In another major YA acquisition before the Bologna Book Fair, Ben Schrank at Razorbill pre-empted North American rights to the debut novel by high school teacher Beth Revis, Across the Universe. Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House brokered the deal, which is for three books, and Universe is scheduled for spring 2011. In the novel, set in the near future, a teenager is cryogenically frozen only to thaw too soon, before arriving at the new planet that's her destination. Set to wake 300 years in the future, She rouses 50 years too early, still on a spaceship in transit. Schrank said he thinks the book will do for popular sci-fi what The Hunger Games did for postapocalyptic fiction. Rights have been pre-empted in the U.K. (by Razorbill UK, which will do a joint publication with Penguin USA) and Germany, and sales have also closed in France and Greece.
Yes, that's right, Beth Revis--an awesome blogger who I HIGHLY recommend you all immediately go follow--has an INCREDIBLE book deal!
*Happy Dances for Beth*
So huge, HUGE congratulations to Beth and...um...I REALLY want an ARC so, Beth, if you're reading this...*bats eyelashes*
ALSO...um...not sure if you know this--though you SHOULD--but, today is a day I've been counting down to because Kimberly Derting's highly anticipated debut novel THE BODY FINDER hits stores!
I don't know about you, but I can't WAIT to pick up my copy!
Lastly--I don't know if you guys noticed...but...I HIT 400 FOLLOWERS YESTERDAY!!!! So you know what that means:
Stop by tomorrow for all the details. And stay tuned these next couple weeks. Cool things are happening and I promise there will be news and Shannon Shame and contests galore!
And now I'm off to the bookstore!