When Sangu Mandanna first pitched me her novel, I shared the query with some of my colleagues at P.S. Literary. I even told a few book nerd friends. I was absolutely freaking out. I'd loved Sangu's debut novel, The Lost Girl, which came out with Balzer + Bray a few years ago. I was such a fan. I'd even blogged about her before.
The response from friends? "Calm down go read the book." On the agency side of things? My coworker and pal Maria told me to "drop everything and read it."
So I did.
I mean, of course I did. Not only did I adore Sangu as an author already, but her new book sounded incredible. A YA sci-fi / fantasy mashup space opera inspired by the Mahabharata?! WHAT?! And as I dove in, the prose was gorgeous. The story was heartbreaking. The characters and the world were diverse and lush. And it felt so very important.
Sangu pitched me on December 14th. I requested the full manuscript that day. I sent her a very professional Twitter DM six days later to tell her how much I loved the book. No, really. I did. I am a professional.
I fondly remember raving to her about it on the phone the next day. Yes, a few days before Christmas. I don't take breaks. It's a problem. I swooned over the references to the epic that were interlaced through the novel. I teared up on the phone. And after the holidays, we decided to work together.
This book had quite the journey, one that I'll let Sangu tell someday in an article or a blog post. But here we are. With not just one beautiful, diverse, and awe-inspiring novel that I can't wait to get into the hands of readers everywhere...
I'm thrilled to say that Sangu Mandanna's trilogy, A SPARK OF WHITE FIRE, has been acquired by Alison Weiss at Sky Pony Press in a three book deal to bring her trilogy to life. Here's the full details from Publisher's Weekly:
Sangu Mandanna's A Spark of White Fire trilogy, pitched as Red Rising meets An Ember in the Ashes, a multi-cultural YA space opera inspired by the Mahabharata, in which a cursed and forgotten child of an empire's queen wants to return to her real family . . . and finds herself on the wrong side of a war that could destroy kingdoms across the galaxy. To Alison Weiss at Sky Pony in a three book deal for publication beginning Fall 2018, by Eric Smith at P.S. Literary. (World)
Sangu, thank you for trusting me to help bring the book-of-your-heart into the world. I can't wait to have all three on my shelf.
Be sure to say hi to Sangu and send her all the congrats on Twitter, as well as her awesome new editor Alison Weiss over at Sky Pony. Such a dream team.