I absolutely love hearing from readers – but due to deadlines and life and my overflowing inbox, it may take me a little time to get back to you. In the meantime, you may be able to find the answer to your question here!
What should I call you?
In the words of the immortal Icebox (Little Giants): call me Becky! But my last name is pronounced like “Albert tallied the votes.”
Wait, you wrote a book? Where can I get it?
I did! I’ve written a few! My first book, Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, released in April 2015. My second book, The Upside of Unrequited, released in April 2017. There are lots of ways to get them.
You may be able to find them in your local bookstore, especially indies (I love indies. I want to make out with indies). Or your local library (I want to make out with libraries, too).
Or you can order them online! Some of my favorite bookstores with online ordering options are:
- Powells in Portland, OR
- Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL
- Charis Books & More in Atlanta, GA
- Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, CA
- Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA
- Politics and Prose in Washington, DC
You can also get them from:
Or directly from HarperCollins
And if you live outside the United States, I highly recommend Book Depository
What formats are available for your books?
In the US and Canada, SIMON and UPSIDE are both available in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook. SIMON is also available in paperback. Both books are available in paperback and e-book in the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.
SIMON has been translated into lots of languages, including French, Spanish, Portuguese (with separate editions for Portugal and Brazil), Thai, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Taiwanese, Indonesian, Polish, Czech, German, Italian, Hungarian, Finnish, Vietnamese, and Serbian! Stay up to date on upcoming translations for both SIMON and UPSIDE here.
Can I order a signed book?
Yes! You can order signed, personalized books from FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA. They can ship internationally for an additional fee. Make sure you carefully read the instructions on their site, especially if you would like your book personalized. And if you’re in the Atlanta area, stop by this adorable store!
You can also keep an eye on my events page – often bookstores are able to hold books to be signed/personalized at my events, and then shipped out later!
How did you become an author?
I’m still scratching my head and asking myself that question. In a nutshell, I used to be a clinical psychologist, but I left that job when my older son was born in 2012. When he was tiny, I decided to write the book I’d always told myself I’d write.
That book turned out to be SIMON!
To learn more about my specific becoming-an-author story, check out Summer Heacock’s beautiful blog for the very first interview I ever gave as an author (but ignore the parts about my second book. The details have TOTALLY changed.)
Can you give me advice about self-publishing?
I really can’t! I’m sorry. I’ve never done it (though some of my favorite books are self/indie published). But I’d start by checking out the self-publishing threads of the Absolute Write Water Cooler forums.
Can you give me advice about becoming a clinical psychologist?
Again, I’m so sorry. I’m not currently practicing, so my perspective is complicated here. If you’re in school, I recommend speaking with your guidance counselor or career center.
Can you refer me to your agent/agency/publisher?
I don’t work directly with my publisher’s acquisitions team, so I’m unable to make referrals to my publisher. I also very rarely refer manuscripts to my agent (and I never do so without reading and falling in love with the full manuscript first).
In that case, can you read my manuscript?
I’m so sorry – I truly can’t (unless you are one of my existing critique partners or I specifically offer to read it).
But I found my amazing critique partners through Absolute Write and my local writers’ organization.
If you’re able to pay, you can also find really wonderful freelance editors to help with your manuscript. I highly recommend Kimberly Ito (guys, she critiqued SIMON – and she’s an incredible author, too) and Katherine Locke (another one of my all-time favorite authors).
What’s your favorite kind of Oreo?
Double Stuf or Classic.
But you’ll still respect me if I like Golden Oreos, right?
Even if I’m Adam Silvera?
Especially if you’re Adam Silvera.
What was your inspiration for Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda?
This is a hard one for me, because there was no lightbulb moment with this book. I simply got to know Simon’s character in my head, and I let him tell his story.
But you worked with LGBTQIAP+ kids and teens as a psychologist, right? Is Simon based on them?
I did work a lot with LGBTQ teens and adults, as well as gender nonconforming children. However, Simon is not based on anyone I’ve worked with in a clinical capacity. I’m painstakingly careful to ensure that none of my characters are based on former clients. Like all practicing and formerly practicing clinical psychologists, I take therapist-client confidentiality extremely seriously.
Are you planning on practicing psychology again at some point? And would you consider being my therapist?
I’m not sure if I’ll go back to psychology in the near future. Unfortunately, if I know you as a reader or member of the writing community, I can’t be your therapist (this would be an ethical violation on my part).
I’m feeling depressed and have been having thoughts of suicide. I know you were a psychologist. Can you help me?
I’m so sorry you’re going through this. Unfortunately, legally and ethically, I am not allowed to take on a therapeutic role with my readers and friends. But I care about you deeply. Please reach out to your friends, family, teachers, or other supportive adults in your life (or your therapist, if you have one!).
The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Do not hesitate to call, 24/7. Do not feel like your feelings are not significant or important enough.
If you’re more comfortable texting, contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741.
And if you’re an LGBTQIAP+ person between the ages of 13 and 24, The Trevor Project offers many wonderful resources. The number for their 24/7 suicide lifeline is 866-488-7386
Can you give me advice on coming out?
I’m not the best person to give this advice, but I highly recommend connecting with friends who have come out, or who are considering coming out.
Again, the Trevor Project has a great resource for this.
For advice on navigating LGBTQIAP+ issues in school, I recommend GLSEN.
If you’re a parent or an ally of an LGBTQIAP+ kid or teen, consider becoming involved in PFLAG.
What are your pronouns?
What’s up with your third book?
My third book is called Leah on the Offbeat. It’s a sequel to Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda from Leah’s point of view, and it takes place during their senior year. It comes out April 24th, 2018.
And what the heck is going on with that movie?
The good news: Simon is headed to the big screen! The film wil be titled LOVE, SIMON, and it’s scheduled for release in March of 2018.
The film is directed by Greg Berlanti, distributed by Fox 2000, and produced by Temple Hill Entertainment. Fox 2000 and Temple Hill recently collaborated on The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns. Isaac Klausner, Marty Bowen, and Wyck Godfrey from Temple Hill are producing, along with Pouya Shahbazian (Divergent) and Chris McEwen from New Leaf Literary.
The script was written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. They’re the writers and producers for This Is Us.
The film stars Nick Robinson as Simon, Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel as his parents, Talitha Bateman as Nora, Alexandra Shipp as Abby, Katherine Langford as Leah, Logan Miller as Martin, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. as Nick, Keiynan Lonsdale as Bram, Miles Heizer as Cal, Tony Hale as the assistant principal, Natasha Rothwell as Ms. Albright, and more!
Will you be my pen pal?
This is a tough one for me. I love my readers so much. I feel like you get me. Maybe it feels like I get you. Maybe I do! Believe me when I say that I absolutely love hearing from you, with all my heart.
However, I get a lot of emails in the vein of what Simon might write to Blue. They are so charming and lovely, but I’m afraid I’m unable to maintain an online friendship with that level of back-and-forth intimacy. Realistically, I’m a super-stressed author with a lot of deadlines and two very young kids. It kills me that I’m unable to connect with you in this way, but there are simply too many potential pen pals!
(Man, I hope you guys somehow connect with each other, though. I’m not kidding when I say you are the actual smartest, funniest, most wonderful human beings.)
Will you or your publisher send me a review copy of one of your books?
My publisher and I are no longer able to send review copies of SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA or THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED, since they are currently available in stores and libraries.
Would you mind sending me a free signed copy?
I get this question VERY frequently, usually from readers who have already purchased my book and would like to use the extra for a giveaway. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you for purchasing, reading, and wanting to promote my books. However, the truth is, like most authors, I get a very limited number of extra copies. Mine have been gone for months (mostly donated to schools, libraries, and LGBTQIAP+ organizations, or used for my own giveaways). At this point, any copies I give away for any reason have to be purchased out of my pocket. I wish I could afford to do this for my readers, but I’m afraid there are a lot of you (and I’m so grateful for that)!
That being said, if you are inquiring on behalf of a school, library, or other organization (ESPECIALLY if your organization specifically supports LGBTQIAP+ youth), please get in touch. I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to donate, but I will always try to make exceptions for these cases. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I also periodically run giveaways for signed books and other cool prizes, so keep an eye on my twitter page!
I’d like to donate money to support LGBTQIAP+ youth! Do you have any favorite organizations?
I’m also really excited about the Pride School Atlanta, which is new private school opening in my (and Simon’s) hometown, specifically for LGBTQIAP+ youth (donate here).
Can I send you something in the mail? If so, where should I send it?
That is pretty freaking nice of you! You can reach me via my agency at this address:
Janklow & Nesbit Associates
285 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10017
Can I send you my book so you can sign it and send it back to me?
I’m so sorry – I’m unable to do that.
Do you do school visits?
I absolutely love school visits. Please feel free to email me to inquire about my rates! email@example.com
Will you be doing any events or signings soon?
Yes! Keep an eye on my Events page on this site (I’ll try to be better about keeping it up to date).
I’m working on a school project about you or one of your books. Can you help me?
I’m so sorry – I am unable to help with school projects (though I’m incredibly flattered that you want to do a project about me). Fortunately, if you’re willing to do a little research, most of the questions I’ve gotten from students have been answered in places online. I recommend searching the phrase: “Becky Albertalli interviews.” I’ve been giving interviews about my books for a few years, so your chances of finding the information you’re looking for are very good.
Will you do an interview or guest post for my blog?
I’m honored that you want to feature me! Realistically, this depends on my schedule, but you can always feel free to reach out to me via email and ask. firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I post your book to Wattpad or elsewhere online, so readers can enjoy it for free?
Nooooooooooooo!!!! Please don’t. Oh my goodness. It’s illegal, and it harms my publisher and me. Piracy often leads to low sales figures for authors, which can affect their ability to get future book deals.
Do you mind if I write fanfiction about your characters? Or draw fanart? Or compile edits or playlists?
I do NOT mind, and you are literally my favorite people. I’m a huge supporter of Simon fan stuff (I read the fanfic! I have framed Simon fanart from readers in my room!).
If you’re looking to find these things online, one of the best places to start is the creeksecrets tumblr! This is a reader-created site with lots of cool Simon art, gossip, and so many lovely spoilers! I also recommend checking out the Simon tag of Ao3 for some absolutely beautiful reader-created content.
And finally, don’t forget to check out the SHORES fanzine, available for pre-order now!
Will you write a sequel from Blue’s point of view someday? Or will you retell SIMON from Blue’s point of view?
Uh, Becky? It’s actually just called “Tumblr,” not “the Tumblr.”
Yes. I know. One or two or a million people have mentioned this.
Simon and his friends refer to creeksecrets as “the Tumblr” because they’re referring to a specific Tumblr page, as opposed to ALL of Tumblr. Imagine how much less of an impact Martin would have if he posted his bullshit to the big, wide abyss of Tumblr. “The Tumblr” is a specific community for Simon’s high school.
Kind of like how my moms’ group has a Facebook group, but we don’t refer to it as “Takoma Mamas.” We just call it the Facebook group. (I know this example doesn’t help make the case that I’m young and cool, but you get it, right?).
That being said, if it doesn’t work for you as a reader, that’s totally fine.