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The Summer I Wasn’t Me

by Jessica Verdi

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My Life After Now to be Published in Poland!!!

My Life After Now PolandOMG you guys. Best Monday morning news ever.

My Life After Now has sold in Poland and will be published in that country February 5th, 2014!

I can’t wait to hold a book in my hands that I wrote but don’t have the first clue how to read. There’s something kinda awesome about that.

Here’s the back cover copy… in case you happen to read Polish:

Myślisz, że ciebie nie może to spotkać?

To był najgorszy dzień w życiu Lucy. Serio, najgorszy z najgorszych. To wszystko już ją przerasta – chce uciec. Z domu, od własnych myśli i od własnego życia. Chce zostać zupełnie nową Lucy. Decyduje się więc na coś, co dawnej Lucy nie przeszłoby nawet przez myśl. Teraz jej życie już nigdy nie będzie takie samo. Czy będzie mogła mieć teraz chłopaka? Co powie przyjaciołom? Czy będzie miała odwagę przyznać się rodzinie? Jej życie jest teraz zupełnie inne. Każda chwila to dar. A tych chwil może nie być już zbyt wiele… Ten jeden raz, który zmieni całe życie.

And what do you think of the Polish cover? I think it’s super pretty. 🙂

ALAN Workshop 2013

ALAN 2013I recently had the honor of speaking at the 2013 ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTW) Workshop in Boston. It was such a wonderful experience (terrible Amtrak experiences notwithstanding).

Dinner with the Sourcebooks team (including my fellow author Zoraida Cordova — author of the awesome Vicious Deep series), the opportunity to sit in on amazing panels (with Laurie Halse Anderson, Jacqueline Woodson, and Rainbow Rowell, just to name a very small few), and the chance to introduce The Summer I Wasn’t Me to a room full of over 500 English teachers and librarians. It was all incredible. Read more…

Cool Stuff That Happened This Week

The past week and a half has been a busy one! Here’s some cool stuff that happened:

Writers retreat1. I went on my first ever writers retreat! Last weekend, seven awesome writers (including YA authors Caela Carter, Alison Cherry, Mindy Raf, and Lindsay Ribar) and I drove up to Woodstock, NY (the damn near closest you’ll ever get to Stars Hollow), stayed at a gorgeous house in the woods (complete with hot tub!), and wrote wrote wrote for four days straight. I had so much fun, and made some great progress on my current project.

2. I signed copies of My Life After Now at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck, NY — an AMAAAAZING independent bookstore. Seriously, their YA and MG sections are out of control.

3. I participated in a dramatic reading of the first chapter of Red at Alison Cherry’s book launch party at BookCourt in Brooklyn! I played the main character’s best friend Hayley. It was ridiculous and hilarious and so much fun. Read more…

Advanced Reader Copies of ‘The Summer I Wasn’t Me’ Are In!

Ahhhhhhhhhh!!! They are BEAUTIFUL! I can’t wait till the book hits stores in April!

The Summer I Wasn't Me ARCThe Summer I Wasn't Me ARC back cover


Guest Post on Tackling Tough Topics in YA Over at Writers Digest!

Super fun news today! I’m guest blogging over at Writers Digest today on the subject of Tackling Tough Topics in YA. (Writers Digest has over 413,000 Twitter followers, so, you know, I’m pretty excited. Maybe even more than when Lake Bell retweeted me last night!) 😉

Writers Digest tweetHere’s a little sample of the piece:

My number one piece of advice to anyone seeking to tackle difficult themes in YA: don’t forget the character while writing about the issue. If there’s a subject you are passionate about and want to write about, go for it, no matter how tricky the issue may be—teenagers can handle and understand a lot more than we sometimes give them credit for. But readers of any age also want to connect with the characters they’re reading about. If you are able to find that balance, you’ll have a successful story.

Click here to check out the entire post and enter to WIN A SIGNED COPY of My Life After Now!

Lake Bell retweet

COVER REVEAL for ‘The Summer I Wasn’t Me’!!!

I’m so excited to finally be able to share the book cover for The Summer I Wasn’t Me, which will be out in bookstores this April! I love the main character of this book so much, and I can’t wait for her story to be out there in the world.

Here’s a tiny plot description from the Sourcebooks sales catalog:

You are on the road to truth. Help is on the way.

The road signs leading to New Horizons summer camp promise a new life for sixteen-year-old Lexi. Ever since her mom found out she was in love with a girl, her broken family has been pulled even further apart. But Lexi swears she can change. 

Denying her feelings is harder than Lexi thinks. And when she falls heads over heels for one of her fellow campers, Lexi will have to risk her mother’s approval for the one person who might love her no matter what.

So, without further ado… Read more…

Why I’m Thanking Lady Gaga in the Acknowledgements for ‘The Summer I Wasn’t Me’

I handed in my final revision for The Summer I Wasn’t Me to my editor today. It’s such an exciting, nerve wracking thing, letting go of THE version of the manuscript, the one that readers will actually get to see (after copy edits and proofreading, of course). It’s easy to go through about a million and a half emotions during that split second where you hit “send.” I love this book. I hate this book. What if it’s not good? What if readers don’t identify with it? What if readers love it and I’ll never be able to write anything to live up to it again?

So, instead of driving myself insane (It’s DONE. It’s getting published. It’s out of my hands.), I decided to listen (a few dozen times) to Lady Gaga’s acoustic version of her amazing song “Hair,” as she performed it on the Howard Stern Show. I can say with 100% certainty that if this song didn’t exist, I never would have written Summer.

“Hair” was so incredibly inspiring to me — after listening closely to its lyrics, I knew I wanted to write this book. “I just want to be myself and I want you to love me for who I am … I just want to be free, I just want to be me, and I want lots of friends that invite me to their parties. Don’t want to change, I don’t want to be ashamed.” I wanted to write about that girl. I wanted to write for that girl.

And that’s why Gaga is getting a giant shout out in my acknowledgements. I would kiss her if I could.

‘Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want’ by The Smiths

Felt like sharing this, simply because it’s one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded. Enjoy!

Kindle Edition of ‘My Life After Now’ on Sale at Amazon!

My Life After Now Kindle editionEven though we KNOW we’re not supposed to do it, that it just causes more strife and stress (there’s even a Twitter account called “Don’t Go To Goodreads,” which tweets out reminders to authors that nothing good can come of reading less-than-favorable reviews of our books), we authors just can’t help ourselves: eeeevery once in a while, we check out Goodreads and Amazon to see what people are saying about our book. And monitor that pesky Amazon ranking, of course. So yesterday, as I was taking a little break from revising The Summer I Wasn’t Me, I did just that. And it actually proved beneficial — I discovered My Life After Now is part of Amazon’s Summer Sale! The Kindle edition, for a limited time, is selling for $2.99.

The spot on the sale page means more exposure, and the lower price means more sales, so I couldn’t be more excited. Just this morning the book was ranked #14 in its sales category. That’s awesome — because it means the book is suddenly reaching readers it wouldn’t have otherwise.Screen shot of Amazon sales ranking

So thanks, Amazon and Sourcebooks Fire, for including My Life After Now in the Summer Sale! And for those of you who haven’t gotten a chance to read the book yet, be sure to get it before the price goes back up! 🙂


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