Publishing Industry Lowdown (January 30-February 10)

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!

I didn’t share deals last week, so we’ve got 2 weeks worth of deals this week! Let’s get started, shall we?


Antonia Michaelis’s THE ADOPTED ROOM, in which an 11-year old has to free another child, who is held prisoner in a strange room that only the boy can visit, and THE SECRET OF THE TWELFTH CONTINENT, for publication in Fall 2012.

Daniel Schwabauer’s middle grade RUNT THE BRAVE (David and Goliath) and RUNT THE HUNTED (David and Saul), retelling favorite Bible stories through the woodland mice of Tira-Nor, to Rick Steele at AMG Books, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, for publication in 2012, by Amanda Luedeke at MacGregor Literary.

Katherine Catmull’s middle grade SUMMER & BIRD, the story of two girls who, when their parents vanish overnight, follow their mother’s meager clue into a world called Down, where, with divided hearts, they must fight against a bird-swallowing Puppeteer in order to find their parents, discover the identity of the true queen, and save the land of the birds, in a two-book deal, for publication in Fall 2012.

NYT bestselling author of the Shiver trilogy Maggie Stiefvater’s four-book young adult series, THE RAVEN CYCLE, beginning with THE RAVEN BOYS, featuring a rich boy at the Aglionby Academy, one of the Raven Boys, who is on a hunt to find a vanished Welsh king (according to legend he will grant a wish to the first person to find him), and the daughter of a psychic, who has been told that if she ever kisses her true love he will die, but is too practical to believe in things like true love, for publication beginning in September 2012.

Debut author team Walter Jury and S.E. Fine’s young adult SCAN and a sequel, BURN, a high-action thriller about a 16-year-old boy who has been prepared his whole life for “something important,” only to discover it means he’s one of the last humans left on earth, in a good deal.

Shannon Messenger’s debut young adult LET THE SKY FALL, about a teen who survives a deadly tornado but loses his memory, only to discover that the beautiful girl who haunts his dreams is both real and the key to the mysteries of his past, to Liesa Abrams at Simon Pulse, in a two-book deal, for publication of book one in Spring 2013.

Edward F. Albee Foundation fellow and McSweeney’s contributor Courtney Eldridge’s YA debut GHOST SIGNS, about an artistic teen’s quest for the truth when her math-genius boyfriend disappears from their Twin Peaks-like town.

Judy Spelbring’s debut young adult PERFECTION, about a teenage girl living in a society focused on the concept of Aryan purity, who has been genetically engineered to be the perfect soldier; and after a harrowing journey, soon discovers that purity comes in many different forms; pitched as SPECIALS meets MEIN KAMPF, in a three-book deal, for publication in May 2013.

Christa Desir’s young adult TRAINWRECK, in which a boy helplessly watches as his girlfriend’s life falls apart after she is sexually abused.

Brett Hartman’s young adult CADILLAC CHRONICLES, the story of a white teenage boy and an elderly black man traveling together by way of an adopt-a-senior program gone haywire,  for publication in spring 2013.

L.A. Meyer’s young adult BOSTON JACKY, the next installment in the Bloody Jack Adventures, bringing the impetuous Jacky Faber back to Boston, where she finds herself in a heap of trouble.

TRAPPED author Michael Northrop’s young adult ROTTEN, the tale of a rescue Rottweiler and a troubled teen who overcome each other’s defenses only to have everything threatened by a treacherous friend and one snap of the dog’s powerful jaws,  in a two-book deal.

Courtney Summers’s young adult ALL THE RAGE, about a young girl who wakes up on the side of the road with no memory of how she got there, with a semi-erased message she left for herself her only clue; as she pieces together the evening before and all of the events leading up to it, a dark and sinister game is revealed.

Josin McQuein’s young adult PREMEDITATED, about the lengths one girl will go in order to get revenge on the boy who ruined her cousin’s life, for publication in Fall 2013.

Fiona McDonald’s middle grade GHOST DOLL AND JASPER, a graphic novel about the adventure of a broken doll touched by stardust and a mangy alley cat, who seek a new home while trying to evade an evil scientist, in a nice deal, for publication in Fall 2012.

Former NFL star linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons and NYT bestselling author Tim Green’s three middle grade new sports novels, featuring authentic, high-action accounts of the trials and triumphs that come with being a young athlete.

Melissa Landers’s young adult ALIENATED, in which a high school valedictorian takes in an extraterrestrial exchange student in order to receive a college scholarship, prompting a national controversy that spins out of control, only to find herself falling for her mysterious alien friend, in a two-book deal.

Michelle Rowen’s young adult COUNTDOWN, in which a street thief and a convicted murderer must work together against the clock to beat a deadly reality game, previously published as adult fiction, to be revised and retitled for young adult.

Natasha Lowe’s middle grade THE POWER OF POPPY PENDLE, in which a ten-year-old witch from a long line of witches greatly prefers baking yummy cakes and cookies (recipes included) to mixing up spells, for publication in August 2012.

Author of The Evolution of Ethan Poe Robin Reardon’s untitled fifth young adult novel.

Sarah Fine’s young adult SANCTUM, the first book in the GUARDS OF THE SHADOWLANDS series, featuring a seventeen-year-old girl who has one chance to save her best friend’s soul from hell where, in the process, she falls for the indentured Guard who is sent to make sure she doesn’t succeed, in a pre-empt, in a three-book deal, for publication in Fall 2012.

Author of Sorta Like a Rock Star and Boy 21 Matthew Quick’s young adult FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK, which follows 18-year-old Leonard through his decision to kill his former best friend and then himself, and the hope he finds when he least expects it, all in one 24-hour period, for publication in Spring 2013.

Sarah Aronson’s young adult BELIEVE, in which a girl who, as a child, made headline news as the sole survivor of a suicide bombing in the Middle East, finds herself at the center of seemingly miraculous events on the tenth anniversary, unleashing a media frenzy which causes her to seek the truth about her parents, herself, and the day that changed her life forever, for publication in Fall 2013.

(Source: Publisher’s Marketplace)

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