Double Release Day!

The best books start here.

Double Release Day!

Today I’m doubly excited to announce the release of not only two fantastic projects from Upstart Crow Literary, but also the first two books I personally sold long, long ago.

No longer do I have to tell editors, conference attendees, friends, and family that the books I’ve sold will come out “soon.” Now when someone asks what I do and I try to explain my job, I’ll have actual books I can direct them toward. So, as you can probably imagine, I’m super excited for two very talented authors.

Elsewhere_FINAL First up is Jacqueline West’s amazing BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE, VOL I: THE SHADOWS, out today with Dial Books for Young Readers. Jacqueline was the first client I ever signed, and her debut surely doesn’t feel like one. Before writing for children, Jacqueline’s poetry and short fiction were published widely in literary journals. I could tell the first time I read sample pages in her initial query that Jacqueline was a seriously talented writer, and I’m ecstatic that the public will soon get to read her fantastic work themselves!

To learn more about the book, which is the first in a new series, head to the official website, check out Jacqueline’s author profile on the Penguin website or read what Publisher’s Weekly had to say about the project in their starred review.

DDay_LowResIf you follow me on Twitter, you’ve likely heard me raving about Shaun David Hutchinson’s THE DEATHDAY LETTER, which also comes out today from Simon Pulse. THE DEATHDAY LETTER, or DDL, as Shaun and I have been referring to it for nearly two years, is a hilarious, poignant story unlike anything many readers have experienced before. This was another story that grabbed me right from the query because the concept of a boy who receives a letter informing him he has 24 hours to live was so, well, whacked out and awesome.

Read more about Shaun on his blog, check out his page on the Simon and Schuster website, and go out and grab yourself a copy of this hilarious book!

I couldn’t be more excited for these amazing books. They represent two different aspects of my taste–in THE SHADOWS, a classic middle grade that could have been published 50 years ago and not felt much different, and in THE DEATHDAY LETTER a hilarious high-concept story that will delight teen readers.

Congratulations to both Shaun and Jacqueline, and I hope for much future success down the road!

  1. Yeah for The Deathday Letter! Shaun is awesome and fun to interview.

    The Shadows sounds cool too. Hmm…Borders just emailed me a 40% off coupon this morning…do I dare risk angering my wife and buying another book?

    Reply

  2. Congratulations to Jacqueline West and Shaun David Hutchinson and to you, Chris, for championing them through publishing’s elephant-like gestation period–(22 months for the pachyderms!)I look forward to reading both novels.

    Reply

  3. Awesome! It’s great to see your success. I can’t wait to read them. Congratulations to all three of you.

    Reply

  4. Congrats Chris. I can’t wait to read The Shadows.

    Reply

  5. Congrats to all three of you! I’m looking forward to reading both books.

    Reply

  6. Double congrats, to you and your authors, and hooray for a strong start in agenting. They sound like fantastic books!

    Reply

  7. Awesome! I was lucky enough to interview Jacqueline on my blog a while back–she is so honest and cool. I’m off to Amazon to order her book NOW!!!!

    Reply

  8. Wonderful to hear about such great books to add to my reading list. Congratulations!

    Reply

  9. Congrats to your writers and to you! I can only imagine how satisfying it must be to see the concrete result of so many months of work. Good job! Both titles sound fantastic.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *