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Posts Tagged ‘Meg Cabot’

Elizabeth Keenan Promoted at Plume & Hudson Street Press

Elizabeth Keenan has been promoted to executive director of publicity at Plume and Hudson Street Press.

Keenan has worked on campaigns for the reboot of Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty trilogy, George Orwell’s 1984, and Sarah Jio’s The Violets of March.

A number of publishers have announced promotions for their staff members this past week.

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Literary Agent Offers Advice for YA Authors

In the “Pitching An Agent” feature at mediabistro.com, literary agent Laura Langlie gave aspiring YA writers some hints on how to pitch her agency.

Langlie represents author Meg Cabot, Meg Tilly and others. She founded her own literary agency after years of working in publishing, including six years as an agent at Kidde, Hoyt & Picard. Check it out:

Langlie sees a lot of young adult (YA) and middle-grade fiction writers who talk down to their readers. “People have this misconception that writing for children is easy. A middle-grade or YA novel is simply a novel for that age level. It still has to have great characters and a great story arc. You have to try and remember what you were like when you were that age,” said Langlie, who represents Delia Ray (Here Lies Linc) and others.

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James Patterson Combines YA & Adult Book Trailers

Author James Patterson recently released a novel book trailer: promoting his YA novel and his adult thriller in the same television commercial.

In the book trailer embedded above, Patterson shares the spotlight with an animated version of Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life‘s protagonist . As the video explains, Middle School was written for a YA audience while Now You See Her is an adult thriller.

Many authors write for both young readers and adults. Melissa de la Cruz‘s first adult novel, The Witches of East End, included appearances from characters her Blue Bloods YA series. Meg Cabot recently released Overbite, a sequel to her adult vampire story Insatiable. Last April, she also published the first book in her YA trilogy, Abandon. Who else can follow Patterson’s example?

Wall Street Journal Reporter Sparks Controversy with YA Readers

Wall Street Journal reporter Meghan Cox Gordon criticized themes of “explicit abuse, violence and depravity” in YA fiction over the weekend. As of this writing, her controversial essay has received 71 comments and 152 responses on Facebook.

Here’s more from the article: “Now, whether you care if adolescents spend their time immersed in ugliness probably depends on your philosophical outlook. Reading about homicide doesn’t turn a man into a murderer; reading about cheating on exams won’t make a kid break the honor code. But the calculus that many parents make is less crude than that: It has to do with a child’s happiness, moral development and tenderness of heart. Entertainment does not merely gratify taste, after all, but creates it.”

What do you think? The YA community responded with scores of online essays and the #YAsaves twitter hashtag. Below, we’ve listed tweets from several popular YA authors. The video embedded above features the band Tiger Beat performing their musical homage to the genre “YA Song.”

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Are Greek Myths the Next Trend for Teens?

Publishers are always on the lookout for the next big trend as evidenced by the wave of vampire and dystopian stories throughout the last few years. In the coming months, teen fiction readers can expect several new titles inspired by Greek myths.

The video embedded above features a clip chronicling the rise of debut novelist Josephine Angelini who inked a seven-figure deal with HarperCollins for her fantasy trilogy. The first book, Starcrossed, stars demi-gods in a modern-day version of The Iliad and will be released on May 31st. According to Publishers Weekly, Angelini’s agent Mollie Glick pitched it as “a Percy Jackson for teenage girls.”

Writer Meg Cabot recently released the first title of her new paranormal series Abandon. The Wall Street Journal reports that this series drew inspiration from the tale of Persephone and Hades. Back in December we interviewed Kody Keplinger who revealed that her Fall 2011 title, Lustruck, is “a modern re-imagining of the Greek play Lysistrata.” What do you think of this trend?

Book Wish Foundation Compiles Y.A. Short Story & Poetry Collection

A team of authors have joined Book Wish Foundation‘s What You Wish For: A Book For Darfur project. Book sale profits will be donated to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), an organization building libraries in Darfur refugee camps in Chad.

Penguin Group’s G.P. Putnam’s Sons imprint will release the collection in September. If you make a donation of $20 or more before April 30th and your name (and your child’s) will be included in the book’s acknowledgment section.

Actress Mia Farrow, who serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, has written the forward. The participating authors include: Cornelia Funke, Meg Cabot, R. L. Stine, John Green, Ann M. Martin, Alexander McCall Smith, Cynthia Voigt, Karen Hesse, Joyce Carol Oates, Nikki Giovanni, Jane Yolen, Nate Powell, Gary Soto, Jeanne DuPrau, Francisco X. Stork, Marilyn Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Sofia Quintero.

Scholastic Launches ‘this is teen’ Virtual Book Club

Scholastic has partnered with SCVNGR, a location-based mobile gaming application platform, to create this is teen, a smartphone and Facebook-focused program to connect teens with some of their favorite teen fiction writers and books.

SCVNGR will develop book-related challenges at participating bookstores for this is teen users to solve with their smartphones; users will win points  and also enter prize sweepstakes. The Facebook page will launch on April 26th along with Meg Cabot‘s new paranormal trilogy, Abandon. The ‘this is teen Live‘ tour will hit New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and Miami with authors Meg CabotLibba Bray, and Maggie Stiefvater starting May 24th.

Vice president of marketing Stacy Lellos had explained: “Our goal with ‘this is teen‘ is to create a destination and a community for readers—a virtual book club experience where the conversation starts with books. ‘this is teen‘ is about going where teens are and harnessing the connectivity of Facebook, the in-world exploration of SCVNGR, and the intensity that exists between readers and their favorite authors in order to create a fully interactive, reader-driven experience.”

Bestselling Authors Get Graphic – Novel, That Is

Not long after Karin Slaughter‘s first novel was published back in 2001, she made reference to a standalone novel she wanted to write called THE RECIDIVISTS. “It’s a sort of cautionary tale with a solid murder mystery at its core,” she told SHOTS Magazine back in 2002. “It takes place in the near future and is sort of a mixture of THE HANDMAID’S TALE meets THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN.” But time passed, she continued the Grant County series and her first standalone thriller, TRIPTYCH, was published last year.

But now, as the Bookseller reports, THE RECIDIVISTS will be published – as a graphic novel. Arrow Publishing Director Kate Elton bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Victoria Sanders at Victoria Sanders & Associates. No word on a US publication yet or on the proposed illustrator for the project, but chances are likely we’ll be hearing such news in due course.

Meanwhile, late last month TOKYOPOP announced that Meg Cabot would be branching out into manga (which I know isn’t anywhere near a graphic novel but I’m keeping my headline, thank you very much.) CORONATION #1: THE MERLIN PROPHECY will continue her AVALON HIGH series, the first in a three part manga sequel. Jinky Coronado will provide the art. “I had an idea for a sequel,” Cabot explained in the announcement, “but it wasn’t enough story for a whole book. I was thinking of doing a novella, but then TOKYOPOP came along with the manga offer, and I was like: Bingo! The idea I had for the Avalon High sequel was just the right length for a manga. And the manga looks great. More than great-better than I ever dreamed!”

That e-Book thing Makes a UK Comeback, Sort of

Technology being what it is, an idea deemed unsuccessful a few years ago can suddenly be brand new once more. So it goes with the e-book as Publishing News reports that the Orion Group is to publish its first e-book next year, WEB 2.0 by Paul Carr – most likely as an exclusive with Waterstones.com – and Macmillan has also taken its first digital steps outside the academic world, quietly making around 40 mass-market titles available in e-book form. Carr’s book, published in advance of the paperback, will be available in 2008. Macmillan titles include Meg Cabot‘s PRINCESS DIARIES series.

“We have the digital rights management software in place to block access from territories where we don’t have rights,” said Orion Key Account Manager Mark Stay. “It seemed a good idea to publish it as an e-book first. It seemed the natural way to do it. I don’t think e-books are going to take off until you have an iPod equivalent and you have students using it for all their books. But we want to be ready and I’m sure we’ll learn from the experience.”

The moves come as the industry at large expects an announcement from Amazon concerning its e-book reading device, allegedly called Amazon Kindle, at any moment. Whether the device proves to be a success remains to be seen, but that name isn’t going to help sales, I suspect…