’ve picked up the laptop again, and have gotten back into the groove of writing each morning before work. That is, I go to work ridiculously early, then sit in a lounge and write for an hour each day before going to my office. It’s kind of like the old days where I wrote on the train, but not quite as regular, and I don’t have time to write in the afternoon on the way home (since I’m driving). Once I get deeper into this book, I hope that I can improve my daily output and write in the evening as well.
The other thing I have also picked up this summer is my reading pace. A few years ago, I read two books a week. Then I went through my Guillain-Barre issues, and I couldn’t read at all. Now, I’m trying to read every day. Some of my recent reads include (that I would recommend) The Martian by Andy Weir, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobosky, and My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni. My brother-in-law, Gary, recommended that I listen to Ready Player One on audible, narrated by Wil Wheaton, and I’m so glad I did. It was the first audio-book I’ve listened to end-to-end, and I loved it. I highly recommend that anyone who grew up in the 1980’s playing video games listen to that book. I’m going to go back and read it again someday soon, but listening to it on my drive to and from work made the commute fly by, to the point that I sometimes hoped for traffic jams so I could listen to more of the story.
This is already getting to be a bit of a long entry, so I’ll cut it off here. I hope to have more time to blog in the next few weeks (there will be so much going on!) but I’m not sure I’ll be able to do it (because there will be so much going on!) I’ll post updates whenever I can. Now, it’s time to get back to reading. Or may be writing. Or planning. Marketing? So much to do!
It’s by Karen Doerksen of the National Reading Campaign. Here’s a quote:
Dark, intense, and nail-bitingly scary, Nowhere Wild starts with a frenzied flight that never slows down for breath.
I got a good case of the goose pimples reading the review the first time. And the second time. And the third time. And the… well you get the picture. Here’s a link to the full review.
Twenty five days until the launch! Can NOT wait!
I’ve added a new page to my web site to make it easy for folks to know when I have public appearances and events scheduled. Simply click on the Events tab, and you should see the latest list. At the top of the list, of course, is the Nowhere Wild Launch Party on August 24th at the University Bookstore in Seattle. I promise we’ll have a fantastic time, and I may have some special, rather famous, guests there as well. To find out who they are, you need to show up!
But if you can’t make it to the launch, I added two more events to the list in the coming months:
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 6:00 PM, I’ll be doing a reading and a signing at University Bookstore in Bellevue, WA. For those of you who can’t make it to the launch party on August 24th, but are in the Seattle area, this should be a great time. I’d love to meet you.
Saturday, October 10, 2015, I’ll be taking part in the annual Write In The Valley event sponsored by the City of Sumner Arts Commission in Sumner, WA (my old stomping grounds). This time, I’ll be on the panel, and signing books as well. Come on out!
There will be more dates to come as I get organized. If you are a bookstore owner, librarian, or if you have a book club, and want to schedule a reading / signing after the launch, please drop me a note on my contact page. I’ll see what I can do!
Just a quick heads up that I will, in fact, be at the 2015 PNWA Conference starting tomorrow in Seatac, Washington. I’ll be moderating several panels and helping out with the Agents and Editors Pitch sessions. If you see me, please feel free to stop by and say hi. If you’re nice, I may even give you one of these snazzy postcards with the front cover for Nowhere Wild on it!
I’m looking forward to getting back to where it all started for me. I got my agent at the 2009 PNWA conference, and because of that first pitch, that first day, Nowhere Wild will be hitting store shelves in August.
Good luck to all the attendees pitching this weekend. Relax, have fun, and meet lots of cool writers, just like yourself.
Also, if you take a quick look at John Scalzi’s blog today, you’ll see that he has received an ARC of Nowhere Wild for his review. You know things are getting real when you see your book in a stack of books with Larry Niven on John Scalzi’s blog!
I worry a little bit that posting pictures of the beautiful sunsets we have here will make more of you want to move to Seattle. But I figure, if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably good folk.
Just the same, if you don’t know how to merge in fast moving traffic, we’ve got enough of your type of people around here already. Just enjoy the scenery vicariously through me.
Heard this song the other day, and it just stuck with me. Very pretty, and calls to be on a soundtrack somewhere. Enjoy.