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Break the Code!

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STATUS: Don’t worry. I’ll probably get back to myth busting tomorrow. I was a little more interested in hitting the beach today than blog writing. What can I say? In fun news though, my software guru is creating a new Nelson Agency web database where writers can upload their sample pages to a safe and secure site starting in January 2007. No more snail mailing sample pages for us to review. Serious. We are going fully electronic baby. It’s coming so be on the look out for the blog announcement but our goal is to launch this new submission format starting on Jan. 3, 2007.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? No little iPod.

Okay, for those of you who are huge Ally Carter fans and have been dying for any sneak peek at the next book, here’s your chance.

The title for the sequel I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU has been top secret until now. If you can crack the code, you’ll have the skinny that no one in the world has besides Ally, her publisher, and me—not to mention there are some cool prizes.

So, visit Ally’s blog for contest rules/instructions/prizes and for more details but here’s the code.

Happy breaking all you spies.

From Ally:


By far one of the most frequent questions I’ve gotten lately is “what’s the title of the next Gallagher Girls book going to be?”

Well, here it is for the first time anywhere!

What? You can’t read it?

That’s probably because the good folks at the Gallagher Academy have encrypted it.

Yep. It’s a real code!

Actual spies have used this actual technique to convey actual secrets for years.

So if you’ve ever wanted to be a spy, or if you’re just a puzzle junkie… Or maybe if you are simply dying to know the title, here’s your chance to have some fun and challenge yourself and think like a Gallagher Girl (or guy) for a while.

And I’m throwing a contest (with some pretty cool prizes) for those of you who feel up to the challenge.

10 Responses

  1. Kimber An said:

    Great news on the cyber-front. I’ve submitted one partial that way so far and it was sooooo much nicer!

    Ally’s on my list, by the way, on the strong recommendation of Jana Deleon. If any of you haven’t been to their blogs, you really should. Funny as you’ll get out!

  2. Maprilynne said:

    “Yay! Quicker rejections!

    *happy dance*

    Erm, I meant that in a good way.

    *happy dances off stage*”

    No, I totally agree. It really is a good thing.:)

  3. Kimber An said:

    Absolutely! I’ve learned so much from my rejections. It’s all in how you choose to look at them. Oh, I also have an advantage. I miscarried a baby and now she’s the angel on my shoulder. I fear nothing now.

  4. LadyBronco said:

    I am sad to say that I have absolutely no earthly idea.
    What a clever way to introduce a soon-to-be-released book, tho.
    Brava to whoever thought of it!

  5. Anonymous said:

    Absolutely fabulous on the submission department. Considering the somewhat stiff fees for sending paper across the pond it’s a great help for us on the eastern side of the water.