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Gift Giving Guide to 2020 #ShopEarly #ShopLocal #ShopIndie

We made it!

2020 is almost over, and soon we’ll be ushering in 2021 and sealing up forever this burning hellmouth of a year.

The Hellmouth, courtesy of Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Before we do that, however, I think it might be nice to take a moment to remember all the things we have to be thankful for this year (yes, there are a few)!

  • The amazing first responders and healthcare workers who’ve helped so many of us get through this terrible pandemic.
  • The volunteers and employees at restaurants, grocery stores, and food banks across this country who’ve been feeding us (donate to food banks here).
  • And of course our friends and loved ones who’ve been keeping us grounded and laughing (often by suggesting what books to read/shows to stream/food to eat)!

I feel like we should reward these people with some parting gifts to help them over the last few weeks of this awful year. I personally think books make the best gifts, and also that supporting your local indie bookstore is a great way to show that you care – not only about your loved one, but about the health of your community!

Since I don’t know where you live (well, I do know where SOME of you live. Hi, Mom), I’m going to recommend shopping at MY local indie bookstore (actually, I have three, ALL great – Island Books, Books and Books Key West, and of course the Strand in New York City).

You can’t go wrong ordering books from any of these places!

But if you order books from Books and Books Key West, you’ll just happen to be ordering books from an indie non-profit bookstore (a qualified [501(c)(3)] charity) set up and co-operated by none other than famous author JUDY BLUME (as well as other community-minded Key West citizens).

Judy Blume at her day-job

Although Judy isn’t working INSIDE the bookstore so much these days (thank God–we cannot lose Judy Blume), I’m very excited because this holiday season Books and Books Key West has agreed to work with me on sending SIGNED Meg Cabot books to anyone who wants one!

So if there’s someone special on your list who’d like a signed Meg Cabot book this year, all you have to do is visit the online Meg Cabot page at Books and Books KW, select the book(s) you’d like, and let the store know how you’d like the books personalized (or if you’d only like them signed). You don’t even have to speak to anyone if you don’t want to, you can write the instructions on the comment section when you order.

Then leave the rest to Books and Books! (The store is happy to ship internationally, so no worries about that, either.)

Edited 12/9 to add: ORDER by 6PM EST on 12/10 in order to guarantee arrival by 12/25! You can still order after 12/10 for arrival by 12/25, but you’ll have to pay for expedited shipping.

What am I signing the most of right now? The 20th Anniversary editions of The Princess Diaries, of course!

Many thanks to all of you who are gifting the young (and young-at-heart) readers in your life with these newly edited editions with their GORGEOUS new covers and stepbacks by Steve Scott!

 (Couldn’t resist, I had to post them again!)

But don’t forget copies of the Little Bridge Island series for the fans of funny romance in your life!

Frequently asked questions:

Q: Will there be more than the first three Princess Diaries re-issued?

A: Yes!

Q: When will they be coming?

A: I don’t know, but I will try to find out.

Q: What is happening with The Princess Diaries movie?

A: Everything is on hold due to the Rona.

Q: What is happening with The Mediator Netflix series?

A: Everything is on hold due to the Rona.

Q: Why are other things getting made but not your things?

A: I don’t know? I’m only the writer!

Q: When is your next new book coming out?

A: No Words, #3 in the Little Bridge Island series, will theoretically be out next summer.

Q: Will there be more Corona Princess Diaries?

A: Yes, if I ever finish No Words.

Q: Why haven’t you finished No Words? What’s taking you so long? Didn’t you know that Shakespeare wrote almost all his plays during the plague?

A: Did Shakespeare have Neflix? No, I think he did not.

If you’re interested in purchasing a Meg Cabot book for someone in your life and are looking for a guide on which of my books are appropriate for which age range, click here.

Finally, if a book is out of your price range right now, don’t worry! You can still get that special someone a literary gift. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to my PO Box (address below), and I’ll return it to you filled with the autographed bookplates (indicate how many you’d like, and if you’d like them personalized), bookmarks and postcards pictured here (jewelry not included)!

Send the SASE to:
Meg Cabot
P.O. Box 4904
Key West, FL 33041-4904

Send your SASE now (RIGHT NOW) so it can be sent back to you in time for the holidays, and so that you can then give the enclosed items to your friends/loved ones!

(PS If you feel like you’ve seen this before, that’s because I posted it last year…and the year before…and the year before that. I sort of like that while the world around us has completely changed, LITERALLY THIS ONE THING HAS NOT CHANGED AT ALL.)

Please stay safe during this holiday season! I’m very much looking forward to seeing you all in 2021!

More later.

Much love,

Meg

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