FAQs!

In the words of the immortal Icebox (Little Giants, because I’m old): call me Becky! But my last name is pronounced like “Albert tallied the votes.”

I did! I still can’t believe it. My first book, Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, released in the US in April 2015. There are lots of ways to get it.

You may be able to find it in your local bookstore, especially indies (I love indies. I want to make out with indies).

Or your local library (I want to make out with libraries, too).

Or you can order it online!

Some of my favorite bookstores with online ordering options are:

You can also get it from:

Or directly from HarperCollins

And if you live outside the United States, I highly recommend:

The rights for SIMON have been sold in 26 countries around the world to a variety of publishers. Here are some of the formats that are currently available:

  • In the US and Canada, SIMON is currently available as a hardcover, e-book, and audiobook (narrated by Michael Crouch, who is an utter genius).
  • The US/Canada paperback releases from HarperCollins in June of 2016. You can pre-order it here or here.
  • There is a paperback version currently available in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, via Penguin/Puffin.
  • Moi, Simon, 16 Ans is available as a paperback in French, via Hachette Romans.
  • Simon vs. de verwachtingen van de rest van de wereld is available in Dutch (paperback, in two colors), via Blossom Books. It's also available as a tiny dwarsligger book.
  • Nur drei Worte is available as a German hardcover and audiobook, via Carlsen Verlag.
  • Simon vs. A agenda homo sapiens is available in Portuguese, via Intrinseca.
  • Yo, Simon, Homo Sapiens is available in Spanish, via Urano.
  • Simon és a Homo sapiens-lobbi is available in Hungarian, via Libri.
  • Simon og homo sapiens-agendaen is available in Norwegian, via Kagge.

Yes! FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA is now offering signed copies of SIMON via a PayPal button on their website! You can order a book to be shipped internationally for $12 extra in shipping fees. Be sure to leave a "note for seller" on the payment page if you want the book personalized.  

You can also feel free to email me at becky.albertalli@gmail.com to request a signed/personalized bookplate (and I’m happy to ship internationally)!

I’m still scratching my head and asking myself that question. In a nutshell, I used to be a clinical psychologist, but I left that job when my older son was born in 2012. When he was tiny, I decided to write the book I’d always told myself I’d write.

That book turned out to be SIMON!

To learn more about my specific becoming-an-author story, check out Summer Heacock’s beautiful blog for the very first interview I ever gave as an author (but ignore the parts about my second book. The details have TOTALLY changed.)

To learn more about how you can become a traditionally published author, I recommend this incredible guest post by Delilah Dawson on Chuck Wendig’s blog, terribleminds.

Also, read literally everything on Dahlia Adler’s blog, The Daily Dahlia. She’s amazing – and her books are, too.

I really can’t! I’m sorry. I’ve never done it (though some of my favorite books are self/indie published). But I’d start by checking out the self-publishing threads of the Absolute Write Water Cooler forums.

Again, I’m so sorry. I’m not currently practicing, so my perspective is complicated here. If you’re in school, I recommend speaking with your guidance counselor or career center.

I don’t work directly with my publisher’s acquisitions team, so I’m unable to make referrals to my publisher. I also very rarely refer manuscripts to my agent (and I never do so without reading and falling in love with the full manuscript first).

I’m so sorry – I truly can’t (unless you are one of my existing critique partners or I specifically offer to read it).

But I found my amazing critique partners through Absolute Write and my local writers’ organization.

If you’re able to pay, you can also find really wonderful freelance editors to help with your manuscript. I highly recommend:

Kimberly Ito (guys, she critiqued SIMON – and she’s an incredible author, too)

Katherine Locke (another one of my all-time favorite authors)

- Tehlor Kinney (all-around genius writer/editor - and she beta-ed my second book!)

I’m actually the wrong person to ask here. I’m a straight author who wrote a gay character, but I’m not an expert on gay representation in fiction. If you are an author writing from a marginalized community you don’t belong to, I highly recommend that you:

  • Follow members of that community on social media. When they discuss their experiences of marginalization, listen carefully.
  • Read #ownvoices books. (#ownvoices is a hashtag started by Corinne Duyvis, with the purpose of highlighting books by authors writing characters from their own marginalized communities. Learn more about it here.
  • Interview friends and family who belong to that community. But ask questions that show you’ve done your research. Example of a good question: “Do Reform Jewish people fast on Yom Kippur?” Example of a not-so-good question: “What’s it like being Jewish?”
  • Seek feedback on your manuscript from multiple members of the community you wrote about. Please consider paying these readers or reciprocating their critiques. It’s a big thing to ask!

LGBTQIAP+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, and pansexual, and the plus sign indicates that there are additional identities that are also connected to this group.

 

Double Stuf or Classic.

This is a hard one for me, because there was no lightbulb moment with this book. I simply got to know Simon’s character in my head, and I let him tell his story.

I did work a lot with LGBTQ teens and adults, as well as gender nonconforming children. However, Simon is not based on anyone I’ve worked with in a clinical capacity. I’m painstakingly careful to ensure that none of my characters are based on former clients. Like all clinical psychologists, I take therapist-client confidentiality extremely seriously.

I’m not sure if I’ll go back to psychology in the near future. Unfortunately, if I know you as a reader or member of the writing community, I can’t be your therapist (this would be an ethical violation on my part). However, I’m happy to be your friend!

I’m so sorry you’re going through this. Unfortunately, legally and ethically, I am not allowed to take on a therapeutic role with my readers and friends. But I care about you deeply. Please reach out to your friends, family, teachers, or other supportive adults in your life (or your therapist, if you have one!). 

The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Do not hesitate to call, 24/7. Do not feel like your feelings are not significant or important enough.

And if you’re an LGBTQIAP+ person between the ages of 13 and 24, The Trevor Project offers many wonderful resources: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/get-help-now

The number for their 24/7 suicide lifeline is 866-488-7386

I’m not the best person to give this advice, because I’ve never had to come out. But I highly recommend connecting with friends who have come out, or who are considering coming out. 

Again, the Trevor Project has a great resource for this: https://www.trevorspace.org

For advice on navigating LGBTQIAP+ issues in school, I recommend GLSEN: http://www.glsen.org

If you’re a parent or an ally of an LGBTQIAP+ kid or teen, consider becoming involved in PFLAG. https://community.pflag.org

My second book is called The Upside of Unrequited, and it's scheduled to release in the US from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins on April 11, 2017. It's a loose companion book to SIMON (same universe, different characters). It’s set outside Washington, DC, and it’s about the friends and family Abby left behind when she moved. The main character is a chubby, straight, Jewish girl named Molly.

Here's the cover! 

 

 

And you can preorder it here: http://www.powells.com/book/upside-of-unrequited-9780062348708/62-0

I’m not sure, but I’ll try to update this space when/if I know more.

This is a tough one for me. I love my readers so much. I feel like you get me. Maybe it feels like I get you. Maybe I do! Believe me when I say that I absolutely love hearing from you, with all my heart.

However, I get a lot of emails in the vein of what Simon might write to Blue. They are so charming and lovely, but I’m afraid I’m unable to maintain an online friendship with that level of back-and-forth intimacy. Realistically, I’m a super-stressed author with a lot of deadlines and two very young kids. It kills me that I’m unable to connect with you in this way, but there are simply too many potential pen pals!

(Man, I hope you guys somehow connect with each other, though. I’m not kidding when I say you are the actual smartest, funniest, most wonderful human beings.)

At this point, probably not, since it’s been out in stores and libraries for almost a year. (But if you happen to be Oprah or Troye Sivan…we’ll talk!)

ARCs for THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED are now available! I am unable to send ARCs directly (though keep an eye out for giveaways on my twitter page). Supplies are limited, and my publisher will not be able to accommodate all requests. However, I am happy to forward your info along to my publisher(s). 

Please direct ALL inquiries to albertalli.arcs at gmail.com. You'll receive an autoreply with further information. Please include your mailing address, email address, phone number, and (if you'd like) blog/platform stats and your reason for requesting an ARC. I will not be able to respond to every email received at this address, but I will forward your info! 

Please note: HarperCollins is unable to mail ARCs internationally. If you live in the UK, AUS, NZ, Canada, Brazil, the Netherlands, or France, I am happy to forward your info to my international publishers. If you live elsewhere, please be patient. UPSIDE has not yet been acquired in every territory. 

Digital ARCs of UPSIDE will be available on Edelweiss; details TBA. 

Thank you so much for your interest in UPSIDE, and thank you for understanding if my team is unable to accomodate your request. My publisher and I truly appreciate your support. 

 

I get this question VERY frequently, usually from readers who have already purchased my book and would like to use the extra for a giveaway. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you for purchasing, reading, and wanting to promote SIMON. However, the truth is, like most authors, I get a very limited number of extra copies. Mine have been gone for months (mostly donated to schools, libraries, and LGBTQIAP+ organizations, or used for my own giveaways). At this point, any copies I give away for any reason have to be purchased out of my pocket. I wish I could afford to do this for my readers, but I’m afraid there are a lot of you (and I’m so grateful for that)!

That being said, if you are inquiring on behalf of a school, library, or other organization (ESPECIALLY if your organization specifically supports LGBTQIAP+ youth), please get in touch. I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to donate, but I will always try to make exceptions for these cases. You can reach me at becky.albertalli@gmail.com

I also periodically run giveaways for signed books and other cool prizes, so keep an eye on my twitter page! @beckyalbertalli

You are awesome for considering this, and I do have a few favorites! I really love The Trevor Project (donate here: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/donate) and GLSEN (donate here: http://www.glsen.org/support/giving)

I’m also really excited about the Pride School Atlanta, which is new private school opening in my (and Simon’s) hometown, specifically for LGBTQIAP+ youth (donate here: http://www.prideschoolatlanta.org/donatetoday/)

That is pretty freaking nice of you! You can reach me via my agency at this address:

 

Becky Albertalli
The Bent Agency
19 W. 21stStreet
#201
New York, NY 10010

 

I’d love to! Email me at becky.albertalli@gmail.com so I can get your mailing address. I’m thrilled to send signed, personalized stickers, bookplates, and bookmarks, and I can send them to any country. (Though I can be a bit of a slowpoke about mailings, just to warn you!)

I’m so sorry – I’m unable to do that, but I’d be thrilled to send you a bookplate. Email me! becky.albertalli@gmail.com

I absolutely love school visits. Please feel free to email me to inquire about my rates! becky.albertalli@gmail.com

Yes! Keep an eye on my Events page on this site (I’ll try to be better about keeping it up to date).

I’m honored that you want to feature me! Realistically, this depends on my schedule, but you can always feel free to reach out to me via email and ask. becky.albertalli@gmail.com

Short answer: I don’t always know! The rights to SIMON have sold in twenty-six countries, but each country has its own publication schedule. Currently, it’s on shelves in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Spain, and Hungary!

Nooooooooooooo!!!! Please don’t. Oh my goodness. It’s illegal, and it harms my publisher and me. Piracy often leads to low sales figures for authors, which can affect their ability to get future book deals.

I do NOT mind, and you are literally my favorite people. I’m a huge supporter of Simon fan stuff (I read the fanfic! I have framed Simon fanart from readers in my room!).

If you’re looking to find these things online, the best place to start is the creeksecrets tumblr! This is a reader-created site with lots of cool Simon art, gossip, and so many lovely spoilers!

I’m sorry – I'm not planning on it. However, my lovely friend Eline just posted an amazing Blue POV story to fanfiction.net. Read it and swoon. <3 

 

The bad news: no, I don't (though you can email me if you want swag for free).

The awesome news: There are a few amazing online shops featuring stunning SIMON designs created by absurdly talented bloggers/artists. 

 

Jen from Pop! Goes the Reader sells gorgeous bookish designs, including two quotes from SIMON! You can order them on mugs, tote bags, pillows, and more.

Evie from Bookish Lifestyle creates beautiful designs for book lovers, and she has two SIMON quotes as well! They're also available on mugs, bags, pillows, etc. 

 

I'm not affiliated with either of these shops, and I don't profit from any sales on Simon merchandise. These are (freaking amazing) original designs created by the artists with explicit permission to use quotes from SIMON. If you are an artist or designer who wishes to include designs featuring quotes from SIMON in your online store, I am totally on board and extremely geeked. If you email me, I'm happy to give you official permission in writing, and I can link to your store in this space! 

Yes. I know. One or two or a million people have mentioned this.

Simon and his friends refer to creeksecrets as “the Tumblr” because they’re referring to a specific Tumblr page, as opposed to ALL of Tumblr. Imagine how much less of an impact Martin would have if he posted his bullshit to the big, wide abyss of Tumblr. “The Tumblr” is a specific community for Simon’s high school.

Kind of like how my moms’ group has a Facebook group, but we don’t refer to it as “Takoma Mamas.” We just call it the Facebook group. (I know this example doesn’t help make the case that I’m young and cool, but you get it, right?).

That being said, if it doesn’t work for you as a reader, that’s totally fine.