Cover Reveal & Giveaway: The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis
So, The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis is always going to hold a special place in my literary-agent-shaped-heart-
Doctor: Why do you keep joking about this? This is serious. Hearts aren't shaped like that.
Me: Shh, not now. I'm blogging.
It's the very first book I ever got to sell as an agent (you can see that whole story here), and I'm so thankful that Dave had me along for that ride. And watching him continue to grow as an author has just been a joy. I can't wait for Suggested Reading, which will be out with Katherine Tegen in 2019. Be sure to add it on Goodreads!
And now, the cover for The Temptation of Adam has been revealed, thanks to C.J. Redwine and Young Adult Book Central. Head over to the site to check it out.
To celebrate, I'm hosting a lil' giveaway of three of Dave's favorite YA contemporary reads. The winner will get all three books, as well as a pre-order of his debut!
- Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
- How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
- The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
You can enter by following Dave on social media, tweeting about the contest, or simply adding his book to your Goodreads!
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Deals: Suggested Reading by Dave Connis Acquired by Katherine Tegen Books
When I offered to represent Dave Connis, his debut novel sold ten days later.
But that's not what this post is about.
When Dave first queried me, I asked to read his book immediately. I devoured his hilarious and heartwrenching YA contemporary novel, Suggested Reading, in just a few days. The story of a teen that starts a black market library in her locker after her school bans classic books... well, it was one I couldn't put down. I laughed. I cried. And the emails that Dave and I had already swapped told me we were a perfect match.
However, Suggested Reading would have to wait.
The first book of his to get acquired was The Temptation of Adam, which will be out in the Fall of 2017 with Sky Pony Press. You can add it to your Goodreads here, btw. He's been busy editing that beautiful book with his rockstar editrix, Nicole Frail, while I've been off pitching his second novel.
And I'm thrilled to say that Suggested Reading will be published by Katherine Tegen Books in 2019, acquired by Claudia Gabel.
I'm psyched to see Dave joining this fantastic HarperCollins imprint. They publish stunning books by authors I'm a massive fan of, like Mindy McGinnis, Mackenzi Lee, Brittany Cavallaro, and Stacey Lee. They published the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, which launched an epic YA franchise. And I'm beyond thrilled that Dave will be alongside them.
Here's the announcement, from Publisher's Marketplace.
Be sure to follow Dave, his editor Claudia Gabel, and Katherine Tegen Books on Twitter, and wish all of them congrats.
I knew you could do it Dave. Proud of you.
Deals: The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis Acquired by Sky Pony Press
Oh, this post feels so good. My first agented Young Adult book sold, and has been picked up by Sky Pony Press, the children's imprint of Sky Horse Publishing. Here are the details from Publisher's Marketplace...
Dave Connis’s debut, THE TEMPTATION OF ADAM, pitched as DON JON meets THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER and PAPER TOWNS, in which a sixteen-year-old boy struggles to beat a porn addiction with the help of his family, new friends, and a fellow addict, to Nicole Frail at Sky Pony Press, for publication in Fall 2017, by Eric Smith at P.S. Literary Agency (World).
When Dave's manuscript appeared in my agency inbox, I read and devoured it immediately. I laughed, I cried, I gushed about the book to any of my bookish friends who would listen. I cried while explaining it to my wife (which basically means you've got a deal with me). After a long phone call (when we realized we were probably going to be best friends), I picked up Dave as a P.S. Literary client. (more…)