Monday, August 24, 2009

Awesome Event in September

Hi There,

Please come see me read at the Jefferson Market Branch of the NY Public Library on September 9th. 6-7:30, 425 6th Ave, at 10th Street. I'll be up there with a totally intimidating stable of authors. Here's the awesome lineup:

Gordon Korman, Pop
Justine Larbalestier, Liar
David Levithan, Love is the Higher Law
E. Lockhart, The Treasure Map of Boys
Lauren McLaughlin, Recycler
Bennett Madison, The Blonde of the Joke
Me! (Dan Poblocki), The Stone Child
Scott Westerfeld, Leviathan

Yeah... Hopefully I'll actually have the nerve to speak... Come early, I have a feeling it might be difficult getting a seat to this one!


One more day

Wow, I'm so excited... my book finally comes out tomorrow. Once again, if anyone is actually out there reading this, and you're in NYC on 8/25, come to Books of Wonder (18 W. 18th Street) at 6pm for my reading and signing and cupcake celebration!

And please spread the word about The Stone Child... It's really creepy, a little bit silly, and tons of fun. Please buy a copy, review it, tell a friend about it. Fledgling authors and their books need as much help as they can get!


Friday, August 21, 2009


Jay Asher, the author of the NY Times bestselling phenom, 13 Reasons Why, mentioned my book on his blog, as one of the few which caught his attention in the Fall Children's Book edition of Publisher's Weekly.

Check it out here:

I'm in good company! So cool.


Thursday, August 20, 2009


I was surprised to come home last night and find two big boxes on my doorstep. My heart started to flutter when I saw that cute little Random House emblem printed on them. Could it be? Had the day arrived? Finally?

Well, I won't keep you in suspense... I opened the boxes to find my 20 beautiful author copies of The Stone Child. I did I little dance and squealed a bit, then took a picture of the books all stacked up on top of each other.

I'll post the pics here when my computer figures out how to let me do that... but I just have to say, this is really cool!


Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Hi there-

Officially one week left until The Stone Child is available. I'm so excited...

especially after spending an extra-special four day weekend in Alta, Utah, at my agent, Barry Goldblatt's client retreat. About twenty of us holed up in an off-season ski lodge high in the (HUGE) mountains, chatting about the writing business, craft, time-management, inspiration, and lots of other really useful stuff. Holly Black made lots of flow-charts. Karen Healey took lots of notes. Shannon and Dean Hale did some interpretive dance. Cassandra Clare wrote the ending of her next novel. Mette Harrison took part in an iron-man competition (for real!). And everybody else was super kind and dandy.

I've never done anything like this before, and I left Alta feeling so lucky to have been part of the experience. I was especially star-struck, as some of my favorite authors in the world were sitting right next to me. But what surprised me most was learning that these VERY successful writers feel the same sorts of anxiety that us newbies do.

Lots of wine was poured, lots candy was shared, lots of push up competitions took place. Lots of gossip was given. Lots of hummingbirds were spotted. Lots of laughs were shared... And I'm certain we all left Utah feeling sad that it went by so quickly.

We're all looking forward to next year... wherever that may be.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Book Release Party!!!

Hi There,

If anyone is in the NYC area on Tuesday 8/25, please come to The Stone Child's release party at Books of Wonder.

Bestselling author David Levithan and I are celebrating the same-day debuts of our new books.

I'm told there will be cupcakes! And who doesn't like cupcakes...?

For more information, check out the event notice at the Books of Wonder website, here:

SO looking forward to seeing you there...