Thursday, November 18, 2010

Harry Potter and the Maze Runner

No, that's not the name of the 8th book in the HP series, and no, I'm not trying to start a rumor that there will BE an 8th book. But I did just save a bunch of money by switching to Geico. Haha. Okay, that joke's run old.

By the way, you may have noticed, I've blogged TWICE this week. Where is my applause?

I just wanted to announce something cool that some of you can look for. Do you live in the following cities: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington DC, or San Francisco?

Yes, I understand that you don't live in ALL of those cities. But one of them?

For the next two weeks, they are showing a book trailer for The Maze Runner trilogy before the new Harry Potter movie and giving out DVDs that have the longer trailer and other promotional materials for my books and a few others (Eragon, Nicholas Flamel, Golden Compass, etc.).

That's all I know. I don't know which theaters or anything like that, but I'd love to hear from anyone who happens to be there to witness it. Tell us in the comments! I'm sad that it's not where I live, because that'd be really awesome to see my book up on the big screen in any form. Maybe one day. Wink, wink.

Hey, if you missed my last post, check it out: CLICK HERE. I'm giving away a signed book (a comment here OR there counts)...

And if you don't yet, come follow me on Twitter (CLICK HERE) and/or Friend me on Facebook (CLICK HERE).

Now go and start prepping that stomach of yours to consume as much food as possible next week!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Random Updates

Hello there, Blogger Nation. I've been working hard on two different projects, keeping busy. But I figured it was high time I got on here and said hi. The following is what I've been up to and what's been on my mind, in no particular order:

1. I had my last event of the year on Saturday, and I want to thank B&N and all the people who came. I was pleasantly surprised by the great turnout - thank you! And here's a picture of Melissa and Matt, who came with the coolest t-shirts ever (btw, I signed those before they put them on!):

2. We've recently had a couple more foreign rights sales, this time in Portugal and Thailand. Every one of these still blows me away, to think of people in another country reading my story in a different language. So awesome!

3. I stumbled across this Maze Runner fanfiction poem on the Internet by Cheerfully Blue. Go check it out: CLICK HERE. There are also a few videos on YouTube that gave me a kick. Find them when you're bored.

4. I'm happy to say that The Scorch Trials has spent its first four weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List. I really want to thank all of you who made this happen. My readers are the coolest on the planet.

5. I'm knee deep in revisions for The Death Cure. Krista Marino (my editor) has reached down my throat and pulled all of my guts out (um, not literally), making this book so much better. I don't know what I would do without her. Probably be an accountant or something.

6. I've also outlined in detail my next project, which is something I can't tell you about. hehe.

7. People keep asking me why they can't find my book at the iBook store. Answer: Random House doesn't yet have an agreement with Apple. If you have an iPad or iPhone, download another ereader app (like Kindle or Nook, for free) and then you can get it.

8. My Atlanta Falcons have the best record in the NFL. Yeah.

9. Anyone out there a fan of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson (and the sequel series, The Second Chronicles)? Those were the first fantasy books I ever read, and they have a special place in my heart (and, literally, in my home). The third book in the LAST Chronicles just came out, and I was excited to buy it and place it on the shelf. I'm waiting for the series to be done before I read them. (I know, I'm a hypocrite, expecting all of you to read mine as they come out. haha)

10. I miss LOST. I miss LOST so much. Oh Jack, your face at the very end still haunts me!

11. We're about to begin the greatest six weeks of the year. My birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas (or your preferred holiday), and New Year's. Do you realize I'm going to be 38 years old? Is that when Social Security starts paying? I can't wait to get my senior discount at the theater...

12. I have the cutest, best kids on the planet. I know you think yours are, or that YOU are. But seriously. No. Mine.

13. Is anyone still reading? I'm shocked. If so, leave a comment telling us one thing you're thankful for (channel Thanksgiving dinner) and one thing you're hoping to get (or give) for the holidays. I'll pick a random winner and send out a signed book...

Have a great week!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Last Event of the Year, Book 3

Hey guys, really quick post today:

1. My last public event of 2010 will be on November 13th (Saturday) at 2:00 pm. It's a signing/Q&A and will be held at the Barnes and Noble at Jordan Landing in West Jordan, UT. If you live within 3 states distance, please come.

2. I got a lot of questions in the comments about when the third and final book (THE DEATH CURE) of the trilogy would be coming out. That book is currently in revisions and is scheduled to be released in October of next year. (2011 for those of you are date-tracking-challenged.)

3. Last, but not least: my Atlanta Hawks are 5-0 and my Atlanta Falcons are 5-2!!!!! And my Georgia Bulldogs are... Oops, gotta run!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Back from Tour

Happy November!

It's been three weeks since I last blogged, but I tried to keep everyone updated over on Twitter as I was traveling about the country. You can always go there (CLICK HERE) to catch up on my little tweets.

I had a great time on tour. I went from Boston to San Francisco with several stops in between, and met so many amazing people. I wish I could give a million shout outs, but I'd hate to forget anyone, and I'm sure I would. But a big thanks to all of the literary escorts, teachers, librarians, principals, and bookstore employees who made things happen. Also, huge thanks to my publicists, Noreen and Emily, for arranging such a complex schedule.

Most of all, thank you to all the students and readers out there!!!!! It was just spectacular to meet all of you, and it made me feel on top of the world to see your enthusiasm for my books. Thank you thank you thank you. I'll never forget the experiences I had with you.

My publisher, my agent, and I are thrilled with how THE SCORCH TRIALS has debuted, and I owe thanks to all of you out there. Thank you. It has spent its first two weeks so far on The New York Times bestseller list, and is also a USA Today and Indiebound bestseller. THE MAZE RUNNER is also hitting the lists. So, needless to say, we're all ecstatic, and I'm very thankful to my readers for making it happen.

Now I'm back for a few months, ready to work my butt off. First up is revisions on the third and final book of the trilogy, THE DEATH CURE. I think you're going to be very satisfied with how it all ends.

Anyway, thanks again to everybody out there! I look forward to the next few months of working and keeping in touch with you here, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

And I'd love to keep hearing your thoughts on the sequel, so please let us know in the comments.