Welcome to the first YA Roundup, where we’re bringing you all the best Young Adult bookish news, new releases, cover reveals and more over the past week. Can’t get enough YA? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
The Bane Chronicles Gets an Audiobook Narrator
The ninth installment of Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson’s Bane Chronicles gets an audiobook narrator. That book narrator is Jamie Bamber of Battlestar Galactica fame. You can catch an excerpt of Jamie’s oral magic on Entertainment Weekly. This included an interview with the actor about the book.
The Bane Chronicles follows the adventures of Magnus Bane, a popular character from Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, in a collection of short stories co-written by the three popular young adult authors. It focuses on Bane’s fight with Valentine and the Institute. Jamie Bamber is an English actor, with the smooth, melodious, and entrancing accent to prove it. This makes him the perfect cast decision for the nighttime fantasies of men and women all over the world. As well as bringing Magnus Bane to life.
Not that I know anything about Magnus Bane or the Mortal Instruments series. But Jamie Bamber is nice.
On Such a Full Sea Gets Totally Awesome 3D Printed Book Cover
Chang-ra Lee’s latest novel, On Such a Full Sea, is set in a dystopian future where the masses are worked for the benefit of a wealthy minority. Not entirely something that seems incredibly original these days—especially if Young Adult readers want to cross over. However, his novels Native Speaker and The Surrendered are award-winning, so the hopes are that his take on YA dystopia will be good.
His publisher, Riverhead Books, has released a limited edition 3D cover for the book. Only 200 copies were made, and they’re going on sale for $150 a piece! Pricey, but it is a fantastic cover!
The cover was created by a Makerbot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Computer, and designed by Helen Yentus.
Zola Gets a Bookish Site
Bookish, a social book site that was launched in 2013 to the masses who failed to flock to it, has been purchased by Zola Books. Bookish allowed users to purchase ebooks and share them on their devices as their own personal library, although that purchase feature has since been shut down. Originally pitched as the Pandora (which incidentally has come under fire for mining user data) of the book world, the site was backed financially by Simon & Schuster, Penguin, and Hachette.
Michael Pietsch, CEO of Hachette, said they initially supported the site because “We saw a need for a great [book] discovery engine and that is what we created.” The people at Goodreads just stepped back and looked for a gauntlet to throw upon reading that quote.
Zola plans to cut the staff, relocate the office, and cut out Bookish’s search engine with a rusty blade in order to transplant it into its own site. No news yet on whether they want to create a Bookish Frankenstein monster and then reject it, setting off a serious of increasingly depressing events leading to the Bookish monster’s death. Joe Regal of Zola says:
“Zola and Bookish share a vision of a richer reader experience, connecting readers to their favorite books, authors, tastemakers they trust, and of course to other readers. E-books are becoming personal social networks. Not only can we can read them on phones and devices that we carry with us, but we can also share and comment right inside the reading apps themselves.”
No really, is everyone just going to ignore the fact that Goodreads exists? Have I gone back in time to 2009? DOC BROWN I NEED YOU!
Peanuts Has a New Master Now
After eight years of sweet, sweet freedom, Peanuts once again has a master publisher: Simon & Schuster. Now that Peanuts Worldwide has been taken over again, they are preparing 500 TV interstitials for 2014, and a feature film is planned for release in 2015.
Apparently Simon & Schuster aren’t the only publisher to jump on the Peanuts bandwagon lately. Regnery’s Little Patriot Press, Ballantine, Fantagraphics, and Running Press are all also on board, and AMP Comics recently debuted its first title, Snoopy Cowabunga. Seriously? What did Peanuts put in the water recently?
I don’t get the nostalgia since I never really watched Peanuts as a kid. Guess I missed out on all the magic, aye?
PitMad Happened Awesomely
Are you a writer wanting to pitch your novel to agents? #PitMad is the thing for you. It gives authors the opportunity to pitch to agents over Twitter. Authors use 140 characters to sell their novel, including the genre and category, and agents can favourite the ones they like and contact those authors for submissions.
PitMad, like #MSWL (Manuscript Wishlist), is a resource to connect agents and publishers with authors and their completed, polished novels. MSWL gives agents the ability to familiarise authors with their tastes and wishes, and the authors must then follow normal submission guidelines. PitMad, however, gives authors the ability to mass publicise their novel to a wide variety of agents and be contacted by any interested parties.
PitMad is the brain child of author Brenda Drake, a 2014 debut Young Adult author. The next Pitch Mad contest will be hosted in March 2014.
14 KidLits Play “Write or Dare”
A group of debut young adult authors from 14 KidLit engaged in shenanigans and got a buttload of writing done by daring each other to write to win, or face the consequences. Rebecca Petruck started it all with the #30mDare hashtag.
14 KidLit is 2014’s debut YA Author site, dedicated to aiding and promoting first time Young Adult authors and their books, rather like The Lucky 13’s and the Apocalypsies before them. As the Young Adult genre becomes and increasingly crowded and competitive market, sites like 14 KidLit help authors support each other whilst providing an easy way for them to engage in the online book world and build their brand.
The 30 Minute Dare was very successful in helping the authors bump their word count whilst engaging playfully with the community. Ellie Cosimano and Elizabeth May both finished sequels to their 2014 debuts using the dare and some authors, like Dana Alison Levy, wrote incredible amounts (1,400 average wordcount per dare).
The losers of the dare were forced to adopt an embarrassingly bad Twitter avi for 24 hours. OH THE SHAME!
YA New York Times Bestsellers (January 19, 2014)
1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
3. Looking for Alaska by John Green
4. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
5. Paper Towns by John Green
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
7. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
8. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ranson Riggs
9. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
10. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
New Book Deals
Pram by Lauren DeStefano
Rights: US, CA & open market
Agent: Barbara Poelle (Irene Goodman Literacy Agency)
Pram tells the story of a girl with a unique talent: she can talk to ghosts. After befriending a boy named Clarence, Pram decides to search for her father in the hope that he can answer her questions about her mother’s death. It comes out in fall 2015.
We both really enjoyed Wither and DeStefano’s writing style, so this one is on our radar.
Bluescreen by Dan Wells
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Rights: World English
Agent: Sara Crowe (Harvey Klinger)
A teen hacker’s friend’s overdose on an illicit digital drug leads her to uncover a mystery with roots deep in her L.A. neighborhood’s crime syndicate.
Futuristic cyberpunk for the win!
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Rights: North America
Agent: Kate Schager Testerman (KT Literacy)
The collection will feature 12 romantic tales of young love by celebrated YA authors, including Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, Gayle Forman, Ally Carter, Holly Black, Kiersten White, Matt de la Peña, Laini Taylor, Jenny Han and Kelly Link. Publication is set for October 2014.
So many fantastic authors in one book? Sign us up!
Knockout Games by G. Neri
Publisher: Carolrhonda Lab
Rights: World English
Agent: Edward Necarsulmer IV (Dunow, Carlson & Lerner)
It tells the story of Erica, a white 15-year-old, and her experience getting caught up in the TKO Club, a group of middle-school kids urged to play the now-infamous knockout game by Kalvin, a charismatic black 18-year-old. The book, according to its publisher, takes an unflinching and morally complex look at casual violence and American teenagers.
This sounds FASCINATING.
SOURCE: Publishers’ Weekly