Scarlet Blog Tour – One Year After Publication: 5 Things I’ve Learned by Marissa Meyer

Posted 01/21/2013 by alicemarvels in Author Guest Post

We’re so thrilled to have Marissa Meyer stopping by today on her blog tour for Scarlet, book two in The Lunar Chronicles. If you haven’t started this wonderful series yet, never fear, you still have time to get caught up by reading Cinder before Scarlet‘s release on February 5th.

Marissa has kindly agreed to share some of the things she’s learned since the publication of Cinder one year ago.


One Year After Publication: Things I’ve Learned

By Marissa Meyer

My first novel, Cinder, came out just over a year ago. At the time, I couldn’t have imagined how my life was going to change, or how many brand-new experiences I was about to encounter. 2012 was definitely my biggest learning curve to date! Now, as I prepare for the launch of Scarlet: Book Two of the Lunar Chronicles, I’m looking back at some of the things I learned during my debut year.


1. Fans are the best advocates.

I’ve been very lucky to have a publisher willing and able to promote my books, but it’s become clear that no amount of marketing dollars, ads, conferences, or promo items can come close to holding the power that the fans themselves hold. Fans tell their friends and family about the book. Fans convince librarians and booksellers to order more copies. Fans create fanart and fanfiction and online communities to share their enthusiasm. Fans drive for hours to attend a signing and wear red shoes and cosplay at conventions and give the book as gifts and leave reviews on every review site they can find. Fans are awesome. Fans make a difference.

2. Touring is a lot easier once you learn the tricks of travel.

I’ve been on a lot of airplanes this year, and it took me a while to get the hang of this constant traveling thing. How to pack a carry-on suitcase with two weeks’ worth of cute outfits. How to survive security with a little bit of dignity intact. What snacks to have on hand so as to avoid overpriced airline food (hint: protein bars and dried fruits are your friend). Which scarves walk the line between cozy wrap and classy fashion accessory.

Touring can be hard work, but at least I’m finally to the point where I can get off an airplane still feeling like I have my act together.


3. Some of the biggest rewards come from pushing beyond your comfort zone.

I’ve had quite a few mini panic moments this last year, but no matter how intimidated I am by something, I’ve made a personal resolution to say yes to every new request (within reason… see also #4).

So they say I should be giving Skype presentations to book clubs? Okay—just let me get my webcam working. My publisher needs a promo video for Amazon shoppers? Sure—as soon as I figure out how to work Movie Maker. Someone wants a radio or TV interview with me? No problem—how scary could it be? Some conference asked me to be a keynote speaker? Sounds great—but what does that mean, exactly?

I realize there’s a first time for everything, and the sooner I try something (and survive!), the sooner I can stop being scared by it. Luckily, I’ve found that things are rarely as difficult or terrifying as I thought they would be. So when a request comes up to do something I’ve never done before, I just take a deep breath, smile, and go for it.


4. Sometimes you really do have to say “no.”

All that said, this year has also been a test in priorities and time management. I’ve learned that there is always more work to be done—blog posts to write, emails and interviews to respond to, web site updates to make, events to prepare for, contracts to read, and on and on. All the non-writing aspects of a writing career can easily take over our days. To protect our sanity, we have to know when to say no. I no longer accept every guest post request, or attend every book fair, or do every school visit I’m invited to. I have to be choosier about where I send review copies. I have to make concessions as to how much time I spend on social networks. I have to pass on quite a few blurb requests, even if it means turning down free books (*sobs*). But when it adds up to more time spent doing what I really want to be doing—writing!—it’s worth it.

Which brings me to…


5. There will never be “enough time” to write. Write anyway.

You know when you’re going to school or working a day job or raising a family, you tend to fantasize about the life of a full-time writer? You envision long, uninterrupted days when it’s just you and your laptop and your characters?

Well, I’ve been a “full-time writer” for two years now and I still fantasize about that life! And maybe there are writers who achieve that firm separation between writing and… everything else. Writers who manage to carve out blissfully long workdays of writing. I’m not one of them. At least, not yet. Between travel, a social life, and all those promotion things mentioned above, I’ve found that I appreciate my writing time more than ever. I’m still squeezing in an hour of writing between a morning blog post and an afternoon phone interview. I’m still stealing away to the bedroom after dinner to knock out another 1,000 words after a full day of school visits.

I guess I’m glad that I learned how to balance writing with a full life before it became my occupation. Just like I’m glad I still have those daydreams of “what my writing life will be like… someday.”

After all, it’s nice to have something to work toward. And, one year after publication, I can feel good in knowing that my writing career has really just begun.


Thank you so much for sharing these with us Marissa!


About The Lunar Chronicles:

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Download the first five chapters of Cinder for free onto your e-reader:

Watch the trailer here:



Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #1)
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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Download the first five chapters of Scarlet for free onto your e-reader:

Watch the trailer here:



Pre-Order Scarlet and send in your receipt! The first 1,000 people who do will get a Scarlet-branded lip gloss! US only! Get the details:

Head over here for a full list of stops on the Scarlet Blog Tour!

Become a fan of The Lunar Chronicles on Facebook where you can stay up-to-date on all things Lunar Chronicles:

Catch Marissa Meyer on tour:

Make sure to check out two amazing Lunar Chronicles short stories—only $0.99 each!  Glitches and The Queen’s Army


Courtesy of Macmillan, we have one paperback copy of Cinder and a hardcover copy of Scarlet to give away. (US/Canada only.)

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    Nina S.

    These are great pieces of advice. One day I hope I finish a book so I can put these to use! 🙂

    I already have a hard time saying no, so I wonder how hard it must be when you’re a very popular author and everyone wants you to do something for them.

    I can’t wait to read Scarlet! Thanks for the giveaway!!


    “How to survive security with a little bit of dignity intact.”

    *snort* I have yet to accomplish that, I think maybe she should write a how to manual to help the rest of us:) I can’t even imagine how crazy Marissa’s life is with all the social media obligations and tours and things, but her advice to write anyway despite not feeling like there’s enough time is brilliant. I ADORED Scarlet, can’t wait for book 3!


    I just finished reading Cinder and I think I’m in love….I hope there’s more of Prince Kai in Scarlet!! Marissa seems really down to earth and lovely. I love her comment about fans being so passionate and spreading the word like no one else can. The whole reason I read this book is because of my favorite blog reviews love it (including yours) and seeing so much fan art on tumblr and stuff. Like when it comes from the publisher I’m like, ok cool, but if a fan took the time to draw the characters, they must really have loved it. It says a lot about the book.


    I loved Scarlet, I thought it was even better than Cinder and I think Marissa is fantastic. I just to my interview questions back from her yesterday and she was so fast and they were really fun. Thanks for the chance to win!


    So so true! Great wisdom, great writer, great person. We loved meeting her and can’t wait to read SCARLET. 🙂

    Maria V

    I love these! Especially moving out of your comfort zone. I think that applies to all careers. I have a hard time doing that myself. 🙂

    I am really looking forward to reading Scarlet. Thanks!


    This was such a fun guest post and very original 🙂 I can’t wait to follow the rest of the Scarlet blog tour!


    I don’t think I ever realized how difficult it would be to do a book tour. All the nonstop traveling has to be quite difficult at times.
    I can’t wait to read Scarlet.

    Jennifer k

    I don’t think my tweet link got included in my entry. Rafflecopter wasn’t working properly and i tried to cancel. And instead it erased my tweet link and sent in the entry.


    Thanks for the chance to win these awesome books! I’ve heard such good things about Cinder. Marissa seems really nice too!


    It was so nice to read Marissa’s thoughts, I just bet her life has changed drastically. I’m glad that Cinder turned out to be such a huge success, and I’m even more glad that Scarlet seems to be just as good.
    I could never go on book tours, I’m a bit of a germophobe so leaving the house like that would be challenging, but I bet it’s fun for other people. :))


    Turning down free books is very hard. However, I’m also learning to say no. Trying to learn that. LOL Great post.


    I read the 1,2 and 3 chapter of the book from a friend and let me say I was already hook!! God I can’t wait to see what happen in the end!!

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