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19 Nov Wrap-Up: Publishing News, Writing Advice, & More


Life Updates:

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.

P.S. Literary Tumblr:

This tumblr account shares all sorts of writing advice, publishing news, and inspirational quotes/pictures/bookish love.

P.S. Literary Pinterest:

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.

P.S. Literary Twitter:

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: Fantasy
1: Alt-History
8: Contemporary
1: Dystopian (maybe?)
1: Magical Realism
2: Thriller
2: Paranormal
3: Historical
1: Scifi
1: Graphic Novel
1: Mystery

Digital Genres:

1: Paranormal
3: Contemporary
3: Scifi

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.

Writing Tips:

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.

Blogger Tips:

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

Today I am proud to share Literary Agent, Marietta Zacker’s perspective on what’s important in those critical first pages. READ MORE HERE.


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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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  • lexacain
    Posted at 13:08h, 19 November Reply

    Wow, lots and lots of news, tips, and links! It’s incredible that a debut author sold a trilogy in a six-figure deal. I guess Sherlock is more popular than ever. Too bad no horror sales. :(

    Thanks for mentioning Soul Cutter – You rock! And good luck with NaNo. :-)
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    • Kim
      Posted at 01:40h, 20 November Reply

      You’re welcome :)
      It’s kind of all about the agent when it comes to six-figure deals, I think. That debut author has a great concept (Sherlock is hot right now after all) but she’s also repped by McLean and she’s very well established lit agent.

      It is too bad there’s no big horror sales :(
      We can always hope that it’ll turn around someday soon.

  • Christine Monson
    Posted at 20:38h, 20 November Reply

    Anne Allen has a great blog and her last post resonates. I’m going through the same situations currently. She forgot one item, the person who acts supportive but doesn’t understand it takes a while to write a book so they badge you everyday. Then they make quips like “Perhaps you should get a job” and “Real writers publish 2 books a year” then quickly add “I support your dreams”.

    P.S. Literary’s Pinterest boards are highly- informational. Thanks for all the excellent tips this week.
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    • Kim
      Posted at 01:40h, 21 November Reply

      I know that person. I’ve had to deal with someone just like that recently and it does get on my nerves.

      I was really impressed by PSLA’s Pinterest board as well. I’m glad you enjoy it :)

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