Super-Awesome Announcement & LTWF Halloween Costumes!

1 Nov

Happy First Day of NaNoWriMo!!! For those of you who celebrated Halloween last night, we hope you had a wonderful time!!! Several of us dressed up, and we thought it’d be fun to share our costumes! Enjoy!

Vanessa DiGregorio (as Bo Peep…and her coworkers as the TOY STORY cast):

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Savannah Foley as a maenad:

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Jenn Fitzgerald as the Killer Rabbit from MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL:

Feel free to share YOUR costume pics in the comments below!!!

Onto the announcement….

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By Sarah J. Maas

 Okay, so I posted this on my personal blog, but I wanted to also make the announcement on LTWF, for those of you who missed it!

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So, I know I’ve been all uber-cryptic about all these Secret Projects I’ve been mentioning these past few months. And I know it’s been kindaaa annoying. Believe me—it’s been annoying for ME to have to keep quiet about it.But I (finally) got the go-ahead to make the announcement.And after so many months of having to keep my lips sealed, it’s actually really surreal (and a little nerve-wracking, to be honest) to tell you guys…

You won’t have to wait until Fall 2012 to read about Celaena Sardothien.

No, QUEEN OF GLASS isn’t coming out sooner. It’s still slated for a Fall 2012 release.

BUT…

Starting early next year, Bloomsbury will be releasing FOUR (4!!) QUEEN OF GLASS novellas, all set before the events of Book 1. They’ll be ebooks, and the first novella will release around January, with the other three novellas released every 1.5-2 months afterward, leading up to the Fall 2012 release of Book 1.

All of the novellas will be about Celaena, and are set in the 9 months leading up to her imprisonment (so about 2 years before the events of Book 1). While each of the novellas will stand on their own, the four novellas combined form the arc of events that explain how she went from being the world’s greatest assassin to getting captured and sent to the Salt Mines. And for my FictionPress fans—yes, Sam (formerly named Symeth) will be a major part of them, and YES, you will get to read about Celaena’s epic encounter with the Pirate Lord. 😉

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for these novellas. Celaena had SO many adventures and met so many people before Book 1—so many, actually, that earlier drafts of QOG were rampant with flashback sequences just because I was ACHING to tell that part of Celaena’s story. It kinda killed me to cut them all out, but I always hoped that I’d get to write a QOG/Celaena prequel someday, perhaps years and years down the road.

SO, thanks to my amazing agent and the incredible, daring, and lovely team at Bloomsbury Children’s, I get the chance to tell those stories NOW.

SO…Sorry for all the secrecy these past few months, but…I hope that you guys are as pumped as I am about these novellas!!!! 😀

And side note to my FictionPress fans: I know it’s been a long while since you’ve visited Celaena’s world. A long, long while, actually. It’s been just over three years since I took the rough draft of QOG off FP, and some of you have been with me since the very beginning back in 2002.

A lot of things have changed since then—both in the books themselves and in the real world outside of them—but I just wanted to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all of your support and enthusiasm. It’s nearly impossible for me to put what I feel into words both because of the impossible depth of my gratitude and because I just get too emotional whenever I try to convey it. But…thank you all SO much. I would never have gotten the chance to tell Celaena’s story if it wasn’t for you. And for that, I’ll be forever grateful.

And for all of my new readers and friends—those of you who haven’t yet had a chance to visit the world of Erilea and meet Celaena…I hope these novellas get you as excited as I am for the release of Book 1! It’s been such an honor and a pleasure to get to know you so far, and thank you SO much for wanting to read my book (and thank you to everyone who has added QOG on Goodreads! All 2,450 of you! Holy crap.). Knowing you want to read my book means more to me than I can ever say.

Hooray!!!

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Sarah J. Maas has written several novels, including QUEEN OF GLASS, a YA epic fantasy that will be published by Bloomsbury in Fall 2012. She is repped by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency, and resides with her husband in Southern California. You can visit her website here, and follow her on twitter.
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13 Responses to “Super-Awesome Announcement & LTWF Halloween Costumes!”

  1. Leslie Le November 1, 2011 at 3:15 PM #

    I’ve already said this on your blog, but CONGRATS SARAH!!!

    I can’t wait ’til the novellas and QoG to come out!

    This is so exciting. I’m so happy for you! 😀

    • Sarah J. Maas November 1, 2011 at 3:29 PM #

      Thanks (again), Leslie!!!! You are too sweet!!! ❤

  2. Katelyn L November 1, 2011 at 3:26 PM #

    That is so amazingly exciting, Sarah!!! I cannot wait to get my hands (or computer… I guess) on those novellas. I came too late to FP to read QOG, but I’ve been hearing incredible things for so long :). I have no doubt that these novellas will be amazing.

    Congratulations!!!

    • Sarah J. Maas November 1, 2011 at 3:29 PM #

      Thank you, Katelyn!!!!! Aghhhh, I am SO excited for you to read them!!!! 😀 😀

  3. Julie Eshbaugh (@JulieEshbaugh) November 1, 2011 at 5:17 PM #

    AAAAHHHHHHH!!!! Sarah, this is so amazingly incredibly amaaazzzing!!!! How cool that we will all get to enter the world of QoG BEFORE the book releases! I can hardly stand the wait! YEEEE!!! Congrats on this. I am so excited for you and for all the QoG fans (me included. :))

    • Sarah J. Maas November 1, 2011 at 5:43 PM #

      Thanks so much, Julie!!!!!!!! ❤

  4. Nhi Le (@nxlee) November 1, 2011 at 9:34 PM #

    OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD! *squees*

    Now I guess I gotta learn how to function these internet things to get my hands on an e-book. But congratulations on your novellas, and can’t wait until I get to devour them! 😀

  5. Jessica Love November 1, 2011 at 11:28 PM #

    Yay Sarah! That’s awesome!

    • Sarah J. Maas November 1, 2011 at 11:32 PM #

      Thanks, Jessica!!!!! ❤

  6. nandinee November 2, 2011 at 9:51 AM #

    yaaay… I cant wait to see the novellas… though the eternal question, they will be released worldwide, right?

    • Sarah J. Maas November 2, 2011 at 2:02 PM #

      Thanks so much!!!

      Re: worldwide availability…I’m not 100% positive, but I’ll ask and get back to you!!! 🙂

  7. rsz November 2, 2011 at 9:19 PM #

    Even my iPad is quivering with excitment–we can’t wait! I am so excited!! I have to admit that I spent many hours during my college days ignoring my nursing books in favor of devouring QoG while it was up on FP–I am SO EXCITED to read the revise, polished, BOOK! CONGRATS!!

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