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Holy Display Batman!

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STATUS: Did some meetings today but don’t have the brain power to write up for tonight’s blog. Stay tuned tomorrow though. I’m going to shoot for the morning.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? Nothing at the moment.

20 days and counting down to the release of DON’T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER. Would you say this bookstore is enthusiastic?

All I can say is that I wish every store in America would follow this example! Huge grin here.

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  1. Tracy said:

    I saw this on Ally’s blog, and thought it was amazing. I’ve never seen anything like it before (okay, so I’m from a hick town in Canada, but still…). Anyways, it looks great!

  2. D. Robert Pease said:

    So my question is, who paid for this? Those things aren’t cheap, probably $2-3k, easy for all that. Will a bookstore see a return on that kind of investment in one book?

  3. Kathleen MacIver said:

    That is so awesome!

    Kristin, I have a question, and I can’t find a post that quite discusses it… if you are looking for a new blog post topic. 🙂

    Do you have recommendations for how to know if a new WIP should take the YA direction or the adult direction if it’s a fantasy?This new story idea is complex and powerful and has me totally fascinated with this world that’s exploding in my mind. I’ve written a few scenes and done tons of world-building, but nothing is pinning down the character’s ages for me. I just know that they’re somewhere in the 17-25 age range.

    Ally’s blog says that it’s your voice that matters, and I can see how that would be the case for books like hers, or chic lit books, because today’s teens think and act totally different than adults.

    But in a fantasy world…especially one like mine that blends aspects of Medieval times (when adulthood started at 16 or so)…that line isn’t there. I imagine it has more to do with whether the content and story-telling style interests teens (and of course, the age of the characters).

    Anyway, I NEED to pin down their ages, but I don’t know how to tell if my fantasy voice is more YA or more adult. And I don’t want to write a book about 25 year olds in a YA fantasy voice, or write a book about 17 and 19 year olds in an adult voice.

    re: content… this plot includes romance, but I write “clean” like Ally, and this book has a major non-romance plot, woven with the romance. The hero and heroine will get married about 3/4 of the way through the story. I can’t cut that out, because that’s integral to the plot. Does that mean it couldn’t possibly be YA, therefore I should make them older?

    Anyway, as an agent who reps both, can you offer any advice re: how I can figure out if I should make my characters slightly younger and go for YA, or slightly older and go for the adult?

    Or…if an agent reads my book and likes it, but thinks it would work better in the other market, will they tell me that?

    Thanks so much!

  4. Katrina said:

    Tracy: nothing wrong with hicks from Canada! The display is on a Vancouver store. Kidsbooks is an awesome retailer for children’s books.

    Yay Kidsbooks!

  5. Ebony McKenna. said:

    As Tina Fey/Liz Lemon would say
    “I want to go to there.”

    Well done Ally. Her first two Gallagher books were thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining. Can’t wait for the third.