Publishing Industry Lowdown (April 2-6)
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!
Let’s get started, shall we?
Shawn Stout’s next two books in the middle grade PENELOPE CRUMB series, pitched in the style of Ramona, Clementine and Judy Moody, for publication in Fall 2013 & Summer 2014.
BON APPETIT: A DELICIOUS BIOGRAPHY OF JULIA CHILD author/illustrator Jessie Hartland’s middle grade STEVE JOBS, a graphic biography of the innovative Apple chief.
Jacqueline Davies’s middle grade LEMONADE WAR: The Candy Hearts Cover-up, bringing us even closer to two children as it explores the distinctive power of poetry and love — fourth-grade style, in a two-book deal.
Vicki Burgess’s middle grade THE MAPMAKER’S SONS, pitched as reminiscent of The Princess Bride — ancient maps of legend, complete with mythical creatures, raging seas, and wild, faraway lands, are all real; days before his thirteenth birthday, a boy learns his destiny when a staggering family secret is revealed and when he steps into a forgotten world, it will take every ounce of skill and courage he possesses to find the weapon at the heart of his map and fulfill his destiny as the Mapmaker’s Son.
Twenty-year-old Lindsay Cummings’s debut young adult THE MURDER COMPLEX, set in a future world where the murder rate exceeds the birth rate and no one is safe, not even a 15-year-old trained by her father to fight, kill and survive against all odds, whose life changes forever when she falls in love with a boy harboring a terrible secret that could uncover the haunting truth about her family and put them both in mortal danger, in a two-book deal.
Chelsea Pitcher’s young adult THE S-WORD, pitched as The Scarlet Letter meets Veronica Mars, about a high school girl who found her best friend in a compromising position with her own boyfriend on prom night and cut off their friendship, then was plagued by guilt and decided to find out who was responsible after her best friend was branded Queen of Sluts and committed suicide, for publication in 2013.
Lisa Schroeder’s middle grade FROSTING AND FRIENDSHIP, a new companion novel to IT’S RAINING CUPCAKES and SPRINKLES AND SECRETS, for publication in fall 2013.
Jeff Tapia’s middle grade HIPPOMOBILE!, narrated by twins about their campaign to save the town of Wymore (pop. 49) by restoring the amazing Hippomobile.
Tara Dairman’s debut middle grade THE DELICIOUS DOUBLE LIFE OF GLADYS GATSBY, about an eleven-year-old foodie who gets an undercover assignment moonlighting as a New York Times food critic.
THE DAY BEFORE author Lisa Schroeder’s young adult FALLING FOR YOU, about a teen girl who relives her love for a dangerous boy and unravels the secrets that haunt her family, as she hovers between life and death, for publication in Spring 2013.
The Blind Contessa’s New Machine author Carey Wallace’s young adult A CATALOGUE OF PHANTASMS, set in a seaside New England town in the 1930’s, where a 14-year-old roams yet another summer house after months of criss-crossing Europe with a mother determined to distract herself from her husband’s death; as she investigates the secret history of the house under the protective glare of the servants, she stumbles upon a beautiful and mysterious glasshouse, where she meets a ghost who can’t remember how he died.
Angie Smibert’s young adult THE MEME PLAGUE, the last title in the MEMENTO NORA trilogy, wherein a group of teens fight to expose the truth about the city’s mandatroy ID program and the ID chips’ ability to implant false memories.
Julianna Scott’s new young adult series beginning with THE HOLDERS, pitched as THE SUMMONING meets EVERNIGHT, which tells the story of two teen holders of supernatural powers, pawns in a rivalry between the good and evil of their kind, and the fight for knowledge, love, and their own lives set against the backdrop of their Irish boarding school community, in a two-book deal, for publication in 2013 and beyond.
Rosamund Hodge’s debut young adult SUNDERED, a Beauty and the Beast reimagining, a love story about a girl trained from childhood to kill the dangerous-yet-alluring lord she must marry on her nineteenth birthday; trapped in his enchanted castle, she must uncover his secrets to lift the ancient curse on her kingdom, for two books.
(Source: Publisher’s Marketplace)
Um…it’s been one of those weeks. One of those weeks where, as Erica O’Rourke so aptly described it to me, This is what happens when I spend all my time writing like a crazy person…I am pretty much feral at this point.
I know you all know that feeling. The feeling that you just trekked the entire Oregon Trail, forded seventeen rivers, and loss Bess to dysentery. The feeling that you just competed in (and maybe didn’t survive) the Hunger Games. The feeling that you were trampled by a pack of dancing hippos.
So yes. It’s true.
I am pretty much feral at this point. If you have anything to contribute to my awareness of what happened in the last week, I welcome it. I have not lifted my head from the keyboard in 7+ days.
You tell me: WHERE DID THIS WEEK GO?
April 6, 2012 @ 6:31 pm
Aww. I wish I was that focused. Maybe I just need to pull out the router and ignore the Internet for a little while? (But it’s soooo shiny!)
Anyway, I was so happy to see Lindsay’s deal up there! That was a good motivation for me to give myself a good kick in the pants and get going. My friends are trying to make me finish before my twentieth birthday so I can still be counted as a “teen author”. :p Honestly, I just want to be done at this point.
Good luck with the writing! I hope it’s going well!
April 11, 2012 @ 3:46 pm
Teen author, FTW! But…I know plenty of non-teen writers too. It’s an AMAZING accomplishment no matter the age. Honestly…writing books is the hardest job I’ve ever had–and that includes living in a tent on Arctic sea ice and cutting open sharks. I still thinks writing is harder!
April 7, 2012 @ 6:03 am
Lisa Schroeder’s books sound… delicious, haha! And why are there so many secrets in unravel in these books?
For me, this week went to freaking out because my professor lost a requirement that was a third of my grade, being suspicious of Nick for giving so much away in the Korra trailers (Makorra kiss, Amon energybending, etc), and reading Game of Thrones.
Wow, that is amazing! Did you manage to keep track of how much you wrote this week?
April 11, 2012 @ 3:48 pm
Yes. I am VERY suspicious of Nick. Why are they doing this? What if Mako and Korra DON’T GET TOGETHER???????
I did keep track of how much I wrote, but I’ve yet to add the numbers up…I’m up to 113 pages in 2 weeks. And ~50 are new, the rest are rewritten. So, it’s not bad, but not super amazing. 😉
And, um, WHAT HAPPENED WITH YOUR PROFESSOR???????
April 12, 2012 @ 4:16 am
113 pages in 2 weeks?! That IS already amazing!
Well, I had to resubmit my work, but my grade will only change (right now it says that I haven’t completed the course yet) next year, which means I’m not qualified for any honours/awards I might receive. It’s okay, just a bit hassling 😀
April 8, 2012 @ 11:14 pm
I completely understand what you mean by some weeks being more hectic than others. I totally had that this week. Being off for Spring Break was no break at all. It was work, errands, and trying to remember my sanity (that latter didn’t happen so much). If anything important happened this week, it totally passed me up.
April 11, 2012 @ 3:49 pm
Oh, jeez…and I added to your errands with my t-shirt making, didn’t I? 😛 Well, I hope you at least got a *few* breathers to read and relax. <3
April 12, 2012 @ 4:36 pm
Oh no…no, no, no…those were FUN errands (especially after I got to see the finished products! They look awesome!!) 😀 Nah, it was more like, getting car fixed and family thinking I had nothing better to do on a week off errands that were no fun.