October 14th, 2014


In our house, we’ve only just decorated for Halloween, but with snow on the mountains this morning, it’s not too hard to think ahead to winter. Grab your copy of My True Love Gave To Me, out today, and you’ll be set for any coming blizzard or snowstorm. Fall in love twelve times, with amazing, romantic stories by authors Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White.

Four starred reviews can’t be wrong!

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You’re a writer, toiling away on your manuscript for months, for years, finally getting that big break, that momentous publishing contract! Years more may still go by, but finally, you can hold it in your hand, or better yet, buy it in a store — your book. Your blood, sweat, and tears, honest-to-goodness BOOK.

So now what?

For many authors, putting aside the obvious answer of “write the next one!”, the time comes to somehow commemorate the occasion. KT Literary client Josie Bloss celebrated the publication of her first novel Band Geek Love with a tattoo, which may work for your first novel, but do you want ink for every book? Back in 2008, when I first blogged about this momentous milestone, I suggested a nice piece of jewelry, and I’m still a fan of that idea. But if you’re Amy Spalding, and you have super talented friends, maybe you get one of them to illustrate a scene from your book instead!


Thanks to amazingly talented artist Hope Larson, Amy now has a piece of forever art to celebrate The Reece Malcolm List, and lots more empty frames to fill.

What will you do/did you do to celebrate your book’s publication?

8 October 2014


It’s easy to get a little disheartened about the publishing industry sometimes: the long delays when you’re waiting for a response, the single bookseller that can tank or make a book’s success, the pitiful excuses for marketing plans… but then, sometimes, you get this:

Readers have spoken, and publisher Penguin has listened. Readers of Stephanie Perkins’ popular Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After are getting hardcover editions that sport covers that match each other. See, Penguin redesigned the cover concept after the first two books in the series had already launched, so when Isla came out, readers ended up with a book that didn’t look like its predecessors. [...] So Penguin unit Dutton Young Readers is releasing hardcovers of Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door with the new, Isla design, an unusual move by a major publisher and a testament to the power of avid readers.

Wanna see?


As Stephanie writes:

I am very, very happy. And proud of you. Thank you for caring. Thank you for speaking up.

Click over to the USA Today story for her full letter to her readers about the matched set.

8 October 2014


No, not these aspen:




Rebekah Crane’s latest novel is on sale RIGHT NOW for the low low price of only 99 cents. You can’t even get a coffee for that! But you can get a great read. Check it out.

And if you missed Renee’s big announcement on Twitter, join me in welcoming Rebekah to the KT Literary family!

3 October 2014


FINALFINAL_9780399167751_Soundoflife_CAT copyIt’s amazing how quickly Spring 2015 comes upon us, but I’m delighted now to share the cover for Krista Van Dolzer‘s amazing middle grade debut, THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING, which Putnam is publishing in May 2015. What’s it about, you ask?

A fascinating speculative historical fiction debut set in 1950s California—perfect for fans of When You Reach Me.

Twelve-year-old Ella Mae Higbee is a sensible girl. She eats her vegetables and wants to be just like Sergeant Friday, her favorite character on Dragnet. So when her auntie Mildred starts spouting nonsense about a scientist who can bring her cousin back to life from blood on his dog tags, Ella Mae is skeptical—until he steps out of a bio-pod right before her eyes.

But the boy is not her cousin—he’s Japanese. And in California in the wake of World War II, the Japanese are still feared and despised. When her aunt refuses to take responsibility, Ella Mae and her Mama take him home instead. Determined to do what’s right by her new friend, Ella Mae teaches Takuma English and defends him from the reverend’s talk of H-E-double-toothpicks. But when his memories start to resurface, Ella Mae learns some shocking truths about her own family and more importantly, what it means to love.

The beautiful artwork by Rose Wong actually wraps around the entire jacket, so head on over to Krista’s blog for the full look.

3 October 2014


thumb_SteeringTowardNormalLove this interview with Rebecca Petruck, author of STEERING TOWARD NORMAL, on the research that went into her debut, and having to literally kill her darlings, as the common writing advice goes:

“The big thing for me was acknowledging that the steers are beef cattle – they have no other purpose – they’re going to be sold to the packer,” she says. “Loading day is called the Day of Tears pretty much across all the state fairs. And none of the boys were embarrassed admitting that. They were glad to have had a year to love their animals. It was the circle of life.”

Still, Petruck initially attempted to work some authorial magic until she had some sense talked into her by an early reader.

“I saved the steers in the first seven drafts,” she says. “I brought them home. I let them hang out in pastures. And it was a thirteen-year-old 4-H (member) who read an early copy for me who said, ‘It’s kind of a Cinderella ending.’ I realized later I wanted to be true to their experience year after year.”

1 October 2014


TVAcademyHonorIn case you missed it on Twitter this morning, I’m delighted to welcome new KT Literary client Sarah Watson to the fold! I could paraphrase her bio, but I’ll just put it here, shall I?

Sarah is a television writer and proud to have been a part of the entire six season run of the NBC drama, Parenthood, where she currently serves as Executive Producer. Her other credits include About A Boy, The Middleman, The Unusuals, Lipstick Jungle, and Standoff, among other series. She has sold pilots to ABC, FOX, and CBS. Her work has been positively reviewed in The New Yorker, listed as a part of Entertainment Weekly’s “50 Best TV Scenes of the Past Year”, and described by People Magazine as, “dumb but fun”. Sarah grew up in Northern California but decided she wanted to live where the beaches were actually warm after reading GIDGET as a kid. This brought her to UCLA where she majored in English. Learning to surf was a total bust, but Sarah continues to live next to the beach in Santa Monica with her golden retriever, Daisy, named after the heroine of one of her other favorite novels, THE GREAT GATSBY. When not writing on Parenthood Sarah can be found in various Los Angeles coffee shops working on her first novel MERCURY, an excerpt of which was selected as a finalist for the James Kirkwood Literary Prize.

I’m more than enough of a geek to get excited about working with someone who regularly rubs elbows with the beautiful people on my TV, but her novel (and her subsequent revision) absolutely blew me away, and when we met at WonderCon this past April, we hit it off in person as well. And she came highly recommended to me from fellow nerds I love and trust!

Hopefully we’ll have more great news soon, but for now, Welcome, Sarah!

30 September 2014



From a GREAT post by Anne Ursu on Tumblr.

26 September 2014


IMG_3549Who’s a pretty, pretty princess? This girl right here, with not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR STARRED REVIEWS! That’s right, My True Love Gave to Me just got its fourth starred review, from Booklist. As follows:

Holiday canoodling stories by twelve of the top YA authors? It’s a Christmas miracle! Not since 2008’s Let It Snow (by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle) has a compendium of wintry love stories given readers such reason to celebrate. Using her trademark sparkling dialogue, Rainbow Rowell rings in an amorous New Year’s between old pals. Matt De La Peña presents a house-sitter hookup with unlikely results. Jenny Han writes tales of woe and lust between Santa’s adopted daughter and her coworking elves. Stephanie Perkins pairs a tree-lot employee with a shopper who pines for much more. David Levithan’s Jewish St. Nick loves his boyfriend enough to (reluctantly) spread some X-mas magic. Holly Black’s hot Christmas Krampus crashes a swinging holiday soiree. Kiersten White whips up a delicious romance in a struggling Yule-themed diner. And several other big-name writers—Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Laini Taylor—craft cozy, clever, totally PG tales of good tidings. This is the substantive stuff of dream stockings: a rollicking, blush-inducing, memorable holiday collection of breezy, bite-sized stories perfect a snug evening next to the fire.

As Steph writes on her Tumblr, “This anthology will be available for purchase everywhere in only a few weeks—October 14th! Mark it to-read on Goodreads. Pre-order it from your favorite independent bookstore, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.”

24 September 2014


My True Love Gave to Me CoverMy Christmas tree is going to be quite crowded this year with all these stars! You may have already seen on Steph’s Tumblr, but I’m delighted to share that My True Love Gave to Me just received its third starred review, this one from School Library Journal, who wrote:

Twelve of the best-loved and best-known young adult authors–Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, and Matt de la Peña among them–have contributed stories to this appealing collection. Most have a Christmas setting, but Hanukkah, the winter solstice, and New Year’s Eve are also represented. Most are realistic, but Holly Black, Kelly Link, Jenny Han, and Laini Taylor have contributed tales steeped in fantasy or the supernatural. What all 12 selections have in common is teen romance at its most fragile and meaningful. Never mind the winter holidays; booktalk this title all year round.


23 September 2014


thumb_DemonDerbyIt’s a rainy dreary Monday here in Colorado, so of course one’s thoughts turn to fall, demon hunters, and roller derby. Or is that just me? In any case, I’m thrilled to share a great review from Voya for Carrie Harris‘ novel DEMON DERBY, which totally coincidentally includes both demon hunters AND roller derby. Wacky!

Casey is tired of being the “cancer girl.” After months in the hospital and bed rest, she is trying to regain some of her mojo. Before cancer she was a skateboarder and a black belt, but now she is the bald girl. Roller Derby seems like the perfect way to get that mojo back, and it does not hurt that the team manager is a hottie—except that he kind of resembles the man who attacked her in an alley a few weeks ago. Soon, Casey learns that demons are real, and she is training not only for the Roller Derby but also to be a demon hunter.

Casey’s road to re-empowerment after cancer has a fun and unique twist—Roller Derby demon hunters do not show up too much in young adult literature, and it turns out that there is a lot of fun to be had here. It reads almost like a lost episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer at times, complete with character sass and kick-butt moves. [...T]he characters are fun and Casey is a strong lead female. As a bonus, there are some good family and friend relationships on display here. This is a fun read with plenty of action and heart. This book is definitely recommended for libraries serving young adults.—Karen Jensen.

In honor of this great review, I’d love to know your literary-themed roller derby name. Got one? Share it in the comments below! One reader will win a copy of DEMON DERBY and the admiration of all for your kick-ass derby name.

22 September 2014