Bloomsbury’s digital imprint, Bloomsbury Spark, will be publishing the sequel to my debut YA novel, Inked, in May of 2016.
And there it is. It feels real now.
Inked 2: Ink Harder (that is not what it is called) picks up where book one left off, and introduces a class of characters that get brought up in book one, but aren’t really explored. The Unprinted, the citizens without the magic, moving tattoos that define one’s place in society, who have opted to live off-the-grid and away from the mandatory practice of magical Ink.
In book one you get to see an Unprinted settlement, and one of the main characters is an Unprinted warrior (Tabor!), but this time around, you’ll get a lot more of them.
What’s it about? I won’t get into much, but inInked II: The Inkening (still not the actual name), war has erupted. And smack in the middle of it, are a pack of powerful teens that have been forced into a position where they are leading the charge. It’ll take them across the Realm and challenge their relationships with one another. The Citadel has new weapons, new defenses, new allies. And they’ll go to some pretty horrifying lengths to get what they want.
2 Inked 2 Furious(not yet), has a bunch of new characters that I can’t wait for you to meet, as well as the old ones you hopefully liked in the first book. I started working on the sequel while my superstar agent (hi Dawn you rule!) was shopping around the first book, took a little break from it, and revisited it last year. I had a finished draft ready to go back in January, but my agent spent a few months editing it with me, as every good agent should, to make sure it was up to her standards.
And now, here we are, with Inked II: Cruise Control (no) coming out in the summer.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who supported the first book. Those of you who helped critique the drafts and final manuscripts. Who tweeted, emailed, Facebooked, YouTubed, and blogged about it coming out, shared the cover, pushed the promotions. The many of you who took the time to write a review on your favorite retailer, on your book blog, or posted on Goodreads. Nena for pushing me. Dawn for repping it. Meredith and the Bloomsbury team for publishing it in the first place. Thank you! You’re whyInked 2: The Squeakquel (haha, no) is happening.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have an edit letter to read through and a manuscript to touch up.
Inked: Rise of the Unprinted (the actual title!), coming your way May 2016.
The other day, I noticed the fabulous Maggie Hall tweeting about her book’s half anniversary.
The Conspiracy of Us was one hell of a fun novel, hitting stores everywhere back in January. Drawing comparison to a Young Adult version of The Da Vinci Code, the book came out a week before mine. I talked about it a bit on BookRiot and the Huffington Post, because let me tell you… that book. I can’t wait for the sequel. I want it right now. So when I saw her tweeting, it reminded me that my own half anniversary was almost here.
And what this particular book’s anniversary meant to me.
INKED came out on January 20th, 2015 with Bloomsbury’s lovely digital imprint, Bloomsbury Spark. And it had a fun ride the past few months, getting spotlighted in a bunch of cool places, like Teen Vogue and a number of my favorite YA blogs. And I had an awesome team supporting the book; from my superstar editor Meredith Rich to my fiercely passionate agent Dawn Frederick, my awesome beta readers to the welcoming YA community of the Internet.
But my fiercest cheerleader, has been my now-wife, Nena.
The day before INKED came out, I was rattled. Press had been good, pre-orders were going fine (largely in part due to Jesse The Reader being a huge champion), reviews were pretty decent. I had some big things planned for the week and was feeling anxious. Having a book come out, as exciting as it is… well, it is terrifying. You want it to do well, you want people to like it. You want readers to read your story. Nena had joked that if the book became a big bestseller, she’d get me a puppy.
Last month, The Geek’s Guide to Dating was on sale for just $3.99. It was a fun month of watching lots of people add the lil’ book to Goodreads, and catching tweets galore about it. Thanks for the promo, Quirk!
INKED has also been on sale the past few weeks, during Bloomsbury’s summer reading sale. Right now, you can get the eBook for just $1.99 on your Kindle or Nook!
If you order INKED, I’ll send you this new 8.5 x 11 print by Ashley, and a second poster of the cover. Because I heart you, and I have extras leftover from the book’s release. Just shoot me an email with proof of eBook purchase. ericsmithrocks at gmail dot com.
I was joined by a number of local authors I adore and admire, including E.C. Myers (@ecmyers), Katherine Locke (@bibliogato), Lauren Saft (@lsafticle), I.W. Gregorio (@iwgregorio), and Tiffany Schmidt (@TiffanySchmidt). Everyone read a lil’ something, answered a question or two, and hung out afterwards to chat with the many people that showed up.
I was thrilled to see familiar faces from graduate school in the audience, a number of local friends, as well as a bunch of blogger / author buddies who came on out. Those of you who came, thank you SO much!