In Thirteen Reasons Why, as Clay listens to Hannah's recorded voice describe the events that lead to the end of her life, he also visits places she red-starred on a Chamber of Commerce map. When some librarians, booksellers, and reviewers receive the Advance Reading Copy of my book, they will also receive that map. And when I first received my copies earlier this week, I almost started crying.
My imaginary world is slowly seeping its way into reality...and it's freaking me out! When you unfold the above map, there's a full-color aerial view drawing of the Historic Crestmont Business District. Do you think Louis Sachar ever walks outside to find his front yard filled with holes five feet deep by five feet wide, dug by his publisher? No. Do you think Carolyn Mackler keeps opening packages of big round things that her publisher keeps mailing her? No! But when you're a Penguin author, all sorts of weird things happen that make you think you're losing your mind.
Not that I mind, of course.
On the backside of each Crestmont map is a page containing ads for several places mentioned in my book. Places that I just totally made up! There's the high school, the diner, the coffee shop, the movie theater, the liquor store, and the local library:
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