It's out in the trade papers today, so I can finally share the news that caused me to go into a complete Reeses coma a couple of weeks ago:
DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS author C.J. Omololu's DESTINED, in which cello prodigy Cole begins to experience flashes of past lives just as the mysterious Griffon enters her world, bringing attraction, suspicion and an unsettling knowledge of reincarnation, as well as sequel FATED, in a pre-empt, in a very nice deal, to Mary Kate Castellani of Walker Children's, by Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency (World English). Bloomsbury UK Children's will publish simultaneously starting in summer 2012. (Translation rights: Rights People.)
Now I know what I'll be doing for the next two years! One of the best things about the deal is that it's going to come out simultaneously in the UK, which was a thrilling first for me. I'm so glad to be working with Walker and Mary Kate once again after the success of DLS! They've been totally behind this project from the very first word.
Readers of the blog will remember that I wanted to show how a book evolves from beginning to end, starting almost a year ago:
Last November (I always seem to start books in November - not NaNoWriMo, just accidentally) I wrote a post with the title What I'm Working On Now.
On the 18th, I gave a progress report in New Book, Day 2.
A few days later, I wrote about Changing Names of the characters when the originals just weren't working (the importance of the character names is another post altogether).
On December 7th, I wrote about the magic that happens when writing a book in Not Just Smoke and Mirrors.
On December 16th, I celebrated hitting 20k.
And then on January 6th, I hit 30k.
In the meantime, a book called DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS came out so I was a little busy until February 26th when I posted about Sequels and New Books.
And then on March 18th, I wrote about The End (which as we all know, isn't really the end).
On June 21st, I wrote about my title struggles in Titles Titles Everywhere (interestingly, none of these ended up as the final title).
It's been a great ride so far and I love love love this story. I'm so thankful to everyone who is helping to make it a reality.
Look for Cole and Griffon on store shelves on or about June, 2012.
On this date: In 1922, the entrance to King Tut's tomb was discovered.