A Day in the Life (5)
Hey y'all!It's been a while since I've done one of these, but for those of y'all who haven't seen it before, A Day in the Life is a feature post I do occasionally to tell y'all about what's going on with me, my reading, and talk about the news in the publishing world! Without further ado, here goes:The Books:I'm on an adult kick right now, which I'm very proud of because it's sticking with my out-of-genre pledge. I bought a few volumes of short stories today which I can't wait to dig into when I have the time! Other than that, I've mainly been tackling the wonderful stack that Penguin sent me. It's been a little sporadic, book-wise but I've read a few good ones that I'll be reviewing in the next few weeks.Recent reads have included
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer | Goodreads
- No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July | Goodreads
- Tenth of December by George Saunders | Goodreads
- The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer | Goodreads
- Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho | Goodreads
The Posts:Last month, my main focus on the blog was my feature on National Poetry month and various genres - I ended up combining contemporary and spoken poetry because they overlapped really well, and found some new classical gems to keep my tastes running! Other than that, I've also been posting quite a bit on a blog to which I contribute, Lit Up Review. Other than that, my other posts have included my recommendations for lovers of The Book Thief.The Life:My life in the past few months can largely be summed up by instruments, lacrosse, antibiotics, and school. I'm always sick so that's been keeping me away, but we think we've finally figured out why my immune system is so bad! I've been playing so much piano since lacrosse ended because I finally have a bit of time - I love it so much. It instantly makes any day better. I've also been re-learning guitar since I played when I was younger. Lacrosse is over for now but it's never actually over so I'm excited to get to play again soon. Other than that, not much is going on in my world. My sister's graduating college on Friday so I'll be traveling this weekend. Then school-wise, we're in the middle of AP exams. I just took AP Art History yesterday and have a few coming up on which I'll majorly be focusing.The News:1) For those of you who don’t know or follow me on Twitter, I edit for Teen Eyes Editorial. It's a teen-based editorial company run by the magnificent Brent Taylor, where young adult, middle grade, and new adult authors can get manuscripts edited by teens with both publishing experience AND the teenage perspective. If you’re interested, check out my editing page here!A client of Teen Eyes for whom I edited is being published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. You can read more about the deal here.
Sarah Landis at HMH Books for Young Readers has acquired at auction Emiko Jean's debut novel We'll Never Be Apart, a psychological YA thriller about a 17-year-old girl who is committed to a mental institution after her boyfriend dies in a fire set by her twin. To cope, she begins writing the story of her past in foster care, and discovers that everything she thought she knew was a lie. It's scheduled for fall 2015; Erin Harris at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management did the two-book deal for North American rights.
2) Additionally, there's a wonderful short story collaboration of screenwriters for some well-known (and excellent) T.V. shows to garner awareness for lupus!
“Women of TV have united against lupus! Presenting "Empower: Fight Like A Girl", a special collection of short stories by top women writers from some of your favorite shows, including: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Family Guy, Person of Interest, Grimm, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Law & Order: SVU, Star Trek: Voyager, Eureka, Twisted, The 100, Malcolm in the Middle, Millennium, Being Human, The Shield, Castle, Chuck, Gilmore Girls, and Game of Thrones. In this anthology, you'll discover supernatural thrillers, crime mysteries, horror, comedies, and more.
You can read more about and buy the book here, but it released May 1, 2014 and all profits will go towards lupus research!
3) One piece of news that's going to have major implications in the next few years in publishing when it starts being put in place is the HarperCollins acquisition of Harlequin. While Harlequin maintains that it will still be working independently beneath the oversight and larger management of HarperCollins, the deal gives Harper a much more substantial reach over their foreign markets that Harlequin so expertly maneuvers. In a $455 million agreement, both companies came to the conclusion that this was the best course of action. We'll see how that affects the publishing landscape in future years. I personally find all the mergers and acquisitions horribly fascinating, particularly in how it impacts my future career.