Writerling Things

Sarah Prineas on Voice in stories.

R. L. LaFevers on Different Journeys for male/ female protagonists.

And again on Tropes vs. Resonance.

R. J. Anderson on Unreasonable Expectations, Part One and Part Two.

Ask the Elevensies, a weekly feature @ The Elevensies: 2011 Debuts that is such a great resource for aspiring authors and interested readers.

Book Deals and News

R. L. LaFevers’ new YA trilogy.

A “trio of YA romantic historical fantasies focusing on teen girl assassins in 15th century France–starting with DARK MERCY in spring 2012 and followed by DARK JUSTICE and DARK HOPE in spring 2013 and spring 2014–each focusing on a different assassin trained at a convent serving the god of death himself.

In Dark Mercy, scheduled for spring 2012, Ismae learns she was sired by the god of death, is trained as an assassin, and is sent to court as a spy, where she must choose between serving her dark god and opening her heart to love. Companion novels Dark Justice and Dark Hope, each focusing on a different assassin from the convent, will publish in spring 2013 and spring 2014.”


Sarah Beth Durst ~ YA Drink, Slay, Love.

Sarah Beth Durst’s DRINK, SLAY, LOVE, about a vampire girl who develops a conscience after she is stabbed through the heart by a unicorn’s horn, to Karen Wojtyla at Margaret K. McElderry Books, in a two-book deal, by Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger (world).

It will be released by Simon & Schuster in fall 2011, followed by an as-yet untitled second book in fall 2012.


Lesley Livingston ~ YA Trilogy

Jessica Regel, at Jean V. Naggar, sold North American rights to a supernatural YA trilogy by Lesley Livingston tentatively called STARLING. HarperTeen editor Laura Arnold acquired the books, which Regel said are reminiscent of The Bourne Identity and “blend Norse, Egyptian, and Greek mythologies with paranormal elements.” In the series, warring powerful New York City crime families, all with ties to the supernatural, vie for control of the fate of mankind. Book one in the trilogy is scheduled for summer 2012.


Lena Coakley ~ The Witchlanders

a haunting fantasy about a teen who discovers that his soul-brother is a boy from among his people’s gravest enemies, and that they must work together to overcome the bitter history that divides them to avert the imminent war between their lands, to Caitlyn Dlouhy at Atheneum, in a pre-empt, by Steven Malk at Writers House.”


Marissa Meyer ~ Fantasy/fairytale quartet/ Debut author 2011

Debut author Marissa Meyer’s four-book YA futuristic, fairy-tale inspired series, starting with CINDER, Cinderella is re-envisioned through teen heroine Cinder, part girl and part machine, who must piece together her mysterious past before she can fulfill her destiny and save the kingdom — and the rest of planet Earth — from an otherworldly enemy; as Cinder’s quest continues through the series, she finds allies loosely based Little Red Riding Hood (SCARLET), Rapunzel (CRESS), and Snow White (WINTER) — as they join forces to conquer evil and find their happily-ever-afters, to Jean Feiwel of Feiwel and Friends, in a major deal, for high six-figures, at auction, by Jill Grinberg at Jill Grinberg Literary Management.


“a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, for publication in 2011.”