Deals: Sangu Mandanna's Spark of White Fire Trilogy Acquired By Sky Pony Press
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.
No, seriously, see this blog post from early 2015 over on Barnes & Noble's YA blog.
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. (more…)
Deals: When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker Acquired by Sky Pony Press
Anna Hecker queried me on my birthday last year, with one wonderful gift.
Her next novel.
It was wild to me, to discover that there weren't any YA novels about EDM... Electronic Dance Music. Considering the current popularity of The Chainsmokers, the easy listening joy that is Owl City, and my absolute favorites, Daft Punk, how hasn't this been explored?
Well. Enter Anna with When the Beat Drops.
In Anna's latest novel, she introduces readers to Mira Alden, a teen girl who wants nothing more than to ace her audition to the prestigious Fulton Jazz Conservatory. See, she's essentially a teen jazz prodigy, writing beautiful music with her best friends as a somewhat band-geek outcast. And then she falls into the EDM scene when her sister comes home... and discovers a surprise gift for DJing.
The book is Pitch Perfect and Save the Last Dance meets This Song Will Save Your Life, with a heavy splash of Daft Punk, as a teen girl has to choose between what she thought was always her passion, and the exciting new world she's getting swept up in. There's drugs, toxic relationships, and oh my, so much music.
I fell in love with this book hard, and loved pitching it around while listening to dance music. Some of my favorite YA contemporary reads are music-filled, like Ashley Poston's The Sound of Us and We Own the Night, Charlotte Huang's For the Record, Nina LaCour's The Disenchantments, and Morgan Matson's Amy & Roger's Epic Detour. I can't wait to see Anna's book on shelves and lists with these.
And I'm so pleased to say it'll be in bookstores everywhere in the Spring of 2018 with Sky Pony Press, having been acquired by Becky Herrick. Here are the details, found on Publishers Weekly Children's Bookshelf:
You've likely heard me ramble about Sky Pony before, here and on the ol' social media. That's because they are putting out the very first book I got to sell, Dave Connis' The Temptation of Adam and thus, will always have a special place in my heart.
Please head to Twitter and wish Anna and Sky Pony all the congrats.
Preferably while listening to the Tron Legacy soundtrack.
And Anna, thank you for that wonderful birthday present.
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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