3 S.R. Johannes: Win 3 ARCS of the The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Win 3 ARCS of the The Duff by Kody Keplinger

The 5 winners are of Holly Cupala's, Tell Me a Secret, signed booklets and swag are : (BTW you should be following these peeps!)

Kate
Riv Re
Solvang Sherrie
Bookaholic (jessica)
Claire Dawn


Please send me your addresses today and Ill get these out tomorrow!


Package A Winner - The winner of Kay Cassidy's The Cinderella Society package is Kelly (book hunter)

Package B Winner - The winner of 3 Middle Grade books from Little Brown is Emily Casey!

Please email me your addresses at sjohannes@bilaninc.com!

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Today, we have Kody to talk about The Duff. I met Kody on her blog before she got her deal so it's been great to see her journey! BTW, you can follow (stalk) Kody's awesome blog and on Twitter.

I have 2 ARCs to giveaway (1 is signed and will go to the 1st name I draw).

Hi Kody! Tell us a little about you. Tell us about The Duff in less than 140 characters.

Hi guys, I Kody and am 18. THE DUFF is about a cynical girl who deals with friends, sex, and self esteem. (wait, how many characters is that? :)

What inspired the story behind The Duff?

When I was a senior in high school, I was introduced to the word "duff" and it's meaning - designated ugly fat friend. I was sure I was "the duff" of my group, though my friends argued that this was their role. From there, it was a joke. I jokingly said I'd write a book called THE DUFF only my "duff" wouldn't be that sweet girl everyone regrets not getting to know better. Instead, my "duff" would be harsh, angry, and kind of a bitch at times. Little did I know then, a month later I'd be hit with the opening line of a book.


Ha, I think I was the DUFF of my group too. Now I'm just more of a DULL (Dorky,
Under-appreciated, Literary, Loser! :) What have you learned about promoting books in your publication journey? What worked well for you? What was a waste?

This is hard. With the book not being out yet, I don't really know what has worked or what hasn't. I will say all of Little Brown's support - like BEA promotion - has DEFINITELY helped. Joining twitter has also given me some promotion, I"d say, as well as partaking in group blogs like YA Highway and the YA Rebels. I can't say anything has been a waste thus far - I think every little bit to connect with readers helps!

The Duff was the talk of BEA. What creative promotion ideas do you have for The Duff?

I mostly plan to keep my Internet presence up, be open and friendly and willing to connect with readers - especially my teen readers. As a teenager myself, I think connecting with teen readers will be my strong suit. And it'll be fun, too!

What is one of your biggest fears? (heights, spiders?)


NEEDLES!

Thanks girlie! :)

OK now down to business, as you could tell from last week's response - This book is in High Demand! :) So this is a serious contest - not for the weary! :)




35 comments:

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

Shelli thanks for having Kody here today!

Kody you rock girl! Eighteen,a book about DUFF (I have never heard of that saying before), good for you!!! Can't wait to read.

Lena said...

Kody, you are too cute. OMG, I haaate needles!

*shudders*

Awesome interview. Can't wait to read The Duff!

Tere Kirkland said...

Kody, never forget what an amazing accomplishment the DUFF is!

Next to Mockingjay, it's the new book I want to read the most this year.

Good luck.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Yay! So excited to win the book & swag! Am I being greedy to enter for The Duff, too :)

Great interview. I've been hearing about this book for months. Can't wait to read it! I think a lot of us felt like the DUFF, even if we were never actually called that...

Jamie Grey said...

I'm so excited for Duff - it sounds fantastic! I know it's going to fly off the shelves when it's available. Congrats, Kody!

Melissa Dean said...

I am so excited for Kody! I've been following her for a while. She has even posted a comment on my blog. I'm a huge fan already and would love a signed copy of the DUFF! Congrats Kody!

Jamie said...

Great interview, and I can't wait to read this one!

I hope I win! I hope I win! I hope I win!

laurapauling said...

Hope your book is a break out! Congrats.

Alex (Tales of a Teenage Book Lover) said...

The DUFF and Kody are amazing!

Candyland said...

I've heard so many good things about this book-I can't wait to read it!

mumfusa said...

there's not much that's more impressive than a teen being published. and one that's getting so much hype. congrats, kody!

Bookaholic (Jessica) said...

YEYY!! Thank u so much! :) I am so excited!!

Bookaholic (Jessica) said...

The interview was great. I couldn't imagine having a book at age 18!! Such an accomplishment. I loved the story behind the book too. :)

Thanks for the giveaway. I'm really excited to read this one.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Great interview Shelli and Kody! Congratulations on your book release Kody. DUFF sounds great!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

nice interview. I really want to read this!

lauren

lauren51990 at aol dot com

jpetroroy said...

This is one of my most anticipated books!

Lauren said...

Gret interview! I'm really really looking forward to reading The DUFF!

Mireyah Wolfe said...

LOL I think everyone secretly thinks they're the DUFF of their circle of friends--I definitely do, that's for sure. ;) Awesome interview!

Kara said...

Great interview! Can't wait to read this :)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Congrats to the winners.

I can't wait to read THE DUFF. I've already ordered it, even though it means I'm going to have to wait longer to read Mockingjay (they're in the same order). ;)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great interview Kody and congrats on your book. It sounds awesome. I was definitely a DUFF as a kid. I try to tell myself it built character but it was a painful time. I'm looking forward to reading your book.

Dorothy Dreyer said...

Awesome interview. I can't wait to read The Duff.

And congrats to the winners!

Mollie said...

Great interview, I'm looking forward to DUFF!

Heather said...

I don't think I was the DUFF, but I was definitely the DULL. Kody has such a great web presence, and I can't believe she's accomplished so much, all while she's still in school! It makes me not want to complain for thinking about having to work and write...when she has to, you know, write term papers and stuff.

Natalie said...

I've heard some great things about The Duff! I think it's the kind of story that every girl can relate with.

bclement412 said...

Awesome interview!!
My biggest fear is a clown... seriously I am terrified of them. Uber creepy.

http://bclement412.blogspot.com

Sandy Shin said...

Thank you for this interview. Kody sounds so awesome, and I'm definitely looking forward to THE DUFF.

Kelly said...

Excellent interview and impressive young author!
I've heard such great things about the DUFF!

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Kody is too cute! I love her and I can't wait to read this!!!

Janet Johnson said...

Fun interview! I hate needles too.

Good luck everyone!

Laurie Lamb said...

THE DUFF sounds so good! I'm impressed with the way Kody is managing the excitement surrounding her book. Congratulations.

Adventures in Children's Publishing said...

Congrats winners! Can't wait for DUFF!

Marissa

CL said...

Kody, this book sounds great! I hope I win a copy!

Kelly said...

Thanks so much for hosting, Shelli and thanks so much for stopping by Kody! I have heard so many great things about The DUFF. I am so excited about it and can't wait to get my hands on it. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I win one of the copies today! :D
kghobbs(at)gmail(dot)com

Meredith said...

I have heard such great things about this book, and I've wanted to read it for a while based on the title alone! Such an awesome idea. Thanks for the contest!