i’ve moved!

hey guys!

so after much thought i’ve decided to move my active blog over onto tumblr. while wordpress and its text-friendly format has served me well over the last eighteen months, it’s been getting harder and harder to find the time and energy to write up proper posts. tumblr–with its emphasis on visuals and its ease in reblogging to share genius material–is now a much better fit for me. and on the days when i can fit in some  extra writing time, tumblr does offer the capacity for original blog posts.

this website won’t be going anywhere. all my contact info here is still current, the doc for ARC requests will continue to be forwarded to my publisher until noted otherwise, and all my old blog posts will remain archived and accessible. only new blog posts from this point onward will be changing sites.

so please find me at elsiechapmanauthor.tumblr.com. i’ll be updating any book news over there, reblogging some pretty cool stuff, as well as fresh blogging as often as i can.

thank you so much for reading and hope to see you all there!

INSOMNIA cover reveal!

so this past week my very good friend and fellow YA author j.r. johannson got to reveal the cover for her debut novel INSOMNIA! the cover is creepy and sinister and absolutely perfect for her book. i love the use of colour–the pallidness of the model’s skin against the black background, the bright blue of the eye and jenn’s name, the blood red of the title and series title.

while cover reveals are always exciting because it finally means being able to put a face to a name, they’re especially wonderful when it’s an author you admire and whose work you love. jenn’s also a fellow lucky 13 as well as a thirteener, so this is a big day for all of us! congratulations on your awesome new cover, jenn! INSOMNIA will be published spring/summer of 2013 by flux, so keep an eye out for it!

a couple of links to finish off this post. i was over at writer, writer, pants on fire with friend and fellow YA author mindy mcginnis a few days ago. it was my SHIT post for her blog. and that’s not a typo. SHIT=submission hell–it’s true. thank you for having me, mindy!

and then there’s the oatmeal. the man is comedic genius, anyway, but this particular comic had me in tears. every word of it is so very true, and i really appreciate his being able to perfectly nail the truly crazy thoughts writers really do have all the time. you guys must read it: some thoughts and musings about making things for the web.

thanks for reading!

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TRANSPARENT and REBOOT cover reveals!

so these two covers i’m about to go on about? i absolutely fell in love with them as soon as i saw them. i think they are both so unique and fresh and eye-catching. especially for YA covers, which sometimes seem to play it on the safe side due to keeping with trends.

natalie whipple is a fellow friday the thirteener and my good friend, and i was already super excited to read TRANSPARENT, anyway. and now that i’ve seen her amazing cover (no easy feat for her publisher’s design team, considering her teenaged MC is invisible!), the wait for her debut is going to be even harder! i love the vibrant neon colourway the artist chose to use, as well as the cool unfilled title font which ties in so perfectly with TRANSPARENT’s invisibility factor! all of it just meshes so well together, and it’s both vivid and balanced. natalie, huge congratulations on the face they gave your book baby because it. is. awesome!

amy tintera is a fellow lucky 13 as well as a great writer friend. her YA debut REBOOT sounds damn incredible and i’m counting down the days until i can get my hands on it! in the meantime, i’m just going to have to squeal over REBOOT’s incredible cover. so many reasons why i love it–the cold starkness, the classic red and black colour combo, the clever way they pulled down the 178 from the barcode. but the main reason is, i think, how it verges on being a cover you might expect for adult fiction. i’m a big fan of adult fiction covers that have the potential to be timeless, which–for me–usually means something font-driven, without much else in terms of visuals. classy, classy, classy. amy, your cover is fantastic!

TRANSPARENT will be published may 21st, 2013 (harperteen), and REBOOT may 7th, 2013 (harperteen). and whoa, may is my birthday month! i know what i’ll be buying for myself to read!

also, eARCs of DUALED went back up on netgalley and edelweiss yesterday. for all the reviewers and bloggers who have been requesting my book, thank you so much. it’s made the first page of most requested ARCs. i couldn’t believe it. i have no clue how long it’s going to stay that way, but really, really cool. THANK YOU.

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the next big thing, week 21

fellow YA author and writer friend mindy mcginnis (NOT A DROP TO DRINK) asked me to participate in a blog hop this week. the theme is “the next big thing” in terms of what we’re writing, but DIVIDED just feels too far away to be able to talk about it much. so i’m going to answer the ten questions with DUALED in mind and hope you guys can pretend as well as i can that this is all shiny and brand new!

next week, five other authors will be taking part in “the next big thing.” i’ll have links to their blogs posted below!

1) What is the working title of your book?
DUALED

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
My son asked me about everyone having doubles, and what if we all just never knew about them. It lit the fire, so to speak.

3) What genre does your book fall under?
Dystopian, with a touch of sci-fi.

4) Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I don’t know, but they would definitely have to be of mixed ethnicity. I do like Andrew Garfield and his hair, though, and Ellen Page is cool. Plus she’s Canadian.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
I’m going to cheat and use a version of my tagline: Two of you exist; only one can survive.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I’m repped by The Chudney Agency, and DUALED will be published by Random House Children’s Books.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Five weeks.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’ve seen it marketed as The Hunger Games crossed with Matched. I’ll throw in Lisbeth Salander from The Millenium Series, with a touch of Jason Bourne, if you like.

9) Who or What inspired you to write this book?
No one knew I was writing, so it was more just pushing myself to see if I could actually finish one from beginning to end.

10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
That West is just as capable of messing up as anyone.

thanks for reading, you guys! make sure to check out the following blogs of some fellow writer friends for their take on “the next big thing.” their post date for week 22 is october 31st–hallowe’en!

april tucholke
emma pass
peggy eddleman
alison cherry
amy christine parker

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BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA cover reveal, and a link round up!

this cover!

so gorgeous, and absolutely perfect for BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA! author april tucholke is a very good friend of mine–as well as a fellow friday the thirteener and lucky–and i couldn’t be more excited to share with you guys the cover for her gothic-inspired YA horror debut.

april, dude, your cover is amazing. i love the unique font and how it’s allllll tall, imposing cliffs leading down to a frothy, painful death. it’s moody, atmospheric, and those two little figures on the top have doom written all over them. many congrats, girl! your cover is fantastic.

also, i came across this plate at an anthropologie shop in new york last spring. at the time i took a pic for april, the title wasn’t set in stone. so happy it didn’t change because it really does fit the story so well! but kind of bummed i didn’t pick up the plate. sorry, april–packing it would have been a pain, though!

BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA will be published august 15th, 2013, by dial/penguin. make sure to mark the date–it’s an awesome book!

now for some links!

so in my last blog post i talked about DUALED ARCs being at new york comic con and shared some forwarded pics. my fellow twitterer-and-OOR-tumblrer traci of the reading geek blog posted a super sweet recap of the weekend! traci, thanks so much!

i’m one of the authors taking part in the dreaded elevator pitch over at gate crashers this week. all i can say is the word “dreaded” is pretty accurate. pitches are hard. and thank you, pam witte, for having us on the blog!

lisa was a great host over at a life bound by books last week when she had me stop by. as well, megan was super nice to interview me over at the book galaxy. thanks, lisa and megan! there’s assorted giveaways at both, so be sure to check out their sites as soon as you get the chance.

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DUALED ARCs at new york comic con!

so this past weekend was new york comic con!
comic. con. in new york city.
and DUALED ARCs were there.
unbelievable.

some super cool blogger friends were able to attend, and not only were they able to snag a copy for themselves, but were also really thoughtful and managed to take some pics, too! comic con’s an utter madhouse, so i appreciate the time it took for them to break from schedule and share them with me! thanks so much, traci and nicole!

and then there’s this pic of the random house booth! the poster in the back came as a huge surprise, and i’m pretty sure parts of my mind were blown with how fantastic that was to see. i’m so very flattered and lucky to be a part of that and to be sharing space with some incredibly talented authors. there’s also a teeny corner of DUALED visible, there in the bottom left hand corner!

now if only someone managed to save that poster, because it would make a hell of a souvenir.

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yes, that is a jimmy fallon shirt

my super-talented daughter drew this for me the other day. i put it on the fridge to remind me how lucky i am that my working days aren’t that much different. i get to work in pjs, blast music, and tumble when i feel like my head’s going to explode from needing a break.

though i really don’t eat that much sushi.

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DUALED bookmark winners!

first off, thanks so very much to those who entered my giveaway for DUALED bookmarks! whether you commented here or tweeted/RTed on twitter, it was an awesome show of support, and i couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out! THANK YOU.

also, my thanks to my friend ellen oh for reminding me to get my DUALED countdown widget up! see it over there on the sidebar? i’m both excited and terrified whenever i see it!

with so many entries and lots to be happy about, i decided to randomly pick twenty winners instead of ten! so if you see your name below, please email me at elsie.chapman.author@gmail with your shipping address and i’ll send out your five signed DUALED bookmarks asap.

thanks again for entering!

alicejane011
Momo O’Callaghan (@BooksOverBoys)
Kristi (@whoaaitskristi)
Alyssa Susanna
Christina Boulard (@ChristinaBWho)
Traci @TheReadingGeek)
Ames (@StatesOfDecay)
Brittany
rogier (@rocapri)
Molli Moran (@courageousgrace)

Yahong Chi
Jessica Piazza
Lenore Appelhans
Laura Moss (@LauraJMoss)
Debz (@DebzBookshelf)
Lena Marsteller (@LenaMarsteller)
Cindy Thomas (@CindyisWriting)
Nicole Andrea
Michelle Rosenfield (@MichelleRoRo)
Liz (MidnightBloom)@midnightbloom04

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DUALED bookmarks giveaway!

YOU GUYS! they turned out pretty awesome, don’t you think?

to celebrate getting these goodies AND the fact that it’s only FIVE months until DUALED is released (cue panicky hyperventilation here), i’m giving away some bookmarks! and i’m going to sign them, even though the idea that someone might actually want my signature marking up their stuff is very, very…odd. absolutely flattering and humbling and so very cool but, yes, odd!

so there will be TEN winners! each winner will receive five signed bookmarks, enough to keep, share, or host a modest giveaway of your own, if you like. random.org will be used to draw the names of the winners at midnight tonight, pst, tuesday september 26th.

THREE ways to enter:

1) BLOG COMMENT: a comment with your name on this post will count as one entry.

2) TWEET: if you’re on twitter, a tweetout or RT about this giveaway will count as two entries. please include a link to this post in your tweet and mention @elsiechapman so i can track the entries afterward.

PLUS:

BONUS ENTRIES just to keep things interesting!
each correct answer to either of the following questions will get you another five entries! i’ve blogged and tweeted about both quite a bit in the last few weeks (really, i couldn’t shut up), so they’re not hard to find. answers can be left via comment here or tweeted to me!

what is my new favourite band?
what movie have i been dying to see?

and that’s it! limit one entry per method/question per person, up to a max of thirteen (of course!) entries each. winners will be posted on my blog sometime next week, so make sure to check back! thank you so much for being excited to read DUALED and for entering! GOOD LUCK!

***DUALED bookmarks giveaway is now closed. thank you so much for all the entries, you guys! please check back on the blog sometime next week when i’ll be posting the names of the winners!***

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“gohan” (steamed rice) x “pan” (bread)=GOPAN

we got wind of this new japanese bread machine, the GOPAN, last year. it still makes basic wheat bread, along with all the doughs, etc, if you’re just wanting a standard bread machine. but what makes the GOPAN great is that it will also take RAW rice, grind it for you, and make it into rice bread.

soooo, yeah. it sounded amazing! needless to say, we really wanted it. but because it’s only available in japan (or ebay, if you don’t mind the insane mark up, plus shipping on top of that),  it wasn’t until this past summer when we visited japan that we got to pick one up ourselves.


we got ours at the giant yodobashi in akihabara, a building with six floors dedicated to electronic goodness (though my favourite floor is the seventh, which houses not only tower records but also the yurindo bookstore; the entire eighth is made up of restaurants). what proved super handy was the shipping centre in the basement floor! though be warned there is no boat service, only air, which meant shipping–while quick–was far from cheap.


the floor display for the GOPAN.


there used to be a red model, but only the white is available now.


the buttons have no english at all. good thing the genius husband was up for translating  what he could, using the kana he already knows and going online for the kanji.


we also had to order a step-down transformer to make the GOPAN compatible with north american voltage.


it comes with over 200 recipes–not only for different types of bread depending on the type of rice being used, but by adding additional ingredients, you can make green tea bread, chocolate bread, coffee bread, etc. oh, and salami bread.


the crib sheet, with the required steps translated from japanese to english.


the full instructions. they’re very similar to those of standard bread machines available here in north america.


we’ve been using kokuho rose brand sushi rice for years, and it’s available in most grocery stores.


the necessary ingredients for the basic rice bread recipe: rice, water, gluten, sugar, salt, yeast, shortening.


the all-important machinery and measuring bits. the little basket holds the gluten and yeast and releases automatically at just the right time.


the rice goes in first. measuring of the rice and water requires a kitchen scale, as they are done by weight.


the main case with the rice, water, shortening, salt, and sugar.


the little basket with the gluten and yeast.


like standard bread machines, the case just drops into the main compartment. the little basket fits into a slot in the door.


it takes four hours to make a loaf of rice bread. the grinding of the raw grains definitely gets a bit loud, but nothing you can’t sleep through, as we’ve used the timer option for fresh bread in the morning.


it’s a smaller sized loaf than the wheat bread our standard bread machine makes. i think it’s a half pound loaf.


rice bread! it’s supposed to be a bit sweeter than wheat bread, but apparently i have no taste buds because i can’t tell the difference. but having given up wheat last year, i loooove the GOPAN. it also has a gluten-free recipe, makes fresh mochi (we’ve tried, we ate, it’s awesome!), and fresh udon noodles, as well!

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