Let's take a moment, shall we, and bask in a couple of cool sales that happened last week.
First, Kiersten White, who seems like the nicest person, got a 3-book deal from HarperTeen in a pre-empt that, according to Editorial Ass' blog, "rocked New York publishing this week." Kiersten, in her blog, said they had a lot of interest and were ready to go to auction when Harper swooped in with a pre-empt. Wheeee!! She has a fun little sneak peek about the book on her web site, but hurry, who knows if that will stay up much longer now that it's sold.
Next, Amanda Ashby, author of YOU HAD ME AT HALO and ZOMBIE QUEEN OF NEWBURY HIGH sold a middle grade series to Puffin! Here is the blurb from Publisher's Marketplace on that one: Amanda Ashby's untitled middle-grade series about a girl who accidentally gets turned into a djinn (genie) the day before starting sixth grade and has to learn to deal with her new powers without her mom finding out, to Karen Chaplin at Puffin, in a three-book deal, by Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency (world English).
I say to everyone, don't stop thinking and looking for that big idea that gets your heart racing, don't stop writing, and don't stop believing!
And on that note, I'm signing off for a few weeks to enjoy the last of my beloved summer in the evenings and weekends as I can, while waking early to work on my current project. My goal is to have it finished mid-September, so I can let it rest, then revise, and hopefully send to my agent later this fall. I need to finish it soon because in a couple of months, all of my time and attention will need be focused on the release of CHASING BROOKLYN. Yeah, because... 1-5-10 the chase begins. Are you ready!?