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CRUSHING IT Launch Party!

Even if you’ve already bought (and hopefully loved) CRUSHING IT, if you’re in the Hamilton, Ontario area, why don’t you come out to help me celebrate the book? I’ll be reading from the book and answering questions AND will be signing while you mingle and consume snacks.

There will be giveaways, too! Bring the book you’ve already purchased for me to sign or there will be copies there to buy.

Please join the official Facebook event so I know you’re coming.

Hope to see you!

 

I’m CRUSHING IT Today!

See what I did there? I made a corny pun with my book title! Well, you know what? It’s my blog, so it’s my prerogative to make corny puns!

Back to the business at hand – it’s they day we’ve all been waiting for – CRUSHING IT release day!

***Throws confetti***

To celebrate, I’m chatting with my excellent friend, Debbie Ohi, over on her site today and I’m also talking about writing funny at the Nerdy Book Club.

If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy, you can get yours from Bryan Prince Bookseller, or at one of these fine retailers:

Chapters/Indigo

IndieBound

Barnes & Noble

Amazon.com

Amazon.ca

If you’re local, I’d love to see you at the LAUNCH PARTY on January 28 at the Westdale Libary (2pm).

Don’t forget to please review CRUSHING IT (unless you hated it) at review sites like Goodreads and at retailers. That is the kindest, and cheapest way you can help authors get the word out about their books.

So this happened!

“As always, Levy’s refreshing tween voice is spot on in CRUSHING IT. It’s the perfect laugh-out-loud read for middle graders.”

Lisa McMann
NYT bestselling author of the Unwanteds series

 

!!!!!! How cool, right? Here’s me doing my happy dance. You know, if I wore skirts. Which is almost…no, not almost, it’s never.gdance_e0

Thank you, Lisa!

Don’t forget, you can read the first three chapters of CRUSHING IT here.

 

A little taste of CRUSHING IT!

It’s exactly two months until CRUSHING IT comes out, so it’s time for me to share a bit of it with you.

Want to read the first three chapters? Yeah, you do.

Read an excerpt here.

Then, once you’re in love with the story and can’t wait to read the rest (or at the very least are a family member and feel obligated), come back and pre-order a copy.

Order from Bryan Prince Bookseller.

Or you can order from other retailers below:

Chapters/Indigo

IndieBound

Barnes & Noble

Amazon.com

Amazon.ca

STAY TUNED for info about the CRUSHING IT launch happening in 2017.

How to Show Love to an Author

Hi again! I know it’s only been a short time since my last post–the awesome cover reveal for CRUSHING IT–but as exciting things start to happen, you’re going to hear more from me.

This means something exciting has happened!

Crushing ItCRUSHING IT is well on its way to being out in the world. Yes, it’s still early, but the fine people at Simon & Schuster have loaded it at many of the various retailers, their site and Edelweiss, which means electronic and paper review copies are coming soon*!

So, getting back to the title of this post, how can you show your love? Well, here’s the thing, publishers don’t just load books early because they’re super-organized, they do it also to get a feel for how popular a book is going to be. If it looks like a book will be popular, they’ll print more of them and that means everyone wins. See where I’m going with this? So, if you pre-order books, that tells the publisher, “Hey! I’M SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THIS NEW BOOK FROM JOANNE LEVY THAT I’M SURE IS GOING TO BE HILARIOUS.” And isn’t that exactly what you want my publisher to know?

If you were going to buy my book anyway (THANK YOU) please consider pre-ordering it. If you weren’t going to buy it, well, now that you know it’s going to be hilarious, please consider pre-ordering it. Even if you’re not a tween, I’m sure you know one who would love this book. If not, there will be a lot of charities looking for toy drive donations in December and I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen a toy drive bin overflowing with books (until I come along, of course) but many kids would love nothing more than a few good books to read for the holidays.

So without further ado, here are some handy retailer links (more to come as available):

My home bookstore, Bryan Prince Bookseller (if you buy from them I will sign them for you–just let them know you would like your book signed/personalized. Plus, they will ship anywhere!), Amazon, Amazon Canada, Chapters/Indigo.

And if you prefer digital, you can also pre-order your ebook at iBooks, Google Play, Kobo.

If you are not planning to buy my book, that’s okay–there are still ways to help, though we’ll talk about those ways down the road a little because it’s early yet. Though I will thank you for reading this far and being a great supporter and cheerleader!

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*If you are a reviewer and would like an advanced copy, please contact me or your Simon & Schuster rep.

CRUSHING IT – Cover reveal!

Hi! Remember me?

CRUSHING IT doesn’t come out until December of this year, but the fine folks at Aladdin M!x have already got their ducks lined up and there’s a sweet cover for it.

You want to see it, right? I know you do. And you’re going to love it because they got it just right, from Kat and Olivia right down to Tyler and his mysterious hair. Seriously, it’s the cutest cover I could ever imagine let alone hope for.

To see it, though, you’ll need to visit my friend Evie’s blog over at Bookish. She’s hosting the cover reveal and a giveaway to celebrate it.

One of the reasons I love Evie and wanted her to help with my cover reveal is that she is such an amazing book reviewer. Her reviews are ALWAYS thoughtful and interesting and it’s obvious she takes a lot of time reading and making an effort to articulate her thoughts about what she’s read thoroughly and concisely. Evie reviewed SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE a while back and while it’s obvious she liked the book (whee!), what I really appreciate about the review is the way she put so much thought into it and talked about why she liked it. Authors may pretend we don’t read reviews, but we do (although sometimes secretly) and when someone puts this kind of effort into it, it makes the writing that much more worthwhile.

Thank you, Evie!

So go on and click through to see what those cover magicians created for me. Enter the raffle and check out some of Evie’s amazing bookish designs too–she’s created so many cool things for book lovers!

I’ll wait here. 🙂

I should note that CRUSHING IT is also available for pre-order at some retailers. You may not know this, but pre-orders are a great way to support authors because it tells their publisher that people are REALLY EXCITED about the book. So, if you were going to buy it anyway, please pre-order it at your retailer of choice.

Book News!

Apparently it’s been months since my last blog (September? How did that much time slide by?) but I guess that goes along with the theme that I’m not a very good blogger and really only crawl out of the woodwork when I have something to tell you. Well guess what? I HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL YOU!

While Small Medium at Large is out in the world and people still seem to be reading it (thank you!) I’ve been working on some other things and one of those things will be published by Simon and Schuster’s Aladdin M!X imprint in 2017  December 2016! If you’re not familiar with the M!X books, check out the website (see, those exclamation points were intentional).

The book is called Crushing It and is a tween version of Cyrano de Bergerac – see the official deal notice at Publishers Weekly. I can’t tell you too much about the story yet, but it will be fun and funny and will likely include some awkward moments and maybe a cat. You’ll just have to wait and see.

And if you believe it, some kind soul has already put it up on Goodreads (which means you can add it to your TBR list, you know, because you’re already worried about what you’re going to need to read two years from now).

This isn’t the Oscars, so I’ll keep this short, but I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to my agent, Caryn Wiseman for facilitating this. She has been tirelessly working toward getting my books out there and I so appreciate having her on my team.

And now, just because this is how I feel today:

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Writing Process Blog Tour

Yes, I know, I haven’t blogged in a while and I probably wouldn’t have even written this post if not for the wonderfully awesome Philippa Dowding! I have to tell you how I met PhilipGwendolynpa, because meeting her was just one part in the amazing Forest of Reading experience I had last spring! When I did the ‘near north’ tour, Philippa and I traveled together (through some crazy terrain and a heck of a storm, I might add) from North Bay to Parry Sound and we got to know each other and had great chats, as writers often do. I can’t tell you what we talked about (what happens on tour, stays on tour) but by the end of the trip, I was so glad to have met her!

2014-09-09 09.34.50AND we exchanged books, which I love, because the one thing I cherish and collect more than anything (because it’s hard to collect cheese, though I do love it so) is signed books.

Please check out Philippa’s post and her books and make sure you tell her I sent you. Make sure you watch the trailer for The Strange Gift of GwendolynGolden (Philippa even did the music for the video—could she be any more talented?).

Now, to the questions!

1. What are you working on?

Oh, okay, so let’s start this with the hardest question to answer! I hate talking about projects I’m working on, because inevitably, they don’t freaking sell and then people are all like, “Remember you were working on that story about the purple alien that fell in love with a crocodile who ate beets? When is that coming out?” and I have to tell them that the book will come out on the fifteenth of never. So I think I’ll play it safe here and tell you I’m working on a wickedly funny Facebook post.

2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?

Well, I wrote it, so that’s the most notable difference. Plus, my writing tends to be funny and honest. I try to mine the most embarrassing moments from my own youth (real or imagined) and project them onto my characters. Then, I manipulate those scenes to make them even funnier and work them into a plot. So yeah, there’s a good chance if you’re reading my work, you will laugh. I keep hearing there’s not enough funny books, so I’m trying to help fill the niche.

3. Why do you write what you do?

2014-05-14 13.14.06I have always looked up to authors who honestly portray the lives of tweens/teens and who write the books that everyone relates to. There are so many experiences that we all go through in some way or another and sharing those experiences is one of the great parts of being human. Dogs can’t share the story of a great romp at the leash-free park or describe the taste of a really delicious steak bone found at the bottom of a garbage can. The stories we share bond us to each other with no reciprocal hind-end sniffing required. So I write to share stories like that. ALSO, and maybe more importantly, I love to make people laugh and if I can do that with strangers I’ve never met, well, that’s the most amazing feeling ever. No, the second most amazing feeling—having a kid come up to me wearing a shirt with my book on it, that’s pretty much THE most amazing feeling.

4. How does your writing process work?

This is a very wide-open question, which I’m guessing is by design… Uh, I come up with an idea, and then I have four or five plot points in my head before I start actually writing. Then I sit down (or, actually these days, I go to my treadmill desk) and start writing. I don’t normally write to outline, so I make up the story and characters as I go. This means I need to do more editing/layering of details later as I learn more about my book and what/who it’s actually about, but it’s hoTend a Gravew I work. I’ve tried outlining and it just doesn’t work for me. If I need an outline or synopsis for a proposal, I pretty much have to write the book (or most of it) first.

Thanks again for tagging me, Philippa! And of course, one good turn deserves another, so I tag: Jocelyn Shipley! I know Jocelyn from #TorKidLit, a social group of writers from the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) that gets together monthly. I’m a big fan of Jocelyn and her work (particularly her HOW TO TEND A GRAVE that I couldn’t stop raving about when I read it) and I’m looking forward to her post next week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment about your process.

Fan Art!

I know it’s kind of crazy that after months of nothing, I’m posting twice in a week, but remember when I talked about going to Sudbury to do some school visits? (You can’t tell me you’ve forgotten, it was just a few days ago!) Well, I just got an e-mail with a picture of another poster made by one of the kids. How cool is this? So cool, I just had to share:

Fan Art by Scott

Thank you, Scott! This is one of my favourite scenes in the book, too. Great job!

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Trees and Tours and News, Oh My!

First, let me start with the Oh, My! Has it really been this long since my last blog post? Wow. Yeah, I guess it has. I’d like to blame my lack of communication on being really busy and that’s part of it, but mostly I didn’t have enough cool stuff to share. Until now.

So. Where to start.

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Cool Thing #1 – SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE has been named an Honour* Book by the fine kids of Manitoba in their Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards. Cool, right? MAKING BOMBS FOR HITLER by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch won, which is awesome and so well deserved, but my book was one of two honour books (with UNGIFTED by Gordon Korman). I can’t begin to tell you how amazing this is.

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Cool Thing #2 – As you may know, SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE is a Red Maple nominee in the Ontario Forest of Reading program. Another huge honour for me and my little book about ghosts, boys and bras. So I was afforded the opportunity to do a little bit of touring last week up to North Bay and Parry Sound to celebrate at their Festival of Trees. I didn’t take near enough pictures, but here are a few. I always have a great time hanging out with book-lovers of all kinds and I have to say that this event made me feel like quite the rock star. Look at all those fans! Thank you to the Near North School District for making this happen. What a great couple of days!

 

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And this isn’t even the whole crowd. I was told there were about 1600 kids there. Amazing!

Here’s a smaller crowd of SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE fans who came to my presentation and sat in the front row (check out their cool SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE buttons!). <3!

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Here I am with fellow Red Maple nominees, K.L. Armstrong and M. A. Marr (LOKI’S WOLVES: THE BLACKWELL PAGES)

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And a group photo with the rest of the authors (K.L. and M. A. had to leave early) and some of the event organizers. Thank you Near North!

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Also, I was fortunate enough to do some school visits in Sudbury on my trip. Check out the cool artwork some kids did to tie in with my book:

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Here I am with Ms. Vigna’s ASD class. These kids were so great and engaged and asked some of the best questions. I loved meeting you!

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AMAZING! Thank you so much to these great kids. I loved meeting you all and chatting about books.

There will be more Forest of Reading events next week and I’ll update again once I have more pictures.

Until then, thanks for making it to the bottom of my post. Here’s your reward, a dancing chicken:

 

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*These cool things are happening in Canada, so I’ll be using my Canadian spelling here.