Monday, August 19, starting at noon, I will an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit. I’ll hang out for most of the day on the site, answering anything you ask. My AMA will be in conjunction with YAWriters subreddit, which will be hosting a weekly discussion the subject of “Genre in YA.”
I write in multiple YA genres and have a background in the scholarly study and teaching of YA, so feel free to hit me with those topics especially, even though as a former teacher, I am wired to answer any question about anything.
If you aren’t familiar with Reddit and AMAs, I’m sharing what Beth Revis, bestselling author and moderator of the YALit subreddit, posted about them on her blog:
I’ve had several people ask me what Reddit and AMAs are, so here’s my (much abbreviated) explanation of the community:
If you’ve never heard of Reddit before, you should definitely consider joining the community! Reddit is called the “front page of the Internet” for a reason–everything is there. Basically, Reddit gathers together “subreddits,” which are focused places for people to discuss things they like. For example, there are subreddits for fandoms like Doctor Who and Firefly; there are ones that are instructional and informational, like Writing and Travel; and there are ones where you can ask questions, such as AskHistorians and IAMA.
IAMA is short for the phrase “I am a…” and AMA is short for “ask me anything.” So people who have a unique experience or interesting job or what-have-you, will go to the IAMA subreddit and offer for people to “ask me anything.” This is what I’m doing today with Julie Cross–it’s essentially a forum for people to ask us anything.
If you’re still on the fence about joining Reddit, I also want to point out two very awesome subreddits. Read More
This summer the Hunt will have two teams (RED & BLUE) of 27 authors each. I’m on the RED team, which befits my fiery personality (of course if I were on the Blue team, it would befit my cool, laid-back personality–I’m adaptable). Prizes will include ALL of the following books, plus more, and The YA Scavenger Hunt will commence on August 1st. Mark your calendar and come on back!
THE RED TEAM (Yay!)
DAVID MACINNIS GILL
ELISSA J. HOOLE
COURTNEY ALLISON MOULTON
PETER ADAM SALOMON
THE BLUE TEAM (Yay not so much)
JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT
TERA LYNN CHILDS
J.A. Read More
October 4-6, I will be a guest author at the North Carolina School Library Media Association, a group that was kind enough to nominate Black Hole for an award this year. Other YA author guests include Beth Revis, Carrie Ryan, and John Claude Bemis, who will be delivering a presentation for the Toast and Tales Breakfast. Read More
Over Labor Day weekend 2012, I will be speaking at Dragon*Con in Atlanta Georgia. Last year was my first Dragon*Con, and I’m really looking forward to going back this year. The list of guests is amazing, as always, and I’m glad to see that some of the folks I met last year will be back. My schedule isn’t ready yet, but if it’s anything like last year, it will be full. I’ll post info as so as is is ready. Read More
From MTV Hollywood Crush:
We’re pretty confident in saying that the only place you’ll find a more stacked lineup of YA authors than this year’s YALLFest is the teen section of your local Barnes & Noble. Because for the second annual meet-up dedicated to all things young adult, organizers Margaret Stohl, Pseudonymous Bosch and Melissa de la Cruz (pictured) are welcoming 48 authors—25 of them New York Times bestsellers. And guess what? We have the EXCLUSIVE lineup for you to scrutinize!
Keep reading after the jump to see if your favorite writer will make an appearance in South Carolina. (And let’s be honest, with nearly 50 RSVPs, the chances are pretty good!)
The official lineup includes: Kwame Alexander, Jennifer Lyn Barnes, Holly Black, Pseudonymous Bosch, Sarah Rees Brennan, Heather Brewer, Kiera Cass, Cinda Chima, Cassandra Clare, Andrea Cremer, Katie Crouch, Gitty Daneshvari, Melissa de la Cruz, Matt de la Pena, Kim Derting, Simone Elkeles, Elizabeth Eulberg, Gayle Forman, Kami Garcia, Adam Gidwitz, David Macinnis Gill, Adele Griffin, Deborah Harkness, Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian, Michelle Hodkin, Ellen Hopkins, Tonya Hurley, Michele Jaffe, Caitlin Kittredge, Alyson Noel, David Levithan, Stephanie Perkins, Diana Peterfreund, Kathy Reichs, Brendan Reichs, Beth Revis, Jessica Rothenberg, Carrie Ryan, Eliot Schrefer, Natalie Standiford, Trenton Lee Stewart, Margaret Stohl, Cate Tiernan, Robin Wasserman, Marjorie Wentworth, John Corey Whaley, and Kathryn Williams.
Literary Friendships is the theme, so it’s only fitting that “Mortal Instruments” author Cassandra Clare and “Spiderwick Chronicles” author Holly Black (real-life BFFs, duh) will deliver the keynote speech on that very topic. And, of course, there will be plenty of panels, events and performances to warm your literature-loving hearts.
YALLFest takes place in Charleston, SC, on November 9 and 10. Read More
I will be attending the 2012 ALA conference June 22-26 in Anaheim. Though I’m not signing in the Harper booth, I will be at the Harper breakfast and then out and about in the exhibits hall, haranguing librarians. If you’d like to be harangued or just say hi, I’ll be the middle-age guy with a beard, glasses, and an egg-shaped head. I will be attending the 2012 ALA conference June 22-26 in Anaheim. Though I’m not signing in the Harper booth, I will be at the Harper breakfast and then out and about in the exhibits hall, haranguing librarians. If you’d like to be harangued or just say hi, I’ll be the middle-age guy with a beard, glasses, and an egg-shaped head. Read More
On Sunday, May 6th, Books of Wonder is pleased to welcome seven teen fiction authors to share their thrilling stories of revenge, hope, and courage. Author and National Book Award Finalist PAOLO BACIGALUPI will present The Drowned Cities, set in a dark future America where violence is all too common and two young refugees must fight for their lives; GALAXY CRAZE will introduce The Last Princess, in which a series of natural disasters has devastated the earth, and a young princess of England must escape from a murderous revolutionary who is targeting her royal family; DAVID MACINNIS GILL will share Invisible Sun, an action-packed story featuring a young hero who must race through fire and flood to prove himself, against all odds, to the girl he loves; KATE KLIMO will present Daughter of the Centaurs – Centuriad #1, following the tale of Malora, the last surviving member of a tribe of horse wranglers and hunters, who must now roam the dangerous wild with no one but a band of horses for companionship; ALETHEA KONTIS will introduce Enchanted, an inventive new take on an age-old fairytale about Sunday, the youngest of seven sisters named for the days of the week, who befriends a frog with the potential to become a prince – will she find love in such an unlikely place? ELIZABETH NORRIS will share Unraveling, in which high schooler Janelle is hit by a car then miraculously brought back to life by loner Ben – and her mysterious revival is only the first of many puzzles she’ll have to solve. And last but not least, MARY G. THOMPSON will present Wuftoom, the story of a sick boy named Evan who is confined to his bed and experiencing a metamorphosis into something even science cannot explain, all alone except for his visits from the Wuftoom, a wormlike creature who tells Evan he is becoming “one of them. Read More
I will be signing ARCs of Invisible Sun and copies of Black Hole Sun from 1-2:00 PM on Saturday, Nov 19 in the NCTE exhibit hall. I’ll have cool bookmarks as well, so come on by and say hi! Also, on Monday, 11/21, I will be moderating the ALAN panel”Titles that Challenge and are Challenged. Read More
Over Labor Day, I will be presenting a Dragon*Con in Atlanta, doing panels, a reading, and an autograph session. I will have a few ARCs of INVISIBLE SUN on hand, along with bookmarks and other swag. Come say hi!
Title: Classic YA
Description: What were your favorite books growing up? We’ll discuss ours, like Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, and more.
Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Reading: David Macinnis Gill
Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: Edgewood – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: The Hunger Games
Description: What do you love the most about this splendid YA dystopian series? SPOILER ALERT: We’ll be discussing all three books in the series.
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Time: Sat 02:30 pm Location: M301 – M304 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: The Darkness- What is Appropriate for Teens?
Description: Are there some subjects which are deemed “too dark” for teens? What subjects are better for adults than teens? How is writing for adults different?
Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Dystopian YA- Kin or Clone?
Description: With the success of The Hunger Games, YA dystopian novels are currently very popular. Share your thoughts as we sort the good from the bad.
Time: Sat 07:00 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: The Why and How of YA
Description: The YA market is booming. Is it right for you? Panelists discuss the differences in YA, Middle Grade and adult fiction. Read More
I’m counting down the days until Dragon*con, where I will be a guest author, primarily in the YA track. Details about appearances and panels will be posted here as soon as I have them. No word yet on signing/readings, either. Read More