Dear Australia: Your Very Own Edition of IMAGINARY GIRLS Is Out Today!

I’m here looking at a world clock and, you know what? In some parts of Australia it’s already Friday, July 1. Well… mostly everyone’s asleep now, but still… This means that the ANZ edition of Imaginary Girls is officially on sale TODAY! (When you wake up.) Yay!

This is my first and only foreign sale—ever, in my life—and I’ll tell you about the moment I first got the news. I was having tea with a talented playwright I’d met at an artists colony at a café in Midtown Manhattan and my phone started ringing. I saw that the Caller ID said it was my literary agency in New York. But I didn’t answer. I said to my friend, “I have no idea why they’d be calling me. My agent isn’t at the New York office anymore… he’s in LA, so it can’t be him.” (Michael, I always answer your calls!) She asked if I was sure I shouldn’t take the call. I’m like, no, no, it’s fine. Assured it wasn’t my agent, that likely it was a wrong number, I let one of the most important calls of my life go to voice mail and then continued my inspiring talk with this playwright (who I admire very much, but that’s another story).

After some time, the playwright and I parted ways and I headed to the closest subway, which was across the street at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. While I was walking through a piss-scented, trash-filled disgusting back entrance into the bus station, I remembered the voice mail and played the message. It was the foreign rights director at my agency! Telling me she had news and I should call her back! There were two random men in this passage acting crazy, staring at me, and lurching against the walls, but I made the phone call back from that spot anyway because at least it was quiet and I could hear what the foreign rights director had to tell me.

She gave me the news: An indie publisher in Australia wants to publish Imaginary Girls! The editor loves the book! They’re Pier 9, an imprint of Murdoch Books! They want to publish as soon as July! They’re so excited!

I was so thrilled! I remember standing there, holding my nose, looking at the dirty walls and men staring back at me and thinking, I AM GOING TO REMEMBER THIS MOMENT FOREVER!

After I ended the call with Lauren—the wonderful foreign rights director at my agency—I realized I’d been pacing the corridor with a freakish smile on my face, leaping around and making odd squealing sounds, and maybe I was scaring the strange men who’d been scaring me.

This moment might sound sketchy and yucky, but I can’t even tell you how happy I was. How I soared into the main terminal of the Port Authority, seeking the subway, gliding through rush-hour crowds, thinking, My book is going to be published in Australia!

Australia!

Australia!

It’s one of the happiest things that happened to me all year, and yes I will forever have fond memories of the back entrance to the Port Authority bus terminal because of it.

Fast forward to today. Today (in Australia) is July 1 and Imaginary Girls is on sale!

My Australian publisher, Pier 9, tweeted this photo! I can't wait to hold one in my hands!

I’m so thrilled that Pier 9 / Murdoch Books is publishing the ANZ edition. Thank you, Pier 9! If you live in Australia or New Zealand, please please look for the book in stores and tweet me photos if you can! Or post them on my Facebook author page!

I haven’t gotten my author copies yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll give some away on the blog to my readers, even if you live in the US!

IMAGINARY GIRLS Blog Tour: Secret #9 Revealed

The Blog Tour is nearing its end and today, for Day #9, you’ll find me on Book Chic revealing a secret about what I read when I was a teenager. You also have your NINTH chance to win a signed copy of the book! 

If you missed my first 8 secrets and the first 8 chances to win signed books, go see what secrets I revealed about the titleabout NaNoWriMo, about my characters’ namesabout the town where the story takes placeabout the reservoirabout the ring Ruby loses, about the path to Olive, and about the music that shaped the story more than you know.

Wonder what new secret I’m spilling about Imaginary Girls? Visit Book Chic and win a signed copy of Imaginary Girls while you’re at it.

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Here’s the official blog tour schedule—I’m so excited to visit these awesome book blogs!

June 20: The Compulsive Reader SECRET #1 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 21: Pop Culture Junkie SECRET #2 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 22: Green Bean Teen Queen SECRET #3 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 23: Frenetic Reader SECRET #4 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 24: The Book Scout SECRET #5 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 27: Sarah’s Random Musings SECRET #6 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 28: Mundie Moms SECRET #7 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 29: Naughty Book Kitties SECRET #8 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 30: Book Chic SECRET #9 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

July 1: The Story Siren

Thank you to Penguin for setting this up, and thank you so much to the book bloggers hosting me on the tour!

Random, Gushy Love Letter to Books

I haven’t been feeling well lately—test at the hospital tomorrow—and I’m sure it’ll all turn out okay in the end, but aside from being positive and eating better than I normally do and skipping those delectable mochas for green tea, I’ve just been letting books take over. Last night I lounged in bed for five hours with a pint of blueberries, a bottle of pomegranate iced tea, and a book, Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, and I just let the story fill my head, and I couldn’t stop turning those pages. This is a good one. I adore Lola. If you loved Stephanie’s first book, Anna and the French Kiss, as I did, you may just love this one even more. I think I do! (It also makes you really want to visit San Francisco. Me, I mean. I need to visit San Francisco.) I’m also reading an egalley of Clean by Amy Reed—it was just difficult to read on the computer in bed last night, so I had to wait to read more until this morning. This book is utterly brilliant, so intensely honest and searing. It stuns me. Between these two wonderful books, each one speaking to me in different ways, satisfying different sides of myself, I just had this simple thought that I’m sure many of us have again and again at each wonderful, or difficult, or scary, or frustrating, moment of our lives:

I love books.

I’ve loved them all my life, always using them as comfort when nothing else helps, or a special treat when I’ve worked hard at something. Is there anything better than a good book? The way a good book can hold you close or open your mind to something new or utterly change you by the last page?

I don’t know. I guess I was just having one of those I LOVE BOOKS! moments. I’m sure some of you relate.

Then I started thinking about how honored I am to be able to write books. That here I am, writing one, able to contribute to something I love so much. How is this my life?

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One sad note: If you were coming out to get Imaginary Girls signed tomorrow, June 30, at the Barnes & Noble in Albany, I’m so sorry, but I’m too sick to travel up there right now, so I won’t be there. But this Summer Reading Kickoff event includes ten other authors of books for all ages and sounds like so much fun. If you’re in the Albany area, you should go!

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 One happy note: If you’re reading this post from Australia, the ANZ edition of Imaginary Girls comes out THIS WEEK! Available in stores from Pier 9 / Murdoch Books on Friday, July 1! If you see it in stores, please send me photos for my collection.

IMAGINARY GIRLS Blog Tour: Secret #8 Revealed

Secret #8 about Imaginary Girls is about the music that shaped the story more than you know—and my little sister may or may not have something to do with that. So check out Day #8 of my blog tour and go visit the Naughty Book Kitties and see what I revealed there. You’re probably not surprised to hear this, but… that’s where you’ll find your EIGHTH chance to win a signed copy of the book! 

If you missed my first 7 secrets and the first 7 chances to win signed books, go see what secrets I revealed about the titleabout NaNoWriMo, about my characters’ namesabout the town where the story takes placeabout the reservoirabout the ring Ruby loses, and about the path to Olive.

Wonder what new secret I’m spilling about Imaginary Girls? Visit the Naughty Book Kitties and win a signed copy of Imaginary Girls while you’re at it.

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Here’s the official blog tour schedule—I’m so excited to visit these awesome book blogs!

June 20: The Compulsive Reader SECRET #1 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 21: Pop Culture Junkie SECRET #2 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 22: Green Bean Teen Queen SECRET #3 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 23: Frenetic Reader SECRET #4 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 24: The Book Scout SECRET #5 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 27: Sarah’s Random Musings SECRET #6 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 28: Mundie Moms SECRET #7 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 29: Naughty Book Kitties SECRET #8 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 30: Book Chic

July 1: The Story Siren

Thank you to Penguin for setting this up, and thank you so much to the book bloggers hosting me on the tour!

IMAGINARY GIRLS Blog Tour: Secret #7 Revealed

It’s Day #7 of my Blog Tour and time for Secret #7 about Imaginary Girls! Go see what I revealed about the path to Olive on Mundie Moms. Plus, you guessed it, you now have your SEVENTH chance to win a signed copy of the book! (I like sevens.) (Sorry, that was random.)

If you missed my first 6 secrets and the first 6 chances to win signed books, go see what secrets I revealed about the titleabout NaNoWriMo, about my characters’ namesabout the town where the story takes placeabout the reservoir, and about the ring Ruby loses.

Wonder what new secret I’m spilling about Imaginary Girls? Visit Mundie Moms and win a signed copy of Imaginary Girls while you’re at it.

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Here’s the official blog tour schedule—I’m so excited to visit these awesome book blogs!

June 20: The Compulsive Reader SECRET #1 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 21: Pop Culture Junkie SECRET #2 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 22: Green Bean Teen Queen SECRET #3 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 23: Frenetic Reader SECRET #4 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 24: The Book Scout SECRET #5 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 27: Sarah’s Random Musings SECRET #6 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 28: Mundie Moms SECRET #7 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 29: Naughty Book Kitties

June 30: Book Chic

July 1: The Story Siren

Thank you to Penguin for setting this up, and thank you so much to the book bloggers hosting me on the tour!

IMAGINARY GIRLS Blog Tour: Secret #6 Revealed

The Imaginary Girls Blog Tour is still running this week—and today I’m revealing Secret #6 about the book on Sarah’s Random Musings. This secret speaks to a little aside I wrote in chapter one, about the ring Ruby lost in the reservoir… Go check it out—plus on her blog is your sixth chance to win a signed copy of the book!

If you missed my first 5 secrets and the first 5 chances to win signed books, go see what secrets I revealed about the titleabout NaNoWriMo, about my characters’ namesabout the town where the story takes place, and about the reservoir.

Wonder what new secret I’m spilling about Imaginary Girls? Visit Sarah’s Random Musings and win a signed copy of Imaginary Girls while you’re at it.

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Here’s the official blog tour schedule—I’m so excited to visit these awesome book blogs!

June 20: The Compulsive Reader SECRET #1 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 21: Pop Culture Junkie SECRET #2 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 22: Green Bean Teen Queen SECRET #3 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 23: Frenetic Reader SECRET #4 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 24: The Book Scout SECRET #5 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 27: Sarah’s Random Musings SECRET #6 REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 28: Mundie Moms

June 29: Naughty Book Kitties

June 30: Book Chic

July 1: The Story Siren

Thank you to Penguin for setting this up, and thank you so much to the book bloggers hosting me on the tour!

IMAGINARY GIRLS Blog Tour: Secret #5 Revealed

It’s Friday, and Day #5 of the Imaginary Girls Blog Tour. If you’re curious to know if I’ve ever visited a reservoir like the one in the book, you’ll like the secret I’m revealing today on The Book Scout.

And I’m excited to tell you that I visited Penguin’s offices yesterday to sign a big stack of Imaginary Girls hardcovers for this blog tour, which means you also have a fifth chance to win the book today. The blog tour will take a little break over the weekend, but there will be more secrets revealed starting Monday—and with every stop, you have another chance to win a signed copy of the book!

If you missed my first four secrets and the first four chances to win signed copies of the book, go see what secrets I revealed about the titleabout NaNoWriMo, about my characters’ names, and about the town where the story takes place.

Wonder what new secret I’m spilling about Imaginary Girls? Visit The Book Scout and win a signed copy of Imaginary Girls while you’re at it.

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Here’s the official blog tour schedule—I’m so excited to visit these awesome book blogs!

June 20: The Compulsive Reader SECRET REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 21: Pop Culture Junkie SECRET REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 22: Green Bean Teen Queen SECRET REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 23: Frenetic Reader SECRET REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 24: The Book Scout SECRET REVEALED! Giveaway open to win a signed book!

June 27: Sarah’s Random Musings

June 28: Mundie Moms

June 29: Naughty Book Kitties

June 30: Book Chic

July 1: The Story Siren

Thank you to Penguin for setting this up, and thank you so much to the book bloggers hosting me on the tour!