Hi! I am excited to welcome you to the new courtneysummers.ca! If you are reading this on a feed, you should click over and check it out! It was put together by my brother-in-law, Jarrad Gunter, and the graphics were done by his wife (and my sister!) Megan. Jarrad got to hear all about my need for minimalism and white space and no clutter at length and I think at one point, I stood over his shoulder for like an hour and made him change the width of the blog posts about 80 times before I was satisfied. Working with my sister was the same way, except with images. Poor them. Anyway, I’m ecstatic with what their patient listening and keen understanding of the Internets has produced and I hope you love the site much as I do!

(Maybe it will make me blog more?)

Aaaand a website relaunch would be nothing without a celebratory giveaway, so if you comment on this post on my website (not a feed) I will enter you in a draw! One winner will receive a signed copy of CRACKED UP TO BE, THIS IS NOT A TEST and some signed bookmarks. This giveaway is open to International readers. Comment by November 24th and the winner will be announced the 25th!

Right now, I’m between edits for ALL THE RAGE aka The Book That Ate 2012, which means I have a cold. It seems every time I hand the latest draft into my editor, something like that happens. Colds. Extreme mopeyness because what do I do with myself now. Luckly, I had something to distract me from both this weekend: I participated in The YA Apocalypse Tour with authors Megan Crewe, Lesley Livingston, Maureen McGowan and Cheryl Rainfield.

The tour isn’t over, so if you live in Ontario and there’s a stop near you, check it out! I could only be at the Belleville stop, but I had a wonderful time signing there with such a great set of authors. I’m sorry to have missed Leah Bobet, but she will be at all the other stops, so go, go, go, if you can!

I don’t do much (read: like zero) signings and whatnot, so it was very cool to step into Chapters and see this:

And even cooler than THAT was meeting the bloggers who came out! I really like talking to readers but it usually happens over the Internet so when I meet them, there’s always that strange and awesome moment of, “YOU ARE ACTUAL PEOPLE!” (Have I told you that I picture authors as their book covers so when I meet them in person, inside I’m thinking, “YOU ARE NOT A WALKING BOOK!” I know.)

Ciara, Chrystal, Emilie and Kat andIhopeIdidn’tforgetanyone are such a fun, funny, smart and enthusiastic group of bloggers–you should read and bookmark their blogs, because they’re fantastic–and that they came all the way to Belleville to say “Hi!” and get books signed meant a lot. Thank you, ladies! You can read Ciara’s event recap here, Chrystal’s here and Kat’s here.

There were also a surprising amount of Grandmas scoping out YA for their granddaughters.

Rock on, Grandmas.

WELL. That is all I have to blog about today.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring.

(Now enter my contest because my books aren’t going to win themselves!)

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138 Responses to site relaunch & a signing, oh my!

  1. Starrynite says:

    Whoop whoop. New site looks great (and I am reading on my phone so that means the mobile version looks great). Very excited about All The Rage and hope you feel better really soon xxx

    • courtney says:

      Yaay! I’m so glad it works on the mobile for you. I wanted it to be mobile responsive! I’m feeling better. Hope you’re getting some sleep! xx

  2. Annika says:

    I FEAR CHANGE but I guess this is pretty good as far as scary change goes.

  3. I wish you guys were coming to Alberta! What an awesome group for a signing, I hope you had and continue to have a blast on the tour! The site looks great too!

  4. Wooooot! I love the new layout. And I’m with you on minimalism — I like my links but I also like my space.

    So excited for ALL THE RAGE and I’m so sorry you’re sick! I just submitted my novel and immediately descended into full-blown illness. Maybe that’s…a thing.

    Feel better, lovely. <3

    • courtney says:

      Thank you so much, Alexandra! Glad the layout works for you. Yay minimalism!

      And eeeee! Fingers crossed re: novel submission. Theere can be nothing scarier than hitting the send button. I hope you’re feeling better soon too!

  5. Lena says:

    GIGGIDY, the rebirth of Courtney Summers…online…or whatever, lol.

    I’m so sorry you have a cold but am uber excited about ALL THE RAGE edits. Just brings everyone one step closer to finally reading your book.

    Feel better soon, and thanks for the fabuloso giveaway! :)

  6. Jennifer Clarke says:

    Also very excited for All the Rage and loving the new site!

  7. Tiffany Drew says:

    I’m loving the new site. Simpler is better in my opinion too. I don’t like flashy colors and having to go up and down sidebars to find what I’m looking for. I wish the tour would make its way up to new Hampshire. Nobody ever comes here, although I cant say that I blame them. I’d rather not be here either lol.

    Hope you feel better soon!!

    • courtney says:

      Thank you, Tiffany! High-five for having the same kind of taste in design aesthetic. I will definitely have to put New Hampshire on the someday list. :)
      & I do feel better, thanks!

  8. Ahh a giveaway?! Count me in!!! I’m such a huge fan of all your books!

    PS- Congrats on the new site! I love it already!!

    email: gl.hautecoutureblog@gmail.com
    blog: hautecouture3.blogspot.com

  9. PamM says:

    I love the new site. Hope you feel better. I know how it is my kids decided to share the flu with me. Thanks for having a great giveaway.

  10. ki. says:

    Yay for the new website, it looks great. :-)

    Get well soon and pls enter me for this giveaway. Thanks!!

  11. Lisa Harwood says:

    Love the new site & layout! Very snazzy =D

  12. I wish I could go and see you on the tour! I sometimes hate staying in the UK lol!

    Love the site as well!

    Thank you for the giveaway! :)

  13. Jen K says:

    Love the new site! I super wish I could come to one of the tour stops but I live a bit too far north for them (specifically Timmins) since I would love to talk to you ladies in person! Maybe one day!! Thanks for the giveaway!! <3

  14. Fatima says:

    Love the new layout of your site! Can’t wait for All The Rage to come out. Hopefully you can come to England for a book signing one day :)

  15. The new website looks fabulous, Courtney!! :3

  16. Britney W says:

    Yay! Congrats on the site re-launch! And thanks for a fabulous giveaway as well.

  17. KatN21 says:

    Nice relaunch ! And thanks for the giveaway

  18. Kristie M says:

    Love the site. Wish I could have made it to the Bellville signing to meet you! I will be going to the Barrie one though :( Thank you for the Giveaway!

  19. Doug Solter says:

    I love minimalism. The only thing is I think you should have one page with some of the cool pictures that you take. Just one page. Because you have a good eye for photography and you should always share beauty with the world. Okay, I’ll stop praising you now. :) Thanks for giving us a chance to win signed copies. *crossing all fingers*

  20. Lorena says:

    I love the format of the new site. I like how simple it is. I’ve read all 4 of your books and they are AMAZING. Can’t wait for All The Rage. Thank you for the giveaway

  21. Cristen J says:

    Love the new site! Can’t wait for All The Rage.

    Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  22. Kelly says:

    Jarrad, Megan, and you did a bang up job, Courtney. It looks fabbbbulous.

  23. Jasprit says:

    Oh I love the new website launch Courtney! It’s simplistic yet so pretty! I wish I could come to one of your tours! Yous should definitely come over to the UK one day! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  24. Veronika says:

    Love the relaunch! I wish I could meet you at the tour but sadly I live sooo far away :) Thank you for the giveaway!

  25. Maddie says:

    The new site layout is gorgeous! Love it! mads(at)meylor(dot)com

  26. Kylee M. says:

    Wow! I love the new website, it has a very simple and clean look yet it’s very unique. I really like how when it first loads all four of your books are there on the screen. I also like all the little detail like the “CS” in the middle of the line below the books and the quote is perfect!! Thanks so much for the giveaway and congratulations on the awesome relaunch! (:

    • courtney says:

      Thank you so much, Kylee! I’m glad the site redesign is working for you and that you like the CS line. :) Thanks for entering the giveaway!

  27. Mo Ortiz says:

    I’m currently reading Cracked Up to Be for like the millionth time! Haha I love your books (:

  28. Emily R says:

    Love the new layout! Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. Danette says:

    I LOVE the new website–such a clean, contemporary design. Excellent work, sis and bro in law!

  30. This is the suckiest comment because I’m commenting on a mobile device and can’t see the lovely new design. Have I just dobbed myself in? I’d love to win still. *sniff sniff*

  31. Nisaa says:

    Congrats on the new site! :) And what an awesome giveaway! Thanks for always doing this…(especially for the international readers) we love you!!

  32. Like the new site design. The buttons and things to click on and images…ALL THE THINGS! :)

  33. Tanja says:

    Oh I love the new layout! :) Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  34. Lee says:

    Love the new site Courtney! Would love to win one of your books.

  35. Lexi E. says:

    Love the new site! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  36. Dianah B. says:

    Lovely website design! And I also would love to win the books. ;-)

  37. Wendy says:

    The new look looks fantastic – congrats! It’s a pity that that was your only Ontario stop, I would have loved to see you in Toronto! =) Thanks for the international giveaway!

  38. Jennifer Alston says:

    Congrats love the site!!!! Iam sad i can’t see you but hopefully soon :) Thanks for the chance

  39. Heather says:

    loved This is not a test. I hope you write a part 2 :)

  40. I’m with you about this white and clutter-free space. As much as I want to have graphics and whatnots on my blog, I still want to maintain that simple look which looks really good to the eyes. I love homepage (is that what you call it?). Good job to your sister and brother-in-law! Expecting more blogs from you soon! xx

    • courtney says:

      Here’s to minimalism in design! Thanks from my sister and brother-in-law! And hold me to those blogs. ;) I’ve really got to get back on the ball!

  41. Lea says:

    oh I LOVE the minimalistic design! My eyes say thank you, too :) *wanders off exploring the new site*

  42. C.K. says:

    The new site is wonderful and I love that you spotted so many Grandmas scoping out YAs for their granddaughters while at your signing. Now kick that cold’s a$$!

  43. Naomi says:

    Awesome site! Looks great on mobile!

  44. Jessica R says:

    Wow, the new website looks great! Definitely very clear and uncluttered. I really wish I could have been at the book signing! I would have loved to be there but I just couldn’t make it to Belleville. I would love to hear that you decide to do more sometime soon! :)

  45. Deirdre says:

    The site is clean – easy (especially for a new visitor!) and very welcoming. Just discovered your work and am very excited to dig in. Hope the cold clears quick. Cheers!

  46. Rima says:

    The layout looks great, simple and minimalistic. Sidenote: Am about to start reading This is Not a Test for the first time (I know I’m a bit late!), so excited!

  47. Jesselle says:

    Your site looks fabulous! I love it! Looks neat and organized. Thanks so much for this giveaway! :)

  48. Sarah O says:

    Anytime someone changes their site I can never remember what the old layout looked like, even though I’ve been here before. I do like that your books are the first thing everyone sees though. Seeing your books reminds me of how sad I am that I only had your books in e-book form and my kindle is broken. And I’m the type of person who’s constantly rereading favourites, so it’s like torture. I guess it doesn’t matter since I knew I’d want physical copies eventually. Anyway, now that I’ve wandered completely off topic, congrats on the new site!

    • courtney says:

      Hee! Sarah, it sounds like we have the same type of memory. But by commenting you are entered in my giveaway, so there’s a chance for some physical copies!
      Thanks for the congrats!

  49. Denice Mae says:

    Congrats on the new design… It’s very simple actually…

    I really hope these books are sold here… Unfortunately, I’ve been waiting for ages and they are still not sold… Anyway, I would really love to read one of these books… I always read positive reviews for some of the books… Thank you!!!

  50. Audrey says:

    ahhh I’m sad I couldn’t make that signing… pretty please do something near Toronto? That would make my life :) And I absolutely LOVE the new website layout, I looove minimalist designs

    • courtney says:

      Audrey, I’m sad you couldn’t make the signing too! But hopefully I’ll get to Toronto someday. :) Thank you SO much for digging the layout!

  51. Sabina says:

    I love the new design! It’s so simple and clean – it looks amazing!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  52. Carina Olsen says:

    You are the most amazing, Courtney. <3 I adore you. And your website looks amazing :D And sigh. I need to re-read This Is Not a Test. <3 It was just so perfect and I'm so excited to read it again :) lol. Want to win the signed books + swag so much :D Fingers crossed. <3 Thank you so much for the chance :) You are amazing. Also, I'm super excited to read All The Rage :) Seems so good. <3
    Love, Carina

    • courtney says:

      Carina, you’re so kind! Thank you so much for all these nice things you’ve said. I hope you dig ATR and thanks for entering my giveaway! :)

  53. Nuzaifa Hussain says:

    Loving the simple and clutter-free layout of your new website-Looks cool!
    The first book of yours that I read was Some Girls Are and I was totally hooked.I absolutely loved Cracked Up To Be,Some Girls Are and Fall For Anything-the books were full of pure awesome-ness! :D
    Really cannot wait to read This Is Not A Test.
    Thank you so much for making this giveaway International!

    • courtney says:

      Thank you so much, Nuzaifa! I’m glad the design works for you. And I’m thrilled you’ve enjoyed my books. I hope TINAT holds up with the rest of them and thanks for entering the giveaway!

  54. The new website is slick, Courtney. Kudos to you and your talented family! And I love your favicon in the top of my browser, is that a weird thing to say? ;)

    I hate how your site still thinks I’m spam, though!

    • courtney says:

      I keep looking into ways that I can get my spam guard to stop picking at you! That I approve your comments should be enough for it, dammit! But thank you so much. I am glad the website and the favicon work for youuuu, girl who is not spam. ;)

  55. Jennifer G W says:

    Love the website it looks great!! Thanks for the giveaway!! jenni_bearz(at)hotmail(dot)com

  56. *squee* I am so excited to see that you mentioned us in your post. :) It was amazing to meet you on the weekend! Congrats on the redesign – I love the white space actually.

    • courtney says:

      I was happy to do it, Chrystal! It was so great to meet you all and I really appreciate that you came out. You guys made the time pass by quick! And thank you re: the redesign. :)

  57. PS you don’t need to enter me in the contest… since I already have a signed book from the event. ;) CHEERS!

  58. Georgeana says:

    The new site looks great! I really love all your books, which is a surprising thing for me because I normally only read YA fantasy or science fiction. Thanks for the giveaway.

  59. Bonita says:

    Wow i love this one better, its easier to open the site via mobie phone. Its so simple and yet so cool too :D
    Keep on writting and blogging, Courtney Summers! You’re one of my favorite authors

    • courtney says:

      Thank you so much, Bonita! Mobile responsiveness was so important to me so I’m glad it works for yours. And thank you so much for reading and for your kind words!

  60. SusĂș says:

    I wish I could go and see you on the tour! Love the site ! Thank you for the giveaway! :)
    Greetings from Peru :D

  61. Jessamyn says:

    The lovely Kelly Jensen of the blog Stacked introduced me to your books. Some Girls Are alternated between giving me goosebumps an making me want to vomit just thinking about how mean girls can be. I haven’t had a book evoke that much emotion from me in a long time. I have been recommending it to all the YA readers I know!

    • courtney says:

      Jessamyn, yay! I’m so glad to hear that. Kelly’s awesome and I’m so happy her introduction inspired you to pick up SGA and that you liked it. :) Thanks so much for reading and reccing it!

  62. Chris says:

    I loved your novel, Cracked Up to Be. Glad to find out that you have more!

  63. Alexa says:

    Gorgeous new site, I really like the minimal look.

    Hope you’re over your cold now.

  64. Tara says:

    Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway! Love the new website

  65. Erin L. Schneider says:

    Love the new website, Courtney! And don’t feel like you’re alone in website design perfectionism…it took months working with my dear friend and hubby to get the PERFECT Japanese maple branch for my site. I’m surprised they hung in there through all my diva-ness. But in the end, it’s all worth it – and look what you have to show! It’s beautiful!

    I can’t wait to get my hands on ALL THE RAGE – if you’re planning on giving up an ARC, I’d love to read and review on my site…and maybe do an interview just prior to it’s release! Let me know if you’re interested; I’ve had such great responses to all of my reviews on your other books!

    Best of luck wrapping everything up, book tour included. Maybe you’ll make it down to Seattle one of these days!??!

    • courtney says:

      Thank you so much, Erin! We sound like the same kind of people to work with–everything has to be JUST right! But there’s nothing wrong with that. :)
      When I get ARCs, I will definitely give your name to my publicist and I’d totally be game for an interview! ARCs will be a little while from now (still in edits) but I will definitely put your name down. Thank you for the offer!
      And here’s to Seattle, some day!

  66. mandy says:

    I like how clean the site looks. It’s easy to find everything ^^
    And thanks for the giveaway I want them!! jajaja

  67. Carolyn says:

    What a shiny new site you have! I’m definitely a minimalist fan myself– and its good to see it done here with its own cup of unique. Can not wait for All the Rage– it sounds fantastic and your track record is amazing.

  68. Alicia says:

    Ah, what a refreshing look! I love the new look of the website and I cannot wait for your new book! But my only complaint is why does Canada and Europe produce most of the best authors and things?! I wish I was Canadian or something exciting… blah! get well soon _xo

  69. Rowan says:

    Your new site looks amazing!! =D

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Email: rosey203@hotmail.co.uk

  70. courtney says:

    Eek! I was a bit delayed in drawing the winner for this giveaway! Sorry, guys! It’s been a hectic end of the month. But I appreciate all your comments and kind words and I’m thrilled you entered! The winner has been randomly selected and it is Jessamyn! (http://courtneysummers.ca/2012/11/site-relaunch-a-signing-oh-my/comment-page-1/#comment-18386) Jessamyn, I’ve emailed you!
    Keep your eye out for more giveaways in the future!