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Author Blog: Visiting the Wattpad Offices by Taran Matharu

Taran Matharu, the author of Summoner, which is a Wattpad senestation and will be published by us next spring, had the chance to visit the Wattpad offices this summer. We knew this was going to be a super cool trip, so we asked Taran to write us a post all about it. Here it is:

It’s June 2014. I’ve just hit 3.5 million reads on Wattpad, a social reading community with over 60 million books and 30 million users. My book, Summoner, which began its journey on Wattpad, is going to be published in Spring 2015.

My dreams were coming true and I didn’t think it could get any better. Then the email comes through and I can’t believe my eyes.

Wattpad have invited to fly me out to Toronto, to meet the team and attend their new office launch party! My answer is yes, yes, a thousand times yes!

Fast forward three weeks and I’m in a taxi to the hotel in downtown Toronto. It’s blazing hot and the city is beautiful, high rises and skyscrapers layering the city like candles on a birthday cake.

I arrive at the Cambridge Suites Hotel, and there’s a goody bag waiting for me!


But there’s no time to dig in, there’s a photo shoot about to kick off in a few minutes! I quickly get ready, then head out to Wattpad’s new Headquarters.

I’m instantly introduced to some of the other amazing Wattpad authors, names that I had already known when I dreamed of achieving success on Wattpad. It was very surreal meeting them all.

Before we get a chance to hang out, it’s on to the photo shoot!


After the photos we got to sit down together, talking books, writing and of course Wattpad. It was amazing how much we had in common.

The party started soon after and I finally got a chance to meet the Wattpad team. What was immediately apparent was that everyone LOVED what they did and were hugely passionate about Wattpad. They were warm and welcoming to all of us, making sure we felt comfortable and happy the entire night.

The highlight was the presentation by Ivan Yuen and Allen Lau, who talked about the future of the company and how we, the authors, had helped them get to where they were today. I felt like a rockstar.


Later that night, I drummed up the courage to introduce myself to Allen with Lillian Carmine, author of The Lost Boys. We ended up talking for a long time, discussing e-business and startups, a passion we all shared.

“I have to show you something,” he said. “This is the presentation we show to all of our new staff.”

He held up his laptop and went through the journey of Wattpad, from when he and Ivan somehow started working on the project independently before finding each other, to sharing stories on phones before smartphones even existed, to their millions of users today. It was a rocky, emotional and deeply personal road, with many twists and turns. I sincerely hope that Wattpad’s story is shared someday.

What was incredible to me was the passion that Allen had for what he was doing. He recalled the messages he had received from children around the world. How they had told him how Wattpad had encouraged them to start reading again, to get an education and to learn how to write. The story that had most touched him was an email from a young man who had been heavily involved in gangs, as he could not afford books to read or even a television. Wattpad had taken him away from the criminal world, changing his life forever. It was more than a business to Allen. Wattpad was a force for good.

There were many more inspiring and eye opening conversations that night, but it’s safe to say that there was a lot of wine and poutine consumed and eventually we were all playing customized cards against humanity!

The next day we are up early for breakfast with Allen and his wife Eva, before heading over to Wattpad HQ to interview with the staff on how they can make Wattpad better for us, as writers. It was amazing to tell them about my ideas, as both a business student and a writer.

Later we had an informal lunch in the spinning restaurant at the top of the CN tower!


We got to sit and chat all things Wattpad with the team and take a whole lot of pictures on the top of the tower. Here’s one of Allen and I on the scary glass floor.


Later that day we were interviewed by two reporters, where I got to talk about Summoner, how Wattpad had changed my life and the collaborative projects on Wattpad that I was working on.

Finally, it was time to say goodbye, but not before Wattpad told us that they had organized a trip to Niagara Falls for whoever was still around!

In the end it was, Anna Todd, author of After and Abigail Gibbs, author of Dinner with a Vampire and myself who were able to go.


It was a fantastic trip, where many margaritas were polished off, haunted houses were visited and collaborative projects were born.



Since then we have stayed in touch and are already working on a few things together! Hopefully Anna will get a chance to fly to the UK to visit Abby and I soon.

It was a bittersweet day when I left Toronto. I had met so many talented people who I had found to be warm, genuine and inspiring. I hope that some day I will have the opportunity to meet them again. Until then, the memories of this incredible experience will have to do!

Summoner by Taran Matharu is available in Spring 2015!

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  • Be sure to check back for more information about Summoner.
  • Learn more about Summoner on Wattpad!
  • Add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.
  • Visit Taran’s website, follow him on Twitter, and like him on Facebook.
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Author Video: Interviewing Your Other Persona by Katie Finn (or Morgan Matson?)

Today on the blog, we are excited to share a very special video. But first, an introduction from Digital Marketing Associate Stephanie M.:

When I first started at Macmillan about a year ago, I quickly became known as the contemporary lover. The second ARCs of Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira came into the office, five different people tried to give me one. I was also told that I was going to love Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn. A contemporary about revenge, friendship, and love set in the Hamptons? Yeah, sounds like my kind of book. And then someone told me that Katie Finn is Morgan Matson, and I freaked! Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer have always been two of my favorite books, and I was already eagerly awaiting Since You’ve Been Gone (which I read the week it came out and loved, of course).

So when ARCs of Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend showed up toward the end of last year, I immediately moved it up on my to-read list. It took me a night or two to read it, and while I could tell the difference between Morgan and Katie’s writing styles (Morgan’s books involve a lot of crying whereas Katie’s books involve a lot of OMG WHAT!? moments), I absolutely loved Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend.

Then Morgan (Katie?) came into the office, and I freaked out. Then she came into the office again, and I freaked out even more. During that second office visit, we filmed three videos with her (they?), the first of which is below. Because you could be a Morgan Matson fan and not know she has this other amazing book out that you totally need to read right now, and that’s just terrible.

So, without further ado, here are Morgan Matson and Katie Finn!


They’re pretty funny, aren’t they? (Or do we mean to say that she’s pretty funny?) Interested in seeing more videos with Katie Finn and Morgan Matson? Check out Bookish on Wednesday and Cuddlebuggery on Friday.

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn is available now!


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Blog Tour: Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre


Mortal Danger is the first book in the Immortal Games Series, a new series by Ann Aguirre, the New York Times– and USA Today–bestselling author of Razorland Trilogy (Enclave, Outpost, and Horde). To learn more about Mortal Danger, check out the blog tour, where there will be reviews, giveaways, guest posts, and more!

Sunday, July 27
The Midnight Garden

Monday, July 28
Bevy Bibliotheque

Tuesday, July 29
Chapter by Chapter

Wednesday, July 30
Birth of a New Witch

Thursday, July 31
Two Chicks on Books

Friday, August 1
Rainy Day Ramblings

Saturday, August 2
Wondrous Reads

Sunday, August 3
Alice Marvels

Monday, August 4
Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

Tuesday, August 5

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MacTeenBooks Recommends: July

We know that you love reading, and we do, too. But sometimes you read a book and you’re just not sure where to go from there. MacTeenBooks Recommends is here to help!

This month, we have a recommendation for fans of Wither and the rest of the Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano.


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Quote Roundup: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo came out on 6/17/14! Are you planning on picking up a copy? We’re certain the words from the book will convince you to read it.


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In-House Love: My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal

My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal came out on 6/10/14. Today, we have Digital Marketing Associate Stephanie M. talking about just how much she loves it.

Why I Decided to Read the Book: Not going to lie: I decided to read My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal because of the absolutely amazing cover. Beth C. did an absolutely amazing job with this cover. I love how the girl is distorted on the front and not distorted but faded to blue on the back. I also wanted to read this book because it sounds like my favorite kind of book: contemporary with a touch of something that couldn’t really happen. Think Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.

What I Liked About the Book: The main reason why I liked My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal is that it did what I hope all books will do for me: It pulled me in immediately and would not let me go. In the first chapter, the main character, Cassidy Haines realizes that she is dead. But she has no idea why. The book then alternates between Cassidy’s life as a ghost and her life before she died (another thing I love in books: two different timelines), as Cassidy tries to figure out what (or who(!)) killed her. I was glued to the pages as the mystery unraveled, and I totally did not see that ending coming!

My Favorite Character Is: It is very rare that my favorite character in a book is the main character, but that tells you just how much I like Cassidy. I really emphasized with Cassidy as she was remembering the last month or so of her life. Cassidy was dealing with a lot of issues that I believe we all go through: friendships falling apart, confusing romantic relationships, problems at home. I liked seeing how Cassidy dealt with these issues and how she learned to accept her actions.

My Favorite Scene Was: My favorite scene is at the very beginning of My Last Kiss. It’s actually the prologue. In the prologue, we learn of Cassidy’s first kiss. Cassidy is with her friend, Ethan, and they are talking about their first kisses. Cassidy tells Ethan that she has been kissed before, but she’s lying. Her first kiss happens right then with Ethan. It was the perfect first kiss story.

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Mark Your Calendars: August

July is just about to end, and that means that if you haven’t started getting excited about the books we have coming out in August, you really should get on that! This August, we have two very different books coming out. One is all about how far revenge can go in a world filled with secret societies, ghosts, and demons. One is about a couple who meet in college and how they fall in love—told from 14 other perspectives. Learn more about these titles below, and be sure to get them on your to-read lists!

mortaldanger3dMortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
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Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly . . . bad things are happening. It’s a head rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turn from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who—or what—she can trust. Not even her own mind.

alittlesomethingdifferent3dA Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
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The distinctive new crowdsourced publishing imprint Swoon Reads proudly presents its first published novel—an irresistibly sweet romance between two college students told from 14 different viewpoints.

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together.Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.

But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. You’ll be rooting for Gabe and Lea too, in Sandy Hall’s quirky, completely original novel A Little Something Different, chosen by readers, writes, and publishers, to be the debut titles for the new Swoon Reads imprint!

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Quote Roundup: My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal

My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal came out on 6/10/14! Are you planning on picking up a copy? We’re certain the words from the book will convince you to read it.


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See MacTeenBooks Books and Authors at San Diego Comic Con!

It’s July, and that means it’s almost time for San Diego Comic Con in sunny California! MacTeenBooks will at the show from Wednesday, July 23 to Saturday, July 26. See our full schedule below to see what books you’ll be able to grab and which authors you’ll be able to meet.

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Love children’s literature? Here is the full schedule for Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group:

Wednesday, July 23

6:30 PM
Giveaway: UNREMEMBERED by Jessica Brody
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

8:00 PM
Giveaway: THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

Thursday, July 24

10:00 AM
Galley Giveaway: THE VAULT OF DREAMERS by Caragh O’Brien
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

12:00 PM
Galley Giveaway: SHUTTER by Courtney Alameda
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

12:00 PM
Marissa Meyer on Fairy Tale Remix Panel
Location: Room 32AB

1:30 PM
Marissa Meyer Post-Panel Signing
Location: AA09

1:30 PM
Leigh Bardugo on End of Series Panel
Location: Room 24ABC

1:30 PM
In-Booth Signing: Ann Aguirre, MORTAL DANGER
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

3:00 PM
Leigh Bardugo Post-Panel Signing
Location: AA09

4:30 PM
In-Booth Signing: Leigh Bardugo, THE GRISHA TRILOGY
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

Friday, July 25

10:00  AM
In-Booth Signing: Marissa Meyer, THE LUNAR CHRONICLES
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

10:00 AM
Ann Aguirre on Vengeance and Villains Panel
Location: Room 32AB

11:30 AM
Ann Aguirre Post-Panel Signing
Location: AA09

12:00 PM
Galley Giveaway: LAILAH by Nikki Kelly
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

1:00 PM
Leigh Bardugo on Veronica Roth Spotlight Panel
Location: Room 25ABC

2:00 PM
In-Booth Signing: Mary Pearson, THE KISS OF DECEPTION
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

4:00 PM
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

5:30 PM
Audio Book Giveaway:  CRESS by Marissa Meyer
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

Saturday, July 26

10:00 AM
Josephine Angelini on Diversity in YA Lit Panel
Location: Room 7AB

10:00 AM
In-Booth Signing: Cecil Castellucci, TIN STAR
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

11:30 AM
Josephine Angelini Post-Panel Signing
Location: AA08

12:30 PM
Galley Giveaway, SHUTTER by Courtney Alameda
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

1:00 PM
Cecil Castellucci on Future Landscapes Panel
Location: 28DE

2:30 PM
Cecil Castellucci Post-Panel Signing
Location: AA09

3:00 PM
In-Booth Signing: Josephine Angelini, TRIAL BY FIRE
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

5:00 PM
Galley Giveaway, THE ISLAND OF EXCESS LOVE by Francesca Lia Block
Location: MCPG Booth #1117

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Quote Roundup: On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor

On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor came out on 6/10/14! Are you planning on picking up a copy? We’re certain the words from the book will convince you to read it.


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