wondering why I'm bothering with twitter (maybe it's because I just finished a draft of my book and actually have a moment).
— Jon Skovron (@jonnyskov) August 13, 2007
That would have been my first novel, Struts & Frets.
YA author Christine Johnson is running a series of auctions on eBay to raise money for the Humane Society. Among the many incredible, signed books, including some by bestselling authors like Cassandra Claire, Carrie Ryan, Beth Revis, and Lauren Oliver, you will find my own humble donations to the cause, a signed HB of both Struts & Frets and Misfit bundled with Julie Kagawa’s excellent Iron Fey trilogy.
But wait! There’s more! Carrie Ryan and Diana Peterfreund will both match the aggregate of the high bids with up to $1,000 each, to be donated to their own local animal shelters AND Christine will be donating volunteer hours at her local Humane Society – 4 hours for every $100 raised by the auctions, up to $1,000.So if you like book and animals, or know someone who does that you haven’t gotten a present for yet this holiday season, click the link above and check out the full details!
I was given the honor of being the very first American interviewed on the new UK book blog, Author Attic. Hopefully I didn’t embarrass us too much…
I chat with Carla over at The Crooked Shelf about so much music it’s a little nuts, everything form Weird Al Yankovic and Spice Girls, to Tom Waits and the Pixies, with just about everything else in between.
I’m not even going to try to be cool about this. I love the fact that my books are appearing in other countries. So when my UK publisher asked me how I felt about having a blog tour there, I decided to share the experience of my first trip to London when I was sixteen, and what it meant to me. UK readers will also have the opportunity to enter the contest to win a free copy of Struts and Frets.
Abrams Chronicle, the UK publisher for both Struts & Frets and Misfit, is running a blog tour to celebrate the paperback release of Struts & Frets. To kick off the tour, they asked me to talk a little over at the I Want To Read That blog about that fine, fine line between fact and fiction. So fine, it’s blurry…
It is sad but true that when someone asks me where I’m from, most of the time I can’t just say “Columbus”. People don’t know where that is. So I have to add “Ohio.” Every. Single. Time.
If I were to say “Atlanta” or “Buffalo” or even “Cleveland”, I wouldn’t need to clarify by telling you what state it’s in. You’d probably just know. But people outside Ohio rarely know Columbus. I think it has something to do with the fact that we don’t have a major league baseball, professional football, or basketball team. We just don’t have the national name recognition.
But we don’t need sports. Because we have ART, people! We have great music like indie rock band Times New Viking. And we have great writers like…me! (and James Thurbur, of course)
So I’m running an I <3 Columbus giveaway to make people aware of this great, under-appreciated city! Two lucky people will be randomly selected from the entries to get:
And if enough people enter, I’ll giveaway more stuff. Don’t worry. I’ll think of something cool.
Open to international entries.
Post something about Columbus on Twitter. “I love Columbus” or “AW YEAH COLUMBUS” or “Columbus ROCKS!” or whatever works for you. Hell, you could even say “Columbus SUX!” or “Death to Columbus!” if you want. I don’t care. This is about name recognition. Just make sure you include the word “Columbus” and mention me @jonnyskov so I know you did it, and also @timesnewviking because if they get enough random Columbus love, it’ll totally freak them out.
Contest ends Friday at Midnight, EST! So do it now!
The YA Rocks! event for the NYC Teen Author Festival was a blast. Here are some pix of Tiger Beat doing their thing.
Best song of the night: The last image is some poor library intern on his first day on the job that Libba coerced into holding up poster boards with the lyrics of the Tiger Beat original tune “YA Song”. Galley Cat has a video of that song from a previous performance. It’s a nonstop barrage of YA book references with the stirring chorus “Holden Caulfield is Not an Asshole”.
Best moment of the night: Libba sits down at the keyboard, leans into the mic and says, “You know what I like best about playing keyboards with two broken elbows?” [pause] “Not a damn thing.”
Moment I decided I will love Libba forever: When she gave me a shout-out during Midnight Radio. If you don’t know this song, go watch Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Now. Do it now.