Friday, May 22, 2009

News on the YA front

In the last few weeks, things have been falling into place for my teen fiction urban fantasy series, making it feel like it might really be real!

I mentioned most of this in my last newsletter, but here are some more details:

The first book, Shade, will be released in hardcover from Simon Pulse on May 15, 2010 (that date might shift forward or back a smidge, but basically: a year from now). Shade will be rereleased a year later in paperback to coincide with the hardcover edition of Book Two, Shift.

I am thrilled with the titles. The series will just be known as the Shade books (a la Twilight, Vampire Academy, Uglies, all of which are simply named after the first book in the series). Since "shade" is another word for ghost (with more ominous connotations), and because Aura faces many choices with no simple right-or-wrong answers, I feel like the title works on many levels.

But the books will have at least two more titles, in different languages, because my brilliant foreign rights agent Dave Barbor has been very busy, even before the book is officially completed (gulp! No pressure, right?). These deals were announced last night in Publisher's Marketplace:

Brazilian Portuguese rights to Jeri Smith-Ready's SHADE and SHIFT, to Ana Lima at La Galera, in a pre-empt [EDITED TO ADD: at the Bologna Book Fair--my agent tells me this is important because not a lot of deals actually go down at the Fair itself], **** by Dave Barbor at Curtis Brown.

German rights in Jeri Smith-Ready's SHADE and SHIFT, formerly known as GENERATION GHOST, to Susanne Stark at Bertelsmann, in a pre-empt [EDITED TO ADD: at the Bologna Book Fair], **** by Antonia Fritz at The Fritz Agency on behalf of Dave Barbor at Curtis Brown.

**** means I've redacted the size of the deals, because I feel weird talking about money.

Speaking of Shade, I need to go put in several hours' work on it before heading off to Balticon for a panel. Yay for local cons I don't have to fly to!

Further speaking of Shade, it's due June 1 (a week from Monday), so you might not hear from me too much between now and then. Since it's a holiday week, maybe no one will notice if I sneak off. Shhhh.....



Congratulations Jeri! You shouldn't worry so much - I know it's going to turn out great. I am very much looking forward to buying SHADE next year! I've already made a deal with the fiance - I must almost all of my towering TBR pile by May 15 to purchase the book. Sneaky him - I suspect he realizes that this means I can't really buy any more books between now and then, lol. I think he and several friends are about ready to conduct an intervention...get me into book buying rehab. *sigh* It's a hard-knock life.

Good luck with your deadline! I'll be missing your online presence! :]

Posted by: Anonymous Shannon at 5/22/2009 10:16 AM

Wow! Congratulations. You've been very busy & productive, and it sounds like you will continue to be. Looking forward to reading Shade :)

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 5/22/2009 10:17 AM

Herm...that should have been "I must READ almost all of my towering TBR pile..."

Posted by: Anonymous Shannon at 5/22/2009 10:18 AM

You're going to make me eat crow on my YA comments. Please do. I want to have faith that YAs are as fun as they say. I know your wit will bleed through. Really looking forward to adding another book to my library from you. Thanks for what you do Jeri. You work hard. Have a great weekend.

Posted by: Blogger Carrie Clevenger at 5/22/2009 10:23 AM

Good News..I like it! One more reason to keep working so I can BUY more of your books!

Debi Murray

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 5/22/2009 10:24 AM

Congrats, I'm super excited about these!

Posted by: Blogger Stephanie Kuehnert at 5/22/2009 11:10 AM

Thanks, everyone! I just hope the books live up to, well, all my hopes. :-)

Off to go make that happen....

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 5/22/2009 11:20 AM

So cool! Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!

Posted by: Blogger Sarah Beth Durst at 5/22/2009 11:21 AM

Ack, this is so exciting! I do love a good YA series, and there's some real gems out there, and some real overflow in the market. I know yours will be a refreshing, intriguing addition, and I'll be looking forward to it!

Have fun at the con, and good luck with the writing. May the muse be with you ;)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 5/22/2009 12:20 PM

Awesome news, Jeri. Can't wait to read Shade as well.

Posted by: Blogger Paul Crilley at 5/22/2009 1:55 PM

Great News! Congrats! I'm enjoying your books so much, nice knowing there will be more to be had. Thank you. :)

Good luck on your writing this weekend and have fun at Balticon.

Posted by: Blogger Donna at 5/22/2009 7:10 PM

Ooooh, exciting! Congrats!

Posted by: Blogger Pissenlit at 5/23/2009 12:41 AM

Congratulations. I have followed your success off and on ever since your first book.

I am in awe of how much you get done!

Best of luck with the new stuff.

Posted by: Blogger Dave at 5/23/2009 6:00 PM

Congratulations, Jeri! This is such great news!

Posted by: Blogger Cynthia Eden at 5/24/2009 7:54 PM

Congratulations! This is the most exciting news since unsliced bread!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 5/26/2009 2:43 AM

hey Jeri,

I'll be translating "Shade" into German and already had the pleasure of reading the first – how many were there? - 30 or so pages and ... wow! I'm really excited. Keep on writing, I want to read more!!!! :-)

Greetings from Berlin,

Posted by: Anonymous katarina ganslandt at 5/30/2009 7:19 AM

Thanks, everyone, for the good wishes!

Kata, thank you so much for stopping by to say hi! I'm incredibly excited that *you're* excited about the book. :-) I hope you enjoy the rest, and thanks for your kind words.

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