St. Martin’s New Adult Contest

November 17, 2009

Attention writers! Have you heard about St. Martin’s “New Adult” contest? Probably you have, since I am a little late on this one. But just in case, here is the info:

“We are actively looking for great, new, cutting edge fiction with protagonists who are slightly older than YA and can appeal to an adult audience. Since twenty-somethings are devouring YA, St. Martin’s Press is seeking fiction similar to YA that can be published and marketed as adult—a sort of an ‘older YA’ or ‘new adult.’”

You can read the rest of the info here.

I love that they’re doing this! And yeah, people have pointed out this whole “new adult” thing isn’t really new, that there are many books that already fall into this category, but I think branding it as its own line is a great idea. I love thinking that these kind of books (which I personally love reading) will be easier to find and spot.

What I’ve been hearing lately is that books set in college or after high school don’t really do that well when published as YA. The consensus seems to be that a large portion of YA readers just aren’t interested in reading about college. (This seems to happen with TV shows, too – once the characters go to college, the ratings seem to drop off.) And even though a lot of adults read YA, they might not be into reading about the whole college thing either. But I wonder if those readers that ARE into it, say maybe the 18-22-year-olds would be even more into it if they knew exactly where to find it.

I also love that it gives hope to writers who have manuscripts that may have had trouble finding an agent or publisher because they feature protagonists deemed “too old” for YA and yet “too young” for adult.

Good luck to everyone entering the contest – I can’t wait to see the debut of the new line!

And now I am getting back to finishing up HAILEY TWITCH SAVES THE PLAY (this close, this close, this close!) which is about a seven-year-old, and definitely not a teen or adult book.

More later,

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Pink and Sparkly and Christmas

November 15, 2009

Happy Sunday!

I cannot believe it is already November 15th. There’s, like, only a little over a month left until Christmas.

Yesterday when The Boy and I went to Borders, they were selling sparkly pink Christmas trees (fake, of course.) They looked like this:

The Boy looked at me and said, “Do you want to get it?” That is why I love him. What other guy would actually SUGGEST getting a sparkly pink tree just because he knows you love all things pink and sparkly? But that tree was a little too much even for me. Trees might be the only things that are better off green than pink, IMO.

So we left it. I think they also had purple and yellow and other colors, too, but they were all in boxes. The pink was the only one on display.

Also, if you are looking for a fab Christmas gift, I recommend this:

Okay, so .. confession time. I never really GOT the whole Twilight thing. I read the first one, and I liked it, and then I started the second and ..well, I’ll finish it someday. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the books, I just didn’t know why everyone was all, OMG, EDWARD, OMG, I’M GOING TO DIE I LOVE YOU SO MUCH OMG.

But Hush, Hush. OMG, PATCH, OMG, I’M GOING TO DIE I LOVE YOU SO MUCH OMG. I mean, not really, of course. Because, haha, people my age don’t talk that way. They also don’t buy pink sparkly trees. (But seriously, Patch, OMG.)

You MUST buy this book. It is suspenseful. It is sexy. It has one of the best teen romances I’ve read…well, ever. It is dark and chilling and carefully plotted with amazing pacing and the chemistry between Patch and Nora is just… yeah. The thing is, there is no sex anywhere in the book. And yet it is VERY HOT somehow. Becca Fitzpatrick, how did you do this?

Anyway, I loved it. You should all read it. And buy it as a Christmas gift for someone.

You should do it now, because I just looked it up and there are only 40 days, 12 hours, 31 minutes, and 8 seconds left to do Christmas shopping. Yikes! That doesn’t seem long at all.

More later,

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New YA Covers!

November 9, 2009

These are on the Simon and Schuster website, so I guess they’re okay to share! Both will be out next summer….

Photobucket watch me

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Release Day!

September 22, 2009

Today is the official release day of DEVON DELANEY SHOULD TOTALLY KNOW BETTER!

Although, if I’m being totally honest, I’ve already spotted it out at Barnes and Noble:

I was there to work on some revisions a few days ago, and I was just like, “Hmm, maybe I’ll take a look over on the tween shelves.” I wasn’t even looking for it, I swear! And then, there it was!

Seeing your book in the bookstore for the first time is always a little weird. My first thought is usually, “Hmm, how did those books from my apartment end up in the bookstore?” Because by then I’ve seen a few copies of the book and have them at home. So I just assume someone took them from my apartment and dropped them into the bookstore.

So yeah, at first I was like, “Wow, how did my books get here?” Then I was like, “OMG, there it is!”

Then I started getting choked up.

I mean, each time you see a new book in the bookstore it’s a little emotional. But as I was standing there, I realized you could see THREE of my books, side by side. THREE. BOOKS. I never in a million years could have imagined that I would have three of my books out on the shelves, next to each other.

It was so, so surreal. I just kept thinking about that moment four and a half years ago, when I almost, for like, half of a second (literally) thought about maybe not trying to get published anymore. It was the day I got a packet of rejection letters in the mail from my then-agent, from the last remaining publishers my book was out to.

That was a hard day. But today, TODAY I have three books out on the tween shelves and more in the works and just … I guess it’s kind of like that saying “What a difference a day makes” only in publishing of course it’s “What a difference a few years makes.” ☺

I can honestly say it’s been completely and totally worth it.

Today I am going book stalking, and this week I’ll work on getting all the prizes out for the contests I’ve been running.

Thank you so, so much for everyone who has emailed me to tell me they plan on getting the new book, or that they’ve already read it and loved it. It really means a lot!

More later,

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Bar Harbor Bookfest And Another Contest

September 17, 2009

This past week has been CRAZY, which is why I haven’t blogged. And there is so much to blog about – the Big Brother finale, this funny convo I had with my mom, an upcoming trip to NYC, a new title for REALITY CHICK…

But first, this weekend I went to the Bar Harbor Bookfest, hosted by the awesome Carrie Jones, who I got to meet for the very first time ever. (Carrie is ADORABLE. Like, really, really cute. I can see why people fall in love with her on sight. Seriously, you can’t even imagine how cute she is. Which is kind of funny, since her book NEED is kind of a little bit creepy. And really, really good. If you haven’t read it, you totally should.)

Anyway, this is a pic I took while setting up:

There were so many great authors there, and Maine was absolutely beautiful! The only bad part was that I got sick the second day, booo. But The Boy and I got a chance to walk around a little bit in Bar Harbor on Saturday.

It was a slighty cool and overcast, but I loved that. I am so ready for fall, so it seemed perfect. Plus it was still warm enough to eat outside and go walking down by the water. AND we bought goofy Bar Harbor sweatshirts. (Okay, I don’t really think they’re goofy. I actually really like my Bar Harbor sweatshirt. ) I wish I had more pics, but I forgot to take any! Oops.

Anyway, there are only FIVE MORE DAYS UNTIL THE NEW DEVON DELANEY BOOK COMES OUT. I am kind of freaking out. It is already shipping from Amazon and Barnes and Noble — eek!

The good thing is, I don’t have time to freak out TOO much, since I’m working on revisions for ONE NIGHT THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING, my YA that’s coming out next year. And they are, yesterday. For realz. So I am getting back to it right now, but first, I will announce the winner of last week’s contest.

The winner is……Haley! Haley, please email me your address and let me know what book you’d like.

Today’s contest is simple – leave a comment here, and I’ll enter you to win either a copy of TWO-WAY STREET, FOUR TRUTHS AND A LIE, THE SECRET IDENTITY OF DEVON DELANEY, or DEVON DELANEY SHOULD TOTALLY KNOW BETTER. Your choice. Extra entry if you link back here – just leave a separate comment and let me know.

Also, all these prizes won’t go out until next week, since like I said, um, revisions? Due, like NOW.

Yeah. So I’m getting back to it…

More later,


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