Publishing Industry Lowdown (June 4-June 8)

It’s that day again–time for Sooz’s YA and MG Publishing Industry Lowdown. The general idea is that I share all the deals I know 0f 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 was super absent this week. SORRY, EVERYONE. I got some really bad news over the weekend and had a deadline on Wednesday. Hopefully things will get back to normal soon. 🙂

Now let’s get started, shall we? (It was a very quiet week thanks to BEA!)


Amy Ewing’s young adult THE JEWEL, a series set in a dark fairytale world where technology and magic intermingle, where glamour and beauty are contrasted with wanton cruelty, and the war of royal succession is fought not with the soldier’s sword, but with the assassin’s dagger, pitched as Downton Abbey meets The Handmaid’s Tale, in a three-book deal, for publication in Fall 2013.

Author of the TOUCH series Laurie Faria Stolarz’s two young adult books, in which a group of teen horror film fans unwittingly become trapped in a carnival after winning a contest to meet a legendary director.

Teri Harman’s young adult BLOOD MOON, about a more than your average girl-next-door, an eighteen-year-old aspiring historian, who sees ghosts and her dreams often reveal true events – past, present and future; and a nineteen-year-old, pre-med student, who can heal with merely a touch of his hand and sense other’s feelings, sometimes, whole thoughts; and BLACK MOON and MOURNING MOON, for publication in Summer 2013.

Rebekah Purdy’s young adult THE WINTER PEOPLE, in which a girl fears winter – the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child; haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warnings to “stay away;” for eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby, for publication in Fall 2013.

Guy Anthony De Marco’s THE DYNASTY SENTINEL, an unearthed sentient bioweapon struggles to survive in a post-apocalyptic steampunk world, in a three-book deal, for publication in April 2013.

Hugo finalist Ursula Vernon’s middle grade DRAGONBREATH #11, the latest installment in her hybrid chapter book/graphic novel series, plus three books in a new series about a tomboy princess who revels in the challenges of a curse.

Kasie West’s young adult THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, a humorous love story about a girl who has her lifelong disdain of the wealthy challenged by the son of a hotel mogul, whose attention and loyalty almost convince her that being rich isn’t a character flaw, until she finds out that money is a bigger part of their relationship than she realized, in a two-book deal, for publication in Fall 2013.

L.J. Adlington’s young adult NIGHT WITCHES, in which the narrator struggles to accept her own strange nature against the backdrop of total war, for publication in September 2013.

#1 NYT bestselling author Aprilynne Pike’s young adult EARTHBOUND, the first novel in a new series about a girl who discovers she’s a fallen goddess and must choose between the boy that she loves in this life and the eternal lover with whom she’ll be able to access the powers that are her birthright, in a two-book deal.

(Source: Publisher’s Marketplace)

You tell me: Do YOU have any big news to share?