This past week has been quite interesting and busy. Moxie is finally settled in, which means that she is starting to feel relaxed enough to misbehave (we are taking obedience classes soon!) My mom is coming to visit from Hawaii today, so I've been prepping for that. AND, I have a couple of new books to announce!
Children's: Picture book
NYT bestselling author/illustrator Calef Brown's fanciful bestiary and book of inspiration for young artists, to Chronicle, by Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
What can I say, Calef is a genius, and this book will be unlike anything he's made before, or you've seen before. Other than that, my lips are sealed.
(except a quiet squeal of delight!)
Children's: Young Adult
Erin Lange's debut BUTTER, about a lonely 423-pound boy who decides to eat himself to death live on the Internet, and the bullies who become macabre cheerleaders for his plan, to Bloomsbury, by Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
Erin first queried me in February. I liked the book, but I was totally disturbed by some of it, and not disturbed ENOUGH by some of it, and wanted revisions, and declined in April. Erin did the revisions and resubmitted in July... and then like two days later, said that she had an offer already. YIKES!! I read the book quickly and saw how amazingly spot-on her revisions were, and I knew that I had to have her as a client. So I offered too, and then a very nervous week elapsed. Finally she said yes - only a week before I was getting set to move cross-country and take a month off. (You see how long things take sometimes?)
Here's where the even more fun part comes. When I subbed the book to editors a couple of weeks ago, we had responses LIKE LIGHTNING. And lots of interest. And after an extremely difficult decision... a deal! Yayyy! I am so excited about this book, it is AMAZING. Heartbreaking and scary and page-turning, and it will seriously stick with you long after you've turned the last page.