Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New and Improved! (Well... I hope...)

Wow, you guys. Just... wow.

I really don't have the right words to thank you for all your enthusiasm and support yesterday for my book news (and if you're scratching your head going... huh? you can find the announcement HERE.)

Those of you who spread the word about it--thank you so much! And if you @replied me or messaged me or emailed me and haven't gotten a response yet, bear with me. I'm actually out of town at the moment (doing some research for a scene, amazingly enough) so it's a bit challenging keeping up. Especially since the response was so amazing. (*chokes up a little*) But I WILL get to it because you guys are awesome. THANK YOU.

And since the news was so epic--and I had FIVE MONTHS to prepare for it--you may notice a few changes to this blog now that the secret is finally out, starting with a new OFFICIAL AUTHOR PHOTO!!!!

Yes, that's right, you may have already noticed this (or seen it on FB and Twitter yesterday when I switched it) but Shannon-with-the-strangely-too-dark-hair-and-plain-green-background is gone!!! And she has been replaced with this:

I'm... not sure what I'm supposed to say now... 
Um... ta da?

So... yeah. That's the photo you'll now be seeing in blogger feeds and Twitter feeds and Facebook Feeds. I hope you guys like it, because I am SO not in the mood to go through another photo shoot again. 

HUGE thanks to my friend Matthew Allende and his company Devende Photography for putting up with my I-hate-having-my-picture-taken curmudgeon-y ways (not gonna lie, I was difficult) and taking some amazing photos of me. (Seriously you guys, if any of you are in SoCal and need a photographer, you should use Matt, he is AWESOME.) I also want to thank my friend Lucy for doing my make-up (yes, I had a friend do my make-up. I figured if I was doing this I was doing it RIGHT) and making me look far better than I actually do in real life. And my hair stylist Kris, who's styling held up even though it was SUPER windy that day.

Other things you may notice: there are two new tabs on this blog now: BOOKS (Squee!) and ARC REQUESTS (double Squee!).

I already had a few of you request ARCs yesterday (which seriously made me teary. Thank you guys so much for wanting to read my book! You have no idea how exciting it is to hear that!) so I have created a simple FORM for you to fill out. Sadly, I can't guarantee that by filling it out you absolutely will get an ARC, but it's your best chance. S&S has direct access to that form and will be selecting people from there. So if you haven't filled it out yet and would like to, go HERE.

Also surreal/amazing? MY BOOK IS ALREADY ON GOODREADS!!! No idea how that happened so fast but within a couple hours KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES had its first official listing on the internets. So if you're a user of Goodreads and you want to make me incredibly giggly and happy, you are welcome to go HERE to add it to your shelves. *hugs and cupcakes in advance*

I've also updated my "About" page, "FAQs" and "Contact" info. And I'm in the process of designing a brand-new-shiny-author-website (!!!!) so keep your eyes out for plenty more changes to come in the months ahead.

And in the meantime, thank you guys again for all your love and support. Yesterday was one of those once-in-a-lifetime kind of crazy-surreal days, and YOU GUYS made that happen. I have an epic contest organized to thank you properly, but I'm waiting until I'm back home (and not on Hotel WiFi--which is NEVER as fast as it should be). So keep checking back--you WON'T want to miss it. Awesome, AWESOME prizes are to be had.

Oh and um... since this is the kind of post where it clearly feels like I'm asking for a comment section full of compliments on my photo--ugh--I'm going to end by saying um... so, anyone else craving a cupcake like I am????????


  1. Love your author picture! How awesome! And thanks for the heads up about the ARC request form. I filled it out and will e-mail you about a possible interview at Literary Rambles. So excited for you!

  2. Great picture! Congrats on the deal. This is great news.

  3. Awwww look at you looking all writerly gorgeous!! Yay!!
    I'm still doing a happy dance for you - yayayyayayayy!!! So excited!! Take care

  4. Congratulations Shannon! And the photo is beautiful.

  5. Personally, that photo + the mention of cupcakes makes me crave vanilla ones with strawberry filling and fluffy pink icing. I hope I haven't made you too hungry now. :) Beautiful photo, and I'm off to check out your book on goodreads!

  6. Great photo. So happy for you.

  7. I had to go back and read your news Shannon. Congrats. Congrats.

    And since I am an old married guy, your author photo looks very "professional."

    Enjoy celebrating.

  8. Wow. O_O Gorgeous!

    After everything moving like molasses it suddenly feels like it's all moving too fast, doesn't it? *adds your book to goodreads*


  9. I hope S&S accepts page views instead of "hits" for that form. Hits are not a good way to measure blog traffic. They tend to be more telling for commercial based static sites.

    Anyway, congrats again, and as I said before, you look LOVELY!

  10. So much excitement going on! Love the new photo <3 *general squee of excitement*

  11. LOVE the new pic! I can picture it in the back of your book already. :) And yes, I'm totally craving a pumpkin cupcake right now, even though it's not even 9 a.m.

  12. Hee hee. Definitely craving a cupcake here.

    P.S. I love the photo!

    Still giddy for you! And I'm dying to read your book. (Actually I've been dying to read it for a while, knowing nothing about the book, but more about you . . . it can only be filled with awesome. Plus I LOVE MG).

  13. Sure, I could go for a cupcake!

    And I do love your new photo. Can't add your book to my to-read list on goodreads because I already did that yesterday. :)

  14. gorgeous photo, Shannon!! YAY, added to my goodreads list! Can't wait to read :)

  15. Still. Just. Beaming for you. I can't stop beaming.

  16. Girl, you are gorgeous! And look at all the shiny blogger-ly updates here =D

    And thanks for making the ARC request thing easier with that form.

    I'm still overtly, squealishly excited for you!!

  17. So so many congratulations!

    Sometimes, out of the blue, I wonder: When is that tenacious and genius Shannon girl going to publish her book?

    And the answer is: Right Now!

    You are hope for the rest of us.


  18. Wow! I don't check blogs for a few days and OMG-news slips past! Congratulations, Shannon, you worked hard for this and deserve it all. *jazz hands*
    Can't wait to read these books. They sound amazing. And great author photo, too. :D

  19. I'm craving savory, not sweet. :)
    Also, your photo is beyond gorgeous. :) I love your shirt. Have a great time researching your scene!

  20. Love your new photo! You look so author-y. ;)

    So happy for you, Shannon!

  21. I love the photo, I hate taking pictures too.

    I filled out the form, crosses fingers.

    Congrats, again!

  22. LOL. LOVE the new picture! I have filled out the appropriate ARC form and added Keeper to my book list on Goodreads. TOO MUCH FUN!! :-)

  23. Love the picture, Shannon. And I'm TOTALLY craving cupcakes now. ;)

  24. Still can't get over how awesome this is. I am so happy for you and looking forward to seeing your name on bookshelves...or big displays.

  25. Congratulations on your book deal, and that's a lovely head shot of you.
    I sort of had a hunch by reading some of your recent posts that you might have good news to announce soon, and I'm glad I was right.

  26. I love your photo.lol I am so going to only take pictures where I am looking up from now on.hahah

    Give me an arc! I have absolutely no foundation for requesting one other than I wants it...badly.

    Heading over to Goodreads!

  27. Congratulations Shannon - I can't wait to read your book. And by the way you are BEAUTIFUL! :)

  28. Hi Shannon .. well done - no wonder you're cock-a-hoop .. fantastic .. S & S too .. great and enjoy everything ahead of you - cheers Hilary

  29. I love it when great things happen to wonderful people! Congrats on your book deal, and on a fabulous author picture. I can't wait to read your series!
    Yay, you!!!

  30. Totally late to the party, but I have a good excuse - I've been super sick! However, jumping on now as I just read the news on Facebook from another friend and am ECSTATIC!!! I screamed and my husband came running so I read him the blurb from Publisher's because he's patient like that and pretends to listen to EVERYTHING I say or read. Anywhoooo, CONGRATS! So well deserved and I can't wait to BUY it! Also, love the new pic!

  31. I love the new photo. Your red shirt looks really good against the green background :)

    *is off to add Keeper of the Lost Cities on Goodreads*

  32. Just wanted to add my congrats to your long list of admiring comments! So happy for you Shannon! And so exciting to see the love for middle grade!

  33. Love the picture! Love the book news! I tried to put your book on my OMG! I WANTZ IT! Goodreads list when you told us but it wasn't on there yet. Glad it's there now!

    I filled out the ARC request form. Thanks for that!

    Congrats again!