Geez, I haven’t done a Friday Five in forever! I had a lot to tell you guys, so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity.
Thank you to everyone who entered the OEAE Paperback Giveaway, and CONGRATULATIONS to the winners: Sara, Erin P., Leah V., and Kayla W.! I’ll be emailing you shortly about your prizes!
Now, if you didn’t win, I hope you won’t be upset, because other things are happening–either now or very soon.
1. Bookplates – Underway
Even if you didn’t win one of the prizes, remember you can get an Ever Afters bookplate if you would like one! I’ve decided to extend the deadline to the end of this month (7/31). So, if you would like one and haven’t emailed me yet, please do so. Here are the request process again, in case you need it:
I’ll send a signed one to anyone who asks. My only requirements are:
a) you must get your parents’ permission to send me a mailing address (their work address is totally okay), especially if you are at the age where they would be upset if you didn’t, and
b) you must email that mailing address to me at Shelby.Bach@gmail.com with the “BOOKPLATE!” in the subject line.
(Because of limited supplies, I can only give out one per reader.)
Don’t forget to tell me what name you would like me to put on the bookplate when I sign it! Also, I will try to accommodate requests for which bookplate you want, but if you have strong preferences, please give also give me a first, second, and third choice.
Btw, the first batch of these were mailed today, but I’m still working through my list. I’m going to try and get a lot of them out this weekend!!!
2. Author Videos – Underway
Last January, I filmed the footage for an author video, and we’ve turned them into a six-clip video series, which we’re releasing RIGHT NOW.
In them, I answer the following questions:
- What is The Ever Afters? Posted!
- Tell us a little about Ever After School. Posted!
- Is anything in The Ever Afters based on real life? Posted!
- What characters do you relate to the most? Coming 7/19/16
- Wait…You’re like WHO?!?!?! Coming 7/20/16
- What surprised you the most about writing the series? Coming 7/21/16
You can find them all on the Author Videos page (link here), but it’ll take until Thursday for all of the videos to go live.
3. Quotes – Underway
Last year, during this giveaway, I asked everyone what their favorite quotes of the Ever Afters were. Confession time: I had an ulterior motive! But it was a good one, I promise. I wanted to do something with them, something kind of fun and celebratory.
And I’ve decided on this: I’m dressing them up in my very best handwriting and posting them online. I’ll also eventually collect them on my website here so that you can peruse them among the Extras at your leisure.
For now, though, here are the first two (of around thirty—there were a LOT of fun quotes to choose from, people):
4. Swag Bag Manual and Printable Games – Coming Soon!
If you still want to hold MORE Ever Afters stuff in your hands, you’re in luck. In the next few weeks, I’ll be releasing some new Extras for you to download, which include:
- A Swag Bag Manual: A template and printable instructions to make your own Ever Afters bag if you want. (It will include an iron-on fabric transfer, so some parental involvement will be required, just as a head’s up.)
- Queen Titania’s Pavilion: printable templates and instructions for one of the games we played at the Ever Afters Finale Party last summer.
- Pin the Wings of the Turnleaf: printable templates and instructions for the other game we played at the Ever Afters Finale Party last summer
5. New Giveaway – August 19
Remember how I kept alluding to a HUGE giveaway that is in the works?
Well, I meant it. I’ve been collecting books for the past year—some of them on a cross-country kid lit road trip—and they’ve just been sitting patiently under this table, waiting for their day to come…
And it’s coming soon! I’ll start that giveaway on August 19, which is the seventh anniversary of this blog!
Don’t worry—I’ll post notices of it like crazy, so you won’t miss the giveaway if you follow me on social media. But feel free to just stop by the website at the end of next month too.