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. My third book, Leah on the Offbeat, released in April of 2018. My fourth book (co-written with Adam Silvera) is called What If It’s Us, and it releases October 9th, 2018. 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, paperback, e-book, and audiobook. LEAH is also available in hardcover, e-book, and audio (narrated by Shannon Purser!). All of these books are available in paperback and e-book in the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand. SIMON also has a special edition hardcover available, along with a paperback movie tie-in edition. WHAT IF IT’S US is available for preorder in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook.
My books have 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 here.
Can I order a signed book?
Right now, you can preorder signed first editions of What If It’s Us (signed by both Adam Silvera and me) at a number of different stores. Epic Reads made a list of these retailers here. If you preorder from Books of Wonder before our release day, we can personalize them (make sure to request this when you order).
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.
Okay, but what if I’m Angie Thomas?
I think you know the answer to this one, Angie.
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?
Have you written any other books besides Simon Vs?
I have! My second book, The Upside of Unrequited, is in the same universe as Simon, though it centers on a different group of characters. It released in April of 2017, and the U.S. edition is available in both hardcover, paperback, audio, and e-book.
My third book, Leah on the Offbeat, is a sequel to Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda from Leah’s point of view, and it takes place during their senior year. It released in April of 2018, and is available in hardcover, audio, and e-book. The U.S. paperback edition will likely release sometime in 2019.
I also have a co-written project with Adam Silvera releasing on October 9th, 2018, called What If It’s Us. It’s a dual-POV love story about two boys named Arthur and Ben, who can’t decide if the universe is trying to push them together or keep them apart. This book does not take place in the Simonverse.
Can you tell me about Love, Simon?
Yes! Simon was recently adapted into the film LOVE, SIMON, which was released widely in theaters on March 16th, 2018. It is currently available to purchase electronically, as a DVD, blue-ray, or 4K. Target also released a special edition DVD that includes exclusive bonus Simon/Blue emails by me (these emails pick up right after the bonus emails in the Simon Vs. Special Edition Hardcover).
The film was 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!
Love, Simon won Choice Movie-Comedy in the 2018 Teen Choice Awards, and Nick Robinson was chosen as the Choice Breakout Movie Star. Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale won Best Kiss at the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards. Love, Simon is also Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Can you please turn LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT, THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED, OR WHAT IF IT’S US into a movie?
Like most authors, I have no control over whether my books are optioned and greenlit for film. Rights to LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT belong to Fox 2000, since they own all film and theatrical rights to the LOVE, SIMON characters. Whether a LOVE, SIMON sequel gets made is entirely up to them.
Will you adapt SIMON VS/LOVE, SIMON into a musical? Or can I be involved in adapting it?
All theatrical rights – stage and film – are owned by Fox 2000.
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.)
Okay, but I can still email you, right?
Absolutely! My email address is email@example.com. I am the only person who checks that email address, and I read every email I receive. However, please note that it takes me a LONG time to respond, simply due to the volume of emails received. Angry follow-up emails about my response times bum me out A LOT. Please be patient. I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to respond, but I try very, very hard to do so eventually.
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, THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED, or LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT, since they are currently available in stores and libraries. My publisher is responsible for distribution of advanced copies of WHAT IF IT’S US, but availability is very limited, especially close to publication.
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 instagram 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 a letter 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.
Will you write a sequel from Blue’s point of view someday? Or will you retell SIMON from Blue’s point of view?
Will you write a sequel to SIMON from Simon’s POV?
No, I have no plans to write a sequel from Simon’s POV.
Have you considered writing from <particular character>’s point of view next?
If it’s a Simonverse character, that’s very unlikely. Leah on the Offbeat is the end of the Simonverse.
Would you consider writing a POV character who comes from <particular underrepresented community>?
It’s so, so important to me to strive toward inclusive books with thoughtful representation. There are some experiences I feel I’m not able to authentically and accurately represent. Particularly in cases where there are very few mainstream books about a particular marginalized experience (or intersecting marginalized experiences), I want to let writers from the community tell their stories first. The good news is that sometimes the book you’re looking for already exists. My favorite website is Dahlia Adler’s LGBTQReads. It’s so comprehensive and well-organized – a true lifesaver!
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.