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We have the books!

Last weekend Paul Kropp, the publisher of the Dragon Speaker book series, had Cheryl, Deb and I over for lunch because the books were in!!!

I think we spent the first little while just looking at the books and holding them and flipping through them… there was something rather surreal about it.

I’m having trouble uploading pictures right now, but I have cover shots and some other photos that I’ll post later.

The books are available from the HIP-Books web site (it doesn’t look like you can order them yet–the teacher’s guide isn’t back from the printers yet, which may be why), and in about a month, will be on Amazon.

On Wednesday night, Cheryl, Deb and I introduced the books at the CANSCAIP meeting in Toronto… nerve-wracking, but everyone was friendly and supportive. We had a few questions about what it was like, working together on the series and how we managed the logistics of it (gotta love the web). The last question, I think, was whether we’d work together again–of course we would! 

Sylvia McNicoll, who has written about eight zillion excellent YA books, was there and gave us our first ever book sale. That might have been exciting regardless, but the fact that it was Sylvia made it special. I found a good home for the actual bill she gave me–and no, it’s not my bulletin board, although the cheque from my first-ever writing sale (Globe and Mail, 2002) is still there. Sorry about that, Accounting people.

There’s a web site for the series: www.dragonspeakerbooks.com. The Art section is worth checking out–Charlie Hnatiuk, the artist for the series, contributed some really interesting process sketches and a blurb on how he goes from sketch to book-ready art.

Book Promotion Contest!

My friend and co-author, Cheryl Rainfield, is holding a contest to spread the word about her two upcoming books. You can find the details here, on her web site. She’s offering book store gift certificates and signed copies of all three books in the Dragon Speaker trilogy (embarrassing aside: I still sign my name the way I did in grade eight. Guess I should work on that), as well as some fancy pens and magnets she’s had made up as promotional pieces.

The first book mentioned, The Last Dragon, is book one in the Dragon Speaker trilogy from HIP Books. Deb Ouelett wrote book two, and I wrote book three. 

Cheryl’s other book, Scars, has been longer in the making, and will be available from Westside Books in the spring. It’s an edgy teen novel that deals with cutting. Cheryl can write dark and edgy very well, but there’s always a trace of hope in her stories. I haven’t had the chance to read this one yet, but I look forward to it. 

Cheryl’s promotional YouTube videos, however, are not dark and edgy. They’re sweet and funny. You can see them here: 

Video One

Video Two

Check them out! Enter the contest! You’ll make Cheryl very happy. 🙂

Proofs and a Contract

My big job for this weekend is to go through the proofs of Draco’s Fire, my first book, which is due out this September from HIP Books (book three of the Dragon Speaker trilogy–the first two books were written by Cheryl Rainfield and Debbie Ouellet).  I’ve never actually seen proofs before, so it’s pretty exciting. This is the way the book will look, pictures and everything. The typesetting is very nice. 🙂 

I also just signed a contract for my snowboarding book, Boarder Patrol, with Orca Sports. It will be published in Spring 2010. 

Both books were written in response to calls for submission that I found out about through the CANSCAIP newsletter. If anyone is interested in writing for children, it’s very much worthwhile to become a CANSCAIP friend. The organization is a great source of information, and the meetings (not that I often go; too much of a wimp to drive into Toronto more than necessary) are great.

I’m excited about these two books, and about my new novel marathon draft, but for the time being, I’m back to work on Pyro: or who to be in high school. I’ve lost track of which rewrite this is; maybe the seventh or eighth substantial one over two years. It’ll be nice to get back to those characters.