Monday, August 26, 2013

Cheers All Around

Cheers #1:  Hooray for Brianna and her deal with Skyhorse!  I am so happy to be able to announce that the first two books in her CHANGED HISTORY series will be published with them (and hopefully more after that).

Cheers #2:  Yay for blurbs!  Dan's first blurb came last week from the lovely Laura Benedict, author of ISABELLA MOON and DEVIL'S OVEN.  For THE CLEARING, she had this to say: "Told in lush, hypnotic prose that perfectly mirrors its mysterious Caribbean landscape, The Clearing is one man's quest for the brutal truth at the heart of his deadly self-deception. Throughout, Dan Newman keeps the lines of suspense tense and razor-sharp. An intoxicating, important debut."  Can a blurb get any better than that? 

Cheers #3:  Brava to authors and editors!  I have awesome authors and great editor friends who hook me up with blurbers...good job, you guys :)  I also had a really lovely coffee date with an editor at Vintage/Random House last week, and she has asked to see some of my submissions, which is always fun.

Cheers #4:  This one is very cheesy, I know, but it needs to be said.  Yay for John, who is an amazingly wonderful boyfriend.  I got to see him this past weekend, and spent the entire time being ridiculously happy.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Luck, Madam, I Already Have

I guess lucky thirteen really is lucky, because now I'm down to lucky twelve!  I'm very thrilled to be able to report that Brianna has had an offer for her CHANGED HISTORY series. 

If you've been following me for awhile, you probably know that Brianna's projects have incited a lot of interest from various editors over the past year.  She's been taken to at least four or five acquisitions meetings but unfortunately has never made it past that step...until now.  I'm still finalizing the details of her offer, so that's it for now, but hurrah for Brianna!

In other news, as my author Meghan knows, I've been on a bit of a Jane Austen kick lately.  I discovered an amazing British miniseries, "Lost in Austen" and have already watched the entire thing (it's only four episodes, so that's not as big of an achievement as it sounds like) and also read Shannon Hale's AUSTENLAND and MIDNIGHT IN AUSTENLAND. 

I highly endorse all of the Austen media I have been indulging in lately as excellent forms of escapism and fantasy fulfillment.  I already recommended "Lost in Austen" to Meghan...well actually more like commanded her to watch it, which apparently she finds hilarious.  Good to know I wear the mantle of agent authority well.  ;)
Me and my mantle.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Lucky Thirteen

I did a head count the other day and realized that I currently have thirteen authors' projects out on submission.  Thirteen!  That's a huge number!  Of course, one of the reasons that there are so many is because it's summer.  For example, Brianna's nonfiction series has been out for consideration pretty much since June, and because of people going away on vacation, Summer Fridays, etc. she is only now having editors take this project to their acquisitions meetings.

But the other reason, of course, is that I have been finding fantastic manuscripts left and right (ha, I originally wrote that as "write").  I don't know what the reason is, but a lot of these projects don't need that much revising done, so I have been able to send them out fairly quickly.

In celebration of all my authors and their work, I have decided to give you all little synopses of my thirteen submissions.  I think they are all great, but I'd be interested to know which ones appeal to you, too!

1. Sara Goodman's CHALKBOARD CONFIDENTIAL: Written in an expose/memoir-style, this work of fiction details the hilarious and scandalous exploits of a first-year teacher, Jane D, as she navigates teaching English and newspaper production to high-schoolers.  But when a mistake from her past puts her in the paper's headlines, she has the chance to see the kind of journalists she has shaped her students to become...and also to possibly to see herself in a new light.

2. Jane Ann McLachlan's IMPACT: Jane Ann's memoir tells of her struggle with PTSD after being in a car accident, and the way it profoundly affected both her and her family.  At times moving, at other hilarious, Jane's poignant writing perfectly showcases the pitfalls she endures and her eventual metamorphosis to being a strong, confident person again.

3. Jenni Larkin's LORELEI, ONCE: The first in Jenni's eerily beautiful YA fantasy series about a siren who is given the choice to become human again if she will lead a group of royals and bandits out of the magical forest where she lives.  Only one needs to survive for her to have her humanity restored, but when she becomes emotionally attached to all them, the bandits in particular, her quest to lead them to the edge of the forest turns into something much more.

4. Beth Ellyn Summer's THE INTERN DIARIES: A work of YA fiction about a teenaged YouTube makeup guru on the rise who, after landing a coveted position at a magazine, finds herself drawn to her best friend's internship at a late night talk show and to one of the interns there.  When both the horrible products she has to promote for the magazine and an engineered relationship with another YouTuber get in the way of romance and her life, she has to decide between fame and being true to herself.  

5. Sara Joiner's UNNATURAL SELECTION: This historical fiction middle grade introduces us to Charles Darwin-loving Katrien Courtlandt's world in the Dutch East Indies, and what happens after volcano Krakatoa erupts and the only person who will agree to her plan of following the animals deeper into the island's jungle is her prim-and-proper nemesis.

6. Esther Harder's THE OLD ONES AND THE GRAVES: A middle grade work of fiction, based on Esther's experiences working with children in Africa, that tells the story of three young children who are members of viciously warring tribes in Uganda.  One grows up to be a child soldier; the other two go to school in Kampala and fall in love (even though their tribes are at war with one another); and all of them have to determine if they will let the past and its bitterness dictate their lives moving forward.

7. Erin Peabody's A WEIRD AND WILD BEAUTY:  This middle grade non-fiction book details the history of the founding of Yellowstone park and the rough and sometimes perilous journey of the scientists who first explored it.

8. Brianna DuMont's CHANGED HISTORY series: A quirky middle-grade non-fiction series that introduces important historical figures, events, or things that you've never heard of that changed history in interesting ways.

9. Brianna DuMont's FORGOTTEN FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE FABULOUSLY FAMOUS: This standalone title is written in the same witty voice of Brianna's series proposal and profiles family members of famous individuals (i.e. Alexander the Great, Marie Antoinette) whose achievements were overshadowed by their more noteworthy relatives and who have been mostly forgotten by history.

10. Rachel Mork's ABOMINATION: A work of narrative non-fiction with a memoir-like angle, in this book Rachel shares her memories of being a member of the International Church of Christ and her experiences "counseling" gay church members before she became disgusted and left.  She also writes about the methods and therapies being used at Christian rehab centers of homosexuals today.

11. Lauren Call's THE SOUTH STAR: The first in a YA series, Lauren tells the story of Banner, the daughter of President Davis, who lives in a world where the South won the Civil War and is isolated from the rest of the world.  President Davis has mysteriously managed to stay alive for 150 years, and after she befriends a slave, Banner is whisked into a secret world of rebellion and magic and becomes determined to help bring down her father and the Confederacy.

12. Kristin Lenz's ON THE FRINGE: A YA novel about Dani, a teenaged girl living at a foster home after her mother's spiraling addiction issues land her in jail.  As she works to graduate high school and get into her dream college, she becomes involved in a love triangle with a rich, handsome boy named Cam, and a shy student named Todd.  But on the night that Cam convinces her to break the biggest rule at the group home, she must make some hard decisions.  Todd or Cam?  Her mother or herself?

13. Meghan Masterson's RED SKY IN THE MORNING: This swashbuckling historical fiction tells the story of Blackbeard, but not the one you might expect.  An intelligent, cunning man, Blackbeard has earned his reputation through guile, rather than by force.  After hearing about a royal pardon for pirates, he uses his wiles to get all the plunder he can before finally marrying the woman he loves and making himself an "honest man."

Monday, August 5, 2013

Why My Author Is Making Me Go Broke

First things first: Old Roommates are moved out; New Roommates are moved in; and minus the odd washing of a dish here and there, my life is cleaning-free and back to normal!

In celebration, I sent out the debut manuscript for one of my newer authors, Beth Ellyn Summer, this past week.  It is called THE INTERN DIARIES and it's very fun and fresh, and has already piqued a lot of editors' interest, so fingers crossed everyone!

This manuscript was one I always enjoyed reading throughout its multiple revisions, because Beth has a light, witty voice and provides a behind-the-scene glimpse into the life of a YouTube makeup guru: a world I know nothing about.

I don't really wear much makeup on a daily basis, but each time I would read a version of Beth's manuscript, I would find myself thinking things like, "Dior Amber Diamond highlight powder.  That sounds pretty.  Ohhh, Nars Turkish Delight lip gloss!  Like from Narnia!"  And then before you know it, I'd be going into the Sephora that is near the restaurant, and buying those things.  

This has actually happened quite a lot.

So I have lots of really pretty makeup now, and no intention of wearing it for the next several months until my friend Jay's wedding in November, because wearing it on a regular basis would also mean waking up earlier on a regular basis.  But since I have also been watching my fair share of YouTube makeup tutorials recently (and reading Beth's blog!), I decided that I would use all of the makeup I have purchased recently and apply it using all the tips I've picked up from these tutorials to create a "natural, glowing look."  

Here it is!  (Ignore the faint scar on my forehead.  It is my lesson to tread carefully during commuter hour in packed subway platforms.)

What do you think?  Does it look like I'm wearing makeup/am glowing?  Jeff, I'm especially interested to hear your thoughts as my only male subscriber.  That is, if you even made it this far into this girly, girly post.  :)