The Raven King Tour & Art Post
Here is the massively long post with all of the information surrounding the Raven King release — the tour, the pre-orders, the giveaways. Why do I interview myself? They say a good interviewer knows their subject in and out. I’m going to try to hit all the questions I ordinarily get about these things, but let me know if I’ve been unclear. Let’s do this thing:
TOUR EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY
For months, I’ve been talking about how Scholastic and I were working on a special thing only available on tour. Here it is. They tell me it’s called a book hugger (which I think is technically what readers are) but it’s this:
Scholastic asked me to create a piece of art that would fit around the complete series as it sat on the shelf (or could be taped to a wall, if you prefer). All you have to do to get one on tour is buy copy of The Raven King from the hosting store. And before you ask, yes, even if you’ve bought The Raven King from somewhere else. These are spendy bits of tour swag and really are meant to support the stores who host my tour. If you’re desperate for a book hugger and can’t make it to an event, you can call a hosting store to buy a copy of TRK from them and ask them to reserve one of the book huggers at the event, but there’s also other ways to get TRK related art (see below).
TOUR EXCLUSIVE SALE
At some of the tour stops, Scholastic’s also arranged a special offer designed for people who are trying to convince their friends to start the Raven Cycle. At the tour stops with a star next to them, anyone who buys The Raven King can purchase The Raven Boys (in either hardcover or paperback) for 50% off. (This is only available the day of these events.)
Here’s another way to get my art on a book. If you pre-order a copy of The Raven King from Fountain Bookstore (any order before April 26th), you will get the signed bookplate that I designed as well as a hand-drawn sketch. If you order before the 15th, the book is guaranteed to ship before the on-sale date. Right now, I have over three-thousand copies in my garage that I’m slowly filling with little sketches.
I get asked a lot if other stores will have this offer. Nope, it’s just Fountain Bookstore, because the logistics of it mean I can only manage this if I work through one store. Because there are a billion of these books in my garage, I can’t do requested sketches, but I can personalize them if you ask for it in the comments section when you order. Fountain ships internationally, but if you’re in the UK or Europe, there’s a cheaper option (see below). Also, if you have a question about Fountain shipping, please contact them, not me. Because of how messages I get a day, there’s a really good chance I won’t see it in time. I promise they are very approachable and easy-going — we’ve slowly and lumpily worked out a process for this over the last six or seven years of working together, and they want the same thing as you: for you to end up smiling with a copy of the book in your hands as close to the release date as possible.
COMPLETING THE SET
I reprinted a limited number of the bookplates that came with the pre-ordered copies of the first three books in the series, and if you buy one of the first books in the series from Fountain Bookstore before April 26th, they’ll ship you the bookplate that matches it, in case you want to complete your set.
FOR UK-EUROPE FOLKS
Seven Stories is a great UK bookstore who will offer the signed TRK bookplates (no doodle in these copies) with every copy of The Raven King pre-ordered before the UK release date (which I think is actually a week later). (This is the bookplate on its own: it will have my name on the bottom when it makes its way to you).
Finally, the nitty-gritties of the tour events. I’ll be hitting the road from April 26-June 9th, then leaping onto a plane for a few UK events in July. I’ll be adding at least one other UK event, but the U.S. tour schedule is complete. If you’re intending on driving from a long way away for one of these events, please double-check the location and time with the hosting store to make sure you end up there on the right weekend/ right hour. I have only had a handful of people show up a week late, but trust me, I remain eternally scarred by the memory of their disappointment.
Timing-wise, I usually talk for twenty minutes or so and then take questions for twenty minutes or so, and then we get to signing. The moment to chat in the signing line usually goes quicker than you expect — it’s a lot of waiting and then two minutes to stare at the top of my head while I sign and chat at you. The store will give you a post-it note for you to write your name on it if you want me to personalize it, so we don’t have to spend time shouting HOW DO YOU SPELL THAT? If you’re the tongue-tied sort, know that I always like to hear about a favorite scene or character or book. And if you feel like it, you can also bring me a friendship bracelet or leather cord in either brown or black and tie it on my wrist and I’ll wear it till it falls off.
Logistics-wise, some of the events are ticketed — again, check with the store if you’re uncertain. Most of the events require you to buy a book of mine to get into the signing line, and some of them ask you to specifically purchase the Raven King to get into the signing line. For my part, I’m happy to also sign books you bring from home as long as you buy at least one from the hosting store to support them — if you have a ton of books for me to sign, it’s generally polite to hang back to the end of the line, if you can. I’ll also cheerily sign e-readers and shirts, but I will not sign body parts in specific or babies in general. I’m happy to take photos (without flash, please). I can no longer doodle in books in store, because my hand is usually already in a very liminal space from all the pre-order doodling before I go on the road.
Readers are sometimes curious about my cars — I’ll be flying to events for the first week of events (April 26-May 5), but I’ll be driving to everything else, because if I’m not driving, how can I truly love life? I don’t know yet which I’ll be in. Whichever isn’t broken.
All events are detailed on my Appearances page. The ones with asterisks are the ones with the friend-discount copy offer mentioned above.
4/26: Alexandria, VA. Hooray for Books, 7 p.m.*
4/28: Houston, TX. Blue Willow Bookshop, 7 p.m.*
4/29: Wichita, KS. Watermark Books & Cafe, 6 p.m.*
4/30: Denver, CO. Arapahoe Library, 2 p.m.*
5/2: Salt Lake City, UT. King’s English Bookshop, 7 p.m.*
5/4: St. Paul, MN. Red Balloon Bookshop, 6:30 p.m.*
5/5: St. Louis, MO. Main Street Books, 7 p.m.*
5/9: Cincinnati, OH. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 7 p.m.*
5/10: Chicago, IL. Anderson’s Bookshop (Naperville), 7 p.m.*
5/11: Milwaukee, WI. Books & Co., 6:30 p.m.*
5/14: Chicago, IL. BookCon signing & panel, 11 AM & 5:15 p.m.
5/16: Detroit, MI. Barnes & Noble (Northville), 7 p.m.
5/17: Cleveland, OH. Barnes & Noble (Westlake), 7 p.m.
5/22: New York, NY. Books of Wonder. In Conversation with Editor David Levithan, 2 p.m.*
5/23: Rhinebeck, NY. Oblong Books, 6 p.m.*
5/24: Westerly, RI. Westerly Library, 6 p.m.*
5/25: Plainville, MA. An Unlikely Story, 7 p.m.*
5/26: Boston, MA. Brookline Library, 7 p.m.*
5/28: Saratoga Springs, NY. Northshire Bookstore, 5 p.m.*
6/8: Miami, FL. Books & Books, 7 p.m.*
6/9: Orlando, FL. Books-A-Million, 7.m.*
UK (please note the book huggers will not be at the UK events)
7/31: London, UK. YALC.
Manchester event to come.
ART IF YOU CAN’T PRE-ORDER OR COME TO TOUR
And finally, you can always order a piece of my Raven Cycle themed art no matter when or where you are. The poster I did for the American Library Association supports libraries with every sale:
And the t-shirt I have up on Society6 supports my car parts with every sale. You can decide which cause is worthier.
Lemme know if I missed anything.