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YA books, Audrey Niffenegger, Chesley Sullenberger

With the popularity of Twilight and its crossover appeal to adult
audiences, girl based YA books are more visible than ever.   According
to the USA Today article, many
of the recent YA releases have print runs in the 6 figures

(usually those numbers are reserved for NYT bestsellers).   We are big
fans of YA here and often recommend Hunger Games by Suzanne
Collins or the heartfelt stories by Justina Chen Headley.

Other big winners in publishing include Audrey Niffenegger who received
a $5 million advance
for the sequel to the Time Traveler’s Wife.

HarperCollins is paying
$3.2 million
to Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who landed the
plane in the Hudson river. The movie rights will likely be sold soon
after justifying the high advance, right?

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. jmc
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 09:44:02

    Is there really enough interest (and content) in the plane-in-the-Hudson episode to make a book worth reading or a movie worth watching? Eh.

    Do you know if the Niffeneger book going to be a sequel or just a second book? I couldn’t tell from the description in the NYT.

  2. Janine
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 13:09:02

    It’s not actually a sequel to The Time Traveler’s Wife, but I’ve been waiting for Her Fearful Symmetry for years and am really excited that it will be published this fall.

    After a fiercely contested auction, Scribner, a unit of Simon & Schuster, bought the rights to publish the new novel, “Her Fearful Symmetry,” in the United States this fall. The book is a supernatural story about twins who inherit an apartment near a London cemetery and become embroiled in the lives of the building's other residents and the ghost of their aunt, who left them the flat.

  3. Miki
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 18:14:59

    Thanks for the clarification, Janine! I really couldn’t picture what kind of sequel there could be to Time-Traveler’s Wife.

  4. Evangeline
    Mar 14, 2009 @ 01:20:18

    Niffenegger’s agent speaks about the sale at Kristen Nelson’s blog

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