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Latest Book Deal News!

I've been waiting to announce this for what seems like ages-- though it really hasn't been. But I've been excited, and time always seems to drag when you're waiting for something! So without further ado, here it is:


I am so excited to have sold my 8th contracted book! This one is a little different-- a twisty dark contemporary. As the title, taken from Macbeth, would suggest, UNNATURAL DEEDS is also a story of obsession, desire, and betrayal. It's about a shy and awkward girl named Vic who meets the suave, effortlessly popular new boy at school named Z and gets in way over her head.

My path to this book deal wasn't easy. I had quite a few starts and stops while writing it, and many people told me it wouldn't sell. Not to mention, the market for YA is ever-tightening as more and more YA books crowd the market. So I'll be honest and say I had little hope for the book when it went on submission this March, despite the fact that several people were VERY passionate about it. I had amazing readers who are also amazing authors in their own right-- all of whom were very positive about the book. But most positive of all was Mandy Hubbard, who has been my critique partner for over 10 years and is also now my agent. When was considering shelving the book, she looked at it and said, "Pfft, I could sell this," and gave me a list of changes to consider.

So I made her edits and I'm happy to say that I had interest from editors and sold UNNATURAL DEEDS faster than any book I've ever put out on sub, in a little over one month.

Which just goes to show you how subjective this business is, and why you should never give up. It only takes one person to fall in love with it.

So now, instead of waiting for the announcement, I'll switch to waiting for the day I can finally share the finished book with you. Fall of 2016 will be here in a heartbeat!


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Jun. 26th, 2015 12:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jenn!
Jun. 25th, 2015 12:55 am (UTC)
How cool that Mandy is now your agent!! And me and my teens are still awaiting the sequel to DROWNED!
Jun. 26th, 2015 12:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, she's always told me she'd happily represent me if I ever wanted to make a change, and so I signed with her earlier this year :) And that's nice to hear, thank you! I am still going back and forth with the contracts for the DROWNED sequel. I'm hoping to have something to announce on that, soon!! :) xoxo
Jun. 26th, 2015 12:43 am (UTC)
I was excited to see this!
Jun. 26th, 2015 12:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks, April!
Jun. 26th, 2015 02:22 pm (UTC)
Such awesome news, and great that you and Mandy are working together! I can't wait to read it!!
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