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V.I.P. TODAY

I should really mention that there is a VERY IMPORTANT PAPERBACK out today.

AlphaOops: The Day Z Went First is now available in paperback for the very first time anywhere!

I’m so very honored, because 1.) you have to be a Very Important picture book for your publisher to release you into paperback and 2.) this is the very first book I’ve ever had (not counting Elemental, because it was a hard/paper simultaneous publication) that has come out in paperback after being first released in hardcover!

If you own AlphaOops: The Day Z Went First, I encourage you to take advantage of this lovely low price point (only $6.99) and buy a few copies for friends, neighbors, and teachers. It makes a great baby shower gift or addition to any library.

While you’re on the Amazon page, please feel free to “Like” the page, tag it, review it, or post it to your social networks, with my sincerest thanks.

And remember, when you read this aloud: DO IT WITH FEELING.

Three cheers for AlphaOops!

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Wonderland: My Favorite Bit

Where do you go to find decent fiction to read? When I’ve asked people this question lately, their answer is most often John Scalzi’s “The Big Idea.”

In the footsteps of that fabulous Idea, my dear friend Mary Robinette Kowal has launched a feature on her blog called “My Favorite Bit.” In lieu of asking authors the age-old question “Where do you get your ideas?”, Mary asks, “What was your favorite thing about writing the book you just had released?”

You’ll be surprised at the answers.

I’m honored today to be a guest on Mary’s blog, speaking about “My Favorite Bit” of The Wonderland Alphabet: Alice’s Adventures Through the ABCs and What She Found There. Is my favorite bit the same as yours? I bet it isn’t.

Click here to read my fabulous essay and find out!

 

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AlphaOops: IN A MUSEUM

From TimeOut Chicago Kids:

It’s no secret that children’s books contain some of the world’s finest art. The illustrations and paintings might not hang next to Seurat, Degas or O’Keefe, but this summer they’re darn close, thanks to a nifty new exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago: “Told and Retold.”

Located in the Art Institute of Chicago’s always-free Family Room, the mini exhibit contains enchanting work for recent picture books done by an eclectic mix of eight artists. The connective tissue here is not a publisher, but an artists’ agency: Studio Goodwin Sturges. Run by Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges of Rhode Island, the agency dedicates its efforts to producing stunning children’s books. There’s a wide range on display here—in form as well as content—from a coterie of artists hailing from across the U.S. and Europe.

Read more about the exhibit here.

And…say it with me, kids, just like Indy:

 

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The “Sunday” Necklace

Launching the Dixie Dunbar Studio Fairy Tale line of jewelry is the “Sunday” necklace, inspired by the novel Enchanted.

The necklace is made of simple chain, as befits a Woodcutter’s daughter, but the asymmetrical design is pure elegance.

Like Sunday Woodcutter’s magical dress of silver and gold the third night of the prince’s ball, the Sunday necklace is comprised of silver- and gold-brass chains that sweep around the neck and culminate in a graceful central waterfall.

The Sunday necklace is affordably priced at only $90~

Click here to order your today!

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The Wonderland Alphabet (flip preview)

The sneakiest preview of The Wonderland Alphabet you’ll ever get! How cute is this book?!?

Still working on getting a definite date when this will be out — I know Amazon has had a different release date every other day (now it says June 19th), but who trusts Amazon anymore? They don’t even have the proper cover image.

I can tell you that Archaia has the book (or they couldn’t have made this video!) and it will be shipping to stores very, very soon. Fingers crossed that it shows up while I’m on book tour!

xox

 

 

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The HMH Bankruptcy [UPDATE]

I have just spoken to my dear fairy godmother at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt–she reassured me that this restructuring is actually cause for celebration, and so I would like to pass this reassurance on to you, my friends & family.

Things at this particular publisher have indeed been a mess ever since the Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt merger back in 2008, and this bankruptcy filing (which they are required to do by law) is the last step in resolving those issues, clearing the cobwebs, and moving onward with a stronger, more focused and united company.

Enchanted is not in danger in any way, nor will my blog or book tour plans change at all. We are moving ahead, full steam, into the sunrise.

So, no panic. No worries. Sally forth and purchase many copies. And, if we’re lucky, there will be official news of a sequel on the horizon.

Stay tuned! And thank you all so very much for your texts, tweets, emails, and phone calls of support. I love you all to pieces!! xox

 

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Enters Bankruptcy Process

Yes, one of my publishers did just enter a Chapter 11 bankruptcy for about 3 billion dollars. You can read the New York Times article about it here.

What I remember from working in publishing back in the day, back when Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt were two separate companies, is that their scholarly divisions (all those anthologies you had to read for English class) outweighed their trade by quite a lot of titles, and scholarly divisions are typically a Giant Mess. [UPDATE: apparently the scholarly divisions weren’t too bad; it was the tiny digital company who bought them that added to the fray… As you can see, this is a complicated subject.]

All that aside, the trade books division of (now) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a very strong trade books division, including titles like The Lord of the Rings and The Princess Bride. My little fairy tale is in very good company.

Chapter 11 is a restructuring…and while $3 billion is a lot to restructure, it’s not impossible. Some of you may have visions of Dorchester dancing in your heads, but don’t. Remain calm. HMH is going to pull through this, I am sure. And so will Enchanted. Please continue to purchase the book and audiobook (Brilliance Audio is doing just fine!) and move about your day as if nothing happened.

That’s what I’m doing.

[UPDATE post on the HMH Bankruptcy here.]

xox

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Please note: The Enchanted hardcover is the only title I have under the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt umbrella. The Enchanted audiobook, the AlphaOops books, and The Wonderland Alphabet are all with other publishers. I encourage you to please order books from these publishers (if you haven’t already) to support my writing. I have some handy-dandy links for you right here: http://aletheakontis.com/2012/05/amazon-affiliate-links/

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Fairy Tale in the TV Age

Love fairy tales? Love television? Addicted to Once Upon a Time and Grimm? (I certainly am…)

I compiled a list of the top 10 fairy tale television series in the last 60 years for Clarkesworld Magazine and put it together (with YouTube clips!) in a lovely article for your perusing pleasure.

Click here to read The Fairy Tale in the TV Age now! (As always, your comments there are encouraged and welcome.)

How many of them have YOU seen?

xox

 

 

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Basically Amazing Alethea!

Basically Amazing Ashley has me over at her blog today for Fairy Tale Fortnight — “Today’s Fairy Tale Fortnight interview totally makes my day. Because it is with the author of my number one most anticipated release of 2012 and will be followed by a review of the book! I cannot even begin to describe how happy I am that Alethea, author of the soon to be released Enchanted agreed to be part of Fairy Tale Fortnight! So check out her awesome interview and then enter the giveaway of WIN that she is donating!

Ashley’s interview was REALLY fun — what three wishes would I ask a genie? Go click over, enter the contest, and find out! The ocntest only runs until May 7th, so do it now!

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Delicious Tidbits

There are so many wonderful things going on, this post is hardly big enough to fill them!

Over at the Ranting Dragon is a list of Twenty Must-Read Retold Fairy Tales. First on the list, I’m proud to say, is the Happily Ever After anthology, edited by John Klima. I have a story in that one — “Blood and Water”, my retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” only she’s a vampire. And there are pirates.

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The Book Smugglers not only featured a guest blog post of my Inspirations and Influences, but they did a lovely review of Enchanted as well. “I fell in love with Grumble the frog and Rumboldt the young man from almost first glance. While spend time in both his and Sunday’s minds, to me Rumbold is the true hero of this book. His narrative is sweet and compelling, and I love his earnestness and (at times comic) devotion to Sunday.”

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Tomorrow is the last day to enter to win a copy of Enchanted over at Making the Grade for The Fairy Tale Hop! You should probably get over there now.

This post also features a rare interview with Sunday Woodcutter herself!

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Book Rat Misty has uploaded my reading of the Grimms’ fairy tale “The Foundling” onto YouTube here. “The Foundling” is the little-known tale that the character of Trix Woodcutter is based on.

It’s not a video of me, just a podcast with a lovely placeholder image of Enchanted.

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Speaking of the cover of Enchanted, A Backwards Story is hosting REALLY FUN interview with the cover designer of Enchanted, Christine Kettner. Check out one of the women who creates the magic behind the magic!

Please go over, comment, and share some love. Thank you!

 

 

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