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Shoot, I forgot a title…CONTEST WINNERS!!

Well, the weekend is nearly at an end, and I’m shaking off my post-vacation jet-lag to say a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who participated in this week’s contests in celebration of the beautiful new cover for The Broken Lands, and the nice things that several generous readers have said about it. So without further ado, may I announce your winners:

The winners of the art contest are…

Okay, I’m sorry, but I warned you that I might do this. Four pieces of art were entered, and I am invoking the contest moderator’s right to give awards to all four artists, because every one was fantastic, and every one was so completely different. Two focused on setting the scene, and two focused on the villain introduced in the excerpt. So instead of one four-way tie, I’m going to say we have two two-way ties.

First and foremost, may I present the two most recent entrants, which arrived during my flight back to NYC from Israel, who will share the Award for Best Evocation of Historical Period, also known as the Award for Knowing Kate Well Enough to Know You Get Extra Points For Including Trains. Here they are:

A study in pencil by Edie P.

A study in color by Luci P.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And if you’ve been by this spot in the past week, you will probably remember the first two entries, but just in case, here they are, as well.

B&W Magic from the Rabbit-Hearted Girl

He Brushed the Dust from His Sleeve

 

 

Shannon and Candi, I hope you’ll forgive me for not being able to choose between the two of you for the Award for Best Illustration of my Beloved Villainous Gambler, a.k.a. the Creepy Hands Go a Long Way Toward Making Kate Happy Award. So I’m calling this one a tie, too. Candi got some extra points for the fact that her High Walker makes me think of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop, and Shannon got some extra points for giving us a look at the process of bringing High Walker to life in this speedpaint. But in the end, I love them both too much to pick.

So we have four art winners! Congratulations! Prizes for everybody!

And now for the amplifying-the-chatter portion of the contest. Mentions were culled from Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and the comments of this site. The names were scrawled on haphazardly-torn-up pieces of paper and one was drawn at random. And the randomly-drawn winner is…@kindleaholic!

So, instead of two winners, we have five. Winners, I will need for you to let me know your preference for hardcover or advance copies of The Broken Lands, and I will also be sending you Sonya Hartnett’s The Midnight Zoo (illustrated by Andrea Offermann). Kindle-aholic, you get the same choice, but you also get to choose your second prize from among the following books by the authors who said such nice things about my beloved second book:

  • A Tale Dark and Grimm (Adam Gidwitz)
  • The Inquisitor’s Apprentice (Chris Moriarty)
  • The Book of Blood and Shadow (Robin Wasserman; advance copy)

So congratulations and my most heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated. Send me your preferences and your addresses by email if you wouldn’t mind (check the “Contact Kate” page here at Clockwork Foundry for the address).

And with that, friends, I sign off for the moment, but only for a short while so that I can put together a second post, which I’ll post tonight before I die of jet-lag-induced exhaustion. And just in case the cover isn’t enough excitement for you, I’ll have another excerpt for you to go along with it. Thank you so much for playing this game with me all week!

Cover coming up next…

 

Countdown to THE BROKEN LANDS: the Cover, and a Contest or Two

About a week ago I got to see the final cover of my next book at last. Yes, The Broken Lands jacket art has been finalized, and all I can say is that it’s truly beautiful. Not that I expected anything less for a moment. Andrea Offermann, the amazing artist behind the cover and illustrations of The Boneshaker, returned for this book, and I’m just in love with what she’s done this time. In fact, I’m so in love I want to celebrate a little.

Here is Andrea. Wonder what she's working on...

I’ve also been receiving some fabulous comments about the book from some fabulous writers, educators, and librarians. I want to celebrate that, too. I’m just feeling generally celebratory. So here’s what I’m thinking. I’m thinking: how about I show you the jacket art next weekend, and how about before do, let’s have a CONTEST? In fact, let’s have TWO OF THEM!

Contest #1: Draw some stuff.

I’ll post an excerpt from The Broken Lands later this afternoon, to introduce you to the setting and one of the characters. I invite you to bring either or both of them to life any way you like. Post a link to your art in the comments of the posted excerpt any time this week.

Contest #2 (for those of you who, like me, lack any drawing capability whatsoever): Help get the word out about this contest and the cover reveal next weekend.

Post a thoughtful comment or question here, tweet or re-tweet links about the contest, mention it on Facebook, do what you can to keep the chatter going. Those cool comments about the book I mentioned? I’ll be dealing some of those out on Tumblr this week, and you can re-blog one or two of those if you’re so inclined. I’ll do a random drawing from all chatter-amplifying commentary I can find, and select a few winners. It’s probably best, so that your efforts don’t slip my notice, that you also make it easy for me to find them. Use my Twitter name, @katemilford, or my Facebook name, @katechellmilford, or comment here on the blog as to how you’ve passed the word along. Thoughtful comments or questions will earn you an extra entry. What constitutes a thoughtful comment or question? I don’t know, but I know one when I see it.

WHEN DOES THIS AWESOMENESS CONCLUDE?

The deadline to enter is Friday the 10th. I’ll post the cover Saturday the 11th, and announce the winners Sunday the 12th.

HOW WILL YOU CHOOSE THE WINNERS?

The winner of the chatter portion will be drawn at random, but multiple contributions will earn you multiple entries. The winner of the art portion–well, it depends on how many entries there are. If you’re the only person who steps up and gives it a shot, YOU WIN. If you’re one of only two or three, you probably all win. My blog traffic isn’t that high, so honestly, your chances are pretty good. I’d give it a go.

ARE THERE PRIZES, OTHER THAN A VIRTUAL A PAT-ON-THE-BACK?

My endless gratitude. Oh, and yes, books. The winner of the art portion will receive the ANDREA OFFERMANN CELEBRATION PRIZE: a copy each of The Broken Lands (your choice, advance copy in about a month, or real-live bound book in September) and Sonya Hartnett’s The Midnight Zoo, which Andrea also illustrated.

The winner of the chatter portion will receive the SAYING NICE THINGS ABOUT MY BOOK CELEBRATION PRIZE: The Broken Lands (same choice, arc very soon or hardcover this fall) and your choice of a book by one of the wonderful writers who so generously gave their time to read The Broken Lands. I’ll let you know the specific choices at the end of the week, but there are clues here as to whose books will be up for grabs if you look closely enough.

I should also warn you that I’m overseas this week, six hours ahead of you. It’s 8pm here, and I have somewhat limited internet. So please don’t panic if I don’t reply right away–or, you know, for six hours. Or if something gets stuck needing me to moderate it. Just think of it as part of the fun. And while you’re waiting, here’s an interview with Andrea from just a couple of days ago to keep you busy.

So, without further ado…let’s start…NOW!

It Was a Good Week.

First of all, and I’m really tempted to capitalize it, The Boneshaker is a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults! (Look at that. I even managed to restrict myself to only one exclamation point. It was tough, I’ll tell you.)

Here’s the rest of the list, which contains my wonderful crit-mate Heidi Ayarbe’s Compromised as well as some other books I well and truly loved in 2010.

Compromised by Heidi Ayarbe: Book Cover

Another cool thing that happened to me last week was  that I got to participate in a Children’s Literary Salon at the New York Public Library, along with Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark and Grimm) and Michael Teitelbaum (The Scary States of America). Betsy Bird acted as ace moderator for the panel, entitled Blood, Bones and Gore: Horror and the Modern Children’s Book. It was a ton of fun! I had already read A Tale Dark and Grimm (and LOVED IT. LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT), and after hearing Michael Teitelbaum talk about The Scary States of America I went right out and picked it up. It will be my subway reading, starting tomorrow. I expect to love it just as much.

Scary States of America by Michael Teitelbaum: Book Cover A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz: Book Cover

Oh, also, work is going swimmingly on The Broken Lands. I am pretty sure I am going to change the date the story takes place from 1883, when the Brooklyn Bridge was completed to 1877, when it was very definitely still in pieces. Why? Oh, so many very good reasons I think I’d better not spoil the surprise by sharing. Suffice to say some awesome stuff happens when I stick the story in 1877, and I think I like that stuff a lot.

Current research reading:

  • Emergence: the Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software (Steven Johnson)
  • Fools of Fortune, or Gambling and Gamblers, Comprehending A History of the Vice in Ancient and Modern Times, and in Both Hemispheres; an Exposition of its Alarming Prevalence and Destructive Effects; with an Unreserved and Exhaustive Disclosure of Such Frauds, Tricks and Devices as are Practiced by “Professional” Gamblers, “Confidence Men,” and “Bunko Steerers.” (by John Philip Quinn, who modestly, yet with sincerity, tenders to the world what he hopes may extenuate his twenty-five years of gaming and systematic deception of his fellow men.)

No, I did not make any of that up or embellish it. That’s literally what the front title page says.

  • The Great Bridge (David McCullough)
  • Ambrose Bierce: Alone in Bad Company (Roy Morris, Jr.)

That’s all for now. Happy (belated) New Year, everyone!

Nebula Season, and the Return of the Informed Voter Project

It’s Nebula Time, and I have a vote to be informed about! That’s right, from now until February 15th, SFWA members get to cast their votes in support of their favorite SciFi and Fantasy works of 2010. Are you an SFWA member? Then get off your duff and start thinking about your ballot.

For those who don’t know, there are two rounds to the process. This first round, everybody nominates their favorites, and the six in each category (Short Story, Novella, Novelette, Novel, Screenplay, and Young Adult Novel) with the highest number of votes make it to the final ballot. Votes can be entered and even changed right up until the February 15th deadline. Then the second phase begins, where SFWA members read the finalists and cast a second round of votes.

Admittedly, I started this project way too late last time around, when my goal was simply to read all the finalists and blog about what I read (I did manage to get the reading done, but I didn’t manage to get my comments up on every category before the voting deadline). This year I am actually getting to cast a vote to help determine those finalists, and while I certainly can’t possibly read the entire field, I am going to use it as an excuse to get serious about catching up on my TBR pile, and maybe to occasionally remind anybody who cares that my book came out this year and is eligible for the Norton Award for YA lit. I would bat my eyelashes at you, but I have no makeup on and am just finishing my first cup of coffee and it wouldn’t have the effect I was looking for. I will, therefore, settle for tossing out the reminder and also pointing out that SFWA members can read the text free, along with the work of lots of other hopefuls, via the SFWA message boards. There. Self-indulgent message completed.

Books I’m really excited about reading? A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz. Sarah Beth Durst’s Enchanted Ivy. Paolo Bacigalupi’s National Book-nominated Shipbreaker, of course–although I suspect he won’t need my vote to make it to the finals, much like Megan Whelan Turner’s Conspiracy of Kings, which it’s about time I read, too. Cherie Priest’s Dreadnought. The Boy With the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu, which I have to double-check the rules about (it hit the US market in 2010, which I think makes it eligible). China Mieville’s Kraken. The Dark Deeps by Arthur Slade. Ian McDonald’s Ares Express. That’s just off the top of my head. How many is that?

Books I’ve read this year that I loved? Jean-Christophe Valtat’s Aurorarama. Mistwood by Leah Cypess and Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready. Mockingjay, the final installment of the Hunger Games trilogy, which I also probably won’t vote for because, again, it’s not going to need my vote to place (which may be a crap way of doing things, but hey, it’s my vote, so deal with it). Monsters of Men, the final installment of Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy, which anybody who liked The Hunger Games should start reading immediately if not sooner. Bruiser, by Neal Shusterman. Matt Kirby’s The Clockwork Three. I’m resisting the urge to get up and check my bookshelves. I read so much good stuff this year.

And then there’s the short fiction. I am so bad at actually reading short fiction. I love it when I make the effort, but I will be the first one to admit I’m bad at making the effort. So it’s time to start making the effort. I would love to hear your suggestions about short stories, novellas, and novelettes to start my reading off with.

So welcome to Nebula Season, and the Informed Voter Project! I’ll be posting comments on my reading in the coming months, and would welcome your comments and suggestions. Happy holidays, and happy reading!