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BLARGH: SWOON: the Series…?

Sunday, June 7, 2009

SWOON: the Series…?

Many thanks, Sarah Rees Brennan, for your biting guest blog! But I interrupt these “My First SWOON” essays with a blargh of my own. Many curious readers have written lately wondering if SWOON the novel will become SWOON the series or at least SWOON the sequel. Readers, you’re not the only ones to so inquire….

It is very early morning. AKA the middle of the night. I am abed when someone comes calling inside my head…

Sinclair Youngblood Powers: Dearest lady?
Nina Osa Malkin: Sin?
Sin: It is I. Are you awake?
Me: I am now.
Sin: I’ve disturbed your slumber. Forgive me.
Me: It’s okay. There’s a sixteen-pound cat on my head, Sin—I don’t sleep well in general. So what’s up?
Sin: Nothing. Which is the problem, precisely. I miss our chats…our collaborations. I miss you, dear lady.
Me: Oh, Sin, me too. I love you so much. But your story’s told. SWOON is officially out. You ought to be excited.
Sin: I am! Of course I am. Millions of readers shall thrill to the tale.
Me: Millions, huh? Here’s hoping.
Sin: Except now…I feel so...adrift. What has become of me? Am I truly gone, never to return in print?
Me: Sin, your ego knows no bounds.
Sin: Cruel mistress! You have no notion what it’s like. To be brought to life so vividly, so exquisitely, have your story told so eloquently, and then to…to…to what?
Me: That’s part of the pact, babe, the author-character agreement. The last two words of every tale must be “the end.”
Sin: But it’s unfair.
Me: Oh, come on. You don’t see Dice complaining.
Sin: No. But as narrator she got to tell the story—she had a voice.
Me: You harboring a grudge about that? It’s Dice’s story as much as yours. Besides, the synopsis on the website is in your voice.
Sin: A paltry paragraph! Small favor.
Me: Sin, what do you want from me?
Sin: Can it not continue? The further adventures? I assure you, there are plenty. Especially now that I’m here, in New York…
Me: A sequel. You wake me up in the middle of the night to badger me about a sequel.
Sin: Is it not possible? I can’t imagine you resting on your laurels.
Me: Well, I have been getting emails from readers on the website, wondering about a sequel. And I have been wondering myself—I’m sure the further adventures are intriguing. But here’s the thing, the state of the economy, the recession we’re in right now: My publisher didn’t do me a deal for a series, and the book business is stanko right now, so they probably wouldn’t want a SWOON sequel unless they could bank on a slam dunk—
Sin: Ah, if SWOON were an enormous bestseller…
Me: The book’s only out a couple of weeks and they tell me it’s doing really well. But if it went mega; if readers wrote Simon & Schuster demanding more SWOON; if there were fan clubs…
Sin: Fan clubs! I like the sound of that! So how do we make it happen? Perhaps if I paid a visit to our readers, I could convince them to—
Me: Convince them, huh? You are funny, Sin. Look, I feel like we’ve done our job. We’ve told the story; Simon Pulse is promoting the book. Now it really is up to readers. I mean, I’d love to do more SWOON, but at the moment….I’m a little distracted
Sin: (somewhat indignant) Indeed you are. Because you have another!
Me: What? mean Leo.
Sin: Yes. Leo.
Me: You know about him.
Sin: I know about him. And the young lady; I know about her as well. Ha! People think I’m trouble!
Me: I know, I know, but…well, they’re talking to me, Sin. They’re in me.
Sin: I see. So where does that leave us?
Me: I don’t know, Sin. You go off and make literary history. You’ve got millions of readers to seduce — sorry, convince. And me…
Sin: You, dear lady?
Me: I gotta pee. So I might as well get up, turn on the computer. You know, do what I do.
Sin: Which is?
Me: Find out what happens…


Blogger barbrafl said...

lol. That was the best thing I've read in a long time. I thought only I had convos with my characters in the middle of the night XD Though, that does seem kind of weird, as in men-in-white-coats weird, but whatever.

I haven't read SWOON yet, but it's sitting on my dresser to be read once finals are done on Wednesday. If I picked it up now, I would never study D: But I'm agreeing with Sin right now and saying you should write another book because I need another series to read :)

June 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I loved SWOON and didn't imagine that a sequel was possible, but yes! that would be amazing.

June 7, 2009 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger J. A. Kosse said...

Tell him to take a page from the great Greek muses and write the book himself. He's clearly capable of possession!

June 7, 2009 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Hmmm... Well, I'm not sure. I read Swoon in just a couple of days and I adored it, but for me it RARELY happens that a book ends so well that it's not left me wanting more... and this one has. I think the story is done and it was told amazingly well! I loved it! To bring the characters back I think is unnecessary as their story was told and is finished. HOWEVER.... having said that if you DO in fact bring out a sequel... I WILL BUY IT... as well as anything else that you bring out.

By the way... your post above is so cool! It makes me want to change my mind and get you to let Sin out of his realm and back to earth. LOL

June 8, 2009 at 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

:o, don't listen to Carrie,
i think a story can never be finished. You should so make swoon a series, so i can swoon numerous times ;). haha

June 8, 2009 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger GiGi said...

Lolz that was hilarious.
And to think that my friends and family call me insane when I start having conversations with characters in my head.

I think that you definetly could (and should) write a sequel to Swoon. I want to know what happend to Sin, even more than he does.

Even if your publisher doesn't want you to write a sequel I think that you should anyway. TO make Sin and all your readers happy.

June 8, 2009 at 8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I somewhat agree with Carrie. Most great books tend to have endings that leave the reader wanting more, BUT I think Swoon has such a great potential for a sequel. Swoon is just one of those books that you can't help but continue to think about it after you finish reading it. I want more Sin!

June 19, 2009 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Geneva said...

I LOVE SWOON! i think there should be a sequel, though who knows what it would be about? i finished reading swoon in 2 days-it was good. i hope theres a sequel.

June 19, 2009 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Sahra said...

Swoon was an AMAZING read. The story held such depth and I could never tell what curve Sin or Dice was going to throw next. Though there was closure, when the book ended I couldn't help but say, "That's it? Where's the rest?". I am craving a sequel to this stunning novel :P.

June 27, 2009 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger veltara said...

I agree with Sin, I mean in the end there is really room for more. I adore Sin and he can feel free to move in with me and conjure up a few good storylines. Please Nina, Sin deserves to live on. Swoon gave all it promised and more but I believe in Magic.
Simon & Schuster Have no idea what they are missing....

July 1, 2009 at 6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going out on a limb here to say that I agree with Sin. I want a sequel. I mean, I actually thought there was a sequel because of the the way you said, "Sin is coming...prepare to Swoon." So me, I thought, oh wow! Another book. And then I couldn't find any traces of another book anywhere on the I checked the website.

Besides the point, "Sin: Which is?
Me: Find out what happens…"

To Sin, that is? I Hope so.

Sin should live on, you made him up, let him a grow a soul, and then let him leave. I say tell his story back to Dice. I'm sure Dice wants to see more of him. I know I do. I'll write your publishers. But I don't believe there should be any reason why the won't let you. Like you said, the story has been out for a couple of weeks and has been doing very, very well. The cover's enticing and you chose the perfect review by mentioning TWILIGHT in the reviews, kids will flock...(here's hoping).

Leo sounds cool; I'll look on to see if I can find any news about it here on the website.

Enjoy writing; I'll enjoy reading...specially bout Sin. :)


July 9, 2009 at 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, about Leo...agian; what's this about?

July 9, 2009 at 2:02 PM  
Blogger Nia said...

I heart the book SWOON so much and Sin as well he is smexy on a stick if you know what I mean... anyway it would so make my world if there was a seqeul.Here's hoping!

July 14, 2009 at 8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved the book. And I love series.
I am hoping you will fufill your reader's requests and bring Sin and Dice back to life. The way it ended made me want for more!
I would really enjoy reading a sequel and will constantly checking back for any new responses!

You are a great writer!

please write more!

July 20, 2009 at 8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This book saved me on an impossibly long flight, and I am now duty bound to help it. is there any particular person/department in Simon & Schuster we should write to?

July 25, 2009 at 2:39 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I am one reader who is tired of every book I've read lately to be one in a series.

SHOCK!!! NOt this time.......

I'm dying for Swoon to be the first book of a series.

I am thrilled to have found it at my library by chance. I desperately needed to read a good book to take my mind of some troubles. Nothing is more soothing to me than to find a good book that I can quickly lose myself in the story.

Thank you!

September 26, 2009 at 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The book was AMAZING!!
I love the way you write.
It makes me feel like I am really there.
You should totally make Swoon a series!
Because when I closed the book I thought to me self is that it?
I feel like it sorta left me hagging.
And I am DYING for more!! :D
Soooo I agree with Sin!


December 22, 2009 at 9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do the sequel! When I read the endind of SWOON I was so crushed! If I was Dice I would have been crying right then and there. I was about to. If that was going to be the only book, and that the ending of the whole thing--him not coming back. That would be horrible! I need a sequel! And I'm sure everyone agrees with me. (:

February 13, 2010 at 5:40 AM  
Blogger Soultified said...

Ahhh, please write a sequel! I really love the story, and you sort of just left me and my sister's hanging =(

April 11, 2010 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger jedi145 said...

please write a sequel !

June 7, 2010 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

It's been a year almost, so will there be one? The book was just so freakin' awesome!

June 17, 2010 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Vick said...

Hi Nina!
Brazilian girls are also asking me about that. The book just debuted in our bookstores and they are requesting the next one! Certainly, the sequel will be a sucess ;-)


July 16, 2010 at 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can anyone explain to me what happened to sin in the very end?

September 19, 2010 at 2:05 PM  

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