So, the Scavenger Hunt ended. The winners of all the mini-contests are posted here so you don't have to check every single contest you entered.
Phew. I'm exhausted.
On to the post:
Ever since EVERNEATH came out in January, I've been getting a lot of the same questions.
So, here I will attempt to answer them all by employing my good friend, the long lost Question-Maker. As usual, I sent a telegram addressed to that space between the rainbows and dreams, at the corner of mirage and hallucination, on the elevator level of dashed hopes, to summon the QM out of his deep sleep.
QM (stretching and cricking his neck): Whaddup, yo?
me: QM, did you get all street in my absence?
QM: Oh. It's you. (rolls eyes) Okay, lemme have a looksy here... And voila! For the first, and most popular, question from your readers: The ending of EVERNEATH made me want to gouge my eyes out-
me (interrupting): They don't say that!
QM: Oh. Right. It says here, they were thinking it, though. Anywho, continuing on, since the ending was so...
me: (gives him the evil eye)
QM: ... um... intriguing, will there be a sequel?
me: Yes! For some reason, this information is not readily available to many readers, and I get a ton of emails asking if there will be another installment. So this is your official alert: There will be two more books in the series. The second one will be out January 2013, and the third January 2014.
QM (with an eyebrow raised): So, you're going to subject your readers to more?
me: Well, I think subject isn't the right word. How about treat?
QM: How about inflict?
me: How about gift?
QM: How about you shove that thesaurus--
me: Stop! We're a family blog. Moving on...
QM: Okeydoke. Question number 2 on everyone's minds: How are the sales of book one going?
me: I really don't know.
QM: Shut the front door.
me: I'm serious. I prefer it that way. My agent assured me that my publishers are happy with how the book is performing, and that's all I care about. Numbers don't really mean anything to me, because I don't have anything to compare them to. Besides, I'll go crazy if I look at numbers every day.
QM: But don't you get paid based on those numbers?
me: No. At least, not really. Right now, I've already been paid with an advance from my publisher, and I won't be paid anything additionally unless I "earn out", which means I've sold enough copies to cover my advance. (Believe it or not, I get asked these questions A LOT).
QM: yawn Sorry. Did you say something?
me: How about another question.
QM: Okay. Do you have a title and cover for book 2?
me: I have a title and a first draft of a cover (It's gorgeous) but neither of these things has been released. The title will be announced soon, and the cover will probably be revealed sometime in June.
QM: So, if the cover is beautiful, I'm assuming you had nothing to do with it.
me: Rude! True, but rude. I don't really have any influence over the cover. But I do get to see early versions and squeal because I love them.
QM: Please warn me when you are about to squeal. Fingernails on chalkboards come to mind.
me: Okay, that's about enough of the snarky QM. I hope this answered some of your questions. But if you have anymore, feel free to ask me in the comments! Ask me anything! Except how much my advance was...