Monday, September 27, 2010

Michael Grant Signing And A Giveaway

This past Friday, I had the opportunity to go to my first author signing in a long time. Michael Grant was at The Red Balloon Bookshop signing his latest novel, entitled The Call: The Magnificent Twelve. I only had to drive about half an hour to get there which was really awesome. The signing was very small, there were less than ten people there. When I arrived at the store, Michael was chatting with the store's employees and other signing attendees, so I quietly perused the stacks and grabbed copies of Michael's books that I wanted to buy. I always admire the displays bookstores set up, so I kept trying to grab copies that wouldn't mess up the displays too much. After a few moments, we all clustered around Michael's laptop to watch the book trailer. If you haven't seen it, check it out down below, because it's hilarious.

After that, Michael said he didn't have anything planned, so we all sat around and chatted for a while.
Michael and his wife are both extremely prolific writers who have written and ghost written hundreds of books between the two of them, so we got to hear some of his stories about ghost writing and using pseudonyms. He also talked about how he first got into publishing children's books, which is quite an amusing story. Be sure to ask him about it if you ever meet him in person.

Aside from that, he discussed the publishing industry a little bit, ranging from agents to querying to covers. The topic of what covers appeal to boys versus girls came up, and Michael had some really interesting comments about how this affected his sales. He didn't talk too much about his own work, but he said it takes him about six months to write a Gone novel versus two to write a Magnificent 12 novel, which I think is a pretty impressive timeline. Michael said that there will be a total of six books in the Gone series, and four in the Magnicent 12 series. After all of that, it was time for him to sign some books.
There's Michael and I with the pile of books that I purchased. I've never read any of his books, but decided to get Gone, Hunger, and The Call: The Magnificent Twelve. As you can probably, tell, however, I have four books in my arms. That's because I also purchased a copy of The Call: The Magnificent Twelve to give to you guys, which Michael generously signed.
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*One winner will receive a signed copy of The Call: The Magnificent Twelve by Michael Grant.
*This giveaway is open to international readers.
*If you advertise this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, etc., you will receive one extra entry.
*The giveaway will end at 11:49 p.m. on October 3rd.
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5 comments:

  1. That is a hilarious trailer!

    I love your new header and background!

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  2. Ahh I wish I would have come now! On Friday I got the 4th book in the Gone series so now I'm obsessed with finding the first! I've had my eye on it for awhile now and just never have bought it!

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  3. I love the Gone series!! I've read the first 3 and am dying to read the fourth one!

    The trailer is funny.

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  4. I wish I could have been at the signing. I love Michael's Gone series too.

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  5. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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