As you know, on account of it's on the right side of the page for all to see, Life As We Knew It achieves official paperback status on May 1, and the dead and the gone will be officially published in the United States on June 1. But I'd noticed that Amazon and Barnes & Noble were both claiming they had LAWKI paperbacks in stock. So I e-mailed my incredibly kind and patient editor about this, and she responded that while the pub dates were the official pub dates, once a bookstore gets copies of Harcourt books in stock, they can start selling them. So anyone who is interested might want to be on the lookout for paperbacks of LAWKI any old time and for d&g in May.
I also learned this week that the recording of the audio version of d&g (Listening Library) is about to commence. I was contacted to make sure they knew how to pronounce Pfeffer, for which I am very grateful.
See, that's not bragging.
Now here's a little bit of bad news. LAWKI is no longer nominated for the Rhode Island Young Reader's Award. Some other book won, so I took RI off the list. Fortunately, Oklahoma nominated LAWKI, so I was able to slip Oklahoma onto the list while none of you were looking.
I'd really like it if LAWKI won something other than Most Depressing YA Book Ever, which, while a great honor, didn't come with a plaque or medal or free meal.
Heh. I'm doing very well with the not bragging part of this blog entry. It's always good to throw in a little self-pity (my absolute favorite emotion) to throw the scent off.
The following doesn't constitute bragging because it's clearly not true. Bragging only counts if there's some tiny semblance of reality. But this sucker amuses me so I'm throwing it in.
Barnes & Noble has customer reviews, and naturally I check to make sure they're favorable (and don't read them if they're not). In my obsessive checking of all things dead and gone, I discovered that it had its first review over at B&N. Technically speaking, the review has nothing to do with d&g, but who cares. Somebody pretended to be somebody famous when posting the review:
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Dead and Gone Gerard Way, in My Chemical Romance (band), 03/27/2008
Life As We Knew It is now my favorite book. It's told in the perspective of a highschool girl trying to survive Earth, as it strives to survive after the Moon is hit by an asteroid.
Also recommended: Life As We Knew It
My Chemical Romance is now my favorite group ever! Although I'll be happy to switch allegiance to The Rolling Stones or The Dixie Chicks if anyone wants to pretend to be them instead.
Now for anyone who can't get enough of me (a group that consists of me), Cynthia Leitich Smith has a Cynsations interview, in which I reveal how totally ignorant I am and the advice I'd give a younger version of myself:
I hope some of you are still here, because the major major bragging is about to begin. There's a newspaper in Great Britain called The Guardian, and it had a sixteen page slick paper supplement for Spring '08 Children's Books. It covered picture books, middle level books, YAs, non-fiction, etc. with short reviews of about a dozen books in each category and one review singling out the best of the current bunch.
The last page of the supplement was devoted to classics. Real ones too, like The Secret Garden and The Snow Goose. They selected two books as Future Classics. One of them was Life As We Knew It!!! And the other was The Dead and the Gone!!!!!
Yes, you are currently being bored by the author of two future classics. And it only took me forty years and seventy five books to achieve that status.
Wait until Gerard Way finds out!