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Michael R. Underwood Lands Book Country’s Second Book Deal

Speculative fiction writer Michael R. Underwood has inked a book deal with Simon and Schuster Pocket Books this week, the second deal that began in Penguin’s Book Country writing community.

Nelson Literary agent Sara Megibow negotiated the two-book deal with Pocket Star editor Adam Wilson. You can read Underwood’s work at this Book Country link.

Underwood wrote about the experience on his blog: “Back at the end of January, Adam Wilson, of Pocket Books, sent me an email saying he’d read an excerpt of Geekomancy on Book Country and saw from my blog that I had a completed draft, so could he see it? At that point, I was reminded of Ghostbusters.  If someone asks if you’re a god, you say yes.  If an editor asks to see your manuscript, you say yes.  There may be actually reasons to say no to an editor, but I didn’t have any good ones.  I sent the manuscript along with a note that I was still in revisions and could send a more polished version later, if he preferred.  Adam said he’d read the as-is version, and in a little over a week, he wrote back and wanted to schedule a phone call.” (pictured, via)

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.