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So, CROWN OF MIDNIGHT is finally, finally out in the US today!

I’ve been thinking about what I’d say today for weeks. And somehow I couldn’t come up with the words—any words, actually—to express the gratitude, excitement, nerves, and joy. I’ve had a word doc titled “Release Day Blog Post” sitting open on my desktop for a while—completely blank.

COM CoverAnd then yesterday afternoon, I got an email from my mom and knew what I wanted to write about today:

"When I was cleaning, I nearly threw out a votive candle holder, until I looked at it more closely. It was given to us at a Christmas Eve party--we had to etch wishes for the New Year on the surface with a wooden tool. In 2004-2005 you wrote about wishes to have your book published!"

To be honest, for the past few weeks/months, I’ve been so caught up in stressing over deadlines, promotional stuff, various tours, whether or not anyone will even care when COM releases that, until I got that email, I’d…forgotten.

I’d forgotten that in December 2004 (almost 9 years ago), my wish was for TODAY to happen. Every chance I got to make a wish, THIS was what I wished for. To be published. To have my book in stores, for anyone to pick up and read.

Point ZeroI wished on stars. I wished for it every time I tossed a coin in a fountain. I went to Paris in 2006, stood on Point Zero, and wished for it there, too. I even made my mom take a photo of me as I wished for it. I wished for it so many times, all over the world, for so many years, that etching it on a votive candle holder at a party was so ordinary, so practiced, that I immediately forgot about it.

So when I got that email from my mom, I remembered. I remembered the girl who wished for this so much that she worked her ass off. For years. I remembered what it felt like, to want it so badly I thought about it with every breath, thought about it sleeping and waking. And I think if I had told that girl what was waiting for her down the road—all the amazing things that would happen and wonderful people she’d meet—she wouldn’t have believed it.

Hell, most days, I don’t believe it.

So, this is a very long-winded way of saying thank you. To my FictionPress readers, to my new readers, to the team at Bloomsbury, to my amazing agent, to my friends and CPs, to my wonderful parents and family, to anyone and everyone who has picked up THRONE OF GLASS and championed it. Thank you for making that wish come true and then some. Even now, having said all of this, I’m at a loss to express what it means to me to have two books on shelves. But thank you—for everything, and for making this journey so damn incredible.

BFFAEAEAEI can’t end today’s post without thanking one person in particular—the person to whom CROWN OF MIDNIGHT is dedicated. My best friend, Susan Dennard. If I had the chance to do it over again, I wouldn’t change a thing—not even the bad stuff—because every step led me to you. The only other thing I’ve ever devoutly wished for was a true friend—and no matter what happens, I will remain eternally grateful that this journey brought you into my life. Thank you for getting me through writing this book, for hand-holding and tough love, and for being my anam cara.

Annnd now that I’m a crying mess (big surprise), it’s time to go celebrate! And by celebrate, I mean pack for my US tour (eeee!), and get ready for my launch party tonight! In case you missed it, click here for info about all my upcoming US events!

YAYYYYY!

And, okay, I have to include this song, because I’m listening to it on repeat today, and it was the #1 song I listened to over the years, anytime my wish to be published felt too impossible and unlikely. I totally don’t care if it’s Michael Bolton and if it’s cheesy.



I love this song with an unashamed passion--I legit can't even hear it without crying. “And a thousand years would be worth the wait / It might take a lifetime / But somehow I’ll see it through. / And I won’t look back / And I’ll stay on track / No, I won’t accept defeat. / It’s an uphill slope / But I won’t lose hope…” ←That right there. Those lines kept me going through some tough times, and are exactly why I will never apologize for loving this song to death.

HOORAY!!!!!!

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Sara Larson
Aug. 27th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
This post resonated so much with me--we are a lot alike in more ways than one, I think! :-) Congrats on your release day! I can't wait to read it!!
sjmaas
Aug. 27th, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
Awwww... Thank you so much! <3
novelsounds
Aug. 27th, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
AWW BB SARAH IN PARIS!!!! You're one of my favorite authors because you care SO MUCH and I know how much this means to you. I'm so glad you're sharing your words with the world. It's an HONOR to support you and your work!! Have the BEST time on tour. Congratulations. You deserve it. <3 <3 <3

Edited at 2013-08-27 06:44 pm (UTC)
sjmaas
Aug. 27th, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, I seriously cringe when i look at that pic in Paris (the jeans! my gloves! my little coach purse!). But I'm still glad I made my mom take it. :)

And THANK YOU, Elena, for ALL that you've done for me/my books. You are the freaking BEST.
legal_immigrant
Aug. 27th, 2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the second book!!!

I still remember reading in on FictionPress and then announcing that you were going to be publishing it! I think all of us, your old fictionpress fans, watched your progress and cheered for you. I still remember your video when you announced both agent and finally getting the representation!!! You've come so far and you've been amazing. And you deserve all the praise and the love from both the old and the new fans!!!

My book is still in the mail and I CANNOT wait, until it gets here.
Love you, Sarah!!!

Marina
~bookphile.tumblr.com
sjmaas
Aug. 27th, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
Awwww! Thank you so, so much Marina--not just for your kind words, but for sticking with TOG for SO many years! <3 <3
(Anonymous)
Aug. 27th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you for another great story!
I took the day off work so I could really enjoy Crown of Midnight and was not disappointed one bit. It will be a long wait for the next one, but that wait will be even more worth it.

Thanks again and hope you have a fabulous day!
Sarah Gleason
Aug. 27th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
Opps
Comment above is from me! Forgot to login :)
ext_2132974
Aug. 27th, 2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous!!!
Hi Sarah, I'm from Spain and I've just finished reading Crown of Midnight (in English). I totally loved it, it was awesome. I couldn't do anything else but read as it was so thrilling and hooked me up so much. Thank you for the book!!!!!!
lamouette83
Aug. 27th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
This is such a touching post, Sarah. You truly do deserve it all, with all the work and heart and soul you've put into your books and given your friends. I feel honored to watch your continuing journey.

Of course you will have a blast on tour! I wish with all my heart that I could be there in Houston for you, but alas that won't happen. Next time, perhaps! Can't wait to see the post about all your adventures!

And I'm glad you have no shame in crying to Disney songs, because I don't either. That is such a fantastic song, and the video alone has me crying (good lord, you should have seen me at the light show in Magic Kingdom - bawling my eyes out in a crowd of children.). But that is neither here nor there, just wanted to throw my two cents in. Sometimes it seems like I owe my life to my disney playlist, among other things.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 27th, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
I love this series,...
I just finished Crown of Midnight and it was amazing. When will book 3 be out for those of us who are dying of anticipation?
Angelica Barone
Aug. 27th, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
YAY! Release day! Congrats! I'm so happy for you Sarah ^_^ I hope you are soaking it all in and that you have a fantastic time on your book tours ^_^
coronanl
Aug. 27th, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
This post made me grin so much! Seriously, what a way to transfer the happy feelings!
ext_2133244
Aug. 28th, 2013 12:24 am (UTC)
Congrats!!!
(That comment wasn't supposed to be anonymous, sorry! My internet went wonky on me)

First, I have to say congratulations because it's so insanely deserved. Throne of Glass was amazing and I didn't know if you could even make Crown of Midnight better; I didn't think it was possible but damn, you did it and then some. You deserve every great thing you have coming your way because not only are you talented (extremely!) but you are a phenomenal person!

After meeting you and Susan this summer & being able to sit down and just talk to you (along with Erin and Kat) made me realize how great it is to have that one person you can rely on so greatly. The friendship you two have is something every girl she thrive to find because we all need it. Plus, you two are an absolutely HOOT when thrown in the same room together!

I'm obsessed with your writing and your books. Anything you write, I'm reading. You could write a book about politics and I still would probably read it (but please, let's not lol ;) )

Congrats again, it's well deserved and enjoy your tour for the release! :)
icedsnowdreams
Aug. 28th, 2013 02:01 am (UTC)
Congrats Sarah! :)

I picked up CoM last week and LOVED it! The second half was fantastic--well paced and very exciting. I have to admit though that I couldn't get into certain parts of CoM as much as I'd like, not because it wasn't good, (because it definitely was!) but because I'll always, always prefer the other male (I'm being deliberately vague here), ever since I read QoG on FP. I really hope there's a future for them together! Four more books is enough time to make that happen...right? :D

I'm really excited for Book 3. That was my favorite part of QoG so I really want to see the published ToG version :)

Congratulations again, Sarah!!
sinmotion
Aug. 31st, 2013 12:28 am (UTC)
In reply
YES!! Everything you said. In fact, can we have a private discussion about our CoM feels? So many things made me cry for my boy and I need to debrief with someone who understands.

It would be much appreciated!
cjlistro
Aug. 28th, 2013 03:16 am (UTC)
Yay!
So many congratulations, Sarah. I know what it feels like to be that wishing girl (I AM, after all), and I'm so glad that your wishes brought you to Bloomsbury, and brought your amazing books to my shelf. Here's to many more!

CJ
cactus_rs
Aug. 28th, 2013 03:30 am (UTC)
Get it get it get it girl, the hardcover is in my purse waiting to be read during some downtime at work tomorrow!!
flabuttandsing
Aug. 28th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
AAAH why do all of these types of your entries all leave me in tears!!! SOOO happy for you. and i know your wish is not just coming true with TOG, or COM, or book 3 ... or the novellas ... but with SO SO SO SO SO many more drafts, half stories, and ideas in your head!! AAH!
Jess Cawley
Aug. 30th, 2013 02:58 am (UTC)
CoM just arrived in my mailbox yesterday and I'm already about to reread it. I thought ToG was amazing, but CoM is somehow even better. It's magnificent and dark and wonderful and GAH. I am in awe of Celaena and you and your talent and everything else about this book. You deserve all the praise you're getting!

I remember bits and pieces about Wendlyn from FP and I'm SOOOOOO excited to read about it in the next book. Am I making this up, or did you say there would be six books in this series?

jamaesi
Sep. 1st, 2013 05:33 am (UTC)
Sarah! OMG! I just finished Crown of Midnight this morning after staying up waaaay late last night to devour it. It was ah-maze-ing. I'm already dying for Book 3 to come out.

It has been so long since I read Queen of Glass on my computer screen back when it was on fanfiction... it's just fantastic to curl up with the Throne of Glass books on my Kindle and relive this story.

I am so happy for you but maybe happier for me to get to read this fantastic story again. <3

And jeez, when is your tour going to bring you out west?! Salt Lake City would love you!
Elizabeth Jenkins McFadden
Sep. 1st, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
loved CoM
Just finished CoM, and came to your site thinking to see if there was news about when the next volume would be out; I hadn't realized that CoM just came out this week in the US.
But having read your post, I just wanted to add my congratulations to the chorus, here, and to thank you for sharing this wonderful, rich, epic story with us! I read a LOT, and books that seem truly fresh and exciting have grown rare. But I'm crazy about your fabulous bad-ass heroine, and am totally wrapt in her story. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Elizabeth Jenkins McFadden
Sep. 1st, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
Re: loved CoM
And by the way, its Your Damn Fault that I only got three hours of sleep last night. Your assassin kept me awake until dawn! :-)
Chelsea Wallace
Sep. 2nd, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
You are awesome!
Sarah,

I have to tell you how inspirational you are, how happy I am for you, for TOG - all the books, novellas, art, everything! I was one of your fictionpress readers way back when. I remember staying up so late, not sleeping some nights, unable to disentangle myself from Celaena's story and very impatient for each chapter's production.

I read TOG when it came out and I'll be honest, it wasn't all I'd hoped it would be. But I was rooting for you nonetheless. Then I read COM, and WOW. It absolutely was everything I'd hoped it would be AND more. The plot and characters have become so much more complex(icated) and denser and fuller. It's so much more enrapturing! I'm absolutely in love!!! lol!

I just want to congratulate you. You worked sssooo hard, and now you can really see the fruit of it all. And so can we, your readers who absolutely love you :). You're an inspiration, authors like you MAKE me WANT to write :) . I absolutely look forward to whatever else you write! Keep being awesome!

An overly grateful & inspired reader :)
Matt Brooks
Sep. 3rd, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
Congratulations from the UK (and when are you visiting)
Firstly, many congratulations on the second book. I honestly didn't put it down from the second I picked it up at my local bookstore, no pressure but I'm already counting the days until book 3.

Do you have any updated information on when you are visiting the UK, I would live the chance to come and meet you (and get your autograph on my copies of ToG and CoM)

Wishing you every continued success on a fantastic story and cannot wait to read more of Celaena
allyson
Sep. 12th, 2013 04:38 am (UTC)
I got the book today.

I always smile when I read the thank you's to FP readers.. how long has it been since I found ToG? I remember you had JUST started posting Part 2 (which, I see, is about to be Book 3 ;) ). I don't even know how long ago that was, but I definitely *was* a young adult back then! QoG entranced me, and after reading Crown of Midnight this evening.. your prose still causes my chest to tighten (especially the last several pages - my god!). It is so wonderful. I wonder, after Book 3 is published, if you could refresh the fuzzy memories of the FP readers - what was taken out? Whose name changed? I love reliving my teenage years reading this series and I know a lot of us would love to be reminded of these little tidbits/deleted scenes/blooper reels :)

Have fun on your tour! I'd be at the Chapel Hill one, but I moved from NC last year.
Grace Zimmermann
Sep. 16th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
Imagine Dragons - A Song for You

Hi Sarah,

I found this song, and it reminds me of CoM down to the letter. I simply adore your writing, your imagination and your perseverance. I hope to follow in your footsteps like a good young pupil, haha!

Listen to the song 'Demons' by Imagine Dragons. It's like listening to the book through Chaol's perspective. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Cheers!
carmsc
Oct. 3rd, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
Hey Sarah! It was so wonderful to meet you in Dublin tonight. I just finished Crown of Midnight and WOW. Can't wait for part 3 :) And just because I love ballet as much as you do...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krcmx4vdeTU
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I'm Sarah J. Maas, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Heir of Fire, Book 3, will be out in September 2014). The Assassin's Blade, a bind-up of all five TOG novellas releases March 2014!

I'm represented by the awesome and lovely Tamar Rydzinski of The Laura Dail Literary Agency. Starting in Spring 2015 - my New Adult Fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, will be published by Bloomsbury as well! Hooray!







In addition, Bloomsbury published four THRONE OF GLASS e-novellas, all set before the events of the novel. The novellas, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Desert, The Assassin and the Underworld, and The Assassin and the Empire are available wherever Bloomsbury e-books are sold! In March 2014, the novellas will be bound up as one physical book in a collection called The Assassin's Blade! The collection will feature all four novellas, PLUS a fifth brand-new novella, PLUS a bunch of extra content, so... yay!

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