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Children’s Author Brian Jacques Has Died

Beloved children’s author Brian Jacques (pictured, via) passed away this week at 71-years-old. He wrote chapter novels, picture books, and short story collections during his long career.

According to BBC News, the author sold more than 20 million books internationally. Jacques is best-known for his Redwall fantasy series. Before Jacques died, 21 chapter books, three picture books, a graphic novel adaptation, and an opera were all published about the Redwall series.  In June 2010, the author’s blog announced that the 22nd book in the series will be published this year.

Here’s more from BBC News: “Some critics compared [Jacques' books] to J.R.R. Tolkien‘s Lord Of The Rings and Watership Down by Richard Adams. Even as a child he showed literary talent. He was caned by a teacher who could not believe that a 10-year-old could write so well when he penned a short story about a bird who cleaned a crocodile’s teeth.”

Rachel Cohn Lands Four Book Deal

Disney Publishing imprint Disney-Hyperion has acquired a four-book science fiction series written by Rachel Cohn. Beta, the first book of the YA series, will be published in fall 2012.

Executive editor Emily Meehan negotiated the deal with literary agent Jennifer Rudolph Walsh from William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.

Cohn (pictured, via) has written several popular children’s books, including the Cyd Charisse series. She also collaborated with Scholastic editor David Levithan on several titles, including Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

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Win an Editorial Review from Del Rey Publishing

The science fiction and fantasy blog Suvudu is seeking science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal romance submissions for a new contest. The winner will receive a free editorial review and consideration for publication by  Del Rey Publishing.

Del Rey Publishing editor-in-chief Betsy Mitchell will read the winning manuscript. Three runners-up will receive a selection of Del Rey/Spectra titles. Follow this link to enter–the winner will be revealed on May 18th.

Here are more contest details: “Del Rey/Spectra through Suvudu will be accepting submissions from now through March 18, 2011, of  previously unpublished manuscripts of no more than 150,000 words. Over the next few months, they will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity, and writing style.”

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