Ten Things You Didn't Know About My Debut Novel, STARTERS, by Lissa Price

  1. It sold right before May 2011 in six days and is being published by Random House Children’s Books, Delacorte, on March 13, 2012. That’s fast.
  2. Because that was so fast, there isn’t as much perception about it as there might be – yet. We won’t have ARCs until later in January, so I’m grateful for any help spreading the word now. Thank you to the kind bloggers (Lenore was the first) who discovered Starters.
  3. It’s sold to 20 countries so far and launches a new German YA imprint of the big publisher Piper Verlag called IVI. (The blue cover you see in my sig).
  4. Starters was the only 2012 book that was featured at the 2011 SCIBA awards dinner where I dined with real, published authors including winner Andrew Smith (Marbury Lens), John Stephens (The Emerald Atlas) and Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me).
  5. A German TV journalist is coming with a crew to interview me next week. (yikes!)
  6. The publisher just finished the amazing book trailer, complete with actors, sets, and special things I dare not reveal yet.
  7. I’ll be on a six-city book tour the second half of March.
  8. It is the first of a two-book series, a duology (no, I did not make that up), with the second one coming out December 2012. I’ve told my buds that until April I have no time to do anything more than eat, sleep, write, blog and sometimes tweet.
  9. The concept was kept secret by my clever publisher all these months. With their permission, I revealed it on my bio here.
  10. Starters has more sekreets, soon to be revealed.
Thank you, Beth, and this truly great group of authors for inviting me to be part of the League. I’ll try not to do anything to embarrass you all, like dance on tables or kiss poodles. At least, not on the mouth.

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29 comments:

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds like you've had an awesome year and that 2012 will be great too. Can't wait to hear more about your book.

Lenore Appelhans said...

The first few chapters are amazing! I need to read the rest RIGHT NOW!!

Cat Winters said...

I love the fact that you and your publisher are keeping most aspects of the book super secret. It feels like we often hear too much about books ahead of time, which diminishes some of the wow factor. I'm going to try to stay mum about my 2013 release as long as possible, although I'm guessing that's easier to do when you have only ten months between a sale and a pub date!

Congrats on this amazing-sounding novel, Lissa!

em danforth said...

All of this is very exciting and I, too, love the secrecy surrounding both books: enticing. Looking forward to reading them both!

GinaRosati said...

Wow!! What a whirlwind for you!! I can't wait to read Starters, Lissa ... it sounds amazing!!!

captainstupendous said...

Congrats on all the exciting news, and WHY NOT WITH KISSING THE POODLES? That would be awesome...

Diana Renn said...

What intrigue! Can't wait to read STARTERS, Lissa!

elizabeth norris said...

Oh I love both of your covers in your signature! So awesome.

Yay YA sci fi!

robin said...

I can't decide which cover I love best- they're both stunning!

Katie McGarry said...

I can't wait to read this book!

Lissa Price said...

Thank you all for the great comments and for the cover love.

Liz and Robin, the German pub is a YA line but they said they are also marketing it for adults. So that's why they went with that minimalist cover, so an adult couldn't feel uncomfortable being seen holding it on a train.

I do love my RH cover too.

Lissa Price said...

Cat, so true, easier to keep the story secret on a fast pub date. And the cost of it is that people don't have an awareness of your book. I am in total agreement with my amazing publisher, but each book is different so I'd say talk it over with your team.

Lissa Price said...

Can you all see captainstupendous' comment? I love it!

Lissa Price said...

Lenore, I'll have to see what we can do about that...

Mindee Arnett said...

This is so great, Lissa. Can't wait to read it. And way to go on a 6-day sale!

Veronica Rossi said...

WONDERFUL, Lissa! Massive congrats to you!!!

Lissa Price said...

Thanks, all, I really appreciate the comments. Veronica, I can't believe you took the time to visit!

If you don't know, her book UNDER THE NEVER SKY debuted just this week. I'm getting my copy this weekend and I have heard it's phenomenal.

Jessica Spotswood said...

Yay, Lissa! Congrats on joining the League. I can't wait to read your book. And I have my fingers crossed your tour will bring you to DC!

Lissa Price said...

Jessica, oh, I wish! Last I heard, there were two east coast cities and DC wasn't one of them. I love DC - great museums. I'm hoping when you tour, you'll hit Southern California? Gotta see what dress you'll wear!

Petra @ Safari Poet said...

Congrats on joining the league! Now that I think of it, the wording of the info in the IVI Verlag brochure kind of indicated that it was a duology (first time I've ever used that word).

I'm looking forward to Starters, but I guess you know that. The excerpt I read was very mysterious and suspenseful. I don't know if it's the complete first chapter, but it was more than enough to make me anticipate the release more. Which was already a lot after only one short description on your blog. Good luck with the TV journalist! I'll keep my eyes open for the trailer and these sekreets you're teasing us with.

K. M. Walton said...

Lissa, good things happen to good people...and you're good people.

20 countries!?!?! Amazing.

Congrats on all of it.

Tracy Bilen said...

Wow! Amazing - such fun details - thanks for sharing!

Gennifer Albin said...

I am so intrigued by Starters. I thought it was strange that I didn't know much about it until your intro last month - now I know why!

kerrimaniscalco.com said...

STARTERS definitely looks like my kind of read! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy in March :) Wishing you lots of success w/it!!!

Lissa Price said...

K.M, awwww.... People - tell any budding filmmakers to go enter her book trailer contest by Jan 17. The prize is $500 and crits by industry pros. http://www.kmwalton.com/

Lissa Price said...

Thanks Petra and Tracy, Genn, Kerri for coming by and saying hi!

Elana Johnson said...

Can't wait for the secrets!!

Leanna Renee Hieber said...

I had the pleasure of meeting Lissa at the World Fantasy Convention last fall, and not only is she a delight, but her book is really amazing. (The excerpt booklet at least, the book itself is on order). Plus, that cover is so striking. Cheers to an amazing debut!

Lissa Price said...

Elana, you'll be one of the first to know (because you're here)!

Leanna, It was my pleasure to meet you at WFC. Thank you so much for the kind words and for stopping by. I'm thrilled to hear your DARKER STILL went into the second printing already! Way to go.