Thursday, October 15, 2009

Discover Great New Writers

That is the name of the Barnes and Noble program for which I'm honored to say THE MAZE RUNNER is a winter selection! I've known this for awhile but couldn't announce it until now.

I'm incredibly excited about this. Last night we had dinner with some awesome BN folks (hi Kathryn, Jill, Matt, Ben!) and they told me all about the program. I'm sure you guys have seen the section in their stores - every season they select about 14 books by up-and-coming writers to display and promote nationwide. Jill also said that it's usually geared toward books for adults, and MAZE was the only children's/young adult book chosen for this winter.

So, from November 1 to February 1, you'll be seeing a lot of THE MAZE RUNNER throughout the BN stores. I'm so honored and probably said the words "thank you" a thousand times last night, many of them also targeted on Ben, their teen buyer who is really supporting the book.

But I'll say it one more time: Barnes and Noble, thank you.

In other news, I'm in New York City and having the time of my life. If you've missed the play-by-play, go check it out on twitter: One of my favorite moments: I had an incredible in-house event at Random House yesterday, something I'll never forget. I met lots of people, signed a lot of books, showed them my school presentation and did Q&A. It's like one big family there! Loved it.

Final thing: I saw the book trailer for MAZE yesterday, which will be revealed exclusively on very soon. It is incredible and frightening and is as good as any movie preview I've seen. I can't wait for you guys to see it. Stay tuned.

Final final thing: I know I told you the event tonight at BN (86thSt) with Scott Westerfeld, Carrie Ryan, and Michael Grant at 7pm would be streamed live, but I lied. It will be filmed, edited, and then available on the web in a couple of days. Sorry! Stay tuned.

Still to go: Washington DC, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, then LA. For the full schedule, please CLICK HERE.

Lyrics of the Day:

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world?
I don't quite know
How to say
How I feel
Those three words
Are said too much
They're not enough.

Chasing Cars, Snow Patrol (Cheesy? Yes! Great song? Also yes!)


Natasha @ Maw Books said...

That is so awesome James!!! And I can't wait to see the trailer!

J.R. Johansson said...

That is amazing! I'm so happy for you. Congratulations! :D

For those of you not on his tour list--I'm giving away a signed copy of THE MAZE RUNNER on my blog. Stop on by to enter!

Alyssa said...

Nice! That is just what you deserve! Any news on the release date of the trailer?

Taffy said...

Cool things happening. You will have the best memories from this book tour.
I finally got my Maze Runner!
Advice from my 6 yr old: Be good, don't do drugs, remember who you are and don't forget your cell phone.

Q said...

Ha! Chasing Cars is one of my ringtones.

Sarah Anne said...


Anna said...

Chasing Cars isn't cheesy! It's a great song! I have it on my iPod. My first favorite from Snow Patrol.

Peggy said...

I'm so happy for you!

Glad you're having a great time.

T.J. said...

Dude! That's so great. I think it's awesome that you've made it as big as you have.

Laura said...

New York sounds pretty amazing. I'm so glad you're having the time of your life!

Wendy Toliver said...

Yippee! GoooooOOoooOooOO James!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Love that song. Also my first fave from Snow Patrol.

Becca Fitzpatrick said...

CONGRATS!!! That's fantastic! Can't wait to see more of The Maze Runner :)

Melinda said...

Good for you!

Anonymous said...

James, your snippet in the Wall Street Journal is now On-line

Unknown said...

Congrats! I can't wait to see your book on the Discover Great New Writers shelves! And you are correct... you never see a children's/teen book featured as a DGNW. The fact that you were chosen, is just totally awesome!

Dave said...

Just got home from the NY City signing/discussion. It was awesome. James rocked the house! Dash, a million thanks for making the night special for my family.
They showed the trailer.. One word..aMAZing!! Seriously...I thought I was watching a movie trailer! You guys are going to love it.
James is a genuinely great guy. Good luck with the rest of the tour.

Dave and The rest of the Gang

Unknown said...

I just wanted to say that I JUST finished reading Maze Runner (literally - about 15 minutes ago) and I absolutely can't wait to read more of your books! Congrats on the B&N!

Anonymous said...

I love Snow Patrol. Ahh.

That's AWESOME news about B&N. Gotta love 'em.

I can't wait to see the book trailer. I assume you'll be okay with watching it, even if it's similar to a movie preview? ;)

Erin G. said...

That's so awesome James! Congratulations! You definitely deserve it.

I finished Maze Runner and am really looking forward to the Scorch Trials! You really just blow my mind with your brilliance. Wow.

I was sad to hear about the B&N thing not being live, but I'm so looking forward to seeing it. You are definitely in great company. It's so exciting to see one of our Utah authors going on the national scene with such a bang!

Anyway, keep having fun on tour! :D

And you still need to come to northern utah again. I'm not going to forget! ;)

Jackson Porter said...

I can't wait to see Maze Runner being featured everywhere in B&N. And I can't wait to see the trailer.

I'm also setting you up a proboards.
(Hope your not mad). But it's not finished, I'm still working on it.

L8BloomerOnline said...
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L8BloomerOnline said...

That's great news James! We posted a congratulations to you on our blog here

Check it out! We look forward to meeting you next week at your AZ signing!

Brodi Ashton said...

Can't wait for the trailer, James. Sounds like your tour has been great fun! I kept seeing excited tweets about the geek panel, with Scott Westerfield and Carrie Ryan. So cool!

LouMac said...

Congrats! You deserve it James! Did you get my email? I don't know if I typed it right. Could you tell me what it is again? (Just in case)

Danyelle Ferguson said...

James - awesome! I watched the book trailer. It was terrifying! I had to ask John if the book is that scary!!! =) I really like your author interview with BN.

Anonymous said...

Here is the link for the book trailer. It is awesome!
To see Mazerunner choose filmmaker "Brighton Linge"

Jenny said...

Wow! What tremendous news. Couldn't have happened to a better or more deserving guy.

Carrie K. said...

Such fantastic news! I'm glad Maze Runner is getting the recognition it deserves.

Melanie Goldmund said...

I got my copy of The Maze Runner on Thursday and immediately started reading it. Unfortunately, the days when I could stay up the whole night, engrossed in a book, are long over, so it wasn't until Friday morning that I was able to finish it. Wow! What a compelling story. Every page was a page-turner.

At suppertime on Friday, my kids were talking about their current passion. I have been getting so sick of hearing of it that I finally threatened, "If I hear the word Pokemon one more time, I will take over this conversation and tell you all about the new book I just read!" Obviously, this was not a good threat, as the boys both shouted, "Pokemon!" then settled back to wait for my oral summary of The Maze Runner. I explained some of the highlights of the beginning of the book, and when my oldest son wanted to hear more, I told him to go read it himself. He was quite indignant that I did not tell him every detail.

I'm really looking forward to The Scorch Trials now. Not that I'm impatient or anything, but ... How long before it's out?

Nichole Giles said...

So cool that you're doing so many fun things. I'm excited to see how Mazerunner does on the big list. I just know it'll be high on there. (Will not jinx it by trying to predict a number...)

And BTW, I love Snow Patrol. That is so not a cheezy song.

Have fun and get some sleep.


Unknown said...


I went to the Cornbelly maze at Thanksgiving Point tonight and I just couldn't help myself...I had to make some videos. Granted I made them on my phone, so they're pretty crappy, and uploading them onto YouTube makes them even crappier, but you'll get the gist of it...




You're the man!

Vanessa M. said...

I just saw the trailer for the book, and it is awesome. I mean, if I hadn't known it was for a book I would've thought it for a movie. Seriously. Maybe it should be.....

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