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Next Book News!

We’ve debuted and we’re…wait, we’ve really all debuted!!!  I feel like I should be saying something more profound, since this will be the last NBN post.  It’s been a wild and wonderful year but this will not be the last you hear from the awesome authors who debuted in 2014.  This is only the beginning!!  So now onto the SUPER DELUXE NOVEMBER/DECEMBER HOLIDAY FAREWELL EDITION of NEXT BOOK NEWS!!!

THE GILDED SERIES will be a trilogy!

THE GILDED SERIES by Christina Farley will be a trilogy! Announcing book three: BRAZEN to be released on Sept. 29, 2015.  All the details can be found on Christina’s blog!

Australian Rights for DUMPLIN’!

Julie Murphy, author of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY, sold Australian rights for DUMPLIN’ to Penguin Teen Australia for publication in Australia and New Zealand!

DAUGHTER OF DUSK release date!

DAUGHTER OF DUSK, the sequel to Livia Blackburne’s MIDNIGHT THIEF, will be released August 4th, 2015!

HIDDEN HUNTRESS release date!

HIDDEN HUNTRESS, the second installment of Danielle L. Jensen’s THE MALEDICTION TRILOGY, will be released June 2, 2015 by Angry Robot Books!

REBELLION available on Netgalley!

REBELLION, the sequel to EXTRACTION by Stephanie Diaz, is now available for request on Netgalley!

THE SECRETS OF ATTRACTION available on Edelweiss!

THE SECRETS OF ATTRACTION, a companion novel to THE PROMISE OF AMAZING by Robin Constantine, is now available for request on Edelweiss!

A GIRL UNDONE release date and optioned for television!

A GIRL UNDONE, the sequel to A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS by Catherine Linka, will be released June 23, 2015. Both have been optioned by Universal Cable Productions!

THE FORGETTING is a Junior Library Guild selection!

Nicole Maggi’s February 2015 release THE FORGETTING is the Junior Library Guild selection for that month! THE FORGETTING is about a girl who receives a heart transplant and starts to remember the life of her donor. For every memory she gains she loses one of her own. A race against time to solve the mystery of her donor’s death leads her into an underbelly of society that she never knew existed. THE FORGETTING will be released on February 3rd from Sourcebooks Fire and received a stellar review from Kirkus!  “[T]his book is a powerful call to action…a story worth reading.”  Read the full review here!

 

 

 Oooh-Aaah NEXT BOOK COVERS!!!

Jen Malone

YOU’RE INVITED

YOU’RE INVITED by Jen Malone has a new cover design and will publish on May 19, 2015!

Add it on Goodreads!  Available for Pre-Order!

Amber Lough 
THE BLIND WISH 

THE BLIND WISH, a sequel to THE FIRE WISH by Amber Lough, will be released in 2015!

Add it on Goodreads!  Available for Pre-Order!

 

AdriAnne Strickland

THE WAY OF THE WOMBAT: Quest for Gray Ironbark

THE WAY OF THE WOMBAT: Quest For Gray Ironbark, a new middle grade by AdriAnne Strickland will be released February 2, 2015!

Add it on Goodreads! Available for Pre-Order!

 

 THAT’S A WRAP, FOLKS!!

Thank you for following us through this amazing debut year!!  I, for one, feel beyond privileged to have been a part of such a talented and awesome group of creative individuals and I know I’ll be keeping an eye out for their future endeavors!  So it’s not really goodbye – it’s more like Catch Ya Later!!   Keep Reading!!

 

Robin Constantine is a born and raised Jersey girl who moved down South so she could wear flip-flops year round. She spends her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, well, eventually but not without a lot of peril, angst and the occasional kissing scene. Her YA debut, THE PROMISE OF AMAZING, is out now! Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Publishers.
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Next Book News!

We’ve debuted, we’re debuting and we’re selling more stuff! Check back on the 28th of each month to find out all the awesome Next Book News!

 

Starred Review for Rachel Searle’s THE STOLEN MOON! 

THE STOLEN MOON received a starred review from Kirkus!   Woot!!

 

New book deal for Trisha Leaver!

Jacquelyn Mitchard at Merit Press has bought a YA novel by Trisha Leaver (l.) and Lindsay Currie, called Sweet Madness. It’s a reimagining of the Lizzie Borden murders, told through the perspective of Bridget Sullivan, Lizzie’s maid and confidant, who finds herself in a perilous situation. Kathleen Rushall and Kevan Lyon Marsal Lyon Literary Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.

 

New book deal for Veronica Bartles!

Kristin Daly Rens at Balzer & Bray has bought Veronica Bartles’ debut picture book, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROGS. It’s a fractured fairy tale retelling of The Princess and the Frog, where Princess Cassandra desperately wants a frog for a pet – but she loves them so much, she can’t help kissing them, and soon her castle is overrun by princes! Jessica Sinsheimer at The Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency brokered the deal for world rights.

 

Lori M. Lee’s sequel has a title and release date! 

The sequel to GATES OF THREAD AND STONE has a title: THE INFINITE. And it releases March 10, 2015.

 

Title changes and review copies for Jen Malone!

RSVP is getting a title change to You’re Invited and is available for pre-order!  Review copies are also available on Edelweiss!

Jen’s Summer 2015 YA with HarperCollins will also be getting a title change from Me, Him and the Paparazzi to Map to the Stars. For more information check out Jen’s website!

 

Oooh-Ahhh NEXT BOOK COVERS!!!!

 

Dahlia Adler

UNDER THE LIGHTS

 

UNDER THE LIGHTS releases on June 30, 2015!

Add it on Goodreads!   AND it’s available for Pre-Order!

 

 

Elle Cosimano

NEARLY FOUND

 

NEARLY FOUND releases on June 2, 2015!

Add it on Goodreads!  AND it’s available for Pre-Order!

 

Tara Dairman

THE STARS OF SUMMER

 

For more information, various pre-order links, and/or to sign up for Tara’s newsletter, head to her fantastic website!

THE STARS OF SUMMER releases on May 5, 2015!  Add it on Goodreads!

 

Nicole Maggi

THE FORGETTING

 

THE FORGETTING releases February 3, 2015!

Add it on Goodreads!  AND it’s available for Pre-Order!

 

Robin Constantine

THE SECRETS OF ATTRACTION 

 

This cover for the companion novel to THE PROMISE OF AMAZING was revealed exclusively on Hypable.com – click here for a synopsis and fun interview! 

THE SECRETS OF ATTRACTION releases on April 28, 2015.

Add it on Goodreads!  AND it’s available for Pre-Order!

 

That’s a wrap!  What an awesome news month!

 

Check back in November for more great One Four news! 

Robin Constantine is a born and raised Jersey girl who moved down South so she could wear flip-flops year round. She spends her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, well, eventually but not without a lot of peril, angst and the occasional kissing scene. Her YA debut, THE PROMISE OF AMAZING, is out now! Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Publishers.
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Next Book News!

We’ve debuted, we’re debuting and we’re selling more stuff! Check back on the 28th of each month to find out all the awesome Next Book News!

Jen Malone sold another book!

 Jen’s YA,  ME, HIM & THE PAPARAZZI, will be published by HarperImpulse Winter 2017!!  

Here’s a blurb:

The California dream was supposed to give fifteen year-old Annie Shelton a fresh start far removed from her dad’s unusual betrayal. But when things don’t go according to plan in La La Land, Annie’s mom snags a last-minute gig as makeup artist to a teen movie idol. Then she finagles a spot for her daughter on his European promotional tour.

Down-to-earth Annie would rather fangirl architectural sights than an arrogant A-lister. That is, until behind-the-scenes Graham Cabot turns out to be more sweetly vulnerable than she could have imagined. Too bad falling for a poster boy isn’t all red carpets and star treatment, especially when you factor in obnoxious fans, an overprotective assistant, a stage mom/manager, and a beefy bodyguard.

But it isn’t until the paparazzi make an appearance that things get really sticky…

Add it on Goodreads!

 

Kate A Boorman sold books 2 and 3!

Abrams/Amulet bought books 2 and 3 in the WINTERKILL trilogy (publication fall 2015 and fall 2016 respectively).

 

The Cover of CHARMED by Michelle Krys revealed on YABC!

The cover of CHARMED, Michelle Krys’ sequel to HEXED, was revealed over at YA Books Central!

 

 

Add it on Goodreads!

 

The Cover of LIFELESS by AdriAnne Strickland revealed on Icey Books!

The cover for LIFELESS, AdriAnne Strickland’s sequel to WORDLESS, was revealed over at IceyBooks! Check it out and enter to win a signed copy of WORDLESS! (note: giveaway ends midnight on August 28th!  Go. Now!!)

 

 

Add it on Goodreads!

 

The Cover of THE STOLEN MOON by Rachel Searles revealed on YA Buccaneers! 

The cover for THE STOLEN MOON, Rachel Searles’ sequel to THE LOST PLANET was revealed on the YA Buccaneers blog!

 

 

Add it on Goodreads!

 

What an awesome news month!!  Check back in September for more great One Four news!!

Robin Constantine is a born and raised Jersey girl who moved down South so she could wear flip-flops year round. She spends her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, well, eventually but not without a lot of peril, angst and the occasional kissing scene. Her YA debut, THE PROMISE OF AMAZING, is out now! Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Publishers.
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An Interview With A Cover Illustrator (And Not Just Any Cover Illustrator, but MINE!)

There are a few misconceptions about this publishing business (nope, sorry Mom- I will not be buying you a yacht anytime soon) and one of the bigger ones is that writers have infinite input into their cover designs (or, in the case of picture books, the illustrations). Most people are shocked- shocked, I tell you!- to learn that this is very rarely the case. More likely, the writer will be innocently checking email on an otherwise ordinary day and find a note from our editor that says something like, “I hope you like your cover! Here it is!”

And then (if you’re me) you exhale and do a Snoopy dance around your living room. Seriously, I could not love my cover more if I had drawn it myself (wow- do you really not want to see that!!) I love it so much that I googled my cover illustrator, Annabelle Metayer, and immediately sent a gushy email through her website contact form. Fortunately, she is uber-cool and was not scared off by said gushiness. In fact, she even agreed to let me interview her here about how this whole cover design thing works:

Hey Annabelle! Thanks for being here and letting us uncover a little more of the mystery behind this process. Can you start off by telling us who you work with at a publishing house? In other words, who hires you?

It varies from one publishing house to another, but in most cases, it’s the book designer who contacts my agent with a mandate. Before contacting the illustrator/agent, the book designer presents the portfolio to their editing team. If everyone is onboard, they can sign me!

Nice! And from there, what kind of information does the publisher usually provide you with? Are you typically given suggestions/direction from the publisher for the cover illustration or do you come up with your own?

It is mostly a collaborative task. Sometimes, all I get is the manuscript, with no specific briefing, or I’ll get a few starting ideas. After reading the book, I provide two or three sketches for any kind of scenarios that inspire me, adding the ones that the editor provided me with, if they did.

In some other cases, I have been hired to work on the cover for books that have been signed but for which the manuscript is not yet available. The book designer then just gives me the synopsis and a few ideas to get me started.

And in some other cases, I get a specific briefing, as in ‘Girl sitting in a coffee shop, with books on table, Eiffel tower in background.”

I enjoy all of these scenarios -it’s great to have carte blanche with a cover but a precise briefing allows me to focus solely on character/background development.

And to further demonstrate how this all might look, Annabelle is sharing her process for my cover (swoon!):

(click on images to enlarge)

cover designs

 

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I could look at that all day! Thanks for sharing! Okay, a few more questions. How did you get your start in illustrating?

For me, it was a long process. I always loved to draw but did not quite trust that my passion for drawing could be translated into a career. I opted instead for a happy compromise: graphic design. As a graphic designer, I discovered the joy of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop! After about 12 years, I finally decided to use my Illustrator skills to build an illustration portfolio. After finding my wonderful agent Sally (heflinreps.com) and with a few jobs under my belt, I made the full-time jump, knowing that it takes about 10 years on average for an illustrator to become established (but also secretely lured by the knowledge that this quest can be done in the comfort of my pajamas).

Pajamas influencing your career choice- congratulations, you’re officially one of the tribe! What is your favorite part about illustrating covers?

What’s not to love! First, there is the thrill of being ‘chosen’ by a publishing house to illustrate a cover. Then, the excitement of immersing myself into the universe of a new story and, once the basic layout has been approved, working on the character. Choosing her clothes and hairstyle and finding cute ways to represent the items surrounding her. Oh! and last but not least : receiving positive feedback from the book author. I really never expect it, but at the end of the day, the author being happy with their cover is the ultimate reward! So it’s a bonus, when it happens.

Oh, it happens! And what about some of the challenges?

When sending the very initial sketches to the client (especially new clients!), I can get a bit anxious while waiting for feedback. I compare this to ‘stage fright’, for an actor. No matter how experienced you are, I don’t think it will ever go away. I am very lucky that I can get all my sketches validated by my husband who is an art director, though! Anyways, once the ice is broken and I get a first response, I relax.

Annabelle, thanks so much for letting me interview you. I can only hope I spot your illustrations on a million book covers (including more of mine)!

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Cover Reveal – The 8th Continent!

Hi! I’m Matt London, and today I’m very excited to be joining the OneFour KidLit community! Not only am I saying hello, I’m also revealing the cover of my debut novel THE 8TH CONTINENT! Like most of the authors you’ll meet on this blog, the journey to this moment has been long and arduous (much like the adventure of the heroes in my book (although with decidedly fewer robots)). It’s with great joy that I get to share the victory dance at the end of the road.

But before I do that, let me tell you a bit about my novel, THE 8TH CONTINENT.

It’s the story of Evie and Rick Lane, who are determined to transform the Great Pacific Garbage patch—a real life pile of floating garbage—into an eighth continent, using a special formula developed by their father. This new continent will be a place where their family can live free from the intervention of Winterpole, a global rule-maker run by bumbling bureaucrats. But eleven-year-old pink-and-plastic-obsessed Vesuvia Piffle, the secret mastermind behind the villainous Condo Corp, also has her sights set on this new land, and she wants to use it to build a kind of Miami-on-steroids. Now, it’s a race against time and across the world as the kids gather the items they need to create their continent. Because whoever controls the eighth continent controls our future. And the future can’t be both “green” and pink.

So if you like adventure, flying machines, robots, or saving the planet, then THE 8TH CONTINENT is the book for you. It was important that the cover of such a tale conveyed this message, and that’s exactly what it did.

8thcontinentcover

Will Rick and Evie build an island paradise like the one featured here? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out. But I promise you wacky pink robo-birds and trash-clogged oceans are sure to make appearances.

If you have questions about THE 8TH CONTINENT, feel free to drop me a comment here or write to me on Twitter, and if you’re so inclined, add THE 8TH CONTINENT to your Goodreads. The book comes out September 16th!

Until then, happy continent building!

Matt London is the author of THE 8TH CONTINENT, coming in September 2014 from Penguin – Razorbill. He is a writer and avid recycler who graduated from The Clarion Writers Workshop, and studied computers, cameras, rockets, and robots at New York University. When not investigating lost civilizations, Matt explores the mysterious island where he lives — Manhattan.
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Happy 14th Day: December

It’s the last 14th Day announcement of the year–which means we’re SO CLOSE to our debut year! I’m filling in for Amber, which means of course I’m going mad with power. Onto the news!

Releases

Robin Constantine is ending the year right with the release of THE PROMISE OF AMAZING on December 31, 2013.

Heidi Schulz has a release date (September 16, 2014) for her HOOK’S REVENGE

Lori M. Lee’s GATES OF THREAD AND STONE is set for release on August 5, 2014.

SPIRIT’S KEY by Edith Cohn is due for release on September 9, 2014.

Sales and Rights

THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY by Tracy Holczer sold in a two-book deal at auction in Germany.

THE CHANCE YOU WON’T RETURN by Annie Cardi will be sold as an audiobook through Brilliance Audio.

THE WALLED CITY by Ryan Graudin has been picked up by France (Jean Claude Lattes), Germany (Rowolht Verlag), Norway (Cappelen Damm) and Brazil (Editora Schwarcz

Meredith McCardle‘s THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN will be an audiobook.

Websites

Chris Struyk-Bonn has a new website.

Heidi Schulz has a new website.

Nikki Sheehan has revamped her site.

Jen Malone has a new website.

Dana Alison Levy has a new website.

Blurbs and Reviews

GILDED by Christy Farley received a blurb from Jessica Khoury, author of ORIGIN and VITRO: “Farley brings South Korea’s fascinating culture and mythology into vivid detail in this shining debut, and Jae is a compelling heroine. An exotic, thrilling read, GILDED had me utterly entranced!”

WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE by Rebecca Behrens got a shiny review in Kirkus: “This charming debut brings Alice Roosevelt to life when 13-year-old “first daughter” Audrey finds Alice’s century-old diary and turns to it for advice…An appealing journey and a fascinating life.”

Giveaways

Meredith McCardle is giving away a Kindle Paperwhite version of THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN to celebrate her cover reveal (see below).

Christine Kohler is giving away a copy of NO SURRENDER SOLDIER on Goodreads during January.

Cover Reveals

Danielle Ellison’s SALT:

Danielle L. Jensen’s STOLEN SONGBIRD:

Ryan Gebhart’s THERE WILL BE BEARS

Dahlia Adler’s BEHIND THE SCENES

Meredith McCardle’s THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN

Annie Cardi’s THE CHANCE YOU WON’T RETURN

That’s all the news for this month. See you in January (2014!!!) for more OneFour news!