5th May 2015
Hey Evs and Nevs,
I’m alive. And more importantly…
That was the pic JoAnn took of me when I finished. It’s our half celebration / half funeral. Because when I was done, I thought I died.
I don’t know how I’m done, but I’m done. I finished it on Friday in this mix of euphoria and funereal tears, and spent the next 72 hours in a fog, polishing and copy-editing. Today is the first day I don’t have any actual copy-editing work to do, but I’ve still been reviewing the manuscript, tweaking things here and there in preparations for proofs. I don’t think I’m quite ready to let go emotionally yet.
Truth is, I left everything on the page in this book. I call it the Blood-on-the-Dance-Floor book, because it’s just all there for you on the page. Nothing left behind. Every stone turned, every wrinkle smoothed, and just a whole lot of emotion. As I was reading it the last time, I could hear some of the screams a few of you will have at certain points. Warn your parents: There will be screams.
I really gave everything on this book, because let’s be honest. The last books in a series are usually pretty bad. Anybody have any theories as to why they’re bad?? My hunch is just that the author is usually tired and can’t muster the energy to really do all the work that’s needed to make it answer all the questions it needs to. So they cheat and it ends up feeling anemic. Kind of like a quail instead of a chicken. Or a bush instead of a tree.
So I was determined not to let that happen to me.
Are you ready for the page count?
Book 3… THE LAST EVER AFTER… is…
You might want to take a U-Haul to pick up your book! It’s huge! But needless to say, I think this is a good thing and I’m hoping so do you.
I really enjoyed writing this one, as hard as it was. I think I learned a lot about myself, and I was lucky enough to have Toni, my one-of-a-kind editor, really pushing me to get the max out of the story that was there. It’s just a deep plunge into the world of SGE, and towards the end, I wondered if I’d ever actually resurface.
But here I am, in boxers and a tank top as promised, lying on my stomach on my carpet, as promised, having woken up from a nap, as promised, and will likely go from taking said nap to writing this blog to taking another nap.
A few more days of lounging around and then I’ll actually try to do something constructive with my life. And don’t worry… there are things planned.
First things first, if you haven’t read JoAnn’s blog from Sunday, it’s a must read!!! She gives you screenshots as to what the new website will look like, gives you a peek at EverNever TV, and she’ll continue to be your exclusive guide to the brand new world of SGE, coming online in June. So stay tuned to JoAnn’s blog every Sunday, and keep asking her questions.
I’m getting a new cut of the trailer tonight from Michael, which is the best trailer yet! You’ll see it on June 4 or 5th on MTV, but here’s another quick screenshot sliver…
In other news, see these boxes?
They have pages that I’m going to sign exclusively for Book 3, that will be in selected copies of THE LAST EVER AFTER around the United States on July 21st when the book comes out. I won’t be signing many, but here’s the fun part: because you’re on the blog, I’ll tell you where you can find them, so you can snag them before anyone else. Stay tuned for that info soon…
Movie’s chugging along. I’m hearing that it’ll come out end of 2016 or summer 2017, so by fall, we should be in casting… More news soon!!!
I can’t wait to start reading again, now that the book’s done. At the top of my bookshelf is JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL, which I’ve already started and is absolutely fantastic. Then I have:
I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson
TO ALL THE BOYS I LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han (who is absolutely amazing; we just had dinner the other night at a restaurant called Han Dynasty; the waiter was tickled by the irony when the reservation was made under Jenny’s last name)
THE BEAUTIFUL FALL by Alicia Drake
I’m hoping to get all four of those done this week (I read quick), and give you a new list next week.
Some of you have been worried that we’ll lose the blogs once we move to the new website, but don’t worry — the blog will just be in a new form, and there’ll be much more interactivity for you to talk to me and JoAnn and each other. The new SGE website will be a step up in every single way.
Now for this week’s contest, I’ve been noticing some amazing memes pop up on Instagram and the Reader Gallery. So I think it’s high time we had a meme contest! This contest will last two weeks — and you just have to come up with your best meme. Here are the rules:
1. You can only enter 3 memes maximum.
2. You can make your meme by hand on paper or by computer. There’s a ton of meme-makers on the Internet, but here’s one: http://www.mememaker.net/
3. Memes can be funny, serious, sad, or just plain weird. (I’m thinking of whoever made that Caspar Lee meme that involved Dr. Who — something like “WHO WANTS TO BE A PRINCE WHEN YOU CAN BE THE DOCTOR?”) I showed it to every single one of my friends, who declared that reader a ‘genius.’ (Whoever it is, feel free to declare yourself, so we can anoint you Resident Genius.)
4. Upload your meme to the Reader Gallery — and if you have Instagram, you can upload it there too, and tag both #schoolforgoodandevil and #theschoolforgoodandevil so I see it. (I check those tags every day for those of you on Instagram who want me to see your posts.)
5. Entries due by noon on May 18th!
Alright… Now the real countdown begins until you can read Book 3… Because it’s actually done. Which means it’s coming out… which means you’ll read my thoughts… Ahhhh! Scary. Now I actually have to come to terms with Resident Geniuses like all of you reading this one. It’s all so private!
The struggles and joys of being an author.