19 Nov Wrap-Up: Publishing News, Writing Advice, & More
So, as you might have been able to tell … this blog isn’t getting updated regularly. I’m sorry about that, but things kind of got hectic this month (this seems to happen a lot, huh?). NaNoWriMo is in full blast and I recently became a Intern at P.S. Literary Agency.
Buuuut I promise to be better about it. I had planned to start that promise yesterday with this Weekly Round-Up post (which wasn’t weekly at all — I know!) but here it is all the same. A day late :)
P.S. Literary Agency:
As you know if you follow this blog and look at my Weekly Wrap-Up Posts, sharing publishing news, writing advice, and all that fun stuff is something I love to do. If you love it too, check out these resource from P.S. Literary Agency.
This tumblr account shares all sorts of writing advice, publishing news, and inspirational quotes/pictures/bookish love.
This pinterest account has A TON of awesome resources for writers out there. From marketing and social media tips to revision advice — it has it all.
Another great resource for the reasons already stated above. Plus, the twitter account keeps you up to date if you submit to them.
Now, on to my normally (late) post.
New Young Adult Book Deals:
Total reported to Publishers Marketplace: 24 New Book Deals
Deals since October 28th, 2013.
Total digital deals reported to Publishers Marketplace: 7 New Book Deals
1: Dystopian (maybe?)
1: Magical Realism
1: Graphic Novel
Total Multi-Book Deals:
7: Two-Book Deals
3: Three-Book Deal
Debut YA Deals:
I.W. Gregorio’s debut NONE OF THE ABOVE, pitched as Middlesex meets Mean Girls, about a girl who discovers she is intersex and must brave the fallout when her whole high school finds out, to Alessandra Balzer and Sara Sargent at Balzer & Bray, by Jessica Regel at Foundry Literary + Media
Debut author Heather Petty‘s LOCK & MORI trilogy, in which a female Moriarty teams up with classmate Sherlock Holmes to solve a mystery in modern-day London, until the answers lead him too close to all that she’s been hiding, to Christian Trimmer of Simon & Schuster Children’s, in a six-figure deal, in a pre-empt, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2015, 2016, 2017, by Laurie McLean at Foreword Literary
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.
Bram Stoker Award nominee and Gold IPPY Award winner Ronald Malfi’s LITTLE GIRLS, about a woman who, in the wake of her father’s death, moves with her husband and daughter back to her childhood home, and is haunted by a childhood tragedy that seems to be replaying itself with her daughter, as she becomes increasingly obsessed with investigating her father’s death, to Peter Senftleben at Kensington, for publication in September 2015, by Cameron McClure at Donald Maass Literary Agency (World).
ALSO don’t forget SOUL CUTTER will be coming out very soon!
The Soul Cutter is hunting again.
Seventeen-year-old Élan spends her free time videoing psychic scams and outing them online. Skepticism makes life safe—all the ghosts Élan encounters are fakes. When her estranged mother disappears from a film shoot in Egypt, Élan puts her medium-busting activities on hold and joins the search.
In Egypt, the superstitious film crew sucks at finding her mom. When a hotel guest is killed, whispers start—the locals think their legendary Soul Cutter has come back from the dead. Élan’s only ally is Ramsey, a film-crew intern, but he’s arrogant, stubborn—and hiding dangerous secrets.
When Élan discovers the Soul Cutter is no scam, she finds herself locked in a deadly battle against a supernatural killer with more than her mother’s life at stake.
Élan is fighting for her very soul.
Horror and Terror
It’s that time of year again: the time of year when the days grow shorter, the nights grow longer, and the time of year we like to huddle around a campfire and scare the pants off each other. READ MORE HERE.
Publishing / Book World News:
Judge Chin Finds Google’s Book Scanning Is Fair Use, First Ruling In Eight-Year Case
After 8 years of litigation over Google’s broad-scale scanning and indexing of more than 20 million books in libraries, Judge Denny Chin has granted summary judgment in favor of Google. READ MORE HERE.
How to Write a Character Nothing Like You
A couple of months ago I attended a reading and book signing with Terry McMillan, the best selling author of Waiting to Exhale. She discussed her upcoming book, Who Asked You?, which contains fifteen different points of view, including one of an eight-year-old boy. With that many POVs … READ MORE HERE.
December’s #PitchMAS 2013 dates have been SET!
This is a REALLY GREAT opportunity for all those out there looking to hone their pitch for the COMPLETE AND POLISHED manuscript. FIND OUT MORE HERE.
Are Your Family and Friends Sabotaging your Writing Dreams?
Writers participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) may discover that friends and family aren’t entirely enthused by your decision to disappear into your computer for a month. (I have a secret suspicion that Chris Baty invented NaNo in order to escape those painful family Thanksgiving dinners.) READ MORE HERE.
DIY Blog Tour
Literary Agent Sarah Negovetich has an on-going series about DIY Blog Tours that’s very helpful. Check it out on HER BLOG HERE.
Simple Tricks to Unstick Your Story: The Domino Effect
I tend to have a lot of false starts or write-my-characters-into-inescapable-corners when I’m drafting. READ MORE HERE.
Timeless Writing Doesn’t Have to Be Super Complicated
Are there times when you want to write something different; to create something special and lasting that readers will find important? READ MORE HERE.
Tips for a Successful Blog
Before I get started discussing this, I want to mention that this is my opinion and my experience in my five years of blogging. READ MORE HERE.
Literary Agent News:
First Five Frenzy With Nicole Resciniti Of The Seymour Group
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. READ MORE HERE.
First Five Frenzy With Marietta Zacker Of Nancy Gallt Literary Agency