YA Asylum Updates:
REVIEW: The Omen: A Classic Creep
BOOK TALK: Internal v. External
REVIEW: A Monster Calls: Poignant
GIVEAWAY: Night Film by Marshia Pessl
New Young Adult Book Deals:
Total reported to Publishers Marketplace: 21 New Book Deals
Total digital deals reported to Publishers Marketplace: 6 New Book Deals
1: Verse Novel
1: Graphic Novel
Total Multi-Book Deals:
3: Two-Book Deals
1: Three-Book Deal
Debut YA Deals:
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:
11 Most Evil Characters in Books
Evil is one of those capital-letter themes in literature. It’s right up there with Love, Death, Beauty, Friendship and Fate. Maybe that’s because Evil, like Death, catches us off guard. Sooner or later, we’re all assured a chance encounter with Evil, but we can’t predict when it’s coming for us, and we can only guess what painful form it will take. READ MORE HERE.
The Top 10 Literary Landmarks of the South
Stretching from Virginia to the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, and to the tip of Louisiana are some of this country’s most important literary landmarks. Notonly does a visit to the South reveal this region’s haunting beauty, it opens up a window into the lives of some of the nation’s most gifted authors, poets, and playwrights.To visit the landscape that inspired William Faulkner, Margaret Mitchell, Thomas Wolfe, Edgar Allan Poe, and Tennessee Williams (just to name a few) is an unforgettable journey into the South’s storied literary legacy and the annals of American literature. READ MORE HERE.
A Heady Cocktail of Books and Booze
LET the publishing industry fret about the future of print. In an ever more digitized age, literature as live event appears to be thriving. READ MORE HERE.
Heart of the story: mapping the Man Booker prize
Some literary locations are real, others imagined – but as a map of the settings for every Booker prize contender since 1969 suggests, all have a unique emotional authenticity. READ MORE HERE.
Simsion Tops Librarian List, Too
The new LibraryReads initiative has announced their second monthly list of librarian favorites for October. Their No 1. pick is Graeme Simsion’s novel, also the Indie Next top selection. READ MORE HERE.
A luminous new star in the literary constellation
It begins with a storm and it ends in rain: no reader will arrive at the final line of The Luminaries without a smile of satisfaction. True, there may also be an element of relief – it is a long book – yet Eleanor Catton’s triumph is rooted in an elaborately plotted celebration of story. READ MORE HERE.
I have a soft spot for New Zealand and Australian authors. I’ glad she’s doing well :)
Tyndale House, NavPress Form Publishing Alliance
Tyndale House, the Carol Stream, Ill.,-based Christian publisher, has formed an alliance with NavPress, the publishing arm of The Navigators ministry. Under the alliance, NavPress will maintain its separate identity and continue to acquire and develop content, maintaining an editorial staff in its Colorado Springs, Colo., office. READ MORE HERE.
Approaching authors (or at least this one)
Recently, a friend asked me about the best way to approach authors to request things like interviews and guest posts. Obviously I can’t speak for all authors and tell you whateveryone prefers, but I know what works for me. READ MORE HERE.
Tumblr launches book club. Watch out, ‘Today’ show
Not to be outdone by the “Today” show, which splashily launched its first book club last month with “The Bone Season” by newcomer Samantha Shannon, Tumblr‘s new Reblog Book Club debuted Tuesday. READ MORE HERE.
Two 19th century Gothic classics get Goth YA makeovers
Those thoroughly satiated with beach days and summer blonds can seek refuge of a darker sort in two new novels for young adults in which classic 19th century Gothic novels get a postmodern, post-punk makeover influenced by the aesthetic of their 20th century pop culture counterpart, Gothic rock. READ MORE HERE.
Eight Years Later, the Google Books Fight Lumbers On
Like a pair of boxers staggering from their corners for the ninth round, Google and the Authors Guild traded another round of briefs last week in their long-running, slow-moving Google Books fight. There is very little left to be said at this point in the case, and they said it at great length. The question is, why are they still fighting? READ MORE HERE.
New ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ UK Adult Edition cover features Nagini
Rounding out a series of reveals, Bloomsbury U.K. has unleashed the new cover for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Adult Edition. READ MORE HERE.
Fiction in the 21st century: what we learned at the Edinburgh World Writers’ conference
From China Miéville’s bullishness about the novel to Ma Thida’s struggles against censorship, 20 keynote speeches over the course of the last year made for a fascinating conversation about the state of literature today. READ MORE HERE.
Video: Samantha Shannon on ‘The Bone Season’ and Her Writer’s Tic
Samantha Shannon’s debut dystopian fantasy novel, The Bone Season, kicks off a seven-book series that she signed the contract for before finishing college. It’s a massive, intricate story set 200 years after a mysterious even changed the world as we know it in 1859. READ / SEE IT HERE.
Blog Communities: Forming a Safe Place for New Writers in a Scary Online World
Some pretty scary things have been happening in the online book world recently—stuff that’s been shocking to those of us who expect our fellow book-lovers to behave like civilized adults. READ MORE HERE.
Query Critique | From Literary Agent Suzie Townsend
Recently on tumblr, one of the questions was about queries (shocking I know). The author said she loved her book but hated her query and had written and re-written it an endless amount of times but couldn’t seem to figure out how to get her novel across. READ MORE HERE.
Villains Who Would Make Great Protagonists
I love, love, love a good dark character. I think most people do. There’s a reason why some of the show-stealing characters in our favorite stories tend to be the shadowy ones. However, there’s also a reason why most of these folks tend to not be the protagonist: even with complex character development, it is simply not easy to relate to a baddie. READ MORE HERE.
The Only Two Tips You’ll Ever Need to Find Your Writing Voice
Voice-finding always seems to be a hot-topic among aspiring writers. Seasoned writers stress the importance of finding your writing voice and give their own thoughts on how to do it. With the sea of advice, it’s easy to get lost and distracted from the goal of actually writing. READ MORE HERE.
Writing Inside the Drawer
First, thank you to Erin and the rest of the PubCrawlers for having me today! And now…
Ugh. I know. There is not a lot of love out there for The Drawer—that place where would-be novels sit and collect dust, never to see the light of day. READ MORE HERE.
Rejection 101: What Authors Should NEVER Do When They Get Rejections
I know. Rejections hurt.But they’re also a necessary part of your career as an author. So when you get your first one, give yourself time to feel the pain, then do something to celebrate. Maybe even print it out and frame it. READ MORE HERE.
The Pricing Puzzle
As the utopYA alumni know, we are all about education, collaboration, and inspiration here at utopYAcon HQ. The education part has been on my mind lately, mostly due to a rather disturbing Facebook post I stumbled upon. It wasn’t necessarily offensive or vulgar, but it was the attitude of the individual that caught me off guard. It all boiled down to how an author prices their ebook. READ MORE HERE.
First drafts never come easy. They rarely turn out exactly how you’ve planned them, if you’ve even planned them at all. The other day, fellow pantser and Pub Crawler JJ posted about endings being one of the most challenging things for her, and offered useful advice on how she deals with the inevitable wall blocking her way to the goal. READ MORE HERE.
Telling Yourself the Story
Have you ever been writing and everything is coming along smoothly until…it isn’t? Some people might call it writer’s block, but I don’t actually think writer’s block is a thing. There are, of course, many reasons someone might be unable to write, including depression/emotional issues, lack of time, etc. but when “writer’s block” means “I don’t know how to proceed forward,” then I have a few tips. READ MORE HERE.
3 Tips To Write Modern Allegorical Novels
I recently finished reading the Nobel Prize winner José Saramago’s Death with Interruptions.It fascinated me in countless ways: the style uniqueness, easy flow, ideas represented, underlying themes, references. READ MORE HERE.
5 Things I Learned As A YA Debut
NOT A DROP TO DRINK hasn’t hit the shelves yet, but I’ve already learned so much in 2013. As we continue with our August theme of what we learned as debut authors, I can share what I’ve experienced so far – and maybe you”ll get an update after the Dark Days tour! READ MORE HERE.
Making Productive Use of Your Time
Ever since I relocated from NYC down to Dixie, I’ve found myself with both large amounts of unexpected free time and not enough to do what I want to do, rather than the things I need to do. For the first couple of weeks here, I went about everything willy-nilly–errands, homemaking, jobs, editing/critiquing, and writing–before I finally broke down and made myself a schedule. READ MORE HERE.
METADATA 101: A Non-Techie Does Her Best to Explain Metadata (and Why it Matters) In Plain English
First of all, what the &%^# is metadata? AccordIng to Wikipedia, it’s “data about data.” But we’re writers and we’re talking about books, so, huh? READ MORE HERE.
Guest Post: Writing with Fear
It’s true. I am a horror writer. I do a myriad of other things, other writings, but I find more often than not this is the first thing that comes up when I’m asked either via casual dinner conversation or a simple Twitter introduction what I write. READ MORE HERE.
The Importance of Educating Yourself (Royalty Statements Part 1)
I recently taught a workshop on how to read royalty statements at an SCBWI (Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators) annual conference. It was one of three workshops I lead while I was there. And it was the least attended. READ MORE HERE.
Social Media Secrets, Part III: What Should an Author Blog About?
When I teach blogging, the most common question I get is: “What should I blog about?” READ MORE HERE.
On “strong” female characters
I’ve been thinking about strong female characters a lot lately, and almost as though the universe was on to my post plans for Pub Crawl, the internet exploded with some fabulous discussions on this very topic earlier in August. Namely, Sophia McDougall’s ovation-worthy article on why she hates strong female characters. READ MORE HERE.
FIRST FIVE FRENZY With Jennifer Skutelsky Of Veritas Literary Agency
The First Five Frenzy is all about getting an agent’s perspective on what works, and what fails, in those first pages of a manuscript. By reading each agent’s comments, I hope you’ll learn how to make your manuscript a shining gem that will be requested time and time again.
Researching Literary Agents
When it comes to finding a literary agent, the most important step (yes, even more important than a snappy query letter) is researching which agents you intend to approach. READ MORE HERE.
FIRST FIVE FRENZY WITH AMY TIPTON OF SIGNATURE LITERARY AGENCY
The First Five Frenzy is all about getting an agent’s perspective on what works, and what fails, in those first pages of a manuscript. By reading each agent’s comments, I hope you’ll learn how to make your manuscript a shining gem that will be requested time and time again. Today, I am proud to share Literary Agent, Amy Tipton’s perspective on what’s important in those critical first pages. READ MORE HERE.
Claire Anderson-Wheeler has joined Regal Literary as an agent. Previously she was an agent at Anderson Literary Management.
At Liza Dawson Associates, Monica Odom has been promoted to associate agent, and also serves as manager of finance and social media development.
Louise Fury is joining The Bent Agency as an agent in their New York office. She represents young adult, new adult,romance, commercial fiction, pop culture and select nonfiction. Fury was previously at the L. Perkins Agency.
Jill Corcoran has left The Herman Agency after 4 years to create the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency. She notes, “I am lucky to be starting not only with Ronnie’s support and blessings but also with the clients that I signed while at Herman Agency.”