Wednesday, January 28, 2009
1. I should be getting my manuscript for THE MAZE RUNNER from Krista in the mail today. It's now gone through "copyediting", which means it's been proofread and all that and I need to read it and accept or reject changes by the copyeditors. Krista said it's very clean so it shouldn't take long. Then I think it goes to typesetting and ARCs can't be too long after that!
2. I received my author copies of the audio for THE HUNT FOR DARK INFINITY. Like he did with the first one, Mark Wright has done an incredible job. I love his Mothball!!! Haven't heard Sally yet. Wait, you guys don't even know who Sally is! This is so weird. Anyway, here are a couple of pictures:
3. My wife and I had the awesome opportunity to be in the home of James Christensen last Saturday. He is our favorite artist, and it was like visiting Santa Claus. His house is so cool, and he has originals of his famous works hanging up everywhere. I really wanted to swipe one, and even offered him 5 bucks, but it just didn't work out. He's a very selfish man.
I was there because he asked me to be the literary chair for his arts foundation. Here's a picture of me with the man himself:
4. Writing update for 13TH REALITY BOOK 3: 32,068 words. I'm really enjoying this thing.
5. Michael (my agent) asked me to write a synopsis for the 2 sequels to MAZE. Here's some background. We sold MAZE as a proposal, based on 50 pages and a synopsis. I think because of that, we only sold a one book deal.
I've always planned this to be a trilogy, and we're not sure when RH will be interested in pursuing the next book deal, hopefully for both sequels. But Michael wants to be ready with a synopsis if they ask. And based on the in-house buzz we're hearing about, I really hope that's sooner than later.
6. Interesting side note on that, something I don't think I ever shared. Like I said, I always planned this to be a trilogy. But Krista felt very strongly that slapping the words "Book 1" all over MAZE would cheapen it. She said it's a powerful book that shouldn't be "gimmicked" by making it an obvious series. Because of that, we altered the ending a little to make it more stand-alone-ish. (Though I think readers will still crave a sequel. You'll see why.)
7. I'll get you much more details on this later, but if you live in the state of Utah, I have excellent news. Krista Marino is coming to the big week-long BYU conference for writers and illustrators this summer, June 8-12. I can't wait to meet her in person and get to know her. I'll also be teaching a workshop at the conference.
I can say this from experience: if you can possibly make it, don't miss a chance to schmooze Krista with your work! Trust me on this. Sell one of your kids if you have to. Rob old ladies. Sell your heart on the black market. Don't miss this opportunity. More details to come.
Well, that's about it for now. Later.
Posted by James Dashner at 8:32 AM