Thursday, March 31, 2011

SHADE paperback now shipping!

Hey! I just checked Amazon and B&, and the Shade paperback is now shipping.

This trade paperback version has many cool features:

  • It's lightweight.
  • It has a pretty new cover--now featuring full Aura!!
  • It contains an excerpt from Chapter One of Shift, the sequel.
  • Like the hardcover version, the front title is debossed--ooh, swanky and sensual!
  • I hear the parts inside with all the words are pretty good, too.
You can order the Shade paperback from or B&, OR you can get a signed, personalized copy from my local independent bookstore, Constellation Books.

When you place your order with Constellation, be sure to let the nice folks there know whether you want it simply autographed or if you want it personalized (i.e., "To [name of awesome reader]"). Either enter it in the comment section on the order page or tell them on the phone. If you do not specify how you want it personalized, I will just sign my name.

If you haven't read Shade yet and are still wondering if you want to, Simon & Schuster has put the first 100 pages up for you to read for free.

What's not to love?


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Operation Auction

I am crazy busy trying to finish a (very sloppy) first draft of SHADE3, mail out prizes from the Give a Little (to Japan), Get a Little giveaway (which is still open through tomorrow) and write some guest blog posts and interviews before I go to the RT Booklovers Convention next Tuesday, AND OH YEAH, SHADE IS COMING OUT IN PAPERBACK THAT DAY, TOO! (See sidebar for order links.)

But I had to take a few moments to let you know about a great fundraiser ending late tonight, Operation Auction. From my friend author Lauren Dane's blog:

My beautiful friend Fatin (also well known as “mad” or “mad4rombks”) has been an integral part of the romance community for years – she owns and runs the RR@H Novel Thoughts and Book Talk blog, is an administrator of the WriteMinded loop my author loop and facebook page as well as my assistant and friend. She’s also a tireless advocate for romance novels and a friend to so many in this community. On Tuesday, March 8th, she lost her husband in a senseless act of violence, leaving her alone with four children. You can read more about the tragedy here.

When I heard about this horrible tragedy, I wanted to do something special to help out.

So I've donated a "marked-up" (director's commentary, annotated, whatever) version of Wicked Game. You can learn all sorts of inside information, like which of my real-life first-grade classmates the bully Jolene was based on, how I chose the different playlist songs, how certain scenes played out differently in earlier drafts (hint: one involves David and a LOT of drinks), and which details of Sherwood and vampires are true to "real-life."

I've only done this once before, so this is a two-of-a-kind prize. It takes a lot of work--fun work--to come up with amusing anecdotes and tidbits, which is why I don't often offer a prize like this.

As of now, the bidding is only up to about $15--which is the same amount you would pay for this trade paperback if you bought it in the store! (EDITED TEN MINUTES LATER TO ADD: Wow, it's up to $50 now--y'all rock!) Please consider bidding so that you can have this unique version of the book and to help out Fatin in her time of need.

Thank you so much!

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Give a little (to Japan), get a little (book or swag)

By now you all know how much Japan needs our help. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced, not only by the earthquake and tsunami, but by the threat of radiation from damaged nuclear reactors. Even those able to return home from the evacuation centers are finding shortages of food, water, electricity, and gasoline.

So I don't need to convince you of the need to give. You may have already bid on one of several ongoing author auctions raising funds for this worthy cause. While I love auctions, and have participated in several in the past and future, I like to give people an opportunity to get something in return for small donations.

Because it all adds up.

So I'm repeating the format of my "You Pick Holiday Giveaway" fundraiser, where I gave away books, swag, and ARCs to those who made a donation to their favorite charity.

Please read the specific rules below, but the basic gist is, you donate to the Japan relief organization of your choice, forward me proof of your donation, then pick a prize from the list.

PRIZE CATEGORIES (quantity available noted in parentheses--Totals last updated at 2:30pm Thursday, March 31):

For a $5 donation, you can get one of the following:

Signed cover flats:
--original Voice of Crow--not the final book cover, so this is a collectible item (1)
--The Reawakened (4 3)
--Bad to the Bone trade paperback (2)
--Bad to the Bone mass market paperback (10 9)
--Bring on the Night mass market paperback (1)

Signed Buttons:
--WVMP Lifeblood of Rock 'n' Roll (10 8)
--Keeley Brothers (10 9)

Signed chapbooks, featuring excerpts from Shade, Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush Hush, Sarah Rees Brennan's The Demon's Covenant, and Christine Johnson's Clair de Lune. Note: these are autographed only by me, not all the authors listed. (10 9)

For $10 donation:

Signed books:
--Bad to the Bone (WVMP #2) mass market paperback (10 6)
--Bring on the Night (WVMP #3) mass market paperback (10 6)

For $15 donation:

Signed books:
--Wicked Game (WVMP #1) trade paperback (1)
--Bad to the Bone (WVMP #2) trade paperback (3)
--Eyes of Crow (Aspect of Crow #1) trade paperback (5 1)
--Voice of Crow (Aspect of Crow #2) trade paperback (10 8)
--The Reawakened (Aspect of Crow #3) trade paperback (10 9)
--Shade (Shade #1) hardcover (5 3)

Signed books, French editions:
--The Reawakened (L'Oracle de Feu) (3)

For $25 donation:

Signed book:
Shade (Shade #1) trade paperback -- NEW ITEM, not available in stores until April 5!! (3 2)

Signed ARCs:
--Voice of Crow (1)
--The Reawakened (1)
--Wicked Game (3)
--Bad to the Bone (3 1)

You can combine prizes, of course. For example, if you donate $20 to your favorite charity, you can request two $5 prizes and a $10 prize.


1. Because of the number of prizes, this will have to be limited to US addresses only.

2. Donate online to your chosen relief organization helping the people of Japan. Of course the big one in any disaster is the American Red Cross.

3. Forward me a copy of the receipt **within the body of an e-mail**, not as an attachment--I will not open attachments from people I don't know, and sometimes not even from people I do know. My e-mail is jeri AT jerismithready DOT com. Please use the subject line GIVE A LITTLE so that I can make sure it doesn't get caught in the spam filter.

4. Tell me, in order of preference, your top three choices, in case I run out of your first choice.

5. Let me know how you want the item personalized: i.e., if I should make them out to you or someone else, or just a signature alone. If you don't specify, I will sign it to your first name.

6. Include your mailing address.

7. I will reply within 24 hours to let you know which prize(s) you got. I will also update this blog post at least once a day to show the quantity of each prize still available.

8. Deadline: 11:59 eastern, Thursday, March 31. This will allow me to get everything mailed before I leave for the RT Booklovers Convention in Los Angeles.

Thanks so much for giving!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Underdogs Rock, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love DA BWAHA

This is Meadow, our retired racing greyhound. If you're one of my Facebook friends, you'll recognize her as my profile pic.

Meadow and I have a lot in common.

  • We're both goofy.
  • We're both sweet (most of the time).
  • We're both sprinters.
  • We're both a little dim-witted:

  • We're both highly food-motivated.
  • But luckily, we both have fast metabolisms.
  • We both have chronic back pain (here's her story).
  • We both love snow, but hate when it gets all crusty.
  • We both love cats, but hate when they step on our faces.

Most relevant to today's post, we've both never won a race. As you can see from Meadow's brief career, the closest she came was second.

I've never won an election or a popularity contest. Neither have my books. Sure, they've won awards, but those were always chosen by a small group of judges. Never by the masses. I've never had a best-selling novel (yet).

So when I was told that Shade had been chosen as a finalist in the DA BWAHA competition, my first thought was, Oh, cool, how flattering! I confess, I began a fist-pump.

But this happy thought was quickly chomped by: Oh God, no. Public humiliation time. My fist fell to my side, only half-pumped.

Because in the DA BWAHA, not only do books go head-to-head in a series of elimination, March Madness-type "bracketed" contests, but authors are supposed to campaign on behalf of their books. Trash-talk their opponents, bribe readers, and generally beg for votes so we can win an iPad or something.

I know, right? Seriously not my style. More like my worst nightmare.

But then I thought, hey, I'm not in high school anymore. I have tons of Twitter followers, Facebook friends, Street Team members--people who believe in me and who genuinely loved Shade. Maybe I could make it past the first round. Let's see who I'm facing there.

Oh. Nalini Singh. A hugely popular bestselling author who, from the little time I've spent with her, is ten times as sweet as I am--probably even at home, where I'm secretly a lunatic bitchface. It doesn't even matter which book of hers has been nominated, because they're all amazing (for the record, it's Archangel's Kiss, which some people are picking to win the entire competition).

"Wait, wait!" you say. "Nalini Singh isn't a YA author."

Yeah, for some reason Shade was nominated not in the YA category, but in Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal Romance (SFF/PNR). An adult category. Why? I have no idea. The world-building? The romance? Okay, but other paranormals in the YA category have those, too.

Whatever. I'm not complaining, I'm just confused (as usual--something else Meadow and I have in common).

But hey, like Meadow, I'm eternally optimistic. She, for the chance to steal cat food, and me, for the chance just once to beat the popular girl book.

So vote for SHADE in Round 1, Set 2, today from noon to midnight Central Time (that's 1pm to 1am Eastern).

Do it to be subversive. Do it to stun the world.

Do it because you love YA books, because you love Meadow, because you love me.

Do it because underdogs rock.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Sneak peek at SHIFT & the last ARC giveaway--this Sunday, Sunday, SUNday!

Hey everyone! By now you might be wondering why I haven't posted the first chapter of Shift.

There are a few possibilities you might have considered:

A) The chapter has undergone some last-minute tweaking.
B) I'm lazy.
C) I'm cruel.
D) I forgot.
E) My dog ate it.
F) My cat ate it.
G) All of the above (it is technically possible).
H) None of the above

The answer is H! None of the above. The real reason is the opposite of C. Not only am I not being cruel by withholding Shift Chapter One, I'm being kind. (And not in a "Cruel to be Kind" sort of way, like in that song, which will now be stuck in my head for the rest of the day.)

Because when you get to the end of the first chapter, you're going to freak. If you thought the end of Shade was a killer cliffhanger (which I swear it wasn't meant to be, but that's another discussion), then Shift Chapter One will make you punch a hole through your computer screen.

So I've been holding off in order to minimize your time between reading the excerpt and reading the rest of the book, which comes out May 3. Because I love you and want to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level.

But alas, my kindness has run out. This Sunday, just before the spring equinox at 11:21PM Universal Time (which I believe is 7:21 Eastern Daylight time), I will send out the Winter Issue of my newsletter. It will contain a secret link to the first chapter of Shift, a link that I won't make public for another week.

And that's not all! The last two autographed, personalized Shift ARCs will go to two randomly drawn newsletter subscribers. I will draw the names at 6pm Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday.

To subscribe to my quarterly, text-based, non-spammy, entertaining-in-a-weird-way newsletter, just add your e-mail to the signup box on the blog sidebar (or any page on my website) and click "Submit." The mailing list robot will send you a confirmation e-mail to make sure someone else hasn't signed you up as a prank (not that anyone would--I'm sure your friends are all really nice).

Hope to talk to you Sunday! (Notice I resisted the urge to say "Meet Me on the Equinox," thus avoiding the Twilight movie soundtrack reference. Well, I said it here, but that doesn't count. Does it?)


Wednesday, March 09, 2011

This new thing I'm trying

Last week, from Monday afternoon through Thursday evening, I spent completely immersed in Shade #3. It wasn't all writing, technically. Some of it was plotting, outlining, researching, or just daydreaming (I confess: I watched a buttload of MI-5 for inspiration, and it worked--I had several huge breakthroughs while watching the dreamy Tom Quinn and his mates fight terrorists).

For four days, I gave myself permission to do nothing but think about the book. No e-mail, no Twitter, no blogging, no scheduling appearances, no designing, purchasing, signing or mailing of swag. None of the business stuff that gets in the way of the actual work.

It was like a vacation. I haven't been this happy in a long time. Whereas in February I was kind of going through the motions, keeping up with my wordcount but letting the writing be just one of many daily tasks, I am now really, really excited about this book. I know what the central conflicts are (for now), how it ends (for now), and how the plot twists and turns to get there (mostly, for now).

One thing I learned: I suck at balance. A day is either a productive writing day or a productive business day. Rarely (maybe three or four times ever) is it both.

So my new strategy is this: 3 days on, 1 day "off", and so on.

"on" = book, the whole book, and nothing but the book. My goal is to write 2,500 words/"on" day until April 14.*

"off" = every other task involved in keeping this small business running; some fun (like blogging and returning reader e-mail), some not (like updating the website and doing taxes)

As for actual "off" days, well, let's not talk about that.

Today through Friday are "on" (I wrote this blog post yesterday and scheduled it to post today), and then Saturday I go to the MD/DE/WV chapter of SCBWI's Spring conference, where I'm obviously not going to be getting much writing done (that would be really anti-social!).

We'll see how this goes. My entire freelance career has been a series of strategies to trick myself into working. Hopefully this will at least get me through spring.

*This is a stretch, yeah, but it gives me six whole weeks to do the second draft, due June 1. I'm one of those writers who likes to blurt out the first draft, with little editing as I go along, because I know half the scenes are going to be yanked, anyway, so what's the point of making them pretty, or, you know, sensical?


Tuesday, March 08, 2011


If you're going to be anywhere near New York City next week (Monday, March 14 through Sunday, March 20), there's a fabulous lineup of young-adult authors every night (and on several days as well), ready to entertain and enlighten you in ways you can't imagine.

Wow, that sounded cheesy and stilted. Can you tell I haven't written a blog post in almost two weeks? I've been so deep in Shade #3, writing a super-rough draft that no one but me will ever see (which gives me permission to make it really, really rough, with phrases like "[insert joke/description/emotion here]" and "[go back and make it so she doesn't know this until later]"), that clearly I've forgotten how to put words in order for public consumption.

ANYWAY, where was I?

The Teen Author Festival is run by the amazing author (and Scholastic editor) David Levithan, who co-wrote (with John Green) Will Grayson, Will Grayson (one of my favorite books of last year) and also wrote, with Rachel Cohn, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (one of my favorite books of any year).

David has put together this amazing lineup of YA authors:

(Note: the parts in italics are the events I'm doing--I wish I could do more but it's expensive to stay in NY and I really wanted to do the music panel):

2011 NYC Teen Author Festival Schedule!

Monday, March 14, 6-8pm
(Chatham Square Branch of the NYPL, 33 E Broadway):

Finding Voice, Giving Voice: Speaking Up for Characters

Cathleen Bell
Jen Calonita
Cecil Castellucci
Brent Crawford
Elizabeth Eulberg
Brian James
Kekla Magoon
Melina Marchetta
Marie Rutkoski

Moderator: David Levithan

Tuesday, March 15, 7-8:30pm
(B&N Union Square):

YA Reader’s Theater

Holly Black
Judy Blundell
Gayle Forman
Eliot Schrefer (aka E. Archer)

Host: David Levithan

Wednesday. March 16, 6-8pm (South Court, 42nd St New York Public Library):
YA Rocks, featuring Tiger Beat!

Tiger Beat:

Libba Bray

Daniel Ehrenhaft

Barnabas Miller

Natalie Standiford

With music-related readings from:

Philana Marie Boles

Libba Bray
Daniel Ehrenhaft

Barnabas Miller

Jon Skovron

Jeri Smith-Ready

Rita Williams-Garcia

Host: Jack Martin / Chris Shoemaker

Thursday, March 17, 10am-12pm

"Five Borough Read"


Seward Park Branch, 192 E Broadway, Manhattan, 10am
Alma Alexander
Philana Marie Boles
Leanna Renee Hieber
Lena Roy
Mark Shulman

96th Street Branch, 228 E 96th St, Manhattan, 10am
Violet Haberdasher
Kimberly Marcus
Micol Ostow
Eliot Schrefer
Natalie Standiford

Washington Irving H.S (in conjunction with Mulberry St Branch) - 40 Irving Place, 10am.
Eireann Corrigan
Jocelyn Davies
Anne Heltzel
Matt de la Pena
Patrick Ryan
Leila Sales

Muhlenburg Branch, NYPL, 209 W 23rd St
Alexandra Bullen
Helen Ellis
Sarah Mlynowski
Matthue Roth
Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Robin Wasserman

Brooklyn Central Branch,
Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Auditorim, 10 Grand Army Plaza

Cathleen Bell

Gayle Forman

Christopher Grant
Melissa Kantor

Jeri Smith-Ready

Melissa Walker

Bronx Library Center, 310 E Kingsbridge Road, Bronx

Margie Gelbwasser
Sarah Darer Littman
Arlaina Tibensky
Maryrose Wood

Library TK

Brent Crawford
Barry Lyga
Melina Marchetta
Neesha Meminger

Staten Island:
St George Branch, 5 Central Ave, Staten Island, 10am

Elizabeth Eulberg
David Levithan
Michael Northrup
Danette Vigliante

Friday March 18th, Symposium, 2-6pm
(South Court, 42nd Street New York Public Library)

2:00 Introduction

2:10 – 3:00: Telling the Truths – Hard Topics, Illuminating Fiction

Eireann Corrigan
Donna Freitas
Sarah Darer Littman
Kimberly Marcus
Micol Ostow

Moderator: David Levithan

3:00 – 3:50: Debut Author Showcase

Jocelyn Davies
Margie Gelbwasser
Christopher Grant
Anne Heltzel
Kimberly Marcus
Arlaina Tibensky

Moderator: Jack Martin / Chris Shoemaker

3:50 – 4:00: Break

4:00 - 5:00: I Think I Love You (But Maybe I Don’t?) – Writing About Teens in Love

E. Lockhart
Terra Elan McVoy
Sarah Mylnowski
Patrick Ryan

Moderator: David Levithan

5:00 – 6:00: Under the Influences: Discussing Influences on YA Fiction

Libba Bray
Susane Colasanti
Barry Lyga
Carolyn Mackler
Lena Roy
Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Maryrose Wood

Moderator: Barry Lyga

Saturday. March 19th, 1-5:30pm
(South Court, 42nd Street NYPL)


1:00 – Introduction

1:10 – 2:00: The Ties That Bind, Part One: The Struggle Against Darkness

Kim Harrington
Lisa McMann
Maggie Stiefvater
Robin Wasserman

Moderator: David Levithan

2:00 – 2:45: The Ties That Bind, Part Two: Family Bonds

Melissa Kantor
Melina Marchetta
Alyssa Sheinmel
Natalie Standiford
Danette Vigilante

Moderator: Jack Martin / Chris Shoemaker

2:45 – 3:30: The Ties That Bind, Part Three: Friends and Community

Matt de la Pena
Ellen Hopkins
Torrey Maldonado
Michael Northrop
Leila Sales

Moderator: Barry Lyga

3:30-3:40 – Break

3:40 – 4:20 – Tribute to Michael Cart

Host/Opening: Jack Martin

Speakers/Readers: David Levithan and Jacqueline Woodson

Acceptance: Michael Cart

4:20-5:30: LGBTYA: Past, Present, and Future

Nick Burd
Michael Cart
David Levithan
Patrick Ryan
Jacqueline Woodson

Moderator: Jack Martin / Chris Shoemaker

Sunday, March 20, 1-4pm
Books of Wonder Signing
(18 W 18th St)


Lizabeth Zindel (A Girl, A Ghost, and the Hollywood Hills, Penguin)
Maryrose Wood (The Hidden Gallery, Harper)
Suzanne Weyn (Empty, Scholastic)
Danette Vigilante (The Trouble with Half a Moon, Penguin)
Maggie Stiefvater (Linger, Scholastic)
Natalie Standiford (Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters, Scholastic)
Mark Shulman (Scrawl, Roaring Brook)
Alyssa Sheinmel (The Beautiful Between, RH)
Kieran Scott (She’s So Dead to Us, S&S)
Leila Sales (Mostly Good Girls, S&S)
Patrick Ryan (Gemini Bites, Scholastic)

Marie Rutkoski (The Celestial Globe, FSG)
Lena Roy (Edges, FSG)
Michael Northrup (Trapped, Scholastic)
Sarah Mlynowski (Gimme a Call, RH)
Neesha Meminger (Jazz in Love, Ignite)
Terra Elan McVoy (After the Kiss, S&S)
Lisa McMann (Cryer’s Cross, S&S)
Kimberly Marcus (Exposed, RH)
Melina Marchetta (The Piper’s Son, Candlewick)
Torrey Maldonado (Secret Saturdays, Penguin)
Barry Lyga (Archvillain, Scholastic)

E. Lockhart (Real Live Boyfriends, RH)
Sarah Darer Littman (Life After, Scholastic)
David Levithan (Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, RH)Melissa Kantor (The Darlings Are Forever, Hyperion)Carla Jablonksi (Resistance, First Second)
Ellen Hopkins (Fallout, S&S)
Gwendolyn Heasley (Where I Belong, Harper)
Kim Harrington (Clarity, Scholastic)
Christopher Grant (Teenie, RH)
Margie Gelbwasser (Inconvenient, Flux)
Elizabeth Eulberg (Prom & Prejudice, Scholastic)
Helen Ellis (The Turning, Sourcebooks)

Daniel Ehrenhaft (Friend is Not a Verb, Harper)
Sarah Beth Durst (Enchanted Ivy, S&S)
Matt De La Pena (I Will Save You, RH)
Brent Crawford (Carter Finally Gets It, Hyperion)
Eireann Corrigan (Accomplice, Scholastic)
Susane Colasanti (Something Like Fate, Penguin)
Marina Budhos (Tell Us We’re Home, S&S)
Kate Brian (Book of Spells, S&S)
Philana Marie Boles (Glitz, Penguin)
Judy Blundell (Strings Attached, Scholastic)
Cathleen Bell (Little Blog on the Prairie, Bloomsbury)

For more information or to RSVP for the different events, check out the Teen Author Festival Facebook group page.

Hope to see you there!

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This Side of Salvation

This Side of Salvation, Jeri's new contemporary YA novel!

Now available in hardcover and ebook.

“A smart, well-rounded, and unpredictable tale...bringing to light issues of belief versus free will, spirit versus body, and family versus self.” —Booklist, **Starred Review**


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