Ottawa Teen Author Fest recap

I just got back from an awesome not-quite-24 hours in Ottawa with fellow Penguin Random House YA authors Morgan Rhodes and Natale Ghent. Part of what made the trip awesome was the company of those two lovely women. The other parts?

The wonderful librarians of the Ottawa Public Library who organized and hosted the events (two of whom are pictured with us below):

The amazing sign and display that greeted us at the library:

And of course all of the enthusiastic teens who asked questions and shared their thoughts during our school visit, and hung out with us at the library event. Especially one reader named Artina who brought five of my books for me to sign (and would have had one more, except the bookseller on hand wasn’t selling the one she didn’t already have) and brought me a present, which was so sweet of her and I don’t think has ever happened to me before:

Also awesome? The hotel upgraded our rooms to “romantic luxury suites”, which included a huge “Roman” bathtub (I tried to take a picture but it didn’t really turn out, so let’s just say this thing must have held at least three times more water than my tub at home does), and very comfy bed, and some interesting decor…

Which is relevant to the new project I happened to be line editing during the trip’s occasional spare moments, in a way I will some day explain. 😀 I think I’ll take that as a good sign, anyway.

The Canadian A Sky Unbroken is here!

The Canadian edition of A Sky Unbroken is now out in all its shiny hardcover glory! Behold:

I’ll be talking about the series, writing in general, and in some cases reading from the book at a few events around Toronto and Ottawa in the next eight days. Stop by if you’d like to get your book signed, or if you just want to chat:

CANSCAIP Packing Your Imagination Conference
Humber College Lakeshore Campus (21 Colonel Samuel Smith Drive), Toronto, ON – Saturday November 14, 2015, 9am-4:45pm
YA fantasy & science fiction panel 11am-12pm and signing after the keynote

Teen Author Fest – Other Worlds author panel
Ottawa Public Library, Nepean Centrepointe branch (101 Centrepointe), Ottawa, ON – Monday November 16, 2015 – 7pm
(with Morgan Rhodes and Natale Ghent)

ChiSeries reading
Round Venue (152A Augusta Ave, 2nd floor), Toronto, ON – Wednesday November 18, 2015 – 8pm

Please do say hi if you see me! 🙂

A Sky Unbroken pre-order campaign + international giveaway!

Exciting news: My Canadian publisher for the Earth & Sky trilogy has teamed up with local SF & fantasy bookstore Bakka-Phoenix to present a combined pre-order campaign and giveaway! This is for the Canadian editions of the books, and the offer and giveaway are open to readers throughout Canada.

Here’s how it works:

If you would like to get a copy of the hardcover edition of A Sky Unbroken, pre-order it from Bakka-Phoenix before November 10th (the Canadian release date) and you will receive a copy signed by me as well as swag for the trilogy! You will also be entered to win the grand prize.

If you would like to start or catch up with the trilogy, you can instead (or also) order the Canadian edition of Earth & Sky (paperback or hardcover) and/or the Canadian edition of The Clouded Sky (hardcover) before November 10th to be entered to win the grand prize.

The grand prize: A Traveler kit with everything you’ll need in case a time traveling alien sweeps into your life, and $100 in gift cards!

You can place your order with Bakka-Phoenix by stopping by the store at 84 Harbord if you’re in Toronto, or by calling them at 416-963-9993 if you’re elsewhere. They will be able to confirm book pricing and shipping costs for the books. If you prefer, you can also try the email form on their contact page, but they do not generally take orders this way.

Good luck to all who enter! And feel free to email me if you have any questions about the offer.

Survey time! Publishing Connections revisited and a self publishing inquiry

I’m in an investigative mood this month, and I’m hoping you all will help me out with an examination of two different areas of publishing.

1. Publishing Connections

Some of you may remember my original look at the publishing connections myth (i.e., the theory that you have to know someone to have a shot at getting published) which was, wow, more than six years ago now. The original data seemed to prove that the majority of published authors sold their first book with no connections necessary, but people pointed out a few concerns–that I hadn’t been able to break it down by genre, for example, or by what year people had sold their debut in. That myth/theory about needing connections still seems to be hanging on, possibly even more so with all the changes in the industry over the last six years, so I’ve been meaning to take another, more thorough run at the subject. So here we are! Let’s find out to what extent, even right now, for any given type of book, you’re likely to get published without knowing anyone in publishing at all. 🙂

If you have sold a book-length work of fiction (for any age group) to a traditional publishing house (of any size) at any time, whether with connections or without, I would greatly appreciate it if you took a few minutes to fill out my new Publishing Connections survey. By traditional publishing, I mean a publishing house that offered you an advance and/or royalties to publish your book and provided editorial guidance, cover and interior design, and some level of marketing and distribution at no cost to you. All individual responses are completely anonymous. I’ll keep the survey open until mid-November and then present the results. Please share widely with any traditionally published authors you know if you’re inclined to!

The New Publishing Connections Survey

2. Self Publishing Numbers

A whole lot of traditionally published authors I know are starting to dip their toes into the self publishing world or are curious about doing so, with out of print backlist titles and/or new projects that don’t seem suited to traditional publishing for whatever reason. I’ve found in my own research (for Those Who Lived and the forthcoming re-release of Give Up the Ghost) that definite answers are hard to come by, especially when the self publishing landscape is shifting so regularly. So while I had my subscription to the survey site, I thought it’d be a great time to gather some data.

If you have self published at least one book-length work of fiction (for any age group), new work or re-release, I would greatly appreciate it if you took the time to fill out my Self Publishing Numbers survey. The survey collects data on sales numbers and income across genres, series vs. standalone books, price levels, promotional effort, and a variety of other factors, mostly within the past year. I hope it will reveal some patterns people will find useful in deciding whether to self publish a given book and what strategies to use if they do. All individual responses are completely anonymous, and if you are uncomfortable sharing any specific data, you may skip those questions without answering. This survey will be open until mid-November, after which I will present the results. Please share widely with any self publishing authors you know if you’re inclined to!

The Self Publishing Numbers Survey

If you have any questions about either survey, feel free to ask in the comments on this post or to email me directly. And huge thanks to everyone who participates!

A Sky Unbroken online launch party begins!

The Earth & Sky trilogy is complete today, with the release of the final book, A Sky Unbroken. It’s a little sad taking my leave of Skylar, Win, Jule, and all the other characters, but I’m also excited to be able to share the end of their story with you. So let’s party!

(For those in Canada, our edition isn’t out until November 10th, but you can still party along now!)

Available in stores and online at:
Amazon ~ Chapters/Indigo (pre-order) ~ B&N ~ Indiebound ~ BookDepository (international)

Talk with me!

All day you can post questions or share your thoughts by commenting on this blog post or on the Facebook event page. Remember, if you’re asking or talking about a key event from this book or earlier books in the trilogy, please mark your comment with a SPOILER note so others who haven’t read yet can skip over it.

Win books!

Comment and win! I will randomly select one person who comments on this post to win your choice of any book in the Earth & Sky trilogy in your preferred format (Canadian hardcover edition, US paperback edition, ebook, or audiobook), signed by me.

Follow the Facebook event page and win! I will be posting questions on the FB wall throughout the day which you can answer to win books, so check back regularly!

All giveaways are open to readers around the world.

Additional launch activities (today only!)

Request a signed bookplate and bookmark to put in your copy of A Sky Unbroken over at the signing table.

Join the launch party live chat from 8:30-9:30pm EST, during which I’ll be giving out a few more prizes. Link to be posted here shortly beforehand!

Get inside the book!

Take a peek inside the book by reading the first chapter here or this excerpt from further in here (you’ll have to go down the page a bit to find it).

Hear the music that helped inspire the story by listening to the unofficial soundtrack (scroll down past Earth & Sky and The Clouded Sky‘s).

See images and quotes that I associated with the trilogy by browsing through my “sky” tag on Tumblr.

Enjoy the festivities!

Fall 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt – Team Blue!

Welcome to the 11th YA Scavenger Hunt!

I’m Megan Crewe — author of YA fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction novels including the Earth & Sky trilogy, the Fallen World trilogy, and Give Up the Ghost — and I’m your host for this stop in the tour.

This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a green team, a teal team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Somewhere on this page, I’ve listed my favorite number (hint: the number is highlighted in blue). Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

The author I’m pleased to be hosting for the YA Scavenger Hunt today is… Austin Aslan!

Austin Aslan was inspired to write his young adult sci-fi survival eco-thrillers The Islands at the End of the World and The Girl at the Center of the World while living with his wife and two children on the Big Island of Hawai`i, where he earned a master’s degree in tropical conservation biology at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo. A National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, he can often be found exploring the wilds of northern Arizona in a tent on a punctured air mattress. In other lives, Austin drove ambulances way too fast, served as an ecotourism Peace Corps Volunteer in a Honduran cloud forest, and managed a variety of local, state, and federal issue campaigns. Austin loves to travel widely and photograph nature. Follow him on Twitter at @Laustinspace.

And this is his book, The Girl at the Center of the World — now that’s a striking cover! Great tagline too.

As sixteen-year-old Leilani and her family learn to live without electronics, farming the land as her ancestors did, she finds strength in her relatives, her friendships, and her strange connection to the Emerald Orchid–the force whose presence caused global devastation–but suffers regret over what she must do to survive.

An exciting and satisfying sequel that continues the thrilling ideas and adventure of THE ISLANDS AT THE END OF THE WORLD.

Oooh, that does sound thrilling! You can order the book here.

Here’s the exclusive bonus material! Readers of the Islands at the End of the World series will know that Leilani’s best friend, Tami, plays an important role in book two, The Girl at the Center of the World. We were only briefly introduced to her at the beginning of Islands, but did you know that she once made a deleted appearance at the end of Islands, also? During revisions, Austin was asked to try out a closing scene that included her, but everyone agreed that it distracted too much from the powerful ending that was coming on the next page. So, without further ado, here’s an (almost) forgotten—but interesting!—vestige of the revision process for the end of The Islands at the End of the World:

…Hilo has always been dark at night—dimly lit to assist the observatories in their endless safaris through the skies—but it was never this dark. Countless squares of candlelight seeping through kitchen windows hint that the town remains home to tens of thousands of people, but the streets seem deserted on this green, moonless night.

[[[We stop by Tami’s. “Five minutes. Not a second longer,” Dad warns.

He stays in the puttering van as I run up to the door. I knock. A flicker of light comes from the window, her mom steals a glance from behind the curtain. She gasps, and my stomach does a flip.

Tami opens the door.

We both scream.

After we pull apart, I study her. She looks thinner than ever, but otherwise same old. I wonder what I must look like to her.

“I thought I’d never see you again. How’d you get back?”

“Long story, but we’re here.”

She wipes tears from her eyes. So do I. We embrace again.

Dad honks.

“Hey,” I say, pulling away. “I gotta go. Gotta get to the house. We still haven’t seen my family. Do you know if…?”

“Oh, man. They’re gonna be so happy. Your mom’s been by here twice a week, every week, on her way to the docks, the airport, you name it.”

Relief spills over me. I feel like I could blast off.

“I’ll be back.”

Tami nods, her curls bouncing.

“You guys okay?” I ask.

“It’s really bad here. But…we’re making it.”

“Lei, gas!” Dad calls.

“I’ll come back soon!”

“Yeah. Love you, Lei.”

“Love you, too.”

I rush to the van.

In the van, I sob, and tell Dad what Tami said. He takes a moment to calm down before we pull away.]]]

We retrieve the Civic as we retrace our path through town. Dad is so relieved to have his car back, as if that’s the thing that has been pressing on his mind most these past hours. I stifle a laugh…

What a lovely glimpse into the girls’ friendship — reminds me of my best friend when we were 8 years old.


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Livia Blackburne!

But before you go, I’m offering a bonus giveaway right here!

A lucky winner will receive a copy (in whatever format you prefer) of whichever book in the Earth & Sky trilogy you’d like, plus swag! Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy Hunting!

A Sky Unbroken Online Launch Party!

Skylar’s journey will reach its end when A Sky Unbroken is released in just three weeks, so it’s time to party! (Note: The Canadian release date is Nov 10, but fellow Canucks are welcome to party early. 🙂 )

If you’d like to help me celebrate A Sky Unbroken‘s release, you can do so on Oct 13 here on the blog (I’ll be making an official launch party post then) or on the Facebook event page (feel free to RSVP to receive updates there).

Throughout the day, the festivities will include:

-Author Q&A (ask me anything and everything about the Earth & Sky trilogy, my other books, writing in general… or anything else you wish!)

-Various giveaways

-A book “signing” room where you can request a signed bookplate and bookmark to go with your copy of A Sky Unbroken.

Then, from 8:30-9:30pm EST, I’ll be hosting a live chat for more Q&A, general discussion, and of course, more giveaways!

Hope to “see” you there! 🙂

Earth & Sky trilogy bookmarks

The new Earth & Sky trilogy bookmarks — featuring all three covers — have arrived! Behold the shininess:

If you’re a librarian or bookseller and you’d like some for your patrons, give me a shout in the comments or by email.

Individual readers in Canada and some other countries can request bookmarks and other swag here. And I’ll also be bringing them around to all my appearances this fall. 🙂

A Sky Unbroken cover reveal + giveaway!

I’ve been waiting almost two months to share the cover of A Sky Unbroken with you — so excited that I finally can! I love it on its own and even more side by side with the first two books in the trilogy. And I can also give you the back cover copy:

The rebels have been disbanded, their plans in ruins. Captured by the Enforcers, Skylar and a small group of Earthlings find themselves herded into the Kemyates’ living museum: basically, a human zoo. Skylar’s companions are bewildered, terrified, and ignorant of their true situation, and Skylar is afraid to tell them more. Their lives hang on the Kemyates’ whim. Those Skylar trusted most have betrayed her. Any move she makes could result in the extinction of her people… but giving in means giving up any hope of regaining their freedom.

Returned home, Win has kept his life only by playing along with the story his former leader has spun to protect the rebels from sanction, but he can’t stand knowing Skylar is imprisoned or watching his fellow Kemyates swallow the Council’s lies about Earth. Win resolves to bring the truth to the Kemyate public and see the Earthlings finally freed… though to do so he’ll have to set aside caution and openly challenge those who rule his world.

But neither Skylar nor Win are prepared when they uncover an even deeper conspiracy of betrayals and deceit–one that could push the uncertain future they’re fighting for completely out of reach.

Let me know what you think! And if you’d like to enter to win one of 20 copies of the book (US & Canada), head over to yesterday’s reveal post at YABooksCentral.