Sunday, May 23, 2010
What's A Few Monkey Wrenches?
Monday Update: Go for it! The Sammy Short is now working at sammykeyes.com. I hope you enjoy it! ```````````````````` Earlier this week I was really looking forward to sharing some things with you today. But little monkeys have been throwing wrenches and I'm feeling a little deflated. Plus some of you regular readers have already discovered half of what I have to share, so you beat me to the punch! But here's the news (complete with monkey wrenches): Girls Life (GL) has a double page spread in it about Sammy Keyes. It's an "advertorial" placed by Random House, and the first time they've done something like this, so I'm really jazzed about it. They immediately got some excited reader feedback, so that was very cool, too. I hope you'll check it out and let me know what you think. Does the girl in the pictures like Sammy to you? All these years we've avoided having a "likeness" for her, so everyone's got their own picture of what Sammy looks like. I think the interview's fun, and this is where they've launched the "exclusive Sammy Keyes Mystery"--that short mystery I wrote about in earlier posts. Which brings us to monkey wrench #1: I was planning to post the image of the ad, but I've been told it's "exclusive content" for two months, so I have to send you off to find the magazine on your own. And monkey wrench #2: When you go to sammykeyes.com to crack codes to unlock the links to the mystery chapters, the codes crack fine, but the links don't work! Aaagh! The good news: I alerted RH of the problem and received an e-mail tonight assuring me they'd fix the problem first thing tomorrow morning. So if you've already checked in and tried, try again tomorrow. (http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/vandraanen/sammykeyes/) I've also worked this week on getting ready to go on tour....blog tour! Instead of packing, I've been typing responses to questions posed by 7 different blogsites. The "tour" kicks off on Monday, May 31st and will go to a different blogsite each day for a week. This is another first for me, and it'll be interesting to see how it goes and what the response is. It's a Sammy Keyes blog tour, the moderator of each blog has sent me questions or a discussion subject which I am working on responses to. They then will post the response or Q&A on their site at a given day. Most of the readers of this blog are already familiar with questions like, "What gave you the inspiration for Sammy Keyes?" so I was pleased that there were some really unusual question posed. (Like, "Have you ever solved a mystery of your own?") There have actually been a few questions that I've never been asked before, so I know there will be tidbits throughout the tour that you will find interesting. I hope you will all follow along (and that you'll leave lots of pro-Sammy comments at each site!). Monkey wrench#3: It's a little one, really, but after the broken link for the mini-mystery I'm like, hello? I was going to include the link to the first blog tour site tonight since the tour kicks off in a week, but the URL I was provided doesn't work! Aaagh! I'm sure it's just a typo, but sheez. So as soon as I hear back from RH, I'll add it to the comment section. So yeah, a few frustrations along the way, but we'll get it figured out and then there'll be a new mini-Sammy for you to enjoy and a Sammy tour I'm hoping you'll join me on. Be my entourage! :-) My bodyguards :-) My Sammiacs! Or just tag along. I'd really love the company.