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17 Jun Weekly Round-Up: Book Deals & Publishing News


YA Asylum Updates:


Review: In the Shadow of Blackbirds

Trouble With Toads Tour

Feature & Follow: Book Spine Poem

New Young Adult Book Deals:

Total reported to Publishers Marketplace8 New Book Deals

Total digital deals reported to Publishers Marketplace1 New Book Deals


4: Contemporary
2: Horror (One’s Lexa’s!!)
1: Historical
1: Paranormal
1: Greek Mythology (Digital)

Total Multi-Book Deals:

2: Two-Book Deals
1: Three-Book Deal (Digital)

Debut YA Deals:

I’m so excited to announce Lexa Cain’s debut, SOUL CUTTER! It’s a fabulous YA Horror.

  1. Lexa Cain’s SOUL CUTTER, a teen who outs fake psychics on You Tube overcomes her epic skepticism when she confronts a legendary Soul Cutter while in Egypt tracking down her missing mother, to Lea Schizas at MuseItUp Publishing, for publication in December 2013, by Michelle Johnson at Inklings Literary Agency.

For more specific information check out the YA deals page at Publishers Marketplace (membership is required).

Please note that these are only the deals reported to Publishers Marketplace. There are quite a few literary agents that do not report their deals to Publishing Marketplace so there could be more deals than just this.

Publishing & Bookish News:

Publisher axes staff as distribution shifts to Oz

Jobs will be lost in New Zealand at book publishers HarperCollins and Pearson after the companies yesterday announced intentions to close some operations. Read more here.

New CIA #2 Pick Used to Read Anne Rice Aloud at Her Bookstore’s Erotica Night

The former host of “Erotica Night” at a Baltimore bookstore will be the first-ever female No. 2 official at the CIA. On Wednesday, Barack Obama nominated Avril Danica Haines to be the deputy director of the CIA, replacing Michael Morell, who twice served as acting director of the agency but took much of the blame for editing the highly controversial talking points around the 2012 attack on the consulate in Benghazi. As a lawyer in the White House Counsel’s office, Haines oversaw the approval process for the CIA’s covert actions, acting as a vital link between the CIA and the president. Read more here.

Grammar: The plucky punctuators fighting against apostrophe catastrophes

Ten years ago, Lynne Truss published Eats, Shoots and Leaves: the Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. It was doctrinaire about commas, semi-colons, dashes and other diacritical marks, and it seemed to signal the end of the line for the Grocer’s Apostrophe – you know the kind of thing: “Apple’s and Pear’s 75p a pound!”, “King Edwards Potatoe’s £1.99 a kilo”. Read more here.

James Joyce’s ‘last undiscovered’ collection to be published

A small Irish press is publishing what it is calling “almost certainly the last undiscovered title by James Joyce” – 10 short pieces by the author, written six months after he completed Ulysses – igniting a row over the author’s intentions. Read more here.

Neil Gaiman’s top 10 mythical characters

The author of Coraline and The Graveyard Book shares the characters from myths that haunt him, from Loki and Lilith to Coyote. Read more here.

Seattle Public Library Puts Books on Bikes

A small group of Seattle Public Library (SPL) staff will be pedaling—and peddling—books on the pavement this summer, thanks to the new Books on Bikes pilot program.

Librarians on bicycles are traveling to several outdoor events across the city with a custom-built book trailer that can carry 500 pounds of materials and display 75 books at a time. The bicycling librarians will hold book talks, pop-up story times, and information sessions at venues large and small in public parks, farmers markets, and at other community events, such as the Pride Parade and PrideFest, Cyclefest, Umoja Fest, and Fiesta Patrias. Read more here.

Philip Pullman: ‘Authors must be paid fairly for ebook library loans’

The writer of His Dark Materials leads a new campaign to address ‘underpayment’ of writers for digital loans. Read more here.

Fantasy/SF Publisher Rebellion Launches Children’s Imprint

Best known for the bone-crushing justice delivered by the iconic character Judge Dredd, U.K. publisher Rebellion is going after a somewhat younger crowd with its new children’s imprint, Ravenstone, which launched at BEA with the June release of its first book, Lupus Rex by singer-songwriter John Carter Cash. Read more here.

Macmillan’s Sargent, Apple’s Moerer Testify at the Apple Trial

Macmillan CEO John Sargent returned to the witness stand again on the sixth day of the Apple e-book price fixing trial to be followed by Apple executive Keith Moerer, a key figure in the negotiation of the agency pricing agreements in question. Questioning and witness testimony fell into a familiar pattern: detailed government accusations, witness denials and the presentation of extensive government evidence that appears to undermine those denials. Read more here.

Writing Tips: 

10 Things Your Opening Chapter Should Do: A Check-List for Self-Editing

Let’s face it: first chapters are hard. When you’re writing your first draft, you’re writing for yourself—getting to know your characters and their world. You should let everything spill out on the page free of your inner editor’s censorship. Read more here.

Horror News:

I’m so excited to say that there’s a new horror deal! It was posted on Publisher’s Marketplace on the 12th of June.

Martin Rose’s BRING ME FLESH, I’LL BRING HELL, unfolding like a classic film noir mixed with elements of a B-movie, in which a Pre-Deceased P. I. with a morbid sense of humor who keeps his undead body functioning with hourly meds and help from a bombshell mortician is horrified to discover the photo of his latest clients’ missing son is a picture-perfect reproduction of his own, long dead son and must figure out if this is an elaborate trap or if the wife and child he believed he killed ten years ago in a zombie-fugue survived after all, to Nicole Frail at Skyhorse, for publication in Fall 2014, by Sandy Lu at the L. Perkins Agency (World)

Literary Agents News:

Sarah E. Young recently joined Nancy Yost Literary Agency. Sarah was the eBook editor at Press 53 and graduated from the University of Denver’s graduate course in publishing. She is interested in representing all varieties of romance / women’s fiction: contemporary, historical, Western, sports, regency, inspirational, urban fantasy, paranormal, young adult and any combination thereof



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I'm a designer, a freelance editor, an intern for Bree Ogden at Red Sofa Literary and, most importantly, a book blogger. Reading wise I’m a huge fan of anything creepy, weird, whimsical, or sinister — and zombies. Gotta love zombies. Oh, and I'm a YA writer represented by Prospect Agency.

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  • Asti
    Posted at 07:30h, 17 June Reply

    Ooh that new debut sounds really interesting! I’ll have to keep my eye on that one! And I’m curious to see Neil Gaiman’s top 10 mythical creatures, since I missed that. I always love these posts <3 Thanks for doing them! :D

    • Kim
      Posted at 06:40h, 18 June Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Asti!

  • Meeeggg @ Ink Skies
    Posted at 09:08h, 17 June Reply

    I don’t know Lexa, but I’ve seen her around before so it’s cool that she managed to get a book contract – for a horror novel, no less! I checked it out, and Soul Cutter sounds very exciting. Now I’m off to go read the tips for opening chapters. Thanks for sharing, Kim!

    • Kim
      Posted at 06:40h, 18 June Reply

      Anna R. Allen’s blog has a ton of great writing tips. Hope you enjoy it :)

  • Lexa Cain
    Posted at 18:52h, 17 June Reply

    Thanks for mentioning me, Kim! <3
    It's really cool that there's another Horror sold, too. Thanks for all the news, and YAY for Horror writers! :-)

    • Kim
      Posted at 06:39h, 18 June Reply

      The other Horror was a novella and it is going to be released at the same time as a movie The Seventh Son (for some reason). It sounds like they are trying to do something new there. Like a novella for movies…? Not sure. It’s about an apprentices guard at a haunted prison.

  • Henrietta @ Leisure Reads
    Posted at 04:13h, 18 June Reply

    Thanks for the update! I love the writing tip article that you shared. It helps me see why some stories always seem to be able to grab me right from the start when others feel sorta slow and un-engaging in the first few chapters.

    • Kim
      Posted at 06:37h, 18 June Reply

      Thanks, Henrietta. Anna R. Allen’s blog is filled with amazing writing tips.

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