Launch Day!

Happy Percy Day, everyone! As of today, May 1, The Titan’s Curse is available nationwide. Yes, I’ve been hearing that copies have been trickling out here and there for the last few days, but this is the official day for publication.

If you’re dressing up in costume, remember to get your parents’ permission (assuming you’re a minor!) and send me a picture. I’ll put it on the forthcoming Demigod Hall of Fame on my website. Only your first name and your city will be listed with the photo. In a few weeks, I’ll pick five names at random to win a signed Camp Half-Blood T-shirt.

We’re starting off the tour with a blow-out party at BookPeople in Austin tonight. Come on by if you’re in town. There’s a nice article in today’s Austin American-Statesman about the series, if you want to read it on-line (requires free registration).

I’m going to be in marathon mode over the next month. Check out my on-line calendar on my website and you’ll see why! If you’re anywhere close to one of my public signings, come on by. I’d love to see you. We will have lots of fun and T-shirts to give away. Woohoo!

Meanwhile, I’ve just about wrapped up work on Percy 4. My sons Haley and Patrick have given it their official ‘thumbs up.’ Now I’m just tweaking it a bit and working on the perfect title, which is always a struggle. Then it goes into the editing process, which is fairly extensive. Best guess, the book will be published next spring. I will post again when I know more. Sorry for the wait. I’m already getting emails from kids who have devoured Titan’s Curse in a few hours and want to know when the next one is out. If only I could write them that fast!

Rick Riordan