Penguin Signs 13-Year-Old Author – Jake Marcionette is writing a series featuring sixth grader Jake Ali Mathews, who moves with his family from Florida to Maryland and has to settle into his new school and his new life. The first book in the series is set to publish this month, the next in 2015, and the publisher has an option for a third book after that.
Sedita said that he was “blown away” when he found out that the series, which will also feature illustrations, was written by a 12-year-old. The story, Sedita added, “reminded me of what it felt like to worry about finding the right classrooms, take impossible pop quizzes, and figure out the rules of popularity… and made me laugh the whole way through.” –Publishers Weekly
Our Young-Adult Dystopia – Michelle Dean has written a long lament on what she sees as the dark side of YA fiction, both in terms of publishings hunt for new authors (especially young authors) and the “wolves” — readers and reviewers who have the fate of a book’s success or failure in their hands. Apparently, Veronica Roth was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder based on ” the amount of nasty Internet commentary her writing had generated” (of which the article’s author must admit she is herself participating). Compare this piece to the news of Penguin’s newest young author.
The way we yearn for the high end of this work makes the crassness of the current production model all the more infuriating. Young-adult literature is often, in our era, called the last refuge of “good stories.” We think of the best of these books as having a unique, if occasionally idiosyncratic, purity of form and content. That sort of argument actually predates us considerably. C. S. Lewis once wrote, in an oft-quoted article on his affection for the fairy tale, that he liked the form for “its brevity, its severe restraints on description, its flexible traditionalism, its inflexible hostility to all analysis, digression, reflections and ‘gas.’ ” Much if not all of this applies more widely to books ostensibly written for the young. Even we adults, like Lewis, appreciate that they avoid the baggage attached to the more self-evidently literary. –New York Times
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Best-selling author ‘Zane’ faces financial mess worthy of a plot twist in her steamy novels – Between the IRS and the State of Maryland, Zane apparently owes almost $900,000, and the state took the step of trying to publicly “shame” her into paying by “outing” her in the newspaper, along with other delinquent taxpayers. Apparently they have been trying to collect what is now almost $350K — the most of any Maryland taxpayer, according to the state comptroller. An unfortunate story, but there is also a lot of great information and commentary on how Zane built her success, how she found a niche in the market, and how she ended up writing erotic fiction, when she initially had no plans to do so.
The real-life twist on Zane’s success has left some of her readers wondering how Roberts — a well-known businesswoman who is publisher of Strebor Books, an imprint of Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, and creator and producer of two Cinemax television series, “Zane’s Sex Chronicles” and “Zane’s The Jump Off” — could end up in a financial mess worthy of a character in one of her novels. –Washington Post
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