Found in Translation: The Geek's Guide to Dating in Chinese

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Well this is a neat way to start the week.

This morning I got an email from the publisher of The Geek's Guide to Dating in Chinese, United Sky. The book is out now, and they're sending me a few interview questions... and covers.

How. Cool. Is This.

The book has a little belly band wrap around it, that pink bar on the bottom.

Anyhow, here are a few photos. So excited to get my own finished copies of this one. And as always, my compliments to the kick ass rights team at Quirk Books. Back in 2013 I never would have imagined my lil' book would go on to be translated into eight languages. What a thrill. <3 (more…)

Deals: MAD, BAD & DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Samira Ahmed Acquired by Soho Teen

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Let me tell you. It has been such a thrill watching Samira Ahmed and her debut, Love, Hate & Other Filters, find fans in readers, reviewers, and authors in the YA sphere. An important, beautiful book about family, friendship, and fighting against racism, it'll hit bookstores everywhere in January, and Samira is gearing up for some great things.

She's also kept herself busy, preparing for the launch of her book... by writing another one.

And I'm thrilled to say that Samira will be publishing another book with the amazing Soho Teen team in the Fall of 2019!

In MAD BAD & DANGEROUS TO KNOW readers are swept away on a literary mystery on the streets of Paris with Khayyam, a Muslim teen who summers annually with her parents in France, and a teen boy named Alexandre Dumas, who yes, is related to the person he shares a name with.

As they try to unravel the secrets behind the story of cherchez la femme-- a mysterious raven-tressed lady who first appears in letters between the classic author and his friend, the painter Eugène Delacroix, they are wrapped up in questions about poetry, literature, and art. 

And as the mystery surrounding Leila, the girl in the painting, unravels... her story as a Muslim woman living in Paris in the 1840’s is mirrored with Khayyam’s as a Muslim teenager in the present day. And as Khayyam explores a Parisian world full of literature, history, poetry, art, and forbidden love, she wrestles with her feelings for Alexandre… and the boy that may or may not be waiting for her back home.

It's a story about trying to discern truth from fiction, and how the line between the two isn’t always clear, and I'm so excited to see Samira with another book with Soho and legendary editor Daniel Ehrenhaft, who has quickly gone on to become one of my favorite humans. If you don't follow him on Twitter already, fix that.

MAD BAD & DANGEROUS TO KNOW reads like a YA take on Possession by A.S. Byatt, mashed together with The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh and Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. It's a blend of romance and history, and lovers of literature, poetry, and art will find so much to adore in Samira's latest book.

Here's the blip from Publisher's Weekly:

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Congrats Samira! I can't wait for readers to meet Khayyam and Alexandre.

International Rights: Swedish Rights to Samira Ahmed's Love Hate & Others Filters to Lavender

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As if the news regarding her STARRED REVIEW from BookList wasn't enough (hooray Samira!), there's some more great news for Samira Ahmed's Love Hate & Other Filters.

P.S. Literary's rockstar foreign sales agent, Taryn Fagerness, helped find Maya a home at Lavender, and Samira's debut will be published in Swedish!

SAMIRA SWEDENThey're home to a lot of great authors, including Julie Murphy, E. Lockhart, Laurie Halse-Anderson, and so many more. You can check out some their recently releases here.

Congrats Samira!

In the meantime, keep an eye out for Love Hate & Others Filters publishing in January with Soho Teen in the U.S., and Hot Key Books in the U.K.

Paternity Leave: Closed for Submissions Until 2018

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Hey everyone!

If you follow me on the ol' social media, this shouldn't be much of a surprise. But just in case you stumble across this lil' website while looking for agents, here it is. I'm closed for queries for the rest of 2017, with the exception of referrals and conference or contest requests.

Why?

I'm on paternity leave! It's baby time in the Smith household. And with a mini book tour in October, all while the baby is around... well, I'm going to need to take a breather, and dedicate my time to my family and current roster of clients, who are also much like my family. *hearts*

Book wise, things look good for the last half of the year though.

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So yes! It's a busy last half of the year, and an awesome launch in 2018, especially with covers and release dates for Laurel Amberdine's Luminator (REUTS), Kati Gardner's Brave Enough (Flux), and Anna Hecker's When the Beat Drops (Sky Pony), all due out in the Spring of 2018, relatively soon-ish.

And there are a few book babies that are just about ready to be announced, which I'll be updating ya'll on here in between naps.

I'll still be looking at projects through Twitter pitch events like #PitMad #DVPit and the like when they are live, and conferences (I'm still attending these conferences through the fall!). I'm also happily taking referrals from colleagues and clients. But otherwise, I'm on a break, and won't be digging through the query box.

You can keep up to date with all my wonderful authors via this Twitter list, as they are all going to be up to awesome things over the next year or two.

I'll open back up to submissions in mid-January. Thanks!

Welcome Home: Published Today, And a Massive Thank You

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So Welcome Home is out today.

Gearing up for the launch of this book has been a wild ride. The book almost didn't happen, and then Flux swept in to save the day. The signings at ALA and BEA, and the panels... I've just been beside myself with the turn out. And the reviews have leaving me awestruck. From School Library Journal to Children's Literature to VOYA, I'm blown away.

“Authors across a variety of genres share stories that range from the fantastical to gritty, but all will touch readers hearts (and cause a few to shed some tears).” – School Library Journal

“This volume earns a place in every YA library and it is up to YA librarians to put it into the hands of teens who need it most.” – VOYA

Just, thank you thank you thank you.

I'll be hitting the road for a little bit next month, visiting Philadelphia, Jersey City, Nashville, and Orlando to promote the book. I'll be reading at bookstores and talking at youth centers with a bunch of the contributors in the anthology, and you can check out the dates and stops here.

To all of you who have pre-ordered, signal-boosted, shared, reviewed, and/or talked about this little book, thank you so much. Note that, if you pick up the book today, let me know. I've still got a few signed postcards and swag I would be more than happy to send your way.

And speaking of thank yous.

When my editor asked me if I wanted to add an acknowledgements page for Welcome Home, I reluctantly said no. Because really, this isn’t my book. I’ve said that again and again. While I’m lucky enough to have curated this collection, it belongs to everyone inside it.

But, if it was to have a thank you page in the back, specifically just from me? This is what it would say.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

To the lovely people at Flux, especially McKelle George, Mari Kesselring, Megan Naidl, Sam Temple, and Joe Riley, who worked so tirelessly to make this book happen. Thanks for taking a chance on this project. Wrangling up contracts and edits for nearly 30 authors, and organizing signings and panels with a dozen of us at conventions.. it all felt like such an impossible thing, and you all did it.

To my rockstar agent Dawn Frederick, who listens to every rambling idea I have, and told me to get to work on this book when I brought it up on a long drive together to a writers conference... you’re fantastic and unstoppable.

When the world felt like it was crashing down, to all the publishing people, agents, editors, and authors who reached out... it meant more than you know.

To my darling wife Nena who keeps pushing me to write about topics that are deeply personal and close to me. I wouldn’t have tried if you hadn’t have pushed. You're a force behind-the-scenes, and I will keep making sure everyone knows it.

To the incredible contributors who published their short stories in this collection: Adi Alsaid, Randy Ribay, Nic Stone, Dave Connis, Helene Dunbar, Libby Cudmore, Lauren Gibaldi, Matthew Quinn Martin, Mindy McGinnis, Sammy Nickalls, Shannon M. Parker, Karen Akins, Erica M. Chapman, Julie Eshbaugh, Shannon Gibney, Jenny Kaczorowski, Julie Leung, Sangu Mandanna, Lauren Morrill, Tameka Mullins, C.J. Redwine, William Ritter, Courtney C. Stevens, Kate Watson, Stephanie Scott, Natasha Sinel, and Tristina Wright.

This book only exists because of your words. So to you, the biggest thank you. I can't wait to see what good this book can do, and to keep sharing every moment with you, even if you are tired of my massive email updates. They aren't going to stop. Sorry not sorry.

To the number of authors who helped point me in the right direction while putting this collection together. To Becky Albertalli, Nova Ren Suma, Gayle Forman, Justina Ireland, Beth Revis, I.W. Gregorio, Sona Charaipotra, Kim Liggett, E.C. Myers, and Dahlia Adler... all of whom sent a number of writers my way, and made suggestions about who I should reach out to. You helped so very much. If I'm forgetting someone in here, I'm sorry. I sent out what felt like hundreds of supremely awkward emails.

To Ashley Poston, for designing postcards and swag for me again and again. Please pre-order her books and hire her for things.

To Zoraida Cordova and Adi Alsaid (again) for that week in Mexico, where I edited a lot of the stories in this book. You're both an inspiration.

To Jeff Zentner, David Arnold, and Brenda Drake, for the kind words on the back of the book. My goodness. I have no words for your words.

And to my Mom and Dad, for giving me a story to tell in the first place.

And to my sister. I see you. This book is for kids like you. Like us.