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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