Schedule for DragonCon & Decatur Book Festival + School Visit Info + Super Radio

Are you in the Atlanta area over Labor Day weekend? Me too. Here’s my schedule as it currently stands for DragonCon and Decatur Book Fest. I’ll be packing some stickers of the Lois Lane covers, bookmarks featuring same, and a few of the WWLLD bracelets. Come say hi!

DragonCon Schedule! 

  • A Safe Space For Female Readers
    Description: A discussion about embracing and expanding female readership in Comics.
    Time: Friday 1 p.m. Location: Hanover F – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: Gwenda M Bond, Laurenn McCubbin)
  • YA Urban and Contemporary Fantasy
    Description: Fantasy isn’t just dragons and knights – come see how contemporary characters and places feature in young adult fantasy!
    Time: Friday 4 p.m. Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: Delilah S. Dawson, Gwenda M Bond, Zac Brewer, Christi J. Whitney, Cinda Williams Chima, A. J. Hartley)
  • Reading: Gwenda Bond
    Time: Saturday 11:30 a.m. Location: Marietta – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
    (Tentative Panelists: Gwenda M Bond)

Note: I’ll update these with confirmed panelists next week. The reading will be a great place to get swag or books signed (in fact, consider this a de facto signing too), and perhaps hear a little snippet of the second Lois book and I’ll have Christopher with me so we might do a short tandem reading from something you will have to keep secret for the time being. I’ll also have a few books with me in case the dealer’s room is in short supply.

Decatur Book Festival schedule!

  • Keeping Your Sense of Humor in YA: When the going gets tough, what’s a girl to do? YA authors Gwenda Bond and Hollis Gillespie share feisty female protagonists who are always capable of keeping their wits and sense of humor about them.
    Time: Saturday 4 p.m. Location: Teen Stage
    Panelists: Gwenda Bond and Hollis Gillespie, moderated by Justin Colussy-Estes

Signing after, with books available for purchase.

  • YA Truth or Dare: Popular YA authors are pitted against one another in a lively game of Truth or Dare!
    Time: Sunday 4 p.m. Location: Teen Stage
    Panelists: Becky Albertalli, David Arnold, Gwenda Bond, Libba Bray, Terra Elan McVoy, and Andrew Smith, introduced by Kimberly Jones

I sense this will escalate quickly. *twirls fingers*

School and library visit availability!

I’ve been hearing from more people about whether I’m available for school and library visits and the answer is yes. I’ve put together a page explaining the different presentations I do and the cost; I’m currently booking for the 2016 calendar year, so if you’d like me to visit your school or library get in touch via that page’s contact form.

Super Radio Tonight!

Happy birthday to Lois Joanne Lane today, August 17! In a fitting coincidence, I’ll be a guest on tonight’s “Radio Kal Live,” a weekly show produced by the Superman Homepage. You can listen in and call in with questions. Info and details here. The show starts at 7:30PST/10:30EST.

Double Down Cover Reveal!

A sequence of tweets last night:


Hit play for full mesmerizing gif impact!

And here’s the image on its own:

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Thanks to my wonderful publisher, Capstone/Switch Press, and the amazing team there, who I’m so thrilled to be working with again. And to DC/Warner Bros, our super-important partners on this project, who are also an amazing team to work with. Also, as always, to my agent Jenn Laughran, the best. Long story short: I still don’t quite understand how I got lucky enough for the universe to bring me this project, but I’m so very grateful for your response to it. Keep telling everyone to read Fallout in the meantime. <3

Double Down is already up for pre-order at Amazon and will be at other places soon, I expect. The little description from there:

Lois Lane has settled in to her new school. She has friends, for maybe the first time in her life. She has a job that challenges her. And her friendship is growing with SmallvilleGuy, her online maybe-more-than-a-friend. But when her friend Maddy’s twin collapses in a part of town she never should’ve been in, Lois finds herself embroiled in a dangerous mystery that brings her closer to the dirty underbelly of Metropolis.

I hope you guys are going to love this book even more than Fallout. It’s not quite through with editing yet, but I already do. It’s got lots of juicy stakes-raising and scary danger and learning how to navigate friendships and hopefully everything you liked about book one but MORE.

You may be wondering why we did the reveal this way and when the cover is not quite yet final per that little strip on the bottom — well, I think we are always thinking, let’s just go straight to the readers, because impatient and also fun. We also knew we couldn’t wait until the cover was entirely final to show it to you for publishing reasons. Pause for nerdery: Even though the book won’t be out until May next year, now is the time when the publisher’s sales team begins to go out and show their list for next spring to their big bookstore and retail accounts to try and get them to order and be excited about the new books. Which means they have to have something to show them, and those things inevitably end up posted online at some point anyway and, hey, other people being excited about it already can’t be a bad thing, right?

Right!

Again, beaming from ear-to-ear about this great cover by the wonderful Bob Lentz (superhero name across the chest = genius!) and can’t wait to share another Lois book with you! I have OTHER, UNRELATED SECRETS that will probably be revealed before the end of the year, but for now I better go get my morning words on the sequel to Girl on a Wire. Writing about a magician is just as fun as I thought it would be.

New Review in the Chicago Tribune!

“It’s not a bya-roundup-jpg-20150723ird, it’s not a plane, it’s Lois Lane, boldly following clues wherever they lead, taking readers along for a thrilling ride.”

Lois Lane: Fallout gets a great review from Christine Heppermann in today’s Chicago Tribune Printers Row book section, along with new books I can’t wait to read by the fabulous Adam Silvera and Margo Rabb. Yay!*

(*This is the first time one of my books has gotten an actual review in a newspaper, which feels fitting because Lois — and so I’m nerdily excited about it! Hoping a Chicago friend will snap a pic for me! Also, I adored Heppermann’s Poisoned Apples, a collection of feminist, fairy tale-infused poetry, so doubly cool.)

 

Gen Con Schedule! (aka Look Out, Indianapolis!)

gencon-writerChristopher and I will both be at Gen Con next weekend, participating in the Writer’s Symposium. There will be a limited number of copies of Lois Lane: Fallout and Girl on a Wire available at the Indy Reads Books booth (so grab them quick if you want them!). I’ve ordered an item of special swag that you may be able to score if you come by my signing or find me elsewhere.

My updated schedule:

  • Alas, I’m listed on a panel on Researching Your Story on Thursday afternoon that I won’t be attending after all; we have to take Emma the Dog to the vet before we can leave town and so we’re going to be a little late arriving. Christopher will also be missing his panels that day. We are sad, but it’s unavoidable!
  • Friday, July 31:
    • Character Craft: Motivation & Obstacles at 10 a.m. – with Howard Tayler (mod), Gwenda Bond, Lauren M. Roy, Elizabeth Bear, and John Hornor Jacobs
    • Writer’s Life 101 at 1 p.m. – with Kelly Swalls (mod), Anton Strout, Gwenda Bond, Christopher Rowe, and Chuck Wendig (Chuck and I may have generated a fake religion with our pal Kim Curran the first time we met in person, so who knows what will happen on this panel? Should be fun.)
    • Writing Comics: When Only Batman Will Do at 3 p.m. – with Bill Willingham (mod), Gene Ha, Chris Roberson, Jim Zub, Daryl Gregory, and Gwenda Bond
  • Saturday, Aug. 1:
    • Signing in the exhibit hall next to the Indy Reads booth at 1 p.m. – Come talk to me! And bring things for me to sign. Otherwise, I fear loneliness. And if I have swag, this will be a good time to score it.
    • Characters: Unlikeable Characters at 3 p.m. – John Helfers (mod), Anton Strout, Christopher Rowe, Gwenda Bond, and Stephen Blackmoore

I’m sure I’ll also be findable at many of Christopher’s panels, not just the two we’re on together. Or in places where drinks can be procured.

Updated again: The swag!


Here’s how to get this nifty WWLLD bracelet, because alas they are expensive swag I do not have enough to give them out to everyone:

  • Bring me a book to sign, which if you don’t have already, you can pick up at the Indy Reads booth (either of my books they’ll have will do);
  • Come up to me and say: “Lois Lane would kick ass” or some variation thereof! And if I still have some of the extras I’ll be carrying, I’ll give you one.

Hope to see some of you there!

That Little Sequel Question Answered (Newsy!) + Twitter Chat

After months of required cageyness I knew that this news would pop up soon, but not exactly when. But the when was yesterday, courtesy of the Publishers Weekly spring sneak previews:

YES, THERE IS A SEQUEL TO FALLOUT AND I HAVE WRITTEN IT AND IT IS CALLED DOUBLE DOWN! AND IT WILL BE OUT NEXT SPRING! AND I HOPE YOU ARE EXCITED!

*lowers voice* I hate secrets and I am SO EXCITED and can’t wait to be able to tell you more about DOUBLE DOWN. Which is currently in the editing process and heading swiftly toward the ARC phase (ack! they don’t tell you when you become an author nervous-making things never stop!) and hopefully a cover we can show you very soon. Along with more details about the book! Thanks to all of you and to the lovely publishers and people at Capstone/Switch Press and DC/WB for making this happen. FALLOUT has only been out a few months, so keep recommending it and spreading the word about the series and maybe there’ll be even more books to come. It’s such an honor for me to get to contribute to Lois’s legacy. Here’s a Tumblr post about the sequel news, if that’s your platform of choice.

I’ll be participating in a twitter chat hosted by YA Books Central this Thursday night about all things LOIS LANE and any other writing topics you want me to talk about.


The hashtag is #gwendabondchat — come join! I’ll also be at Gencon next week, but that schedule deserves its own post. Back soon with that.

And here are two recently released podcast interviews — I had a blast doing both of these:

  • With expert on all things geekish (and all things Superman) Alan Sizzler Kistler on his recently relaunched Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast (subscribe on iTunes or listen on Soundcloud);
  • With What the Fangirl on their podcast in a dual episode about Fallout and Kimmy Schmidt (how can you beat that? get it here)

Long Time No See (Oops!)

This is me making a solemn promise to update at least once a week, except when on actual deadline (because, hey, realism). Because it’s so hard to remember what I haven’t put here, and also I have this whole pretty design and easy set-up now — which means no excuse not to.

So a housekeeping attempt to update on the last month and change.

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to our Dangerous Ladies tour events! You were the awesomest best and we had such a great time we’re already discussing doing the whole shebang again.

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Such a great evening at Parnassus Books thanks to the lovely store crew and these lovely people! #dangerousladies A photo posted by Gwenda Bond (@gwendabond) on

It was even more fun than it looks.

In less good news, so much less it’s a whole universe of bad, we’re still absorbing the news that our beloved Emma the Dog has liver cancer. I’m determined not to turn my social presences into depressing pet news central — mostly because I rely on them for sanity breaks — and so I don’t know how much more I’ll be talking about this. But it is something that is a huge huge piece of life at the moment, so it’ll come up at least occasionally. And hopefully for some time to come. Emma, bless her, is as strong and feisty as ever at the moment, if perhaps a bit slower. We’re trying to enjoy this time with her, however much it ultimately is, as much as possible.


And there were some new interviews and things — I am positive I will leave something out, so mea culpa in advance

Keep spreading the word, friends! And hopefully some news coming up soon for you of various types. Until then . . .

Tour! This Week! Come See The Dangerous Ladies

The best thing about a bunch of your friends having new books at the same time? You can tour together!

And so five of us are this week. We decided to call this the Dangerous Ladies tour, because it fits both the leads in our books and ourselves.

dangerousladies

Who? Did you say new books, what are they?

Me – with Lois Lane: Fallout

Renée Ahdieh – with The Wrath and the Dawn

Megan Miranda – with Soulprint

Megan Shepherd – with The Cage

&

Carrie Ryan – with Daughter of Deep Silence

When? Where?

Tuesday, June 9 – Joseph-Beth Cincinnati at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 10 – Joseph-Beth Lexington at 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 11 – Parnassus Books in Nashville at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, June 12 – Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville at 7 p.m.*

I’m sure any of these fabulous stores would be happy to hook you up with signed copies if you can’t make it; check out their websites or give them a call. But if you can make it, you should. I think it’ll be fun.

*Megan Miranda, alas, will not be with us at the Malaprop’s event. We will tell all her secrets.

Last Week (BEA!) & Next Week (Tour!)

Fair warning: This is going to be one of those lonnnng updates where I post a bunch of pictures from other people’s (and a few of my own) tweets and instagram feeds.

I got to New York on Wednesday, after serendipitously running into Carrie Ryan on the same flight and sharing a cab, and retrieved my Lois Lane t-shirt from the front desk at the hotel. When I showed it to the staff, they went crazy because they all love Lois Lane and Superman and gave me a free room upgrade. Lois author perk, awww yeah. 😉 I promised the manager I’d bring her a signed copy as thanks (this is an important plot point for later in the post). Then I managed to navigate across town with only one phone call to Christopher back home for directional help to meet fabulous old friends I see too little of Justine Larbalestier and Scott Westerfeld, and their friend Amber Benson (absolutely lovely), for dinner. We had a marathon, epic, wonderful evening with not one, not two, but three dessert courses.

The second of three dessert courses from the tasting menu last night. #yum

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As some of you probably know, I’ve written many, many articles for Publishers Weekly as a contributor over the past decade — and I’ve also written many, many short profiles and articles for the PW Show Daily, a free publication distributed daily during BEA. (Because I know a few non-publishing industry types read this *waves to family*, BEA is Book Expo America, the giant annual trade show where publishers show off new and forthcoming books to giant masses of booksellers, bloggers, press, librarians, and readers. Plus, there are Scientology pirates.) So it was a little surreal to start Thursday, my first-ever day at BEA to do official author stuff, with this:

Also fun to talk to Sally Lodge, who wrote the story. You can read it online, if you’re interested.

And I knew to expect this:

(!) (Apparently people kept taking the display copies. I get it, it’s a beautiful book. I also got to meet the wonderful designer Bob Lentz — who does the wearable books with Don Lemke and was there to sign too.)

The day was a whirlwind of too brief hugs with friends (Holly Black, Sarah Weinman, Shana Cohen, I’m looking at you!), a nice diner lunch with my divine agent Jenn and some of my favorite literary people (Leila Roy, Jackie Parker, Liz Burns, Pam Coughlan, etc., aka The Gang, who I managed to find several times, yay), meeting lots of people in person for the first time (WNDB team all-star authors Ellen Oh and Marieke Nijcamp! PR and Muppets maven Beth Parker!), and drinks to toast Lois with the Capstone/Switch Press gang followed by a fancy author-illustrator dinner with same. The insane highlight of the day was my signing though,  which I seriously told someone earlier in the day, “Well, I’m sure some people will show up, even if only e-bay hounds looking for copies to sell, right?” Remember: I’ve been to BEA before, just not as an author. I’m a realist. SO I got pulled into an interview with Carrie Ryan (fun) and then when it finished it was getting closer to time for my signing and I noticed I had a text from my agent and people were retweeting something and it was this enormous surprise…

I mean, seriously, what? People who I knew that came through the line asked how I felt and honestly, I’m still not sure I have fully processed this. Weird, but great weird. Overwhelming, but in the best possible way. THANK YOU so much to all of you wonderful people who came and stood and waited and were so excited about Lois Lane: Fallout — whether you’d already read it, been sent by friends who had, or were just hearing about it. I had so much fun meeting you all. Not to mention, I got to hang with my wonderful editor Beth the whole time, who valiantly hung in there flapping books.

 

(I am a huge nerd, check.)

Oh, and yes, we all had Lois Lane t-shirts.

It was a complete treat to get to meet in person and hang out with all the people at Capstone (Beth, Ashley, Shannon, Kay, Bob — everyone, truly) and their PR team (April and Linda = heart). I feel beyond lucky and grateful to work with such amazing people.

So that was Thursday. Whew. Friday was more relaxed by comparison. I met up for breakfast with Genevieve Valentine, who I try to see whenever I’m in New York. I am OBSESSED with this toast (we’ve made it once already since I got back).

I am going to move into Le Pain Quotidien and live here and eat only this.

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After food, we went to Midtown Comics, where I stealthily purchased a copy of Fallout for the hotel manager I mentioned at the top (I told you that was a plot point!). The booth was out of books after the signing, and the new ones being shipped up for BookCon weren’t there yet, and I felt I must keep my promise. Then I had a little time to kill before my lunch meeting and so Genevieve jokingly proposed we ride the Ferris Wheel inside Toys R Us. And so this happened…

Bet you never thought Genevieve and I would ride the Ferris Wheel in toys r us. A photo posted by Gwenda Bond (@gwendabond) on

I even purchased us the commemorative photo. Good times!

Then I had lunch with my other amazing editor, Courtney Miller from Skyscape, meeting her in person for the first time. We ate pizza and talked circus and the magic book and many other things. I really do feel so, so lucky to work with such great people on books I couldn’t be happier to be writing.

Then it was back to Javits with baked goods in tow to meet up with Comic News Insider’s Jimmy Aquino for an interview and make one last pass. This was great because I got to see a few people and sign a few books people had schlepped with them but also TO MEET MY HERO SHANNON HALE and thank her in person for blurbing Fallout:

After a last meet up with The Gang, it was off to the airport — well, post-presenting the hotel with the signed copy for Vickie, of course. So, yeah, a great trip. I did a couple of interviews while I was there that are already up:

And I also found out that Fallout made the LA Times summer reading recommendations for YA, among some truly fabulous company. Oh, and that I earned out my initial advance for Girl on a Wire (thank you all). It was a GOOD WEEK. That’s what I’m saying.

Other new interviews and a giveaway I haven’t shared here yet:

I can’t believe this post is still going. I bet you can’t either! I’ll do a separate one about next week’s tour, but in the meantime a reminder — next week is the tour. Near Cincinnati, Lexington, Nashville or Asheville? Come see us: me, Renee Ahdieh, Megan Miranda, Carrie Ryan, and Megan Shepherd.

I will also be paneling on young adult literature with David Arnold and Sarah Combs at the Carnegie Center’s Books-in-Progress conference, Saturday morning. So if you’re going to that and interested in YA, come see us.

For now, fare thee well.

All The Things

I didn’t intend to not update here since release — and of course I’ve still been around my haunts of choice, twitter and tumblr — but I had a book draft to finish and have been doing a lot of promote-y things too and so it happened. Which means I have many new things to share here, because I turned in said book yesterday. *tosses confetti of relief*

First, and most soon, there’s tomorrow night’s Lois Lane: Fallout twitter chat. Please to join! You can tweet questions in advance or during. Otherwise I’ll be forced to awkwardly chat with myself. No one wants that.

Next up, I’ll be at BEA. I’ll be signing Lois Lane: Fallout at the Capstone Publishing booth at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, and hanging around the Capstone booth party at 4 p.m. (word on the street is that some people will be wearing Lois Lane t-shirts!). If you’re coming to BEA that day, be there…or be elsewhere (but I will be sad if you are!). I’ll be around some informally on Friday too. And I finally updated my events page with all the upcoming stuff, so come catch me (and next month, the Dangerous Ladies) somewhere. There have been MANY new reviews and lots of interviews and even a guest post since I posted here. A round-up:

There is more and more to come, but to say I’m humbled and thrilled by the enthusiastic reception to Fallout so far is a major understatement. All your reviews, tweet, posts, and reactions (fan art!) mean the world. Please do buy, read, and share about the book if you love it. Word of mouth is the single most important thing you can do to ensure more Lois (and to help out any book or author you like). And do consider  leaving an Amazon review (and/or on Goodreads), if you enjoy the book — it can be long or short, and you don’t have to purchase there to do so. Amazon rankings and searches factor in the number of reviews a book has, and they really do help other readers find books. I’m also told the book is now showing up in Barnes & Noble; but remember, if your B&N or indie bookstore doesn’t have it, they can order it for you. And your library is always another option. <3

I’ll finish up by memorializing a couple of !!! moments here:

Lois Is Here!

Publication day has arrived! Let there be a celebration of Lois across the land!

Speaking of: tonight join in a live watch and tweet party of Superman: The Movie, featuring Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder as my very first Lois Lane. The fun starts at 8 p.m. EDT on twitter, using the hashtag #loislanefallout. More info on this and other Lois Lane-related online plans here.

The obligatory buy links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Powells

And if you’re headed out for Free Comic Book Day tomorrow, press copies you see in local shops into the hands of strangers. THANK YOU. 😉

If you read only one Lois-related thing today, make it this essay by my fabulous editor Beth Brezenoff, “Of Loud Girls and Lois.” Spoiler alert: It made me cry.

I could not ask to work with a better publishing or PR team than Capstone’s, and I’m so, so grateful for all their efforts on behalf and support of this book.

A smattering of other new things:

  • An interview with DC Women Kicking Ass (who says lovely things about the book).
  • An interview with Robin Herrera at the VCFA Launchpad (grad school represent!).
  • A new review at Nerd Problems: “Fans of any decade of mystery meets YA fiction will love ‘Lois Lane: Fallout’. And hopefully this is just the start of all our Lane adventures to come in this series. Fantastic writing, impeccable character development and characters you cannot help but love!”
  • A new review at Teen Reads: “Young adult readers will definitely appreciate this fresh take on classic characters no matter how familiar they may already be. I hope that this continues as a series and I’m definitely interested in checking out more of Bond’s work.”
  • And a just-published-today in-depth review by Tim Hanley at Comics Journal: “Lois Lane: Fallout is an innovative and overdue revitalization of Lois Lane, and stands on its own as a stellar YA debut for the character, but it also fits in well with DC Comics’ larger aims.”
  • More to come, so keep an eye on the at the Lois Lane: Fallout official Tumblr!

And one last reminder that Fallout’s Launch Party will be at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, Kentucky, next Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m. Out of town? Jo-Beth will happily ship you a signed copy. Just call or email them to order. And there will be a special Lois-themed menu in the café, which is basically among the funnest things ever.

Thank you all again for the pub day well wishes and word spreading — I’m completely overwhelmed by your loveliness. You’re all superheroes to me.