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Posts Tagged ‘Scott Westerfeld’

Books of Wonder Named the Official Bookseller for the ‘YA Lit at 92Y’ Reading Series

Heavenly Fire92Y has named Books of Wonder as the official bookseller for the “YA Lit at 92Y” reading series events. Both institutions will collaborate on the development of future programming.

This partnership kicks off on May 26th during an exclusive launch party celebrating the release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. Fellow authors Maureen Johnson, Holly Black, Kelly Link, and Scott Westerfeld will also appear as special guests.

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Scott Westerfeld Lands Deal For ‘Afterworlds’ YA Novel

scottScott Westerfeld has landed a deal Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, for his new young adult novel, Afterworlds. The story follows Darcy Patel as she moves to New York City to establish her writing career; readers will follow both Darcy’s actual life story and the fictional one she hopes to publish.

Publisher Bethany Buck negotiated the deal with literary agent Jill Grinberg; Buck has secured North American, audio, and ebook rights. The book is scheduled to be released on September 23, 2014.

Westerfeld (pictured, via) had this statement in the press release: “Readers of YA are also lively and energetic producers – of fanfic, of original work, of reviews and blogs and manifestos. Afterworlds is an homage to all those who write to make themselves better readers, or the other way around.”

What Does Dystopian YA Teach Readers About Marriage?

As she prepared for her own wedding, former Bookish YA editor Margaret Bristol shared matrimonial wisdom that she picked up from young adult novels.

Here’s what she learned from The Selection by Kiera Cass:

When you open yourself to new experiences, you never know what you might find. America would have never have met handsome prince Maxon if she hadn’t signed up for a “Bachelor”-style competition for his hand in marriage. While Mer is totally resistant at first, the warmest parts of this novel are when Maxon starts winning her over.

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HarperTeen Impulse Digital Imprint Launched

HarperCollins has created HarperTeen Impulse, an eBook imprint dedicated to publishing short stories and novellas for the young-adult genre.

The imprint will release one to four eBooks on the first Tuesday of every month, a day the publisher has dubbed “Impulse Tuesday.” The prices will range between $0.99 to $2.99. Follow this link to see the upcoming titles.

Here’s more from the release: “The first titles go on sale December 4, 2012, and they include Breathless by Sophie Jordan, a companion novella to her Firelight series; Stupid Perfect World, a future-set novella by bestselling author Scott WesterfeldCruisin’ by Sarah Mlynowski, a short story in which teens take a plunge on the high seas and discover that everything is not as it seems; and Radiant by Cynthia Hand, a novella set in the world of her bestselling Unearthly series…Forthcoming titles include The Prince: A Selection Novella by Kiera Cass, a companion to the New York Times bestseller The Selection; Tags, a one-act play by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Walter Dean Myers; and One Day More, a prequel novella to bestselling author Aprilynne Pike’s forthcoming novel, Life After Theft.”

Simon & Schuster Reaches Out to Teen Readers Through Texting

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing has teamed up with Mobile Commons to launch a new texting program for YA readers.

Fans of Scott Westerfeld‘s Leviathan trilogy can text “SCOTT” to a special shortcode to try to win a coffee date with him, talk about his books and learn more about future contests. Fans of The Blessed author Tonya Hurley can text “BLESSED” to a special shortcode to try and win a guitar. What do you think of this new marketing venture?

Here’s more from the release: “The Simon & Schuster author campaigns will use the consumer relationship tools on the Mobile Commons user dashboard, which include message editing, data segmenting, targeting, URL tracking, QR codes, and MMS (multimedia messaging). Simon & Schuster will also use the platform’s real-time analytics and reporting to help them better personalize their communications with their teen readers.”

Simon & Schuster Releases Free “Uglies” E-Book

uglies23.jpgTo promote the upcoming release of Scott Westerfeld‘s new book, “Leviathan,” Simon & Schuster is offering a free PDF version of his bestselling novel, “Uglies.”

The free book will also be a clean file, without any DRM encoded into the digital copy. Readers need to fill out a short form at the Simon & Schuster website, leaving only an email address and a zip code.

Here’s more from the site: “We know everyone’s excited for Scott Westerfeld’s new book Leviathan, coming out in October. What to do while you wait? Get caught up on his amazing Uglies series, starting with a free book download of Uglies. Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that?” (Via BoingBoing)

Simon & Schuster’s “Pulse” of the Teen Nation

Riding a recent tidal wave of social networking initiatives, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Simon & Schuster Digital introduced a new community-oriented Pulse It website today.

The social networking site is aimed at teenagers from 14-to18, allowing them to read books, chat, review titles, and communicate with S&S authors online. The site also includes video interviews, like that interview with author Scott Westerfeld. Access depends on registration, an interesting experiment for publishing websites of the future.

Here’s a statement from Simon & Schuster Children’s Division’s publisher Jon Anderson: “The new Pulse It provides its teen members an instantaneous, shared reading experience … “We have also made it very easy for them to buzz our books by spreading the word to their peers on other networks and sites.”