[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
There's still a little more than 24 hours left to enter MWT's ARC giveaway. There are some truly fabulous peeps pics out there--some are hilarious, some are masterpieces, but what I like best is that everyone found a way to illustrate their most-loved scenes.

Go take a look on Megan's Tumblr, and get inspired!
[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
Megan has parked all the entries for the Win An ARC With Legos! contest in one place here. Take a look. And it's not too late to enter--you have until March 15. Go and find some legos to play with. 
[identity profile] puppeteergirl.livejournal.com
Today, MWT posted on her tumblr feed: "The Thief was published twenty years, four months, and 23 days ago. Twenty years, four month and *21* days ago, people started asking me for a map. The wait is almost over. My editor says she is sending it to me tomorrow and I will post it here."

Later in the day, she posted the image below. Is this the map we've been waiting for (It is not completely clear to me)? It looks AH-MAYZ-ING.

Artist: Maxime Plasse

So, the inscription on the side says (to the best of my understanding), "This map of Eddis, Attolia, and Sounis was prepared for Her Highness Gitta Kingsdaughter by her tutor, Tykus Namikus for her reference while reading the books of the Queen's Thief."

So....if this IS the official map...who is Gitta? Royalty, obviously, but from which family/country? DISCUSS.
[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
GUYS GUYS GUYS Megan's having another ARC contest! And this one is EASY. :-)  All you need is LEGOS.

And Megan said I'm absolutely amazing. <3

Originally posted by meganwhalenturner: http://meganwhalenturner.tumblr.com/post/157238752737/the-king-of-legottolia
From MWT:


ARC Contest

Well, the last contest was not a disaster, so I’m going to try having a second one. It will be a worldwide contest.  I will pay the shipping costs if someone outside the US wins.


In honor of the absolutely amazing checkers, creator of The King of Legottolia, it will work something like this:

To enter– produce and describe in 150 words or fewer (or no words, some things speak for themselves, don’t they?) a scene from any of my books– including books not yet published or even written–(use your imagination, no spoilers from those who have already read an ARC, please) –executed (mostly executed) in Lego.

Send the images and the words in an email message to tildemwt@gmail.com and I will post them to a new tumblr King of Legottolia.  If you don’t see your entry on the tumblr within a few days of submitting it, you’d better submit again. I will try to send you an email when it goes up.  No promises.

After the contest closes on MARCH 15, 2017, 12 NOON GMT, I will post a link to a website where anyone can vote for the winner.  Finalists can go twist as many arms as they like to acquire votes.  See how neatly I absolve myself of responsibility.

On the one hand, this is going to be a bit more time consuming to enter than the last contest (I mean, unless you crocheted a doll for the last contest, in which case this will be a cake walk).  On the other hand, I am not expecting as many entries,  so there should be much higher odds of winning.  You can enter multiple times.

Again, I reserve the right to cancel the contest at a moment’s notice if no one enters or too many people enter, or the Lego people send me a cease and desist order.

See here for more inspiration. And here.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Oh Yay! Grab your Legos and go, everyone.

[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
From MWT's Tumblr:


Somebody in a message a while back referred to my “No Spoilers” policy and seeing Seanan McGuire’s post reminded me of it.  I want to clarify–I don’t have a No Spoilers Policy.  I have a Not Telling policy.

I’m Not Telling what’s in the next book.

I’m Not Telling why something was in the last book.

I am Not Telling what things mean.

I am Not Telling anything I haven’t already put on the page.

What I hope is  …  I am Not Telling You What to Think.

This isn’t an easy policy to stick to. I’m always tempted to tell people what I think (about anything, really, don’t let me get started) and I do lapse, especially in small group settings that involve too much caffeine or in some cases, alcohol, and some day when readers have had time to make up their own minds, I expect I’ll loosen up about this. (Like Ray Bradbury, in 40 years I am going to tell you that The Thief was really all about the evils of television.)  I don’t have this policy because it’s the moral high ground.  It’s a personal thing.  I like to make up my own mind about what I read– I want to offer my readers the same space.  I never want something I say to get in the way of you creating the story you want in your own head.

[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
Originally posted by at meganwhalenturner:



Thick as Thieves ARC entry: Fan Art Landscape

We have a winner!

Congratulations Buriedbybooks!

[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
From MWT's Tumblr page:

"I moved to Germany. I'll be staying for the winter in a beautiful old guesthouse, built in 1911, with gorgeous windows and pretty defective wifi."

This is kind of what I always imagined famous authors did. Looks like a fantastic place to write a book! 
[identity profile] freenarnian.livejournal.com
Checkers told me it was OK to be greedy in this instance, while an_english_girl suggested the reverse-psychology of the title (and it struck me as a method Gen himself might employ to achieve his desired ends)...
So without further ado: Why I should [not] have an ARC!
Read more... )
[identity profile] ninedaysaqueen.livejournal.com
Today is Megan's birthday, and the cakes look good enough to eat! Quick everyone. Sign the card, and wish Megan a happy birthday!


Kudos to everyone who made thief cakes.

Credit goes to...
[livejournal.com profile] an_english_girl
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[livejournal.com profile] jessre
[identity profile] ninedaysaqueen.livejournal.com
The long awaited transcript from the chat we had on the 16th. Sorry, this took so long! As I was copying it, Chatzy added many lines of computer coding for some reason. I had to tediously go back through hours of chat log and delete all of that, which is why this took so long. Curse you, Chatzy!

In which...

We fangirl Thick As Thieves.

Reprobates overexcitedly ask questions at the same time that do not get answered.

We fail at explaning the Overdrive app.

YA vs. Middle Grade

Bookish talks about her interview with MWT.

Lady Jane devours every single last muffin!

Please, remember that this was a SPOILER chat, so if you don't want to know anything about the new book other then the cover and release date, cover your ears.

Even LJ deemed this too long! We will have to have a chat again sometime soon.

*Fixed link issue. The internet made it vanish on me. XD

[identity profile] bookishbabe.livejournal.com
First day of GeekyCon and our Lovely MWT is scheduled for 3 panels.
10am What is YA?
Why is the media constantly wrong about what YA really is? Why does one library put {Harry Potter} in the children's section while another puts it in the teen section? Can a book be both YA and middle grade? Hear authors discuss these questions and more, as they try to define the YA literary genre.

11am The Long Haul
How do you get from your first book to your third, or your seven, or tenth? Let's talk plotting.

6pm Author Hat Trick
Come see what we pull out of the hat. Q&A? Games? Delirious ramblings? Rabbits? You'll have to stop by to find out!
Actually, I'll be your spy. You just sit tight. I'll return and report.
[identity profile] bookishbabe.livejournal.com

The Divine MWT will be in Orlando, FL July 29-31, 2016.

Are you ready to geek out? This is where the Fandoms gather. Check out the lit track on the GeekyCon website to see the other fantastic authors they're bringing in. Though they had me at Megan Whalen Tur--*click buy tickets*

Who's up for a ThiefCon? Meet-up?
You're not really going to miss a chance to ask MWT questions and have her Not Tell you things?!

I'd be happy to coordinate a megaron to share. And I'll bring a cart.
[identity profile] archdyadove.livejournal.com
Not sure if I'm the only one paying close attention to mwt's tumblr, but there's a little mystery there that may interest some of you! I didn't notice until recently, but for a while now, she's been tagging certain posts with the acronym "rkif", and not letting on what it means. Some people have been speculating that it could stand for the title of the next book, in light of the recent rumors about release dates... Is this a cleverly disguised hint? A taunt? Or something else entirely??
Anyway, here are all the tagged posts, if anybody wants to scour them and make some guesses!


Jan. 17th, 2016 08:52 am
[identity profile] maidenbeckah.livejournal.com
Two days ago, Monica Endinger posted this on her blog:

…. a little bird told me the next two [Queen's Thief books] are in the home stretch of being finished and coming out some time in the not-too-far-off future. First the publisher will reissue the original four to bring a new generation of readers to them and then….numbers five and six.

Maybe we'll have a new book this year? I don't know, but I'm so excited I could almost dance on a roof!
[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
A couple weeks Megan had this on her Tumblr page and said it was ok to repost it here.  Thoughts? Ideas? How about an old fashioned discussion?

From MWT:

I don’t think I can say anything about Diversity that hasn’t already been said better by people like the late Walter Dean Myers, Erika L. Sánchez, Cindy Pon, Malindo Lo and the many voices at We Need Diverse Books.

I’d like to say something, though, about Discovery.  It’s my particular hobby horse and I could talk about it forever, (and I am about to, sorry) which is probably why I don’t get invited out much, now that I think of it.


When a Librarian suggests a book to a patron, it’s Reader’s Advisory.  When we go looking for ourselves, it’s called Discovery.  Reader’s Advisory is the bomb, and I still think that best way to get something new to read is to have someone who knows what you like do all the work of finding books and then recommend them to you.  But it’s a bad method of Discovery.

I think we have to invent new, better, methods of Discovery if we want to increase Diversity.  I think we have to change our business model for selling books.

The current business model for books is – hunt for the Best Seller that will make profits that in turn carry other less successful books. So– the majority of every list will always be books that the publishers have selected as potential bestsellers.  They need to hit the jackpot from time to time in order to keep their bottom line in the black and that means they need to buy a lot of tickets for the lottery.  They make ARCs and hope their ARC will be the one out of five or six or thirty that a reviewer reads.  They hope that the reviewer will write an eye-catching review that will beget more and more readers and reviews and buzz for that book will rise in a self-feeding cycle.   Other ARCs fade into the background until everyone online is talking about Harry Potter or Eleanor and Park or Dumplin’ and there’s one book you can pretty much guarantee will be faced out in every single Barnes and Noble you go into.

Forgive me if I use the word wrong because I didn’t study this in school, but I think the word for this is normative.  Walter Dean Myers wanted it to be -normal- to see a story about an African American on the NYT Bestseller list.  That is a goal worth reaching.  On the other hand, I still hate this system because it leaves so many other books almost invisible.

Old books for example (another favorite topic of mine, sorry).  Books drop off the radar so fast, books with minority characters or issues, even faster. A library can build up a lot of books over time on diverse topics and they will still be invisible on the shelves.  And there will always be more different kinds of people and stories than can fit on a list ten books long.  Even if you have two lists.  Or six, if most of the stuff overlaps.

Goodreads and Tumblr and even WNDB work best when people devote a significant amount of time to learning about books they don’t want to read in order to see the few that they think do.  Those are your sophisticated Discoverers.  We need a means for the unsophisticated. The young, the disenfranchised, the occasional reader.

Reader’s Advisory is the bomb, and Librarians are the best.  But too many people don’t have a librarian.  We need systems that work for them.

There was an exchange a few months back on Holly Black’s Tumblr.  I’d be a hypocrite not to confess some sympathy for a person who wants the world to crowdsource diverse books and put them on the NYT Bestseller list for easy pickings.   But I don’t think trying to get our own favorite thing into a NYT Best seller is the best goal.  Not when pushing something else off the list means pushing it off a cliff.

I think we have to create a way to make finding books easier. I think we have to break loose from the Normative Best Sellers and set our sights on smaller sales as a sign of greater diversity. If it were easier for people to find the books they want, it would be cheaper and more profitable for publishers to deliver those books to them.

Kameron Hurley recently wrote the average book sells 3,000 copies in its lifetime.  These are the books that best sellers support. I am pretty sure that publishers could make money on 3,000 books if they knew exactly how many books to publish and if they knew they could get those books into the hands of the people who wanted to read them without spending a blockbuster’s budget on advertising.

I’d like Cindy Pon’s Serpentine to be a mainstream bestseller, but honestly it’s more important to me (Sorry, Cindy!) that that one kid in New England who needs to read it is able to find it.  If that kid’s life were better for reading Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush, by Virginia Hamilton, I want them to be able to find it.  Easily. When there are hundreds of thousands of invisible e-books in my public library, I want kids to be able to pick their way through some prompts and come up with a personalized list of great stuff to read–things they could have picked for themselves, things they never knew they’d like until they saw the synopsis on the screen, old stuff, new stuff, safe stuff, powerful stuff.  I want them to be able to connect safely with people like them in other communities so they can share recommendations. I’d like moms or dads who aren’t readers themselves to be able to pick out ten or twelve likely books for their fourth graders.

So, please, if you are a librarian, or a Library School, or an IT person with a computer in the garage, please try to come up with better ways to Discover books.  Because I’m very lazy.  And I’d like you to do the work for me.  Thanks.
[identity profile] rosaleeluann.livejournal.com
Awhile back I stumbled on this series of videos from Brandon Sanderson's writing class and started listening to them sometimes while working. The one I started today was a con panel, not a class. It went on awhile before I heard a voice that I recognized... yep. Its Megan!

I don't know if anyone has linked to this before, if so I'm sorry. I just thought it was cool. :-)
[identity profile] drashizu.livejournal.com
Hey Sounisians! I went to San Francisco to the meetup in Yerba Buena Gardens yesterday and, of course, took notes! And there are pictures! And... potentially very great news? I'll post them behind a cut.

Meetup details! )
[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
Guess who I had lunch with yesterday?

Look! Look! Here we are.

It was a bit last minute, but Megan and I met up for lunch and a chat. We had a great time and, although I have no book news to report, her new hairstyle really is awesome.

We did talk about her upcoming trip to the ALA annual conference in San Francisco in a couple of weeks. Even if you are not a member of the ALA, if you're in the area you should go just to the exhibits. A ticket is $60 and that gets you entrance to all the vendors, including lots and lots of publishers with freebies, author signings, and swag. AND you can see MWT live and in person.
[identity profile] checkers65477.livejournal.com
Sort of like "Megan Does California" but in a bookish, literary way.  Megan is giving us details about two meetups, one an organized panel open to the public, and the second a smaller You-Have-to-Know-the-Secret-Sounis-Handshake kind of one. Or wear a forked red beard. Or something.  Use your imagination.


I’m going to be at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park on Monday, 29 June at 7:00 pm with
Elizabeth Fama, Stephanie Keuhn, Rebecca Hahn and perhaps Tamara Stone Ireland.
and I’d love to see Sounisians there.  It’s going to be a bit of a cocktail with a little
bit of a panel and a lot of standing around chatting with whoever shows up.  In that
way, it’s very much like our usual get-togethers, but it might be more organized and chatting
might be more limited than usual for our Mini-Thief Cons. I’ve advertised it on my tumblr and
I will try to post about it at least a couple more times between now and then.


I am also going to be at an old school Sounis Meet Up with a couple of Bay Area
librarians and fans in the Yerba Buena Gardens right across from Moscone Center where
they are holding ALA at 2:00 pm on Saturday June 27.

Kepler's Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 324-4321

Yerbe Buena Gardens
750 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 820-3550

Who can be there? Go, people, go! Sadly, I will be thousands miles away. What about you?
[identity profile] maidenbeckah.livejournal.com
For some time now, whenever I come across an interview with Mrs. Turner I've been filing away a link away in a word-document. So I thought I'd post all the links here, for easy reference.

Caution: The reading of these interviews may cause Not-Telling Overdose, with symptoms including, but not limited to, frustration, sleeplessness, and the urge to reread all of the books again.

Read more... )


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