Smart Chicks Kick It! Tour
September is right around the corner and so is the highly anticipated Smart Chicks Kick It! Tour, the brainchild of Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong and Alyson Noel. If you happen to be living under a rock (smile) and not sure what it is… Well, it’s just a multi-city, multi-author tour that is being produced by the authors themselves – their way. *doing my quirky Elaine dance here*
Graciously, Kelley Armstrong answered a few questions about the tour…for more information please visit the Smart Chicks Kick It! Tour, where you can find the schedule, author listing and blog.
It had to have been a daunting task to choose locations for the tour. How did you select the cities? Was it just logistical?
We had a list of stores we wanted to go to, then built the tour up from there, by store requests and reader requests. There were store requests and strong reader request areas that we couldn’t fulfill for logistical reasons, but we did our best!
The size of this tour is phenomenal, it is unprecedented really. We are pretty sure ya’ll are making history. How did you (and Melissa and Alyson) get so many authors to participate? Was it blackmail?
Melissa and I came up with a list of authors whose work we enjoy and just started sending out invitations. While there were a couple who couldn’t participate due to their own busy schedules, our “success” rate was so high that we didn’t get near the bottom of our wish list.
Momentum seems to be growing in anticipation for this tour, lots of buzz. How does that make ya’ll feel? Getting nervous? Excited?
Trying something different like this is always cause for nerves. But everything has gone beautifully so far, so it’s mostly excitement now. It’s wonderful to see a year’s work finally coming to fruition.
With all the awesome authors at each stop, we can only imagine packed bookstores. (YAY for the bookstores!!) How will the events be run? Will each author get to speak, Q & A and then signing?
We’ll each introduce ourselves very briefly, then answer questions—asking for ones we can all answer, like “what’s your next project?” or “how did you get started?” Then we’ll sign and answer questions about our individual books/series up at the table.
Will we be able to get our picture taken with each of the authors when they sign our books? How many books can we get signed? Do we have to buy all of them from the bookstore?
Pictures are fine if readers can either get behind the table or lean over. With this many authors, we can’t come around the table for photos or do multiple author shots, unfortunately. We’re not putting a limit on the number of books, but we will ask readers to keep it to three books per author per time through the line (so if you have more than three for one author, you can rejoin the end of the line) As for buying/bringing, we’d suggest double-checking with the stores. As far as we know, books from home are fine at all stops, though we strongly suggest that attendees support the store by buying any new books there.
And the last question. Do you mind if we cry with joy when we meet you? Yeah, we are pretty stoked about seeing you chicks! You are our rock stars and we are your groupies!! Smart chicks kick it for sure!
We may be the ones crying with joy if we pull this off <grin>
SCHEDULE & AUTHOR APPERANCE:
September 13th, 2010 7 PM @ BOOKPEOPLE, Austin, TX
Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Rachel Caine & Cassandra Clare
September 14th, 2010 7 PM @ B&N THE WOODLANDS, Houston, TX
Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Kami Garcia & Rachel Vincent.
September 15th, 2010 7PM. @ The Refuge (13150 Memorial Dr). Hosted by BLUE WILLOW, Houston, TX
Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, Margaret Stohl & Cassandra Clare
September 16th, 2010 6 PM @ Plantation Commons (105 Plantation Cove, Gluckstadt). Hosted by LEMURIA BOOKS, Jackson, MS
Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Jessica Verday & Sarah Rees Brennan
September 17th, 2010 7PM @ Scottsdale Civic Library Auditorium, hosted by POISONED PEN, Scottsdale, AZ
Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan & Kimberly Derting
September 18th, 2010 6 PM @ Menlo Park Library, Hosted by KEPLERS, Menlo Park, CA
Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa de la Cruz, Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia & Kimberly Derting
September 20th, 2010 6 PM @ VEOMAN’S, Pasadena, CA
Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, Melissa de la Cruz, Rachel Vincent, Margaret Stohl & Mary Pearson
September 21st, 2010 6 PM @ Encinitas County Library, hosted by MYSTERIOUS GALAXY, San Diego, CA
Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Mary Pearson, Rachel Caine, Rachel Vincent, Carrie Ryan, Rachel Vincent, Margaret Stohl & Kami Garcia
September 22nd, 2010 7 PM @ Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, Hosted by ANDERSON’S, Naperville, IL
Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jackson Pearce, Jennifer Barnes & Carrie Ryan
NOTE: for this event, it is free with the purchase of one book by a featured author or $5 without purchase.
September 23rd, 2010 7 PM @BOOKS & CO AT THE GREENE, Dayton, OH
Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jackson Pearce, Jennifer Lynn Barnes & Kami Garcia.
September 24th, 2010 7 PM @ JOSEPH BETH, Cincinnati, OH
Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Jeri Smith-Ready, & Margaret Stohl
September 25th, 2010 2 PM @ CHAPTERS BRAMPTON, Brampton, ON
Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Melissa de la Cruz, Jeri Smith-Ready, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Of course Shannan, Nancy and I will be at the September 14th stop. Let us know if you will be there too, we would love to say HI and take a picture with you!