The Winners of the 32 CANDLES Paperback Contest and other News

Hello Fellow Fierce Nerds, After a brutal flight back from Hawaii — having a toddler on an overnight flight is always a ton of fun — here are the four bright spots in an otherwise overcast (and seriously sleepy) morning: 1. Fierce and Nerdy is BACK! So happy as we missed you soooo...

Procrastinate on This: July 4th Weekend Edition

Hello Dearest, Just wanted to get a few things out of the way, before we get into this week’s big batch of procrastination. Our last for a while, since the blog is going on vacation for the next couple of weeks. 1) On July 15th, we’ll be naming the 14 winners of a $25 32 CANDLES...

I Was a Bully and So Were You [Dear Thursday] Jun30

I Was a Bully and So Were You [Dear Thursday]

Hey-o, have I mentioned the $25 customized gift cards and the customized 32 CANDLES totes that we’re giving away every day until July 15th? You should totally hop on that. Meanwhile, just wanted to thank Doret, from Color Online for her “10 Reasons to Buy 32 CANDLES by Ernessa T....

Five Things on My Mind [Wow! It's Wednesday!] Jun29

Five Things on My Mind [Wow! It's Wednesday!]

Okay, before I go into my post, I’ve got to remind you to enter our 32 CANDLES paperback giveaway if you want one of the (very) limited edition 32 CANDLES tote bags and a $25 customized 32 CANDLES gift card. We’re giving away goodies until July 15th, so get on it. Other than that,...

32 CANDLES Is Now Available in Paperback [Yay!] Jun28

32 CANDLES Is Now Available in Paperback [Yay!]

32 CANDLES is officially out in paperback, and we need your help to get the word out . So we’ll be picking a 32 CANDLES prize winner every single weekday from June 28, 2011 – July 5, 2011. The Daily Prize: A $25 customized 32 Candles Gift Card AND a limited edition 32 CANDLES Tote Bag! Just...

Your Only Chance (So Far) To Win a Free Autographed Copy of 32 CANDLES Jun27

Your Only Chance (So Far) To Win a Free Autographed Copy of 32 CANDLES

Hello Dearest, First of all, let me just give you a friendly reminder that this is the absolute last day to get the e-version of 32 CANDLES for only $4.99 on Kindle, Nook, or iBooks, and then it goes back to its regular price. Second of all, the folks at Free Book Friday are giving away three...

The 32 CANDLES Paperback Cover [Philosophical Monday] May02

The 32 CANDLES Paperback Cover [Philosophical Monday]

And you thought the 32 CANDLES hardcover was bright. You didn’t know nothing about no bright. This is the bright-bright right here. One of my favorite categories of fan mail start off like this, “I had never heard of your book, but then I saw it from across the...

Hello Friday: You Say Hello, I Say Goodbye

Sorry sweetlings, had to run home quick like a bunny to St. Louis unexpectedly. Will be back on Monday, but no Hello Friday or Procrastinate on This! today. Meanwhile, do, do, do avail yourself of FIERCE ANTICIPATION and “Kicking Back With Jersey Joe” which are both coming up...

32 CANDLES: September

Hey Guys! A few notes about 32 CANDLES for the month of September: 1. If you live in or near Washington DC, do come out to the 32 CANDLES event THIS WEDNESDAY, Sept. 15, 6:30pm at Borders (Largo, MD). Get the details HERE. 2. In Pittsburgh? I’m going to be at Joseph-Beth Booksellers...

Philosophical Monday: What’s Up With 32 CANDLES? [5 Things]

Hey, guys, just a few 32 CANDLES items today, then I’ll get back to my regular blogs for the rest of the week. 1. Hey-oh, I’ve been nominated in the category of “Author of the Year – Female” for the African American Literary Awards Show. Voting is easy and open...

Philosophical Monday: And Summer Wasn’t Over Yet Aug02

Philosophical Monday: And Summer Wasn’t Over Yet

That was a line in the original draft of 32 CANDLES that got cut for some reason or other that I can’t remember. It doesn’t matter, the point is that I both love and hate August. Hate it because it’s the month that stands between me and my beloved Fall. Hate it because,...

One More Thing Before We Go: My Last Book Event of the Summer…

… So let’s make this good. I know that quite a few of you gnashed your teeth and rented your clothes over the fact that both my LA area book events were on Mondays, which conflicted with (yes, these were actual excuses) stand-up comedy class, pole dancing class, and accounting...

32 CANDLES: I See You Pasadena, NYC, Philly, and New Jersey! Jul19

32 CANDLES: I See You Pasadena, NYC, Philly, and New Jersey!

32 CANDLES has a very exciting week ahead, so let’s rundown our latest news, shall we? 1. Just in case you missed my announcement about the last chapter missing from the e-version of 32 CANDLES, please get the details HERE. We want everyone to read the full book and hope to have this...

One More Thing Before We Go: Wassup Dallas! Jul14

One More Thing Before We Go: Wassup Dallas!

I’m in your neck of the woods, tomorrow, reading and signing 32 CANDLES at Legacy Books, Thursday, at 7PM. Get more info here, and I hope you can make it out. Cheers!...

Oh, It’s Tuesday: Would You Go With DR. WHO? Jul13

Oh, It’s Tuesday: Would You Go With DR. WHO?

I’ve been challenging myself to take on challenges lately. Take for example, today’s signing at the NAACP convention Author’s Pavilion. I knew that as a new author with a hardcover, I wouldn’t be seeing much action at my signing booth. But I challenged myself to stay...

One More Thing Before We Go: A Few 32 CANDLES Announcements Jul12

One More Thing Before We Go: A Few 32 CANDLES Announcements

I know you’ve missed me promoting 32 CANDLES 24/7, so I thought I’d give you another big batch of it. 1. Friendly Reminder that we’re trying to hit 50 Amazon reviews by the end of July, so if you’ve read it, please give us the boon of saying something about the book...

Dear Thursday: Meet Me in St. Louiee

Friendly reminder, I’m in St. Louis reading from and signing 32 CANDLES tonight, so if you’re in the area, please do come...

Hello Friday: The Last (Big)32 CANDLES ASK

So this is the last (big) 32 CANDLES ASK. That doesn’t mean that I won’t be asking for a bunch of little favors for the rest of the summer. I’ll definitely pop a 32C request or two into an occasional blogumn or One More Thing or PoT! Friday. Also, I’ll be blogging...

TODAY’S 32 CANDLES ASK: Tell 5 Friends About 32 CANDLES [And Eat...

So many of you have read the book and I thank you mightily for it. If you enjoyed it, could you do me the further favor of telling five friends about the book in person. E-pitches are awesome, but word-of-IRL-mouth is where it’s at. So as you go about your 4th of July weekend, please...

Dear Thursday: Me and etc are not cool right now!

I know this is the last day of work for a lot of you, so I just wanted to push 32 CANDLES extra-extra hard, since we’re going back to our regular schedule next week. People have been calling this a great vacation read from the get-go. That’s one of the reasons 32 CANDLES was...

TODAY’S 32 CANDLES ASK: Remind Folks to Read 32 CANDLES on Faceb...

I’ve been getting a few emails from people complaining about neglecting their work and/or not getting any sleep because they couldn’t put the book down. Of course, these messages make my day. But in the interest of making sure you don’t get in trouble at work, might I...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! 32 CANDLES Takes a Trip

I’ve received some amazing photos of 32 CANDLES merch, but I think you’ll agree that Di Koob’s cross country road trip with the 32 CANDLES tote bag is the best photo retrospective ever. Obviously my favorite is the one where the 32 CANDLES tote enjoys a Yuengling and Philly...

TODAY’S 32 CANDLES ASK: Follow Me on Twitter

Click on the pic below to follow me on...

Three Line Lunch: Pretty in Hardback Pink

a yearlong diary in three-line poems by Jeff Rogers, day 309 Pretty in Hardback Pink (32 Candles Book Signing) From Writing Pad’s small classes in Silverlake, food and writing and talk, friendships Arose and spread. Ernessa brought cocoon novel already strong but we prodded and coaxed...

Oh, It’s Tuesday: My First LA Book Signing

Thank you so very, very much to the many who came out for my Barnes & Noble Event at The Grove. I really couldn’t love you guys more for your enthusiastic support, and it was just so nice to have such a great turn out. And for those who couldn’t come, thanks for providing my...

Philosophical Monday: Cannonball! [I Haz Autographs] Jun28

Philosophical Monday: Cannonball! [I Haz Autographs]

So I did my first book fair appearance at the Leimert Park Book Fair on Saturday. It was wonderful chaos with many lessons learned and awesome people met. Since 32 CANDLES had only been out a week, I didn’t expect to sell any books at my signing. I decided that this would be a great...

Hello Friday: 32 CANDLES Edition Pt. 1 [This Week's 32 CANDLES ASK]

Mark this date on your calendar: July 5. That’s when things will go back to normal here at Fierce and Nerdy. We’ll bring back your daily Procrastinate on This!, Thought Chuck, and One More Thing, and everything will be back to normal. Til then, whatta week, whatta week! 1. Thanks...

TODAY’S 32 CANDLES ASK: Come Out And See Me [Pictures of You]

Hello Darlins, I am loving all the shelf elf stories that I’ve been getting on Facebook. So please keep on shelf elfing and if you can take either a shelf elf pic or a pic of yourself with the book, as the lovely “other Ernessa” Sapper is in the picture to the left, that...

TODAY’S 32 CANDLES ASK: Shelf Elf Help Needed

Okay, I’m still reeling from all the people who supported 32 CANDLES yesterday on Facebook, Twitter, and through email blasts. I seriously can’t thank you enough, and I just want to hug all of you right now. That all squealed, has anyone else ever heard the term “shelf...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Your Life in One Sentence

As someone who never did manage to come up with a good one-sentence pitch for her novel, I found agent Rachelle Gardner’s advice on one-sentence pitches fascinating. She advises using specific, non-confusing language and not sounding like a downer. For example if I were pitching THE...

TODAY’S 32 CANDLES ASK: Interviews & Early Reviews [Hey, Th...

First up, rolla the drums, please! Our final 32 CANDLES online T-shirt winner is … [ridiculously long American Idol pause] … [now a Project Runway pause] … [Top Chef Masters you are the worse of them all further pause] … ANGELA VISCA!!! Angela, not only are you getting...

Oh, It’s Tuesday: 32 CANDLES Is In Stores NOW!!!

I tried to resist putting exclamation marks in that subject line, but alas, it proved impossible. I managed to sleep three whole hours last night and the only thing I’m running on right now are exclamation points and this large cup of Starbucks Instant Coffee (which I would argue is...

TODAY’S 32 CANDLES ASK: Make 32 CANDLES Your Facebook Profile Pi...

Dearest Readers, First of all congratulations to Monday’s T-shirt winner, Rosemary Tran Williamson. We’ll be pick our final pre-order T-shirt winner tomorrow, and the prize will be extra sweet, b/c I’ll be throwing in a 32 CANDLES tote bag, just because that’s the day...

Philosophical Monday: 32 CANDLES by Ernessa T. Carter [Book 25 of 2010...

Oh noes, we’re down to the last book of my promise to read a book a week before my own book 32 CANDLES comes out (tomorrow). It’s been such a delight, and I’ve already decided to keep the Dear Thursday review as an occasional blogumn for the rest of the year. There are quite...

32 Candles: What Book Has Changed Your Life? [Tote Bag Comment Challen...

If you happen to be in a bookstore, please ask if it carries or plans to carry 32 CANDLES.  Even if you’ve pre-ordered or already have a copy, just asking about 32 is such a boon, because the more requests booksellers get, the more likely they are to stock it. On other notes,...

32 CANDLES: Best Non-Writing Advice From and Author? [BOOK WEEK]

Earlier in the year when I lamenting about my ongoing trouble with getting into the habit of flossing to WENCH author Dolen Perkins-Valdez (b/c that’s what awkward writers like me choose to talk about with brilliant writers like her), she gave me the following advice: “Just floss...

32 CANDLES: 4 Ways To Get A 32 CANDLES T-shirt [BOOK WEEK]

Hey Darlings! First of all, congrats to today’s 32 CANDLES T-shirt winner, Mary Schrader! Second of all, we’re only giving away six more T-shirts, so I wanted to let you know a few ways to get a 32 CANDLES T-shirt of your own. 1. Pre-Order 32 Candles, let me know that you did, and...

32 CANDLES: Airlifts and Portland Jun09

32 CANDLES: Airlifts and Portland

Before we go, I just wanted to congratulate last week’s tote bag winner, evi. It was another round of fantastic comments, but I had to choose evi, b/c hers involved a dramatic birth complete with airlift and one of the cities I’ve always wanted to give a go, Portland. Check her...

32 CANDLES: Please Pick Up the July Edition of Essence! Jun08

32 CANDLES: Please Pick Up the July Edition of Essence!

Okay, this is why you want to both pre-order 32 CANDLES and take part in our Wednesday Comment Challenge. Last week’s tote bag winner, Jill Moyer, has now also won a t-shirt. How about that? So make sure to come back tomorrow for a very special edition of our Tote Bag Challenge blogumn....

32 CANDLES: Have You Pre-Ordered 32 Candles? Jun07

32 CANDLES: Have You Pre-Ordered 32 Candles?

If not, you should definitely get on that, because not only will you have something to read on the beach, but you just might win a 32 CANDLES t-shirt, like Nina Feldman. She pre-ordered, let me know that she did, and now she has a sweet 32 CANDLES t-shirt coming her way, b/c that’s how...

32 CANDLES: How Much Does It Cost To Send A T-shirt to China? [The 32 CANDLES Audiobook] Jun03

32 CANDLES: How Much Does It Cost To Send A T-shirt to China? [The 32 ...

Because Sebrina just won today’s 32 CANDLES T-shirt, and she totally lives in Beijing. Hopefully she’ll take a pic in it in front of something cool. Yay! Also, it occurred to me that many of you might have the same problems finding time to physically read that I do. So just in...

32 CANDLES: Moving House [Win a Tote Bag] Jun02

32 CANDLES: Moving House [Win a Tote Bag]

I’ve talked a lot about what Davie and I have in common over the last few weeks, but today I want to talk about something we absolutely don’t have in common — and that is moving. As far as I know, Davie has only moved twice in her entire life. I’ve moved seventeen...

32 CANDLES: Newsletter and Other Announcements Jun01

32 CANDLES: Newsletter and Other Announcements

Perhaps you’re the kind of person who loves to get updates about 32 CANDLES, but doesn’t necessarily love to navigate Fierce or Nerdy or the official 32 CANDLES blog to do so. Well then, check out the weekly newsletter button on the right sidebar. If you sign up for our...

Wow, It’s Wednesday: How Do You Watch TV? [Tote Bag Comment Chal...

They say that opposites attract, and at one point my main characters Davie Jones and James Farrell get in an argument over their very different television viewing habits. Davie doesn’t own a TV set, she either watches her favorite shows on her computer or on DVD. James however has a...

One More Thing Before We Go: YOU in a 32 CANDLES T-shirt

Congrats to today’s T-shirt winner, Mary Kruger (aka Lucy Ballbreaker of retired Derby Doll fame). She pre-ordered 32 CANDLES and now she’s going to be rocking a 32 CANDLES T-shirt this summer. Want one of your own? Just pre-order the book and let me know that you did,...

Hello Friday: FaN Thoughts [T-32 DAYS]

So as you might have noticed by looking at our current mood pic, there are now only 32 Days left until the official release of 32 CANDLES. I’ve got a butterfly pavillion installation going up in in my stomach and it will probably stay there until the end of summer. But I’m also so...

If You Had To Wear The Same Thing For 6 Weeks, What Would It Be? May19

If You Had To Wear The Same Thing For 6 Weeks, What Would It Be?

So in a bid to get better at IRL self-promotion, I determined to wear a 32 CANDLES T-shirt until the book comes out on June 22, 2010. At first, I thought it was a great way to get into the IRL self-promotion groove, which let’s face it, I’m not nearly as comfortable with as the...

The 32 CANDLES Trailer!!! May17

The 32 CANDLES Trailer!!!

First things first: Congrats to Sara Towber, who not only became a new mother this weekend, but also won Friday’s 32 Candles T-shirt. I’m sure she’s way more excited about the latter. But the main point is that she pre-ordered the book, let me know about it, and got entered...

Dear Thursday: Our First T-Shirt Winner!

Hey Guys, Don’t have a lot of time to talk, as we’re going into final cut production of the 32 CANDLES trailer this morning. But I wanted to take a second to congratulate Katrina Gamble, our first 32 CANDLES T-shirt winner. She pre-ordered three books (one for herself, one for her...

Wow, It’s Wednesday: What Have Your Bullies Taught You?

People ask me all the time if 32 CANDLES is based on my life. The short answer is no. My mom wasn’t abusive, and other than being dark-skinned, Davie and I have very little in common. Though, like Davie, I did learn a few lessons courtesy of my main bully. Soooo many people made fun of...

Wow, It’s Wednesday: The Things I Used To Hate About Myself [Win a 32 Candles Tote Bag!] May05

Wow, It’s Wednesday: The Things I Used To Hate About Myself [Win...

A lot of 32 CANDLES is about reconciling the kid you were with the adult you’ve become. And it occurred to me the other day that other than my chronic case of foot-in-mouth disease, most of the things that I hated about myself as a kid are now the things that I love the most. When I was...

Get Your 32 Candles Tote Bag! May03

Get Your 32 Candles Tote Bag!

Okay, first of all, thanks so much for your excited response to these pictures of the 32 Candles tote bag over the weekend. Want one? There are three ways you can get a 32 tote if you’re not already on the official list of Awesome People Who Have Done Awesome Things To Get The Word Out...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Teenage Wish Fulfillment Apr14

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Teenage Wish Fulfillment

It’s weird, because a lot of 32 CANDLES is about reconciling what you wanted as a teenager with what you get as an adult. Well, I can still remember reading excerpts and features on books in Essence as a teenager, and hoping that one day one of my books would make it into my favorite...

Wow! It’s Wednesday: About Your Lifetime Calling [Again] Apr07

Wow! It’s Wednesday: About Your Lifetime Calling [Again]

While doing research for this post, I found this old post, which I published on Fierce and Nerdy in December 2008 about two months before I got my agent, three months before Molly Ringwald’s lawyers told me I couldn’t use my original title (Molly Ringwald Ending), and five months...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! My General Anxiety Of Asking For Favors

Something you might not know about me is that I hate asking for favors. I imagine that if I could see and read the minds of all of my IRL friends right now, they would be wrinkling their foreheads and thinking, “Wait, Ernessa just asked my ass for a favor the other day. All she does is...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! The Best Part

So I got a copy of my galleys today and … well, let’s just say it really feels real now. And it’s funny, b/c I’m at the same point in the rough draft of my second women’s fiction novel, the point where all the really delicious plot points kick in, when people...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! The Writer’s Spouse

I found the Jezebel response to the fantastic Paul Krugman piece in the New Yorker interesting. Basically Irin Carmon asks if the wives of great male writers should get more credit. Krugman’s wife, Robin Wells, a fellow economist, edits Krugman’s piece and can be credited with...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! “16 Candles Meets E. Lynn Harris̶...

“Sixteen Candles Meets E. Lynn Harris” — that’s what they’re calling my book in-house at HarperCollins, according to Marketing Manager, Bobby Brinson. What a nice compliment! Find out what else he had to say about 32 CANDLES here. Though, it should be noted that...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! 32 CANDLES and the Art of Self-Promotion

I promised myself that I would hit the ground running with this self-promotion stuff as soon as I scheduled my first interview or received the cover art for 32 CANDLES, whichever came first. Well, I had my first interview on Monday for the Smith Alumnae Quarterly. Fellow Smithies, look for...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! Doing it Anyway [Eye of Em-Effin Tiger]

So I’m almost done with my first-reader pass on my rogue sci-fi novel and I’m about to send it off to a manuscript editor. Really? An editor? you ask. Aren’t manuscript editors for people who can’t write or for people whose novels have so many problems that they need...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! And Then What Happened?

Towards the beginning of our relationship, my husband used to say this this thing that infuriated me. I would be all upset over a program and he’d say, “Calm down, these people aren’t real.” He got away with saying this a couple of times before I found the words to...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! My New Love Is Becoming a Demanding Nag

So this week’s current mood picture refers to the fact that I’ve sent my last pass of 32 CANDLES back to the publisher, and am now hankering down with a new women’s fiction novel called the The Awesome Girl’s Guide to Dating Extraordinary Men. As I mentioned last week,...

Dear Thursday: If You Can, Don’t Do What You Love

I found this NYT item about how hard it is to live your hobby dream with an Etsy store interesting, in that the whole article had a tone of being stunned that making a living from crafting was hard. Why, one artist and her husband worked 14 hour days to get all of her orders out. Another...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! I’m Having A Hard Time Staying Faithf...

Writing is like exercise. You know you should be doing it, you feel better after you do it, yet … somehow it often just doesn’t get done. I just realized yesterday after spending three hours reading other authors’ blogs that I might not be doing online marketing research as...

Wow! It’s Wednesday! 32 CANDLES Will Be Released On….

. . JUNE 22, 2010!!! . For those of you that know me, IRL, yes, that is the same day as my daughter Betty’s 1st birthday. This is great for three reasons. 1. This makes the release date extra-super-duper-auspicious. 2. I was trying to figure out how to get out of throwing a birthday...

Hello Friday: Fiercest Nerds on the Block [August 21-27]

Guys, I’m SO sorry, but we’re at serious sixes and sevens today, so we’ll once again have limited content. But Monday, we’ll totally (okay somewhat) have it together. I super-promise! That all vowed, here are the best comments and quotes of the week: HELLO FRIDAY re:...

Dear Thursday: Another Huge 32 Candles Announcement

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. Way short edition of Fierce and Nerdy today, b/c it’s the end of August, and a ton of our bloggers are on vacation, recovering from vacation, moving, gearing up for the Fall, etc, etc. So bear with us, b/c we’ll be right as rain...