Hey everybody! I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer. I wanted to take time out from my normal ranting about pop culture and the ongoing fraud calling itself education reform in order to update everybody on what's happening with my writing.
Definitely Getting Published:
Tessa Masterson Will Go To Prom, co-written with Emily Franklin, is probably the best-reviewed book of my career. Our publisher, Walker Books, recently announced a paperback edition (yay!) along with a fancy new cover.
The paperback arrives in April 2013. Mark your calendars! Also, I keep wanting to call my BFF Dan Savage* to tell him what a great book this is for LGBTQ youth, but I can't figure out a non-awkward, non-terrible way to go about this. If you've got any bright ideas, let me know. Also looking for non-awkward non-stalkerish ways to get Molly Ringwald to read my Breakfast Club 2 script, if you've got any of those.
*BFF here defined as "we once had essays in the same anthology, and he answered one of my questions on the Lovecast." (Not telling which one. Except it wasn't the pie fight fetish one.)
Escape from Assland, co-written with Trish Cook, is currently in the copy-editing stage and will be coming from Egmont USA in 2013. It's about two kids at a therapeutic boarding school who...well, no spoilers. But it's fantastic. And so far they actually haven't asked us to change the title. I have no idea why.
Regular readers may recall that Forever Changes has gone out of print. But fear not! My artist is putting the finishing touches on a new cover and I'm going over my electronic copy to make sure its perfect, and this, probably the best thing I ever wrote, will be coming back as an ebook, available everywhere I can make it available. Stay tuned!
My short story "How Auto-Tune Saved My LIfe" appears in the bullying-themed anthology Cornered, coming out next month!
Also, for the young superhero fan in your life, you might check out The Amazing Spider-Man Storybook Collection. It's a huge bargain full of cool stories and art, and I wrote the Black Cat story. True!
Hopefully getting published (yeah, yeah, you shouldn't use hopefully that way, blah blah nobody cares.)
I have two novels currently in the hands of the smartest, best-looking, and most capable and competent editors in the entire world as we speak, awaiting offers which they are certainly just about to make.
The first one is a YA noir superhero novel called Enter The Bluebird. It's definitely one of the best things I've ever written and a real departure in both style and genre.
The second is a horror novel set at the Jersey Shore (no, it does not involve any cast members from that show being dispatched in bloody and awful ways, though a sizable number of people seem to wish this was the case). It is a ton of fun and will probably appear under the name of my good friend Seamus Cooper.
Still Being Written
1. Working on a novel with Trish Cook. We're only about 20 pages in, so I don't wanna say too much lest we lose the creative mojo we got workin'. But I'll just say we're having a ton of fun with it.
2.Working on a novel with Emily Franklin. We're also about 20 pages in, so similar superstitious claptrap about mojo applies. It's apocalyptic, though.
3.Working on a novel by myself. It's about a girl who changes schools after a bad experience and quickly finds that things at her new school may be even weirder. About 40 pages in on this one.
As always, thank you to everybody who has bought or checked out or borrowed or otherwise obtained one of my books. Thanks also to everyone who has recommended one of my books to someone else, either in real life or on the internet. I've said this before, but you folks are my unpaid publicists (so maybe you could call yourself interns!), and your work on my behalf is awesome and critical. And thanks also to everybody who has let me know that one of the stories I made up has touched you in some way. I appreciate your support more than I can possibly convey here. I hope to have more good news to share with you soon!