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Johanna Basford, a Scottish artist, has signed a deal with Penguin Random House to create two new coloring books for adults. Book one, entitled Magical Jungle, will be released in August 2016 and book two, entitled Johanna’s Christmas, will follow in October 2016.
The first project will blossoms, tropical plants, and monkeys. The second project will feature snowflakes, gingerbread houses, and wrapped gifts.
Basford (pictured, via) gave this statement in the press release: “I’m so excited to be working on two new books this year with Penguin Random House. It’s the biggest honor to have my inky imagined worlds brought to life by colorists around the globe, a chance to collaborate with literally millions of people! I create books so they can make masterpieces.”
The cover has been unveiled for Tahereh Mafi’s forthcoming book, Furthermore. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
Dutton Books for Young Readers has scheduled the publication date for May 3. This project marks Mafi’s debut as a middle grade author.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mafi explains that she had never intended to write a middle grade story. She reveals that “it was my editor, Julie Strauss-Gabel, who wisely pointed out that the heart of my story was middle grade through and through. It was only after I realized how much of this book was a love letter to my favorite middle-grade stories — Anne of Green Gables; Alice in Wonderland; The Secret Garden; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; everything by Roald Dahl — that I understood how very right she was.”
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A book launch is a delicate thing. Once the book is ready, you book a venue, do a heavy load of marketing and promotion for the event, get some good reviews lined up, organise snacks and drinks and then you hope that people who are influential in the book world and some of the author's fans actually show up on the day.
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Julie Barton has signed a deal with the Penguin Random House imprint, Penguin Books.
Barton has written a memoir entitled Dog Medicine. Kathryn Court, president of the imprint, negotiated the deal with Marly Rusoff, a literary agent.
Think Piece Publishing released the original edition of this book back in Nov. 2015. Penguin Books has scheduled the publication date for Jul. 2016. (Photo Credit: Colleen Gallagher)
When you’re trying to interest an agent or publisher in your book, you’re often asked to provide “comps” — other books that could be compared to yours, or books that might compete with yours. A good book proposal always has a “Competition” or “Comparable Books” section, and even if you’re self-publishing, it helps if you give readers a frame of reference in the form of similar books.
One of the most common questions I’m regularly asked is, “How do I figure out what books to include in my comps?” People get all hung up on it, especially with fiction. Do I look for books with the same premise or plot? Same time period? Same writing style? How do I know what to include?
I’m going to make it easy for you.
Ask yourself, “Who are my readers? What are they reading right now?” Those are your comparable books.
Keep this line in mind:
“People who enjoy the following books are likely to enjoy my book.”
You can use that line in a proposal, then follow it with the comparable books, and for each one, a brief explanation of why your book would appeal to those same readers. This approach frees you from trying to decipher what an agent is looking for, and instead, use those comps to identify your audience.
If you can’t readily identify six to ten books or authors whom your potential readers are already reading, then you need to stop what you’re doing and get a lot more educated about what’s already out in the marketplace, and who your potential audience is. If you can’t identify your audience, then how will you or a publisher sell your book to them?
Providing “comps” is all about helping your agent, your editors, your marketing team, and your readers to capture a vision for your book.
Too often, writers tell me, “I’ve looked and looked, and I can’t find anything quite like my book.” You and I both know that’s a cop-out. Think about your potential readers, and figure out what they are already reading. It’s that simple.
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Author J.K. Rowling has revealed new details about several wizarding schools, in a new post on pottermore.com.
For instance, the name of the North American-based school is Ilvermorny and it is likely located somewhere in the North East. Actress Evanna Lynch revealed the new details by reading from Rowling’s latest piece on Pottermore.com at a Harry Potter event held over the weekend.
“I am assured by Pottermore that more will be revealed on Ilvermorny soon,” said Lynch at the event.
The name of the Brazilian wizarding school, Castelobruxo, is also revealed in the new post. This school is guarded by Caipora, small and furry spirit-beings who come out at night. In addition, students at the Japanese wizarding school, Mahoutokoro, are given enchanted robes which grow as they age. And the African school, Uagadou, is carved out of the mountainside and is shrouded in a mist.
The cover has been unveiled for Jessica Taylor’s forthcoming young adult novel, Wandering Wild.
According to the Publishing Crawl blog, this story belongs to the magical realism genre. For the author, magical realism can be defined as “a story that is not decidedly supernatural but can possibly encompass the supernatural.”
We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think? Sky Pony Press has scheduled the publication date for May 3.
PEN America hopes to raise $5,500 on Kickstarter for a literary translation series called Passages. We’ve embedded a video about the project above.
Here’s more from the Kickstarter page: “Passages intends to answer that question, issue by issue, by exploring the literary and narrative trends of some of the world’s least translated territories. Each issue will be co-edited by local editors with knowledge of the most current and relevant arts movements to publish exciting new fiction, poetry, essays, graphic narratives, and new literary forms being developed.”
Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.
Matthew J. Kirby has unveiled the cover for his forthcoming book, A Taste for Monsters. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
This project will be Kirby’s debut young adult novel. Lisa Sandell, an executive editor at Scholastic, acquired the manuscript.
According to Kirby’s blog post, the story features two historical figures: The Elephant Man and Jack the Ripper. The publisher has scheduled the release date for Sept. 27.
The team here at Adventures in YA Publishing is excited to announce a new monthly column! Starting next month, we'll be highlighting an author and publisher in our Who's Making Waves in Publishing highlight. But we'll do this in a personal and in-depth way by hosting an interview or dialogue between one of the publisher's authors and their editor.
The interview will focus both on the editing process and the publisher's vision for their books. Our aim is to give writers insight into what happens in publishing from the inside.
So be sure to check back at the end of every month to see what exciting new ventures are happening within publishing!
-- posted by Susan Sipal, @HP4Writers
Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone has signed a book deal with the Perseus Books Group imprint, PublicAffairs. These three American men have become known as the heroes who saved a Thalys train full of people traveling to Paris back in August 2015.
USA Today reports that Jeffrey E. Stern will serve as the co-author on this project. The book, entitled The 15:17 to Paris, will be released in August 2016.
Here’s more from The Washington Post: “The highlight of the book will be the reenactment of the thwarted attack on Aug. 21, when Ayoub el-Khazzani, a suspected Islamist militant, began shooting. Stone, an Airman 1st Class, knocked down Khazzani and grabbed him around the neck even while the gunman was slicing him with a box cutter. Skarlatos, serving with the Oregon Army National Guard, and Sadler, then a senior at California State University at Sacramento, helped disarm and restrain Khazzani.” (via The Toronto Star)
Candlewick Press will donate more than 275,000 books to First Book. This will be the largest donation made in the company’s history.
This philanthropic endeavor will be part of Candlewick Press’s plan to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the launch of its United States office. The company will host a year-long celebration of events in honor of this momentous occasion.
Karen Lotz, the president of Candlewick Press, gave this statement in the press release: “As we approach a quarter century of aspiring to deliver on our mission of publishing the very best books for children, we understand that if children from families with access to well-funded home and local libraries are the only ones who know our books, we will have failed. We therefore are thrilled to partner with First Books’ exceptionally broad and visionary program, which reaches 220,000 classrooms and community programs, in making our beautiful books available to all children in America, regardless of their personal circumstances.”
Susan Morrison, an editor at The New Yorker, has signed a deal with Random House. She plans to write a biography profiling the creator and producer of Saturday Night Live, Lorne Michaels.
Vanity Fair reports that Morrison has obtained Michaels’ permission to work on this project. At this point in time, the publisher has not revealed the title of the book or the release date.
Here’s more from The New York Times: “Ms. Morrison was hired by Mr. Michaels to work at his shorter-lived 1984 NBC sketch program The New Show, where she was an assistant to the writer-producer Jim Downey, and she has edited S.N.L.-affiliated authors like Jack Handey and Steve Martin at The New Yorker. She said in response to emailed questions that she has been thinking about Mr. Michaels’s work for several decades.”
Kathy Griffin has signed a seven-figure deal with Flatiron Books. The comedienne plans to write a book entitled Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Index A to Z.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Griffin (pictured, via) plans to share her thoughts on Hollywood celebrities and personal stories. The publisher has scheduled the release for Fall 2016.
Here’s more from The New York Daily News: “The funny lady released her autobiography, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin in 2009, which debuted at the top of the New York Times best-seller list. The 55-year-old is no stranger to dishing on stars with her racy work on My Life on the D-List.” (via Yahoo! TV)
The cover has been unveiled for Beth Cato’s forthcoming fantasy novel, Breath of Earth. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
According to Tor.com, Richard Aquan served as the designer and Gene Mollica created the illustrations. Harper Voyager has scheduled the publication date for Aug. 23.
Trevor Noah has signed a deal with the Penguin Random House imprint, Spiegel & Grau. The South African comedian is currently the host of The Daily Show.
USA Today reports that Noah (pictured, via) plans to write a collection of personal essays. The publisher has set the release for November 2016.
Here’s more from The Associated Press: “Financial terms were not disclosed, but two publishing officials with knowledge of the negotiations said the deal was worth more than $3 million. The officials were not authorized to discuss the deal and asked not to be identified.” (via The A.V. Club)
Jazz Jennings has signed a memoir deal with the Random House Children’s Books imprint, Crown Books for Young Readers. She has also agreed to serve as the narrator for the audiobook edition of her book. This fifteen year old activist has become well-known as a prominent transgender advocate.
The publisher will release her memoir, entitled Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen, on Jun. 7. Emily Easton, an executive editor, negotiated the deal with Joseph Veltre, a literary agent at The Gersh Agency. Easton will edit the manuscript.
Here’s more from the press release: “Named one of the 25 Most Influential Teens by Time the past two years and the star of the TLC docu-series I Am Jazz, Jazz Jennings transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents, at the age of five…In Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen, Jennings shares her very public journey and reflects on how these experiences have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community. Now in high school, Jazz also addresses the physical, social, and emotional upheavals of adolescence, complicated by the unique challenges of being a transgender teen.”
Shannon Hale has unveiled the cover for The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
LeUyen Pham served as the illustrator on this middle grade novel. Candlewick Press has scheduled the publication date for Feb. 9.
Peter Tomasi, a writer, and Ian Bertram, an artist, have landed a deal with Dark Horse Comics.
The two collaborators will work on a comic called House of Penance. According to the press release, this project presents “a horrific take on the true story of the Winchester haunted house and one woman’s mission to wash away the blood curse of the Winchester rifle that threatens to claim her own life and soul.”
Altogether, Tomasi and Bertram will create a total of six installments for this historical horror series. The publisher has scheduled the release date for the first issue to be on April 13.
I’ve been on a roll with some really good reader questions lately. As a reminder to anyone out there who may be new to the blog, I do open myself up to general inquiries about writing and publishing via email. Sometimes these exchanges end up on the blog, sometimes they’re between you and me. Information on how to reach me is available in the sidebar. I regret that I can’t answer very specific questions or review work…that’s reserved for my freelance editorial clients. But questions Kate’s, below, are more than welcome!
What are your feelings about submitting an excerpt from an as-yet unrepresented novel for publication in a literary magazine? My concern is that on the off-chance that the excerpt would be published I would thereby render the whole novel unsellable to a publisher. In my case I’ve rewritten the submission to make it work better as an excerpt, but I’m not sure if there’s enough difference between it and the version in the manuscript, or whether that even matters. Thanks!
This is a great question, and one I see from time to time. I didn’t find out the exact circumstances until later, and it turns out I was right. Because I imagined a few things about Kate’s situation that would lead her down this path of reasoning. First, Kate is frustrated by a novel that’s not getting picked up. She later reported submitting to agents for quite some time and not getting where she wants to go. Second, she has likely started thinking…Well, what else can I do with this thing? Is there a shortcut to getting to getting noticed? Hence the literary magazine idea. And it’s not a bad idea, in theory. But would I recommend it? This was my response. Read on:
Good question. I’ll answer, but start my answer with another (blunt) question: Why? What’s the point? If you want to get a novel published, it is very, very, very unlikely that you’re going to get there by publishing something in a literary magazine from it that an agent will see or that will otherwise draw attention to your efforts. That’s a very circuitous route. And getting published in a literary magazine involves learning about good literary magazines to submit to, submitting to them, getting immersed in that, etc. If your big goal is to get a novel published, your energy is much better used focusing on the DIRECT route: writing a kickass novel and getting immersed in the novel/agent submission process.
While, yes, writing credits are kinda sorta important to collect when you’re trying to make your name as a writer*, they are not the determining factor. And literary agents and literary magazine people don’t spin in the same worlds some of the time. You’d think they would be connected, and some definitely are, but agents have so much to read that when a literary magazine lands on their desks, on top of everything else, it may or may not get attention. For me, even if someone is published in The Paris Review, one of the most noteworthy journals and pretty impossible to get into, if I hate the novel they’re submitting, the credit is impressive, but meaningless to me because, as an agent, I am looking to sell you as a novelist, not a literary magazine writer. So, you could be doing all that UNRELATED work for very dubious payoff. If the journals even want you.
The thing is, lit mag demand for unpublished novel excerpts is quite low compared to standalone articles, short stories, and poems. They’d rather publish those because they’re more satisfying for the reader, rather than some random piece of something that, who knows, nobody may ever hear from again. Unless they’re inspired to contract you for a serial series, I wouldn’t imagine that this type of piece is hot property. And if they do, you may have more problems publishing it eventually because more will have appeared in print.
So the print rights issue is certainly one to consider, and some publishers might be jerks about it, saying that since you’ve already exploited some rights by putting the excerpt in print, the property is less attractive, etc. It has happened. But that’s honestly not why I’d reconsider this idea. Finally, what about when you revise your manuscript, as you’re bound to do, because you wake up one day and realize the piece you’ve been missing? It happens all the time. And then you have this excerpt floating around that’s now horribly broken, in your eyes. And that’s your “sales piece” that’s now immortalized in print.
I know that you are probably very eager to do something, anything to move your chances forward. Think of taking the more direct path. Write the best manuscript you can. Write a killer query. Research agents. If you really have enough free time to also research literary journals, more power to you. But to me, that’s not going to be your strongest potential path to success.
- I know many of you are going to find this statement interesting. I will cover clips and writing credits in a subsequent post!
The cover has been unveiled for a new edition of Lois Lowry’s autobiography, Looking Back: A Book of Memories. According to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers’ blog post, the original version of Lowry’s book was published back in 1998.
Lowry has become well-known as the two-time Newbery Medal-winning author behind Number the Stars and The Giver. We’ve embedded the full image for the jacket design above—what do you think?
This revised and expanded project features photos and an introduction by Alice Hoffman. The publisher has scheduled the release date for Sept. 6.
In April of this year, Beverly Cleary will celebrate her 100th birthday. To honor the popular children’s books author, HarperCollins released new editions of three of her titles: Ramona Quimby, Age 8, The Mouse and The Motorcycle, and Henry Huggins.
According to a post on Cleary’s Facebook page, the publisher recruited three female writers to create new forewords: Amy Poehler, Judy Blume, and Kate DiCamillo. All of the books will also feature an exclusive interview with Cleary.
The publisher also has a new edition of Cleary’s memoir, A Girl From Yamhill, slated for release on Apr. 5. It was originally published in 1988. (via Entertainment Weekly)
Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines have signed a deal with an imprint at Thomas Nelson, the W Publishing Group. The husband-and-wife collaborators have become well-known as the stars of an HGTV show called Fixer Upper.
The Gaines will work with Mark Dagostino, a New York Times bestselling co-author, to write a book entitled The Magnolia Story. The publication date has been set for Oct. 18.
According to the press release, “The Magnolia Story documents the life story of Chip and Joanna Gaines, affectionately referred to as the “first couple of home improvement.” From their courtship and their first collaborations to their early successes and the big building project that almost cost them everything, The Magnolia Story will detail how Chip and Joanna’s relationship has remained the constant through it all.”
As a literary agent, I love attending conferences and meeting authors. My career is about helping writers share their words with the world, and at conferences I get to sit down with them and spend a few minutes getting to know what they’re passionate about. There’s nothing more rewarding.
When I meet with you, my goal is to get to know you and your book idea. I’m rooting for you as you sit down and we begin our conversation. Every writer has something valuable to offer, and I’m always on the lookout for the golden nugget you’ll share.
But what if you’re nervous?
Many writers feel self-conscious when sitting down with a publisher or literary agent. In any social situation, the key to reducing butterflies is to take the focus off yourself. (Tweet this.) Don’t worry about what they think of your ideas, whether or not they like you, just focus on the other person. The easiest way to do this is to ask people about themselves, about their writing, about how their day is going. If you are genuinely interested in them, you will become interesting to them.
So what do you say to a publisher or agent?
The secret to success is thoughtful preparation. Assuming you want to talk about your book idea, remember this is a conversation, and start like you would in any conversation: with a bit of context or background. Take a moment to introduce yourself and establish rapport.
The best book pitch will begin with some background information. (Tweet this.) For example:
My name is _____ and I wanted to meet with you because _____.
I’ve been blogging for ______ (how long) and my blog is about _____ (brief description).
I work as a _____ (if related to your book). Or, My ministry is _____.
Today I want to tell you about my book which is currently called _____ .
Then, launch into your pitch. This should be a maximum of 2 to 3 minutes long, and after you’re finished, the agent or editor will ask questions. Have a 1-minute pitch prepared, too, in case of mealtime or elevator pitches. (See “Crafting Your Elevator Pitch.”)
Here are some guidelines:
→ Include a closing line in your pitch—you don’t want to trail off in uncertainty, creating an awkward moment. A good closing line expresses your intent, such as, “I’m hoping this book will encourage women to become more socially conscious in their daily life, and give them practical tips for doing so.” Sometimes the best closing lines are questions, such as, “Is this something you’d like to hear more about?” Or, “Those are the basics. Can I answer any questions?”
→ Don’t get ahead of yourself. The purpose of your pitch is not to close a deal. It’s to pique your listener’s curiosity and desire to continue talking. (Tweet this.)
→ Be prepared to talk “numbers.” Know your blog stats and number of email subscribers, Facebook fans, and Twitter and Instagram followers. Letting me know the work you’ve put into your project tells me you’re willing to undertake the work we have ahead.
When you go to a conference, I hope your publisher and agent meetings are among the most enjoyable moments. It’s such a great opportunity to make positive connections. Be yourself, and try not to stress too much.
What are your biggest concerns about meeting with publishers and agents? (Tweet this.)
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The U.S. and U.K. divisions of Penguin Random House will publish a newly uncovered Beatrix Potter book entitled The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots. Potter wrote this story more than a century ago.
Quentin Blake, a world renowned illustrator, has signed on to create the artwork for this project. The release date has been scheduled for Sept. 6.
Here’s more from the press release: “The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, a manuscript by Beatrix Potter, was rediscovered two years ago when Jo Hanks, publisher at PRH Children’s in the U.K., stumbled across an out-of-print literary history about Beatrix Potter from the early 1970s. Hanks found in the book both a reference to a letter that Potter had sent her publisher in 1914, which referred to a story about ‘a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life,’ and an unedited manuscript of the tale. A trip to the V&A archive, where many of Potter’s items are kept, revealed three manuscripts, handwritten in children’s school notebooks, one rough colour sketch of Kitty-in-Boots, a dummy book with some of the typeset manuscript laid out and a pencil rough of arch-villain Mr. Tod.”