Friday, August 9, 2013

I'm Going To Be Published!!!!!!!

This posted over at Publisher's Marketplace today!

It's hard to see, but it says Brazilian rights to Melissa Hurst's THE EDGE OF FOREVER, to Record, in a very-nice deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Joao Paulo Riff at Riff Agency, in association with Kathleen Ortiz at New Leaf Literary & Media on behalf of Suzie Townsend.

So yes, THE EDGE OF FOREVER is going to be published in Brazil!!! Woohoooooooooo!!!!! *pause to dance*

Um, okay, now that I'm sort of calm again, I can share with you how all of this came about. Super Agent Suzie and Super Agent Pouya decided to submit THE EDGE OF FOREVER to some film producers at the same time the manuscript was sent to editors in New York. I settled down and expected a very long wait, but just two weeks later I got a call from Super Agent Kathleen. She said one of the film scouts was also a scout for foreign rights and loved THE EDGE OF FOREVER so much that she took it to her foreign publishers. Next thing we know, Kathleen received an email with an offer from their Brazilian co-agent. They wanted to know if we'd accept a pre-empt offer and I was like YESYESYESYESYES!

So I can definitely say I LOVE BRAZIL!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, geared to help readers and writers touch base and let them know what's up. If you want join in, you can find the link widget on Jaime's blog!

What I'm Reading

I've been reading a lot of books lately, trying to put a dent in my huge TBR pile. I've had Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood in there since the day it was released, but I'm just now getting around to reading it. It's the second book in the The Cahill Witch Chronicles series, and I'm loving it just as much as I loved the first book, Born Wicked. It's an alternate history set in a New England led by The Brotherhood - an order of religious men who make sure that females have little to no rights and continue to hunt/persecute the witches who used to rule over society. So far I'm a little over a hundred pages in the book, and The Brotherhood has taken away women's rights to work outside the home and forbidden girls to learn how to read. I'm so ready for the main character, Cate, to come into her prophesied powers and put The Brotherhood in their place! :)

What I'm Writing

I'm knee-deep in the planning stages of my new WiP. Let me tell you, I'd forgotten how frustrating and fun this stage can be. Frustrating because I want to know all the details about my new story RIGHT NOW, and that's not how it works for me. Fun because getting to create the backstory for my new characters, bring the world alive, and get to know those new characters is part of the joy in writing a new book. 

What Inspires Me Right Now

Since I'm planning my new book, I'm spending a lot of time doing research and looking at pictures that inspire me. Here's a link to the Pinterest board I made. If you don't have time to click over, I'll give you a few hints. Savannah. Ghosts. Spooky Cemeteries. Stuff like that. 

What Else I've Been Up To

In know it's insane, but my kids started back to school last week. Crazy early, but good for me because I have KID FREE time again! Woohoo!!! But it's a lot of work getting them ready for school. Having three kids means multiple shopping trips for back to school supplies and clothes. Plus I made some time to just hang out with them, and we finally got around to seeing Despicable Me 2. If you haven't seen it yet...go. It's hilarious!

So....what have YOU been up to lately?