Hard to believe, but FIVE FLAVORS OF DUMB is all grown up already. A week from today, it’ll be released in paperback, along with some extras: a never-before-seen playlist, and the first chapter of my new novel, THOU SHALT NOT ROAD TRIP, thrown in for good measure. The folks at Speak/Penguin have done a really awesome job with it, and I couldn’t be happier.
Actually, everything about DUMB makes me exceedingly happy. Every week, small, personal, quirky books like mine are released. Some get lost in the shuffle, some fight the tide long enough to be enjoyed by niche readers, and others (like DUMB) just get plain lucky and enjoy the support of readers, booksellers, bloggers, librarians, teachers, etc. It’s not an easy process to predict, and when as an author you get lucky, you just have to be grateful. And I am grateful – to everyone who chose to read DUMB over one of the hundreds of other wonderful books that have come out in the past twelve months. Piper and her friends are alive and well today because of YOU.
But back to that paperback release. It seems a shame to let the date pass without celebrating it in some way. So I’ve spoken to the lovely folks at Penguin HQ, and they’re sending me a stack of bookplates to sign. And there’s more . . .
For anyone who pre-orders a paperback copy of DUMB by (or on) September 29th, I’ll mail you a signed bookplate (inscribed however you’d like) for you to put in the front. All you have to do is email me at antonyATantonyjohnDOTnet (substituting the AT and DOT for the correct signs; you know the drill), provide your address, and tell me you’ve bought a copy. (No need to send proof of purchase—I trust you.)
What’s more, I’ll also enter you for a BIG prize giveaway. THREE winners will each receive a signed ARC of THOU SHALT NOT ROAD TRIP. And ONE winner will receive the 8-piece mega prize pack*, consisting:
1. Hardback of WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON (signed by John Green and David Levithan)
2. Signed paperback of THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO by Patrick Ness
3. Signed ARC of THOU SHALT NOT ROAD TRIP by me
4. ARC of LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins
5. ARC of VIRTUOSITY by Jessica Martinez
6. ARC of LEGEND by Marie Lu
7. ARC of CROSSED by Ally Condie
8. Critique by me of either an agent query letter or the first chapter of your novel (this may be gifted to someone else of your choice, if you’re not an author).
For anyone who’d like to be entered into the giveaway but already has a copy of DUMB, why not order a copy from my local Indie, Left Bank Books, and have it sent to a friend? I’ll make sure it’s inscribed however you’d like, and they’ll make sure it gets mailed (for an extra fee).
Here’s where you can pre-order DUMB in paperback:
Finally, for all the wonderful folks who have already bought hardback copies of DUMB (and thus made it such a success)—THANK YOU! I’ll be hosting more giveaways on my Facebook page between now and the end of the year, so you’ll have a chance to win swag too.
(* I will ask the winner of the mega prize pack for proof-of-purchase. Hope that’s okay.)