11
NOV
2011

LAICOS has a new title!

That’s right. A new title! I want to talk a bit about why the book got retitled, as well as my adventurous process of finding the right one, but let me get to the goods first. (I know that’s what you want. You’re welcome.) So without further adieu, THE LAICOS...
16
SEP
2011

Building a bookshelf

I’ve sort of become the library at my day job. My co-workers will ask me what I’m reading and if it’s any good, and any time I rave about a certain title, they go pick it up. Sometimes I even bring a copy in and loan it out. THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE – if...
10
JUN
2011

The contract

So it came. I read through it – I surprisingly understood most of the fancy legal lingo – and then called Sara to walk me through the few clauses I needed clarification on. Two people have to sign this document: the president of HarperCollins and yours truly. Let me just say that...
17
MAY
2011

Story first

The purpose of young adult literature is often twofold: to tell a story, and to send a message, usually in the form of a much-needed lesson. This is the first line of a recent New York Times Sunday Book Review by Lisa Belkin. The article reviewed two YA novels about abusive...
02
MAY
2011

Name That Book, a Twitter game

I initiated a little game on Twitter the other evening, cleverly (or unimaginatively) referred to as Name That Book. This game was pretty straight-forward. I posted a photo snippet from a book (interior pages) and the first person to tweet me with the correct title and author...
02
MAY
2011

Foreign Sales!

Nearly a day to the month since my book sold, the good news keeps rolling in. This was announced on Publishers Marketplace today: Rights to Erin Bowman’s THE LAICOS PROJECT, to Carsten Polzin at Piper in Germany, in a three-book deal, in a pre-empt, by Friederike Biese...