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There are 2 different articles about Legend in the Wall Street Journal today! The first is in their print edition and also online under their subscriber content, and the 2nd is online at their Speakeasy section. There's some extra information about the inspirations behind the book as well as other tidbits:

Online article: 'Twilight' Producers, Penguin Are Betting on 'Legend' blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/0…

Print/Subscription article: Penguin Puts Marketing Muscle Behind 'Legend,' a Dystopian Debut online.wsj.com/article/SB10001…

I wanted to say major thanks to reporter Barbara Chai, who was such a delight to talk to. You are amazing! :heart:

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Also, Legend has now sold foreign rights for Complex Chinese and Dutch! :heart: My family members in China can now have an edition they can read, which makes me all kinds of happy.

In other news, I've been writing the beginning of Legend 3 and am discovering all sorts of new things about what it's like to write the final book in a trilogy. Legend 2 (which is still undergoing revisions) was way, way, WAY harder to draft than Legend 1 was. In fact, I'd say the first book of any series must be the easiest one to write....and the second one is the hardest. I'm still afraid of Book 2. Man, it pwned me so much. It's STILL pwning me.

Legend 3, though, is an interesting beast. Writing it is, again, completely different from writing the previous two. Book 2 is a lot of character fleshing-out, digging deeper into the personalities and motivations of the characters that were introduced in #1. #3 is so far all about Tying The Loose Ends. Getting everything that's been wandering about in #1 and #2 back together and tied together into one thick string is a much bigger challenge than I guessed. I suppose it's sort of like writing #1 in reverse--where #1 is about starting off with one thick string and then branching it all off into multiple little strings. Much of the challenge I'm hitting is being able to think of the right plot scenes to match the tying of loose ends. What scene can be used to start tightening up two or three individual strings? That's pretty much all I've been mumbling to myself lately. I take notes at the gym, at restaurants, at the laundromat, everywhere. And then I toss them out and write new ones. I'm so glad no one sees me working at home. People would probably think I'm nuts, walking around in my PJs, mumbling to myself and running my hands through my messy hair until it looks absolutely incomprehensible.

I've never ever tried writing a book 2 or 3 before in my life. I've had practice writing book ONES of stories....I mean, all the unpublished manuscripts I wrote before Legend were all book ones of stories. But this is the first time I've gone farther than the first one. And man, it is a serious learning experience.
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rebelsolo83 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
Hello! Congratulations on your success! It sounds so exciting. I read everything you wrote about the differences in working on books 2 and 3. I was wondering... once you get a book deal for a trilogy with a publisher, how much of the story for the following books do they want to know? Do you have to have it all planned out in a synopsis? Or are they only interested in the story for one book at a time?

Thanks! I can't wait to read LEGEND.
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mree Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you so much for all the kind words! :hug:

When contracting for a trilogy, usually you have the first book finished and brief synopses prepared for Books 2 and 3. In my case, we submitted with one-page synopses of 2 and 3. So you don't have to know the nitpicky details, but publishers will probably want to know where the general story is headed.
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rebelsolo83 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
Aw, I see. Thank you so much for this. I've been sending out many queries lately and I'm beginning my second book of three. This is very helpful. Can't wait to read LEGEND! :clap:
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mree Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you so much! :) (and best of luck on the querying!)
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sekaihatsu Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
Congratulations on reaching the high point of your dream, getting published! I look forward to the novel in Nov as well as the rest.
I'm cheering you on and I believe your friends here are too so let me just end with You can do it mree! And your next triumph is just over the horizon.
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mree Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you so very much for all the kind words! :hug: You are too sweet!
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huntandy Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Hey, you have no idea how encouraging this post was for me! I'm currently getting pwned by the hunt 2. It's so true how book 1 in a trilogy is the easiest to write. sometimes it's tough to let the creative juices flow when deadlines, high expectations, contracty duties get in the way. Also, so cool that Legend is going to be published in Chinese. My parents don't think I've written a book until it gets published into either Chinese or Japanese.
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mree Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Writer
Hey Andy! :hug: Aw, thanks--and yeah, my mom and extended family were the same. First question was "Will it be published in Chinese?". The deadlines and expectations definitely make Book 2 difficult, don't they? I'm pretty sure yours is going to turn out awesomely, though. You will pwn that book in the end!
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WarSongDeathmark Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
We keep cheering from the sidelines!
It's great to hear of your success.
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mree Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional Writer
:hug: Thank you so much!
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foodpsycho Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011   Writer
Heya, long-time watcher, first-time poster. Just wanted to say I really loved the first 3 chapters of Legend and can't wait to read the whole thing in November! I love reading the articles and behind-the-scenes stuff too. :D As a writer you're a massive inspiration to me so I just had to say congratulations on your publications and I'm eagerly awaiting Legend's release! :)
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mree Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional Writer
Wow, thanks so much! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the first 3 chapters, and I hope you'll like the rest when the book is out! You are so sweet; thank you for the kind words, and for being a long-time watcher. :hug:
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leayana Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
I'm so proud of you!!!! I feel terrible for you, the way you describe books 2 and 3 sound quite stressful XD. But I wish the best of luck for you!! I can already tell that the other two are going to be just awesome!
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mree Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional Writer
Aw, thank you so much! :hug:
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Sunnyjones Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Congrats I can not wait to read it.
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EverViciousYuna Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Once again, congrats. I can't wait to read 2 and 3! I finished re-reading 1 for what must be the fifth time a week or so ago and have since moved on to re-reading the Hunger Games trilogy (on book 2 now). They had the poster for the Hunger Games movie up at the theater when I went to see Captain America and I freaked out. Just imagine what will happen when the poster for Legend comes out!!!!
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mree Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Writer
Oh man, I would LOVE to see the Hunger Games poster up at a theater! Haven't seen it around my area yet. And wow, thank you so much! I'm so thrilled you've reread Legend--you're just way too sweet. :hug:
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EverViciousYuna Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I have a pic of it on my facebook page. it even looks like it's on fire and glowing!!!
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Legend is absolutely addictive. Every time I read it I find something I missed and I see things differently. It's one of those that after you finish it you're like. "I've gotta read that again now that I know what happens! I wanna see those connections!!"
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Forever-Art-Fan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
I am so getting all three in hardback when they come out.
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:iconmree:
mree Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Writer
Wow, thank you so much! :heart:
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mae-designs Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
THERE'S THREE LEGEND BOOKS!?!? O.o
I'm so happy!!! Yay Marie!!!
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mree Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Writer
lol, thanks! :) Yes, Legend will be a trilogy!
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DragonPrivate Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student Writer
Its so amazing that the first one hasn't even come out yet and you're so close to being done :O
I really cannot wait for this series. I will be on top of it, obsessing over it for years ^^
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mree Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Writer
Aw, thank you :hug: I still have a ways to go (book 3 is only 1-2 chapters in at the moment), but I hope you'll enjoy it!
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AstralDaamon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
So what's the plan beyond legend? Have you thought about that. By the way, grats to you and such a wonderful achievement and of course thank you for sharing.
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mree Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you so much for the kind words! I do have another story idea I'm nursing, for after Legend is done. It'll be fun but I have to spend a while researching!
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AstralDaamon Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
I hope that you see just as much success with it.
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TamsTheGenkiQueen Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
That sounds like such a monstrous task, so by all means, please mumble to yourself in your PJs if it will ease the process a bit! Five hundred points of respect to you for nearing the end of your trilogy, Marie :) I have no doubts you will make it epic.
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mree Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Writer
lol, aw thanks, Tams! :hug:
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pearwood Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, Marie, this is wonderful.
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