Friday, March 6, 2009

I love good news. No, really, I do.

Wow, what an incredible day.

My wonderful, awesome, god-like agent, Michael Bourret, sent me an email early this morning. Since he's two hours ahead of me and being the nice dude he is, he didn't want to wake me up. So the email said that he had good news and that I needed to call him.

I figured I'd wait a couple hours since I didn't really care what he had to say. Well, not so true, but I DID use the bathroom first.

Anyway, the news: it looks like Random House is going to do some pretty incredible things to promote THE MAZE RUNNER. First of all, they're sending me on a pre-publicity tour to NY, SanFran, Chicago, Seattle, etc. in May, then on a full publicity tour when the book comes out. According to Michael, this is very rare. Sometimes they do one or the other, but rarely both. So yeah, we're stoked.

I then got a call from Noreen Marchisi, Publicity Manager for RH Children's Books, just a bit later, introducing herself and to talk over dates and whatnot. (She was going to call me first, but Michael told her he'd better do that in case I fainted or made weird goat sounds upon hearing the news.)

Another exciting part of this is that it looks official: the release date has been moved up to October 13th. So we finally know!!!

Now, none of this is set in stone, and with the economy, who knows what could happen. But for now, I'm going to enjoy the fact that these wonderful people think so much of my book that they're willing to commit these kinds of resources.

In the meantime, I hope all my wicked awesome readers out there will enjoy the second book of THE 13TH REALITY. Have a nice day.

53 comments:

numberonedashnerfan said...

yay, woot your the best.

Laura said...

Wow. That gave me chills. It couldn't have happened to a nicer, more deserving author/person. Awesome!

numberonedashnerfan said...

also thanks for getting the tour dates updated....we got our girl scout cookies yesterday...thin mints = the best cookies ever invented...tiki tiki

Don said...

That's awesome! I'll be watching to see if Dallas shows up on the tour list.

Scarlet Knight said...

Congratulations! That is completely fantastic! =)

Brian said...

YYYAAAYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SEATTLE! Finally!!! I can't wait to meat you!

James Dashner said...

Thanks, guys. I hope to catch a lot of you while out and about.

KitKat said...

My thoughts exactly!!! I can't wait for you to come to Seattle! Would the tour be in the summer?

Becky said...

Congratulations! That's awesome news! I think we should tell as many people about it as possible so that the tour must go on. They couldn't disappoint all those Dashner fans could they?

Graham Chops said...

SIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK!!!! Love it! I'm signing up for it as soon as I can! Then again, my bookstore will probably just get an ARC like we always do (cue evil laughter)

numberonedashnerfan said...

whoa I just re read that and lol I already told you once your out of high school no more farm animal noises see
https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=8648274871264107501&postID=2547322576239150751
You were able to make my day again…I am going to try and visit it you just to hang out ( sometime when you come back to Utah I’m not sure what day yet it all depends on what happens with the my grandma dealio…) because you have already signed book 1&2, book2 arc, my 13th reality shirt, my poster, my bookmark…want to sign my email I sent to you….or the book 1 pamphlet thingy with the first 2 chapters in it…lol I am such a dork…

Garrett the Dragon said...

Thats awsome! I can't wait till Maze comes out. I wonder if Salt Lake is on the list. Also, I did like 13th Reality. It was a really good book. I'm sad now because I have to wait a year. Congrat's again. Thats great news.

Arlene said...

San Fran? Awesome! Just to prove how much of a psycho fan I am, I might make the three hour drive from Reno. Then you could meet my psycho family. Hehe!

James Dashner said...

I know, I'm way stoked on the city list, too, and hope to meet some of you. I've never been to Seattle or NY, and only Chicago through the airport.

Just an FYI, the prepub tour might not necessarily be open public events. I think those are for booksellers and that type of thing, since there are no books to sell.

But I'm sure I'll go to those same places in the fall when the book actually comes out.

Georgie K. Buttons said...

:D :D :D

YES!!!

Kirsten said...

Whee! Tour dates are up! The fact that I'm going to have to drive out to Mesa to see you is a little less than thrilling... AND that I won't get my B&N employee discount when buying your book cuz I'm a cheap loser. But oh well. =) You better be ready for me, James. Go find the pictures I posted of you and I from last time, brush up on how your BEST bodyguard EVER looks, and I'll be seeing you sometime next week. =)

-Kir3sten
TIGGER!!

Jennifer Jenkins said...

Geez James. It seemes every time you blog there's more good news. I'd hate you if I didn't love you so much. Good for you! Can't wait for Maze Runner.

Deb said...

That's great news, James, but I'll know you've hit the big time when Eagle Mountain makes your tour list :)

James Dashner said...

Kirsten, I'm glad you saw that. And I may need you. As you can see from the comments, I have some pretty psycho fans.

I'm kidding, people, I'm kidding. Slim it nice and calm (A phrase from Maze Runner).

Jennifer, it's okay to hate authors. As long as you use it for motivation.

Deb, they ALMOST chose EM over NY, but in the end went against their gut. Sorry.

Verification word this time: chick. I'm not lying. And I was trying to keep this blog pc. My bad.

Kirsten said...

Hey, if you want me to be your bodyguard, just say the word. I always had a good time uh... giving you a hard time. =) And we know I'm so muscular. Just convince the Deseret people that I'm totally legit. OOH OOH can I be part of your POSSE?!? Can we make shirts and have a secret handshake??

-Kir3sten

James Dashner said...

Kirsten, don't you check your own blog comments?

Kirsten said...

Lol, no I don't read the comments on my own blog. I should probably get e-mail notifications or some nonsense like that. I've been on LiveJournal for something like 7 years. I can't change. Creature of habit like you wouldn't believe. =)

I think I have Thursday off next week so I was planning on coming out to the signing then. I tried to post this comment as a reply to the comment you left me, but it wouldn't let me. I can't even comment myself. LAME.

-Kir3sten
knjensen21[at]gmail

Star2397 said...

cool blog

by the way thx for coming to my school today

LexiconLuvr said...

Are goat noises a frequent problem for you on receiving good news? With your "good news" streak as of late, it must sound like a virtual barnyard at your house. ;)

When Maze Runner hits the NYT BS list I'm guessing it's going to be the Billy Goats Gruff Chorus performing live!

Donna said...

DASHNER!!!!
Go YOU! How cool is that a real live book tour with hotels and bookstores and fainting fans...oh wait your the one fainting...sorry about that.
Really though...All Hail MAZE RUNNER. and the recession. (personally I think you would have gotten the tour even in a good economy with lots of competition. then again I still haven't read your books so maybe I should withhold judgement on that one.)

Are you ready? cause here comes the DASHNOG word of the day. (LOL to chick btw.)

"Crotot" it will mean a gutteral noise similar to that made by a goat when surprised during a meal.
USE= Did you hear Dashner's crototan laugh?

Arlene said...

Wow, Donna, you conjugated it and everything!

Go, Chic! (ahem) I mean Dashner! Can I just voice my shock that you've never been to NYC? There are a couple of bakeries you need to check out, if you have time, that I can recommend. And you must do some geeky sight seeing like taking the ferry to the Statue of Liberty. It'll be a travesty if you don't.

numberonedashnerfan said...

Hey, Dashner I have been thinking a lot lately and was wondering when you get even more famous will you still remember me? (Like with goat noises or our secret handshake or etc)btw i am saving up for a safe to put all my offical james dashner stuf....lol

numberonedashnerfan said...

I got a new build a bear today!!!

Heather B. Moore said...

Maybe you should post a youtube of your goat noises.

So will you be signing arcs at BEA in NY?

I feel like everytime I read your blog I have to congratulate you for something, so . . .

CONGRATULATIONS!

Is Oct. 13th a Friday?

Irish said...

That's awesome news JD! Do you think Boston area might be on the agenda?

James Dashner said...

LexiconLuvr, thanks for the great laugh. Why are goats so funny to me?

Heather, I still don't know about BEA. I might find out this week. Did you see that I thanked you for that awesome review on Amazon? Appreciate it!

numberonedashnerfan said...

JAMES DASHNER why are you ignoring my comments...im the one who first broght up goat sounds so thats why I thought you added the goat part...15 pound swords over my head when i walk under them with 13 year olds carring them equal the scariest thing ever....tiki tiki

James Dashner said...

Come, come, #1. Be nice now. I have to spread the love. I'm an equal opportunity author.

James Dashner said...

Oh, and Oct 13th is a Tuesday, the normal release day of the week for books.

#1, I love that you're never too old to get a build a bear. Nice.

numberonedashnerfan said...

well you could atleast acknowledge some of my comments ...............
.........................................................................tiki tiki

numberonedashnerfan said...

and also no prob any time any place.....im thinking about goinging either debate or drama club

numberonedashner fan said...

this is the build a bear I got
http://www.buildabear.com/shop/productdetail.aspx?ProductSKU=14311&Category=bestsellers&CallingPage=ProductSummary
its my 12th build a bear I own.....

numberonedashnerfan said...

My goinging word is really bugging me I ment joining...lol...my word verification is a swear word cant you control that kind of thing and make it not say the f word....

numberonedashnerfan said...

Sorry if i caused you any bad rap....I wasnt in a good mood because of the whole sword thing.....

Arlene said...

What in the world is going on in that life of yours?! Swords? Thirteen-year-olds wielding them? What's that all about?

numberonedashnerfan said...

Arlene everything is

numberonedashnerfan said...

whats the latest updates on arcs?

James Dashner said...

#1, it's all good. Just remember I read every single comment and always appreciate them. I try to spread out and be fair in responding to everyone in my limited time, especially being on tour.

Have faith in me and I'll have faith in you. :-)

As for ARCs, I really doubt that's gonna work out. I'm in a whole new ball game, and I think they keep prepub stuff close to the vest. But we'll see.

Anonymous said...

Have faith in me
Cause there are things that I've seen I don't believe
So cling to what you know and never let go
You should know things aren't always what they seem

I said I'd never let you go, and I never did
I said I'd never let you fall and I always meant it
If you didn't have this chance then I never did
You'll always find me right there, again

I've gone crazy
Cause there are things in the streets I don't believe
So we'll pretend it's alright and stay in for the night
What a world
I'll keep you safe here with me

I said I'd never let you go, and I never did
I said I'd never let you fall and I always meant it
If you didn't have this chance then I never did
You'll always find me right there, again

I said I'd never let you go, and I never did
I said I'd never let you fall and I always meant it
If you didn't have this chance then I never did
You'll always find me right there, again

They've got me on the outside, looking in
But I can't see at all
With the weight of the world on my shoulders,
They just wanna see me fall

They've got me on the outside, looking in
But I can't see at all
With the weight of the world on my shoulders,
They just wanna see me fall

Have faith in me

I said I'd never let you go, and I never did
I said I'd never let you fall and I always meant it
If you didn't have this chance then I never did
You'll always find me right there, again

I said I'd never let you go, and I never did
I said I'd never let you fall and I always meant it
If you didn't have this chance then I never did
You'll always find me right there, again

I said I'd never let you go, and I never did
I said I'd never let you go, and I never did
I said I'd never let you go, and I never did
I said I'd never let you go, and I never did

Anonymous said...

the song above is
Have Faith In Me By A Day To Remember

Arlene said...

That's so sad about the arcs. How's the tour?

numberonedashnerfan said...

that not cool about the arcs.......were still good friends I hope....happy joyous daylight savings ......

tapestry100 said...

That would be GREAT if you make it back to Chicago for a public event. I'm only 4 hours away from there, and have a friend that I visit on a regular basis, so I'd be sure to make it into town for that! In fact, I found a copy of the 13th Reality Book 2 at the Borders in Chicago yesterday - first time I've seen it on a shelf!

J.N. Future Author said...

Dude! That is so cool!

Edit: wow, even I am not THAT obsessive compulsive! 49 posts! I would congratulate you, but they all seem to be from one person ^.~

numberonedashnerfan said...

wellsorryj.n....Ihaveminnionsthatcangoafteryou...andtherenotallme...myspacebarisbroken....butyouprobeblyfiguredthatoneout.....

numberonedashnerfan said...

renotallmycomments...spacebar=broke

Kimberly said...

Can't imagine how this all must set your head to spinning. Talk about validation!

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