Kody's Blog →
Remember how I told y’all there would be an eBook with short stories connecting to my other books? Well, here’s some news! It’ll be out next month! See link for cover, title, and more!
Kody's Blog: Disability and Identity →
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Goldfish Music Teaser
As many of you know, I’m a music person. When I’m writing, I NEED music. This is true of every book, including GOLDFISH, which will be out sometime next year. I thought it might be fun to give you a snippet of the songs that I’ve been listening to while I edit this book. All of them reflect the story pretty well, too, so consider this a teaser. SONGS - “In the...
When People Tell Me Ableism Doesn't Exist →
A personal post about ableism, my life, and a story I haven’t shared publicly before.
The German Edition of THE DUFF is Out Today!!
And, gah, I love this cover so much, guys! If by some chance you read German, Von wegen Liebe (which, I *think* means BECAUSE OF LOVE, maybe?) is out today in Germany and the US! Woohoo!
bittersweetwonderlust asked: Hi! :) I read about your book in Seventeen magazine, and you are honestly such an inspiration to me! I know you probably get hundreds of these messages via various social networking sites, but I think what you've accomplished is amazing! How long did it take you to write your books? And how often would you write?
Anonymous asked: Hi! Ok, firstly, I adore all of your books! I relate to them a lot, & your way with words is amazing. I've always wanted to be a writer myself and I know you get questions about writing/publishing a lot, and I have no idea is this is probably a stupid question. Basically, if someone is lucky enough to get an agent that wants to read their novel, do you just send the agent a printed word...
Anonymous asked: kody hello, I have a question. bianca speaks some Spanish in the book. do you speak Spanish? or take classes? hello from latin america :D (sorry if my English is not very good ) :)
watta-slut asked: is this actually kody???
5 Favorite Albums of All Time
Just for fun, I thought I’d do a quick post of my top 5 favorite albums. So the albums I listen to most and can listen to the WHOLE album, not just a song or two. So, in no particular order. 1. Jack’s Mannequin, Everything in Transit (easily the most repeated album on my iTunes.) 2. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours 3. Brandi Carlile, The Story 4. Birdy, Birdy 5. Pearl Jam, Ten Keep in...
Don’t use your imagination when writing characters with disabilities. We’re not hobbits or elves. We’re real people with real lives. You don’t need imagination - you need knowledge. So research. Research a lot. Research often. Talk to people with disabilities, understand the tropes and stereotypes, and find out what our lives are actually like - even if your story is...
Guys, this is so random, but I can’t even convey to you how deeply and desperately I want to work with lions. My dream would be to be involved with rehabilitating and releasing lions in Africa. I just … I can’t even explain how much this has to happen. It’s not just “big cats.” I like all animals, to be honest, but there is something about lions that just...
Kristin Cashore and Disability →
WARNING some spoilers ahead. But great post. sneakingferocity: I’m not sure if it was brought up here before, but the way Kristin Cashore re-addressed Po’s blindness in Bitterblue gave me so much respect for her. In Graceling, Po loses his eyesight and sink into a depression until his world-sense Grace suddenly kicks in, essentially removing his disability…
Another playlist! Yes, I might enjoy making these...
How Do I Get Published and Other FAQs
So over the last few weeks, I’ve gotten a flood of emails from readers. I LOVE hearing from readers and other aspiring writers. It really makes me so happy. So thank you all! Lately, though, I’ve been swamped with work, and I’m finding it hard to respond to everyone (via email and tumblr and twitter), and I want to answer everyone. Lately I’ve gotten a lot of questions....
hellllotaylor asked: Hi Kody :) I'm Taylor. I am 21 years old & I've just recently become so inspired by you! I have always wanted to write a novel, but I just don't really know where to start. Could you give me some insight as to how you got started/published? You're awesome & hope you never stop writing :)
Anonymous asked: Not a question just a comment... I love the quote you posted today but it is not from Kurt Vonnegut. It was written by Mary Schmich for the Chicago Tribune on June 1, 1997. But in '98 people lied online and credited Vonnegut. As a writer, I though you might like to ascribe credit where credit is due ;) Her book is called Wear Sunscreen: A Primer for Real Life.
I felt like making something fairy tale-esque. So...
Make the choice, experience the ramifications & move on– Herbie Hankcock (via johnnyvisable) I”ve been taking classes in improv, and this is definitely the type of advice someone studying it will get a lot. But I also think it’s good advice for life in general. Don’t hesitate or let opportunities pass you by. Make the choice. And...
Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other...– Kurt Vonnegut (via 13thmoon) An awesome quote indeed. (via jenniferrush)
FEY: What might be exciting for us as a comedy paring is, I feel — and forgive...– Tina and Amy prove why this year’s Golden Globes will be the best. (via entertainmentweekly)
50shadesofidontgiveashit asked: Have you ever thought seriously about turning one of your books into a film or television show? If you ever decide to make something more of your books and go through with it, please let me know. You are a young and inspiring writer and I am looking into becoming and actress/performer. As I live in a small town, there are not a lot of opportunities around here. I am a huge fan of your books and I...
Anonymous asked: If there was a movie version of The Duff, who would your top pick(s) be for Bianca and Wesley? I totally loved the book, also. Just thought I'd mention that hah. I was so sad when I finished the first time, and the second and third.. Hah! I want more *sad face*
Anonymous asked: just a random question: did you ever get criticisms for your books because you're so young? I'm a few years younger than you and I want to be an author, and I've always wondered if I would be turned away or if a publisher would skeptical of me just because I'm young.
Another fun writing playlist I made for a fun side...
So while working on my short stories, I listened...
Anonymous asked: Hi, I am a huge fan and also an aspiring writer! I'm only in grade 11, but have big dreams of someday becoming a published author, much like yourself, and I read that you even began writing long before high school. I was wondering if you had any advice as to what i should do to kind of create a career in this direction, maybe even tell me about your experience in going about publishing your...
redhead-ruler asked: What do you think you'd be doing if you weren't an author?
Anonymous asked: How old are you?
Anonymous asked: what is your favorite book you've written so far?
School Visit - 7 Author Panel! →
And if you are in the NY/NJ area - bid on a school visit with SEVEN authors! Including myself, Keiran Scott, Jen Calonita, Rebecca Serle, Jen E. Smith, and Bob Krech! All proceeds from the auction go to Hurricane Sandy relief!
YA for NJ Skype Visit! →
There’s not much time left! If you’re a teacher, librarian, or head of a book club, and you’d like a skype visit with me for your class or club, check out this auction! Proceeds go to Hurricane Sandy Relief!
Anonymous asked: What is the best feedback you've had from teenage girls?
In total, Bitterblue was four years of drafting and revising from start to...– Kristin Cashore in her post Pictures of a Book Being Made (via theravendesk)
Anonymous asked: i dont have an ebook, how am i going to be able to read your short stories book? :(
Anonymous asked: you're making a short stories book? oh and how is you're new book coming along? love you kody so much! <3
Fan fiction. It’s…complicated. I truly believe that fans should be able to...– Catherynne M. Valente, Spring 2008. (via regndoft) Love this.
Working on my short stories for the collection. Having such a good time! Today I’m working on Bailey’s story, and while I love Bailey, I think the best part is seeing other A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE characters through her eyes. It feels a little like reuniting with old friends.
YA for NJ
Want to help out victims of Hurricane Sandy? Here’s a great opportunity! YA for NJ is a charity auction featuring authors, agents, and editors donating items. All proceeds go to Hurricane Sandy relief. I’m auctioning a skype visit for teachers and librarians! If you’d like me to skype in with your class or book club to talk books or writing or whatever you want - check out this...
NEWS! Short Stories and GOLDFISH Release
Hello my lovely, lovely friends! I’ve been dying to share some news with you, but I’ve had to wait. And finally, I can tell you some exciting things happening in the future! So, first, I have to mention that GOLDFISH has been moved. It will not be released in Fall 2013 as planned. Instead, it has been moved to Spring 2014. This is for a few different reasons, but ultimately...
So I’m here in Vegas, and having a great time! I’ve gotten a chance to hang with some awesome authors, and today I’m doing a panel about strong women in YA books! IT’S GONNA BE A GOOD DAY!!! If you’re attending the Vegas Valley Book Festival, come find me! Say hello! Give me a hug! I love hugs.
KidLitCares, a talent auction raising money for... →
Hey guys! So the awesome Kate Messner has started KidLit Cares, a charity auction featuring items by talented authors and illustrators, agents, and editors. Click the link above to bid on my donation - a FULL manuscript critique of either a YA or MG novel, as well as a query critique. All the money goes to Sandy relief efforts. While you’re over there, check out the items by other...