Congratulations to our members with books releasing today! Click on the covers below for more information about each title:
Here’s our handy printable release calendar to help you keep track of all the sweet June debuts coming at you soon!
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During her daytime hours, Meg Leder is an executive editor for Perigee Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. She grew up in Cincinnati , Ohio , but currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, with a jerk cat named after Friday Night Lights’ Tim Riggins.
Meg’s debut novel, THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, June 2016) is a Young Adult contemporary. Curated by sixteen-going-on-seventeen Penelope Marx, the Museum of Heartbreak (MoH) is dedicated to the documentation and study of the devastating, lonely-making, ass-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak. Featuring a spectrum of artifacts that chronicle the lives of the curator, her best friends, her first boyfriend, and some dinosaurs, the MoH explores the giddy confusion, inevitable sadness, and sheer joy of growing up and falling in love.
- Favorite book growing up: ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery tied with HARRIET THE SPY by Louise FitzHugh.
- Childhood aspiration: The weirdly specific profession of a cheerleader who painted pictures of roses.
- Favorite time of day/place to write: Early Sunday afternoons–anywhere with hot chocolate and/or grilled cheese sandwiches.
- Book currently reading/most recently read: Carrie Mesrobian’s PERFECTLY GOOD WHITE BOY.
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Tracking down street art in NYC and London.
- Favorite sports teams: Does figure skating count? If so, all figure skaters everywhere.
- Surprising personal fact: She’s been a guest on the Martha Stewart show twice. During one of those times, Martha told her that she was knitting a scarf for her dog Francesca with yarn made from her dog Paw Paw’s hair. She made Meg touch the scarf. It was surprisingly soft.
Where to find her:
Meg Leder revealed her cover for THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK on August 8th. This YA Contemporary is pitched as Eleanor & Park meets Why We Broke Up, and is the YA novel that tells the story of 17-year-old Penelope Marx, whose first love ends their relationship unceremoniously. She decides to curate the artifacts of their time together to help tell her story and heal her broken heart.
In her junior year of high school, Penelope Madeira Marx, aged sixteen going on seventeen, comes face to face with the devastating, lonely-making, butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak.
It happens like this:
She falls in love.
And just like the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs, heartbreak comes hurtling at Penelope with the fury of one thousand meteors.
The Museum of Heartbreak (MoH) is the United States’ national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of this particular series of events. Along the way, visitors will learn the stories of Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy; Cherisse, possibly the worst person in the world; Audrey, Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend; and Eph, her equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing childhood friend.
Welcome to The Museum of Heartbreak.
Samantha Mabry revealed her YA magical realism debut, A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON, on August 26th over on YA Highway.
Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.
Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.
Julie Buxbaum revealed her cover for her YA Contemporary debut, TELL ME THREE THINGS, on September 8th over at EW.
Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago—the closest place she has to something like home—she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?
The thing is, Jessie does need help. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live in LA with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.
In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?
Kristy Acevedo revealed the cover and first chapter for her YA Sci-Fi debut, CONSIDER, on September 10th over at YA Interrobang.
As if Alexandra Lucas’ anxiety disorder isn’t enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear from the sky, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: heed the warning and step through a portal-like vertex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet they say is on a collision course with earth. How’s that for senior year stress?
The holograms, claiming to be humans from the future, bring the promise of safety. But without the ability to verify their story, Alex is forced to consider what is best for her friends, her family, and herself.
To stay or to go. A decision must be made.
With the deadline of the holograms’ prophecy fast approaching, Alex feels as though she is living on a ticking time bomb, until she discovers it is much, much worse.
AROUND TOWN: Kathy MacMillan, author of the YA fantasy SWORD AND VERSE, will be presenting “Connecting with Debut Authors” along with blogger Alyssa Susannah of http://eaterofbooks.blogspot.com at KIDLITCON 2015 in Baltimore, MD on October 10. Link: http://tinyurl.com/kidlitcon Sword & Verse is coming January 2016!
AROUND THE WORLD: Jody Hotchkiss of Hotchkiss and Associates will be representing film rights for SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by Darcy Woods. Turkish rights for Darcy Woods’ SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS have recently been sold to Pegasus.
Plus the SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS COVER IS REVEALED TODAY at 1PM over at YA Books Central. Go check it out!
Occasionally, at the Sweet Sixteens blog, we feature submitted posts by our members. Today, the wonderful Meg Leder talks about going from editor to author.
For the past seventeen years, I’ve worked as a nonfiction editor in book publishing. And I love it. I love books; I love working around books; I love helping people make books; I love working with people who love books.
I also love editing because of the confidence I feel when I’m doing my job well—I get to work with authors in identifying what’s shining, what needs help, how to grow things, how to prune things. There’s a very satisfying zing of recognition when you’re making your way through a manuscript and you realize you know how to make something great even better.
I’ll admit it: I also love editing because I’m secretly a bit of a bossy know-it-all. I like coming in, competently surveying the scene, and saying with certainty Here’s where we go next!
So after enjoying the confidence and security of editing for all this time, you can imagine my surprise when I got a deal for my first novel and realized I didn’t know much of anything at all. My seventeen years of experience has helped, but for the most part, I’ve found being an author disconcerting and terrifying and sometimes exciting and sometimes even very wonderful but also the exact opposite of being a confident know-it-all. Call it being a stupid-it-all or call it being Jon Snow, because despite all those years of editing experience, when it came to my own novel, I pretty much know nothing.
Okay, yes, I did know some stuff of this stuff going in. But now I know-know it, all the down to the depths of my deeply anxious author heart.
(Caveat: the editor in me hates this blog post. I can hear her saying, These aren’t parallel points! Are you talking from one point of view or the other? Author or editor? Why is some of this personal and some of this professional? You are using the Jon Snow reference solely for humor even though you do know some things. The author in me says, Ummm… exactly?)
Sweet Sixteener Meg Leder recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Lisa Aldin about her YA contemporary debut novel, ONE OF THE GUYS (February 10, 2015 from Spencer Hill Contemporary).
Lisa Aldin graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in English Literature. She now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and daughter. ONE OF THE GUYS is her debut novel.
Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She’ll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she’s sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a “lady” while the guys move on without her. Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service. But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends–the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she’s built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love.
Meg: Your main character Toni is delightfully smart and independent, as well as ardently un-girly. Where did she come from, i.e. what inspired you to create her?
Lisa: I wanted to write someone I could be friends with, someone I knew I’d be hanging out with in fictional land for a while. Writing is hard. I wrote this book because I wanted to have fun writing. That was my main goal with this manuscript. It was still work, but I enjoyed so much of it. Toni is a big reason for that.
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Marieke Nijkamp, author of THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, will be the opening keynote speaker at the upcoming SCBWI Europolitan Conference in Amsterdam. She’ll talk about diversity, medieval maps, and the worlds we build.
THE GIRL WHO FELL is Shannon M. Parker’s new title for her YA debut in which a high school senior mistakes her boyfriend’s physical and mental manipulations for devotion, only to discover the truth when it may be too late. Publication is set for Spring 2016.
Agent sisters Jenny Moyer and Lindsay Eagar braved the February cold to meet in NYC with agent Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary.
Jenny Moyer’s is excited to announce that FLASHFALL is the official new title of her YA sci-fi/ fantasy (formerly ASHES FOR STARS)! A stunning debut that crosses genres of fantasy, sci-fi, speculative fiction and horror with a unique spritz of magic.
Amy Allgeyer’s YA novel, WATER FOR STARFISH (which previously sold to Egmont USA) has been picked up by Albert Whitman & Company. When 17-year-old Liberty is sent to live with her grandmother deep in Kentucky coal country, she realizes the mine is poisoning the water, and sets out on an Erin Brockovich-type mission to find proof, plunging her into a world of secrets, lies and danger. Publication is set for Spring 2016.