Blow the Cannons: Soman’s Done. Plus Cele-Funerals, JoAnn’s Website Teases, Trailer Slivers, Pre-Signed Book 3’s, and a Whole Lot More!

5th May 2015

Hey Evs and Nevs,

I’m alive. And more importantly…

I’M DONE.

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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?

Ready?

Book 3… THE LAST EVER AFTER… is…

672 pages.

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…

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In other news, see these boxes?

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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.

xo

S

156 Comments

  1. TO SOMAN: Also could you please get like professional actors in the movie like Angelina jolie can be lady lesso? also will the movie be available all over in the UK as well ( ODEON CINEMA) please say yesss??

  2. Omg omg omg!!! Book 2 is how many pages long?? that's like double the size of the first one !!! Which means this last book is going to turn out huge. I have a feeling its going to be epic war . I have a very sad feeling about tedros... :( that he might die. or Agatha might get betrayed by sophie. :(

    TO SOMAN:: CAN YOU PLEASE PUT SOME SNEAK PEAKS OF THE BOOK? please please pleaseeeee

    waah by the time the movie comes out I think i'll be too old to watch it :(

  3. To: Soman

    Yay your done!

    Only thing is that I am in the UK so there will be no signed book for me!!!!!!!

    Now time for questions!

    1. If I want to audition will I have to go to the USA? I hate planes!

    2. In another post you said you don't know if Tedros will survive. Tell me he does! I hate it when good characters die! I understand when the bad ones do though.

    3. Will we have to make new log ins? Please say in your next post!

    4. SGE can't end yet. Not at least until I am 12345678910111213....... but right now I am only 12 (B Day was in April!)

    Request (Demand) :

    Please come to Tonbridge or it is acceptable if you go to London an area accessible by Tonbridge! You could come to Tonbridge Girls Grammer School and visit my year 7 class...

    Have fun reading and relaxing! I can't wait for book 3!

    Keira

    • same im in the Uk too!!

  4. today is my BIRTHDAY :D :D :D !!!!!!!!!!!

    • Happy B-Day Sophie4Ever!

    • happy belated birthday sophie 4 ever :D

  5. Yay it's finished! I. cant. wait. to. read. it!

  6. OMG!!!!!!! HE'S FINALLY FINISHED WRITING BOOK 3 . CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

  7. EXCUSE MOI!!!!!!

    NONONONONONO

    Soman you are not finished writing!!! You still have the school for good and evil book 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, .......999999999999, 100000000000, 100000000001......

    so I don't think so....right?

    please soman you're an amazing author and it would break my heart( head, face, and life) if you don't write more SGE!!!! I NEED SGE!!!!!!!!

    672 pages? I thought there was going to be 10000000000000000000000000000000000 :(

    bye- and the never ever army rox and Joanne rule and you're THE best.

    -From your no.1 fan

    KIM

  8. PS: 672 PAGES!!!!! Wowza! Mr. Soman, I now pronounce you the most AMAZING, WONDERFUL, MOST-PUT-EFORT-IN-THESE-BOOKS PERSON!!!!! Now, back to the screaming of 672 pages......

  9. Btw, when I read the title, my eyes immediately got reverted to "Cele-Funreal". And I thought

    "What?! Soman died from writing book three?! OMG, how terrible. WHOS GOING TO WRITE BOOK THREEEEEEE?!"

  10. Reads the blog with a blank "poker" face........................Then starts screaming............

    And yet again my friends thought I was REALLY REALLY hyper today. Guess they were wrong. Because there was a "tomorrow" and a "new blog".Though I have to admit, it's gonna be awful for them. Not for me, alas, as I would be galloping around the field, screaming "THE BOOK IS FINISHED THE BOOK IS FINISHED YIPEEE SEE I TOLD YOU UNICORNS EXIST!!!!!!!" That second part,I know, wasn't, um, related. (Stares into space for sec)

    THE BOOK IS FINISHED THE BEAUTIFUL BOOK IS FINISHED IS ACTUALLY FINISHEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

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