People are reading WILD, holy cow. And amazing authors are saying nice things about it. You could knock me over today, for real!
“WILD delivers a fresh take on a classic story, with authentic characters who come alive on the page and an exhilarating romance.”
–Megan Crewe, author of the Fallen Worlds trilogy
Who’s taking home this here prize? Hint gifts first, ARC of WILD when they arrive, and it all goes to:
Thank you to everyone who shared the cover of WILD yesterday! I can’t wait to share the book with you!
I’ve had this cover for quite some time now. It’s been driving me crazy to sit on it, and I’m so excited that I finally get to share it. So excited, I want to give you things for sharing it!
Tomorrow, I will choose a winner for 2/3 of the prize, a Survival Kit in a Can and a Burt’s Bees Tips & Toes Kit. These items are actually hints about what you’ll find inside the book. Hints that you won’t have to sleep on long, because the other 1/3 of the prize is the very first review copy of WILD!
For the first time, I’m sharing the jacket copy for WILD to tell you all about what it’s all about:
The forest is full of secrets, and no one understands that better than Cade. Foraging, hunting, surviving— that’s all he knows. Alone for years, Cade believes he’s the sole survivor. At least, until he catches a glimpse of a beautiful stranger…
Dara expected to find natural wonders when she set off for a spring break camping trip. Instead, she discovers a primitive boy— he’s stealthy and handsome and he might be following her. Intrigued, Dara seeks him out and sets a catastrophe in motion.
Thrust back into society, Cade struggles with the realization that the life he knew was a lie. But he’s not the only one. Trying to explain life in a normal town leaves Dara questioning it.
As the media swarm and the police close in, Dara and Cade risk everything to get closer. But will the truth about Cade’s past tear them apart?
And now, the COVER!
WOOT! So excited to have that out in the world! And now, if you want to win the prize pack illustrated below in all its strangeness, all you have to do is tweet the cover or tweet this post. For example:
Check out the cover of WILD and win! http://alexmallorybooks.com/?p=202 @Alex_Mallory @HarperTeen @EpicReads
Make sure you @Alex_Mallory or I won’t be able to find your entry! One tweet per person, please. I will select a winner randomly from all entrants tomorrow, September 25th, at noon EST! Open internationally!
Next Tuesday, I’m going to reveal the cover for WILD for the first time! And if you retweet that sucker, you could win a faaaaaaaabulous prize. A strange and fabulous prize. A strangely fabulous prize that reveals hints about the ARC of WILD that you’ll also win, and will receive in the mail when I get them!
Your fabulously strange, hint-filled pre-ARC prize will be:
Yes. That’s a Survival Kit in a Sardine Can and a Burt’s Bees Tips and Toes Kit. Which will be followed by the very first review copy of WILD ever sent into… well, the wild. Stay tuned!
Also, the site is back up now. Sorry about that. For some reason, the databases decided the servers sucked, and the servers were like, FINE, then, serve yourself, and the databases were like, OKAY WE WILL.
Except they can’t. Poor databases. Fortunately, they made up. I hope they learned a valuable lesson from this.
So here’s an interesting (?) factoid. WILD originally had an OUTBREAK/CONTAGION storyline in it. I thought it made the book high concept. My agent thought it didn’t work. (He was very apologetic about telling me I probably ought to cut a third of the book.)
I was bummed, but I didn’t fight it. My agent is incredibly encouraging when he likes something, and incredibly honest when he doesn’t. When we were talking before I signed with him, he’d have the most reason in the world to be nice to me. But he was still honest enough to say that one of the two manuscripts I had just didn’t do it for him. So I know I can trust him, even when he’s asking me to change something HUGE.
Back to the manuscript, then. I started cutting out the CONTAGION storyline and… it was so easy. It wasn’t surgery at all. It was clipping toenails. The interesting thing is, that was the part that I thought would make the book really marketable was the part that didn’t work. Too much considering business makes for bad art decisions, it turns out.