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The Grind - October 27, 2016

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Hey y’all!It’s been a few months since I've done a news feature on the blog. Although I love them, reading through publishing outlets takes a lot of time - which I've definitely had less of while I've transitioned into college life.Last year, I started The Grind a year or so ago as a way to condense some of the last bookish news in YA for my readers. I hope to make it a Skimm-like picture of what all's been going on in publishing, especially for people interested in the genres I like.When I decided that I really wanted to get involved in the publishing industry, I turned towards more sources. Now, I read a lot of Publishers Weekly and GalleyCat and Publishing Trendsetter, and I try to always keep up-to-date with both current events and trends that’ll pop up in a few years from deals.Without further ado, here’s what’s been going on in publishing (especially in YA)…

The News

bob-dylanBob Dylan got the Nobel Prize in LiteratureSo that happened. And yet he still hasn't released a statement about it, despite being the first American to win the award since Toni Morrison (the woman, the legend.) His website did change to reflect the award, but people are clamoring for some more recognition. Bonus award news: Paul Beatty won the Man Booker Prize, and he's the first American to do so since its conception 48 years ago.Christopher Marlowe Named Co-Author on Three Shakespearean PlaysI'm in a Shakespeare class at the moment, so this just absolutely blew my mind. I know there's always been debate about how much of Shakespeare's work was original, but I never realized they'd reached a conclusion about it. In any case, the Oxford University Press will now credit Christopher Marlowe with a co-writing credit on Henry VI editions coming out soon.A Shipping Company Bankruptcy Messes Up Publishers' Routes"A Korean shipping company is causing some headaches for U.S. publishers. The Hanjin Shipping Company, which filed for bankruptcy in August, has seen dozens of its ships—some carrying significant orders from trade houses—stranded at sea or seized by creditors. Affected publishers range from St. Martin's Press to W.W. Norton to Lee & Low." Read more at Publishers Weekly and Melville House.Most Authors in the UK Make Minimum WageHey, hey, hey. That's not cool.book-expo-banner-galleycatBookExpo Changes to Appeal to BooksellersAs y'all may know, I love attending BookExpo America - which will now simply be known as BookExpo. So essentially I need to go back and rename my recap posts. Organizers are hoping that the name change, in conjunction with new focus on (independent) booksellers, will revamp the show and help their target audience. Publishing Houses and Imprint Updates Abrams is launching a nonfiction imprint. Swoon Reads is opening to non-romance reads (submissions of all genres.) St. Martin's Press is starting a political imprint. And this is perhaps worthy of a heading of its own: Jolly Fish Press is shutting down - but also somehow opening to submissions? A lot of people within the industry are not happy with the way the press is handling this news.

Good Articles

Daily Show Writer's Reaction Letter on Censorship Goes Viral | GalleyCatBookstore Owner Featured on Invincible Iron Man Cover | GalleyCatVideo Explores Difficulties of Translating the Harry Potter Books | GalleyCatDos Equis Commercial Actor Lands Book Deal | GalleyCatSpanish Police Arrest Their First Ever eBook Pirate | Torrent PoliceAuthors Guild Opens Membership to New and Unpublished Writers | Digital Book WorldELLE.com Has a New Boss and She's 11 Years Old | ElleFox Animation Picks Up ‘The Girl Who Drank The Moon’ For ‘Kubo And The Two Strings’ Writer Marc Haimes | DeadlineSomeone Reading a Book is a Sign of Order in the World | Brain PickingsBarbershop Cuts Prices For Kids Who Read Aloud During Appointment | HuffPostRead a chilling excerpt from the Black Lives Matter-inspired YA novel The Hate U Give | EW'Don’t ask what’s wrong with the reader, what's wrong with the books?': writing for readers with dyslexia | Guardian Books

The Deals

from Publishers Weekly

Sarah Dotts Barley at Flatiron Books has bought North American rights toMelissa Albert's debut novel, The Hazel Wood, in a mid-six-figure preempt. Billed as The Magicians for YA readers, the novel follows 17-year-old Alice, who has spent her whole life fleeing the long shadow of her grandmother's cult collection of pitch-dark fairy tales. When Alice's mother is taken by the world behind the stories, Alice must journey there to retrieve her. It's slated for spring 2018; Faye Bender at the Book Group negotiated the deal.

Sarah Shumway at Bloomsbury has acquired world rights to The Leaving author Tara Altebrando's next YA novel, The Opposite of Here, a Hitchcockian thriller about a girl who meets her dream boy on the first night of a Caribbean cruise – only to have him mysteriously vanish – and a second, untitled YA novel. Publication for The Opposite of Here is scheduled for spring 2018. David Dunton at Harvey Klinger brokered the deal.

Michael Strother at Harlequin Teen has bought A.R. Kahler's Runebinder, first in a post-apocalyptic fantasy series following Tenn, a Hunter fighting against the monsters that have overrun the world and those who control them. As he tries to learn more about his magic, he falls into a deadly game of love and power. Publication is planned for fall 2017; Laurie McLean at Fuse Literary did the three-book deal for world rights.

Sarah Dotts Barley at Flatiron Books has acquired If I Was Your Girl authorMeredith Russo's new novel, Birthday, following two very different teenagers meeting on their shared 13th birthday, setting into motion a series of events that will shape who they are and who they're destined to become. Publication is set for summer 2018; Hayley Wagreich and Joelle Hobeika at Alloy Entertainment sold North American rights.

Vicki Lame at St. Martin's/Wednesday Books has bought Gae Polisner's In Sight of Stars. It tells the story of Klee, a teenage artist reeling from the death of his father, who spends time in a psychiatric hospital where he must review the pieces of his life—what was true, what was real, and whether he can learn to function again. Publication is slated for winter 2018; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret did the deal for world rights.

Ruta Rimas at McElderry Books has bought MacDowell Colony fellow Kit Frick's YA debut. Pitched in the tradition of E. Lockhart, Lauren Oliver, and Kara Thomas, See All the Stars tackles the thrills of first love, the pain of betrayal, and the complexities of female friendship, as an 18-year-old navigates her last year of high school in the wake of a mysterious accident for which she's been blamed. Publication is slated for summer 2018; Erin Harris of Folio Literary Management/Folio Jr. brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.

Susan Chang at Tor Teen/Starscape has bought two standalone YA novels by Vassa in the Night author Sarah Porter. The first book, Never-Contented Things, slated for fall 2018, features two siblings trapped in an alternate reality that appears to be a precise replica of the college town where they've been living with their foster parents. The second book is currently untitled and is set for winter 2020. Kent D. Wolf at the Friedrich Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

Michael Strother at Harlequin Teen has bought North American rights to Cadaver and Queen by Alisa Kwitney, pitched as feminist Frankenstein meets Grey's Anatomy, about the first female student at a Victorian-era medical school, who uncovers gruesome secrets that some professors would kill to hide, plus a sequel. Publication of the first book is scheduled for fall 2017; Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary Agency did the two-book deal.

Kristin Rens at HarperCollins's Balzer + Bray imprint has acquired North American rights to librarian Megan Bannen's debut novel The Nameless Prince, inspired by the ancient Persian poem that gave rise to the opera Turandot. Narrated by Hua, a slave girl, it's the story of a prince who will risk anything to save his kingdom, a princess whose impossible riddles have claimed the lives of all her would-be suitors, and the girl who brings them together with terrible consequences. Publication is planned for fall 2018. Holly Root at Waxman Leavell Literary represented the author in the five-house auction.

Annie Berger at Sourcebooks Fire has bought debut author Bridget Morrissey's YA novel, The Place Where We Exist, in which two high school seniors meet for the first time on graduation day and feel instantly connected. When an accident leaves him in a coma, she must piece together the fragments of his life before it's too late. Publication is slated for winter 2018; Taylor Haggerty at Waxman Leavell negotiated the deal for world English.

Sylvie Frank at S&S's Paula Wiseman Books has bought Kristin Halbrook's (writing as K.D. Halbrook) first middle-grade novel, Smoke and Mirrors. The story follows a girl who loses faith in her culture, family, and friends when bullying at school becomes overwhelming, and she embarks on a quest to discover the roots of a curse that plagues the magical cirque where she has grown up. Publication is planned for fall 2018; Brent Taylor at the TriadaUS Literary Agency negotiated the deal for North American rights.

 Normally, I pick about five or so book deals I'm excited about - but over the past few weeks, there have been so many that I'm dying for. Sarah Dotts Barley is a favorite editor of mine, and I adore Brent Taylor. As for others, the taglines have me pining.

What do y'all think?

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The Grind - May 19, 2016

the grindHey y'all!It's been about five months since I've last thrown together a news post. But it's my last week as a high schooler and the week after BEA, leaving me with much more time and news to catch up on within the industry.Last year, I started The Grind a year or so ago as a way to condense some of the last bookish news in YA for my readers.When I decided that I really wanted to get involved in the publishing industry, I turned towards literary sources. Now, I read a lot of Publishers Weekly and GalleyCat and Publishing Trendsetter, and I try to always keep up-to-date with both current events and trends that’ll pop up in a few years from deals.Without further ado, here's what's been going on in publishing (especially in YA)...

The News

Dan Brown is adapting The Da Vinci Code for young readers. Sorry, what? The writer (and his publisher) revamped the cover and supposedly "abridged" the bestseller to appeal to teen audiences. This naturally has the YA world in a bit of an uproar, because most people read it as teenagers, and find no reason why kids nowadays would have trouble reading the original book since neither the plot nor prose are particularly complicated. Read more about it here.OverDrive Media announced plans to create digital book clubs...OverDrive - a major audiobook distributor that partners with public libraries - has decided to branch out in another direction. Recent studies have shown that many readers are a part of digital book clubs, and OverDrive is trying to encourage these to get more books in the hands of more readers. Read more about it here.YA Author CJ Daugherty called out Wattpad for plagiarism issues...Another big reveal in book publishing - especially YA - is that Wattpad has been making it WAY too easy for people to plagiarize authors' books. CJ Daugherty has noticed scanned, typed, and even translated versions of her books up on the site, but is having trouble getting them down. To help, she's raised the issue on public platforms - and has made other authors aware of their books being ripped off as well. Unlike similar free eBook platforms like Scribd, Wattpad has a really elaborate process required to report instances of plagiarism that requires reporters to supply incredibly personal information. Read more about the issue here.Audible is now letting users share audiobook files...Audible - Amazon's audiobook distributor and subscription service - is now letting users share purchased audiobooks with no charge through texting, email, and a few other mediums. The recipient of the book can then access the title for free. Read more about it here.Bloomsbury aims to break the surface of academic publishing...Bloomsbury, a major publisher, just announced a plan called Bloomsbury 2020. Bloomsbury is now consumer-focused, but aims to break into the billion dollar industry of academic publishing by breaking into two units: consumer and non-consumer. Read more about it here.

The Posts

Paperback Cover Art Unveiled for the 'Delirium' Trilogy | GalleyCatCould We Just Lose the Adverb (Already)? | VultureWe should let kids choose their own summer reading books | Chicago TribuneThe impossibility of being literal | The EconomistWhy we shouldn't protect teenagers from controversial issues in fiction | The GuardianReading on computer screens changes how your brain works, scientists say | TelegraphYA Lit's Awesome New Trend: Fighting Rape Culture | GlamourAlso Known As | NYTMaggie Stiefvater Says YA Is a 'Bullshit Label' | VultureBookCon 2016: Too Short for Readers, Just Right for Publishers | Publishers Weekly

The Deals

from Publishers Weekly

Jordan Brown at HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray has preempted Justina Ireland's Dread Nation and an untitled sequel, a YA duology set in a post-Reconstruction America beset by an undead plague that rose from the Civil War battlefields. Publication is set for 2018; Amy Boggs at Donald Maass Literary Agency brokered the deal for North American rights.Jess Garrison at Dial has acquired a currently untitled YA novel from Jenn Marie Thorne, set over a hot New York City summer. It follows an ungifted daughter of a famous composer as she falls for a teen prodigy and must face down her lost dreams and the classical music establishment to fight for her own chance at happiness. Publication is planned for 2018; Katelyn Detweiler at Jill Grinberg Literary Management sold world English rights.Claudia Gabel at HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen has acquired, in a six-figure deal, a YA science fiction trilogy from Rachel Caine (l.) and Ann Aguirre. The Honors series follows a misfit named Zara who feels lost in a highly ordered future world. Publication is projected to begin in winter 2018; Lucienne Diver at the Knight Agency represented Caine and Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary represented Aguirre in the deal for North American rights.Susan Van Metre and Anne Heltzel of Abrams won a six-publisher auction for world English rights to Christian Yee's debut YA novel, The Girl Who Was Iron and Gold, launching a series about 15-year-old Genie Zhao, who wonders if she's qualified enough to gain admission to an Ivy League school, then becomes powerful enough to break through the gates of Heaven with her fists. Publication is slated for fall 2017, with the sequel to follow in fall 2018; Stephen Barr at Writers House negotiated the two-book deal.Karen Chaplin at HarperTeen has acquired North American rights to Lauren Gibaldi's YA novel This Tiny Perfect World, in which a scholarship girl at a theater camp struggles to figure out if her small-town life, and small-town boyfriend, can ultimately be enough for her. Publication is scheduled for 2017; Claire Anderson-Wheeler at Regal Hoffmann & Associates brokered the deal.Katherine Harrison at Knopf has bought Zan Romanoff's YA novel Grace and the Fever, in which a teen caught up in the conspiracy-rich world of boy band fandom unexpectedly meets her idols and has to reckon with the all-too-human people they are behind the scenes. Publication is slated for summer 2017; Logan Garrison at the Gernert Company brokered the deal for North American rights.

That's a wrap! What are y'all excited for?

The Grind - December 28, 2015

the grindHey y'all!It's been a few months since I've been able to throw together this type of post, but winter break has given me a lot of time to read the news. I've spent most of break either bedridden with illness or working at the Oxford Exchange. Speaking of, our January teen book club pick at Oxford Exchange isSpeaking of, our January teen book club pick at Oxford Exchange is The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan! I wrote a glowing review of this one last year and look forward to diving into it again. It's on the last Sunday of the month and we would love to have you there!In any case, I started The Grind a year or so ago as a way to condense some of the last bookish news in YA for my readers. It's evolved and it's slowed down a bit but I'm determined to keep it going.When I decided that I really wanted to get involved in the publishing industry, I turned towards literary sources. Now, I read a lot of Publishers Weekly and GalleyCat and Publishing Trendsetter, and I try to always keep up-to-date with both current events and trends that’ll pop up in a few years from deals.What better way to start the new year than catching up on the latest news?

The News

Barnes & Noble is trying to acquire a liquor license.

Hey, that would change things. Read more about that here.

Shelfie has started offering audiobook bundles.

I think this is genius: here's a service, Shelfie, which allows you to access the ebook editions of your print books by snapping a photo of your name written on the copyright page. It might be a great solution for print books in the digital age, especially for those who want to have a more portable edition. I might have to take this up for transporting my library to college! In any case, they just paired up with audiobook distributors for the same thing.

Some publishers partnered with First Book over the holidays to give books to children in need! 

Both Chronicle Books and Penguin Random House took the awesome step of partnering with First Book, an organization which gets books to children in need, to donate books over the holidays. You could use #GiveaBook or retweet their accounts' tweets about the subject to cash in one book. (Still going on: if you go to the site, PRH will match any donation that you give!)

Melville House vs. Harper Perennial vs. Penguin Random House

Follow each of them on Twitter. They have this phenomenal constant banter that's actually gotten a lot of attention lately - including from Newsweek. Props to whoever runs their respective marketing departments.

BookExpo America announced their Children's Book and Author Breakfast speakers.

First off, I'm super jealous of anybody heading to BEA 2016 in Chicago. You KNOW I have a blast during BEA. This year, however, it's during a week of AP exams, so I can't go! Particularly jealous because Sabaa Tahir wrote one of my favorite books of the year. An Ember in the Ashes is phenomenal.

Scholastic started a podcast.

As you may know, I semi-recently got into podcasts. So when Scholastic announced a few weeks ago that they decided to start a podcast on children's literature, I had to subscribe. The first episode? A riveting account of the "magic of the Harry Potter series" (which is perfect because I'm listening to them on audio for the first time) and a charming anecdote about smuggling the seventh book onto a plane.

Somebody wrote a book about a transgender princess.

This is honestly the best. Greg McGoon created a fairy tale formed around themes of self-identity, based on a character Lyric who is assigned male at birth but comes to term with who she knows she is. "Maybe I can't be King someday. But maybe I can still be a leader."? That's solid gold right there. Following the vein of George by Alex Gino - but for a slightly younger crowd - this book puts a lot of thought and acceptance into the hands of a younger crowd. Read more about that here.

Used bookstores - making a comeback?

Although "regular" bookstores have admittedly been struggling against the Amazon tide - a society where digital is prioritized over print - used bookstores have actually been making a comeback. They're still cultural hubs, and often times, they're the only physical stores left.

Books are getting BIGGER.

Studies show that book sizes (amount of pages) have increased by 25% over the past 15 years. Each year produces increases of about 80 pages. Yet again, part of this might be due to the rise in ebooks - people don't have to worry about lugging around books if they're not actually physical. You can read more about it here.

Hemingway's private library and papers may or not be preserved.

NPR reports that Hemingway's residence in Cuba still contains many of the man's personal artifacts. It seems like he never left; his typewriter, uniforms, and papers are still there. Now, the challenge is the fight to preserve them.

The Posts

Hermione is not black but she's not white either... | The Guardian10 Short Books You Can Read Before the End of the Year | The Huffington PostHow diversity in children's books can inspire... | MSNBCThe 15 Best Books of 2015 | Brain PickingsShould Writing Be an Art or a Career? | New RepublicYour Holiday Reading List: 58 Books Recommended by Ted Speakers | TEDHere's the Secret to Finding Time in Your Busy Schedule to Read—for Fun! | The MuseThe Most Moving Personal Essays You Needed To Read In 2015 | BuzzFeed

The Deals

All deals reported are from Publishers Weekly.

Melanie Cecka Nolan at Knopf has bought The Gone Away Place by Christopher Barzak, a YA novel about a 17-year-old girl suffering from survivor's guilt after a natural disaster devastates her community. Publication is scheduled for fall 2017; Barry Goldblatt at Barry Goldblatt Literary brokered the deal for North American rights.

Alessandra Balzer at HarperCollins imprint Balzer + Bray has acquired an untitled companion novel to Julie Murphy's Dumplin', which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean's star turn in the Clover City pageant. Publication is set for 2018; Molly Jaffa at Folio Literary Management/Folio Jr. negotiated the deal for world English rights.

Alison Weiss at Sky Pony Press has bought world rights to a YA novel by Helene Dunbar, called Boomerang, in which a teen who was assumed kidnapped returns to the town he ran from with a scheme to save the boy he had an intense, complicated relationship with during his years away, only to find that while he's changed over the past five years, so has the town. Publication is slated for fall 2017; the author was unrepresented.
Rosemary Brosnan at HarperCollins has acquired two new YA novels by Lauren Oliver, author of the Delirium trilogy and Before I FallReplica, the first of the two books, tells the story of Lyra, known by the number 24, a replica – human model – who was born, raised, and observed in a clandestine research facility called the Haven Institute. When Lyra escapes from Haven and meets Gemma, a stranger on a quest of her own, earth-shattering secrets are revealed. Publication is slated for September 2016; Stephen Barbara at InkWell Management negotiated the deal for North American rights.
Krestyna Lypen at Algonquin Young Readers has acquired The Real Marvelous, a YA novel by Samantha Mabry. In it, a young couple working the maguey plantations of the Southwest in a world plagued by water shortages, injustice, and dark superstition, must flee their old home for a new one that may or may not be cursed. Publication is set for fall 2017; Claire Anderson-Wheeler at Regal Hoffmann & Associates did the deal for world rights.

That’s a wrap! What are y’all excited for?

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The Grind - September 19, 2015

the grindHey y'all!I'm here today to bring back one of my favorite features. I've been thinking a lot recently about how I could reincorporate The Grind - my little collection of publishing news and deals - into the blog much more often. In my brainstorming, I somehow decided that it'd be a better idea to make it a weekly thing, and to scale it down.For those of you who don't know, I'd like to work in publishing someday. I also grew up with parents who encouraged me to always read the news and to find my own sources. (I gave y'all a few tips on finding your own here.)When I decided that I really wanted to get involved in the publishing industry, I turned towards literary sources. Now, I read a lot of Publishers Weekly and GalleyCat and Publishing Trendsetter, and I try to always keep up-to-date with both current events and trends that'll pop up in a few years from deals.I did this feature on the blog for a little while with detailed coverage of a few issues. But I do think I'm going to make it more list-like and frequent. Kind of like The Skimm for readers or Top 5 but with a few more posts and deals added. So here goes?

The News

Little, Brown is publishing a tenth anniversary edition of Twilight!Stephanie Meyer recently announced that a tenth anniversary edition of the bestseller will be released with bonus content. She'll be touring and working on publicity starting on October 6th.Cornelia Funke is creating her own publishing house.Cornelia Funke - author of Inkheart - cited creative differences with her U.S. publisher and teamed up to create Breathing Books. Her first book will be the one she had issues with Little, Brown over, The Golden Yarn.Banned Books Weeks is getting a digital makeover. I, for one, always participate in Banned Books Week - spotlighting books with dark or graphic themes that are banned by libraries, schools, and bookstores. This year, publishers have announced a few campaigns that they're going to be doing through the week - you can watch out for a few of them on my Twitter.What ever happened to Google Books?Google Books was a plan by Google to scan and upload full texts of books. When the project first began, Google scanned an impressive thirty million books - but were then sued by authors and publishers for copyright infringement. A judge decided that it was a Congress issue, but Congress hasn't put forth any ruling - thus putting the project in limbo.Moving On Up: 'Throne of Glass'If you're involved with YA (or even just pop into your local B&N's teen section) you've probably heard of the bestselling series by Sarah J. Maas. New development: it's been optioned for TV. I'm currently reading the third book, and I'm not sure how I'll feel about the show. We'll see.

The Posts

Nom de Vie: Literary Social Media in the Age of Ferrante by Alexander Chee | Literary HubKafka's Beautiful and Heartbreaking Love Letters | Brain PickingsTravel Writing Doesn't Need Any More Voices Like Paul Theroux's | New RepublicAstronomy and the Art of Verse: How Galileo Influenced Shakespeare | Brain PickingsOn the Lack of Chronic Illness Rep in YA | WritabilitySilent Reading Doesn't Exist | New Republic

The Deals

Amy Plum sold Dreamfall, the first book of a duology, to Tara Weikum and Christopher Hernandez at HarperTeen. Plum, the author of the Die for Me trilogy and the After the End duology, both published by HarperTeen, was represented by Stacey Glick of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. In the new books, a radical experiment to cure chronic insomnia goes wrong, and its seven teenage test subjects are plunged into a shared coma populated by one another’s nightmares; those who die in the dream will also die in real life, said the agent. The first book will go on sale in summer 2017, with the second book publishing in summer 2018.Alison McGhee sold North American rights to her YA title Dollar Will to Caitlyn Dlouhy at her new eponymous imprint housed in Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing’s Atheneum Books. The deal was brokered by Heather Alexander at Pippin Properties. The book tells the story, in 100-word vignettes, of a boy in Los Angeles who leaves dollar-store items as anonymous gifts to neighborhood characters, including a recently traumatized old friend. A publication date has not yet been set.

Book deals from Publishers Weekly.

That’s a wrap! What are y’all excited for?

 

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The Grind - November 23, 2014

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One of the changes over the summer that I was most excited about was a news feature that I introduced recently. As a girl planning on working in the publishing industry (and in love with all things young adult), I wanted to start a news feature. When I’m at school all day, I’ll come home to find Twitter ablaze with some new story, or article, or even just excited about deals I have to hunt down on Publishers Weekly.I love reading articles and I love collecting them so I decided to make a feature out of it! The timing will change depending on the news, but I hope to do it at least once a month. There’ll be an articles section from official outlets, a notable blog posts section, and a deals section. Keeping up with the industry can be tricky and it’s always nice to read about something you may have missed! You can read my first post here.(It's especially nice for weeks like the last, in which "real life" takes over and I return to blogging with a renewed desire to understand what's going on in publishing and the book world.)Without further ado, here’s what’s been going on in YA and publishing.

The News

hachette-logoAmazon and Hachette finally reach an agreement (and other changes in publishing)

Amazon and Hachette reached an agreement in their dispute, a long process of negotiations that have been going on for months. The deal itself "broadly follows a deal Amazon worked out with Simon & Schuster recently."  Essentially, the deal gives Hachette the freedom to set its own prices on Amazon, but offers generous incentive for publishers to set lower prices that follow Amazon's previous structure. In quarterly earnings, Amazon's suffered immensely with losses up from 7 cents to 74 cents a share. and so both parties were eager to finally have reached an agreement. It's not the end-all though, because when both powers are in a similar situation, it will only follow a similar timeline. There's a great article on Publisher's Weekly detailing some reactions to the end of the conflict. We're all grateful that we can stop covering the squabble though!Additionally, the lawsuit claiming that Apple was the ringleader of a mega-conspiracy in which they persuaded major publishers - among which were Macmillan, Hachette, Penguin, and more - to switch to an agency model that would avoid Amazon's set $9.99 prices was settled. Apple has started paying off the millions in fines.Hachette recently agreed to buy Black Dog and Leventhal, with them becoming an imprint for Hachette in the coming months. Hachette's been doing a lot recently to increase profits, including their recent switch to cubicles instead of private offices. While many publishers still operate with floor plans that include small offices for editors and other personnel, Hachette made the switch to cubicles to due to "their profit margins being squeezed by Amazon and electronic books" and so that "We need to save as much money as we can and still have a nice office." Michael Pietsch was largely responsible for the switch, the chief executive officer who has been responsible for recent negotiations with Amazon.HarperCollins has had a lot going on as well. In a continuation of a previous Grind story, HarperCollins is moving Harlequin nonfiction to Morrow after its acquisition. Related to the Apple law suit, another judge ruling in a case for HarperCollins over digital rights denied them $1 million in fines. Publishing Perspectives reports that  Harper's print-ebook bundling decision was tested with Australian booksellers and features a digital code with certain books that allows consumers to download the title from a Kobo store and gift books easily "without fear of what device (if any) someone reads on."

Daniel Handler's misconduct at the NBAs and how he fixed it

MV5BMjE1NjAzNzI0MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjkxMzczMQ@@._V1_SX640_SY720_At the National Book Awards last week, the speaker and host Daniel Handler - also known as Lemony Snicket - made an ill-conceived remark at the expense of Jacqueline Woodson. His comments regarding her allergy to watermelon, and the "irony" of being a black writer with this affliction, were regarded with sharp criticism and uneasiness. Columnists and critics immediately called him out on what they call "blatant racism". While quiet immediately following the misconduct, he apologized later with well-placed and sincere comments that alleviated many of the people who were outraged at his comments.What did he do to ease the disgust of his comments? He came clean and also, in addition to donating 10K to We Need Diverse Books, pledged to match donations for 24 hours up to $100,000.On its website, the National Book Foundation (host of the National Book Awards) released a statement saying that “On Wednesday evening, November 19, 2014, at the National Book Awards, comments were made by the master of ceremonies which were entirely inappropriate, were not authorized by the National Book Foundation and which do not in any way represent the views of this organization. We regret the incident and apologize to all offended by the remarks, especially Jacqueline Woodson.”Personally, I think Daniel Handler - while obviously at fault - fessed up and did a good job of handling it. I've included articles from multiple sources on here, so read for yourself and form your own opinion!

Audible ain't the only audiobook service anymore

2940147235485_p0_v11_s260x4201So Audible's been long-established as Amazon's subscriber audiobook service. I, myself, have debated a subscription once or twice but only desist because of my dislike of the corporation. Luckily for me, there have been several developments in audio recently. Scribd has created an unlimited access audiobook catalog and Barnes & Noble is also getting into downloadable audio.Why is this exciting? As an audiobook listener, your only feasible options used to pretty much be between iTunes and Amazon. My library (and probably yours!) offer a wonderful selection of many different audio titles, but as I become more of an "audiophile", I look for copies I can re-listen to, or purchase. Because of Amazon's recent stigma, it's been unfortunate to try to find copies of audiobooks.The Nook Audiobook app provides over 50,000 titles and "offers a clean and simple design focused on consumption and discovery", according to B&N's VP of digital content, Kashif Zafar.Scribd's online catalog has 30,000 titles, a number which far exceeds Kindle Unlimited's offering of 2,500.Another start-up, called "Netflix for Audio", recently launched from a company called Skybrite. Unlike Audible and Amazon's other audiobook ventures, Skybrite uses streaming for their audiobooks and not the downloading model. Skybrite also incorporates comedy stand-up, interviews, and other audible content to offer more to the subscriber.As more audiobook services sprout up, it'll be interesting to see how they battle it out, and what readers will flock to in the end.

Other fun (and interesting) news

Recently, there hasn't been too much coverage on one or two stories but there are quite a few articles covering an array of events and announcements in the publishing/YA world.Melissa de la Cruz - author of the bestselling Blue Bloods series and the Witches of East End - is writing a YA spinoff of her Witches of East End series. After its success in the TV world, readers have been clamoring for a teen version of the world she's created.Publishing Perspectives wrote a great article on the FutureBook Conference 2014 - and how Penguin Random House was a mega-topic of discussion.BookExpo America and Book Con 2015 will indeed have separate dates this year - a smart response considering many bloggers' and attendees' complaints about overcrowding and frenzy. As I'm actually attending BEA 2015, this is a move that I hope will keep the conference under control (although I'd love to see both sides)!Amazon won the rights to sell domains with the endings .book. This win was in response to a claim filed against them that their control of the .book domain would counter the public interest.Ladybird over in the U.K. stopped branding their children's books as "for boys" and "for girls". Personally, I think that's awesome.

The Posts

Elena from Novel Sounds wrote about why she likes unlikable charactersPublishing Trendsetter wrote about the recent transition of YA nonfictionJamie from The Perpetual Page Turner wrote about the sacrificial lamb bookNova Ren Suma - author of Imaginary Girls - wrote about the magic fix in a novelMissFictional wrote about hijabs on book covers and NOT being oppressedLee & Low Books wrote about Daniel Handler - and how his blunder impacts publishing

The Deals

from Publisher's Weekly

4145664Kristin Rens at HarperCollins imprint Balzer + Bray has acquired Gretchen McNeil's (TenGet Even) next YA novel, Manic Pixie Dream Girl, about a math-minded control freak who loses her boyfriend to the quirky new girl in school, and then sets out to reinvent herself to win him back. It’s scheduled for fall 2016; Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown sold North American rights.

Liesa Abrams at Simon Pulse has acquired world rights to the tentatively titled Strange Girl by bestselling teen thriller author Christopher Pike. His new story is told from the perspective of a boy in love with a mysterious girl who seems to have an unearthly ability to heal, but the ability carries quite a cost. Publication is planned for December 2015; Jennifer Unter negotiated the deal for world rights.

Andrew Harwell at HarperCollins has acquired Prettyboy, a debut novel, and a second untitled novel, by Karen Hattrup. When Frannie eavesdrops on her parents fighting, she discovers that her cousin Truman is gay, and his parents are so upset they are sending him to live with her family for the summer. When he arrives, they embark on an extraordinary eight weeks, a summer marked by slowly unraveling secrets. Publication is set for 2016. Steven Chudney at the Chudney Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.

Regina Griffin at Egmont USA has acquired The Innkeeper's Daughter, the first YA novel by Cindy Trumbore, co-author of the Sibert Medal-winning Parrots Over Puerto Rico. Set in the mid-sixth century, when the clash between paganism and Christianity was at its height, the novel is a retelling of an epic Irish legend, in which an innkeeper's teenage daughter is swept up in court intrigue, a dark prophecy, and a choice between honor and love. The projected publication date is spring 2016; Susan Cohen at Writers House sold world rights.

Ruta Rimas at McElderry Books preempted world English rights to two YA fantasy novels by Sarah Fine. The deal was brokered by agent Kathleen Ortiz at New Leaf Literary, and the first book is set for spring 2016. In the novel, currently untitled, a 16-year-old who has been training her whole life to become queen finds that, when coronation day arrives, she has not inherited the magical powers of her predecessor. Ortiz elaborated: “Cast out, she’s thrust—powerless—into a world with outlaws who want to overtake the kingdom, and her only redemption is to search for the person who did inherit the former queen’s magic.”

Joy Peskin at Farrar, Straus and Giroux took North American rights to Nicole McInnes’s YA novel, 100 Days. McInnes’s YA debut, Brianna on the Brink, was published by Holiday House last year. Dystel & Goderich agent Stacey Glick, who brokered the FSG deal for McInnes, said that 100 Days is about a high school sophomore who suffers from progeria, a genetic condition that produces the effect of profound aging in the young. Agnes Delaney, Glick explained, is “trapped in the body of an 85-year-old.” When tensions flare between Agnes and her best friend, after the two become closer to the class loner, Agnes’s health suddenly deteriorates. Then, Glick said, in one ”final night together, the three of them must find a way back to connection or risk losing each other forever.” The novel, which, Glick added, has “strong adult crossover appeal,” is set for spring 2016.

That’s a wrap! What are y’all excited for?

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