So Many Things

Dearest Licorice Sticks (the red kind, obv),

First of all, welcome back to my NOT hacked website! Sorry if you tried to stop by and it was unavailable or worse. Sheesh. Go crack a code or something and leave my poor, little YA book blog alone.

It has been an INSANELY busy winter. All good, mind you, but my head is still a little spinny. A couple of announcements:


1. Aerial, the YA and MG book packager I started with my former boss, Dan Tucker at Sideshow Media, has officially launched with our first project, WILDFLOWER, a three-book series coming from the Poppy imprint of Little, Brown in 2014! The books will be written by the amazingly talented (and very punctual) Alecia Whitaker, author of The Queen of Kentucky. WILDFLOWER follows 16-year-old country singer Bird Barrett, the fiddle in her family’s bluegrass band. As her solo career explodes, Bird must learn to juggle the competing interests of family, career, friends, boys… and, hardest of all, her own developing sense of who she is. We are so, so, so excited about this series and the team working on it. I can’t wait to share more.

2. I just got back from the 2013 AWP Conference (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) in Boston. Two of my favorite panels were YA panels (go figure). The first featured famous editor and author extraordinaire Arthur A. Levine and publisher Justin Chanda, of Scholastic. These guys are funny. Like, I want to put them in my pocket and take them to parties funny. My favorite quotes/observations.
“You can never have too many duck books.”
“The e-reader is the brown paper bag for books.”
[regarding the age-old question, why are boys not reading? (to which Arthur responded, "I'm a boy and I read")]: We need a t-shirt that says “I read like a girl.”

The second panel was on love, sex, and censorship in YA lit around the world. It featured one of my favorite authors (also an editor), David Levithan. He read from his new novel, Two Boys Kissing, which comes out this summer, and let me just say: Tears. Beautiful tears. I can’t wait for it.

3. And my THIRD announcement, well, you’re going to have to wait for it, because I want to do a separate post. Stay tuned.