Great news in April!
April started with terrific news: Daughter of Xanadu has been nominated for the 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list by the American Library Association!
And on April 2, I had an enjoyable booksigning event at Costco in Issaquah, where I talked to many, many people about Daughter of Xanadu. See this stack of books on the right? The sight of it literally took my breath away a week earlier. Now most of them have been sold! I did sign the few that remain. This store is right next to Costco's corporate headquarters.
March 31 marked the end of the first quarter that Daughter of Xanadu has been on sale. It has attracted 12 reviews on amazon.com (almost all 5 star) and 27 reviews on goodreads.com (average 4.04 stars), where it is still ranked #1 on the list of "New YA Historical Fiction in 2011." I've also done interviews or guest posts on 22 independent blogs.
Since publication, I spoke at six bookstore events, ranging from Bellingham to Portland, five schools, two library events, and one book festival. I'm moving on to a new format, "wine and conversation with the author," starting with an event at the Red House in Renton (right). I'll also speak to three classes at Maret School in Washington, D.C. this month, and I've arranged to talk to several book clubs. The intense book promotion phase is winding down. It sure has been fun!
Now I'm hard at work writing the sequel. I hope to have a manuscript ready to submit within a month. I also am finishing two other books: Voices of the Second Wave, Chinese Americans in Seattle and a reprint of my award-winning children's book, The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang. Both have fresh new covers and should be out in May.
- April 4, 2011 -