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Congrats to Ann Dee Ellis on her new deal with Dial Books!

From Publishers Weekly:

ann-dee-ellis_picNamrata Tripathi at Dial has bought world English rights to Ann Dee Ellis‘s second middle grade novel, The Wild Place. The story follows 12-year-old Cass, who after reconnecting with her maternal grandmother discovers she is a descendant of Etta Place, mistress of the Sundance Kid, and finds herself on a journey to unearth long-lost outlaw treasure. Publication is set for spring 2019; John M. Cusick of Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management brokered the deal.

Welcome New Client Virginia Boecker

VIrginia-Boecker-Headshot-1.jpgI’m so excited to announce that the brilliant and wonderful Virginia Boecker is joining the Folio Jr. family! I’ve been a rabid fan of her work for years now, starting with the smart, funny, and action-packed WITCH HUNTER and KING SLAYER (Little, Brown). I’m so excited to be working with Virginia, and I can’t wait to tell you all about her next project. Stay tuned— and welcome Virginia!

 

the-witchhunter-revised-2-198x300-1You can find Virginia online at http://www.virginiaboecker.com/, and twitter.com/virgboecker. Check out WITCH HUNTER and KING SLAYER on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads.

Congratulations Sajidah Kutty on her debut deal!

From Publishers Weekly:

9vEV8jr1Zareen Jaffery at S&S’s Salaam Reads has preempted world rights to Saints, Misfits, Monster and Mayhem, the debut YA novel by teacher and artist Sajidah Kutty. The novel follows 15-year-old Janna Yusuf, daughter of the only divorced mother at the mosque, as she examines her faith and relationships in the wake of an assault. The book will be Salaam’s first YA novel. Publication is slated for summer 2017; John M. Cusick of Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management negotiated the deal.

I’m so excited that Sajidah’s beautiful novel will be Salaam Reads’s first young adult publication. This is such an important book, and it found its perfect home.

You can follow Sajidah at @sajidahwrites, and check out Sajidah’s piece on her quest to find an agent.

Congrats Tommy and Sharon!

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Congratulations to Tommy Wallach (Thanks for the Trouble) and Sharon Biggs Waller (The Forbidden Orchid) on their YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults nominations!


Thanks for the Trouble Final CoverCheck out THANKS FOR THE TROUBLE on Goodreads, and order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indiebound.

You can also check Tommy’s New York Times best -selling WE ALL LOOKED UP on Goodreads. Order now at Barnes & NobleAmazon, or Indiebound.

 

ForbiddenOrchid_CoverYou can order THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID (Viking Children’s Books) on Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, or check it out on Goodreads.

You can also find Sharon at her website, on Facebook, and on twitter.

Happy Pub Day to GENA/FINN!

Happy Book Birthday to Hannah Moskowitz’s and Kat Helgeson’s YA GENA/FINN (Chronicle Books).


41O+px6P4HL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Gena and Finn would have never met but for their mutual love for the popular show Up Below. Regardless of their differences—Gena is a recent high school graduate whose social life largely takes place online, while Finn is in her early twenties, job hunting and contemplating marriage with her longtime boyfriend—the two girls realize that the bond between them transcends fanfiction. When disaster strikes and Gena’s world turns upside down, only Finn can save her, and that, too, comes with a price. Told through emails, text messages, journal entries, and blog posts, Gena/Finn is a story of friendship and love in the digital age.

 

ChwZ_QtUgAAUpRnLet’s hear from Kat:

“Hannah and I met in an online community writing fanfiction. We were part of a group that came up with story prompts for the things we wanted to read and wrote stories to fit each other’s prompts. Hannah and I were answering each other’s requests more than anybody else, and as time went by we started talking about our real lives as well. Then Hannah came to Chicago for a publicity event and we had the chance to meet in person. We planned to just have dinner together and go our separate ways, but we enjoyed each other’s company so much that we ended up spending the whole weekend together. It wasn’t long after that that we mutually came up with the idea of a book telling the story of the deep connections that can come out of internet fandom and the way online friendships can transition into three-dimensional ones. A lot of people talk about online relationships as something distinct from “real” relationships, and what I came to understand by knowing Hannah was that the interactions that happen online can be as real and meaningful as any other.”

Here’s a bit from their editor, Taylor Norman at Chronicle Books:

“It was clear to us immediately that this was a story told about real young adults, by real young adults. So much of YA fiction is aimed at teens without any sense of what motivates them, how they talk, how they relate to each other. The relationship in GENA/FINN is visceral and honest, complicated and indefinable: in other words, real. It’s so rare to see a book that captures life as well as Hannah and Kat have here. I was sold immediately and finished an hour and a half later.”

What other people are saying:

“Vividly portrays the minute-to-minute nature of modern communication.”-Publishers Weekly

“Allows readers to close the cover pondering all the different ways humans can love.”-School Library Journal

“I liked Gena and I liked Finn, not just as characters but as people. Although their experiences were different from mine, I could see myself in both women–all of the uncertainty and indecisiveness and insecurity.”– Billie Bloebaum, A Children’s Place, Portland, OR

“If Hannah Moskowitz writes it-or in this case, co-writes it-I will read it.”–Leila Roy, Bookshelves of Doom, a Kirkus Reviews Blog

“It’s very satisfying to see this moment in fandom and Internet-originating relationships so capably represented.”-Kirkus Reviews

“This portrayal of the fan world is spot-on. focused firmly on the real, messy relationships that can form in the digital age.”–Booklist

Find GENA/FINN at Goodreads, Amazon, B&N.

You can find Kat on her website and twitter, and Hannah on her website and twitter.

Welcome New Client Sajidah Kutty

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Update: Check out this awesome piece by Sajidah on her quest to find an agent.

I’m so excited to welcome new client, Sajidah Kutty! Sajidah’s gorgeous and brilliant YA debut is called SAINTS, MISFITS, MONSTERS, AND MAYHEM, and I can’t wait for you all to read it. Welcome to the Folio family, Sajidah!

You can follow Sajidah at @sajidahwrites.

Welcome New Client Josephine Cameron!

JosephineCameronI’m so excited to welcome Josephine Cameron to the Folio Jr. team! Josephine is a musician, teacher, and fabulous author. Her contemporary middle-grade GILLS (think friendship, family, vaudeville, and mermaids) is something very special and I can’t wait to share it with the world. Welcome Josie!

 

11/19 Webinar: How to Be a Writer Without Losing Your Mind


Hi all! If you’ve enjoyed some of the craft-focused and inspirational posts I’ve done on this blog, you should check out my November 19th webinar with Writers Digest, HOW TO BE A WRITER WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND: Balancing Work, Life, and CraftThere will be a Q and A as well as query critiques for all attendees. You should check it out!

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

Being a writer can make you crazy. The writer’s life is at once invigorating and exhausting, it can be isolating and wonderfully social, inspiring as well as demeaning. As writers we bring our deepest, most sensitive selves to the page, and often the world can feel like a hyper-critical and uncaring receiver, where competition, criticism, and even the success of others can make writing feel like a chore, or worse-utterly terrifying. And yet, we’re driven to return to the page and express ourselves despite the uncertainty and the demands of day-to-day life.crazy writers block

How do we deal with all these contradictions, the isolation, the rejection, the irrational joys and sorrows of being a writer? In this live webinar you’ll learn many ways to kill the fear, or, as Robert Leckie said, shoot that old bear under your desk between the eyes.

With practical tips and tricks, examples from dozens of famous writers, and inspiration culled from years of experience as both an author and agent, instructor John Cusick provides the tools for tackling the writing life with gusto, enthusiasm, and balance. Learn healthy, productive techniques for combating the inner critic, utilize envy envy, and summon motivation. With humor and insight, this webinar will give attendees the skills to conquer the maddening uncertainties of writing and publishing, and to create a space for one’s writer self in the world.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:writing-center-wordlie

  • Techniques for balancing writing time and your day-to-day life
  • Tips for staying focused when distractions demand your attention
  • How to set up a mental and physical space for your writing
  • Tricks for staying motivated and inspired
  • Techniques for coping with insecurity, uncertainty, and rejection
  • How to deal with your internal critic
  • Daily practices and meditations specifically designed for the writing life
  • How to take the measure of yourself as a writer, and keep writing!

Sit Down and StartWHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Anyone looking or inspiration and motivation to KEEP GOING
  • Writers feeling hounded by their inner critic
  • Sufferers of “writer’s block”
  • Long time authors in a rut
  • New writers looking to form strong writing habits
  • Writers with day jobs and families, in school
  • Writers who feel distracted
  • Anyone who feels they “don’t have time to write”
  • Writers who feel they’re on the verge of “giving up”
  • Writers who find it difficult to get started
  • Book lovers who want to pursue writing seriously
  • Any writer seeking an agent, a publisher, a first book deal, that break out novel, or feel they are ready for their craft and career to take the next big step

ABOUT THE CRITIQUE

All registrants are invited to submit a query letter to be critiqued. All submitted queries are guaranteed a written critique by Literary Agent John Cusick.

If you’re busy November 19th, no worries– the webinar will be recorded, and you can re-watch it for up to a year. So sign up today!

Courtesy of Alex Thayer Stewart, who took these notes during a live version of this talk 🙂