Frequently Asked Questions

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!

In the words of the immortal Icebox (Little Giants): call me Becky! But my last name is pronounced like “Albert tallied the votes.”

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:

You can also get them from:

Or directly from HarperCollins

And if you live outside the United States, I highly recommend:

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

Yes! Call FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, GA or email gary@foxtalebookshoppe.com, and be sure to request that they hold the book for personalization. They can ship internationally for an additional fee. 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! 

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.)

To learn more about how you can become a traditionally published author, I recommend this incredible guest post by Delilah Dawson on Chuck Wendig’s blog, terribleminds.

Also, read literally everything on Dahlia Adler’s blog, The Daily Dahlia. She’s amazing – and her books are, too.

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.

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.

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).

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).

 

I’m actually the wrong person to ask here. I’m a straight author who wrote a gay character, but I’m not an expert on gay representation in fiction. If you are an author writing from a marginalized community you don’t belong to, I highly recommend that you:

  • Follow members of that community on social media. When they discuss their experiences of marginalization, listen carefully.
  • Read #ownvoices books. (#ownvoices is a hashtag started by author Corinne Duyvis, with the purpose of highlighting books by authors writing characters from their own marginalized communities. Learn more about it here.
  • Interview friends and family who belong to that community. But ask questions that show you’ve done your research. Example of a good question: “Do Reform Jewish people fast on Yom Kippur?” Example of a not-so-good question: “What’s it like being Jewish?”
  • Seek feedback on your manuscript from multiple members of the community you wrote about - sometimes referred to as sensitivity readers. Please pay these readers or reciprocate their critiques. It’s a big thing to ask! The best resource for finding sensitivity readers is Writing in the Margins, which was created by author Justina Ireland

Double Stuf or Classic.

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.

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.

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 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: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/get-help-now

The number for their 24/7 suicide lifeline is 866-488-7386

 

I’m not the best person to give this advice, because I’ve never had to come out. 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: https://www.trevorspace.org

For advice on navigating LGBTQIAP+ issues in school, I recommend GLSEN: http://www.glsen.org

If you’re a parent or an ally of an LGBTQIAP+ kid or teen, consider becoming involved in PFLAG. https://community.pflag.org

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. 

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! 

You can read my FAQ here, or check the film's IMDB page here

 

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.)

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. 

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 becky.albertalli@gmail.com

I also periodically run giveaways for signed books and other cool prizes, so keep an eye on my twitter page! @beckyalbertalli

You are awesome for considering this, and I do have a few favorites! I really love The Trevor Project (donate here: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/donate) and GLSEN (donate here: http://www.glsen.org/support/giving)

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: http://www.prideschoolatlanta.org/donatetoday/)

That is pretty freaking nice of you! You can reach me via my agency at this address:

 

Becky Albertalli
Janklow & Nesbit Associates
285 Madison Ave 
21st Floor
New York, NY 10017

 

I absolutely love school visits. Please feel free to email me to inquire about my rates! albertalli.requests@gmail.com 

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 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. 

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. albertalli.requests@gmail.com

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.

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! 

I’m sorry – I truly can’t. However, there's some INCREDIBLE Bram POV fanfiction on Archive of Our Own

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.