Specials DONE! (Pretties coming!)

Well, I’m off to Mexico tomorrow. I may photoblog from San Miguel a bit, but I’ll mostly be working.

So before I go, here’s my big news: This morning I sent off the finished first draft of Specials, the third book in the Uglies series. There are rewrites and edits to be done, but I’m basically done with the trilogy. Yee-hah!

Wait? Book three! Well, to answer once more the most common question in my fan mail, Pretties, book two, comes out in less than two months!

I know, crazy isn’t it? I’m a whole book ahead of my publishers. But that’s the way it goes. The text has to be edited, reviewers’ copies have be sent out, marketing campaigns planned, and that’s before book stores fill out their order forms. Justine explains it here.

Watch this space for the cover of Specials, which I’ve been promised is coming my way soon.

In the meantime, I’m off to Mexico to relax, recreate, and start on my next book, which may (or may not) be a sequel to Peeps.

19 thoughts on “Specials DONE! (Pretties coming!)

  1. “Watch this space for the cover of Specials, which I’ve been promised is coming my way soon.”

    Are you taking odds as to whether or not it will feature a prominent eye on the cover? 🙂

  2. Heh, heh. Actually, the cover of Pretties has been changed since I got a copy. If you go to the Amazon page for it, you’ll notice that the girl has an added “glimmer” in her eye, just to make it more eye-oriented.

    Maybe the designer reads my blog.

  3. Haha the added glimmer is funny but I like it. I wonder who the two people are supposed to be, or if they are just random pretties.

  4. Bon voyage, Justine and Scott! I hope youse have a truly productive time, and look forward to seeing you emerge, dazed and smudged but happy, each with a book in hand, at the end of the trip!


    PS I agree, Justine. More eye (and grass, or possibly other leaves would be acceptable) and less pout. I’m deeply anti-pout at the moment, having seen the shorts for the new Pride and Prejudice with the appalling Kiera Knightley twice in two weeks.

  5. When I first saw the Pretties cover, my vote was for Peris and Shay. Now that I hear about the eye, it’s the same, only with a bit more surety.

    But I don’t know if the point was that they were supposed to be *someone*. Just that they were Pretties.

    Cannot wait to read. And Specials, too!

  6. I like the Uglies cover better, just because of the leaves and stuff in it. This one looks modern. I still like it, though. Some books’ covers are just so bland! They say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover,’ but I know that everyone does anyway!

  7. Awesome. I’m so excited. I’m thinking I should pre-order my copy sometime soon.

    And I liked the Uglies cover better. But this one is nice too.

  8. The reason why i dont like this cover is becuase it looks to modern, but in a high school way. im sure this book will be great, but many books with covers like this are boring and similiar to eachother.

  9. No, authors rarely have a say in what the cover has on it. That’s pretty much all up to the publishers and the marketing people.

  10. Yes, it’s true. We don’t get much say. (Although Penguin gives me more feedback than most.)

    Also, yes, it turns out I’m writing a PEEPS sequel. Your many pleas do not go unanswered. I think it’ll be called THE LAST DAYS.

  11. How great is “Pretties” going to be? 🙂 Here’s a review: http://www.the-trades.com/column.php?columnid=3574

    Ah, Scott, I’m on to you, you little scamp! I’ve discovered the subtext (or at least, I’m betting I have.) “Uglies” was all about changing your physical body. At the end (and much of the focus of “Pretties”) we get the mind component. I’m wagering that “Specials” will deal with the morality of the whole thing, and delve into that evanescent “soul” factor, maybe even providing a bit of a different spin on the negative take on those invisible superheroes in the sky?

    Then again, I may be wrong.

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