Notes on a Book Release

As you may have noticed if you’ve come within a thousand miles of me in the past two weeks, MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT is officially on sale! I am very happy about this, because now a few more of you will understand what I am talking about when I go on at great length about spider-eating gargoyles. Even more happily, I have been starting to hear from brilliant individuals with excellent taste who’ve been reading the book, or who’ve spotted it on bookstore and library shelves. Thank you all so much for being excited about MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT, for reading it, and for recommending it. I hope it makes you laugh at least once!

On sale at Grand Central Station, for goodness' sake!

On sale at NYC’s Grand Central Station, if you can believe it. (I could not.)

So far, the best part of having a book out in the world has been meeting and talking to readers. I’m sure every author thinks she has the nicest, smartest, funniest, best-dressed readers of all, but I am happy to report that the kids and adults I’ve met over the past few weeks have been even nicer, smarter, funnier, and better dressed than most. They’ve asked great questions and made wise observations. They’ve been remarkably talented at talking like a pirate. And they haven’t once made fun of my penguin hat.

VCFA alums at Wellesley Books

Vicious scallywags at Wellesley Books

I started my book-signing adventures at Wellesley Books in Wellesley, MA, and then flew down to Washington, DC, to spend time with amazing readers at Politics & Prose, Hooray for Books!, and Stratford Landing Elementary School. I hadn’t done much public speaking before this month, and I hadn’t been in an elementary school since I was about 11 years old (which was a while ago), but all the kids, booksellers, and teachers made me feel wonderfully welcome, and I had a great time. I also got a chance to catch up with friends and family along the way.

Speaking to a great audience at Politics & Prose

An audience of rapscallions at Politics & Prose

Now I’m home again, working on book 3 in the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series. I don’t always love to sit down at my desk and write, but I have to admit it’s been lots of fun to get back to work after spending so much time away from home. I’ll be doing some more traveling throughout the fall (you can check my events page for details), and I’d love to see you and talk about books!

Salty seadogs at Politics & Prose

Salty seadogs at Politics & Prose

Oh, and if you’d like a signed copy of MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT, you can still order one from my local indie, the Penguin Bookshop. (Just mention in the comments of your order that you’d like your copy signed.) You may also be able to find pre-signed copies at the Penguin or B&N at the Waterfront in Pittsburgh; at Wellesley Books, the Concord Bookshop, Porter Square Books, or the Harvard COOP in Boston; or at Politics & Prose or Hooray for Books! in DC/Alexandria.