Friday, September 19, 2014

Seth - Signed and sealed. Not quite delivered.

This week, I signed a contract for my young adult murder mystery, thanks to my agent, the esteemed Abigail Samoun. The publisher is Poisoned Pencil, which is the young-adult imprint of Poisoned Pen Press. I'll be only the 10th author of this imprint, which is pretty exciting, and I'm thrilled to round out their first ten writers.

These guys are the real deal when it comes to mysteries. Poisoned Pen Press is one of the largest publishers of hardcover mysteries in the world.

Writing and publishing is still a struggle for me. But I love the struggle, and these bright spots of goodness keep me going.

So cheers, Universe. Here's to ya.


Check out The Poisoned Pencil

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Tilting House or, in German, Das Haus, in dem es schräge Böden, sprechende Tiere und Wachstumspulver gibt

My first book, The Tilting House, has now been published in Germany. Actually, it appears it came out a while ago. This spring some time. But I just received my hard copies yesterday. The German version has a new title:

Das Haus, in dem es schräge Böden, sprechende Tiere und Wachstumspulver gibt

 I believe this means, "The house where the slanting floors, talking animals and growth powders are."

Weird. But whatever. The cover, by Maximilian Meinzold, is lovely. The translation is by Petra Sparrer. Sorry, Petra, but I have no idea if the translation is any good, as I can't read much German.

Because I have a pathetically fragile ego, I've been Googling the German title and finding a variety of reviews, blog posts, and random mentions, which I have to run through Google Translate to make sense of. Most of the reviews are quite good. A few aren't.

Fair enough.

The one mention that really struck me was about a kid at a school talent show reading a story from the book and making the crowd laugh.

That freaked me out. Some kid in Germany is reading my translated words.

Here's a word you can translate: Dankbarkeit.

German for gratitude.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Contract negotiations are underway

We are now in the Jerry Maguire stage of my teen murder mystery. I'll share the publisher once ink is on the paper. Publisher X emailed the contract, but the esteemed Abigail Samoun thinks we should push back on a few issues.

That said, most of it looks pretty good to me. I would like to have approval on the cover. And I'd like to get international rights, because that worked out quite well for me on The Tilting House. But mostly, I'm excited and grateful. I know how hard and how rare it is to get to this stage, mostly because I know how hard it's been for me.

Gratitude. That's the word for the day.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Seriously good news from a mystery publisher

Ok. So I've still come the realization that nothing is certain until it is past tense. But I've also learned to have gratitude for every bit of encouragement. 

So I am very grateful for an email that reads: "I’ve finished reading Life and Seth and you will not be surprised to hear that we would like to acquire the title."

Hopefully this story ends with a new classic hardboiled paperback. And hopefully it's cover is as cool as this: