Publishing Industry Lowdown (January 9-13)

Happy Friday the 13th!

It’s that day again–time for Sooz’s YA and MG Publishing Industry Lowdow. The general idea is that I share all the deals I know if in the young adult and middle grade publishing world each Friday.

My source for deal news is Publishers Marketplace, which requires a paid subscription. As such I’m only sharing part of the information here–basically, just author names and pitches. If you want to know deal sizes (e.g. advances), editors, publishers, and agents, I highly recommend you sign up for PM–it’s totally worth the cost!

It’s been quite a while since I updated (not that much happened over the holidays), so I’ll just jump in with this week’s deals. Now let’s get started!!


Elle Cosimano’s young adult DEAD BLUE, in which a math-genius from a DC trailer park is the only student able to solve complex clues left by a serial killer targeting classmates, thus making herself the main suspect, and a sequel, in a two-book deal, for publication in Fall 2013.

Michelle Pickett’s young adult PODS, in which a teenage girl is selected to be saved from a lethal pandemic, but surviving in the POD is only half the challenge, because the world to which the POD residents emerge is filled with new danger, for publication in 2013.

Darby Karchut’s young adult FINN FINNEGAN,  in which a modern teenage boy apprentices with a legendary Celtic warrior to battle the hobgoblins infesting their suburban neighborhood, for publication in 2013.

Sarah Lawrence College writing professor and Columbia MFA grad Melvin Jules Bukiet’s middle grade THE VOYAGE OF THE EXTRA-LARGE, ‘s debut childrens book about an electrifying adventure in a boat under the sewers of Manhattan, for publication in Fall 2013.

Page Morgan’s GROTESQUE, a new gothic thriller series set in Paris at the turn of the twentieth century, about two sisters on a search for their missing brother and the deadly and otherworldly truths that they discover, for three books.

Printz Honor author A.S. King’s young adult REALITY BOY, in which an infamous reality TV child star, now a damaged teenage boy, meets a girl who forces him out of his angry shell before they run away and send their dysfunctional families a list of demands that must be met in order for them to come back, for publication in Fall 2013.

Lauren Conrad’s collaborator on the #1 NYT bestselling L.A. CANDY trilogy Nancy Ohlin’s young adult THORN ABBEY, pitched as a modern paranormal retelling of Daphne Du Maurier’s REBECCA set at an exclusive boarding school, in which a shy new student falls in love with a mysterious boy whose dead, perfect ex-girlfriend may not be so dead (or perfect) after all,  in a two-book deal.

Clifford Beal’s GIDEON’S ANGEL, in which The Day of the Jackal meets The Devil Rides Out, set in Cromwell’s England, where fanatical puritans summon what they think is an angel: only a renegade Royalist colonel and D’Artagnan can stop the demon wreaking havoc across Europe, for publication in March 2013.

VCFA’s 2011 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Prize winner Melanie Crowder’s middle grade WATER, an eco-fable set in a near future shaped by water wars and following three very different characters in a struggle for survival in their parched land.

Michael Spradlin’s books 4 – 6 in Roland Smith’s young adult I, Q Series.

Stacey Jay’s young adult futuristic retelling of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, in a two-book deal.

(Source: Publisher’s Marketplace)

Other Stuff

Pub(lishing) Crawl launched with GREAT success! Today we introduced another new member–MY FABULOUS AGENT, Joanna Volpe! We’ve had thousands of visitors each day, and we’ve still got more new members to introduce and TONS more swag to give away–for the entire month of January! Doooon’t miss it!

Monday: Jodi Meadows (win an ARC of Everneath)

Tuesday: Erin Bowman (win an ARC of The Selection)

Wednesday: Rachel Seigel (win a copy of The Phantom Tollbooth and an ARC of The Night She Disappeared)

Thursday: Leigh Bardugo (win a copy of The Girl of Fire and Thorns)

Friday: Joanna Volpe (win a copy of The View from Saturday and Hold Me Closer, Necromancer)

And now–in a completely unrelated vein–here are some cool videos!

You tell me: Is there any industry news-bite or fun link you wanna share?